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Friday, February 7, 2014

February Blog Hop with Kiwi Lane

Happy Blog Hop Weekend!!  I hope you've been having fun along this hop and have been gathering lots and lots of scrapbooking inspiration.  You should have made your way here through Kristy's blog.  If you happened to wander over from another location, I highly suggest you mosey on back to the Kiwi Lane blog and start from the beginning- I'd hate for you to miss any ideas!  Here's the line-up if you get lost along the way:
  1. Kiwi Lane 
  2. Charissa Miller 
  3. Claire Spielman
  4. Lissa Mitchell
  5. Kristy MacKeen 
  6. Gail Owens (You are HERE!!)
  7. Arin Flynn 
  8. Holly Gagnon 
  9. Jennifer Blomquist
  10. Christine Meyer
Don't forget- there's a prize involved in this blog hop!  One random commenter from ONE of the blogs on the hop (including the Kiwi Lane blog) will win a $25 gift certificate to the Kiwi Lane Shop.  You have until Sunday night (February 9, 2014) at 11:59 p.m. MST to comment.  The winner will be announced on the Kiwi Lane blog on Thursday, February 13th.

Alrighty... here's what I came up with for my project:
Supplies:  patterned paper, journaling cards, title, stickers, brads, washi tape (My Mind's Eye); cardstock (craft supply); flower (Doodlebug Design); flower punch (American Crafts); black pen (Staedler); white pen (Signo); ink, glitter glue (Ranger).

These photos were taken at the beach on Tybee Island in Georgia a few years ago.  It was really misty and cool the morning we went, so all my photos turned out gray and tan.  I decided to use the subtle blue, gray and greens of My Mind's Eye's The Sweetest Thing- Bluebell collection.  I layered the border designer templates on the bottom of the layout to echo the water meeting the sand.  I used a navy blue cardstock to mat my photos and really have them pop- did it work?  I think it did! ;)  And I used some accessory templates from both the Paradise and Sweetheart sets to add a few embellishments. 
 I find that sometimes outlining the template shapes helps to add another layer of dimension without adding bulk to a page, so I outlined the blue shapes (the swirl on the left page and the splat on the right) with just a white pen.  I outlined the flower and shell shapes with the same white pen, but I also did an outline with a black pen on top of the white when it dried (not right on top of the white line, but close) and then some "Frosted Lace" Stickles on top of the pen outlines.  Sounds kind of complicated, but it's really a fast and simple way to add some more interest to your pages- give it a try sometime!
Templates used: 
Clara Lane 1A & 1B
Abbie Road 3A & 3B
Aspen Court 3A & 3B
Sweetheart 4
Tiny Sweetheart 1T
1/2" Strips
Paradise 3, 4, 5, 6

I hope you enjoyed my layout today!  Don't forget to leave a comment on my blog before you leave- you could win a $25 gift code to the Kiwi Lane Shop, remember?  And next on your hop is the blog of the ever so talented Arin Flynn!  

How would you like a chance to win another prize?  I have a few sets of templates hanging around my craft table and I would love to give one of those sets away to one random commenter on this blog post.  Just tell me where your favorite vacation spot is, and you'll be entered to win.  That's it- easy peasy!  Your vacation spot comment doesn't have to be a separate comment.  I will choose a random commenter to win their choice of templates from my desk.  You have until 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, February 9, 2014 to leave a comment and I will choose a winner on Monday, February 10th.  Don't forget to check back to see if you've won!  Or, better yet, follow my blog!!

Have a great day and happy scrapping!


36 comments:

Arin said...

this is just an amazing layout! way to showcase the templates! love the glittering!

Claire Spielman said...

Hi Gail...I'm loving your gorgeous lay out. I live in Florida and this is going to be a SCRAPLIFT for sure!! I love the way you used the accessory pieces and the hint about outlining...super idea!
Now following and would LOVE to win those little FAB templates!
I'm so happy to share this KLD blog hop with you!
My favorite NEW vacation spot as of a month ago is Australia/New Zealand, it was incredible and we would love to go back.
Creative Wishes
Claire S.
www.scrapmyway.blogspot.com

Tanyafan24 said...

Very nice layout... thanks for sharing...I like the 4 square pictures almost in a photo frame on the first page...great use of colors too!

Kristy said...

ALWAYS soooo pretty. I love it.

TINA said...

