I started this layout back in March and completely stalled out on it. But this week’s Sketchy Thursdays challenge was exactly what I needed to finish it, and so this layout has turned into something that I really like.
The photo is from one morning on vacation in the late summer of 2008. I got up early so that I could catch low tide and go shelling (one of my favorite things to do on the beach). It was glorious to be out on the beach alone with just the waves to keep me company. I managed to find quite a few really nice shells, and later my mom saw me and came out to shell with me.
Because of the vast openness in the photo, I wanted to keep this layout very simple. So I added a title cut with my Silhouette, wrote my caption in white pen, and embellished with a Silhouette-cut flourish, ribbon, machine stitching, and a few metal flowers that I got in my surprise box from Two Peas from National Scrapbooking Day. I would have liked to use shells, but all the shell embellishments that I saw were way too kitschy. The metal flowers were the perfect color and added the right kind of texture.
A couple things I learned while doing this layout: Glossy photos are NOT good for scrapbooking. They show every fingerprint and scootch of glue. And Scriptina is not a good font choice for the Silhouette unless the lettering is VERY big. The lovely swoops of the letter loops are much too thin for paper– they tend to break very easily. I think the lettering looks okay on this layout, though, because I was going for a casual/elegant look.
background patterned paper: My Mind’s Eye “Simply Delightful
textured cardstock for photo matting: the Paper Studio
white cardstock for Silhouette cuts: Paper Reflections
Silhouette SD: font “Scriptina” and design “flourish_1019”
metal flowers: Maya Road Flower Elements (Journey Trinkets)
brads: the Paper Studio
Uni-ball Signo White gel pen (broad)
machine stitching with white thread
Zig glue pen