Inspiration by Joey
Once my Christmas decorations come down, I feel like my house is bare and boring. So, I was inspired this month to create a Valentine that would stick around for a little while and incorporate itself into my now sparse home decor. Hearts are so popular and using them to decorate your home, even after February has come and gone - works! Plus they make great gifts to give away.
In my 'family; we belong together' layout/frame, I bought an 11"x 14" frame in a beautiful barn red. Because of the kraft background and inked edges in brown, the reds don't have to match exactly - the overall look coordinates and the reds in the layout pop outside the darker frame. Using the foiled letter stickers with the distressed inked edging gives this an eclectic look as well.
The framing space is longer than the 12x12 paper - which isn't a problem. I used a piece of the Love Notes Vintage Pearl specialty paper for that extra edge and some striped ribbon with a ribbon slide to join the two different papers together. You'll notice that all of the embellishments on this project are on the flat side; the lower profile makes putting this behind the glass easy and doesn't smash and distort the look.
A few tips to try from this project:
1 - Use decorative papers to create flat embellishments (great for glass front frames) like I did with the Heart Doily Love Notes paper.
2 - Be creative with letter stickers. I used an 'h' to make my 'l' in "family". I liked the loopy at the top which balances out the other letters, but there wasn't an 'l' left on my sheet. Simply cutting off that extra part expands my use of the letter stickers.
3 - Don't be afraid to mix different tones and intensities of the same color - like the reds in this case. The vintage red of the frame coordinates really well with brighter, happier reds in the papers.
4 - Let images go off the edges of the page. Every one of the doily hearts on this project have a portion cut off, but you don't really notice it. Your brain automatically knows what shape they are and doesn't miss that extra part. Try this tip with everything. It expands the area you are working with and doesn't make elements seem like they trapped within the edges. Allowing elements to escape off the edges once in awhile is actually relaxing and good design.
This project was crated using the fabulous Love Notes line, including: Foil Alpha Stickers, Tiny Alpha Stickers, Title Alpha Stickers, Vintage Brads, Ribbon Slides, Trims, and papers; Heart Doily Love Notes, Sampler Love Notes, Stitched Heart Love Notes, Vintage Pearl Love Notes, and Kraft Striped Love Notes.