Monday, August 6, 2012

demise: noun

the end of existence or activity; termination
It looks like a simple lay out but there is a lot going on actually, but it's all in the little details. :) First off, I am following this sketch by Becky Fleck. I absolutely love her sketches and have been following her blog for 4 years? I think that's right, but then I have a habit of losing track of time, so who really knows?
So you can see I followed the basic design of the sketch. I was really focused on the paper itself which shows the ocean washing up on the beach. But I think you can see that the large hand torn sand castle replaces the paper layering on the right and the flag is the date element on the top right edge. The only layering I didn't incorporate is on the left side. The flower embellishments are replaced with the 2 clouds and the sand dollar.

 I'm not the best at making lay outs ahead of time as my pictures usually dictate my creative process but I will have to keep in mind the lay out and work in reverse. Taking pictures to go with the design, harder to do than it sounds!
I was really inspired by the jar, and built a beach scene within a beach scene. This is one of those details. If you look inside the jar, you can see the same elements repeated, sand, seashell, sand castle, seagull and clouds. Now look at the general lay out and you will see the same embellishments. It's my beach washing up on the beach. ..( welcome to my world, lol )

Sizzix Jar Die, and Sand Dollar
Really Reasonable Ribbon Hemp Cord
Cricut - Everyday Paper Dolls, clouds

I also had a lot of fun with the sand dollar and the castle itself. I did shading, added gold beads and stickles to both. The sand dollar on the other hand became way more involved, I added LuminArte' Twinkling H20's, paint, and a thick layer of Ranger's Candy Crackle. It actually wasn't this color, but when I added the crackle it changed! lol That was a "breathe and let go" moment!
As I have discussed before, I don't add a lot of dimension to my lay outs, I prefer to use doodling, shading, bead work and sinking. But the jar began my demise into dimension, with the cloud following suit, lol It's not too bad, just a little height.

For my "sinking", I used the water paper tearing for the sand dollar and the jar, and my exacto knife for the sand castle. You can see the differences in the edges of the 2 techniques.
 Here is what the back of my lay out looks like ;) I was a little sloppy with my glue and you see where I had too much glue around the edges, be careful and don't glue your lay out to your craft table!! I can say that I've never done that, but I have come close ;)

Just Add Water Silly - Artist Playroom - Turquoise and Lime
Paper playtime - Challenge #81 - Hot and Spicey + a Die Cut or Punch


scrappymo! said...

This is absolutely gorgeous. I love the beading, it really suits this layout.

Mary Pat Siehl said...

oh that mason jar is so cool! love the sand dollar!! super page

Janis Lewis said...

This is beautiful and looks so real with the way you slipped the elements into the paper. Very cool. Thanks for showing us the back of the paper too. Glad you have you play with us this week at Paper Playtime! :) Janis

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

I was watching a scrapbook show today (my internet was out for over 9 hours) and saw that kraft paper was the new thing for backgrounds. Of course, I also like that mason jar and sand dollar. In fact, it's all great.

BTW, why is it 68 where you live and 93 where I live? And it's nearly midnight. I'm SO tired of this heat!

Jennifer McLean said...

really good job, however you did the foam, it looks fantastic. Thanks for participating.

Maureen Hayes said...

All I can say is WOW! This is a beautiful layout. I love the beach and that mason jar with the beach washing up in it is brilliant.

TwinkleToes2day said...

This is just fantastical to me! I hve to ask, how did you get the sea foam effect? Am I dumb, and it's actually an incredible paper you cut around? The jar is my favourite part of this, but it is All incredibly awesome :0)

505whimsygirl said...

Hey Sandee,

Great layout! So, how close are you to the beach?!? Maybe I should retire and move out your way?????

Don't laugh. I have a list of things that I look for at the thrift store! Yep. Although the two tier table wasn't on the list. The price was $3.00 so I splurged. I'm not too sure what I'll display on it. Will have to do a "dry run" display before the actual craft fair.


Redanne said...

Hi Sandee, I love your layout and it will be perfect for your holiday pics.......but how did you do that sea foam, it looks truly amazing! Crafty hugs, Anne x

Katie said...

I love the mason jar! This is such a great layout. I am not a fan of working "backwards" too, but your layout looks awesome! You did a great job with your "backwards" layout!

Terrie said...

Sandee - what a clever idea and the whole beachy theme is so very summery. I love the way you used the beads on the sandcastle! Cool layout.

VonnyK said...

This is so fabulous. You have put so much work into this and there is so much to discover. I kept going over your photos. You are so clever, I love it.

Fifi said...

just cool!!!!

Currie Silver said...

This is so enticing!! I REALLY enJOYed all the detail you put in as well that you show and explain. Really impressed, too, with your working backward.

Neesie said...

So did you delete my comment Sandee...cos I'm sure I left one but now I look it's disappeared!!!
Anyway...I love your entry. You've been very creative and clever ;D
It's such a interesting piece with lots of detail. You make me want to visit the beach now!
Have a wonderful weekend ~ enjoy
Neesie (APR #8)

Gloria j Zucaro said...

This is soooo coool! I absolutely love the beach in a jar! The beading and twinkles are so grand! Wow! What fun!

Susanne said...

How very creative! I came over from the PageMaps sketch contest - so glad I did.