Sunday, June 12, 2011

Dreaming of summer holidays…

Good Morning bloggers!! After I made my summer add on counterfeit kit, I was totally dreaming of summer holidays and it had me inspired to create this summery layout of Caleb’s first time at the ocean.

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Now, I’ve seen a ton of layouts with these awesome flower clusters, and I’ve always wanted to try one, but just never had the perfect layout for it (having 3 boys doesn’t give me the opportunity to use a ton of flowers on too many layouts!) It was rough going when I started it. I have to admit that I hated it (it was too girly! lol) but after I sprayed it with some brown glimmer mist and added some seashell buttons to grunge it up a bit, I am growing quite fond of it!

I also did a hidden journaling “book” by hinging my main pic. I’ve seen this a lot too, but just never tried it. This layout seems to be the layout for new things for me :)

Here’s some close ups:

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Here’s what I learned:

My Tim Holtz scissors do a much better job of distressing the edges of cardstock than an edge distresser does.

Hinging paper together is really fussy work…but worth it. Make sure when hinging with brads not to try to make it pretty by putting the brads from the journaling cardstock on the front, because it won’t lie flat at all.

If you run out of the letter “r” on your sticker sheet, most of the time you can cut a piece off of an “n” to make your own.

Glimmer mist has a totally different look to it if you spray water on it after you’ve misted it on your paper.

I entered this layout into the challenge at Scrapbook Challenges.

Well, that’s it for today! Hoping to have some father’s day cards to show you tomorrow! We’ll see how the day goes ;)

 

15 comments:

ms.schwiet said...

Love the use of paint and your edge punch is incredible

Hill Top Creations said...

Love it colors are great and all those flowers way to go. Take care

Dee said...

Awesome LO. Love the colors and your cluster of flowers looks great. I never like those when I try them. Wonderful.

Elizabeth said...

As a mother of 2 boys I so hear you on the flowers and lace, but I think his age and the fact you are in the picture made it work. Congratulations! I just may have to try it myself! LOL http://visionsofpaper.blogspot.com/

mytwoandras said...

I think it is beautiful. I think the bright colors and shell buttons are just right for a beach layout. I made a layout of my daughter and grandson yesterday and I used flowers. It was a hard decision but I love how it turned out.

ms.espresso said...

great layout Sarah, way to bring on the girly touches and make it work for you (brown grungy-ness always helps, eh?). Can't wait to see it up close, I love all the details you put on your projects!

Tricia said...

Awesome layout! I love trying new things too.

scrappingmom73 said...

Sarah, I think your layout is great! The flowers look really good. And I can understand that the first time you try it, its a bit daunting and takes awhile to like. And your tips were handy. I'll add that if you need an "r" you can also use a "u". Or that "u" for an "n". :) And I love that my scissors work so well to distress!
Happy Scrapping!
Lydia

Lynnda Hosni said...

Beautiful layout Sarah... nice colors...great photo too... heart the blooms... awesome... TFS... hugs...xoxo

Crystal aka Caitlynsmommy said...

Nice lessons learned. I have a girl and don't do the flower cluster but I think you pulled it off wonderfully!

S said...

Great layout, I would have never done flowers - but you so made it work.

Kim Strother said...

Great layout, I love the flowers and don't think they are too girly at all. Oh, and I use an edge distresser...are the tim holts scissors really that much better?

Eulanda said...

HOLI CRAP this frickin ROCKS!! I love the layout but those flowers are my absolute favorite!! OMG hinges ARE finicky!! I've done them once and that was enough!! Love the "Ocean" look and well the whole thing!!! Hugs!

Margie said...

very pretty-I love, love, love all of the layered flowers and trims!!

Jimjams said...

Great flower cluster, beautifully "grunged". Love the hidden journalling panel too - great use of your kit!