Hello Fun! by Jen McMurtrey

Hello Fun! by Jen McMurtrey

Sometimes a person just has to sit back and laugh at life and situations in which we all find ourselves from time to time. Today’s project is all about one of those funny moments that simply must be told…regardless of how ridiculous the photos are.

Last January my daughters and I took a trip to Charleston and had the best time. If you follow the Simple Stories blog, you’ve surely seen previous projects documenting our trip. However, those projects have all focused on the “perfect” pictures we took rather than some of the funnier moments we captured. After looking through the new Good Stuff collection, I knew it was just what I needed to get this story recorded.



One afternoon we took a walking tour of the city and happened upon a group of people with birds that would perch on your arms. This seemed the perfect photo opportunity, and I quickly volunteered to do it. Clearly, all did not work out as planned. What was supposed to be a fun experience turned into me screaming in terror as the birds crawled all over me. Of course, my thoughtful kids were snapping pictures rather than helping me out of the precarious situation.

To begin the project, I chose a piece of SN@P! Basics Chestnut/White Dot patterned paper as the background. Next, I used the 6x6 Stencil – Plus Signs with yellow, orange, and pink inks to add color to the page. Last, I added a strip of paper from Good Stuff that served as the base for the photos and embellishments. Along the top and bottom edges of the paper strip, I stamped rainbows in the same colors I used with the stencil. Doing this created a fun border and anchored everything.



Photos were next, and I printed them in black and white to keep them from clashing with the colors in the collection. The largest photo on the far right was adhered to a chipboard frame, which I placed on the page with foam tape.



With embellishments I kept it fairly simple with the exception of the last photo. This collection has so many fun bits and I love the die cut numbers, which I used as a photo count rather than the number of each month.



Each of the photos has a sticker sentiment summing up my feelings in the moment and arrows that lead you across the page.



Behind the framed photo is where I hid my journaling on a 3x4 cutaway.



This layout was so fun to create and documents a hilarious story that was part of our trip. While I can’t believe I am actually posting these photos for everyone to see, I hope you will be inspired to record your awful pictures and funny stories. I’m really glad I finally got this one done.

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