As we creep closer and closer to Valentine's day and all things Hallmark ( :) ) I have another series of love-ly layouts to share with you. Those of you who know me know that we don't really do Valentine's day from a love, romance perspective but rather, an inclusionary type thing. The kids will select, write out and exchange love letters and there may be a cupcake or heart shaped snack for them but beyond that, it's not a big deal.
This was up on the Just Nick blog recently. You can see the details of the cut files used HERE. Last year, as a 6th grader, Nikolas was in Cotillion and the closing dance for the season with the Cupid Ball. It was a lovely affair held right around Valentine's day. I love this collection from Crate Paper and the patterned heart files from Just Nick were perfect for this layout.
In order to make the title stand out from the layered hearts, I had to cut an under layer for the word "cupid" (another Just Nick cut file). While the hues of that light peachy pink are the same, the shadows cast from the tone on tone create the border that divides the two.
I did back one of the patterned hearts in order to make it stand out from the rest of the patterned papers. The floral background is a bit busy and this grounded the photo elements. Love those pictures. I just wish that the lighting at the Women's Club had been better for photography.
This companion layout is up on the Craftwell blog today. It is another picture from the Cupid Ball. This, of the four "lead" dancers for the ball. Incidently, the young gal that Nikolas initially escorted down the receiving line, the young lady on the left of the picture (or on his right arm), is somebody he spent many a year in religious education with, Elizabeth. He is a bit of a shy kid so while girls still have cooties, it was nice for him to have that comfort of a known face as he braved the head of the line.
That pink background piece is actually the remnant from the cut file on the first layout! It made the perfect frame to highlight the patterned paper underneath. The patterned papers are mounted on top of a full sheet of embossed cardstock. One of the beauties of the Cut'N Boss and the large embossing folders. It's really the whole reason I'm a fan of the Cut'N Boss. The ability to have larger pieces of embossed (or in this case debossed) papers is exciting to me!
The odd debossed heart here and there I painted with my Peerless watercolors. I wanted a little depth to the white space and the watercolor filled that need.
What would a Valentine's day layout be without a doily? LOL! Hearts - check! Doily - check! Pink - check! Gold - check! I think I filled all the love-ly requirements for Valentine's day papercrafting, don't you? I can't think of anything I missed.
Thanks for stopping in today!