The end of February is upon us! As we anticipate the next Garden Girl project release March 1st, we've compiled a list of 10 helpful tips from this past month's projects. This list isn't just for lovebirds though; it's for anyone who has love in their heart to scrap!
1. USE PRODUCTS THAT INDICATE A PAIR. Think potty people icons, lovebirds, the number 2... If your subject is not a couple, but perhaps the love you have for your family, try the number of people in your household or an icon of a home.
2. SCRAP ABOUT SOMETHING YOU HAVE IN COMMON. What interests and hobbies do you share with the one(s) you love? Or perhaps you are polar opposites, but have the same values. These sorts of things help tell our stories!
Shimelle has documented the passion she and her husband have for embarking on adventures, while Melissa records a favorite movie.
3. CHOOSE PRODUCTS THAT REFLECT YOUR SUBJECT'S TASTE AND STYLE. Amy Tan combines masculine and hip patterns for this layout about the loves in her life. (Don't forget your pets!)
4. DOCUMENT A LOVING GESTURE. Scrap about the surprises or meaningful gifts you've given or received. Lisa recorded her efforts to commemorate Valentines Day by photographing and scrapping the treats she gave her kids.
5. GO HEART CRAZY! What could better aid in documenting love than the timeless heart shape?
Here Shannon has added a heart bokeh treatment over her photo:
6. PAST AND PRESENT These comparisons help tell the stories of how we've grown, changed, and evolved, as well as what we've experienced with the ones we love. Laura Craigie combines a photo from a past with a recent snapshot and reflects on the years that have passed since she and her husband first fell in love.
7. SCRAP ABOUT A CRUSH. Tell the story of your own first crush or perhaps about how your child is smitten over a classmate. Nancy Damiano made the start to her son's Valentines note the title of her page:
8. FIND THE WORDS TO SAY IT Put your feelings onto paper for your loved ones to be reminded of again and again. Look to song lyrics, poems, sayings or even greeting card messages for help if you're needing a push articulating your emotions.
Elizabeth and Lexi have made their messages the titles for their layouts:
If you'd like to keep your thoughts more private tuck hidden journaling into a pocket like Marcy:
9. SCRAP ABOUT AFFECTION Photograph and journal the snuggles, smooches and hugs you share. Lilith has scrapped about holding hands with her hubby:
10. PICK UP YOUR CAMERA Your layouts centered around love don't have to use photos that already exist. Are you without a picture from an event or special day? Take one that will help capture your story.
Wilna and Jen have taken portraits of their subjects, while Kristina snapped a photo of her and Jeffrey making a heart with their hands.