Being ill is never fun, but it’s a part of life, and sometimes those hard stories need to be documented. Candace Perkins is with us today to share how she documented a tough story with our new Feel Better mini collection.
Hello crafty friends! It’s Candace back with you today to share a layout using the newly released Feel Better mini collection. One of my New Year’s resolutions this year is to focus on storytelling when creating my layouts. I want to make sure I take the time to dig a little deeper and tell the stories I may have over looked in the past. When I saw the new Feel Better mini collection I knew the story I wanted to tell.
I decided to document a time a few years ago when my little guy was struggling to gain weight and grow. For about 6 months he needed a feeding tube to eat. I remember at the time thinking, “this isn’t so bad, I can handle this…” Looking back now I know that there was so much more to this story, and that is what I wanted to document.
I loved the “This was Tough” card and wanted to use that sentiment as my title but I need more space to tell my story than the 3″ x 4″ card allowed, so I decided to go digital. Did you know that you can turn the physical 3″ x 4″ cards that come in the kit into digital files? With just a few extra steps you can manipulate the cards to tell any story you have in mind.
Step 1: Scan the card as an image file into your computer.
Step 2: Open the scanned image in Photoshop.
Step 3: Crop & manipulate the image to fit your project.
For my project I cropped out the title and placed it on a 6″ x 8″ canvas. I measured my spread to make sure that I could place my 4″ x 6″ photo on the top and use the Feel Better Stamp to create a sub title. Next, I created a text box and inserted all of my journaling right onto the 6″ x 8″ canvas. I then printed the canvas on 8-1/2″ x 11″ white card stock.
With my title and journaling in place all I needed to do was to assemble and embellish the layout. I adhered the photo to the top of the layout and used a cute branding strip to divide the photo from my journaling. I used the stamp Feel Better Stamp to add my sub title in mint ink to coordinate with the branding strip. Below my journaling, I added a strip of patterned paper from the Sunny Days 12″ x 12″ Paper Collection. I chose the woodgrain paper to keep a light, soft feel to the layout. When it came to adding embellishments, I wanted to tie in the patterned paper I used and bring the whole layout together. I used the adorable “XO” piece from the Feel Better Wood Veneer along with a mint puffy heart from the Puffy Heart Stickers.
I love how the whole layout came together. The Feel Better mini collection is perfect to tell so many stories and I love that I can manipulate the cards to tell any of these stories in the perfect way. Thanks for stopping by today! I hope this inspires you to use the wonderful goodies from Elle’s Studio tell more of your important stories.