Step-by-Step: Lucky in Love


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Article Courtesy by Kayla Richards Filip

Chocolates, conversation hearts, and love! This series of words can only mean one thing: Valentine's Day! Traditionally, Valentine's Day is associated with pink, red, and white. For this February layout, I decided to go against that color combination for something fresh and a little bit funkier, but still definitely holding that lovely Valentine's Day feeling.


Follow the simple step-by-step instructions below to create a similar layout of your very own!


  • blue background patterned paper (I used My Mind's Eye - Be Loved - Fond Flowers paper)
  • red accent paper (I used My Mind's Eye -  Be Loved - Smitten Stripes paper)
  • striped accent paper (I used My Mind's Eye -  Be Loved - Smitten Stripes paper)
  • [K1] yellow accent paper - Cosmo Cricket Early Bird Paper
  • Ruby Red Bazzill Paper Flowers
  • kraft cardstock
  • red chipboard alphabet (similar to what I used)
  • brown chipboard alphabet
  •  Tim Holtz Distressing Ink
  • glue dots


Note: the edges on most every part of this layout were inked with distressing ink. This is optional.

  1. Trim your blue  background paper to 11" x 8 ½".
  2. Use the kraft cardstock to create a thin photo mat. Adhere the photo to the kraft mat. Next, use the yellow paper to create an additional photo mat around the kraft paper and photo. Adhere together.
  3. Next, fold the red flower in half. Use a glue dot to secure the flower to the layout. Position the flower onto your layout as shown. Then, layer your photo on top of the flower as shown.
  4. Now, use your red accent paper to create a thin strip of paper to position below your photo and it's mats. Add the strip to your layout, as shown. Be sure to position the strip to extend slightly past your photo. This will create an element of funk!
  5. Then, use the striped paper to create another thin accent strip. Use decorative scissors to add to the funk, if you'd like. Position this strip on the right side of the photo, and tuck any excess length underneath the red strip.
  6. Next, take your red paper and cut two small hearts. Position one right above the striped accent strip, and the other on the left side of your red accent strip.
  7. Finally, add your alphabet letter embellishments. Use the brown to spell "lucky" and the red to spell "in love."
  8. You're done! Step back and enjoy your fresh and funky Valentine's Day layout!

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