12 x 12 | materials patterned paper (Authentique, Echo Park, Little Yellow Bicycle) + border punch (Fiskars) + alphabet stickers (Basic Grey, Echo Park) + Century Gothic font
A Note from Amy
My layout was inspired by Erin's layout. The thing I love about Erin's layouts is how she conveys her personal style so well, and yet each layout is also unique. One of the defining parts of her style is photos lined up in a grid, but THE thing that makes an Erin layout is her skillful use of patterned paper. Seriously—Erin is a patterned paper genius! What I learned by studying how she mixes patterns is that the key is to unify with color. Look at the layout that inspired mine: the first pattern is green, which is mixed in with the pink in the next; the third (the long strip on the bottom) has green, pink, and blue, and then she repeats the blue with her date embellishment and background. See? Genius!
I tried putting into use what I'd learned on my layout, letting the orange and the green repeat in the butterfly paper on the bottom. Design-wise I did a pretty straightforward interpretation. Photo placement is identical; I used a different color scheme and I kept my corners square (but only because my daughter had absconded with my corner rounder). My other change was to replace the date embellishment with a circle-shaped journaling space.
Thanks Erin for inspiring me to look at my patterned papers in different ways!
This year’s Easter party at Grandma Sue’s felt strange. It was the week before Easter; none of the Snow side came; Jake & Dad were gone helping Grandma Beth move. We still did everything we usually do, a delicious dinner with ham, cheese potatoes, and salads. We scooped candy into eggs, then the dads hid them in all the traditional places. You kids all did the Easter-egg hunt. But I couldn’t help wondering. Maybe I’m wrong, but it felt like the last time. Like everything is going to change somehow. So I am glad you had this day to be with your cousins.
June Fun Fact
In June I am taking myself and my three oldest ("The Bigs" as they're called around here) to Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, with my mom and my sister and her kids. There will be some ziplining, some snorkeling, and maybe even a coastline horseback ride, but mostly the trip will involve lying on the beach with a good book. Or three!