Day 2:: Little Black Dress Kit Club

Today is the second day of layouts I'm bringing you from the gorgeous November kit, Lucky in Love by the Little Black Dress Kit Club. These layouts feature brand new patterned papers from the Girls' Paperie, Basic Grey and Glitz Design for a super mix of color, texture and pattern. On these two layouts I also used a substantial amount of the vintage book pages included in the kit for my snowflakes and poinsettia punched embellishments. Together they marry beautifully on layouts and cards. 
On this layout, I chose a minimal approach, because I REALLY wanted the pictures of my baby boy to pop and be the central focus. This picture was taken a couple years back on our first trip to NYC with both kids during the holidays. My little guy was so bundled and adorable, and his eyes were just so striking, I really wanted to emphasize that in my layout. 

To keep with my minimal approach on this layout, I used many of the journaling blocks and Glitz "what-nots" from the kit for framing my photos and patterned papers, rather than the images in the center of the blocks. This is a super way of finding the portions of your supplies that you love and using them to fit your personal needs in your paper crafting.
On the first layout shown, I had a couple great photos from last year, that due to my old point and shoot camera, did not come out super, but the sentiment in the photos I really wanted to document in a layout. .

So I made my photos quite small - 2.5" square, printed them in black and white and tried my best to develop the exposure as best I could in CS5. I was able to capture a little more detail, but still the photos were not exceptional. But, by keeping the images small, and in black and white, the imperfections in the photography can easily be overlooked, especially given a more "full" layout.
I took blocks from the super versatile Teresa Collins paper from the kit and trimmed out the words Christmas, the number 7, and the number "Three" to create my title aptly called "Christmas at 7 and Three". The photos while not perfect, have a hilarious tone, that so fits the title really well. Kids will be kids, won't they? LOL. And photos won't always be perfect either, but it's still important to document them, especially if they capture the tone that you are seeking. 
Here's a detail of one of my embellishments. I took the vintage school sentence strip from the kit and created an accordion flower, then trimmed up the seams to give a more snowflake appearance, layered atop with one of the beautiful Maya Road flowers, that I removed the center bead from, then added it to my pearl stick pin, also included in the kit. This is another fun technique that I love to add that extra bit of "oooh" to a stick pin. 

 Well, that does it for me today! I have one more thing to show you from the Little Black Dress kit for November, but that will have to wait until later this week! Until then, thank you so much for stopping by today and I hope you have a FANTASTIC Tuesday!