After my great tidy up, I had um.. a large pile of papers to file away. It was nice to stroke a few pieces I had forgotten about although I didn't get around to filing my scraps, didn't want to over do things... ;-)
Then I read the challenges on Shimelle's blog and started to think about a few ideas. I finished one of them today and have almost finished another. I wanted to use the challenges and inspiration to try something different, also because I had a few small photos laying around (more on that tomorrow...) Last year I made an 8x8 album but I tend to forget about it and automatically reach for the 12x12 so I did one layout in this smaller size.
The challenge was to use patterned paper as the backing sheet and this was a piece I had had for years from some grab-bag or other. I wanted to convey the windswept ruggedness of the beach rather than a sunshiney swimming layout. Newport Beach in Pembrokeshire is great for beach-combing and in hindsight "Beachcombing" would have been a good title - doh!
I distressed the edges but the paper is thin so I had to back it onto cardstock. Looking at it now I think I need to roll the edges more to give them more definition. The album doesn't use page protectors so the holes have to go through the pages themselves which is a slight pain but it means that I can use chunkier embellishments like these shells ;-)
I really must do more at this size (other than Shimelle classes) to shake things up a bit. I don't think I've shown the album here before so I took some pics while the sun peeped out
It's covered chipboard with a few pretties and I was pleased to use up some heavyweight papers that I didn't think I would use for layouts.
It's my first self-made album (as opposed to a mini book) and I'm pleased with the way it came out. I just need to fill it up a bit!
Time for some ironing now (yippee....) and then I might be able to finish that other layout before bed (can you tell I'm avoiding starting my Scrap-a-Mia badge!!?) Although I might just check out 2 Peas and see what other challenges they posted this weekend....
Hope you have a great one, bye for now xx