In order to remind me of our great weather, I recently completed two beachy layouts. Pictured at left is a layout featuring a picture of my grandkids and their friend taken in July 2008. I used my new Cricut Expression (my Christmas gift from DH...Thanks, Billy!!!...you are THE BEST!) to make the scalloped edge, the title (love that REAL SIZE function that makes upper AND lower case letters the same size), and the "homemade" flower.
To make the flower in this LO, I used homemade paper that I stamped with a swirl stamp before cutting it out with my Cricut Expression. I then used a stylus on the back side to make circular impressions on the paper so the flower would have dimension (and look more like the store bought flowers).
The photos in the layout to the right are from November 2008 when my grandkids visited for Thanksgiving. As you can see, it was definitely still beach weather:) This layout also includes some homemade flowers that I made using my Big Shot and a Sizzix diecut, some punches from my stash (and one store bought flower...can you tell which one it is?). I dressed the flowers out with ink and glimmer mist so they would match the layout colors.
Feel free to visit my LO gallery to the right (or here http://s394.photobucket.com/albums/pp23/frugalscrapperphotos/Frugal%20Scrapper%20Pages/) for close-up views of these LO's.