I have a confession to make. I am obsessed with hearts. All things hearts. I have shirts with hearts, necklaces with hearts, a heart change purse, heart bookends, heart decor, heart headbands, heart drinking glasses...hearts, hearts, hearts! Naturally this love for hearts has made it's way into my scrapbooking as well. I use them all the time whether it's a layout covered in hearts or just simply sneaking in a teeny tiny heart on an embellishment. It's probably pretty obvious that I love the month of February since everything is covered in hearts! I figured that if I was going to make a sketch to celebrate my love for hearts, then this would be the perfect month for it.
You can download the full sketch with measurements and placements here: Life Documented Sketch #8
The left page of the sketch is a traditional scrapbook layout while the right page uses a combination of cards and photos with the Sn@p! Pocket Page, Design 6
Here's a look at my layout based on the sketch above:
The Sn@p! Love Set was the perfect choice for not just this sketch but my pictures too. This set has so many great cards and lots of hearts!
On the left page I wanted to have a little fun with that huge heart background. I've done so many layouts with a large heart background like that so I wanted to put a new spin on an old idea. I decided to cut a lot of 1 x 3" strips of paper and use them to create my own pattern on the heart.
I started by cutting out a large heart from a piece of cardstock. Then I started adhering the strips in a pattern until I had the whole heart covered. After that I trimmed around the heart to cut off the part of the strips that where hanging over the edge.
To finish the design I added stitching over the strips. (My junior high home economics teacher would never believe that I stitched this! I wouldn't blame her since in her class I somehow managed to sew the elbow of my sweatshirt to the collar.) The stitching was time consuming but I love the look of stitching and the texture it adds. Plus, I really like the quilted look when making patterns like this.
There are so many patterns you could make to create a unique design on that heart background. You could try small squares, a chevron pattern, triangles, smaller hearts, circles, torn strips of paper, larger stripes of paper going across the whole heart, banners, or a starburst. There are so many possibilities!
I had my son, Jackson, help with this layout. For the journaling he finished the sentence, "I love my dad because..." I try to have my kids help me with the journaling on a lot of layouts. As scrapbookers we are often so used to just capturing our perspectives. Sometimes it's fun to get other loved one's views on layouts too. Plus, kids usually say some really cute and funny stuff!
One the right page I used a Pocket Page with a mix of photos and cards to match the left page. I added a few of my own little heart details to the cards and pictures.
On the top photo I added three punched hearts, some stitching, and the cute little phrase sticker.
Both of these 3x4 cards were two of my favorites in the whole set. The first with the hearts had a nice open space perfect for a small 3 x 2" photo. The second, "All you need is love", is one of my favorite sayings.
On the bottom part of the Pocket Page I used two more 3x4 cards. The first one had enough space for me to add another 3x2 photo, like I did on the card at the top. I added a little extra detail by stitching a heart frame around the "i ♥ you". The second card is a check list and instead of just checking each item, I used small punched hearts as the check.
On the 4x6 card on the bottom, I added a small 2x2 photo to the frame and a small yellow heart to the arrow.
I will be using the 12x12 Sn@p! Leather Album in black for all of my Life Documented pages. I love the details like the metal accents and stitching.
I used the 12x12 Sn@p! Pocket Pages, Design 6 from the Variety Pack. You get so many different options and great designs with the Variety Pack!
• Sn@p! Stickers
• 4x6 Sn@p! Cards
• 3x4 Sn@p! Cards
I hope you all enjoy using the new Life Documented sketch!