Here's a layout I did about a week ago. I was inspired by an email challenge in the Big Picture class Twelve to pick patterned paper in my favorite designs and colors and use it on a page. My favorite patters? Circles, stripes, text, woodgrain, and grid. My favorite colors to scrap with? Bright yellow, orange, and green.
I decided to put the design on the text paper so that the colors would pop. Since the colors matched the photo I had, I made a page about my husband's penchant for sending me flowers at work, especially when I ask him to. :-)
Here's the page:
I used the tags from the flowers I've gotten this year as the journaling.
The border was fun to make. I cut some paper into strips, then punched the yellow paper into banners using my Jenni Bowlin/Fiskars banner punch. I layered it on top of the orange woodgrain, which I'd punched with scallops. I finished it off by laying strips of stripe and an old Doodlebug paper frill on top.
I totally thought all these brads were the same color!
What are your favorite patterns and colors? Have you ever tried pulling the papers and patterns first, then picking the photos? I found it inspiring; you should give it a try!