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August 13, 2014

Nautical layout

Hi all!

Hope all of you are doing well. We went to Bangalore to my sister's home for the past weekend and had a chance to visit one of Itsy Bitsy's physical store. My son enjoyed shopping with me as well :).

And coming back I really wanted to expand my terrace garden (oh yes, it was the inspiration of the garden city ) and so got myself busy with the same :).

Finally yesterday I managed to do this layout with  nautical theme. Since I had this paper  from Ciao Bella which has a ship on it, I used the same paper as my base. I used my stencil and home made modelling paste for some texture.

And sponged some Distress inks (dried marigold, faded jeans and frayed burlap) on it. Misted with LSG cactus gold. After complete drying, I added some musical washi tapes and the other embellies.
I also used some ornate chipboard borders for the frame where I'm planning to put a picture of my little one. So I added those shells collected by him :)  Whenever we visit the beach, we have the habit of collecting shells so I thought this will be the right  time to use them.
The net you see below the frame is upcycled from tea stainer. I know so many of you are very good at upcycling, I've just tried! The clock inside the shell heart is upcycled one too.

I've also inked the paper on all the sides.

A tip :
For those of you who really want to look around the house for crafty things first, I have a small tip for sponging with  distress inks. I tried with my regular ink applicator first and since I was not very successful, I thought I need to buy sponge daubers. Then this idea struck.
I used a regular face powder sponge which was very soft and it did work out well especially if you want smooth sponging. I've not tried with sponge daubers, I really don't know whether it will equal it. But it will be helpful at least to some extent. Hope it was useful!

Thanks for your sweet visit and reading till here :-)

Linking this with:
BGC#56 - Nautical


  1. Sarah I have sponge daubers but find the makeup sponges work better for me!! Your layout is mesmerising-- love the nautical theme which is a favorite of mine!

  2. I love how thoughtfully you have added all the details to make it nautical. Lovely LO , Sarah,. Thanks for the sponge tip, I would surely try it. :)

  3. glad you enjoyed your stay in Bangalore... do post pics of your terrace garden... this is such a lovely layout!! love the frames you have used,... nice job with the distressing... thanks for the tip.. I haven't tried distressing so far :)
    Moxie Craftie

  4. I think the ranger ink applicator spong works very well with the applicator tool. I havent tried the sponge daubers but i think cosmetic sponges do work very well ! :)
    So with that said ,
    I really love ur LO ! those are some really lovely papers !
    Thanks for joining us at Beyond grey challenges this fortnight !

  5. What a fabulous nautical design.

    Hugs diane

  6. This is beautiful, Sarah! I can almost smell the sea! xx

  7. Fantastic layout, love the idea of using shells he has picked, what a neat thing for him to have when he gets older, great job upcycling all the goodies you used

  8. Hi Sarah! What a beautiful layout! The seashells are so whimsical and the music notes are a perfect addition. Everything is perfect :)

    Hugs to you!

  9. Hi sarah wow this is just beautiful!!!!

    Vic x

  10. This is beautiful. I love your idea of using that motif from your papers. So often my papers have these designs that I've no idea how to use well. This is most inspirational the way you've done this. I liked all the extra textures & dimensions you've achieved, and I liked even better, that some were recycled ideas! Brillant re-use of these items. What a treasure you will have with the collected shells and a nice picture of your little one. Beautiful work here. TFS & Hugs (thanks for the tips too!)

  11. It's so beautiful layout! I love colours and details, which you chose here!
    Thank you for playing with us at BGC!

  12. Very pretty love the shells! Thanks for joining us at BGC!

  13. Beautiful layout!! Love the way you have embellished it.
    Thank you so much for playing along with us at BGC :)