I thought I would share a layout with you that I did recently. I used the Basic Grey "True Love" papers which worked perfectly with my picture. To get the effect I like I used 4 papers for my background.
To start with I selected a darker pink for the main background paper. I then chose a lighter pink paper, cut it down to an 11" square, distressed the edges and inked them and centered it onto the main paper. I then cut a cream coloured cardstock paper down to a 10 1/2" square, inked the edges, and added that to the centre of the light pink. My next paper was the flowered one that I cut down to a 10" square, distressed the edges and inked them, and leaving the upper left and bottom right corners unglued,
I centred it onto the cream cardstock. I then rolled the corners over and added a strip of lace just under them along with some pearls on the rolled section.
To the centre of the flowered paper I adhered an 8" paper doilie.
Here is a close-up shot of the embellishments I added to the left side of the layout. I layered die cut hearts and flowers above the main pink flower which I made from left over paper. The white hearts are chipboard from Heidi Swapp. Behind the main pink flower I added some green leaves to pull in the colour of the green vine at the top of the page, along with white fibre that I found in a craft store in the knitting department. Behind the picture I decided to add a light pink and darker pink piece of paper by slanting them outwards from the picture.
Below the picture I added some pink silk ribbon which I ruffled by sewing a long running stitch down the centre of a long strip of ribbon. I gathered it up by pulling the end of the thread until it was the length I needed. I also punched a strip of cream cardstock with a row of white pearls at the top to go behind the ribbon for an extra accent.
A green silk vine across the top of the layout and a large flower and heart at the upper right corner completes the layout. . Below is a close-up of the bottom right corner and the ruffled ribbon.
I hope you enjoy.
HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY