We love Valentine's Day around here. My kids are all into giving each other Valentines, and giving smooches. They are just the sweetest…well, most days, except when they're not…:)
Things went a little crazy here this year, and instead of our normal Valentine's Day with special photo shoots, we have had one ice storm, snow storm or blizzard after the other. The kids didn't go to school on Valentine's Day. I wasn't really able to get out of the house to get my last minute treats, and things just didn't go as planned. We did however, still make the best of it! We did Valentine red velvet cookies, went sledding, and had pancakes with strawberries for breakfast. I did have some vintage Valentine signs I had picked up while antiquing. I threw some of them up, and hoped the girls would cooperate for some photos.
I only had a minute of a pouty face and then the kissing and posing began…
And I was a happy mama, because in the space of five minutes, I got some super cute photos. I even got a photo of the candy the kids got from their Sunday School teachers before it was eaten!
Since the photos reminded me of a photo booth, I used a collage template I just bought from Paislee Press to add my photos. The collage openings looked like little polaroid frames. On the original template, there is space for a title in the middle, which I titled "hello valentine" in white on the center of my photo. Below each photo, there is a small space for a caption. I turned that off in Photoshop and left them blank. I knew what I was going to do under there…
The Love Notes collection has the most amazingly cute stamp set, and part of it includes nine small stamped sentiments, which was exactly what I needed! I was so excited, so I stamped a sentiment under each of my patterned paper and stitched lines between the polaroid frames to make them stand out even more.
I embellished the collage with some chipboard stickers, flair, and a punched heart. I then started layering my elements to the left of my collage. I cut the chalkboard sentiment from a journaling card, tucked the LOVE Bingo journaling card beneath it, and then added a doily and standout sticker to the top. The pink heart on top of the standout rosette sticker didn't really match the rest of my layout, so I layered another chipboard sticker over it. I really, really love the standout stickers. They are really soft and make a major impact on a layout with minimal effort! I have been so pleased every time I use one on a layout. Also, the journaling card set doesn't disappoint! I use my favorite ones on layouts, and then the rest in my project 365 pages.
When I made the photo collage from my photos, I found that the rest of the layout came together rather quickly. The collection is just so beautiful that you will be able to use it not only for your Valentine's photos, but also, on many types of projects.
I hope I have given you some inspiration to scrap your Valentine photos quickly and beautifully with the Love Notes collection. Thanks for stopping by today!