More than likely, the holiday weekend brought with it a chance to enjoy the benefits of water, sand and sun! Today's "Pretty Things" feature takes notice of these benefits in the beautiful and much coveted landscape of Bali with CP Gal, Jeanette Lee. She reflects upon a recent Bali trip via two beach-themed layouts using the Maggie Holmes' collection, Styleboard.
In Singapore, we experience an all year summer season, so it's no surprise that nearly everyday marks a perfect opportunity to head out to the beach and have some fun! I'm more of a home bound person and trips to the beach are rare. However, when an opportunity does lend itself, it's a perfect time to snap photos and scrapbook about the time spent playing in the sand and and great big ocean. Wonderful memories are always had at the beach!
One such example is when my family visited Bali this year; imagine the endless indulgence of scrumptious food, good company and long hours busking under the sun. A great break away from the everyday mundane life, I must say. For me, it was a timely reminder of how a beach holiday can bring the family closer together.
Jumping onto the colorwash bandwagon, this trend is definitely worth trying and pairs well with the beach theme. Using a die cut title, I selected three colors that resembled a beach scene; blue, yellow and orange. To achieve a gradient ombre effect, I created transitions by overlapping one color after the next. A damp brush and a spritz of white paint helped ensure that the overall look remained opaque and subtle.
To keep the focus on the die cut title and main photo, I kept the embellishments to a minimum. I'm a fan of details and thus, selecting a few relevant chipboard elements and tags complete the look.
When dealing with multiple colors on a layout, I recommend balancing them with neutrals such as white or black. This can be seen in my attempt to outline the title using a black gel pen and then filling the empty spaces with black splatter.
The next layout offers a glimpse of a beach trip already explored in a previous project, so the photos might look slightly familiar. We all have experienced periods when we re-look on past photos and find ourselves wanting to scrap them all over again.
I opted to use multiple photos here because I felt it to be a great way to document a sequence of events that occurred during the trip. I kept the photos small and spread them out across the page. I then chose to alternate them with blocks of embellishments, arranged in a grid-like format.
The 'Pretty Palette' patterned paper from the Maggie Holmes Styleboard collection is a favorite of mine. The colorwash print inspired my embellishment and paper color scheme. Also, I decided to up the texture a bit using a small section of the Styleboard 'Cork' sheet and gold glittered frame - they remind me of 'sand'.
The vellum die cuts on the page also help to reinforce the beach theme. The translucent nature of the vellum softens the boldness of the colors and creates a pastel finish that I very much desired.
Thanks for joining me today. Do remember to take a moment to relax, reflect and unwind. Here's to the start of a great Summer ahead!