My youngest son is pretty lucky.
His birthday is in February during the Layout A Day (LOAD) Challenge. So every year since 2011, he’s had a birthday layout done with that year’s pictures on his birthday. For me, it’s fun to document those memories when they are so fresh. For him, he loves seeing his birthday pictures so quickly.
This year’s prompt around birthday time was to use black and white. Our pages tend to be full of color but Lain challenged us to see what our results would be if we left out the color. I have to say I was not terribly excited about the prospect of doing a birthday page with no color. Birthdays are bright and colorful and should be fun. Isn’t that what color conveys?
Still unconvinced, I went searching through my black/grey/tan patterned paper. (To see how I organize my paper, check out this video.) What did I find? A black, grey and white paper full of stars! Exactly what I needed for this birthday page. Stars are a go-to for my boy pages and Ethan is my little superstar. I paired the paper with some color photos of his birthday party and here’s the result.
The grid design is a favorite of mine. The double mat of grey and white helps the pictures stand up to the busy star design. I softened up all those square shapes by adding chipboard stars. The stars pop against the little stars of the patterned paper and an element of fun to the fun of the layout.
So in the end I was able to create a fun birthday without colorful paper. Who knew?
Well, Lain did! This is one of the many reasons I love LOAD. I am constantly challenged to try something new and experiment in ways I never would have before.
Have you created any pages that go against your norm? I’d love to hear your experiences in the comments below!