aaahhh fur loves of our lives; yes they can certainly get away with much more than our people loved ones. Your second layout is very inspiring - books opening the doors to our dreams.
They are both lovely; but I'm especially fond of that second one too. But of course if it has anything to do with books I'm going to love it :)
Both great layouts, but of course the one with the bookstore would be my fave as well as Sian's.
Both your layouts are so very pretty. You manage to make it all look so easy.