Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Spring Pastels

My second favorite layout from my weekend scrap-fest has only one photo--an unusual occurrence for the girl who uploads HUNDREDS of photos per day!  But sometimes a single-photo layout can be especially stunning!  This particular photo was taken in front of the church right before we had my daughter baptized.  I wanted to highlight just what it meant to me with a special layout.

I based this particular layout on another I had seen on Pinterest.  Here is the link  http://stampingwitherica.blogspot.ca/2011/10/mds-blog-hop-gratitudethanksgiving.html  and here is the original layout:

If you read my bog often you will notice that I often use a layout or sketch as a starting point, but that I like to make many changes to make it my own.  My creative license, if you will!  In this case, I liked the placement of the photo, the banners and the words bordering the photo.

I used a neutral as my background but matted the photo on a pretty pink pattern to draw out the color of my daughter's dress.  I inked the photo mat to help it stand out (I pretty much inked EVERYTHING in this layout!)

 I chose colors for the banners and the flowers that were found in the photos like pink, green and blue.  Because I knew I'd be using the patterns in small doses I didn't worry that they'dclash.  Plus, inking the edges helps separate one pattern from the next and allows you to use a polka dot and a stripe together!  I did try out many combinations of papers before finding those that I REALLY liked.  
These flowers add such a delicate touch to the layout, I think.  They were cut on my Sizzix machine using a Die Namics die called Botanical Beauty.  I curled up the petals using a pencil and inked the edges in brown.

The final touch on my layout are the letter stickers.  The pink, brown and green ones are all recent releases from Jillibean Soup.  I chose short words and phrases that described the day.  

And that is all!  Feel free to leave a comment with any questions.  I will be back tomorrow with a fun, tropical layout and later in the week hope to share my daughter's birthday book.  Have a great day!


  1. Thanks Kathy! Spent a lot of time cropping with some creative people this weekend! I am happy to get a chance to visit your blog now too! Hope to take one of your classes sometime soon.

  2. I love this one....I think I'm going to copy it for my race book!

  3. Thank you! It is such a great, versatile layout. All you have to do is change the colors and you completely change the mood! Plus it is a simple way to give special treatment to a meaningful photo. Thanks for looking!