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.

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