Sea charms

The silver starfish and seashell charms I used on the Beach Walk layout are from my2angels.

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Newsletter Layout 3 – Creative imaginations – Beach Cottage

Beach Walk is a bit of an odd layout. I had actually started a die cut shaped layout that uses the mermaid image from the patterned paper – and then discovered that I needed a paper I had used up – so I could not complete it. There were also a couple of papers from the range I had not yet used at all – and really wanted to. In the end – I actually combined two different layout ideas and then went through a series of 3 photos, before I arrived at my final combination. For all the design distress it caused me – I love the final product.

The frame base is actually the floral side of Hibiscus. As a large piece, I find this pattern very busy and overwhelming – but it is wonderful in small areas like this framing piece. The paper over it is the reverse side of Mermaid. The top layer is the reverse side of Shells – a wonderful sandy coloured page with brown higgly-piggly words written across it. There is a lovely bit that reads “we’ll swim forever you and I, with no-one to see us but the sea” which I must steal to use as journaling somewhere. The ‘sun, sand and sea’ strip running across the top of the photo is from the Beach Cottage paper.

This embellishment uses one of the flowers from the Die Cut Shapes pack (oos). With it is a silver shell charm; a Dusty Attic chipboard shelland a small dried? starfish that I pinched from my daughter’s arts and crafts box. From memory, it is a ‘spur of the moment’ find from one of the Dollar stores. The chipboard shell is coloured with a variety of inks – white, several browns and a darkish purply-blue that matches some of the words in the ‘sun, sand and sea’ strip.

Yeah – I know – I said I wouldn’t do one and I have. I must admit to not being overly fond of the banner fad that is still evident in the scrapping community. I don’t mind the odd one here or there – it’s just that they seem to be so over-used. That said, I felt that one would be appropriate to the top corner of this layout. The techniques tip for this week is how to make this particular version of the banner – so check out the forum for instructions.

The banner was made from bits and pieces of left-over papers from the three newsletter layouts. Actually, they weren’t really leftovers as such – but more ‘rescued’ bits. With all this layering happening, I like to cut out the centre of the underlying papers so I can use them on other layouts. On this poor layout even the space under the photo has been cut out so I could use that paper to make the tag and banner bits.

Here you can see I’ve used the die cut shape (oos) that matches the title strip across the top of the photo. The die cut flower (oos) has been pop-dotted to it for some dimension. The silver starfish charm is from my stash and I’ve popped in another of those dried starfish that my daughter has yet to notice I have pinched from her. The tag itself is tucked in behind all of this and is made to match the banner triangles (from bits of Shells and Mermaid). On it I talk about how much Madame loves to walk across the sand at the beach whenever we go (which is all of twice a year). She doesn’t tend to swim much – she saves that for the pool –  she would much prefer to wander about searching for shells and other interesting things, dancing through the water and sand, singing happily to herself. Apparently pools are for swimming- beaches are for dreaming on.

And here is the last of my shells/starfish pattern strip from the Beach Cottage paper. I managed to get a bit on every layout. I had two pieces of it to start with – which I thought was plenty – but I used it all up. Now I have to run back to the store to get some more before everyone else buys it. It’s probably the single best ‘bit’ of patterned paper in the whole range. Tucked in there with it is a silver shell charm from my stash and a couple of Doily Lace border punched strips. You’ll notice that the starfish are a little darker than their counterparts on the other layouts – that’s because I inked them with the darker blue ink I used on the title alphas – it matches a similar blue used on the patterned papers in very small amounts. The doily punch strips match in with the banner – which has the same strip across the top of the pennant pieces.

I know I say this every time Creative Imaginations releases a beach themed range – but it is true – these are stunningly beautiful papers and you can’t go wrong with them. Adding to the excitement is the recent decision by CI to release a matching 6 x 6 paper pad to their recent ranges – I can’t wait to see what the one for Beach Cottage looks like in real life. So get ready for all those sun, sand and surf photos this summer and grab your own little slice of beach heaven with the Beach Cottage range from Creative Imaginations.

Blue Butterfly Cabochon

The gorgeous blue butterfly cabochon you saw on my Down by the Seashore layout can be found here at my2angels.

Newsletter Layout 2 – Creative imaginations – Beach Cottage

The second Beach Cottage layout sees a return to my more usual style. Lots of embellishments, with bits and pieces tucked in here and there and plenty of  layering. I’m not sure this is complete yet, I really wanted to include some journalling – so I might ‘play’ with it again and see if I can manage to get some in there somewhere.

For Down by the Seashore I dropped the pink and went back to the coral featured throughout the paper range. It was a little too ‘hard’ a colour for the first layout – but it really makes this one ‘pop’. The base this time is a piece of Seaside Escape (which with Mermaid, form – in my opinion – the two standout papers of the range). Over this went a cut-down piece of the reverse side of Seaside Escape, which I then border-punched with the Martha StewartDoily Lace punch. I’ve curled back the top left-hand corner of this page and popped one of the lily Epoxy stickers there to add a little interest.

This embellishment cluster is focused on the combination of a die cut lily piece (oos); more of the shells/starfish pattern strip from the Beach Cottage paper; and the cream flower that is part of the underlying Seaside Escape patterned paper. Into this combination I tucked a coral-coloured Prima resin flower, a strand of pale pink pearls and another glass cabochon from my stash; as well as adding in a bit of Chicken Mesh Wire (mine is Dusty Attic – Mary has the Twiddleybitz one in stock now) and a Dusty Attic chipboard shell.

The shell was inked white and then lightly inked with Tumbled Glass Distress Ink. This time though, I added a little of the Tumbled Glass Distress Ink to some Dimensional Magic and then splodged that onto the chipboard – giving it a little touch from the heat gun to dry it faster. This gives the chipboard a glossy look here and there, as well as some texture and shading to the colours.

Under the right side of the photo I tucked a die cut journalling piece (oos), over which I placed a large Prima flower that I thought was similar to the one in the paper pattern. With it are an antiqued white-finish bronze starfish I got from an Etsy store and a small blue butterfly cabochon from my stash. The chipboard anchor is by Dusty Attic.

Underneath the photo I placed another die-cut title piece (oos) with a combination of more chipboard Chicken Mesh Wire; a Prima resin flower, pink pearls; an antiqued white-finish bronze seahorse and a chipboard starfish and shell. It’s all meant to look like the mermaids stash that every little girl dreams of finding in one of the tidal pools you get at the beach. I desperately wanted to work the mermaid into this somewhere – but just couldn’t find the room for her.

The starfish, cream flower and shells are part of the underlying Seaside Escape patterned paper. I’ve tucked the blue chipboard shell and epoxy title under it slightly to help tie the layers in together. The smaller shell (like the starfish in the previous image) has been inked with a combination of white, soft browns and a shimmery gold ink in an attempt to match the floral pattern on the reverse side of Seaside Escape.

To finish off the layout I added a Scrap FX compass with another bit of the shells/starfish pattern strip from the Beach Cottage paper. The inking for the compass is similar to the small shell/starfish – but without the gold. I really like the way it blended into the patterned paper behind it.

Newsletter Layout 1 – Creative imaginations – Beach Cottage

Apologies for the lack of anything over the past couple of weeks. We’ve had a few issues with Bigpond (haven’t we all??) which are now sorted out – so full internet access is back to normal. With all the storms and rain up here in sunny (not) SE QLD it has been a dreadful job trying to get decent photos of the newsletter layouts – so again I apologise for that.

It’s that time of year again ladies – summer time – when the living is easy, the skies are blue, the waves are calling  your name and Creative Imaginations brings out yet another stunning beach range. Ok – so we’ve had it for a little while in the store – but now is the time to be taking photos to use with it and here is a little inspiration to show you what you can do with this gorgeous range.

Love the touch of girly coral-pink – it goes so well with the pale blues, white and various shades of soft brown. The colours are somewhat washed out and the patterns distressed – which suits a range of different scrapping styles – but there is the odd brighter page in there (check out the stunning coral side of Hibiscus). The usual stickers and die cut shapes accompany the collection – with a great range of flowers, seashells and journalling shapes to add to your layouts.

Life’s a Beach was started months ago – as soon as I got the range unboxed onto my desk. I couldn’t find the embellishments I wanted to finish it off though – so the poor thing has languished there until I had to ‘suck it up’ and go with what I had. (If anyone knows where I can get some cotton fishing net – please – let me know.) It’s actually a collection of different ideas I have seen around that I wanted to do – the ‘cut up into strips’ photo (which is now everywhere I notice); the random, incomplete edge punch; and the linear, simplistic look.

The base for the layout is a piece of Shells, which serves as a frame for the cut-down (reverse side) piece of Mermaid overlaid over it. The Martha Stewart punch set I used is the Sand Dollar pattern. Dune, Cocoa and Cream Brown Colorbox Chalk Inks all work beautifully with this range – with the edges of this layout inked with Cocoa.

Wanting to use pink rather than coral with this layout, I randomly sprayed on Tutti Frutti; Watermelon and Cherub Pink Glimmermists over the light blue and white patterned base of my layout.

Positioning the photo pieces was the first thing I did – the rest of the embellishments are designed to work with that placement.

This embellishment cluster uses a section of the shells/starfish pattern strip from the Beach Cottage paper. I’ve simply cut them out with my craft knife and given the starfish a light coating of Crystalina Kindyglitz. Other elements in the cluster include a Dusty Attic chipboard shell and a chipboard Seahorse from the Shells Mini pack; as well as some random pearl ‘bits’ from my stash and a clear glass cabochon which has had a gob of All that Jazz Glimmer Glaze added to the bottom of it. Love how it looks just like a drop of seawater, frozen forever on the layout.

Along the base of the photo I ran another section of the shells/starfish pattern strip from the Beach Cottage paper. To this I added a cute little sticker from the 12 x 12 Sticker sheet and a few more of the glass cabochons. I also added one of Mary’s small glass bottles – which contains beach sand here – though you can use them for lots of other things.

The chipboard title is also by Dusty Attic and is the perfect addition to any beach layout. To get the soft, distressed look you see, it was first inked white and then lightly inked with Tumbled Glass Distress Ink. When that was dry it was randomly splotched with some Cream Brown Chalk Ink. The colours closely match the paper and continue with the soft, distressed look of the layout. The pink flower is from Prima and the two loose starfish are from the Die Cut Shapes pack (oos)

I know it’s a bit of a departure from my usual style – but I’ve been in the mood to experiment with new things. It’s the first time I have ever deliberately chosen not to add something more to a layout – even with all the empty space there – but I think it suits the photo and the sense of open space in the photo. It was just her all alone on this huge empty beach – lost in her own little world – happily exploring and seeing what she could find. I would have liked a spot for journalling – but there are other photos from the same visit that I guess I can write on.

Check out this gorgeous range in-store now – don’t miss out, as it will sell quickly now that summer is here.