Life is a journey and only you hold the key. By looking at the saying at hand, the basic color of the journaling card is white with faded black lettering in the background. Based on the colors we see, we have chosen a 12 x 12 background sheet that is a plain orange. Using a background with orange allows the saying to stand out a bit more. We will now choose other elements around the saying to help make the gratitude saying “pop” and draw our audience directly to the saying on the page. Let the journey begin.

As with past layouts, we have used layering as a way to enhance and add dimension to the layout. For this layout, we have chosen a 9 x 12 background with a painted lady’s face. We have chosen to make the 9 x 12 backgrounds our focal point and by doing this, the saying becomes a bit more prominent.

Now that we have our elements, we can now glue all of the items down. A 9 x 12 background was the first item that was secured first. Next was the journaling card. Once these elements were secure, we then started to think about placement of paper die cuts we wanted to use in this layout.

The foundation of the layout is now complete. Now we need to think about what we ant to place in the layout. For this particular layout we have decided to use paper die cuts to enhance the gratitude layout. The die cuts that have been added to the layout represent a journey one takes in life. Every die cut chosen represents the saying at hand.

In our minds, a bicycle represents adventure, which in turns leads to a journey taken. We also chose a locked heart and key which ties in with the journaling card of “life is a journey and only you hold the key” with a picture of a key with the word “heart.” A die cut of a cut out heart that is a bubble is placed above the painted lady’s head to imply she is talking about the journaling card. Lastly, we chose flower die cuts that represent nature, and in turn nature is all around and part of the journey taken. Remember when using embellishments, paper die cuts, or stickers they are meant to be used to give your layout a bit of “pop” to your page. They are not meant to overwhelm the viewer. When in doubt, less is more.

Let the words take center stage and there is no need for photos. The use of background paper, embellishments, die cuts, and stickers will help us create a world of gratitude. Thanks for stopping by and stay tuned for our Gratitude page for October.

Materials used:

  • One 12 x 12 Background Sheet by Echo Park Paper (Of Perfect Autumn)
  • One 8 x 9.5 Border of Painted Lady by Jane Davenport
  • One 3 x 4 Journaling Card “Life is a journey and only you hold the key” by The Reset Girl
  • Seven 1-Inch Enamel Dots by Simple Stories (You Are Here)
  • One 4-Inch Bicycle Die Cut by Scrapping Your Way
  • One 2-Inch Heart Die Cut by Scrapping Your Way
  • One 1-Inch Key Die Cut by Scrapping Your Way
  • Two 2-Inch Flower Die Cuts by My Mind’s Eye

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