img_9691Enjoy the small moments.  It’s a phrase we say, but how often do we really stop and take note?  How often do we take in and document those small moments that really make each day worth showing up?  For 2020, I am making a goal of documenting some of the simpler moments…those times when a certain person or simple activity really brightened my day.  One of the first such “small” moments was a fun lunch with some of my very best friends.  You can check out my process over on my YouTube channel:

I had the urge for a bit of mixed media, so I began this whole layout with a white tag from Felicity Jane.  Using a couple of different Distress Oxide ink colors (Victorian Velvet & Bundled Sage), I blended on the inks to give my tag a colorful base.  Next, I misted a few larger water droplets onto the tag to really encourage the oxidation process to begin.  That is the fabulous part about using Distress Oxides!  I always love the effects you can achieve with these fun inks!

img_9687To add more to my tag, I pulled out the “Madison” stamp set which happens to be full of great phrases that worked well with this lunch outing.  I stamped them in block fashion, playing a sort of Tetris-game with my stamping.  Effectively, this was like creating my own patterned paper, and I loved it!  While the stamping did not block out perfectly, I loved the ending result.  I finished up the tag by adhering the picture and a couple of ephemera pieces that set off the picture even more.

img_9688For the left side of the spread, I chose a gorgeous floral paper from the Madison collection.  However, the busyness of the floral and the busyness of the tag that I created did not create the harmony I was hoping for on the layout.  I toned down the busy look of the floral paper by adding a simple journaling card mounted on black scrap paper and one black bow die-cut piece.  For the right side of the spread, I balanced the florals by adding black and white florals from my stash.

Never one to really embrace white space, I am loving how full this layout looks while not becoming overwhelming.  Simple and elegant (thanks Felicity Jane!), these easy layouts are making it possible for me to have fun documenting this year.

I hope your 2020 documenting is well under way!  What changes are you making to your style this year?

Keep it creative,

-The Scrappy Wife

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