I Adore Us!

I Adore Us!

Hello Simple Stories fans.  It's the month of celebrating love, and I'm so in love with the Kissing Booth collection!  I made a sweet layout celebrating my guy and me.  

We were just out a random day at brunch, but I really loved these photos of us that I printed out with my Instax Printer.  I knew this would be a paper heavy layout because I love so many of them, but I didn't want to overwhelm the two photos, so I made them the center, with everything pointing inwards.  

Inspired by some of the cut-aparts that have a wood print background, I picked the Hickory paper from the Snap Basics as my background.  I randomly cut the papers into wedges and arranged them in a circle around the central point, leaving a few open wedges.  I also cut the pretty floral scallop border sticker from the combo sticker sheet to add more interest to the mostly angular design. 

I machine stitched down the middle of each paper to secure it down, and in three of the open areas that are roughly the same distance from each other, I did a messy stitch back and forth in shades of pink and red.  I really love how that adds so much texture, and gives the eye a few spots that are further in the background to rest on.

Two more open areas I I filled with hearts from the puffy stickers pack.

For a title I used the XOXO stickers from the combo sticker sheet on top of the largest stitched wedge.  This sits next to a tab from the 4x6 sticker pack where I stamped the date. Originally I used a tab from the combo sticker sheet, but didn't like the size in relation to the photo. I love that the Simple Stories collections come with several size stickers, giving options to find something that fits just right. 

This design already had so much visual weight, so I added just a few more embellishments to give it depth.  A couple of floral stickers peek out from behind the photos, and on top I made a small cluster with a birdy sticker and the adorable tree trunk from the chipboard set.

Also I used a journaling spot from the bits & pieces pack, topped with a puffy heart stapled on with a tiny staple. The finishing touches are a couple word strips and arrow along the wedges, and a small sprinkling of white mist. 

This collection is the sweetest for scrapping all about the sweethearts in our lives!