Saturday 27 October 2012

Shell Garden - Scrap Our Stash Challenge - Hot Chocolate

Hello Everyone,

Happy Saturday ... I hope you are all enjoying the weekend so far.

This month over at SOS, the challenge was for us to create a layout around the theme of Hot Chocolate. As I don't actually drink hot chocolate and so couldn't take photos with it as a theme, I have gone with the colours chocolate, pink and white as you would find in a steaming hot cup of the stuff topped with fluffy marshmallows.

And I've really tested myself by creating a double page layout ... I have only ever made single page layouts till now. 

The reason for the double page is that I had so many photos taken from different parts of this fantastic garden showing some of the special features, it seemed a shame to leave any of them out.

To give a bit of interest to the pale brown dotted embossed base card I've splashed chocolate and raspberry coloured paints randomly around. There's very little patterned paper in the layout - I thought the photos provided more than enough pattern - just the Kraft Kuts die-cut, split in two over the layout and a few scalloped circles punched from Bella BLVD's Family Circle paper, used as embellishments.

Title letters are from various sources as are the flowers and doilies. The shells are not from Jersey but from Cornwall. 

Because the photos were all different sizes this proved to be a difficult project, however, I am pleased with the end result, but it could be a long time before I tackle a double page layout again :)

It's been a really pleasant day here ... not something those of you suffering on the East coast want to hear, I'm sure, I understand it's been snowing up in Aberdeen and possibly even further south with snow forecast for Billericay!  

Anyway, we've had what I call chilly sunshine, more than a hint of frost in the air but it's been warm in the sun, so we took a trip to our favourite country estate, Culzean, and had a wee walk and a long browse round the book shop, followed by a trip to another favourite eatery for a skinny latte and a piece of something delicious but bad for you - toffee apple cake. And, no, it's not lost on me how contradictory that combination is :)

I only bought one book, but it's a goody - so here's the plan for this evening, Strictly Come Dancing followed by a night at the pictures with a new DVD, Sugarland Express with Goldie Hawn, and then a bit of bedtime reading ... 

... perfect!

Hope your evening is as pleasant.

Happy crafting,


scrappymo! said...

Ohhh, that sounds like a lovely day out!

Your two page spread is lovely. The shimmery ivory letters in your title remind me of fact all the colours you close for this layout bring memories of shell collecting.

It is very interesting that the shells did not come from the local area...wonder what the story was about that?
Great layout.

Sandra H said...

Hi Elizabeth, Well that's you sorted for the night then with Strictly come dancing and a good film! your double page layout is amazing its really really interesting it shows lots of talent here so pleased your sharing it chilly hear today with lots of sun out but cold frost forcast for tonight too! have a lovely Sunday x

Angie said...

Fantastic LO ...great idea to use the colour chocolate ... it so complements the photos.
When my mum was a child there was an amazing shell house/ garden /and bus, in Leven but sadly, gradually, it was removed ...there are a few tiny remnants of the work and other walls down the road from it, have been lightly decorated too...what a shame it was not preserved.Glad the one you visit is still standing xx

Jackie said...

What a beautiful DLO, I love the way you have split the diecut frame over the two pages, it ties them together perfectly :o)
Jackie xx

BJ said...

Great pages Elizabeth. Love how you have placed the shaped paper off centre over the pages with the photos draped around the edge. Love it. BJ

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