Living on Long Island seems like so long ago. It was a fabulous place to grow up. I have so many wonderful memories of our vacations out in the Hamptons. Every year. Camping at it's best!! Stopping roadside to buy lobster and clams for our clambakes, crabbing in the bay for blueclaws and sitting at the table lined with newspaper and dumping them all out to shell...The butter would be clarified on the colemn stove and we would just sit and eat ...and eat...and eat...But sunning on the beach was the best. The pic in this LO is me, my little brother, and my son when he was about 8 months old. We found a baby crab and was trying to place it in Nickys hand...Oh the memories...
I used Swirlydoos August kit Vintage Traditions for this layout. I wanted to play with a little texture so I added some molding paste to the background. ...I also followed the Color Room Palette #124. I love the color combo using some of my favorite colors.
I didn't want to pile on a lot of elements. I wanted to keep it pretty clean and simple because I feel the texture alone goes a long way.
This wonderful brick technique was created with Liquitex Modeling Paste. My darling Swirly sister Barbara (Scrap2day) created the wonderful brick mask that I used on this layout. She made a few different sizes and designs for me. I love them. All because the Prima brick masks are no where to be found. Not even Prima has them. I will tell you that I love the Liquitex modeling paste so much better than the Golden brand.It dried white unlike the Golden. It has more of a chalky look rather than a waxy look. You can shave it like chalk, but it is much more durable. So to do the background I placed my mask down on the paper, used a palette knife to spread the paste on either ends of the paper, then while the paste was still wet, I carefully placed the mask over the bricks I just created, and lightly sprayed some Lindy's Stamp Gang MoonShadow Mist in Moonlit Mulberry over them to give it a little color and sheen. Easy easy. I also found that the Liquitex brand didn't warp my paper as much as the Golden did. I guess it is not as wet. I like it! Then when my LO was all done, I spritzed a little blue Glimmer Mist in Patina in random spots.
You could probably texurize the bricks a little before the paste dries. That would be neat! (golly, did I just say neat???) lol
I used the wonderful Maya Road Chip board letters that came in the kit for my title. I just sprayed them with some Lindys Moonshadow Mist in Moonlit Mulberry. Love that stuff as much as my Glimmer Mist!. I used pop dots to raise my layers.
I painted some molding paste on my flowers as well. Just to give them a little frosty look, as if sea foam kissed the petals.
I used Hemp to frame the photo. A light weight jute would do just as well. Hemp smells weird. Kind of like a wet dog smell...lol...The pic is me, Nick (my son) when he was about 9 months old, and my little brother Danny at the beach on Long Island where I grew up. The year? 1987. Cedar Point, East Hampton. I Photoshopped the lighthouse in for more visual interest.
Here is another close up of the flowers. I added a couple pieces of gauze because I didn't have fish netting. Hmmm. Placing it on my "need" list. I just placed a few tiny pearls here and there.
I hope you visit Swirlydoos Gallery to see what the rest of the Design Team and the artists have done with this wonderful kit. From heritage to totally shabby Chic. It is that versatile.
Just wait until you see the Swirlydoos September kit..I am in love!!!