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Hello, Connie Nichol here with a quick layout with one of my favourite photos from a trip to the Mayan Riviera a few years ago.  Just looking at it brings back the feel of the tropical sun and the smell of the ocean.  Sigh.

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I used a couple of products from Creative Memories Travel Collection to create this layout –  the solid core cardstock (I used lime green) and the matching cool serenity travel embellishments are perfect for scrapbooking beach vacation photos while the Bubbles Border maker cartridge adds a whimsical edge .


I spotted a Dina Wakley Bullseye stencil from Ranger Industries in my stash and used it to create the large round embellishments which in real life have very cool texture.

I taped the stencil to a piece of cardstock and applied Mustard Seed and Mowed Lawn distress inks with a sponge applicator.

Then, with the stencil still in place, I put a thin layer of transparent texture paste on top of the distress ink.  Doing this causes the ink colours to blend together beautifully.

Gently remove the stencil and pour clear glass microbeads over the cardstock.   (I catch the overflow of beads in a foil pie plate and its easy to get them back into their jar). The beads adhere to the texture paste, creating beautiful dimension.  Let dry and cut out to use on your scrapbook layout.  Try this technique with other stencils and other ink colours.  It’s easy and fun!

Supplies:  Creative Memories cardstock, bubble border punch, jewels and die cut embellishments,  Ranger stencil, Mowed Lawn and Mustard Seed distress ink, sponge applicator and texture paste, Judikins glass beads, Tombow adhesive.

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  1. I love the photos I can see, Connie. Darn laptop won’t. Show me the last 4.

  2. Yes! The problem ( whatever the hell it was) is now fixed. Thanks for the idea, Connie.

  3. Great idea using the stencil, thanks for sharing it! Nice layout too!

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