For this layout, I dug back in to some more honeymoon photos. Remember, I'm still on a honeymoon bloggy time warp! Don't be shocked if you see more honeymoon getting scrapped in the next six months. :) In April I shared another honeymoon layout also using Simple Stories You Are Here - it's so pretty! It captures the laid back beachy feel that makes me think fondly of that trip 16 years ago. Okay, so on to the layout!
I had such fun with this sketch creating all kinds of texture. First up was trimming some CTMH Lagoon cardstock for the main mat area and then trimming a couple of the Simple Stories papers for the base of the photos. After pulling together those main pieces, I distressed the cardstock, sewed it to textured white cardstock close to its distressed edges, and then curled up a few edges with my finger.
Then I adhered the Simple Stories papers and my matted photos. I felt something was missing, so I trimmed a strip of Heavenly Blue cardstock. But it seemed "flat". Inspiration came in the form of Martha Stewart fringe scissors. I used them on another summer layout in 2014. Doesn't it make you think of a tiki bar and a refreshing drink with an umbrella in it? Ahhhh....
So the base part of the layout came together quickly, but I knew I needed some embellishment areas. Enter in Just Nick Studios' Broken Heart Background. I cut out three in different sizes to use in lieu of the stars on the sketch. After I cut them out, I backed each "window" with different papers from the collection for a fun mosaic look. I also popped them up with foam tape! Here's the large one at an angle (and I love the Simple Stories New Bradz and photo stickers!):
Now that I had the main part done, I felt the bottom left corner was sparse. Yet, I didn't want to deviate from the sketch drastically or draw attention away from the photos. I decided it would be a cool effect to cut some waves in white and sew them to the bottom. I used an Echo Park cut file and modified it to stretch to 12". White on white can be powerful! But in this case, I felt it still needed something. Enter in some watercoloring -- using Tim Holtz Distress Inks (Peacock Feathers and Evergreen Bough) and my CTMH watercolor pen -- along the stitched edges, similar to some cards I did recently.
I think the subtle color was just enough to anchor the layout. I love it when a plan comes together! I then used the alpha stickers from the collection for the title, and you can see another heart here, too. Note to self: go put a dab of glue under the rebel orange letters that don't want to stay stuck. ;)
All that was missing now was the journaling strips, and I printed some out using the brown/gray color on more textured white cardstock. If you are stuck on how to match font colors to your layout, I have a little how-to tutorial.
That's it for me! I hope this inspires you to grab that sketch and link up on Creative Scrappers InLinkz for a chance at some goodies from our sponsor, Jillibean Soup. Don't forget to check out the other design team members' layouts for more inspiration, too!
Have a great day!