Thursday, September 13, 2012

Summer Memories ~ Bo Bunny Layout Challege

It's been a busy couple weeks at the Sabella home. Last week I put together the bridal and bridesmaid bouquets for Elizabeth's upcoming wedding. I thought I was all done until we remembered the boutonnieres. I guess I'll be finishing those up next week. Her shower was this past Monday and we had a lovely time. I'm so grateful to my mom and sister who came and helped me with the last minute food preparation and then loaded it all up to take to the church. I haven't had a spare minute to get around and see all of your work this week, but hope to be by to catch up soon. 

My husband, Gary, and I went to the Jersey Shore and to Baltimore's Inner Harbor for our 30th anniversary back in July. Gary had a business trip planned for the week of our anniversary and invited me to go along and take an extra day to enjoy the sights. This shot was taken at the beach below the boardwalk at Atlantic City. I'm a simple girl and enjoy the beach much more than the hustle and bustle of the boardwalk. 

The challenge at Bo Bunny is to use some "Interview Journaling" on your page. I have a hidden journal tag where I wrote the discussion of Gary asking me to go with him on the trip. This Bo Bunny paper was so fabulous to work with, and the Paradise papers had just the feel I was looking for to showcase this photo. Here's my layout:

The Journal Tag is tucked in behind the mats on
the right side next to the looped twine:


Flowers ~ I used a large twine flower behind the focal flower in this cluster and another smaller one above the photo. My tutorial for these flowers can be found here. In the center of my large focal flower I gessoed one of the Bo Bunny Vicki B flower trinkets. The center didn't match, but a bit of gesso took care of that. :-) The middle layer of this flower was cut from Bo Bunny paper using Donna Salazar Grand Peony dies.

Hand Stitching ~ The Martha Stewart Cherish Punch Around the Page set I used for one of the layers in the photo mat has nice little holes, I hand stitched through the inner set of holes.

Texture ~ I used Martha Stewart Texture Effects through a stencil on the scalloped layer. This is the first time I used it and loved the gritty white texture for this beach page. 

Gesso ~ I dabbed, painted, and dripped gesso over much of my page, as well as using it to tone down the darker blues in some of the flowers.

Distrezzing ~ I used my Donna Salazar Distrezz-It-All to distress all of the straight edges including the photo. I don't know how I did it before I got this handy machine. 

Fibers ~ I layered burlap, cheese cloth and other fibers into my photo mat, and fishnet under my flower cluster. 

Coral/Seaweed Leaves ~ My Spellbinder Foliage die set has a fern leaf that when cut in cream and dabbed with gesso looks just like coral or seaweed. 

Twine Frame ~ I've done a couple twine frames, but recently saw some that looped across the page so I left long ends on my frame to swirl and loop across the page. 

Bo Bunny Products:
Paradise Sunset
Paradise Pier
Paradise Lingo
Roughin' It Happy Camper
Liberty United
Bo Bunny Double Dot - scrap of an off-white color
Bo Bunny Trinkets ~ Vicky B
Bo Bunny Jewels ~ Barefoot & Bliss

Other Products Used:
Tim Holtz Idea-ology Grungeboard Dots Elements
Zva Pearl Flourish - PES-02CB-110
Prima Say it in Crystals #560577
Petaloo Flowers:
     Darjeeling Mini Mix blue/eggplant/green
     Hydrangea blue/eggplant/green
     Mini Rose all white
     Color Me Crazy Mini Rose Clusters
Cloud9Design Alpha Rain Dots - Black

Technique Products:
Martha Stewart Cherish PATP
Martha Stewart White Texture Effect
Liquitex Gesso
Cotton Crochet Thread - stash
Donna Salazar Spellbinder Grand Peony Dies
Spellbinder Foliage Dies
Ranger Distress Ink - Faded Jeans, Vintage Photo
Jute Craft Cord - Saint Louis Trimmings
Jute Twine - Stash
Cheese Cloth - Stash
Fish Net - Stash
Burlap - Stash
Other fabrics - Stash
TWC 12 x 12 Template - Tile Texture

Ranger Inkssentials Glossy Accents
Darice Pop Dots
Zots - small, bling

Donna Salazar Zutter Distrezz-It-All
EK Success Color Bee Scissors
Sizzix Big Shot
Fiskars Craft Knife & Self-Healing Mat

