Friday, 22 March 2013


One of my favourite types of layouts is where I document what my children are doing right now.  It's great to be able to look back and see the little details of their development.  I have a notebook that I jot down things they've said, their achievements and what they've have been enjoying doing.  

Each layout uses papers and embellishments from the new Crate Paper DIY collection, from which I picked out the ledger patterns to use as backgrounds so that there was cohesion between all of the pages for each of my children.

About a year ago, I pinned this page from a journal with a list of journaling prompts, knowing that I'd like to use it for a layout: this was used as the basis for my first page about Evie, using the headings as journaling prompts.

For this page about George, I used some small wood veneer pinked circles as bullet points and wrote straight onto the lines on the ledger paper.  The journaling came straight from the jottings in my notebook.

On this final page I decided to write a paragraph of description about Oliver right now, again writing directly onto the layout using the lines on the patterned paper.  Again my journaling was pretty much copied from the observations that I'd noted down.

There's a lot of handwritten journaling on these pages which helps to speed up the process and make it more personal too.  There's more information about using your handwriting on this post here.

by Helen

My Supplies:
Crate Paper DIY Collection Pack
My Mind's Eye - Collectable - Notable 'Memo' Title 
My Mind's Eye - Collectable - Unforgettable 6x6 Paper Pad  
Pebbles - Love You More - Kensie Thickers - Robin's Egg
Jenni Bowlin Acrylic Stamps - Outline Alphabet 


Kerry said...

What a great idea Helen, sometimes I take such mundane photo's of my girls doing everyday things but love the quality and now I know how to scrap them to give them purpose. Thanks for the inspiration. xx

DIane Warburton said...

Oh how you put me to shame. I should do this stuff but don't get time. Your layouts are such good memory joggers but also look great - very talented yet practical. Thanks for sharing your ideas

Jenga said...

I am going to do this THIS school holiday! Make me do it Helen :) Lovely pages x

Lesley G said...

Love those pages especially the first, very different :)

Nat said...

Gorgeous as always! Love the headings idea as journalling prompts as its something you could rep[eat over the years. Fab! xxx