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!
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.
Creative Cafe Papers, Buttons, Chipboard Shapes, Rub-Ons, Felt Words & Tag
American Crafts Ribbon