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.


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