Have you ever had a scrapbook collection that just tugged at your heart strings? I don't know that I have, before now!
Apron Strings is the perfect collection for gathering up favorite family stories around food and cooking. While we are always telling stories on our layouts, sometimes we miss the everyday stuff. This collection tackles the everyday necessity of food! Christine joining you today with a 2 page layout showcasing my kids favorite home cooked meals!
I don't do a lot of 2 page layouts, but every once in a while you just need the space! Having four kids and recipe cards that were 6 inches wide, I had to go the 2 page route!
Knowing that there would be a lot happening, I wanted to have a very organized look to the pages. I envisioned a look almost like newspaper columns. That definitely helped to keep things from being overwhelming!
I asked each of my kids what their favorite meal that I make is (hooray for the fact that they like my cooking :) and then wrote down the basic recipe on each card. This isn't meant to be something to flip open to and reference, but more about telling the story of this moment in time. I also had to get over my dislike of my own writing because this layout was going to require a lot of it!
The kitchen shelves border comes from the 6 x 8 paper pad and I cut it down from one sheet into four strips. That said, I needed to cover up that cut 6 inches in. I used some ephemera and fussy cut patterned papers to do that and then added some additional embellishments to create a cluster.
With everything going on, I literally had nowhere to put a big title. This was the biggest struggle on this layout for me! I couldn't get past having no title, so there had to be a way. Thankfully, I found this little "Let's Eat" piece that I fussy cut and used that as my title.
I took these pictures on the day I created the layout, all in the same location. This allowed me to keep the lighting similar and make sure the pictures reflected the timing of the story.
The tags are cut out from a patterned paper made up of two sides of tags. I saw that paper and knew I had to use it. I kept my tag choices in line with my color choices from the recipe cards. I added them as a layer under each picture.
I also used Bits & Pieces and stickers as embellishments besides the tags.
Finally I added some coordinating enamel dots to each cluster.
If you would like to check out the details on how this layout came together you can see the entire process video on my YouTube channel!
Thanks so much for stopping by today, now run over and get this collection and start creating!