When I first started scrapbooking (and we won't even mention the year, but's let's just say it doesn't start with a 2!) one of my biggest struggles was with holiday layouts. Sure, the first year of Christmas, Easter and Halloween pages came together fairly easily, using typical color schemes and themed products, but when it came time to do these pages again the following year, I was less than enthused to try and recreate the same old page with a new set of photos.
And since I tend to have a two-year-old's mentality when it comes to things I don't want to do ("You can't MAKE ME!") those pages were left largely undone.
That was until I finally realized that it's OK to create holiday pages in non-traditional colors. It seems simple enough, but letting go of the "rules" that holidays need to be represented with certain colors finally helped me to actually create layouts about these events (and enjoy it)! And let's be honest, I also enjoy breaking the rules. In general.
Since ever then, I've never really let the holiday dictate my product choice for a page. Rather, I use my photos as a guide for the color and patterns to use. A good example of this is a recent page I did for Riely's Valentine Day party:
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The photos for this page featured mostly primary colors - Riely's red skirt and Valentine box, and the yellow, red and blue lollipops she made to hand out to classmates. Trying to be true to the Valentine's theme, I first put the photos on a red background, but it was just too much red. The blue paper (which is actually from Elle's Studio Sycamore Lane, a fall-themed line!) did a better job of highlighting the photos without competing for attention.
While the blue pattern takes up most of my background, I chose a mostly white paper for the bottom third. This white grid pattern is from the Good Cheer Christmas line, but it works perfectly for featuring a large block of text. The red lines also tie back to the red in my photos, but in a more subtle way than a red patterned paper would have.
Since I didn't want the page to be completely devoid of Valentine's vibe, I incorporated hearts in the form of cut files...three white hearts in the upper left and a heart frame to matte one of the photos. I also infused a little bit of pink with the file tab cut files. All of these elements work to convey the Valentine's theme, and more importantly, they work with my photos!
So there you have proof that papers intended for autumn and Christmas can also work for a Valentine's page. You just never know what can happen until you break the rules!