Browsing through the CHA Winter 2012 releases on Pintrest, I noticed that Studio Calico had lots of stars as embellishments. I love the cuteness of the star embellishments and I wanted to use some stars on a layout.
This is Layout #3 of the Seven Layouts in Three Hours. I used a star within a circle die QuicKutz die cut and used the circles with the star space on another page and used the stars in a straight banner style with sewing machine stitching. I think the stars gave me a nautical feel and I chose some photos I had of our boat trip through Frenchman's Bay in Bar Harbor when we saw seals, whales, and even caught some lobster from the traps. It was big fun and I have done several scrapbooking layouts about this trip, so instead of scrapbooking about the trip, I journaled about the name of Frenchman's Bay and how it is connected to my family's history. Journaling: "Frenchman's Bay is named for Samuel de Champlain the French explorer who visited in 1604. My grandparents lived on the border of Canada on the St. Croix River and looked out on to St. Croix Island where Champlain settled one winter." These little facts and connections might not be known to my kids otherwise; and I can't make enough scrapbook pages with the photos from our Maine trip.
1. Choose scraps in a color scheme and then die cut them into shapes.
2. Use the shapes over and over to create a border, it doesn't matter that the patterened papers are all different - using the same shape, especially in a line connected with machine stitching, creates a unified look.
3. If you have created several scrapbook pages about your vacation or trip, journal about the history of a place instead of about your experience there.