Here in Sweden we have been celebrating Midsummer today, although the weather's been a bit off and on and the wind has picked up and chilled down so instead of dancing like frogs around a Midsummer pole, I've been scrapbooking instead (don't get me wrong, though, that Små Gröderna is my favourite of the songs - seriously).
So I decided to break out my new Fancy Pants Down by the Shore collection and pulled out the only photo I currently have of my Easter trip to Barcelona with a friend.
I cut one of the border strips and decided to scallop punch it but I didn't want to punch too deeply into the paper, causing it to become really narrow so I came up with this solution:
For the embellishment clusters, I've layered each with my new red stars washi tape and some of the SC Sundrifter imperfect circle wood veneers and a red enamel dot and then a selection of tabs, labels and die cuts. I also tacked on some of the left-over embroidery floss in waves and loops and used some OA circle letter stickers in an uneven row to mimic bubbles for the title.
And I know you'll never believe it but after I finished prettying up the whale and swirls, I had the worst luck with accidents on this layout. I accidentally dropped the border stripe with removable tape runner dots onto the photo and to my horror, the dots didn't come off! This photo, which was printed at the aquarium, has a different finish to it compared to most photos and everything seemed to stick to it. I managed to scrap (carefully) most of the tape dots off and I doubt anyone will ever notice but I was so cross with myself! Later something else sticky (no idea what) got on the photo again, but not as badly as the first time and I got that off with more success. Finally, I managed to smudge the date stamp on the tab by the title and it bugged me so badly that I ended up ripping it off and replacing it with another from my stash (which had been inked in dark brown ink so I had to cut down the edges first so it wouldn't clash). Sometimes I should just stop while I'm ahead.
To wrap up, I'll share with you one last photo of a little something I currently have in the works: