Sunday, July 29, 2012

Perfect "E"scape.

Hello, hello! Welcome back to another project for MCCR. As you can see, the letter of the day is "E." I chose to make a layout. I really enjoy the beach, so I knew I had to scrap what is (to me) a perfect "e"scape. I hope you enjoy my project, and please let me know what you think! :)

First, I layered some "texture" onto my sand by sponging with Memento rich cocoa ink, and Versamark just to give it some depth. That wasn't enough for me, so I watered down some light brown acrylic paint, so it was a thinner consistency, and I splattered it onto my sand. 

Next, I picked a bunch of papers that were different shades/patterns of blue. I cut them randomly, pieced them together, glued them down, then roughed up the edges to look more realistic like true waves.

Then I moved on to my title. I cut the word "perfect" using Plantin Schoolbook (Roly Poly) at 0.972. Once I got the letters sized appropriately, I welded them together so they would cut as one word, and not single letters. I repeated the process with the word "Escape" using the font from the Birthday Cakes cart. I cut "escape" at 1.958. I then added some faux stitching to the title using a white gel pen.

I wanted some sort of leaf accent for the title, so I found three leaves from the Home Accents cartridge, arranged them how I wanted, and then welded it to "escape." Here is a look at how I laid it out using CCR.

The leaves were cut at 2.514.

The yellow and blue flower is a chipboard embellishment.

Then, to make beach "grass" I found another flower I liked that resembled whimsical grass like you'd find on the beach. Using Home Accents, I cut the "grass" which is really a flower at 1.667, and 1.264 to get different sizes.

To make the wooden poles, I just cut a strip of brown cardstock and added "weathering" to it using my scoring board to give it a sort of random wood grain effect. Very simple, just make varying lengths of score lines all over. I then roughed up the edges using a pair of scissors, sanded the entire piece just a bit, and crumpled it up. I wanted it to look like weathered wood, not brand new posts. I attached some twine to it, and adhered it to the layout using foam tape.

I felt like the layout needed another little detail, so I found some castles on the Birthday Cakes cartridge, and cut them out in kraft cardstock at 1 inch, 1.222, and 1.389. I sponged them with the same rich cocoa ink I used on the sand. 

The beach ball is a sticker I backed with cardstock, cut out, then adhered using foam tape.

Here is my finished layout:

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  1. Wow Melissa this is such a great LO. I love all the detail and explanation you put into this! TFS, Mary

  2. Wow your layout is awesome! I love your creativity in making thinks like the sand, and "wood" posts stand out.


  3. Your attention to detail really paid off....this layout is FABULOUS! Love the weathered posts with the twine!
    Great title also! "E"xtraordinary!
    Jessica S

  4. I feel relaxed just looking at this layout.
    MCCR DT sis

  5. Melissa - now I REALLY want to go to the beach! You did a great play on the "E" letter with Escape! And you went all out on this layout! Love your sand! Great job on everything!!!
    MCCR DT Sis

  6. Wow, Melissa, this is beautiful!! Love all of the details you added like the torn papers! Well done!!!

    MCCR DT Sis

  7. Where are my sandals? I am at the beach! Beautiful LO! Thank you for the tips on the sand too!!

    Jodie R MCCE DT Sister

  8. amazing job on the layout, looks like alot of time went into it.
    MCCR DT sister

  9. It is a perfect escape Melissa! Great LO! Thank you so much for showing us how to texture and the welding in CCR.

    My Cricut Craft Room DTM

  10. This is an amazing layout. love the color combo
    Ava DT Sister, MCCR

  11. Your LO is amazing!! Breath taking design. Want to come and do some of my LO?! LOL I am so behind. :)

    MCCR DT sister

  12. Great creative project!!
    mccr DT Lead Shelley


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