Hello all! Julie here, with two beach-themed scrapbook pages for the WOW! Embossing and Technique Tuesday Blog Hop.
Now, many of you know that I am a colorer.. colorist? colorizer? er.. I love to color stamped images ;). Give me a beautiful rose, or a bunch of grapes, or a lily, or even a happy little octopus, and I can make it shine. However, though I hate to admit it, I have never really made a scrapbook page. It's one of those hobbies that I just haven't gotten into before, and right now, I'm wondering why not?!!?
As soon as I saw there was an assignment for this blog hop to use the At the Beach Stamp Set and Summer Crafting Dies to make a scrapbook layout, I remembered the trip I took with my family nearly a year ago. During that beach trip we took lots of photos of my niece doing some activities for an international scavenger hunt. I knew those pictures of our adventure would work great with the beach and summer-themed stamps and dies on my very first scrapbook layout!
Some of my favorite photos that day were taken while we were making a fish sculpture near the water for the scavenger hunt. I had so many ideas! I could use the Bubbles on the Border Crafting Die, and use vellum paper, and layer it up and, and, and... well, eventually I calmed down and thought about what R~, my niece, would like. Those are her feet in the photo with the bright pink flip-flops. She loves bright colors, flowers, and polka dots, so that's what I used.
I decided to use a traveler's notebook as the background for my first beach day scrapbook page (and for my second layout too). The traveler's notebook format appeals to me for its size and sort of artistic feeling.
The first element I made was the library card pocket. I stamped the "Happiness Is a Day at the Beach" sentiment onto the pocket using embossing ink. I heat embossed it with the beautiful translucent Primary Blue Topaz. Then I stamped a seagull onto the pocket and embossed it with Metallic Gold Rich Regular.
To make the caption for the photo on the right, I stamped the "Time Spent at the Beach Is Never Wasted" phrase and again used the gold embossing powder. Then I die cut the phrase out using the smallest label from the set of Essential Stitched Labels dies.
I loved playing with both of these embossing powders! The translucent topaz blue was perfect for giving the impression of water, and the gold gives it a classy-feeling shine.
I also experimented with using some embossing powder directly on some of summer-themed accents I had die cut, adding a little gloss to the sun and a couple of the flowers. I loved the effect and will tell you a bit more about how to do this on my next beach scrapbook page.
To make the journaling card, I started with a photo, printed out my favorite memories from our beach adventure, and cut them into strips that I then adhered to the photo. Then I tucked my photo journaling card into the library card pocket. I think R~ will like this bit of interactivity and really enjoy playing with the layout a little instead of just looking at it. My layout ended up being pretty busy, but it definitely makes me think of my niece.
Once I was finished with my first layout, I felt like I still needed to do something that was a little more subdued...something simpler, and more in my normal color schemes.
I remembered another trip I took with my family to the beach in Deep Cove, BC, near where my dad lives. Since that trip was during the winter, complete with warm jackets, the sunshine, flowers, and flip-flops die cut accents wouldn't really work. But it seemed like a good fit for the seashells from the At the Beach stamp set and die-cut anchor accents from the set of dies.
I decided to use an emboss resist technique for this layout. To start, I stamped some of the seashells on a piece of white cardstock using embossing ink. I used the translucent Primary Blue Topaz again, along with the Neutral Ultra Shimmer, and Opaque Bright White to heat emboss my seashells. I pulled out a craft mat, smooshed and dabbed Distress Oxide inks (Salty Ocean, Faded Jeans and just a touch of Lucky Clover and Antique Linen) around on it, and spritzed it all a good bit. I then laid and dragged my already stamped and embossed seashell paper through the ink. Once I had as much color as I wanted on the embossed seashells, I spritzed it a few times with fine mist and another couple of times with a heavy mist. I dried it with a heat tool, and let it sit under a couple of old paper catalogs for a while to flatten it a bit.
Once my home-made patterned paper was dry, and as flat as I could get it, I went and ruined all that hard work by cutting it into several strips ;). Hehehe, ok, this was the plan all along. I chose one of the patterned strips that featured the embossed seashells and adhered it to the right side of my scrapbook layout.
I also really liked some of the other patterned strips that didn't include any embossed seashells but were just nice, splattered, watery-looking strips. So I adhered them along the outside edges of both the left and right pages of this layout. I tucked a couple of photos into and around the splattered paper, one of my niece and nephew with their mom on the beach, and one of a beautiful old boat that was anchored just off shore.
The boat inspired me to add a few die cut anchors that I had embossed. To do that, I pressed the die cut anchors into the embossing ink pad, and then doused them with powder. Then I very carefully dragged the die cut out of the pile of powder using a pair of tweezers. I hit it with a blast from the heat tool, and voila! It gives the anchor die cuts a cool enameled look, especially the translucent blue topaz anchor.
A few strips of washi tape, and a bit of journaling about the day completed the look. I really love this layout and can't wait to do more scrapbook pages!
Thanks for stopping in on your wander through the hop! I hope you saw something cute, or fun (or just weird) that inspires you on your next project! I certainly had fun trying my hand at scrapbooking, and am looking forward to doing more of it!
Your next stop is the amazing Ashlee McGregor. I just know you'll enjoy her projects and all the beautiful projects on your blog hop journey!
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P.S. Want to document your own beach trip? Well, here are links to the stamps and dies I used. Happy crafting!