Hi, Odessa here again with another pocket page layout. I’m using the Fika kit, but with a twist. I challenged myself to make a layout using just the beautiful cardstock from the kit. I added in a bit of plain cardstock and vellum, but otherwise stuck to the patterned cardstock. It was such a fun challenge! I had some sweet tiny square photos from a summery trip to the park with my boys that I wanted to use so I got busy figuring out how to incorporate them. It’s so cold and wintery here that its really nice to look back on warmer day
I used a couple of the photos as a photo strip and made a full 6x8 layout with them. I paired them with a painted style cardstock and a rich navy with daisies for a bit of light and dark contrast. I then took my photo and cut up multiple layers of different patterns of cardstock to go under my photo to make it pop. I then used the navy Daisy cardstock to hand cut a title to balance out the journalling on the other side. I love the whimsy of hand cut letters!
On the other side I started knowing I wanted to use the rainbow striped cardstock. I cut down a 3x4 card out of it and used a circle punch on it. I attached a square of plain cardstock behind the square to make a space for a simple title. It’s a really easy and elegant way to feature a paper and focus on a sentiment.
Next to it I found a cardstock with a great pink next to the brand strip which had the same rainbow. I incorporated the edge I’d normally cut off and made this card with the rainbow stripes to the right to add some playful balance to the page. I then took one of my square photos and added some white cardstock underneath to make it look like an instant photo.
I love shaker pockets so I knew I wanted to play with them. I cut out a strip of the bright animal print to be the main part of the pocket. I used a small strip of navy polka dot cardstock on the bottom to bring some of the navy in from the other page. I love balance. Then I used some vellum on top. I adhered it to the animal print cardstock and then filled it up with confetti that I punched out of the Fika cardstock and then sewed around the edges to close it up. I was going to just use a tape runner, but my sewing machine was already next to me and it really does look good.
I hope you liked this look at what I did with the Fika kit and it inspired you to try some cardstock only techniques!
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Hi! Odessa here from the middle of Canada. When I saw the Studio Forty Gaia kit I knew it would pair perfectly with some family adventures. Over the holidays we drove up to Riding Mountain National park here in Manitoba to spend the weekend in a wintery wonderland with wood stoves, snowy hikes in the woods, ice skating and cozy family time together. The nature-focused imagery in the kits was just perfect and a great way to show off my (currently very chilly) part of the world. Winter is so long here that it’s important to me to get out and enjoy it instead of hiding inside.
I’ve been documenting in a big family album this year with monthly layouts and separate sections for my favourite adventures, all in pocket pages. As usual, I started by laying out all the photos and then slowly adding more and more of the lovely embellishments until it was just perfect! The left side of the layout is full of all sorts of stickers, chipboard stickers, sparkle and more and the left side is a little more simple to let the large 6x6 photos shine.
The kit comes with some great extras I made sure to include; an adorably cozy stamp set, cute charms, some sequins that I had too much fun with, tags, tickets and more which were so easy to mix in with the kit. I filled up my pockets by stamping on the tags, adding clusters of charms, chipboards and sequins, and my favourite of all, a little chipboard sticker surrounded by sequins. It was the perfect thing to add to the sky in the photo!
Gaia came with a cut apart sheet full of 3x4 journal cards that I used on the page but made my own with embellishing - I added the tickets to the woodgrain one with some stamping, a cute floral card that I added word stickers and chipboard to and a leafy patterned one that I stuck one of the pretty envelope seals to.
On the other side I just cut down an adventure-y patterned cardstock to fit in the pockets. I used a different leafy pattern for one of them which I added one of the tags to. I then stamped a phrase from the stamp set on top to add a focal spot to the page.
I hope you liked this look into winter fun here in the middle of Canada!