The Caribbean island of Anguilla has a special place in our hearts.
Beautiful white beaches. Water that is actually turquoise.
And shells like you've never seen. Josh and his
friends spent a wonderful week there last May, and he brought home a
box of the most exquisite shells. They reminded us of the shell-border
postcards so popular at seaside resorts in the early 20th century. And
that played right into our vacation scrapbook
Many vintage postcards were designed with elaborate borders
surrounding the central illustration or photo. In fact,
borders were often reused, with the publishers switching out the
central subject as needed. The shell-border postcards we
published by Langsdorf Company circa 1909, featured scenes from various
Anguilla is a sensuous locale, so we wanted to include some tactile
elements to our scrapbooking. The fringed palm tree fronds are
simple cut paper, and the beach is sand paper - from the hardware store.
Print the vintage images on heavy
photo paper and trim them.
With small scissors, carefully cut out the centers, leaving the
borders. From the postcard with the large shells, cut out the
individual shells (to scatter on the beach).
Resize your photos to fit within the frames,
print and trim them.
the sandpaper into two strips, about 3.5" wide.
two strips together somewhere in the middle with an overlapping curved
diagonal cut, to span the 12" page, and glue it to the bottom edge of
the blue background.
Rip a jagged-edged 12" strip
of turquoise paper. Adhere
it to the white paper, and tear the white paper to leave a "foamy" 1/2"
edge. Glue it along the top edge of the sandpaper. Instant
a curving palm tree trunk from the orange paper. Cut three
fonds from the green paper. Fringe the fronds. Cut
ship from the white paper.
Journal the who, what, when, where and why on
white paper, and cut it in the shape of a puffy cloud.
Position all of your elements on the
background, and adhere them with glue stick or adhesive. Tape your
photos into the shell frames from the back. Use tacky craft glue to
adhere the shells to the sandpaper.
With a black marker or paint pen, add the
seagulls and the details on the ship and palm tree.
You should have heard us picking out the
sandpaper at the hardware store: "That's not the right color, maybe a
finer grit would be lighter;" "This one looks more like Hawaii;"
"Too light, you can see the printing on the back."
We sounded like we had no idea what sandpaper was for.
But we did - it is for imitating a sandy beach. If the black
printing on the back of the sandpaper shows through the front, just
on black paper, or spray paint the back black.
cutting out scraps (like the shells) with fine detail,
two techniques will help. First, hold the scissors at a
45-degree angle toward the back of the paper to reduce the white edge
that will show. Second, move the paper as you cut, not the