This month, our gallery theme was Dreaming. In a season of reflection and gratitude, it was lovely to think of our hopes for the future, too. Pages such as these are a lovely time to make use of those extra photos or those headshots that don't have specifically attached stories.
Let's find a few more tips and tricks as we look back through the gallery.
Where Dreams Come True | Carey Bridges
Carey's use of a coordinating font makes her layout unified. And resizing a digital poster to use as an embellishment was genius!
Girl's Dream | Jina Jean
The dreamy gauzy look and disappearing edges on Jina's photo help to set the scene for this layout. The blues in the layout also add to the dreaminess.
Dream Home | Jennifer Hignite
We all have pinboards filled with lovely images that inspire us. Jennifer's photos are from her Pinterest account. It is a clever way to both document our current interests, and to add a visual interest to a layout.
Dreaming of a White Christmas | Cristina C. Scrap
Cristina was brilliant in painting with a dab of green watercolors behind her white letters. The paint sets the letters off perfectly, drawing your eye immediately in to the title.
My Dream for You | Amy Kingsford
Amy jotted down a few hopes she has for her boys. (And then paired it with a photo that makes a heart hurt. Lovely!) Letters to our kids needn't be long nor fancy.
Dare to Dream | Valerie O'Neall
Even when the page is serious and heartfelt, it can still stay true to your sense of humor. For instance, Valerie's title lets her personality shine through. And is the perfect addition to her page.
Dreaming of Softball | Laura O'Donnell
What do you dream about during the long winter? Laura used a lovely summery photo to show what they are dreaming about. You don't have to use photo from the day you were dreaming. One that's the subject of the dream works, too!
You Are My Dream Come True | Amy Coose
This layout is gorgeous! With its diagonal line, tone on tone title, and bursts of complementary yellow, Amy outdid herself on this one. Much to love and emulate here.
Dream Big | Ann Costen
Ann's lovely photo is a terrific reminder that catchlights are an important part of a good portrait. Be sure to have a bright light source reflecting into the color of your subject's eyes. Windows. Sunlight. Reflectors. Whatever brings you light.
Dreams | Jennifer Larson
Not only did Jenny use a photo of herself (Go Jenny!) but she also took a moment of introspective reflection. The result? A meaningful page that will be a lovely memento.
Dreams Do Come True | Diane Payne
Diane's layout would be the perfect design for photos from your phone. With quality restrictions for blowing up phone photos, this would be a great solution!
Dreams | Lisa Ottosson
Lisa's photo is perfect. What a lovely moment to capture. Get out the tripod, or enlist a helpful teen. And if they are too scared of taking a photo without faces, you can always fix it up in photoshop!
Sock Dreams | Sue Althouse
Sue is seriously knitting socks! How great is that? And how great that she wrote about it? And the clouds, stars, and the starfilled paper are a wonderful backdrop for the her story.
Hello Dream Come True| Lisa Ottosson
Rounded corners. They may come and they may go, but they will always there. And we will always love them. As much as we love photos of happy love. Thank you, Lisa, for sharing and inspiring us!
Explore, Dream, Discover | Francine Clouden
Francine's wooden elements are so on trend right now. They are a multipurpose embellishment: they are a graphic to help add to the story, they are neutral and grounding, and they add a natural element.
Dream Big | Monika Głód
Oft times, the thing that makes a layout gorgeous is the details of the accessorizing. Monika created lovely texture by creasing and rolling the corners of her layers. She also placed her adhesive carefully so as to allow the layers and shadows to shine. Mmm.
I Dream Of | Christine Newman
Not only can we show off our humor with our journaling, but we can do so with our photos, too! Look at Christine's pretty mug--inhaling that pizza!! What a fun page!
Dreams | Stephanie Bryan
Stephanie's journaling includes the hope that her children remember to dance in the rain. Made all the more poignant by the photo of dancing in the rain. What a lovely use of this photo. And the washed out filter makes it even more ethereal.
Things She's Dreaming About | Amy Sorenson
This photo rocks! And is a wonderful backdrop for a story about the things facing a teen on the brink of adulthood! and college! If you need a photo like this, turn your aperture to a low number and your background will blur away!
Living My Dream | WaiSam Ho
WaiSam has such a talent for vignettes. On this layout, her repeated use of the doilies connects each of the collages into a greater whole. Look for elements that you can use repeatedly to help create a similar situation.
What I Wish For You | Keshet Starr
Never underestimate the power of a list! Keshet's happy list is a gentle reminder that we don't need a lot of words to say a lot.
The Big Day: ComiCon 2013 | Aliza Deutsch
Not only did Aliza get photos of her boys in costume, but also got them in character. What a great idea to pose them! It makes the photos come to life. This would work for Halloween photos, or any that have a story that includes movement.
Thank you for taking time out of your busy lives to stop by and walk back through our gallery! Until next time...