Focus On What’s Important… To Someone Else
(This post is part of my Focus Your Craft & Soul Blog Event – see the list of all the posts HERE!)
One of the things I’m trying to focus on this year is appreciating the little things. I want to scrapbook all the small moments that make our family special! One of the ways to do this is to focus on what’s important… to someone else:
Mine obviously features my kids but you could easily adapt this to write about something that’s important to a partner, or a friend, or you could even create a layout from your pet’s point of view! Take a look through someone else’s eyes and it will remind you about the things that really matter.
I asked my kids which toys were their favourites – if I told them we were going away for a week and they could only bring one toy what would they choose? Little Miss chose a snow-tiger teddy (who is called Salad!) and Cheeky Boy chose some Mega Blocks bricks. I asked them to take a photo of the toys, Little Miss did take one all by herself, but I had to help Cheeky Boy a little – he kept pointing the camera in the wrong direction!
After they’d photographed the toys I also took a picture of them holding them:
I printed the photos (on my Canon Selphy) and then asked the kids to describe why they’d picked those toys. Little Miss wrote hers straight on a journal card, but Cheeky Boy told me his and I wrote it down. Then I tried arranging it all on my 12×12 paper, but it looked a bit flat and dull:
I realised that was because the focus was all over the place and it all looked too disjointed. So I pushed them all together, overlapping some edges:
I liked how this brought it all together!
I cut a couple of strips of paper from a sheet of Crate Paper Journey ‘Tribal’ paper, and another piece from a My Mind’s Eye Just Splendid 6×6 Pad, and stuck these to the background. I stuck the photos and journaling on top, raising the photos up with foam tape to give the page some dimension:
Then I finished the page off with some white mist drops and embellishments – including half a frame, lots of arrows, some stars and gems:
I used a couple of the new Happy Scatter Arrows Flairs!
I was glad I had space for a nice long title, as I didn’t want any of my own journaling on the page (it would distract from the cute things the kids said), but the page did need a bit of explanation, so a long title was perfect:
The big cork heart adds a different texture, but tucking it under the photo means it doesn’t take the focus away from the important stuff!
Record something that’s important to another person (or animal) on a layout or art journal, etc
Use a big shape or a frame half-tucked under a photo or other element
Use a black background with a central cluster of items on top
Who would you ask about the things that are important to them?
I’ll see you again at 3pm!