Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Fancy Pants "Beach Bum" 2 page Layout from "Day at the Beach" ALL DAY Class at THE DOO!

I am SO EXCITED to be able to share with you, the photos and instructions for the 2 Page Layout / Technique Class that I taught as part of an ALL DAY EVENT at SCRAP-A-DOODLE DOO, in Ramsey, NJ this past Saturday.  I really had a blast helping people to stretch outside of their "box" and comfort zone!  The 11 attendees did an AWESOME JOB!  Everyone had a great time! 

*** SAVE THE DATE - and CALL THE STORE ASAP - for our FALL FESTIVAL ALL DAY CLASS -featuring 3 AWESOME PROJECTS - Anna will be making an ALTERED ITEM, Adina will be designing a 2 PAGE LAYOUT, and I will be making a MINI ALBUM .... I'm thinking a Paper Bag Album!!  ALL with a FALL theme!! *** CALL THE STORE FOR MORE INFO and to RESERVE YOUR SEAT ASAP!! 
Scrap-a-Doodle Doo
37-C Swan Street
Ramsey, New Jersey 07446
Phone: 201.818.7060

SO... without further ado .... I'd like to share the layout and instructions with you - and would LOVE to hear you comments - and see some of your work - if you decide to give these techniques a try!

Here is the layout:

2 page Layout Featuring Fancy Pants BEACH BUM, and photos from Topsail Island, NC!

LEFT Layout

RIGHT Layout

Left Layout - bottom left corner

LEFT Layout - top RIGHT corner

RIGHT Layout - top left corner

I used the FANCY PANTS "Beach Bum" line to create this FUN SUMMER layered layout -

Here are the "ingredients" : (1) HAMMOCK (Plaid Base/LEFT), (1) PIPELINE (waves), (1) STRIPES, (1) MARINA (Tree Base/RIGHT), (1/2pc) SAIL (yellow/orange), (1) FESTIVE (orange cardstock), (1) PARAKEET (green cardstock) - DMC Embroidery Floss for Sewing, Embroidery needle, SEW EASY tool for paper piercing/pre-sewing, Ranger Peeled Paint DISTRESS STAIN, for edge distressing / inking, Fancy Pants "Beach Bum" Chipboard elements that were GLAZED with Royal Coat Dimensional Glaze, adhesive and 3-D Pop Dots.

INSTRUCTIONS:Bazzill Cardstock PHOTO MATS: FESTIVE (Orange) (2) 4”x6”, (1)4 ¼”x 6 ¼”, (1) 4x4”\ Parakeet (Green) (2) 4 ¼ x 6 ¼ “,(1) 4x6”, (1) 3 ¾ x 3 ¾”, * YOU will also have (1) 4” x 4” mat left from the green dot paper. EDGE DISTRESS ALL MATS and INK with Peeled Paint Distress Stain.

This 2 page layout is full of LOTS of WATER DISTRESSING - I learned this technique from my VERY TALENTED friend NATASHA. Please check out the amazing art on her BLOG - you can also view her TUTORIAL on WATER DISTRESSING and so much more!  ( Thanks Natasha!)


Hammock/Plaid is your LEFT Base. At the top right corner @ 2 1/2" in from the rt. edge, run a WET Q-Tip down @ 2 1/2" - Gently TEAR along that line -fold back and INK with Ranger Peeled Paint DISTRESS STAIN. Take the PIPELINE (waves) paper and follow the wave design with a Q-Tip WET with WATER - repeat over and over and gently tear along the wet "line." INK all edges with Ranger Peeled Paint DISTRESS STAIN. Use a Q-Tip & water along all the edges and FOLD/SCRUNCH/PINCH all of the other edges - folding back so the polka-dots show. Set aside to dry. * KEEP all of your SCRAPS. (You will use the polka dot side elsewhere!)

TAKE THE STRIPES sheet and CUT OUT the mini stripes with the orange Beach Bum TOGETHER in one piece. Cut out the Green “BEACH/CHILLIN” along with the WAVES Stripe and orange. Cut out the ENDLESS SUMMER with the polka dots - Edge Distress and INK the edges of ENDLESS SUMMER. EDGE Distress and INK the bottom green part of the wave stripe. Use the WET Q-Tip along the waves and orange section of the stripe - gently tear, and INK all edges - folding and crinkling to show the green underside. Set aside to dry.

RIGHT LAYOUT: Base is MARINE ( Palm Tree on Rt.). Make 2 Double Photo Mats with remaining Orange and Green Cardstock. Edge Distress and INK the edges of the 12 x 6” pc of “SAIL” –THEN “WET” Distress all 4 sides – CRINKLE and FOLD up the bottom left side as well as use the wet Q-Tip to make a “hole” or tear somewhere on the mid to upper right side of that piece. Ink and fold back ALL edges and then when DRY, back the “hole” with Green Dot Paper that has been torn and inked. Take a piece of the remaining Green Dot paper and Edge Distress/Water Distress/INK crumple it for an added embellishment in the lower right corner. CUT OUT the “Pennants” from the STRIPES page.


Assembly: GLUE small piece of Green Dot paper behind tear in upper right corner. ADD Distressed PIPELINE/wave paper on the bottom of the page – allowing plaid to show around edges, and ONLY gluing the sides and bottom –leave the center unglued to slip photos under. Layer Wave stripe on an angle starting at the bottom left corner and angling up on the right, and then crisscross it with the Orange Beach Bum stripe in the opposite direction. POP DOT “Endless Summer” in the upper left corner. ADD the 3 Photo Mats as shown, sliding some of the 2 double mats under the Wave Paper.

SEWING: LEFT LAYOUT – use ORANGE DMC FLOSS. First - Run the SEW EASY TOOL down the left side of the page, also around the top right tear, and a little on the corner of the WAVE paper on the middle right side to “tack” it down. You can add extra holes with your needle if you would like closer stitching.  RIGHT LAYOUT  - run the SEW EASY TOOL down the left side of the page - and also to "tack" down the piece of green dot paper you adhered to the bottom right corner - SEW these 2 lines with a BLUE DMC floss.

Adhere the GLAZED Chipboard Elements – you can pop-dot some of them if you’d like..
Adhere the cut out banner/flags with pop dots too!

I hope you create a fantastic layout - if you don't have these papers or elements - try these cool techniques with any papers on your next layout!  I am SURE it will be AWESOME!

ENJOY! HAVE FUN -- it's only paper!!


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Thursday, June 9, 2011

Beach Donuts!!

Donuts on the Beach??? 
Yes!!  ~ That's how they do it in Sicily! !

Hi everyone -I hope you are finding a little relief from the HEAT WAVE we are having here in the northeast - or that it is cool where you are!!  Thanks for stopping by!

First, a little background on this photo and this layout - We went on a Disney Mediterranean Cruise back in July of 2007.  Needless to say, I took LOTS and LOTS of pictures.  I am NOT a "quick get it done" kind of scrapper. Now, there is nothing wrong with that - and I kind of envy those that are, but it is just not me - I know, accept and embrace the fact that I will "NEVER BE DONE!"

I scrap photos when the "mood" hits me - or I am inspired by something -and that "something" on this layout was the Fence (which I had in my scrap "stash" for years, and recently "found" again!) and  those little ADORABLE Donut Embellishments, by Jolee's Boutique/EK Success - Which I purchased - like all of the rest of the items used on this layout - at no other place than my FAVORITE Local Scrapbook Store - Scrap-a-Doodle Doo !

So - the "story" behind this layout and photo is... We went on a DCL excursion while in Palermo, Sicily to Mondello Beach, with a bunch of other cruisers.  We were direct to a fenced in area where they must "deposit" cruise tours all the time.  On the other side of the fence was a sidewalk that lead to the road and to town.

The day was HOT, the beach was beautiful, and there was a bakery nearby that sent one of their workers over to the beach with a box of fresh, delicious, AMAZING donuts.  I must say - it has been almost 4 years and our family still swears that those were THE BEST donuts that we ever had!  I just LOVE this picture of our youngest son Jake enjoying the donut, it captures that great memory!

Another memory of that day ( here is where the fence comes in!) was that while sitting on a beach chair, reading a book, I looked up to see a young guy going through the pockets of a pair of shorts that a fellow cruiser had hooked to the underside of his beach umbrella.  I remembered it had been a young family with 2 small kids sitting there - and this guy was NOT the owner of those shorts - nor of the camera he was taking out of the pocket!!  I started to scream at him "HEY!  That's NOT your camera!  Put it back - it's not yours!!!"  and he started talking to me in Italian ( like I could understand - right!! LOL!!) and was not putting it back!  I then took my beach towel and started swinging it at him - yelling the whole time for him to PUT IT BACK!!  I didn't even think about how crazy it what I was doing was, just that this guy had some nerve to take this family's memories from them!!  Everyone around me just watched - and the guy finally jumped the fence and ran off down the sidewalk to town!  Phil was not happy at all with me for my "brave" - alright -kind of stupid actions - this was a thief in Sicily I was "dealing" with - and it wasn't even my camera !! I was not happy that everyone sitting around me did just that - sit and watch!!  The poor family lost all of their photos that were taken on the cruise up to that time - was not happy with their loss either - even though it was pretty stupid to leave it hanging right there in the open.  SO - that is my silly fence story and why it is included in this layout! 

Now - onto the layout ( If you've stuck with me and through my rambling so far! LOL!!)
The BASE of this layout is one of my favorite new finds - a 12 x 12 glazed chipboard sheet! This one is by BAZZILL and has glazed polka dots.   First - I brushed white acrylic paints "here and there."  Then I used Tattered Angels Chalkboard Glimmer Mist in POLKA DOT PINK , INCHWORM, ALASKAN SALMON, TEAL HIGH HEELS, and GRAPE APE and wiped it back a little, off of the glazed circles.

I then inked the edges of the base, and the torn edges of the large polka dot paper ( it was a give away at the DAY at the BEACH CROP that I attended the day I made this layout ( hosted by Scrap-a-Doodle Doo ! )
with Quick Quotes Powder Puff BLUE HAWAIIN Chalk Ink - ( LUV this Stuff!) and glued it onto the base on an angle. 

Can you see the cute donuts in this photo? - and a close up of my son Jake enjoying the real one?!
The FENCE was a find at one of the big box stores around here from a few years ago. I included the "tickets" from the excursion, and thought the seashells looked nice in that corner ...shhh... don't tell, but they are not from Sicily -but that can be our little secret - okay?

Here you can see a photo I snuck in behind the journaling tag (that I painted around the edges with the INCHWORM and TEAL HIGH HEELS Chalkboard Glimmer mist.)  It is a picture of a post that we passed when we got back on board the Disney Magic. I guess people thought it seemed that the thing "to do" when you returned from a shore excursion, was to take off your MICKEY EARS sticker, that had your group/tour # on it, off of our shirt and add it to this post -- It really made a cool photo opp, so I had to include it too!

Here is a close up of the fence -  It was a natural wood with white wire connecting.  I "hit" it with a little white acrylic paint "here and there" and then sprayed it with Tattered Angels Chalkboard Glimmer Mist, INCHWORM, and TEAL HIGH HEELS, then a little Sugar Maple Glimmer mist  -brushed on with a paint brush - I added a little BLUE HAWAIIAN Powderpuff Chalk haphazardly too!
I LOVE how it came out - I hope you do too!

Thanks for looking -and if you reached this point - THANK YOU for sticking around through all my rambling - I hope you take away a little inspiration for one of your beach layouts this summer!

Please don't be shy - feel free to leave a comment - and say HI!
Thanks,  Sherri