You're My Happy Place! by Christine Meyer

You're My Happy Place! by Christine Meyer
Do you ever use Valentine themed collections to tell the story of you and your significant other? We don't do a lot as a couple for Valentine's Day, so I'm pretty sure we don't even have a picture to scrapbook for that! But we do have a weekly date night and it's one of my favorite things we do as a couple. Yet, somehow, I have never scrapbooked about it specifically. I have certainly scrapped many pictures of us out together. But today is the first time I'm actually documenting this part of our routine. Christine joining you with a layout showcasing the Sweet Talk collection and telling one of our special stories.
I always enjoy doing a grid layout and today was no exception. Grid layouts can work especially great when you have a lot of photos. With 7 to work with on this layout, it was the perfect direction to go. Using two squares of the light blue colored papers and two squares in shades of pink, I was able to easily work with all of the colors in this collection.
I added my title to the center of the grid. The base of the layout is the same red patterned paper as the heart that I cut out to set my title on. The Foam word "Forever" was perfect to place on the heart and bring in that color again. Then I pulled out the Alpha Sticker Book - Basics to add "dating" above it. "Dating Forever" seemed like the perfect title to tell the story of our date nights.
To make it easier to embellish each grid, I stuck with a couple of things in my approach. First, I used a bigger sticker - in this case the flowers up in the top left corner. Second, I added a word/phrase sticker. Third, I added several hearts using cardstock stickers, puffy stickers, and foam stickers. And finally I added Enamel Dots in one of the coordinating colors.
I wanted to use one big photo to have a solid focal point. So I printed my favorite photo of the bunch big, keeping the others smaller at 2" X 3".
As I layered the two photos together in each square, I knew they needed something else to help them pop. I used pieces from the Journal Bits to back them. I simply cut each piece in half and added one half to the top and one to the bottom. This look worked out great - I will be doing that again!
One thing I enjoy about grid layouts is that each square can feel like a mini layout/canvas.  This was definitely the case - each one tells a little more of the story but has its own colors and embellishments to separate it from the rest of the story.
If you'd like to see how this whole layout came together, you can check out the process video for it on my YouTube Channel.
Thanks so much for stopping by today!

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