Now that Summer is in full swing I thought it would be appropriate to pull out some pool pics. I found one of my favorites with my daughter and niece, two of the most beautiful girls in the world. With that being said, the title was obvious….WATER BABES I began with sketch #118 from Sketchabilities website, then I picked out my papers which included two patterns, yellow vellum, a plain light blue base sheet and an 8-1/2×11 sheet of white. I took out my Mister Huey’s Bubbles mask, Tim Holtz Tumbled Glass Distress Ink and Mister Huey’s Color Mist in Splash. I held the mask down with a couple of tiny pieces of Washi tape so it didn’t move around on me and I sponged the Distress Ink randomly in a diagonal pattern. Once I lifted up the mask I spritzed the paper with the Color Mist. I set that aside while I trimmed up my papers and rounded the corners. The paper with the pool gear pattern was cut to give me 2 – 6×6 squares, the other pattern piece was cut in a 4×4 as well as the vellum and the photo. The photo mat was cut with a contrasting background 1/4 inch larger all around. I found a tag from K&Co that had a blue and aqua watery looking background with lobsters and it was the orange-red of the lobster that I matched both the photo mat and the Thickers “BABES” to. The letters that make up the word WATER are called Curly White by Glitz & Glitter. I made a small banner for the bottom left corner for their names. I added a tab to the photo mat with the year and I punched various sizes of circles to keep with the “bubble” motif. I added some wood veneers, one of which I rubbed with the Distress Ink and stamped a swirl in the center. Finally adding a brad with a “Hello Sunshine” flag and rubbed the remaining veneers with Doodlebug inks to pull out more of the orange and yellow in the layout. Below are a few pictures of the steps and the final layout. Oh, I almost forgot….I am super picky about my letters in titles, so I included a picture of how I use a magnetic ruler and wax paper to line them up prior to placing them on the page. A little trick I learned along the way. Thanks for stopping by, have a wonderful week!