Dark photos can be difficult to scrapbook.  I have learned the best way to scrap these types of pictures is to start with a dark background and then highlight the photos throughout the layout.  This will give it a dramatic look and your pictures will stand out as opposed to disappearing on the page.  It’s best to keep the matting at 1/16 or 1/8 of an inch.  Mulberry paper added a great touch to the layout below.  I tore an opening in the mulberry paper (use a wet paintbrush or waterbrush to make this easier) creating a frame which I then stitched to my layout.  The dark background works with the darker photo instead of against it, drawing your attention directly to the photo.

For a standout title, try using large monogram letters for your entire title.  I used Basic Grey undressed chipboard monograms for these layouts.  (Note: chipboard that is plain and unfinished is often called undressed, bare, or naked.)  For extra letters, you can trace on chipboard and cut them out.  Next, I traced the letters on cardstock, cut out, embellished, and glued to the chipboard.  Be sure to embellish the letters before adhering to the chipboard.  The ways to embellish these monograms are endless.  You can use buttons, brads, eyelets, snaps, rivets, charms, ribbon, fiber, clips, staples, tags, diecuts, etc.  You can also use techniques such as stamping, stitching, inking, distressing, doodling, etc.  My favorite adhesive when using chipboard is Liquid Glass by CTMH.  There is a bit of drying time involved but it will hold forever!

A great way to add creativity to your layout is by mixing and matching elements within your title as you can see on my layout below.  “The” = alphabet buttons, “Thrill” = sizzlits alphabet diecuts, “of the” = stamping, “HUNT” = stencils.  For the letters of the word “hunt” I used a package of stencils by tracing them onto my patterned paper, cut out, matted on cardstock, and embellished.  Paper is by DCWV.  Machine stitching adds great detail to the layout.

(click on the picture for a closer look at the layout)

I just love adding glitter and sparkle embellishing to my scrapbook pages.  This page includes some store-bought items as well as handmade embellishments.  The glitter paper is DCWV.  The glitter alphabet is Miss Elizabeth.  I made all the flowers by stamping, adding liquid glass (CTMH), and sprinkling with prisma glitter (CTMH).  Once dry, I cut them out and added the different centers.  The stamps are an unknown set that I purchased off QVC.

Dance pictures are some of my favorite to scrapbook.  This page uses Close to My Heart papers and ink, Bo Bunny cardstock stickers, ribbon (unknown), flower (probably from a bunch on a rummage sale), and the decorative brad in the center is from the Target dollar spot.