Magic Story Theme

Each month, as I work on these story theme prompts from Ali Edwards, I am reminded how much I love getting these experiences down on paper.  I continue to enjoy this kit, mostly because I love to document extra stories that I may not get to tell in my Project Life spreads.

Last month's theme was "Magic".  After reviewing and taking in all of the class content (which is great, by the way), I realized that I resonated with one particular definition - magic as a quality that makes something seem removed from life, especially in a way that gives delight. 

Magical would definitely be an accurate description of how I feel during and after a run.  There is something about a run first thing in the morning that sets the tone for my entire day. If I don't do one more thing that day, I feel that I have accomplished something.

Inspired by one of Ali's layouts from the class, I printed out 3 x 4 photos of pictures I snapped on my phone during recent runs.  

I used a round hole punch to cut my photos and a few journal cards from the kit. I adhered some of them with an adhesive roller and others with foam dots for a bit of texture and dimension.

I wanted to use my "magic" acrylic piece for this layout, but I was afraid it would get lost with the white background.  I used my sewing machine to adhere a piece of kraft paper to the bottom of each page.  I love the effect, and the way it grounds the layout.

I used chipboard stickers and the perforated phrases directly from the kit on the opposite side. 

The "Like A Boss" stamp is from this Clearly Kelly stamp set.  And the the "from where i stand" flair badge is one that I designed available hereI also added some gold and silver stars throughout to add to the magic theme.

I should also mention that I included a 5x7 insert with my journaling right in the middle of this layout that I decided not include in this post.

One thing that I am struggling with in showing my layouts are how personal some spreads can be.  While I love to share my work, I feel that some layouts contain heartfelt feelings and thoughts that are so personal. Do you have a rule of thumb regarding sharing, or does it even cross your mind?  I'd love to know.

And here is my spread looks in my album:

I'm keeping all of my 8.5 x 11 layouts in this binder, which is working out really well for me. 

My previous story theme layouts: Firsts, Gather, and AM/PM.