I love the scrapbook layout that I made for my January Scrapbook Class!! I love the colors, I love the stamp sets, I love the layout, I love the accents!  Now I just need to find some pictures to put on it.  Yes sometimes I just create my pages because I like the pages not because I have pictures to put on them.

But this doesn’t need to be a Valentine page.  It could be for a wedding or anniversary or in loving memory of someone (I was actually thinking of my friend Lisa when I was making this and that is what she needed).  And someone else used it as a Things I Love page and she plans to add all the things that she loves to it.

The layout was an idea I saw in a scrapbook magazine and I stretched it to create a 2-page spread.  Often the scrapbook pages in the magazines are single pages and for my scrapbook classes I like to do 2-page layouts so the test is always to see how to take a single page and stretch it to two and also how to convert it to a 100% Stampin’ Up! page.

I used the Love Letters Designer Series paper and took my color combination from it – Riding Hood Red, Basic Black and Very Vanilla.  I stamped my hearts from the Heart to Heart stamp set and they weren’t quite as bright as I wanted and I didn’t have any Riding Hood Red ribbon either.  So I looked at what I did have and decided to add Cherry Cobbler to the color palette and I LOVE it!  I restamped the hearts in Cherry Cobbler and the popped so much more.  I had Cherry Cobbler Seam Binding ribbon which worked perfectly and I die-cut and punched all my hearts from Cherry Cobbler card stock.

The other stamp sets that I used were Valentine Defined and Word Play.  The Big Shot dies that I used on this layout were the Top Note, Hearts & Brackets, the Simple Alphabet, and the Two Tags die.  I also used the Vintage Wallpaper Embossing Folder – can use see where?  The easy one to see is the tag from the Two Tags die.  But look at the Top Note – what I did for this is glued the pieces of Designer Series paper to a piece of Very Vanilla card stock – then cut out the Top Note – then embossed it with the Vintage Wallpaper folder.  It is easier to see in real-life but if you look closely you can see the bottom left (which is just the vanilla card stock) and the top right, the other papers are harder to see in the photo.

All the Vanilla card stock is sponged with Crumb Cake ink which gives it an antique look.  I’m so glad they gave us this color ink – it is fast becoming a favorite for me for sponging.

I have to go buy paint for my new sunroom – all the sheet rock went up this week and next week they will paint – I am planning on So Saffron for the color.  I showed Greg the colors on my color coach and he wanted to know what paint store the samples were from!  I said these are my Stampin’ Up! colors and the paint store will just have to match it.  They are working on framing the new deck and then Greg and Tyler are going to finish it – maybe this weekend – we’ll see how fast they work.  Then we need to pick out tiles for the floor which Greg’ also plans to do himself.  Hopefully by next week it will be basically done except for what Greg is doing himself and all these people will be gone.  The rest of the day I’m finishing up Valentine’s for my boys!  See you later.