My kit has bold colours and geometric designs...as well as some more feminine, slightly distressed elements...but you'll see them soon enough. I've started with the beautiful and bold American Crafts papers. The background of this layout uses the Cervantes paper, which is stunningly stripey as you can see! I gutted the area behind the photo, so that I had matching stripes to punch the flowers from. I'm having a real revival of my old punches that have been unused for a while, if you don't own any there are lots available here. Punches are superb for making instant, matching embellishments out of scraps :)
The title *Father* uses the HOTP transparency which I have coloured from behind using OHP pens to make it stand out. I've layered this over the Hornby paper and stapled the transparency to attach it at either end. The Daughter section of the title, uses more of the Hornby paper and I've done the lettering with the Helix stencils and a journalling pen...then doodled around the text and added a gorgeous charm, tied with ribbon from the beautiful Icy Rainbow collection.
For the journalling, I cut 1cm strips of the Tolstoy paper and used a combination of handwriting and stencilling to form the text. These strips were stapled in the bottom right hand corner.
Finally, I punched the flowers and added brads from the HOTP embellishment kits and added these as accents. The flowers highlighting the photograph were further emphasised by adding the same ribbon as the title, as stems going off to the left.
I am loving these Bookshelf papers by American Crafts...and I'm sure you will too...they may be bold, but they are beautiful too (and the colours are muted so they are easier to use *winks*).
Happy crafting everyone!