Tuesday, October 15, 2013

The Story of Small Packages

I have to be honest, when I first saw the bright colours in the Glitz Designs Finnley collection I was a little daunted. I wasn't quite sure how I was going to make it work, and I actually decided it wasn't for me. Boy am I glad I decided to try it out anyway, because it turns out it's now one of my current faves!! 

I used turquoise cardstock for the base of this layout because it brings a new colour into the mix of red and green which stops it from looking too Christmassy and also makes it a little different from 'all the rest'. But it was another quite bright colour so I had to be sure to use lots of black and white to tone it all down a notch ;-)

The speech bubbles stencil was an exclusive in a past JBS kit and I simply gessoed over the whole thing here to give me lots of little places to add my journaling. After I told my story I simply filled the other ones with a few cute embellishments.

I cut up one of the Finnley journaling cards to use as my title and allowed it to prompt me into my layout topic. This saying "great things come in small packages" is something I hear a lot! At only 5ft 2" and having quite a petite frame I often get mistaken for being much younger than I am, and I don't carry much 'oommph' when I walk into a room. That is, until I open my mouth ;-) So I think people commonly offer this quote to me as some sort of condolences. I promise you, I don't need it.

I don't think my girls will have to worry about it though. Everyone on The Man's side of the family is quite tall - even the females. So I figure with half of his genes they'll probably balance out somewhere nicely in the middle. I can already see Munchy shooting up like a beanstalk. I reckon she'll be fitting into my clothes by the time she's 10. That'll make for some interesting times!

I had this layout up earlier in the month on the Paper Stories blog. I've been back there since then sharing the projects I've been making with the new Maggie Holmes Flea Market collection. I just love it! Here's a sneak of what's coming up next....



  1. I just love your story telling..x

  2. LOVE how you used the speech bubble template with the gesso and these colors. They are bright, but love the collection. You made it shine with that background turquoise too. Loving your work as well. Thank you so much for the sweet comment!

  3. The gesso worked a treat over the bright colours....& those speech bubbles.....Amazing!!! Love em:):)


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