Hello and welcome to the final week of February!
In honor of leap week we are highlighting the rainbow order of color in our both the Love Notes and Orchard Path Memory Keeping kits. It’s a simple and easy way to add interest to your story documentation. Let’s jump right in with DT member Odessa’s lovely Travelers Notebook layout.
“I was super excited to interpret a rainbow with the Love Notes kits as I could see some great gradients in there! I started by pulling together the papers I wanted to use, most of them are from the Traveler’s Notebook kit but I did use one from the Planner kit as well. I cut up little 2 inch strips from each one and then tore one edge – I love a good torn edge! It adds a little bit of drama and dimension.”
“I went by value from light to dark mixing up papers with an overall colour like the mustard polka dot and the multicoloured flags. Once I moved them around enough and was happy I stuck the papers down to create my background.”
“I mounted my photo strip on cardstock to help it pop and added a little flag from the TN kit. I kept the embellishments simple because there was already a lot going on in the background.”
“On the other side I continued the rainbow theme. The puffy and regular alpha stickers from the Love Notes Pocket and Traveler’s Notebook Memory Keeping Kits were a perfect pink to red gradient so I used them to add a big title to the page. I finished it up with a small word strip from the TN kit and an adorable bow from the Planner Kit.”
A beautiful design using the kit papers as the foundation for this layout. We love Odessa’s title page with the mix of alpha stickers and a couple of die cuts to add just the right amount of oomph. Next, we have a traditional design from DT member Iris using the Love Notes kits too.
“I jumped at the chance to design with the Love Notes kits in rainbow order. Who doesn’t like a good rainbow order?! You might think that in a mostly pink kit it would be tricky, but a tip I have is to take your cue from the weekly ombré page in the planner kits. Takes the guesswork out of it!”
“To begin, I selected the more monotone papers, arranging them as close to the weekly page as I could match. I cut randomly sized wedges from them to form a fan on the top two-thirds of my layout, filling the bottom third with the multicolored text paper. This helps tie everything together and it has sweet sayings. To add interest, I machine stitched along some of the papers and ruffled up the edges.”
“With so many different papers, I toned down the center of the layout by dabbing white acrylic paint, and added texture using whipped spackle through a heart stencil.”
“To emphasize the emotion in my photo, I printed it black and white. This also helps it stand out from all the colors. And to further separate it from the background, I added two layers of light papers I ripped out from the Traveler’s Notebook, using the ripped edge for texture. I positioned the photo off-center to give myself a space on the right for the title, which I made with the gorgeous puffy pink alpha in the TN kit.”
“I picked ephemera from both the Pocket and TN kits, and from the Memory Keeping sticker kit, matching them to the papers. It’s fun to tuck some under the seams, and have others straddling the seams. I also created a cluster on the bottom left of the photo, uniting all the colors. The final details are a striped pink and white twine through the tag, and rose gold staples on a couple of the ephemera.”
We are over here oohing and ahhing over this gorgeous heart full design. Iris drew us right into her photo with the fan of paper, stitching and white acrylic stenciled hearts she used over the top 2/3rds of her layout. The layered TN paper behind her photo and scattered ephemera add to the design’s elegance. And the song lyric paper on the bottom third of this layout is the perfect anchor.
Our final DT design is from Casie and she is showing us the rainbow order technique in her Happy Memory Keeping Planner with the Orchard Path kits.
“When I unboxed this kit and saw the striped patterned paper, I knew that would be the starting point of my design. This was my first time working in the vertical lined layout and I used that paper to cover the top colored boxes.”
“To allow the kit colors to pop, I made my photos black and white. I then layered the photos on top of pattern papers from the Planner Kit and the TNMK. I love the word strip stickers from the Memory Keeping Sticker Kit and I used them for a rainbow patterned title at the top of every column along with a little sentiment below the photos.”
“I finished up the design by adding in a gorgeous transparent quote sticker from the memory keeping sticker kit as well as floral stickers anchored along the photos’ edges. I love how the colors come together with the floral elements.”
“And, you will notice, those speech bubbles from the TNMK are left blank – I plan to ask my boys to fill in what they were thinking in the photo as a way to include their voice in my memory keeping.”
Another lovely memory keeping design in a planner! It’s truly wonderful to see the cross-over between memory keeping and planners. Our DT creates layouts within the whole spectrum of memory keeping mediums using our kits. These mediums include traditional 12×12 ad 8.5×11 sizes, the traveler’s notebook, pocket pages, and planners. There is a library of examples here on the blog and we would love to see how you use our kits too. Please share your stories with us on Facebook or by tagging @cocoa_daisy on social media.