Storytelling with Lovely Day

For the last three years, I have documented our days with pocket pages and I started the year with the intent of continuing that. But, as time has passed, I've found myself taking fewer photos and struggling to fill a layout each week.

So, for this year, I changed to a 9x12 album (as opposed to 12x12) - a format which needed fewer photos. Still, I haven't found myself completing weekly spreads. 

When April announced that she would be providing sketches each month, I didn't think much of it - I mean, I'm not a traditional scrapbooker. Soon after though, I realized that traditional layouts would allow me to tell our stories - even if I only used a photo or two. And so, I gave it a try.

With the scrapbooking industry focusing on telling family stories, I often find embellishments and product that - while adorable - don't fit my lifestyle as a 25 year old without children. The main focus of this layout, a chipboard sticker reading "you're so cool - I'm not even mad," would typically be tossed aside in that category. But, when I saw it, I knew that it was perfect for telling the story of introducing a four year old to instant film.

After all, she shot an entire roll of - expensive - instant film, but I wasn't even mad.

While several other instant photos that Kendall took ended up in my pocket pages from Arizona, I hadn't actually captured this story.

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This month's featured collection, Lovely Day, came with a variety of pretty - and fun - patterns and when choosing a sketch, my goal was to include several different papers. I also knew that I wanted to be able to include an Instax photo from that day.

The collection also came with fun, bright, round embellishments - including enamel dots and wood veneer - and I quickly discovered circles as a theme.

To finish out the layout, I added journaling via "typewritten" strips of text and added the date on an old Studio Calico label (which seemed made for this color scheme.)

I also combined the heart shapes from the chipboard pack with an Amy Tangerine heart stamp to tie the sections of the layout together.

Overall, I was happy with the story told and the ease at creating a full page layout. In fact, I liked it so much that another 9x12 layout is coming to the blog later this month.

If you have your own Spring stories to tell, you can get the newest Dear Lizzy collection, Lovely Day, from the April Lilli shop for 20% off through the end of March.


In 2017, I am serving as a member of the April Lilli Design Team. You can see my spreads created with products from the April Lilli shop here and see spreads from other design team member's on April's blog.