Explore ~ a challenge layout

Happy Sunday to you. It’s been a rotten old day weather wise here, so it’s been a bit boring being stuck in with the kids while hubby is at work. At least I’ve managed to finish a layout in among playing shopkeeper, animals, and other fun toddler activities!:

Supplies = American Crafts Ash Cardstock; Pink Paislee Nantucket 6×6 Paper Pack, Wood Shapes, and Ephemera; Pink Paislee Mistables Scallop Ribbon; Pink and Turquoise Acrylic Paints; Pumice Texture Gel; Uniball White Gel Pen; PMA Adhesive Stones ‘Red Hot’; Yellow Thread.

I combined a couple of challenges for this one – the weekly challenge on the UKScrappers forum, to use a beach theme, the colour turquoise, and two photos – and the Sarah’s Cards Ltd Blog September Challenge sketch:

I’ve used a fair amount of the new Pink Paislee Nantucket collection on this layout – I love it! Gorgeous colours and patterns, and the beach theme is great for me as we live near the sea and have a lot of beach photos.
I used four sheets from the 6×6 paper pack to make the circle in the background. To make sure my circle quarters were all even in size I drew around a plate onto a spare piece of paper, then folded it into quarters, and used this as a template on the Nantucket papers:
I placed them on my cardstock (which I’d machine stitched a border around with pale yellow thread) with a 2cm gap in between the circle quarters, and began layering everything else on top.
I knew I was going to like the Nantucket items, but when they arrived I was also pleasantly surprised to see how much you get for your money in the Ephemera:

So many pretty bits and pieces to choose from! I used them all around the page, including under and next to my title, for which I used a Nantucket wood shape. I painted it with pink acrylic paint with a bit of pumice texture gel mixed in to make it look sandy (you could mix in actual sand instead if you have some!):
The scalloped turquoise strip below my photos is some Pink Paislee Mistables Scallop Muslin Ribbon. I coloured it by watering down acrylic paint in an old plastic food pot, and then dunking my ribbon in until it was coated: 
I squeezed the excess out, and hung it to dry overnight, with some newspaper underneath to catch any drips. Once dry, I used my Crop-A-Dile Big Bite to punch holes along the scallops, and a white opaque gel pen to add a wavy white edge (the acrylic paint had stiffened the muslin so it was easier to do these two steps – they might not work if you’d coloured the ribbon by misting it. I don’t know – I haven’t tried!):
The final touch was punching some little suns from the left over 6×6 pieces, and adding them to the layout with 3D dots. I also added the word ‘sand’ (which was originally ‘sand castle’ in the ephemera pack) to the top left corner over a tiny tag from the ephemera and a flag which I’d cut from a scrap of the 6×6 paper:
So there we go. What do you think? I warn you, there may be some more projects using Nantucket coming up – I have lots of ideas for how to use it!
Do you have any favourite collections at the moment? x
  • great layout and I enjoyed your tutorial. The muslin border turned out well too….fab idea!

    September 18, 2011 at 4:38 pm
  • Lovely photos and the page is so effective with all the extra details! x

    September 18, 2011 at 8:51 pm
  • Not seen this Nantucket stuff previously but it looks wonderful. I love the sandy looking title there too. My DH works weekends sometimes and I hate it – feels so much worse than during the week for some reason. We have to be grateful they have jobs though 🙂

    September 18, 2011 at 9:03 pm
  • Lovely layout, Jennifer!

    September 18, 2011 at 9:37 pm
  • That’s a very pretty layout – love the soft cool colors.

    September 18, 2011 at 11:07 pm
  • Love how you did the circle, such cute pictures and fantastic embellies!!!

    September 19, 2011 at 11:03 am
  • Ooh, I do love the look of that Nantucket – those little fish add a special touch here I think. I’m holding out for some OA farmhouse. That collection has my name all over it.

    September 19, 2011 at 12:01 pm
  • Love what you did with the muslin…great papers and LO!Alison xx

    September 19, 2011 at 8:46 pm
  • I really like how you split the circle into quarters of patterned paper, greta idea.Thanks for joining in with our challenge.

    September 24, 2011 at 10:44 am
  • So many great things going on here. I also adore the Nantucket collection especially the die cuts.Love your mistable muslin.

    September 26, 2011 at 1:54 pm
  • Wow! I’d seen this on UKS but had no idea how much work had gone into it until I read your blog. Fab tips on using pumice gel and colouring the ribbon – thank you! Thanks for playing along with us at Sarahs Cards xxx

    October 3, 2011 at 10:43 am

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