this photo that James took this spring when he took the boys on an outing to the Texas state capitol building. I really liked the drama of the photograph, with that scraggly tree silhouette, the dark lamppost and no one else in sight!
For some reason the layout didn't photograph well - I tried it in a couple of different lights but the picture part of the layout always looked dull and blurry. Oh well, you can see the real image in the link above if you would like to.
I wanted to use a black and cream/kraft color scheme to highlight the image. I chose a black background and black photo matte and then filled in the other colors from there. I had everything designed and then added the black flourish to the background. It reminds me of the metal work in old fashioned trim and air registers. I really really like it - it turned out to be my favorite part of the layout!