September 28, 2009

Layout of the Week Relaxing in the Hammock


In our family, the hammock is one of our favorite places to relax. These photos were shot on the 4th of July a couple years ago. It was very hot, over 100 degrees. After our morning neighborhood parade, Delaney & our neighbor girl painted their nails, then relaxed in the shade waiting for them to dry. I shot some photos and was very excited about these ones.

When I combined the bold striped pattern of the hammock in the photo and the bold patterns of the fun Creative Cafe papers, I had to rethink my plans. The colors in the photos and the papers coordinated well, but the combination took the focus of this page away from my subject, Delaney. I loved the photos, so I reprinted them in Black & White. I was very happy with the result.

I chose these papers because they all have at least a little red, white or blue in their patterns. It was fun to add the multi color star ribbon from American Crafts. I like how the combination creates a subtle look for this 4th of July layout. Subtlety is not usually a trait I see in my layouts. Most of my 4th of July layouts are “in your face” red, white & blue with fireworks, stars & glitter. It’s so nice to expand the horizons of my creativity. I did use my typical m.o. of combining lot’s of patterns on this one though. I didn’t want to change all of my habits on one layout, it was nice to just change it up a bit.

Go ahead, try something outside your comfort zone on your next project!

Tips

Try printing your photos in Black & White when your papers have bold patterns or a combination of patterns.

Try a subtle approach on your next holiday layout. Use colors to convey your holiday message without using holiday themed papers.

Supply List

Creative Cafe Papers, Buttons, Chipboard Shapes, Rub-Ons, Felt Words & Tag

American Crafts Ribbon

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Comments

  1. Love that – it LOOKS hot!

  2. Cute layout, I like that you kept the 4th of July colors of red/white/blue but chose more interesting shades than true flag colors.
    T.

  3. We love our hammock too during the summer months! Cute pics!

  4. Love the layout! I have that dot paper… I use it for my card-making!
    Happy GNO!

  5. I like the layout and your baby’s smile is beautiful!!

  6. Happy VGNO! Have a great weekend.