Past Travels in Pockets with Meg Gundlach

Hi friends, it’s Meg here! I don’t know about you, but I am more than ready for sunshine and warm weather. Unfortunately, that isn’t really the UK’s reputation. Until it catches up, I’m pulling out the beach photos and embracing the yellow infusion of the May 2021 kit and add-ons!  

Supplies | May 2021 Kit, May Print and Cut Labels, Treasure This Vellum Stickers, Puffy Banners and Border StickersTiny Shapes and Dots Puffy Stickers – Warm Tones, Wood Veneer Borders, Good Times Paper Stack, Fun with Borders Stamp, Knockout Words Metal Die, Jane Alphabet Stamp, Mini Dated Stamp, Mini Dated Extras Stamp, Hazel Alphabet Stamp 

I am so excited to finally be working on my Mexico 2006 mini album—maybe a tad overdue but this feels like exactly the right time to be reliving these adventures. As an obsessive photo taker and collector of paper bits, these days I’d never get away with a 6 x 8 inch album for a 2-week trip; for the wanderings of a recent college graduate with a semi-broken digital camera, it is working out just fine.  

I consider myself a relatively simple scrapper and sometimes find it stressful to maintain embellishment balance across a smaller canvas. I find it useful to instead consider the album as a whole. Because Elle’s releases always coordinate beautifully, I know that the pages I make in the future will look great with these made from the May 2021 kit and add-ons. Rather than hoarding my favorite supplies (I’m looking at you, Puffy Banners and Border Stickers) I am getting them straight onto pages. Luckily, stamps are a product I can love on over and over, so the Fun with Borders Stamp will keep me going for a while. 

I loved the beachy vibe of this paper from the Good Times Paper Stack and I loved the Knockout Words Metal Die, but I didn’t want to distract from the few water photos I had to include. To mellow my title tag, I used the die to make a stencil from a scrap of sticker paper. Then, I sponged seafoam ink messily over the top and peeled the stencil off. Nothing better than a super versatile new tool to add to your supplies!

Having this whole spread full of bright blue photos was the best, because all the fun colors from the May 2021 kit and add-ons just bounced right off. This side of the spread included journaling and memorabilia, a wristband and a ticket, so I kept the embellishments to scaled-back versions of what appeared on the other half. Carrying on my love affair with borders this month, I added one of the Wood Veneer Borders along the edge of the insert, but only inked the front.   

Because I’m working with the 4 x 6 inch photos I printed in 2006, 4 x 8 inch is my insert size of choice for extra photos. This is also great because it can easily accommodate any of the tags or patterned papers included in Elle’s releases. I cut down my journaling tag slightly so that I could corral everything I needed into one pocket. This was an easy place to tie together the pink, yellow and purple color scheme I have been using across the spread.  

Another fun fact? This is one of the last spreads for this trip and NONE of the others are done. Does not bother me one iota; they will get there eventually. Are you a ‘do it all in order’ or a ‘follow your whim kind of scrapper’? I’d stay to discuss it longer but I hear the siren call of a completely different project, so… until next time, friends!

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