July Flamingo Four

It's time for July's Flamingo Four!  This month, three other designers and I worked with these items:

                                    1) Pink Paislee Mistables patterned paper
                                    2) Pink Paislee Mistables die cut card
                                    3) empty Maya Road spool
                                    4) Pink Paislee "Nantucket" wood shapes

When I saw these four items, the old Sesame Street song ran through my head: "One of these things is not like the others...."  Clearly, the tricky items this month would be the empty spool. I set it aside.  I dug through my extra photos looking for something summery and beachy.  I found a picture from 2010 of Steve and Trevor holding hands at the beach.  Perfect!  
I picked a sea star from the wood shapes and sprayed it with the last of my Clam Bake Glimmer Mist.  The color and the shimmer were just what I'd hoped for.  While it was drying, I used my hands to smear gesso on the patterned paper, then wiped it with a sandy brown paint and let it dry.  Next, I mixed light blue paint with some glittery paint and dipped the end of the spool in the mixture and stamped it onto the paper repeatedly.  It turned out exactly as I'd envisioned!  I tore the die cut card and layered it with a scrap of dark blue vellum and some greyish handmade (by someone else) paper and put the photo on top.   
After adhering everything, the final step was to add a title and an additional embellishment.  I found a Mrs. Grossman's "love" sticker and inked it to match the sea star, then paired it with a Scenic Route rub-on.  I added a second Scenic Route rub-on, a heart, to the left of the photo, even with Steve and Trevor holding hands.  I really like the completed layout.  It's totally different than what I would usually make, yet it is definitely me.  And bonus that it came together so quickly and easily!

Want to see what the other designers made?  Head over to Flamingo Scraps to check it out!  As always, it's so fun to see how incredibly different four projects made from the same four supplies can be!


  1. It looks great! I love the torn papers and spool stamping!

  2. Very different from your usual style, but I love it!!! ;) GREAT idea to use the spool that way!

  3. Very cool layout. I love how the torn backing paper behind the picture looks like sand. Very cool.

  4. Cindy! Your layout is absolutely beautiful! the background turned out wonderful! And I love the photo you picked so much! And the way you used the spool was pure genius!!!

  5. Wowwwwwwww! This is gorgeous! LOVING the torn paper and love love love all the circles!!!

  6. I love what you came up with! I absolutely have to go over to the FS blog to see how everyone else used the spool. It's like Suzanne and Susan are over there laughing when they put these boxes together. Hehe

  7. Such a sweet page. Love the background stamping!

  8. I LOVE this photo! What a sweet layout. Yeah, that spool would have stumped me too!

  9. BEAUTIFUL layout Cindy!! It's not your usual style so much, but if you look closely it totally is. I LOVE this one! :)


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