What A Week : BasicGrey Paper Cottage

Welcome to another installment of our What A Week blog series!  This month, we’re showcasing our Paper Cottage collection.  We’ve asked Marcy Penner to join us this month.  She and I have each created a layout documenting a week in our lives using the same products.  We’ll also be giving you a chance to win the same products for use on your own weekly layout!

This month, I chose to document the 22nd week of this year – the last week of May.  Even though I’m about three months behind – note I had a baby three months ago and I’m using that as my excuse! – I absolutely love the end result of having each of these weekly layouts in an album to document our daily lives.

[Left Page] First time smores.  Suggested baby name.  Grocery receipt.  The weather on the date our third child was born.  A mama/daughter date at Starbucks.  Fun with raspberries.

Probably my favorite piece of this weekly layout – a combination of our Paper Cottage collection and Marcy’s Simple Vol. 2 journaling cards.  So easy to put together and the colors worked so well with one another.

A close second on my favorite part of this weekly layout is this journaling card containing a quote by our oldest daughter on what we should name our third child.  I love the dotted alpha included in the Paper Cottage alphabet stickers as they really make a statement when outlined with a black pen.

To add journaling to this photo pocket, I used a die cut and personalized it with our Let Them Eat Cake stamp set.  Stamps are such a great product to use in weekly layouts as they can easily be personalized using whatever color of ink you’d like.

I chose to use another of Marcy’s journaling cards to hold a grocery receipt for the week.  I personalized it by cutting a small circular sticker in two and placing them on either side of the card title.  Easy!

[Right Page] Pregnancy stress test #2.  A trip to the library.  Tags from new baby clothes.  A bag that was attached to the bottom of a balloon.  A birthday party attended by our oldest daughter.  Colleagues of my husband that visited us in the hospital.

You don’t always have to include embellishments within the pockets of your weekly layouts.  Here I chose to use a Paper Cottage Flair Sticker on the outside of my page protector to embellish tags from my son’s clothing without adding extra bulk to the actual tags.

[Insert - Front] The birth of a child definitely deserves an insert!  I wanted to uses minimal embellishments to maintain focus on the photos.

Creating a personalized title card for my insert was easy using one of Marcy’s journaling cards and the Let Them Eat Cake stamp set.  I love that banner stamp and can’t wait to use it on other projects as well.

[Insert - Back] Yet more hospital photos.  I like that using an insert with a certain number of spaces forced me to select only my absolute favorite photos from the hospital.

My children refer to my husband’s sister as their Aunt Cuckoo (long story).  I embellished this photo by trimming one of the Paper Cottage Titles Stickers to size.  The sticker had a small bird on it which was perfect for what I was documenting.

I used another Paper Cottage Flair Sticker to embellish the photo of my son in his carseat before heading home from the hospital.  I thought the “Fly Free” sentiment was fitting and love how versatile these stickers truly are.

Now that you’ve taken a peek at what I created, how about taking a look at what Marcy came up with?  Click here to visit Marcy’s blog and view her What a Week layout created with the same products I used.

But before you go…

We’d love to give one lucky BG fan the chance to use the same products we utilized to create their own weekly layout – with plenty of product left over for other projects!  See the giveaway box below for your chance to win.

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