Hello everyone! Enza here and today I’m sharing a layout that is all about my oldest daughter’s dream to become a professional ballerina. She is only twelve, but she has everything planned out already. Intensive courses, hours of training, auditions, and more. I’ll tell you a little story… the picture you see on this layout was taken the day we went to see the Nutcracker ballet. There were a few areas set up for pictures and she was more than willing to pose for me. She went on and on about wanting to dance on that same stage one day. When we got home we received an email from her dance teacher letting us know she had been chosen to perform her first solo role in the spring! You can imagine her excitement (and mine!). I can say her dreams are big, but so is her desire to achieve them.
The layout I created for today’s post is all about dreams and encouragement.
Since the photo has a snowy background, I decided to use the Snowflake cut file by Paige Evans (Design ID #230984) as the main element on my page. I love how intricate and pretty this design is. I opted to back it with a patterned paper from the Turn the Page collection that includes lots of soft colors – mainly pinks and blues, which always make me think of snow and cold weather when used together.
I positioned the cut file towards the right side of the background paper that I had prepared with a light wash of white acrylic paint to mimic the look of snow. I adhered it down with foam adhesive for more dimension.
For the photo, I layered several patterned papers and some vellum behind it, while to embellish it I used all kinds of goodies. The sentiments included in the Turn the Page collection are perfect for the theme of this layout. Words of encouragement and best wishes are the focus here. The “let your light shine” paperclip banner inspired me to use stars around the picture. To bring the layout together, I repeated the star motif on the top left corner of the page.
At this point, it felt like the page wasn’t complete yet, so I decided to use the positive spaces of the cut file to create a stardust-like look on the bottom left corner of the layout and draw the eye to the photo.
I hope you enjoyed reading about my process and the story behind this layout! Thank you for stopping by!