Thursday, August 11, 2022


OMG... I just love the new collection, called Seaside Summer. It's so cute and fresh and you just want to put on your swimsuit and go to the beach when you look at it... :) I decided to create a layout for my first project using this collection... layouts are my favorite thing to do when creating.  So here's what I came up with... I totally love it... heheee!

When I went through the patterned papers for the first time, I noticed this adorable paper with tiny shells and starfish. I knew it was going to be a lot of fussy cutting, but I absolutely wanted to create something with these.  I came up with the idea to create beaded strands with the shells, sequins and glass beads. 

So to start, I cut out a lot of teeny tiny shells. Then I chose matching colors of sequins from my Doodlebug sequins collection and I added some tiny glass beads from my stash. Before I began with the threading of the strands, I chose a photo, matted it with some pieces of patterned paper and added it to my white background.

To create the beachy, tropical strands, I used a holographic thread (that you can't really see anymore...:) and threaded the paper pieces, beads and sequins, just using the colors randomly in order to have a very colorful result.  I pierced the thread through the paper, added the embellishments and went through the paper again to attach the strand to it.

I wanted the pieces to stay put more or less, so I put a tiny bit of glue behind each shell.  To decorate some more, I wanted to add three flower clusters. I used flowers and leaves from the Bits & Pieces pack, gave them some dimension by bending them and placed them in three different spots, also adding some tangled thread.  Then I quickly added my title; a piece from the Chit Chat pack. To finish with some more details, I added super small enamel dots and jewels around the three flower spots. And after that, I also sprinkled some paint. 

I'm super happy with how this turned out and will for sure use this technique again :) See you soon... I hope you are spending a beautiful summer.:)




Seaside Summer Collection

Doodlebug Sequins

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Glass beads

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