Hello there, my Crate Paper blog friends, Mou Saha here with today's tutorial. Simple as it is, my layout connects to an aspect of our daily life at home very closely. My son has recently learned to read and now tries to read even billboards when we drive on the highway. While I happily supply him with books, he isn't always keen on finishing the reading activities he is given as homework.Word search is one such activity... he groans that it's too hard, too boring, etc. However, when I sit with him and search with him, he is excited to see the words appear before his eyes. When I saw the alphabet side of the Playdate paper from the newly released Toy Box Collection, I decided to go on a word search with my son!
We found words that fit him as they would fit most little boys and in true word search style, we circled them. In order to make the words stand out more, I went over the letters with a black pen.
While at it, I was mentally sketching out my layout. So, we circled words leaving out enough space for a photo, title and journaling.
I love that the Toy Box collection comes with two sets of coordinating alphabet stickers. Plus having the letter stickers in black dictated the color scheme for my layout: black and white.
Now, I'll admit that it's hard for me to cut up a paper I love, especially double-sided ones of which I love both sides. You'll know exactly what I mean if you see the other side of the Playdate paper. It's full of little boy things like trucks, cars, planes... just like my son's toy box! But in order to keep the focus on the word search theme, I wanted to keep embellishments minimal. There was just the right airplane and I cut it up and attached with pop dots.
I added a label sticker near the airplane, two large buttons (one metal and one wood!) next to the title and a strip of black ribbon with white stars at the very bottom of the page. Finally, I journaled below the photo and machine stitched all around. And there you have it... my finished layout!
Hope you have a creative day!