I went through several ideas, when I was thinking about my post for today. There are so many great trends out there right now - banners, misting, graphic shapes, wooden accents...the list goes on and on. And then, I thought of something I haven't done on a layout in years...at least over 2 years ago...using a large photo! Most of the photos I tend to use, are 4x6 and smaller. This always works great for me, because I like creating multi-photo layouts, but keeping them as single pages, instead of extending to a double page layout. But, you still have the option of using multi-photos, with a large photo on your layout, too.
For this page, I printed an 8x10 photo of our little guy playing in the mud. This was such a perfect photo, because he just happened to look my way the moment I snapped it. I really wanted to highlight this photo and using the larger photo was just the right way to do that. And because I had some empty space/white space on my larger photo, I was able to add two smaller (wallet size) photos on top of my large photo.
I decided to keep my embellishments on this page to a minimum, because the photo was the focal point of my layout and the orange, chevron patterned paper added a lot of visual interest to the page. Just a couple of buttons, some washi tape, and some black accenting...and voila, you're done!! That's another great advantage to using large photos...makes putting your page together quick and easy.
So, I challenge you to take on a large photo, with a bold visual pattern on your next layout. The chevron paper on this page is from the Plumeria line by BasicGrey and Christy carries the full collection kit in the store. This collection is great, because you can pull papers to work with feminine or masculine pages, which is a cost effective way to use your supplies.
Patterned Paper & Stickers: BasicGrey
Washi Tape: SEI & Heidi Swapp
Buttons: Blumenthal Lansing
Punch: EK Success