I usually match my pictures with the themes and colors of my patterned papers. Since she is still a toddler here and is wearing pink, I knew I wanted to use subtle patterns and dainty colors with a hint of green to match the pink. I got my Upsy Daisy Bebe papers and looked into my Buzz and Bloom stash to see which ones I can use on my layout.
At this stage, there will be a lot of moving around with the papers and the embellishments until I am satisfied with how the design will look like. I don't usually use sketches, truth is, I do not know how the resulting layout will look like when I start on one. LOL!!! I just have an idea of where to put my photos and embellishments and work from there. Maybe, you can say that I am more into the "whatever fits the photos" type of designs. LOL!!! I also love textures and lots of layers and details on my layouts so I always add up on embellishments as I go on.
Here's my final layout:
I used CB Shelby Alphabet in Upper and Lower Case. I painted them with black acrylic paint and coated them with Ranger Stickles in Black Diamond. I wasn't too happy that the alphas ended kinda flat when the Stickles dried up, so I topped them with Ranger Sepia Accents. The glazed look always wins me over!!!
I also used FAB On Cloud Nine (Magenta) which I outlined with Tulip Slick Dimensional Fabric Paint.
Just a close-up of my CB Buttons flower centers. I painted them with acrylic paint and topped with pearls to cover the button holes. I outlined them with Derivan 3D Kindy GLitz - - I love the puffy and sparkly look it gave my chipboards!!!
The final process on my layouts are always the journaling part. I try to remember the life lessons and stories behind the photos and document them - - because I'm sure my kids would love to read about the stories I have of them when they grow up and learn how to read. ;o)
Hope you like what I shared with you today!!! Until next time!!!
Have fun creating,