Documenting Happy Things with Junell Kruzel

Hello! It’s Junell here on the blog today and I’m wondering if there’s a prize for most used products on a layout? There’s only a handful of items from this month’s release that I did not use. It’s all just so good!

Supplies | February 2022 KitFebruary Labels, Fuchsia Cardstock Label Stickers, Grid Circle Cardstock StickersJane Tile Alphabet Cardstock Stickers – Fuchsia, Life Captured StickersLittle Love Label Stickers, Love You Paper Stack, Love Notes StampLarge Heart Jane Alphabet Stamp, Large Heart Jane Number Stamp, Love Notes Metal Die, Large Jane Alphabet Metal DieLarge Jane Number Metal Die

Last year I read a book by Todd Doughty called Little Pieces of Hope: Happy-Making Things in a Difficult World. There was page after page of things that gave this author some happiness. Big things, like seeing the Eiffel Tower and little things, like hearing chirping birds outside his window. This inspired me to keep my own running list that I add to quite a bit. I just keep it on my Notes app and now have well over 300 things.

For this layout, I thought it would be fun to document 46 of the happy-making things on my list in celebration of my 46th birthday this past January. 

It would be very easy for a layout like this to get very busy and overwhelming. To counteract this, I made sure the bulk of the layout was “contained” within a box, yet the title and journaling are outside the box in the white space.

When adding elements to the box, I started with the larger items: the three pictures, which I die cut using the Love Notes Metal Die heart, two die cut hearts, and three tags from the February 2022 Kit, which I fussy cut. I placed them in a zig-zag line to draw your eye through. 

I also paid attention to the colors when adding and placing them in the box. Even though there are several colors being used, I made sure that each color was used at least three times in the layout for cohesiveness. I also placed them evenly throughout the box and not clustered together.

After the larger elements were added, I started adding the smaller elements. Many of them were the die cuts from the February Kit, and I also used the February Labels, the Fuchsia Cardstock Label Stickers, and the Grid Circle Cardstock Stickers. I also had to keep in mind that I needed 43 spots for writing items down, as three were pictures, and kept counting over and over to make sure I had exactly 46 happy-making things! Then I got busy writing. All I had to do was refer back to my Notes app. One of my happy-making things is seeing a new box of Elle’s Studio goodies on my porch!

Have you thought about documenting your happy-making things in a layout? I offer the challenge to give it a try! The Elle’s Studio February 2022 kit and add-ons are perfect for creating this type of layout! Be sure to post it in the Elle’s Studio Facebook group. I would love to see the layout and your happy-making things!

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