I'm up today on the Scrapbook & Cards Today blog with a new layout share. I was excited to have some new photos on hand to work with, as Alyssa just went to her senior prom two weeks ago. I ended up choosing this photo for my layout, as it was both her and her date's favorite photo from the bunch.
I think many of you know how much I love to use die cut backgrounds on my layouts. I usually turn to my Silhouette Cameo to die cut most of my backgrounds, but there are occasions that I just can’t find the exact background that I’m looking for. For this layout, I choose a different route to create my white-on-white star background. I wrote more about that in my post on the Scrapbook & Cards Today blog, which you can read HERE.
The other photos that I have were taken in front of our house, and have a ton of greenery in the background. This photo was much more neutral overall, as it was taken in front of one of her friend's houses, where there wasn't much greenery or landscaping around to take advantage of. While her date's suit was black, with the blue shirt, it came out looking a little blue in this photo. So I decided to go with it, and chose this tone-on-tone blue patterned paper from Simple Stories to use, along with some glitter paper and some music patterned paper.
I had quite a few options for silver glittered chipboard alphas, and finally settled on this chunky font from Making Memories (a very old product!). I knew I wanted to use several different kinds of alphas, in several different colors, for my title, and went looking for anything that would match nicely. The blue alpha stickers from Jillibean Soup tie in nicely with Alyssa's dress, the cream ledger number stickers tie in with the music patterned paper, and the grey foam alpha stickers added the cursive font I wanted to add in.
I am NOT a huge fan of glitter. In fact, glitter makes me nervous, and even a little anxious. I'm a super neat scrapper and glitter is anything but neat. So I love pre-glittered products. I love them even more when the glitter doesn't come off. Like on these chipboard alphas.
I also had several glitter papers to chose from. And every single one of them were messy. I picked the shiniest one I could find (which was from Fancy Pants), to match the chipboard alphas, and cut a strip from it to use on my page. The glitter paper on it's own felt a little boring, so I added some silver glitter accent dots from SEI. They add just a subtle touch and a bit of dimension, which was enough to make me happy. Between this strip of the glittered paper and the glitter dots, I had glitter EVERYWHERE. I'm still trying to get rid of it.
I needed a little something to add to the blue tone-on-tone patterned paper and wasn't really sure what to add. I was still thinking "stars" in my head, and when I came across these super, duper old plastic stars from Heidi Swapp, I knew they would work perfectly. I had to turn them over and use the backside, as the front of the stars had turned a little yellowish over the years. Not even noticable, but of course, I have to mention it. Lol. I added older rhinestone brads to each plastic star.
I love how the white punched stars add some interest to what would otherwise be a flat and simple background. By keeping the stars the same color as my background cardstock, they still allow my title and journaling to stand out.