February is the month where love always seems to be in the air (that and frost!). Today’s feature layout spread created by Sheri is absolutely lovely and is sure to warm up your heart!
I love how Sheri used the banners to connect the two layouts together. She has also connected them at the bottom by letting her phrase hang over on to the second page. These two techniques, along with using the same background cardstock papers, give the spread an effect that looks like it was originally one page that had to be cut in half. The arrow pointing to the second layout is also a nice touch! I also really like the mirroring she has done with the flowers, doilies and black tags.
I think one of my favorite parts of this layout is how Sheri has let her little black acrylic hearts interact with the other pieces of her layout- How cute is the heart instead of the i dot?! The little hearts coming of the photo between them is also super cute, and helps pull the photo into the layout.
Sheri has also added a lot of non-bulky texture to her layout, using techniques that are great for those of you who like to keep your albums slim! On the background cardstock (on both layouts) she added splatters of black paint. This helps liven up the otherwise plain background, but also coordinates with the black paper and ephemera, and so helps draw attention to the different layers. Sheri also added speckles resist spray over her black tag. This won’t add any colour, but gives a bit of a shine to the areas it is applied to, so it adds texture without drawing too much attention. If you look really close at the photo (sorry, it is a bit hard to see) Sheri has also distressed the edges of the cardstock she used to mat her photos.Unlike ripping and curling the edges, just lightly using a edge distresser will give this effect that gives the piece texture and dimension without adding a lot of bulk or contrast to the rest of the straight-cut paper. You can add a bit of edge inking if you want it to stand out more.
For those of you who don’t mind you page getting a bit bulky, Sheri has also used a couple techniques you can give a try when you are adding dimension to your layout. For the 3-D flowers that came made in the kit, Sheri cut little flowers and leaves to add underneath these flowers to give them even more dimension. This technique also helps mediate between the flatness of the background and the tallness of the flowers. She also made little bows to add to the corner of her photos, and used the leftover ribbon on her black tags (if you look at the first photo of both layouts you can see she has also mirrored to colour of the bows and tag ribbons between the two layouts!).
I hope we were able to inspire you today! Our next post will be the beginning of our March layouts. Enjoy!