The first layout I made from my March Madness kit began with a collection of older photos that I just rescued from an old magnetic album. The pictures are from a trip my husband and I took to Milwaukee (his hometown) and Madison, Wisconsin (his college town) shortly after we were married (many years ago). The Social Studies patterned paper from the Milk Money collection by October Afternoon was perfect for these photos! I matted my photos then covered up most of the map, leaving the US in a corner.
I used a star from the Milk Money Pop Drops by October Afternoon to show where we traveled. I then added an arrow from Freckled Fawn to make the star standout. I then added two other arrows to make a visual triangle and to reinforce the theme of the page—how we traveled up from North Carolina.
I tucked one of the Milk Money memory cards along the side of the lower photo and added a Studio Calico gem on the clock. The travel ticket next to the red arrow is actually from a collection of travel cards from Becky Higgins that I purchased for another project. I also used red glitter Thickers from my stash.
After printing and adhering my journaling strips, I added the final touch on the page—three enamel dots from the Milk Money Pop Drops.
I usually do not use such bold graphic patterned paper for my background, but I found that the map really worked well with these photos. The photos are not cropped too much because I wanted to keep most of the background in each one. Therefore, I was able to cover much of the map, keeping visible the parts of the paper that I liked.
There are several colors on the page, but because red, orange and yellow are analogous colors, they work well together and contrast with the blues in the paper and photos.
So now go be creative—pull out a piece of patterned paper with a large graphic and see what you can do with it!