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Quick and Easy Summer Layout with Hexagons

February 15, 2018

I’ve had a real fascination with Hexagons this month.  I love the Hexagon patterns in both the February Collections.  For my post today I have chosen the gorgeous Beach Shack Collection to use with a summer photo of my little boy at the beach.

Quick and Easy Summer Layout with Hexagons by Alicia McNamara

We have spent a lot of time at the beach this summer.  Probably more than we have any summer I can remember.  Now that Billy is 16 months old he is an active little thing and I spend most of my days thinking of ways I can tire him and his big brother out! The beach is the perfect spot where they can run and use up lots of energy and they just adore playing in the sand and paddling in the water.  This photo was taken one evening when we went for a spontaneous beach run and they both started off fully clothed and got wetter and wetter until finally Billy ended up naked on the sand…

Quick and Easy Summer Layout with Hexagons by Alicia McNamara

To begin my Layout I fussy-cut all the hexagon shapes from the paper.  This is often the way I will start a Layout when I am not sure what the end result will look like.  I take a page for fussy-cutting and a pair of scissors and sit somewhere the boys are playing and cut.  I find I can’t properly craft when Billy is awake because he finds me and gets into everything! But I can get away with a little fussy-cutting.  After I cut out the Hexagons I felt that they would look nice with a bit of machine stitching so that is where my Process Video begins…

Process Video

How to Create the Layout

The next step was glueing the Hexagons down in a pattern on the page.

Quick and Easy Summer Layout with Hexagons by Alicia McNamara

This Layout turned out to be a very simple Layout that is certainly not complicated to re-create.

After glueing down the hexagon pattern I used one of the new Kaisercraft Decorative Dies to match this collection, DD808 Porthole:

I cut this from some soft blue paper and added it in to one side of my photo.

Quick and Easy Summer Layout with Hexagons by Alicia McNamara

Then I added some Cheese Cloth to create a soft texture.  I layered my photo over the top with some Foam Tape.

Quick and Easy Summer Layout with Hexagons by Alicia McNamara

A few Collectables were perfect for embellishing with and a little Wooden Flourish.

I adore these little wooden fences.  They look cute combined with the title for the Layout layered over the top.

FL618 – Beach

CT930 – Collectables

Quick and Easy Summer Layout with Hexagons by Alicia McNamara

Finally I completed my Layout with a few splatters from some soft grey and white misting sprays.

This was quick and easy to put together, perfect for busy mums who would like to scrap some beachy photos.

I hope it provides you with a little inspiration,

Happy Crafting: )

Alicia xxoo

Kaisercraft Products Used:

P2469 Sea Change | P2470 Board Walk | CT930 Collectables | FL618 Flourish Pack – Beach | DD806 Decorative Die – Porthole | Other: Sewing Machine and White Thread | Cheese Cloth | Grey and White Misting Sprays |

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  • Reply Cindy Pratt February 15, 2018 at 10:26 am

    Is there another way to have the stitching effect without using a sewing machine? I loved the layout, but do not have a sewing machine.

  • Reply Rosslyn Coutts Aus February 15, 2018 at 11:05 am

    Love your video…and the music with it is lovely.

    • Reply Alicia McNamara February 16, 2018 at 3:36 am

      Thank you so much Rosslyn. I am glad you liked the music on the video. It is hard to find free music to use that is nice. I only have about four tracks and I keep using them over and over. I am pretty sick of them lol! I must look into some new music.
      Alicia xx

  • Reply Pauline Parker February 15, 2018 at 4:04 pm

    Beautiful page and such a special photo….Oh the memories of our now grown up children and their children!!! Thankyou

    • Reply Alicia McNamara February 16, 2018 at 3:39 am

      Hi Pauline,
      Thank you so much for your comment. I am glad my post reminded me of your own beach side adventures with your children and grandchildren. Memories are so precious. We don’t often realise how we are creating memories until we look back on them and scrapbooking is a perfect way todo that isnt it?
      Alicia xxoo

  • Reply Laura February 15, 2018 at 7:44 pm

    Alicia it’s beautiful! I love the way you combined the pieces and the hexagons are a grey way to layer up the papers without it looking overwhelming.

    • Reply Alicia McNamara February 16, 2018 at 3:51 am

      Hi Laura,
      Thank you very much for your comment : )
      I’m a bit obsessed with the hexagon shape. You are exactly right, its a simple way to layer papers and create interest for the background. I wonder how else this technique can be used…
      Alicia xxoo

  • Reply Naomi February 21, 2018 at 10:18 pm

    Beautiful and cute, love how you have used textures and mixed media to create a simple clean layout.

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