Now that the kids are back at school, it’s a great time to catch up on scrapbooking those wonderful summer memories. And since trips to the beach are almost an essential part of an Australian summer, I thought I would start with a fun beach scrapbooking idea.
For ideas, I turned to our amazing range of beach and summer scrapbooking stickers where you’ll find everything from sandcastles to shells, fish, seahorses and more.
The stickers I chose to use were the Doodlebug Day At The Beach stickers:
Materials Used: It Takes Two Orange fibre paper for the background, Paper Garden Baby Wide Lines paper, blue cardstock, yellow cardstock and Doodlebug Day at the Beach stickers.
I fell in love with the Doodlebug Day at the Beach stickers the moment I saw them. The colours are just gorgeous. But, I wasn’t too keen on the design of the border sticker. The arrangement of the different elements just didn’t sit right with me for some reason. So, rather than wasting it, I transformed it into a new border of my own design. Just because a sticker is made one way, it doesn’t mean you have to keep it that way!
To create my own border to go down the left side of the left page, I first cut out the tag elements from the border sticker and set them aside. I then tore a strip of blue paper and a strip of green paper (I used Paper Garden Baby Wide Lines Paper for this, but you could use any blue and green cardstock). I made sure both edges of each strip were torn as this gives the best effect. I then glued them down the left side of the left page and arranged the tag stickers on top.
Now I have a unique border that transformed something I didn’t like into something I love!
Creating the rest of this beach scrapbooking layout is easy!
I decided I didn’t want a second border on the right page, but I needed something to balance the border on the left page. So, I tore another smaller strip of blue paper and another strip of green paper (both were about 12cm long and torn along both long edges).
I placed the blue strip in the top right-hand corner of the right page, about 2cm from the top edge and right up against the side edge. I then positioned the three Sun, Sea and Sand stickers on top.
I placed the green strip in the bottom left-hand corner of the right page to mirror the blue strip. In other words, it is about 2cm from the bottom and up against the left edge of the page. I decorated this strip with the ‘Sea’ stickers.
The blue and green strips on the right side of the layout balance each other and together provide balance for the border on the left page of your layout. This helps create a visually pleasing effect overall.
But, the page is not finished yet! Next, the photos have to be matted and arranged on the layout. I placed two photos on each page, again to provide balance. I also placed a piece of blue cardstock horizontally behind my first photo. This was to enhance the photo and help it stand out from the others. It also creates a nice little area to add a bit of journaling.
Finally, I added my remaining beach stickers and voila! A bright beach scrapbooking layout to record some of your precious summer memories. And all it took was a cute sheet of beach stickers and a little bit of time!
I’d love to hear what you think of my Beach Scrapbooking Idea. Please leave a comment in the comments box below.