Well summer is well and truly here and this weeks scrapbook class made a gorgeous double page layout perfect for putting in their summer beach photos. I saw a nice beach layout here and used that for my inspiration, the photos are from a few years ago - I'm a tad behind with my own scrap booking, but we won't go into that! Not everyone has a boy, so we also had alternative punch elements to add for the girls involving a bit more glitter and pink!
I always do my classes as double layouts as I feel it looks nicer when they go into an album. These pages used a lot of sponging, rolling with the new Sandy Speckles wheel and lots of punch art! The crabs were CASEd from Teresa G. and Michelle H. and look so cute, especially as where these photos were taken was by the river where we do get lots of blue swimmer crabs.
I added the red spider crab though just because he was SO cute!
For those who didn't want to do crabs, we also had a glittery mermaid, a pair of thongs (flip flops for the northern hemisphere readers) and a beach ball. Some of the girls got carried away and added a shell bikini to their mermaids from the small Boho blossom flower, but I left mine plain.
I always use a terrific product called Dotto for piecing together my layouts before I stick them together permanently, such a great product, saves lots of frustration later on when you just want to move something that little bit, but can't as it's stuck down! I couldn't decide when I was putting together this layout which colour letters to use for the title, eventually I did a shadow layer and liked the result - what do you think?
A close up of the first page is here, the shells were stamped in the darker soft suede ink and sponged with crumb cake as when I stamped them in the crumb cake ink, they just sort of disappeared and didn't pop out like I wanted them too.
The matching page also has plenty of space for photos and journaling.
Stamps: Nature's Nest, Elements of Style
Ink: Crumb Cake, Soft Suede
Card Stock: Bashful Blue, Crumb Cake, Pacific Point, Daffodil Yellow, Whisper White, Chocolate Chip & Basic Black
Accessories: Hemp Twine, Wide oval punch, large oval punch, small oval punch, two-step owl punch, photo corner punch, small tag punch, crop-a-dile, SNAIL, two-way glue pen, Big Shot, Junior Timeless Type alphabet, spiral punch, Sandy Speckles roller wheel.
I saw another gorgeous summer scrap book layout on "Water Play" at the Paper Crafters Library so might have to make up another layout soon using some of the many swimming at the beach photos I have taken and done nothing with! So if you are like me and have way too many photos that you have not done anything with, feel free to come along to our monthly scrapbook class or get some friends together and I can bring the class to you. Details of all my classes are either on my website and while you are there you can sign up for my monthly newsletter, so then you don't miss out on all the Stampin' Up! news and ideas.