hawaiian adventure

Time for a traditional scrapbook layout! I love this form of memory keeping just as much as project life. The stories themselves tell me where they should be told. Sometimes, a 3×4 journaling card is enough. Other times, a larger canvas is demanded.

This was one aspect of our trip to Hawaii this past September. Tracy had taken these amazing photos of our views and I wanted to highlight that. I also took advantage of the larger journaling space to record a highlight of our trip that I was unable to capture with photos because I don’t have an underwater camera. I used the December Scrapbook kit from Hip Kit Club exclusively.


I really wanted to accent the coral in the sunset along the horizon. I noticed that was one of the colors in the kit and lined up the horizon line with the line on the patterned paper on the right. On the left, I created another coral layer with a piece of patterned paper.20170218_183852.jpg

For the title I used the foam thicker and spelled out Hawaiian. The other layered tag is one from my stash and the die cuts are from the kit as well. I added some stitching for a little texture. I couldn’t find my embroidery needle to adhere those tassels, so I glued them right to the paper. I found that if you just glue the metal, they don’t stick.


I used the big date stamp to mark when we were actually in Hawaii, since I couldn’t remember exactly when these photos were taken. I used more foam thickers and sequins to make a cluster in the bottom corner, to mirror the one I placed near the journaling.

I’ll be honest, I didn’t know if I was going to like Hawai’i or not. I fully expected to think that it was nice but I don’t need to go back. Let’s face it, I’m not a huge fan of sea, sand, or sun. But a trauma conference took us to the Big Island, so I was about to find out. I have to say I liked it much more than I thought I would. Every morning, we woke up to this amazing view from our balcony. One of the days, we went snorkeling in the saltwater lagoon and saw with sea turtles, which was the highlight of the entire trip. A turtle was eating off a rock in the lagoon and then started to swim. I’m sure he knew we were there, but he just kept swimming along, not paying us any attention. We saw a volcano. A waterfall. Lush flora. I became captivated. And ready for a repeat trip.

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