Last week I was behind on my Christmas scrapbooking. Well this week I'm ahead, ready with a Valentine-inspired layout even though it's not yet February. Something that's not hard to do since I received lots of love themed stickers and pink coloured papers as part of this month's Citrus Twist kits.
My pages all carry a strongly defined structure. Mostly that structure is achieved through pattern paper blocking and strategic placement of photo, title and journaling (especially when typography is used in an interesting way). When I embellish those designs I'm mainly adding pretty little pieces to dress up page. Occasionally - in 2014 I counted a total of five such pages - I build structure through embellishments. Today's page is a hybrid where pattern paper sits mainly in the background telling just part of the story. It's only when the embellishments are in place that the final design comes together.
Here I use a pink(!) wood grain and a flower strewn paper in the background. Then I run a series of picture frames, complete with vellum inserts to mimic the look of glass panels, across the middle of the page. One of these frames the photo of a couple silhouetted against a rose-coloured sky. The title "LOVEFEST" and a journaling quote is placed centred on the floral background. At this point a romantic mood has been established but the composition still hasn't taken shape. Time for embellishments to pull their weight.
Working from the top, I use and arrow sticker to point attention to the frame housing the photo. To add emphasis to the photo I place my embellishments in a cluster of three, forming a visual triangle which persuades the viewer's eye to linger a while before moving on. And when it moves on I use downward pointing arrows like the gold diamond to direct them to the title which is dressed up with more gold details such as the heart.
I envisioned this layout to resemble a side view of a bus with the title placed where you typically see advertising logo and the couple in the photo being framed by one of the row of windows of the bus. It's turned out exactly as I wanted it to and right now it's my favourite Valentine page.
Citrus Twist January Kits : Crate Paper Open Book (Sweet Story, Clippings, Fabric Brad), Crate Paper Kiss Kiss Accent Stickers, Gossamer Blue (Gramercy Road Rose Gold Foil Alphabet, On My Desk Daydreamer & Die-Cuts), WRMK Love Notes Cork Stickers, Citrus Twist Stamps, embroidery thread, vellum
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