"At the beach, life is different. Time doesn't move hour to hour but mood to moment. We live by the currents, plan by the tides and follow the sun."
This is the time of year...most especially in the Northern Hemi...that we start planning (or taking :)) those wonderful family vacations. Given the popularity of coastal resorts, I'm guessing that some of you will be heading to the beach for some sand, sunshine and relaxation. The beach is a wonderful place for making those long-term memories...I have the fondest memories of family vacations at the Jersey shore where we rented a house for a couple of weeks and just played and played and played!
It's those fond memories that inspired me to create "Beachfront", the hand made album we'll be creating at my June 18th creatologie workshop. Although the workshop is sold out, I am making a few extra kits and I wanted to offer them for pre-order for those who would love to make this book but couldn't be at the workshop.
You will love the layered and textured fabric covers...a wonderful fabric print of a bicycle against a beach fence is included with your kit but, if desired, you can change it out with a photo from your stay at the beach. Mother of pearl buttons, real shells, a vintage style metal hanger (Tim Holtz), and a variety of beach-colored fabrics, trims and ribbons all contribute to the weathered and worn look of a small town beachfront.
Inside the album, you will be stitching watercolor papers, cardstock and an envelope...all wonderful for watercoloring, walnut ink washing and stenciling.
I did a lot of grinning while creating this project...adding fabulous shells, featuring whimsical seahorses, making your own cool sand dollar, using really cool beach/ocean themed fabrics...all that was missing were the sea breezes and taking in deep breaths of salt air!
While many of the inside pages have pockets, pouches or other design elements, there are several pages which I left open for your photos. There's also a page with three mini books...perfect for tiny photos and short stories. There's even a real starfish included on one of the pages...so very cool!
Here's a collage of some of the various page details:
And, when you see the spine of the book, there's absolutely no doubt that "beachy" is the theme of this special journal.
If you love marine colors (a large variety of shades are represented in this album), if the combo of sand tones, ivory and blues are some of your favorites, if you are looking for beautifully artistic, dimensional, layered pages, and if the the look of weathered, worn and distressed elements makes you ecstatic, this project kit will be right up your creative alley!
"Beachfront" is available right now for pre-order and will be shipping out after the workshop. Expect them to start shipping the week of June 27th. "Beefed up" workshop instructions will be emailed to you right after the kits are shipped. I will stamp images for you as well...all you will need by way of stamps are some alphabet stamps to personalize a few pages.
As I had mentioned earlier, there are just a few of these extra kits and they are available for $117, plus shipping (within the US).
To pre-order, simply click on the Buy Now button below.
This quote, which I recently saw on a sign, pretty much sums up a beach experience:
"The best kind of therapy is beach therapy."
Wishing you many hours of beach therapy this summer...and then many hours of creative therapy to artistically display all of your wonderful memories.
As always, thanks for reading, for your orders, and your referrals to friends and family.
From my studio to yours,