Monday, July 28, 2014

Avila Beach Projects

Submitted by Linda

Several weeks ago, Craig and I had the opportunity to go to Avila Beach for a week of rest and relaxation. This tiny jewel of a town is just south of San Luis Obispo, on California's central coast.  What we realized on this vacation, was that it had been years (maybe since our honeymoon) where we were away for an entire week without kids, friends, or APU folks. This is also one of the first times where we didn't have a big sightseeing agenda.
Our boys stopped in for a couple of meals, and then made their way north to visit friends. I didn't even get of pic of them, but I got one of Craig and me, eating at the Custom House restaurant.
Though I'm embarrassed to say that my feet never touched the sand, we did take the five minute walk each day to see this! During the weekend the beach was crowded, but this was the weekday crowd. It's like a little secret beach that no one knows about!
On the walk back the way we came, you can see the San Luis Bay Inn (the pink building), which is where we stayed.
This snack cart was so cute- isn't it something you would picture at a California beach? I never saw these at Newport where we vacationed for years. My boys would have been obsessed with a cart like that (and all the goodies) when they were little.

Now it's confession time. I'm not super good at relaxing. I will admit that I took a ton of naps, and sifted through the giant pile of magazines that I brought to catch up on, but I knew I would need something else to keep me busy.  So, yes, I brought some paper crafting. Does that surprise anyone?Here is my happy workspace in the condo. I will say that a 'must bring' for any type of crafting is my Ott Light. If you craft or stitch, you will want to invest in one of these, and they are always on sale at Michaels or Joanns.
I didn't want to bring a ton of supplies, so I brought three different Christmas tags to work on, packed neatly in kits with all the materials included. (You'll be seeing them later in a post about our annual Tin o' Tags project).  So after I made 300 tags (Yes! I said 300!) I got to get creative with a bunch of October Afternoon supplies.

Usually when I make one card, I often create a bunch more, since the hard work is in designing the prototype. In this case, I had packs of 'miscellany' that had only one or two of each item included. So I leisurely was able to create one card at a time.  Though I am super loyal to Stampin' Up, I do love love LOVE these October Afternoon lines of papers and coordinating supplies. The first two cards are from the "Farm Girl" line.
You may have noticed the darling handwritten words on both cards. They are from Simon Says Stamp, and are designed by artist Kristina Werner. You can follow her blog HERE, and you can find all the stamps designed by Kristina HERE.

One technique that I always admire and never take the time to do is paper piercing. Since my vacation was all about relaxing, I took the time to paper pierce many of the cards I made, and I love the effect. For me, it's worth the time, unless I'm making a huge amount of cards.
The next few cards are from the "Cakewalk" line. Another technique I am addicted to is sponging the edges of the papers with brown in to give it a distressed, vintage vibe.

I have found many of these supplies at scrapbooking stores here and there, but I got most of my stuff at Peachy Cheap. This is a scrapbooking website where they offer a daily deal and you can sign up to get a daily email with the day's deal. Over several years, I've only ordered the deal 4 or 5 times, and have been very happy with the supplies and the deal. To shop Peachy Cheap, click HERE.
Again, the "Happy Birthday" script below is designed by Kristina Werner for Simon Says Stamp.

Thanks for taking a look!

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