It's "Spread It Out" day on the Bella Blvd blog today, so that means I have another two page layout to share with you. I had a few ideas for layouts rolling around in my head, and even started printing out photos for one of them. And then I totally gave up on those ideas, as time was slipping away from me.
My sister came out for a surprise visit about a month ago, and we managed to take some new family photos. She doesn't make it home that often, so we try and do the photo thing when she is here and we're all together. We didn't actually plan this time, as to what to wear, but I guess our color mix wasn't too bad.
I printed out most of my photos as 3x4", 4x4", a 4x6", and then added in a 5x5" photo just to add some height difference since I was lining all of these photos up across the page. We took these photos at the end of August, and here in my part of CA, we won't see anything resembling "fall" until late October, maybe even November. However, the Hello Autumn collection was the perfect match for our photos, as the colors we all wore were represented in the colors of the fall themed collection.
I knew that I wanted to use the beige triangle tone-on-tone patterned paper for the background of my layout. It's a subtle design, so the photos, title, and other products all stand out well against it. I lucked out, as I only had two sheets of that paper left. I added a thin navy blue woodgrain patterned paper strip along the tops and bottoms of both pages.
I happen to have plenty of sticker sheets to work with, so I was able to use two orange scalloped border stickers (one on each side of the spread). If I didn't have duplicates, I would have simply used a border punch on some patterned paper instead.
For my title, I used a mix of Blueberry Simply Simona chipboard alphas and a die cut word (from Kerri Bradford Studio) which I cut from a green leaf patterned paper. As I was looking for some embellishments, I came across these brown chipboard banner flags from a prior fall collection, and decided they would be perfect for adding the year. I used some cream number stickers to add the year.
I couldn't really find any embellishments to fill in that space on the right side of the spread, so I decided to die cut a tree, using my Silhouette and some patterned paper. I embellished the tree with some threaded buttons.
If you haven't already, stop by the Bella Blvd blog today and check out the two page layout from designer Heather Leopard. I really loved what she came up with, and it was so similar to what I was originally going to do. So it's a good thing I gave up on my previous idea ;)