I scrap in 8.5x11 for our family album so in cutting the 12x12 sheet down I managed to lose the brand of my background paper, but it's one of my favorites. It looks like little tiles all varied colors of blue. Very pretty. The photos are doing them no justice because my camera seems to be laying down on the job. I used my printer to print up the 'Cocoa Beach' title onto sandy looking paper and then used navy skittles for the corners.
We visited my parents for the last leg of our cross country road trip. While there my dad decided to wash his car and was totally awesome and washed mine too. My son went out to help but managed to do more playing in the water than actual cleaning. The bubbles and container are all precut diecuts I bought years ago when Michael's used to sell them in the spinning carousel. I printed the title with my printer onto a leftover strip from the background paper then matted it in the same color as the inner matte from my photos.
The last layout is one of my favorites I've done lately simply because I was able to fit so much journaling on it. While visiting my parents, my dad turned 50 and we spent the entire day at the Botanical Gardens, then having a cookout and other fun birthday festivities. I was able to go into great detail about all of the fun that day held so that in the next handfull of layouts to follow you would know what was going on.
It was also the first time I used a Zig brand 2-way Squeeze and Roll glue pen to attach buttons. I was worried with them being heavier it would fall right off. Nope. You have apply the glue to the paper then stick the button down and hold it for about 10 seconds. I suggest using a object to hold it like a pen with the cap on because after a bit of gluing your fingers will be a bit tacky and pull the item up when you try to move your finger away. After the 10 seconds you can move the layout somewhere to sit untouched to dry for about 5 minutes then they are down for good. If you pick them up and move them before the 5 minutes is up you will have to reapply the glue even if it still seems tacky. The reason is the glue pen is a 2-way glue pen. Meaning if you attach the item immediately it's a permanent bond, if you wait even 5 seconds it is repositionable. Chances are if you are taking the time to glue down embellishments you want them to stay there.