When scrapbooking, it’s important to match the theme of your page or layout to the photos so you get the look you want. In the example page below, I’m using photos of my husband and son at my cousin’s farm with a couple of their horses. I wanted a western & masculine feel to my page, so I used appropriate-themed designer paper and stamps as well as masculine colors and distressed/torn cardstock. My embellishments are also of a western and masculine type: poly-twill ribbon (which is more boy-ish than say a grosgrain or taffeta ribbon), plain die-cut letters, and a jumbo eyelet. It’s all about keeping the look.
By all means, break out the glitter & rhinestone brads when it’s appropriate, but make sure the theme fits the photos.
Here’s a close-up of the distressed journaling block. I took Very Vanilla cardstock, crumbled it into a ball, and open it up. Next, I rubbed my Chocolate Chip ink pad directly on the edges and curled the upper right corner under.
Stamp set: wanted; Inks: really rust, chocolate chip, sage shadow; Cardstock: really rust, sage shadow, very vanilla, outlaw DSP; Embellishments: chocolate chip poly-twill ribbon, jumbo eyelet; Tools: big shot, stampin’ up! billboard sizzlets decorative strip die, decorative strip cutting pads