A couple of days ago, I mentioned creating a non-theme related layout from some of the Stars and Stripes simple kit from Simple Stories that I had remaining. I fully intend to do that, I even began this layout with those papers. But the stars that I originally had adorning the page had implications that don't apply... So, I had to wipe the slate clean and start again. This is the result;
I have a lot of red, white and blue scraps! With our team colors being red and blue, and swimming being one of the ways we spend most of our "free" time, there are a lot of swimming layouts in our albums. I like to coordinate the colors of my pictures with the colors in my layout. Either that or I go with complementary colors in order for the picture to stand out. This layout is entirely created from scraps other than the background pience.
The title of this layout, Learn, Live, Grow, is based upon a SN@P card from Simple Stories. The card itself didn't look right on the layout but I liked the message. A message that I hope applies to this situation, photographed here. There are really two themes to this layout; the occasion itself as Nikolas checks in with coach prior to his swim and the relationship between coach and swimmer. It wasn't the most positive experience for Nikolas, unfortunately. But I hope he learns from it and grows richer as a result.
That red, white and blue washi is a pull tab with some hidden journaling. Journaling about the relationship between coach and swimmer. It's a tad negative and not something the world need see. Probably not something Nikolas even need be aware of until later in life. Not every experience we document is positive but we hope to learn from these occasions and turn them into positive learning and how to deal with life's less rewarding moments. Let's face it, we all have them!
So while I shyed away from the plethora of stars and don't think he's a star coach, I do think Nikolas will be a star for the lessons learned from this experience. In time. He is still figuring out how he will remember this swim and the things his coach said to him. And thus the stars still exist, just in much smaller quantity and for entirely different reasons.
Do you attach meaning to the embellishments on your layouts or they just that, embellishment? Do you place certain things for particular reasons? I'd love to know. Sometimes I wonder why people put what they do on their layouts and there may or may not be a reason.