Not many people know that there is more to Florida than just theme parks and sandy beaches.
- Florida is a thriving state with an illustrious history,and a vibrant future. With all the sunshine that you could possibly want.
- Florida is a great location to visit and raise a family.
Over the Labor Day weekend, we trekked over to Fort De Soto,which is known as one of the best beaches on the west coast of Florida due to it's calm clear water and beautiful beaches.
While exploring the historic culture of this area, we learned that this little oasis one of the few remaining Garrison forts that survived in Florida. It has been named one of the top beaches by DR. BEACH in the United States.
"Fort De Soto has the only four 12-inch seacoast rifled mortars (model 1890 mounted on 1896 carriages) in the continental United States. Also at the fort are two 6-inch Armstrong rapid-fire rifled guns (model 1898) which were originally mounted at Fort Dade, and are the last two guns of that model year in the United States."
More info can be found here or here
Once we arrived in Pinellas county which was just one hour drive from Orlando, we were able to see in person the rifled mortars that has been in the area for over 113 years.
After I took numerous photos of the area I was eager to start scrapbooking these wonderful landmarks right away. I wanted to keep the layout very simple and let the natural landscape within the pictures shine.
Over the weekend I participated in a cropping session with Carol who has a Gypsy, and also owned the 50 States Cartridge link onto the Gypsy by Provo Craft. Did you know the cartridge has each state flower, birds etc..
I decided to cut from the Gypsy the Seagull it reminds me of the number of the birds that flocked around waiting for scraps...
Creating a lay out in less than 15 mtes, is very easy with the help of pre-made elements, such as buttons, brads, journaling die cut, pre-adhesive ribbon, makes a quick lay out a snap.
After cutting the elements from the gypsy on the Cricut Machine, I used the pumpkin Shimmerz to paint them and add a bit of rustic shine to my elements.
Here is the right page with the elements
Here's a detail of the element
Here is the left page.
SEI papers, ribbons, K & Co buttons, Creative Imagination brads, Colorbok fluid chalk, Shimmerz Pumpkin, Prov Craft 50 states cartridge, Jenni Bowlin journaling.
We would luv to hear about your area. What attractions will you want to create a lay out with?
Have a great day,