Five years ago, my Mom gave me a collection of vintage postcards from Bolton Landing, NY, with correspondence from the early 1900s to 1940s. The back of the postcards have small anecdotes written to friends and family. Today, every time that I hear someone talk about their handwriting it’s always with apologies – my handwriting is awful, or, your handwriting is so much better than mine! But, whenever we look back at stories the generations have written before us, we never think… gosh, they have bad handwriting. Rather, we’re fascinated by the note they left us to read and see a small moment in their life.
I was inspired by this new Creative Memories Archiver’s™ page design that Melissa created, so I found my old postcards and decided to write down the story of why my Mom gave them to me.
What You’ll Need to Create This Layout:
- 4 papers from the Archiver’s™ 12×12 Designer Paper Pack (in the papers above, from left to right paper, #2 and #3 are the same paper just showing reverse sides)
- 12×12 Custom Cutting System Mat with Red Blade and Circle Custom Cutting System Patterns
- 1 12″ Border from Archiver’s™ Laser Cut Border Embellishments
- Archiver’s™ ABC/123 Stickers
- Repositionable Tape Runner Refill (you will need the Tape Runner case to use this)
- Jagged Tearing Tool
- 12-inch Trimmer
- 1 sheet of 12×12 Black Cardstock
- Foam Squares
- Black Dual-Tip Pen
Archiver’s™ Photo Corners (optional)
How to Create This Layout:
I started this layout by creating the circle with the Custom Cutting System. Choose a piece of designer paper and pick up your Red Cartridge and the medium circle. Then, place the blade on the inner track of the circle. For tips on how to use the Custom Cutting System, check out this video filled with tips like… don’t twist your wrist!
Then, pick another piece of designer paper and grab your Jagged Tearing Tool. Place your Tearing Tool down on the paper and tear the paper up while holding the Tearing Tool down. You’ll get a nice jagged edge.
Next, it’s time to do some trimming. Use the 12-inch Trimmer and prep the following designer pieces:
- Trim the designer paper with the typewriter .25″ on all sides.
- Trim the floral paper that you tore so it measures 8.25″ wide by 5.5″ tall with the torn edge on the left.
- Flip that floral paper over and with the torn edge on the left, trim this gray designer paper 7.5″ wide by 5.5″ tall.
- Trim the black time clock paper 8.5″ wide by 6.5″ tall.
Now that all of your pieces are prepped, start adhering your pieces in the following order:
- Adhere the designer paper with the typewriter to the Black Cardstock, centering the 11.5×11.5″ sheet on the 12×12 Black Cardstock.
- Use the Tape Runner to adhere the black time clock sheet down, looking at the picture at the top of this post for reference on placement.
- Then, adhere the floral paper with the torn edge on the left.
- Adhere the gray designer paper with the torn edge on the left.
- Choose 1 border from the Laser Cut Border Embellishment pack. Lay it down at the top of the time clock paper and then use the Scissors to cut it once the border reaches the right edge of the time clock paper.
- Use the Repositionable Tape Runner to adhere the right edge of the time clock paper. Here are a few tips on how to use the Repositionable Tape Runner.
- Adhere your circle over the border and tuck it behind the designer papers.
- Grab a few of your favorite Laser Cut Embellishments and arrange them as you would like to at the left edge of the time clock paper with the Repositionable Tape Runner Refill.
- Then, use the Repositionable Tape Runner Refill again to adhere a few embellishments over the circle at the top right of the page.
- Use your Foam Squares to adhere the word “REMEMBER” on the typewriter paper. Start in the center and work your way out from both sides – this helps you ensure that you end up centering the word on the typewriter paper.
- Then, choose your vintage photos or postcards and either your Photo Corners or Repositionable Tape Runner to adhere your photos on your layout.
- Finally, use the photo-safe Black Dual-Tip Pen to tell your story!
In our digital age, it’s more important than ever to write down stories for each other. What will you write next?