Sometimes a layout just comes together for me, and this was one of those layouts. When I received this rollercoaster paper from a recent Studio Calico kit, I had no idea how I would use it, but it was so cute, that I was certain it would be used. I felt the same way about the super adorable wooden sun frame - another SC piece. Then recently, our local volunteer fire department held it's annual carnival fundraiser (very small, very small-town, very cute) and we went. They had this adorable mini-rollercoaster for young kids -perfect. A couple years ago, my daughter went on it her first time, she ended up terrified, but evidently she didn't remember that part of the story. This year it was my son's turn, he was so excited, but as you can see from the picture, right before it began, he must have been a little nervous. Big sis took over, reassuring him, as the expert that she had now become. It was precious. 
I decided to make the layout into a rollercoaster theme - but not as much about the ride they took that day, but more about their bond as brother and sister and the ups and downs that life brings. I wrote my journaling in a whimsical twisty turning style down the side of the layout that I created in Illustrator then printed out on patterned paper.
Here's a technique I would love some advice on! I wanted to give the chipboard letters pop by inking the outer edges. I did it on a separate piece of paper at first but it didn't give me enough "pop" so then I just did it directly on the paper, too. Not sure it it achieved the exact result I was hoping for, but it does pop better. If you have any suggestions on this technique or a great pen for this kind of technique, please let me know! Would love to hear. :)
Lastly, I gave a little pop of whimsy to the corner with some ribbon strips and staples. I love how it turned out, and it's definitely one of my faves both from a design standpoint, but also sentimental.
Thanks so much for stopping by today! I hope you have a terrifically colorful day!