I rarely do scrapbook layouts. It's not my forte. But after our vacation to Cuba, I was compelled to do something with those photographs.
There was a saying we heard over and over from locals: "on Cuban time". Things happen a little slower there, at their own pace, but they'll get done eventually. Normally I'd be well meaning and craft with these pics eventually, but it was a bit of serendipity that this month's AlphaStamps kit is Letters from the Sea and I was prompted to get to them a little more swiftly.
All that age, those shells and scrolls, and I was taken right back!
I added loads of extra bits like the Mini Wrought Iron Flourishes and Wrought Iron Shadowbox Header which totally reminded me of the swirly decorative elements we saw on the buildings in the city of Ciego de Ávila
I also added our baggage claim tickets... because God forbid I throw out any little bit of paper that might possibly be sentimental.
The layout basically started as a few ATC's that got out of hand. Everything just sort of got added in layers from there.
Note: I've said it loads of times, but it bears repeating, these super thick ATC blanks are amazing. They will take an absolute beating and not warp in the least.
Those seaside chippy bits were chopped from an Under the Sea Chipboard Border.
All the bits used in this layout can be found HERE.
Seeds of Love Scrapbook Paper
Seaside & Me Scrapbook Paper - Floral & Pale Shells
Vintage Telegrams Scrapbook Paper
Mini Wrought Iron Flourishes Set
Under the Sea Chipboard Border
Wrought Iron Shadowbox Header
Chunky ATC Blanks
Need an alternative to real shells? Try Beach Beauties Seashell Buttons Mix or or Silicone Mold - 7 Seashells
Thank you Cuba for the amazing pina colada's, the stunning beaches and rum... oh god, all the rum!
P.S. If you're a sucker for punishment and like looking at other peoples vacation photos, hop over HERE to gander at our adventure