Everyday Family Moments with Jen McMurtrey

How do you record everyday moments with the people you love the most? A traveler’s notebook spread is a perfect way to capture a special memory in a small space, and design team member Jennifer McMurtrey is with us to share a fantastic and creative spread that she made extra special by using our March Cut Files! Let’s take a look!

Hello friends! It’s Jen today with a traveler’s notebook spread using the Elle’s Studio March kit and add-ons along with the awesome coordinating digital content. 

My son has recently taken great interest in cast iron cooking, and I am very grateful . . . why? Now, he wants to spend time with me to help him find new recipes and provide guidance as we prep the food and cook together. At the beginning of March, we spent an entire evening outside cooking a roast over an open fire in his Dutch oven. I can’t express how wonderful it was to have the entire family together for three uninterrupted hours doing nothing but conversing, checking the meat and veggies, and stoking the fire. What a gift!

Supplies | March 2020 Kit, March Cut Files, March 2020 Print and Cut Labels, Go See Do Acetate Die CutsAdventure StickersTiny Shapes and Dots Puffy Stickers, Title Builder Vol. 4 Puffy Stickers, Flourish 6 x 8.5 Paper Stack

As I work my way through my 2020 monthly traveler’s notebook, I have really begun to embrace using large photos with minimal embellishments. The visual impact is awesome. To balance the photo used as the first page, I chose to sketch the “go out & explore” March Cut File repeatedly on a piece of vellum. 

Using the sketch function on the Silhouette Cameo has become one of my favorite techniques—it creates such a unique look!

To add a bit of color and texture to the vellum, I used the same March Cut File with patterned paper from the Flourish 6 x 8.5 Paper Stack to create a title. The March 2020 Print and Cut Labels were perfect for adding the date below the title.

Following the vellum is a second large photo upon which I added a sentiment from the Go See Do Acetate Die Cuts. Again, I chose to keep the embellishments light since the photo makes such a huge impact!

The story of the photos is next and this is where I really put the March 2020 Print and Cut Labels to use. Rather than use a journaling tag, I decided to use the labels and “cascade” the story down the front of another large photo. This was also a great way to hide an object in the picture that I didn’t like. 

At the top of the photo, I added a blank label and die cut from the March 2020 Kit, along with a sentiment from Title Builder Vol. 4 Puffy Stickers. Doing this seemed to anchor everything on the page and balance the embellishments.

For the final two pictures, I used the Adventure Stickers and Tiny Shapes and Dots Puffy Stickers to add color and texture. I love how this spread turned out!

The March kit and add-ons could not have been more perfect for the story I wanted to document, and I know you’d love them as well. Be sure to stop by the shop to get yours before they are gone!

Thank you for stopping by today and I hope you are inspired to create!

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