This is one of the rare occasions when I don't plan or sketch out my design, instead I just gather all the grey papers and start layering beneath the photo. Then I use soft touches of colour to create a series of visual triangles around the framed rectangle of the photo.
The outer most visual triangle is formed from pale blue elements. A tag at the top leads the eye from the title (The Best) down to the semi-circle next to the subtitle (You're #1). Then there's a pink triangle created from Dear Lizzy fussy-cut polka dot garlands, extending through the pink of my cousin's scarf in the photo to the subtitle on the right. I love how the steel grey background softens the pink even more, making it appear almost peachy.
A less obvious triangle is formed by repeating the heart-shaped motif. By placing a fussy cut brown heart right under the chocolate frame, I extend it's boxy shape into an upside down triangle, an illusion helped along by the diagonal line of my cousin's elbow in the photo.
But the strongest design element has to be the use of lines that converge on the photo. There are the zig-zag chipboard pieces from Wycinanka (this and the background cardstock are the only things not from the September Citrus Twist kits) along the horizontal axis. A bit of machine stitching and a length of cob web trim reinforce these lines and lend a bit more texture to the page.
On Saturday I'll share my final Citrus Twist layout created with the Septmber kits where pink really comes into it's own. Hope you will come back and check it out.
Citrus Twist Sep Kits : Dear Lizzy Polka Dot Party (Clever Card, Grand Garland, Die Cut Frames), Amy Tangerine Cut & Paste Infatuation, Carta Bella Hello Again Element Sticker, Alison Kreft Recorded Best of Times, Fancy Pants Collection Moments Large Decorative Tag, Prima Sunrise Sunset Fibre Trim, Citrus Twist Exclusive Stamp, glassine