One of my goals this year has been to preserve memories with intentionality and regularity, and so I have found that participating in some of the online sketch challenges has been a great way to realize that goal. When I saw this week's sketch on the BasicGrey blog, I knew I wanted to play along, and initially I had decided on a layout that would use three photos like the sketch shows:
I had started work on another layout and then thought about a photo I have of my daughter that is particularly beloved to me and that I haven't yet placed in her book. It is a photo that was taken just after she arrived home from the hospital, and it is one of my favorites. So I decided to recalibrate my plan and go for a layout with that, adjusting the sketch because I wanted the photo to be the only one on the page.
A few detail shots:
I used elements from a few BasicGrey collections in constructing the layout, some of which I purchased years before I was a mom, hoping that I would someday have the occasion to use them. :)
The rulers are cut out from the "Life of the Party" line, the Pink Background paper is taken from "Fusion" (Pink Flamingo) and the remainder of the papers on the page are from "Oh Baby! Girl" (Macy and Sarah). I wanted a smaller scale of the OB!G line, but this line was manufactured long before BasicGrey was selling papers in 6x6 pads, so I used some leftover remnants from their Oh Baby Girl! Matchbook kit to cover their plain chipboard letters and for some of the other elements on the page that I wanted to be in smaller scale print. The letters are BG "Basics" mini mono stickers and the dark colored rub-ons are from October Afternoon.
I am so thankful to have this photo preserved in my daughter's album, and constructing the layout brought back so many memories of the first few days after she was born.