This is the lo I did for the JUNE MONTHLY SKETCH CHALLENGE...Week2BonusSketch. The sketch can be found here http://www.scrapbook.com/gallery/image/sketch/3962207.html
I started off working on the lo with the idea that I wanted to use fun, bright colors and patterns and a title like "my girl". However, once I started putting the background together, I realized that the pics had so much brown in them, that they looked very drab against the background, so I decided to mat the pics on brown pp to try to tie it together more. When I placed the pics on the brown pp, they blended right together and didn't help my problem, so I decided to sand the edges of the pics to make a distinction. That helped, but not enough, so I came up with the idea to ink the sanded areas with brightly colored inks and I decided to use a different color for each pic. When I placed the matted pics against my background, I decided I needed brown somewhere else and decided to go with brown rick rack. Once I had that placed, it made me think of chocolate and then I had the idea to do the lo about her love of chocolate...she's eating Hershey's Kisses in the final pic! I had some stickers from an old Club Scrap kit, so I broke them out to figure out how I could add them to the lo. They solved my problem of what to use for a title and what to use in place of the journaling block on the sketch.
When I cropped my 3rd pic, it had part of the date left on it, so I wanted to cover that and decided to just use a strip with the date. I decided to put her name on the banner and found the round, chocolate brown alphas that reminded me of candy, so I used them on my handmade banner. I made my mini tickets by cutting 1" long rectangular cs strips, then used my small, crescent moon hand punch to clip the corners, then inked the edges and wrote the words onto them..stamped her age on the bottom ones...then used a pen and added the dot border to each ticket. I decided to use the brown felt Thicker ampersand in place of the round date tag on the sketch. I also moved the top flower slightly from the position it was on the sketch.