“You” scrapbooking layout by Jill Sprott

Do you ever encounter reluctant or challenging subjects for your photos? My mischievous husband dons a silly expression or feigns a grumpy face whenever I try to take his picture. When this happened again recently, I didn’t let that stop me from documenting his “true” self on the page.

You-Elles-Studio-Jill-LO-BLOGSupplies used: Elle’s Studio August 2016 Kit; “You” Acrylic; Heart Circle Acrylics; School Days Stamp; Sunny Days 12 x 12 Paper Collection.

In fact, these two oddball photos — the best of the bunch I attempted to take — became the inspiration for the layout elements that I chose, including the Elle’s Studio August kit and extras, which I paired with stamps from the new “School Days” mini-collection and paper from the “Sunny Days” collection.

After using various hues of blue to stamp the pie charts on a sheet of white cardstock, I stitched loops around the stamped images, and then arranged the photos and accents. Over one of the pie charts, I arranged the days of the week, cut from a journaling card in the August kit.

The days, set against the backdrop of differently sized pies, represent the constancy of this guy’s love regardless of his mood or what is happening in our lives. Over a second pie chart, I added my journaling, which reinforces that idea.

For the first time, this month’s kit features its die-cut shapes on sheets. I took advantage of the negative space left behind after popping out the shapes, and included the sheet behind the photos on the page. I love how the colors peek through!

While I was working on this page, my husband stopped by to take a look at it, and he chuckled. Hopefully now he’s realizing that regardless of the faces he makes, he can’t avoid a place in this scrapbooker’s albums — or heart.