Hello, everyone! Today I am sharing a layout about my new reading corner. For more than fifteen years, I’ve never bought new furniture, everything has been hand-me-downs. Now, don’t get me wrong, I appreciate it. It saved me a good amount of money that I did not have at the time, but it didn’t feel like home.

Nothing in my house reflected my personality.

For the past year, I’ve been thinking about buying new furniture for the living-room. However, every time I look online for new pieces, I talk myself out of it. Finally, I said to myself, “what the heck, just order it already…” If I do not do it now, it will never happen. I clicked, “purchase” and bought myself two beautiful gray oak shelves, two chairs, a coffee table, and a love seat. The best part was after everything arrived, I did not feel GUILTY about my purchase. It felt great.

Before I had shelves in my home, I had my books stacked up on my desk and bedroom dresser. Now, I don’t have to worry about that because I have plenty of new shelving to store my books.

Here is my layout of my new space. Doesn’t it look nice and cozy?

For the background of the layout, I used the Awesome Ladies Paper Pack . It is currently available in the shop! The designs are different and eye-catching!

I used a yellow marker to color in the polka dots patterned paper to add some color. Then, I tucked a black tag behind the journaling card and added a few enamel hearts at the top of the tag. I used a black Sharpie pen to hand-journal my story in as few sentences as possible so that it fit on the journaling card.

To help bring out the “reading” theme of this layout, I used a few stamps from my stamp collection. Once the images were stamped onto the paper, I used a blue marker to color the book image to help bring out the blue from the enamel heart. Then, I used foam squares to pop the “yes” sticker up off the ampersand.

I used the yellow marker that I used to color in the polka dots to add a border around the layout to pull it all together. Then, I cut the corners off a journaling card that I was going to use initially, but made a mistake with the journaling… so rather than throw it in the trash, I made photo corners to use on the photo.

What do you think of my new space? I am pretty happy with it.

Join us today for the read storytelling workshop

  1. Melissa LaFavers 6 months ago

    I LOVE the space, and I think it’s awesome that you treated yourself and created a place for you to enjoy reading. The layout you created is great, too. The way you pulled everything together, especially using supplies from the shop, really inspires me.

  2. Jenn 5 months ago

    Looks great! I love this style so much.

    And I have a general question about creating pages like this. When you document your new space, for example, or any notable thing on a single page, what do you do with it? Is it part of a larger album? Is it simply its own page/story that stands alone? Where does it go if not into an album? Although I have ideas of one or two page stories to tell/scrap, my left brain wants to make everything fit together and keeps me from telling these smaller but important stories because I keep wanting to compartmentalize them but they don’t necessarily fit anywhere in particular. I guess I’m looking for ideas about what others do with these kinds of creations. 🙂

    • rukristin 5 months ago

      My suggestion would be to create a new album specifically for your stories. I have a specific 6×8 album that I like to use for these pages. I love that they’ve got a smaller surface area and I can do 2 page spreads easily.

      I really like doing the two page spreads in that album because it doesn’t necessarily have any other cohesive theme other than ‘this is a story I’m telling about my life right now’ and the two pagers gives it a nice storybook feel.

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