Family Bonds

Family Bonds

Hello! Stacy here today with 2 layouts using the ‘Heart’ Simple Set. I love this collection. It is especially so because of the colors and the theme inspired – Family.

Family to me is a very important aspect in my heart. I shared some close moments with my paternal relatives, and I was lucky to spend some great times with both my grandparents. This collection inspired me to create some layouts with my old but greatly treasured family photos! Hence, I started with restoring the photos. Most of the old photos I had were taken by a film camera, hence the colors on the photographs had faded over time.

For the first layout, I used a photo when I was probably 3 years old. It was a huge family joke about this photo, since I was holding hands with my cousin who was 2 months older. I spent part of my childhood with him and this was one of those cute photos which I hold dearly to my heart!

The first layout is titled “Childhood”.

I started with punching out numerous circles on different pattern papers in the ‘Heart’ collection. I am in love with the designs of this collection pack. So I thought, why not display the pattern papers as a background? I added kraft cardstock circles behind the pattern papers and sewed them to the background.

The folded edges remind me of the diamond pieces which I have seen on the fundamental sticker sheet. I decided to add them to the edges so as to fill up some empty spaces. I also paired it with some wood embellishments from the ‘Life in Color’ Collection.



I added some embellishments in between the background to break the regular shape at the background. It is easy to do it with the sticker sheets!


Next, I decided that I would do some hidden journaling on my thoughts about this photo. Hence, I did some fussy cutting to add some hearts on the corner of my layout. Since the photo is raised slightly, it allows some space for my tag to slide in and hang onto the photo mat with a heart embellishment.


The next layout, “Love” is a very special layout for me. These photos were taken during an outing to the Botanical garden with my grandparents. My aunt used to tell me how much my grandfather used to dote on me, and always carrying me around all the time. How treasured are these photos of my grandparents’ love for us? 


I wanted to keep this simple with just key words/phrases and star-themed. I chose the star element because I was told that my grandparents had gone to a better place and the brightest stars in the skies are them looking out for me. Although I know that it may be scientifically untrue, I still find solace looking out for them in the skies.


I also added some stitching to the star die-cuts in order to highlight them. It is especially helpful with the pattern papers from the ‘Heart’ collection because they blend nicely with the pattern papers. I also used the chipboard frames from ‘Life in Color’ Collection. These were tilted and hung from below the photos, each containing a simple sentiment and embellished. I love how easily I could mix the embellishments from different collections!

In addition, I used a border punch for a strip below the photos, as well as tags and wooden embellishment in order to create emphasis on the photos.


Creating these layouts have taken me on a memory recap and I loved all the emotions accompanying these layouts. Stop today for a while and reminisce on the old times! These can really bring back a big smile to your face! Thanks for stopping by today!