I do like to have a clean cut edge to photographs and shapes and so I started by playing around with some dies to see how I might be able to cut the photograph into an interesting shape rather than the usual portrait style photograph. Using dies to cut the elements on the page ensures a nice neat cut and if you have die sets, as here in terms of squares, you can play around with different sizes to get a balanced and unified look.
I then looked for complementary colours. I didn't want to use bright pink as I wanted the photograph to be the main focus, so went for PaperArtsy Fresco Finish Chalk Acrylic - Powder Pink FF220, Vintage Lace FF18 and Pewter FF21, brayering the colours onto some Smoothy Cardstock. (In the event I didn't use the Pewter but it is good to have a few colours to work with.)
After working out a rough placement of the photograph and other elements I used a light colour ink along with stamps and a stencil to create a background. I love this simple layered look and use it on cards, scrapbook layouts and journals.
I then used my dies to place and cut out the areas I wanted using a selection of different sized squares.
I liked the shape of the photograph but just felt it needed something down the side so I kept things simple with this die cut from Smoothy Cardstock. Just tucking the photograph under the little leaf embellishment gives it a feel of a frame without being overpowering.
My die cut shapes were carefully stuck down keeping everything in line. This is where I can really mess things up ! I always manage to get an inky finger print or a bit of glue stuck where I don't want it. I took my time and kept washing my hands...however, the little bit of ribbon and flowers are hiding a little accident! but thankfully look as though I had planned to put them there.
To keep things balanced I have made a simple collage of leftover die cuts at the bottom of the layout. There is a "hint" of the stencil and stamping in this area to complement the collage.
As always thank you for joining me.