Credits: background - SHobbs; journal paper - Ozark Mountain High Road; book plate - Shabby Fall; flourish - The Emily Files; brads, stitching - Mother May I; flowers - Spa Holiday
I really love the color scheme for this scrapbook. It has been so fun and the designers created so many elements that worked so well together. The flourish element that is behind the photo and journling added a nice flow to the page.
Louise's mother Lura Maude (Smith) Long was also beautiful, making the page design a cinch. The three photos show Lura throughout her adult life. Her early adulthood, her young motherhood stage with her adopted daughters. Lura rarely looked at the camera when her chidlren were young. Either she was shy or she adored her little ones. And finally, a photo of her much older, perhaps before her death when Louise was 13. These photos also show the progression of photography as the decades changed. That's a subtle bonus to using photos from different time periods.
As for page design, the stitching at the bottom actually looks better in print. Perhaps I could have backed it up with a ribbon to make the peach and green contrast more. However, I really didn't want your eyes to go to the bottom of the page. I wanted the stitching to be a visual stop.
After adding a few flowers, the page was done. The stories and photos take center stage. And that's my philosophy in page creation. Focus on the content, rather than the decoration.
Feel free to share links to your mother's page creations. Let's all be inspired together.