I created this week's layout with my favorite Valentine collection of the season, Love Bandit by Bo Bunny. (Check out Bo Bunny's Blog for lot's more Valentine inspiration!) I love the use of color on these papers. It's refreshing to get away from just red & pink papers for this holiday. Not that I don't love all the hearts & sparkle Valentine's brings, but too much of anything can be overkill. So this cute collection full of little racoons & bugs jumped out at me.
Once I chose the paper, I happened upon a sketch contest on Ella Publishing's blog. When I looked over the sketch, I thought it was the perfect layout for my papers & the photos of my kids. Since brown is one of my favorite colors, I love to use sepia tone photos. These photos are from Jake's 2nd Birthday a couple weeks ago. He's wearing his red Christmas "mun-in" (monkey) jammies and they certainly didn't complement the Love Bandit papers at all. So I printed them in sepia which looks great with the browns & other colors of these papers.
Lately it seems like I've been making a lot of single page layouts. In the past, I was a total double page spread (DPS) girl. My love of symmetry always led me to create two pages for each layout. But I have started to find more value in one nice large photo for a single page layout, you know, a picture is worth a 1,000 words & all. But I love this Love Bandit paper collection so much, that I decided to add a right side page to my sketch for the Ella contest. I chose the blue patterned paper, I like how it coordinates with the brown background of the left side without being exactly the same. See what you think....
And here the two layouts are side by side, just like they'll look in my album...
I hope everyone enjoyed my Valentine layout! And I hope you enjoy your long weekend...hopefully it is a long one for you like it is for us!
Happy Valentine's Day!
See you back here tomorrow for Ann's Virtual Girls' Night Out! All you bloggers out there really should check out Ann's party! We have a lot of fun every Friday night, meeting & greeting bloggers from all around the web and the world! I wonder if Ann's theme will be Valentine's Day or the Olympics or a combo of the two. Those of us on the West Coast are very excited that they Olympics are in our time zone this year, maybe we'll catch more of the action!
Use sepia tone photos to easily coordinate a layout with brown tones.
Use 7 Gypsies buckles to hold just one little knot of ribbon instead of on ribbon running all the way across your page.
Don't be afraid to use two different background papers on one DPS. Do try for a solid or unobtrusive background if one side is a pattern.
Don't let your photos hide your pattern. Get out that craft knife & use it to trim around part of your pattern. Check out the right side layout. I used the craft knife to cut around the portion of the tree that would have been hidden under my photo mat. Then I stuck my photo mat under that portion of the tree, letting the tree pop out over my photo.
Don't let those extra dots that come in the packs of THICKERS go to waste, use them as mock brads! I put them on my tags on the left side layout.
Bo Bunny: Love Bandit patterned papers, chocolate dot paper, stickers, ribbon
7 Gypsies: Pink Buckle
American Crafts: Green Glitter THICKERS-dots & bracket
Martha Stewart: Punch Around the Page Punch