Hey there! Let's take a closer look at some of the elements that make the Sophie kit shine. Elsie and I have two ideas for you to experiment with today.
I focused on the washi tape this month. I love the punch of color they add to a layout. Here I used them to ground the photo. I love how simple washi is to use and this extra wide width is perfect for highlighting photos.
To give the washi a little pop of something special, I added a simple backstitch with embroidery floss. This adds texture and draws the eye to the washi tape.
Mimicking the rows of washi, I used the same idea lining up the puffy dots. I like how the puffy dots lead the eye from the photo to the words. It connects the entire design.
I kept the stamping really simple here with "the little things" in black at the very bottom. I want all that focus to remain in the center - where the washi + photo live.
I hope this idea sparks a layout in your Sophie future! Let's take a look at what Elsie has come up with.
Hey everyone, Elsie here! How gorgeous is Nancy's layout? All the heart eyes!
I hope I'm not the only one, but when I first saw that this month's kit included a 12x12 cut-apart sheet, I did a little happy dance! I always love the cut-apart sheets in the kits as it's like getting a coordinating set of ephemera each month.
In the FJ subscriber Facebook group recently, there were a couple of discussions about the cut-apart sheets we get in our kits/paper packs, so I thought it might be a good idea to show you how I have used them this month.
I've got a bit of a 2 for 1 project share for you today, as I'm giving you a peek into my planner/journal.
Here's an overview of my spreads:
As a side note: I'm calling this a planner because technically it is a planner, but I'm about as good as planning as a chocolate teapot (!)... So I'm using my "planner" and FJ planner pages to do my weekly Listers Gotta List spreads.
So let's start with my title page:
One of the first things I do when I go to sort my kits is spend some time fussy-cutting. I don't own a die-cutting machine, but I found that using some fine-tip scissors and watching a couple of scrappy YouTube videos are the quickest and easiest way to cut these out!
Because the "hello" title piece was a rather intricate element to cut out, I very roughly cut round the edges, and then when I decided that I wanted to use it on a project, I went ahead and neatened it up. It's a way to trick myself into thinking that I'm spending less time fussy-cutting; and that cut-apart sheet feels way less daunting!
Another way I use the cut-apart sheets is by tucking a few of my favourite pieces into my planner pockets. Not only do they look super cute, but they're also great to have within easy reach as when I want to quickly journal something, I can pop a couple of embellishments down to make everything prettier!
Also because they're sticker-backed, it means that if I'm using my planner when I'm out-and-about, I don't need to carry round any adhesive!
And it really makes me really happy that the phrases from the stamp set fit perfectly in the labels... it's the little things!
And here's a look at last week's Listers Gotta List spread. As you can see I haven't done the journalling part yet, but I've left a quite a few places where I can do my journalling later on.
Because the cut-apart embellishments aren't too big, they don't detract from the larger elements on my page, but add some more pretty pops of colour into the spread!
The stripy blue square sticker serves as a perfect spot for journalling, and that flag adds a lovely pop of navy and a cute sentiment!
Using the yellow washi strips as sunbursts around the circular 'smile', brings some much needed sunshine onto my January pages!
- Elsie x
Supplies Used: Sophie Kit | Sophie Patterned Paper Add-On | Sophie Stamp Set | Sophie Alpha Stickers | Sophie Washi Strips | Sophie Puffy Stickers | Sophie Silicone Charms | Jen Stamp Set | Something Sweet Stamp Set | White Alphabet Stickers | Silver Star Sequins | A5 Planner Inserts | FJ Daily Stamp Set