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!