Hi everyone, today Maribeth is on the blog sharing her gorgeous layout using the Larkindesign Sweet Chicks Digital Collection! Be sure to check out her About Me Page, where you can connect with her on all your favorite social media.

Hi everyone! Today I wanted to talk about products. In Theresa’s classes called In My Pocket Memory Keeping, Volumes 1 & 2, she talks a lot about using products you love while you still love them. This is such great advice. I’ve found that my products do have a bit of a shelf life. It’s a combination of factors: my taste and style changes overtime, and because I am a kit club subscriber, I have an influx of new products coming in every month. This can make products that are just a few months old less attractive since they are no longer brand new and shiny. One of the best things for me to do is what Theresa suggests: use your products as they come in the door. 

For this page, I used a digital template as my starting point for my photos documenting walking in the Saint Patrick’s Day parade this year. I had this adorable acrylic rainbow I had recently purchased from Elle’s Studio and I was determined not to hoard it. I wanted to use it while I still loved it so I immediately set about making this page.

Photo templates are a great tool for helping make decisions on where things go on a layout. Since I wanted the rainbow to be front and center, I placed that in the top left spot because your eye goes there first. I turned off the top left photo mat layer in Photoshop so that space would be white when I printed out my page. That created the perfect home for my rainbow. 

Templates also take the guess work out of photo sizes and where to place your journaling, which to me, is always a bonus. On this particular template, I love how there is space to tell a larger story. I used it to journal about my work bestie and our parade adventure. 

I adore how I can mix Theresa’s collections with my physical products to create layouts I love. Here I used a black & white background paper and some chipboard numbers from Felicity Jane, puffy letter stickers from Pink Fresh Studio, & the blue heart from Elle’s Studio. I used more of my favorite paper from the Sweet Chicks Digital Collection with the brush script to create my ” D”. 

I hope you come join us in the In My Pocket class. It is filled with fantastic tips! I’ve been a pocket scrapper since 2013 and was amazed at how much I’ve learned from both classes. We have a private Facebook group for the class as well so come join us! 

See you soon,


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