A couple of weeks ago, my family participated in a Color Run at my daughter’s elementary school, and the event was so much fun! The kids were so excited to be allowed to get absolutely filthy! As I began to document the whole evening in my May traveler’s notebook, I grabbed the ephemera from “Carousel” by Maggie Holmes as the jumping off point for the spread.
You can check out my process video for this layout on my YouTube channel:
The “Carousel” line is wonderful for spring and summer events. Full of whimsical pieces, bright colors, and a bit of gold glitter, this line always makes me smile. Sometimes working with larger ephemera pieces in the traveler’s notebook size can be challenging, but I chose to embrace the busy feel of the pages. The event itself felt hectic at times, so a page filled to the brim with color and images really reflected the Color Run well.
One way to really get the most out of your ephemera pieces without making the page too overwhelming is to use the ephemera to hide pictures and journaling. On this layout, I created one tag and two separate tip-in pieces that hid a total of 4 different pictures. This also enabled me to add A LOT of journaling to the spread. Truthfully, journaling on pages has become one of my favorite things to do. I feel like pictures capture a lot, but sometimes words are necessary to really share the heart of the moment.
After securing all the ephemera and tip-ins with washi tape and adhesive, I added a final touch to the page. Nuvo crystal drops are fantastic for bringing a spread together and adding just a touch of detail. I’ve been forgetting about mine recently, but I am looking forward to reaching for them more often!
I’d love to know how much you all journal on your spreads! Do you write #allthewords or do you prefer to let the pictures speak for themselves? Perhaps something in between? Let me know in the comments below!
-The Scrappy Wife
- Traveler’s Notebook from By the Well 4 God
- “Sassy Upper” stamps from By the Well 4 God
- “Carousel” Ephemera by Maggie Holmes
- “Carousel” 6×8 paper pad by Maggie Holmes
- Tombow Permanent adhesive
- Jane Davenport washi tape
- Nuvo Crystal Drops – Rhubarb Crumble