I had a wonderful note that Pun'kin Natashia left on the guest bed after one of her visits, and I really wanted to preserve it on a layout. I mounted the note on blue cardstock, used my scallop punch on a photo of Natashia from that visit, picked some miscellaneous blue letters for a title, and completed a quick simple layout.
Then I created a two-page layout for our 8x8 Do It Yourself album, this one featuring the paperback bookshelf that Robbie made several years ago. I started with a 12x12 patterned paper from Karen Foster Design aptly called "DIY Construction." I cut one 8x8 piece and one 4x8 piece, then added a solid blue cardstock to complete the background for the 2 pages. I pulled several strips of matching cardstock from my scraps file for the title and journaling and used an old set of Rubber Stamping Ideas alphabet stamps for the title.
I really like the way this patterned paper adds to the DIY theme of the layout.
I don't know yet what February's color will be, but I've enjoyed making these blue layouts and can't wait to try a new color next month.