I love all your extra pen details! I'm still trying to get the hang of it myself, so thanks for the step-by-step :) I have never been on a huge real vacation... But I'd like to go back to New York City sometime! I loved it there!!

Shawna K said...

Gail your always make such LOVELY layouts. It is beautiful!

a1983alaskan said...

What a clever idea to outline the embellishments :-) Gorgeous job!

**********************Barb said...

Beautiful, Beautiful, Beautiful layout, and the stitching is a super addition to your paper embellies!!! I was to Tybee Island and Lighthouse with my daughters on a Girl Scout trip to Georgia several(lol) years ago. My oldest daughter (almost 25) was presented with her Gold Award in the garden at Juliette Lowe's on that trip. Thanks for the trip down memory lane today too! :)

Julie's Creative Pieces said...

What a lovely layout!

Holly Gagnon said...

Beautiful Layout! Holly :-)

Jeanene said...

I love this beach layout! My favorite vacation spot is definitely any beach!

Michelle King said...

We love to vacation in the Lake George area in NY. Love your layout!

lindanell said...

Thank you for the idea of outlining the template cut outs. My daughter gave me a white pen for Christmas and now I know how I will use it. Thank you.

terylswife said...

Lovin' yet another LKD layout with the MME papers, and these are so perfect for a beach layout (which I have a few of that I need to do, so may steal this idea!)

Sue D said...

Great beach layout--I like your choice of papers.
My favorite vacation spot is a lakeside resort not too far from where we live.
slrdowney at hotmail dot com

Natalie said...

My favorite vacation spot is Kentucky and Tennessee. I was born in KY and don't get back to visit often enough. My heart yearns for the South all the time. I moved from there almost 20 years ago.
Love your pen/Stickles idea on the embellishment pieces. Thanks for sharing your idea and thanks for the chance to win a template set.

Doris said...

Loved your work! My favorite vacation place is anywhere in northern Minnesota.

Lissa said...

Just beautiful! Love that you included so many photos. And Tybee Island is one of the places on our future vacation list! So glad to be hopping with you! :)

Melissa said...

Love, love, love your layout!!! I have only been to Hawaii once but would love to go again - haven't done much traveling but I think it was my favorite!!

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Roseanna C said...

Really like your layout, the colors and layers really make you feel like you are at the beach, thanks for the ideas and inspiration.

Robin B. said...

Cute layout! I love the colors along with the shell and flower. Thanks for sharing. Our favorite vacation spot is Young State Park, we camp there every year.

Mary said...

Fun beach page.

Scrapping Nana said...

Really neat beach layout! My favorite summer vacation spot, Myrte Beach.

Jennifer Blomquist said...

What an amazing layout! I LOVE how you used the templates and they layered great and look fantastic. Now I'm inspired to try to do some layouts from my fav vacation place that we visited almost 10 years ago now- Costa Rica! Thanks for sharing!

Sherri said...

wow, great papers. lovely page

Carmen M. said...

What a great layout. I have never used templates like this but they certainly do look like they are easy to use. I am a new follower.
My fav place to holiday is anywhere that is hot and has sand :)

Janet said...

Beautiful, as always! You make it look so easy. My favorite vacation spot is Park City - lots of memories there.

Kristle H. said...

I really enjoyed your layout. Kiwi Lane is new to me, but after seeing your blog I am hooked. My favorite vacation spot is Jackson Hole WY. I will be following your posts in the future, thanks for sharing.

Lori A. Geise said...

I love your layout. I could scraplift it for a favorite spot we like to go. I don't think it actually qualifies as a vacation spot though because we're lucky that we are close enough to go for a day trip. It's to one of our local beeches.

Paula said...

This makes me miss the ocean! You did an awesome job!! Thanks!!

Pam Wesson said...

Very nice layout! I love that you used so many pictures. I always have lots of pictures on my layouts. I thank you for the idea of using the white pen to outline with and then use the stickles. I have not been brave enough to try outlining yet. Thanks for sharing.

Jacque Hansen said...

Love your layout!! Makes 99me wish I was at the ocean!! Tired of the below 0 temps!!! Thanks for sharing!!!

Stephanie said...

Cute layout! Has me dreaming of warmer weather!

Kim said...

Hi! I'm one of your newest happy followers! I just loved all the little details you added to your layout to give it an extra special pop!! I will be pinning this layout for sure!! Thanks for a place to land on the hop!! ~Kim

roosmom2010 said...

I absolutely love your layout. Especially the quad of sealife closeups! Thanks for sharing!