(as always, click on photos for larger versions)
Here is a layout I just finished about how the boys have really grown into car travel. They can now hang out in the car for an all-day car ride like it's nothing! It's soooo much easier than when they were little! It started after the last of our Christmas travels, a ski trip just days after we got back from a family visit. We could really tell we had turned the corner then, and sure enough they have been champs all summer. If you have little ones, take heart: they can adjust to it... with enough practice!
The original design for this layout was by Cheryl at one of her Stamp Classes. I love love love these "Travel Log" stamps from Stampin' Up! Right now they are not available, as they were in a previous seasonal mini-catalog. But they could always come back in next year's full catalog so cross your fingers. Here is the original design:
This time, I ended up with a lot of red accents in the photos and decided I also wanted a little red in my embellishments. Also, I wanted to cluster the embellishments and didn't have quite enough to give it a layered look. So, I made a tag out of an office supply tag and some matching circles. I used a rosette my sister had made during her visit that happened to match. Finally, I added a scrap of patterned paper (leftover from Money-Pocket) that tied the page colors together and filled in the gaps in my photo grid. That gave me enough stuff to make some embellishment clusters and a nice visual triangle out of the red bits.
One thing I found interesting was that I had it like this and then tore up a few things and changed it to the version at the top of the post (yes, one of the tabs has fallen askew here but I've fixed that too).
I don't know if the difference is noticeable when you aren't looking at them side by side, but in this one the tag is tilted the other direction. I thought I had everything like I wanted it but then it felt unbalanced. I decided the lines of the tag were leading the eye off the page instead of onto it and switched the direction. I don't know if anyone but me even sees the difference but I'm happier with it switched!