Hey friends, 

The August Malibu Kit from Clique Kits is so perfect for those beach layouts! So, when we got it, and after I whipped up a few cards, I knew I wanted to do a couple of layouts too. I shared the first one in my last post. And, I was so excited after actually spending time at a local beach to have some photos to do a REAL beach layout! Yay! It's always fun when I get to use themed collections for their intended theme! My creative brain can relax.  All that to say, this layout is a bit out of my usual style. I've dubbed myself as clean and simple with a touch of whimsy. That whimsy might include some ink splatters or a little stitching or just a little of somethin' somethin' to add some not so "clean" touches. This page, though, has a lot!

First, I was drawn to the piece of patterned paper with all the words on it. I added some gesso and inks and mists to it using a couple of techniques - packaging paper technique and splattering till the cows come home.

Fun, right???

I love that background paper and the life it brings to this page! And constructing a grid design was so easy. I did some layering and then added little embellishment clusters to ground each photo. I am digging those shells! Aren't they awesome???

When I originally made the grid, it was missing something. So, I decided to add those purple strips and layered on top a thin strip of striped paper. It really did bring everything together. 

I threw in some enamel dots from my own stash to just add a little something.

And that's it! Love this collection from Pink Paislee! Head over to Clique Kits for more inspiration AND to shop till you drop! Use code melissa10 to save yourself 10%.