I hope everyone is all prepared for Valentine’s Day! I still have a few cards to make & projects to finish. I’ve been a very busy girl for the last week or so. I’ve finished quite a few projects. One for Delaney, this Valentine layout and one to submit for an Ella Publishing contest…if it wins, I’ll share it with you when it’s published and if not, it will make a fun Layout of the Week. I’ll share the others with you soon.
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….