Friday, July 8, 2016

A Shell in Your Pocket!

Hello friends!  I hope you're having a great week!  Here in the U.S. we had a long three-day weekend to commemorate the 4th of July, and in Florida the Summer heat was ON!  We celebrated with friends, taking a day trip down to St. Augustine which included a boat tour from the city marina to the St. Augustine Lighthouse on Anastasia Island.  It was beautiful!

That trip inspired a simple Summer card with some colorful shell ribbon and a trio of shell brads that go perfectly with a beachy sentiment and some fun octopus and mermaid designer paper.  I'm playing along with the Retro Rubber Challenge #42 to use brads and a stamp that's at least a year old (Melanie Muenchinger's Gifts from the Sea, released April 2010 from Gina K Designs).

In my last Eyelet Outlet post, I shared a two-page layout from our trip to Italy using EZ Laser designs and Eyelet Outlet products. Today, in addition to my card, I'm sharing the remaining three pages documenting our trip.

I typically use coordinating prints of designer scrapbook papers in my scrapbooking, but with over 1000 pictures from this trip, I wanted to use every available space for photographs, which meant narrowing it down to about 40!

Since the music was the inspiration for the trip, I used strips of pearls to emphasize the notes on the Music Notes layout.  I love how elegant it looks.

These two layouts are Template #13 and Mosaic 6.  I added a Selfie brad, and an iPhone brad to accent a couple of the photos of my son and me with our chorale friends.

There was one really short but wide photo from the Colosseum...a Colosseum brad there helps identify the subject in the scene since it is not the traditional facade shot taken from the outside.

One of the photos from St. Peter's Square had a cool reflection of Matthew's face on Susan's computer screen, so I added a vintage hand brad to point that out just for fun.  

I love these layouts so much!  I hope you've enjoyed them too! The photos are a mixture of scenes from Venice, Lucca, Siena, Florence, and Rome, and they bring back such wonderful memories of a trip that I'll cherish for a lifetime!


  1. One of the things I love about crafting is "meeting" people with common interests. That's what I felt when I just read your post. First of all, you mention St. Augustine, which is one of my most favorite places in the country. We used to live in Gainesville and would often drive there for a day or weekend. Then you mention and show your incredible photos of Italy and that is where I am headed soon on vacation! Anyhoo... Your card is very beachy! Love the colors you chose with the ribbon, brads and the sentiment! Thank you for playing along with us at Retro Rubber and hope you will be back in our gallery soon.

  2. Ok love that card! I should have known that was a Gina K! So classy! Love how you put this together! Thanks so much for doing the challenge!❤️

  3. Super cute!!! Thank you for joining us at Retro Rubber, good luck!!! Amy DT

  4. Deb, love the colors for the card.. such wonderful coordination between ribbon and DSP. The sentiment is great as are the brads. However, your album pages of your fantastic trip are fantastic. Thanks so much for sharing with Retro Rubber. Hope to see you in our gallery often!!

  5. What a beautiful card, the colors are perfect for the beachy feel of the DSP and that dreamy ribbon, love it!!!
    The sentiment is beautiful, it reminds me of our awesome Spring Break vacations with our grandchildren to Florida and those daily walks on the beach with them constantly picking sea shells.
    Thank you for playing with us at Retro Rubber this week, would love to see you back in the gallery again soon.
    Maria Rodriguez.

  6. Wowza! What a card - I love the colors and the papers but LOVE the ribbon. But your album pages take the cake! They are beautiful! Thank you for playing along with us at Retro Rubber!

  7. Nice card, the shells and the brads are perfect for the challenge. Thanks for joining us!

  8. Nice card, the shells and the brads are perfect for the challenge. Thanks for joining us!

  9. The shell theme in the paper, ribbon, and brads is lovely! Thank you for playing along with us at Retro Rubber.

  10. Love your card, so elegant and your 4th of July trip sounds awesome. Thanks for playing with us this time at retro rubber. Claire dt

  11. Deb I love your beachy card!! All the detail down to the shell brads are just awesome!! Beautiful card and amazing layouts of your trip! Thank you so much for joining us at Retro Rubber:)