First up the layout!
I fluctuate on the choice of backgrounds for my layouts. Sometimes I like to use a white cardstock base, and other times I like to use a busier patterned paper background. When I saw the CP Heartthrob paper in the January Hip Kit, I knew I wanted those fun hearts as a background paper. To keep my photo from fading into the background, I changed it to black & white to contrast with the colors of the hearts on the paper. I also cut a large Ampersand from the kraft cardstock in the kit, and placed it next to my photo as part of the title, to draw your eye to the title and photo. I wanted to add some texture to my Ampersand, so I used a paper piercer around the edges of the shape and then stitched it with embroidery floss. The CP Stand Outs, American Crafts stickers, and Studio Calico cork pieces were the perfect embellishments to finish my page.
And here is the Card: