Monday, April 29, 2013

Passport to the Beach!

It's all about travel this week at Simon Says Stamp and Show. Whether you have two tickets to paradise or you really just want a reason to create something with your Tim Holtz travel blueprint stamps this is the week for you! We invite you to join us in creating something travel themed in some way. Perhaps a card inspired by the colors of the tropics? Going to use that postmark stamp you never seem to find on your projects? Want to wish someone bon voyage or decorate a notebook for your next road trip?
You’re cleared for take-off on this week’s challenge!

Our annual family beach trip is just a few weeks away. I typically bring some sorts of artsy craftsy goods with me to play with, but I have never had a little book to journal about the trip as it happens. This is the year to change that!

To get started, I have an assortment of Lily Bee, Studio Calico, and SMASH 365 papers...
I want this awesome camera paper to be my cover. To give it a little body, I just adhered a sheet of sticky back canvas to the back:
 I do love these cameras, but I want a brighter, more beachy look. So, a little white paint...
Smooshied and dabbed around...
Gives me this! You know what else? This paper did not warp... not one bit! Hooray for Sticky Back Canvas!!!
 Now, to bring back those cameras. A little outlining with my Bold Pitt Pen...
 And some highlighting with some more of that white...
 And then I just sprayed, spritzed, sprinkled, and played...
 Until I had this:
All cut in two and ready to become my covers! See how flat those are? Seriously. All of that wet medium play and not one bit of buckling or warping! I will definitely be using that Sticky Back Canvas trick again.
While that completely dried, I simply took all of my papers and cut them into various sizes:
 Then, I stacked them all and clipped them together:
 Then punched my holes:
 And added my rings:
 OK! With my book all bound and together, it's time to embellish. First.. the cover:
Then, the inside. I just grabbed all of my offcuts from the papers I worked with for the interior pages...
 Along with some envelopes and washi...
And just set about adding little bits here and there. 
Along with some stamping...
 And a little bit of wax too...
With sequins embedded:
Lots of lovely little papers and bits:
Ready for some beachy creative play:
And ephemera collected along the way:
I can't wait to start adding my memories:
And enjoying all the little things:
 While away at the beach...
 St Simon's, here I come!
Okie Dokie! You know the drill. Now it's your turn to play. Go get crafty and link-up with us!
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  1. Ashli...very cool memory book. Your cover looked so fun to make. The transformation from the basic black and white paper to the colorful, fun cover that emerged is amazing! Love the colorful sheen those Heidi Swapp sprays give. I really like the way you put the inside of your book together...various sizes, patterns and colors all mixed together to form the pages. The washi tape and other small bits of papers you've used as embellishments for journaling on your interior pages looks great! Really cute project! <3 Candy

  2. Lovely book Ashli, love how you muted the background paper and then used a Pitt pen to add detail back in. Those sprays are gorgeous and the colours are very eye catching. Love your mix of elements and papers too. Tracy x

  3. What a fun book and I can't wait to see the finished product. I take books with me when I travel but not as cool as that and I forget to write in them too. LOL! love the transformation of the camera paper.

  4. Love your journal! What fun it will to fill up - can't wait to see it finished as I know it'll be delightful. I adore the cover and too am smitten with sticky back - I have hoards of it for fear they may stop making it - haha! The colors you created with are perfect for the beach and I really like how you muted down the cameras and then popped some back out!! Fantabulous work my friend! xo

  5. So, so cool, Ashli! So creative and such a wonderful way to record your memories.

  6. This is fab book cover...gived the idea of fun..I loved the wax wih sequin.. interesting idea.

  7. This cover is seriously AMAZING!!! Those cameras......swoon.

  8. WOW, Ashli! I love how you made this paper totally and uniquely your own! Great album!

    SImon Says Stamp!

  9. The pages are just chock full of goodness! Love the bright mix of papers and techniques on each and every page!

  10. Wow! Love this. Great tutorial!

  11. Really awesome Ashli!! You always do such an amazing job with all of the different Mixed Media techniques!!

  12. Such a fun album. I love the play of pattern and colors and all the details. I really need to get me some of that cloud washi tape. :)

  13. What a stunning album! Love the cover especially! Really cool how you've highlighted the gessoed camera's with a pen! Hugs, Sandra

  14. So many great ideas Ashli, and that canvas is clearly a must. Love how you've messed with the cover too. Hugs, Jenny x

  15. That is one awesome album!! Perfect for those beach photos. I love that sticky back canvas too! Best stuff ever.

  16. Sometimes it takes me years to get to my photos to scrap them, so a journal is a GRAND idea!!!! I love this! Each page is fabulous, and so bright! Great idea!


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