Happy As Can Be Seaside Scrapbook Layout PP552

by Joanne James1. August 2021 08:00

Today it's Sunday and time for this week's new challenge over at The Paper Players! It's my turn to host this week and I have a timely theme challenge for you to work with:


Whilst lots of us are already starting to work on Christmas projects, it is still very much summer time and I chose this week's theme with that in mind. As the rhyme goes, 'Oh I do like to be beside the seaside, oh I do like to be beside the sea' - sand between your toes, fish and chips, buckets and spades and more - the seaside is one of my favourite places to be. I decided to break from my usual card and make a scrapbook page to share with you for a change this week.

I live in Northampton which is very close to the very centre of England, so is about as far from the coast as you can get. I recently took the James Juniors to visit their grandparents, my parents, in Wales for the first time since the start of the Covid pandemic and the first place they always ask to visit is the beach. This left me with lots of great photos ready to scrapbook. I am mostly a Memories and More pocket scrapbooker, but occasionally I do make full 12" x 12" layouts and with the gorgeous 'Friends are Like Seashells' bundle in the annual catalogue I couldn't resist. Take a look at today's layout:


Here's the low-down on today's project:

I captured a great photo of Rebecca jumping the waves as I followed her down to the shoreline, so thought it would be perfect for my layout. Here's a close-up of my photo and the surrounding decoration in more detail: 


 I backed my photo with a piece of 'Expressions In Ink' designer paper and added a strip of the gorgeous Night of Navy ombre glimmer paper down the left side, to pick up on the bright blues of the sky in the photo. I embossed and diecut the seaside shells from pearlescent paper, then used the corner to decorate my photo whilst snipping the the other shells and seaweed apart to add as decoration elsewhere. I did a little background stamping beneath my layering and my main sentiment is fussy cut from one of the 'What A Year' Memories and More cards; you can see that more closely below:


I love that sentiment and it totally sums up the mood of the day and Rebecca in particular in that moment. Both of the James Juniors were so thrilled to be at the beach that day, jumping the waves, fishing in rock pools and generally enjoying the sea air.

In addition to a sprinkling of sequins and gems, I also added a sentiment tag to the corner of my page, decorated with a fussy ribbon bow:


My layout is actually quite simple, and very much like my card making style - although if you could see the pile of patterned papers that covered my desk as I made this page you would think that it must have been anything but and I did procrastinate for quite some time before deciding on my final papers and design!

So what do you think? Did you enjoy my scrapbook layout today for a change? Should I share more of this kind of thing on my blog? Feel free to leave me a comment below - I'd love to hear your thoughts.

Before you reach for your ink and papers, check out what our amazing team has created to inspire you this week:

Here's a quick recap of our challenge rules:
1.  Create a new paper project
2.  Upload your creation to your blog with a link back to us and provide a direct link to the post featuring your challenge submission.
3.  Please link your card to no more than four challenges, TOTAL.
4.  Have FUN!

I can't wait to see how my theme inspires you this week!

Since I did something other than a card today, I am going to link up over at Just Us Girls where that happens to be their theme this week.

Enjoy your day; I have a family day at home today, with nothing special planned. I'll be back tomorrow with another project. Until then, happy stampin'!


Stampin' Up! Supplies Used: 

Table built using Product Table Builder by The Crafty Owl - Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator.
Edited to add - I was Chic of the Week with my scrapbook page over at Just Us Girls for the 'Anything But A Card' Challenge:

Comments (14) -

Ann Schach
Ann SchachUnited States
8/1/2021 4:17:53 PM #

A stunning layout, Joanne! The embellishments are out of this world, and so perfectly placed as to draw the eye right to the amazing photo. The pattern paper you selected to serve as the mat for the photo really compliments the beach color. Don't even get me started on the ribbon treatment! This is the most beautiful 12 x 12 page I have ever seen, and is deserving of a shadowbox frame for displaying it. Thank you for the awesome theme challenge.  Have a wonderful week!

Laurie schmidt
Laurie schmidtUnited States
8/1/2021 4:52:59 PM #

What an awesome layout and such great memories! Fun challenge this week!

Celeste Goff
Celeste GoffUnited States
8/1/2021 8:40:29 PM #

Love your beautiful beachy layout! Such a fun photograph!

LeAnne Pugliese
LeAnne PuglieseUnited States
8/1/2021 9:11:45 PM #

It is SO awesome to see a scrapbook page from our Players' hostess!  And what a page it is!  That is a fabulous photo and you've done a fabulous job adding your embellishments....love them ALL!

NancyUnited States
8/1/2021 11:36:01 PM #

Joanne, I have not made a scrapbook page in a couple of years. I started doing them online and I enjoy them too, but there is something about making them the old-fashioned way. I love all the texture and elements that you can add.  I love yours very much! The Seashells Bundle was made for this! I feel really inspired now!

Amanda Mertz
Amanda MertzUnited States
8/2/2021 2:45:51 PM #

This is gorgeous Joanne!  I love that it's a CAS layout but there is still so much detail to enjoy!  I like especially the stamped off sentiment and the corner cluster of greatness!  Thanks for a really fun challenge this week!  Hope you have a great week!

Deborah Wheeler
Deborah WheelerUnited Kingdom
8/2/2021 9:31:19 PM #

This is just brilliant!  You've framed that photo perfectly.  I'll be dropping into your challenge with my contribution tomorrow xx

Debbie Crowley
Debbie CrowleyUnited States
8/5/2021 9:21:29 PM #

Joanne, I am not a scrapbooker, but I might just change my mind. This is a most beautiful page layout and what a great camera shot!!  The sentiment is so perfect for your photo and your celebration of the seaside is all its glory with every detail of your layout.  Thank you also for a fun theme challenge this week. Hope you're enjoying your week.

Ida P. Krause
Ida P. KrauseUnited States
8/5/2021 10:27:16 PM #

Great Scrapbook page.  I have never done any scrapbook pages but I admire those who do them.  Love the embossed shells on your page.

jaydeeUnited States
8/6/2021 4:48:37 PM #

Joanne, loved this challenge and love that you went with a scrapbook layout instead of a card.  Those shells look stunning in white.  The do a gorgeous job of grounding the image, but not detracting from it.  Stunning!

Carol McFarland
Carol McFarlandUnited States
8/6/2021 7:50:03 PM #

Love your scrapbook page with all the pretty elements of the sea! Pretty colors as well!

Anne Marie Hile
Anne Marie HileUnited States
8/7/2021 4:47:10 AM #

So pretty Joanne! Love the cheery color and the sparkly detail. Wow!

Jan Clothier
Jan ClothierNew Zealand
8/7/2021 10:34:01 PM #

I was so happy to see your scrapbooking page! A layout was my first reaction to the challenge topic too. Great choice of theme - I had to resist entering twice! That cluster in the top corner is great - just the kind of thing that you don't NEED to have but when you have it there, you realise how much it adds.

Claire Broadwater
Claire BroadwaterUnited States
8/8/2021 2:11:54 PM #

I am so sorry that I am late to comment!  Your page is AMAZING!!!!!!  You made me miss scrapbooking with the fabulous page!  The photo is so fun and that ribbon embellishment is fabulous!  The seashell dies and embossing folder are favorites on mine!  JUST WOW!!!!!!!!!!   I could stare at this all day!  So much to look at and enjoy!  

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