I used to contribute to circle journals. Seemed like good idea. But my thoughts on what makes a "good" idea have changed considerably now that I am inundated with baby and toddler photos. Too many photos, too little time. You know how that goes.
Just after Sadie was born though, I had a circle journal to finish up, and the topic was "The Girl in the Mirror," and we were to create an entry based on a photo we had taken of ourselves in the mirror. Sadie was just four months old or so, and I was finding that most of my time spent in front of the mirror was with her, making faces and generally trying to make her laugh. So that's what I used for my entry.
I took 79 photos.
Did I get a good one? No.
Could I trash any of the 79? No.
So I made my journal entry with a collage, and I printed a second one for myself. It turned into two pages.
This one (which I've shared before):
And this one, which was in Simple Scrapbooks Scrapbook Play With Photos:
The original collage was an 8" x 8" and I just planned to slap it onto some cardstock and be happy. But I can never leave well enough alone. So I snipped the collage into vertical strips and arranged them to create more movement on the page, which really suits these photos. After all, I was holding my Nikon AND a wiggly infant.
I used an envelope from one of those CK kits for part of the title. It's hard to see in the photo, but it reads "priceless." I didn't put anything in the envelope. Just liked the added color and design aspect. The other part of the title "out-takes" was created in Photoshop Elements and printed to graph paper.
The stars on the page were all painted with glitter, and I added lots of other little details: cardstock rings, gems, mini-stars, buttons, brads. No real rhyme or reason, but this page just sort of all came together for me. I like that because it doesn't happen very often.
Supplies: Patterned paper: SEI, Scenic Route Paper Co., CK KOTM; Chipboard: CK KOTM; Gems: Junkitz, Hero Arts; Buttons: Wal-mart