I am still working my way through my story kits from Ali Edwards but these kits are something that I absolutely love because they really do prompt me to get stories told. I have finally broken out the Read kit and completed my first 9×12 layout which I must say I really enjoyed.

9×12 layouts seems to be where it’s at for me right now and I am really loving the size change. I didn’t think that I would at first but now that I have created project life layouts in this size and a regular layout I am finding that I am quite happy with it.

I actually created this layout for Stash it Monday for the Crafty Maven and it was supposed to be published on Monday the 26th but with me moving and packing that just didn’t seem to work out for me. Now that we are still in the process of moving it appears that a nice little Hurricane is coming my way. This post is being scheduled before the hurricane because I have no idea what is going to happen when it comes to the storm and power and all those things that we take for granted.

Back to the layout. I used really old paper that I cut down into 9×12 along with another piece of paper that I chopped the corners off of. I needed inspiration for this layout so of course I went to Pinterest and found something to scraplift for this layout. I find that because I am not used to scrapbooking in this size that I had a hard time coming with a design for the layout. I am sure that the more that I scrap in this size the easier it will get for me. You can follow me on Pinterest here to see where my inspiration came from.

I used a Prima circle stencil and some Heidi Swapp Color Shine to add circles to the layout and then I used the screen print that came in the Read kit with some gray Golden paint that I mixed with white paint because I wanted a lighter gray color. This created my journal spot. I mounted my photo on a glassine bag from the Spiegelmom Scraps shop and found some embellishments in my stash to add my cluster areas (use code Beth15 for a discount in the shop). The last thing to do was add my title that came with the story kit. I have found that using scor-tape seems to be the best way to add these acrylic words to my layouts. I actually ended up fussy cutting the little hearts that you see on the layout.

What do you use to inspire you to tell your stories?

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