Every Valentine's Day my parents drop by with a sack full of goodies for my kids. It's fun to capture the family together with all of the craziness and fun of the kids opening their gifts.
These kinds of pictures can be difficult to scrapbook, however, because of how busy the photos tend to be with many people, colors, and patterns.
One way to address these types of pictures is by placing them on a solid cardstock background and then using only a few slivers of patterned paper as accents. In this case, the photos can actually be considered a "patterned paper".
The supporting patterns should be used sparingly. You can see on the page below that I have incorporated several patterns, but only in small strips or as a border around the page. The photos are still the main "pattern" of my page
Supplies:Lucky in Love: Chevron patterned paper, Roses are Red patterned paper, Floral Stripes patterned paper, Heart Burst patterned paper, 12 x 12 Stickers; Red & Turquoise Decorative Tapes
I began my page with two sheets of white cardstock. I spruced it up a little by spritzing the background with teal mist. Next, I arranged the photos on my page, matting a few of them with the blue tone-on-tone pattern side of the Chevron paper.
I wanted the smaller photos to be anchored on a common horizontal line, so I ran a length of turquoise decorative tape across each page. I layered the red heart strip from the Roses are Red paper on top of the tape.
Next, I used more turquoise decorative tape underneath my photo arrangement, along with 0.5" strips of the Floral Stripes paper. I handcut the pink lace borders from the Roses are Red paper and added that along the bottom.
Now it's time to add page accents! The 12 x 12 sticker sheet was perfect for this. I'm a very visual person and I like to move elements around the page several times before deciding on their placement.
With stickers, this can be tricky to do without tearing the paper underneath. My solution? I keep a small dish of cornstarch on my desk that I apply to the back of the stickers so that they are no longer tacky.
Now I can move them around and even add foam squares to the back for dimension.