Hello lovelies, today I am so excited to have Creative Team Member Renae Jones on the blog! As always, be sure to check out her About Me Page where you can learn more about her and connect with her on social media.

Hi everyone! I’m here today to share two of my favourite projects using February’s release called The Heart is Home. I loved working with it because It is such a versatile collection suited to everything from pocket pages to greeting cards!

Larkindesign Creative Team Renae Jones | February Layouts ft. The Heart Is Home!Larkindesign Creative Team Renae Jones | February Layouts ft. The Heart Is Home!

First up is a Project Life spread. I have quite a few layouts to complete for 2017 where I’ve got the photos in pockets, but nothing else. When I saw the blue winter sky I knew it would be perfect with the cloud card. Being Winter, we also spent a lot of time indoors which made the cards even more fitting. 

Larkindesign Creative Team Renae Jones | February Layouts ft. The Heart Is Home!Larkindesign Creative Team Renae Jones | February Layouts ft. The Heart Is Home!

To make the title card, I added the ‘hello’ from my stash, and cut up a weekly card from the Project Life Project52 Fresh kit. I then added embellishments from my stash, intentionally choosing ones that were only black and white so the colours were coming from the cards, and photos.

If you look at the main photo, the card next to my title card actually had a quote on it, but instead of using it as a filler card, I cut my photo of the cookie to size, and attached it on top, so the florals frame it. I love how it turned out.

Larkindesign Creative Team Renae Jones | February Layouts ft. The Heart Is Home!Larkindesign Creative Team Renae Jones | February Layouts ft. The Heart Is Home!

For my second project I thought I would step completely out of my usual comfort zone and create an 8×8 layout from the papers. This summer has been quite cruel to my garden, but I did have some lovely photos of my roses that I wanted to scrap. Rather than just do the standard square layout, I thought I would go with circles. I used circle layouts a lot in my December Daily after taking an Ali Edwards class and love how they turned out, so I thought I’d have a go!

Larkindesign Creative Team Renae Jones | February Layouts ft. The Heart Is Home!Larkindesign Creative Team Renae Jones | February Layouts ft. The Heart Is Home!

My first steps were to print my photos, and papers. I’ve used the patterned papers that are part of The Heart Is Home collection and have printed them at 8×8 size. The photos I printed as 3×4 and cropped them so I would get a decent amount of rose one I punched out the circles with my two inch punch. I then used both a 2 inch, and 1 inch punch to punch circles from the papers, and from some doilies I had in my stash.

After arranging them on my background, I went looking for circle embellishments that I felt worked with the colour scheme and added those. Hearts were added to tie in with the heart circle embellishments. It was still missing a few things, so I added the two banner pieces.

I stuck it all down and was pleased with the outcome, but once I photographed it, I didn’t like the empty spaces between the clusters. Luckily I had a lot of enamel dots lying around in the right colour scheme, so I added those. I often find that if you aren’t quite sure about a layout, the best thing to do, it to take a photo and look at it on your screen. Photos seem to reveal inconsistencies, or better ways to arrange things that the eyes miss.

I hope you’ve enjoyed my post, and have some ideas of your own on how to use this fabulous release! I hope you’ll visit my About Me page and follow me on your favorite social media sites!

Renae 🙂

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