My background is made up of 3 different sheets of scrapbooking paper. The chocolate brown sheet measures 12x12 and has a light plaid print on it. I then took another plaid sheet in cream, brown & green and trimmed it to measure 4 1/4" by 12" and glued it across the bottom. The third piece is a solid piece of seafoam green which I trimmed to measure 2" by 12" and ran that along the top edge of the cream colored border strip. I used some paper ribbon to trim that strip up on each side that was green with chocolate brown. I liked the finished scalloped edges on that paper ribbon and it looks nice on the layout.
I trimmed my one photo down to measure 9" high by 5" wide and then matted it onto solid white cardstock and then onto seafoan green scrapbooking paper. I accented the top two corners of my background page with 2 coordinating photo corners to add interest to the layout.
I am going to take the layout into the assisted living center and show it to her so I can get the story about the dress, ocassion and photo. I will do my journaling on the back once I have obtained the "story" from her.
I really enjoyed working in the chocolate brown, cream and seafoam green color scheme and feel that it works fabulous for heritage photos. The papers are almost an exact match to the color of the dress she was wearing in the photos. Yeah!