For this first layout, I used an April PageMap -- it caught my eye because of the wood grain background paper and the use of an envelope for memorabilia:
This is what I came up with, after a lot of adjusting and changing:
The only items I used from my stash were gems, a button with twine and a paper clip. Oh, and the background paper too. Originally, I used a sheet from the kit with a wonderful wood grain effect to it (you can see it in my video HERE). Unfortunately, I messed it up when I tried to add mist to it. Ugh! This paper in my stash (from Pink Paislee) worked just as well so that I could redo my page.
There is a pocket to hold some special memories, and the photo (which is of my grandparents) is paper clipped to the pocket, since there isn't a copy of it yet. I like the look -- I may just leave it that way!
When I started this layout, the paper in the kit was getting to an end. From these patterned papers, I punched several squares and pieced them together for a quilt-like effect. (The chipboard letters for the title are from the Basic Grey PB&J collection.) Again, the gem and the button with twine were the only things pulled from my stash. If I would have had more patience with my sewing machine, I would have added stitching too.
I hope you picked up some ideas and inspiration for your own layouts! If you are interested in this kit, head over to The Memory Nest. All kits are 30% off right now! Click the graphic below: