Saturday, June 26, 2010

Circle journal - 3 things I love about summer

Hello!  I hope you are having a wonderful weekend!

I finally have Jessica's circle journal layout done.  I had this 90% done for a couple of months!  Can you believe... I really don't know why it took me so long, but oh well.  Sorry!

It took me a little while too to figure out what I loved about summer.  I am not a big fan of the sweltering summer heat and humidity!  I do enjoy going to the beach, especially to watch the sun set.. going to the farmers' market and getting fresh, local produce.. and growing my own veggies!

The strawberries we had bought from a local farmer a few weeks ago.  If you've never had fresh, local strawberries that were picked when fully ripened.. you're missing out!  There's a lot I could say on the subject, but let's just leave it at that.  :)  The picture of the tomatoes was taken last summer.. these were some of the first ripening tomatoes in our garden at Seth's parents' house.  I'm missing this so much!

The other pictures are from when we went to Nags' Head a couple of summers ago.  It was Fluffy's first time at the beach!  She was scared of the ocean, and was just content sitting in the sand in the shade.  :)

Like my palm tree?  I roughly drew the tree trunk on a piece of cardboard from a box, then cut it out and pulled off one of the layers.  Then I just inked it up and freehand drew some leaves and cut those out as well. I snipped into the leaves a little to make them more realistic.  I think it turned out nicely!

The title letters I simply cut using the Simple Letters Bigz dies and chipboard, then covered with Whisper White Craft ink, embossing with White Stampin' Emboss powder.  I created the "sand" by first using the freehand rotary blade in SU!'s Cutter Kit, then roughed up the edges with the distressing tool from the same kit.  I then spritzed some Chocolate Chip ink onto it, then sprayed this and the letters with Gold Glow Smooch Spritz.  I stamped "things i love..." from the Things I Love stamp set with Crumb Cake ink (new in the new catalog!), and I love how it almost looks like it was drawn in the sand.. if you can draw letters that perfectly.  LOL

Here's my sign-in tag.. nothing really special I guess!

I'm in the homestretch for the CJ layouts.  I think I have just three more to do - Jenn's, Lisa's, and Jean's!

Hope you like it, Jessica!

Circle journal layout supplies:
Stamps:  Things I Love
Ink:  Chocolate Chip and Crumb Cake (Kraft) Classic Stampin' Pads, Whisper White Craft Stampin' Pad
Paper:  Bashful Blue, Crumb Cake (Kraft), Whisper White, Old Olive, and Chocolate Chip cardstock, The Write Stuff Specialty Designer Series Paper (journaling tag)
Accessories/Tools:  Button Latte, Crushed Curry 1/2" Polka-Dot Grosgrain Ribbon, Circle Designer Brad, Mini Library Clip, Chocolate Chip Stampin' Write Marker, Color Spritzer, Gold Glow Smooch Spritz, Basic Black Stampin' Write Journaler, Eastern Elegance Rub-ons (retired), White Stampin' Emboss Powder, Heat Tool, Stampin' Sponge

Circle journal tag supplies:
Stamps:  Tart & Tangy
Ink:  Chocolate Chip Classic Stampin' Pad
Paper:  Whisper White, Pumpkin Pie and Chocolate Chip cardstock, Summer Picnic Designer Series Paper (retired)
Accessories/Tools:  Real Red Striped Grosgrain Ribbon, Old Olive 1/2" Library Clip, Old Olive and Real Red Stampin' Write Markers, Vintage Brad, Stampin' Sponge, and Scallop Edge, Word Window, 1-3/8" Circle, and Scallop Circle Punches


  1. I think you did a great job, Melissa@@ Love that palm tree! Pretty creative and looks great. And the pictures are perfect for your LO! I think you love summer, you just don't know it!! LOL At least some of summer!

  2. The palm tree is so creative! Those strawberries look delish. Fluffy is too cute. Very nice LO.

  3. as always Melissa, you do such wonderful work. It's fresh, colorful, draws you in and makes one smile!

    Mia Sogni Dolci

  4. Such a nice lo and don't even get me started on how clever the palm tree is. Quite a job there!

  5. Look at you with the palm tree! How cool is that! Your layouts always seem to just capture ones attention. One of my fav things about summer is fresh veggies from my daddy's garden. I wont hardly eat them in the winter.

  6. Melissa, you make it look so easy! I am always so inspired by your designs. They are creative and well thought out. I love the symbolism in many of your designs, even if they are only for your benefit. xoxox, Karen


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