For my newest contribution to the Write.Click.Scrapbook. gallery, which is up today, I created a new installment in a series of layouts I'm creating about my siblings and siblings-in-law.
The idea started when my sister-in-law Suzanne turned 30. I created a layout listing 30 things I loved about her (which sounds daunting at first, but it was really quite easy). I gave her a copy of the layout, and then I created a second version of the layout for me to keep. Since then, I’ve finished layouts for my sister-in-law Becky and my brother-in-law Mike right around the time they turned 30. But lately I’ve decided not to wait for people to turn 30 to create their layouts, otherwise this project will stretch on for 7 more years! (My youngest sister is 23.) I do have ongoing lists for everyone in my planner, and as ideas and attributes come to mind, I jot them down.
This is the layout I created for the Write.Click.Scrapbook. gallery. (See the challenge description here.) I think this is the version I'm going to give to Becky, who's the wife of my little brother, Jon. Almost everything on the layout is from Jenni Bowlin's new "Homespun" line.
This layout also features "Homespun" products; I used the remainder of the pink-polka-dot paper and combined patterns in a slightly different way. And I did a much better job aligning the "B-E-C-K-Y" pennants the second time around. (Love those pennants!)
This is the first layout I created for my brother-in-law Mike (who married my little sister, Michele). I think this is the one he'll get to keep. He's a California boy, so I couldn't resist using this cool wave paper on his layout. It's a piece of patterned paper from KI Memories (I think) that I "fussy cut" to create the borders.
For version two of this layout (the one I'm keeping for my album), I actually color copied the journaling from the original on a piece of smooth cardstock, trimmed it out, and added it to a new design. No sense rewriting the entire list! The patterned paper is from the new "Fly a Kite" line from October Afternoon.
And this is the layout that started the whole idea, and it features three pictures of Suz and I together over the years. This is the version I created for me to keep. The products are all from Making Memories–a release from several years ago. (Note: it says "Wendy Smedley" in the bottom corner because this layout is going to be featured in a book Wendy's writing that will be released in the fall!)
I'm not exactly sure why I've only finished pages for my three siblings-in-law so far. I do have three brothers and two sisters, after all! Perhaps it's because I have such long histories with my siblings, and I know them so well, that it's more difficult to decide which 30 traits and memories to focus on. Or perhaps I'm still holding a slight grudge against my brothers for that one time they pinned me down and dangled saliva strings over my face, sucking them back in just before they made contact. Except that one time they were too late... Ah, brothers.
But no worries, Hill kids, I'll get around to you guys soon enough!