Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Creative Crew: Snorkeling Love!

We went snorkeling for the first time on our first cruise. That was in March 2015, and we were instantly in love! Both of us could snorkel all day long, and at least a couple times a week :) Now, every chance we get, we snorkel.

The Scrapbooking and More Creative Crew challenge for this month was to use circles on your layout, and that made our snorkeling pictures jump to my mind! I like to hang these pages in lovely frames in our house, so they are home decor too :) Usually they are of my grandson though, lol.

We took turns with the camera and got lots of great shots of the fish and coral. And a couple shots of each other :) SOOO much fun!!
  1. I cut a piece of watercolor paper to 8"x10". Then I watercolored patches of Crushed Curry, Emerald Envy, and Dapper Denim, layering the colors and drying with the heat tool between colors. Then I splashed clean water on the panel, let it sit for 30 seconds or so, then dabbed it off with a sort of clean clothe. This removes some of the ink colors in splash patterns. 
  2. Then I pulled out my Circles dies and cut out a variety of pictures with 3-4 sizes of circles.
  3. I played around with the circle placement until I liked it, then I lightly adhered the circles with tape runner. Then I decided to stitch them in place with my sewing machine to help highlight the pictures more. 
  4. I took sentiments from Sunshine Sayings and stamped them on the watercolor paper. 
  5. Then I placed the page in an 8"x10" photo frame. All done!
 Here it is in the frame. I was not sure I liked how this was turning out until I added the stitching. Without the stitching, the pictures all seemed to blend together and confuse the eye.

Have you been snorkeling? Did you like it? And what was your favorite part?

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