Thanks for stopping by! I treasure your comments.
~ Blessings ~


  1. So beautiful Tracey...lots of gorgeous details!

  2. Wonderful page cool with the burlap and i love the colors and sweet photo!

  3. Wow Tracey this one is absolutely stunning. I love the Pic and this layout is amazing in all it's aspects

  4. Oh wow, Tracey! This is stunning! So many amazing details!

  5. I would have left you a comment earlier, but I can't stop staring at this amazing layout!! WOW!! It is simply fabulous!! All of the design elements are perfect together!! The picture and colors are so peaceful and beautiful!! Love, love it!! Have a great day :)

    A Mermaid's Crafts

  6. Simply stunning.

    Be blessed, Beckie
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  7. this is just so so amazing! love every bit of it and you sound like a busy busy girl right now!

  8. Tracey, you outdid yourself on this one!!! Simply gorgeous!!!!! I love it!!! That photo brings back memories of my childhood... summers spent on the AC beach and evening walks on the boardwalk, long before the casinos arrived.

  9. WOWZERS!!! Such A BEAUTIFUL layout... A REAL beachy feel to it.. FABBO! ♥

  10. Wow, Stacey, this is soooo Gorgeous, love this!!!
    the photo and the colors, details are perfect!!
    Take care! Hugs!! :)

  11. Tracey--it's beautiful and thank you for always commenting on my posts even with all else that's happening in your life!

  12. Tracey, each layout or project of yours is like a piece of artwork. Just stunning! Breathtaking.

  13. Stunning!! I love it so much... I want to go there too!! ;)

  14. Holy smokes Tracey!!! This is AMAZING!! I love love love love this!!! GORGEOUS photo, the way you circled it with twine, the flowers, the burlap....just AMAZING!! WOW!!!!!

  15. Excuse me while I go pick up my jaw from the
    This is stunning Tracey. Pure perfection. I love every single detail here. The textures are amazing. The colours are beautiful. *big sigh*

    P/s: Hope you get everything checked off your list before the big day! :)

  16. Your Beach photo is framed Beautifully with all those gorgeous embellishments and papers. Love all the layering too!

  17. HI.. oh wow.. this is my new fav of yours.. I love the beachy colors and the hessian and the twine and flowers and the flourishes.. everything looks wonderful!

  18. Perfect papers and embellishments as always Tracey!
    Alison xx

  19. Wowza!!!!!! Absolutely gorgeous! You amaze me. Just when I think I've seen your best work, you come out with another amazing creation! Fantastic job Tracey! I love everything about this!!!

  20. This is a fabulous page, Tracey. Love the serenity it projects!

  21. oh wow!!!! That is totally stunning!!! ALL the layers, the colors, the texture!!!! gorgeous page!!!!

  22. absolutely stunning!! love this!!

  23. I absolutely love beach lay-outs and this one is definitely one of the best I have ever seen:) I love the gorgeous serene feel to it and your beautiful use of colours.

  24. Wow, awesome as always!! All the blue beauty make me feel calm. I love the fishnet you used underneath. Such a creative detail!!TFS!

  25. Tracey~ This is just beautiful ~ I love your design style! I am subscribing to your posts!

  26. What a Beautiful page! Looking at the page it is so relaxing and I just love all the layering and the beautiful embellies :)

  27. Stunning Tracey! What a beautiful layout!!

  28. Such stunning piece of art. It's really lovely. The colours is to die for and the design, just fabby. :)
    Love n hugs

  29. Ohhhhh!!! So very very beautiful!!!!! That Bo bunny background paper you used is one of my alltime favourites of theirs! It was a perfect choice for your lovely layout!! Goodness! your blog is GORGEOUS!

    Gabi xo

  30. This is so beautiful. I love all the texture and dimension....gorgeous.

  31. This is absolutely amazing! Totally love this to bits! xo

  32. Gorgeous Gorgeous Gorgeous!! Simply divine Tracey!!

  33. I could've sworn that I left you some love on this page, Tracey! It's absolutely divine and simply breathtaking! LOVE all your bits of texture, and I can practically smell the ocean in that photograph!

  34. My oh my...absolutely incredible!
    So many exquisite details, it's simply marvelous!!!

  35. What a gorgeous layout Tracey! I love the rope framing the pretty photo and all the texture! Pure eye candy!


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