Thursday, October 8, 2009

Fort De Soto and 50 States Cartridges & Shimmerz!

Provo Craft Gypsy, 50 states Cartridge,Shimmerz and Fort De Soto  makes one exciting family outing :)

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.

    Supply list:
    SEI papers, ribbons, K & Co buttons, Creative Imagination brads, Colorbok fluid chalk, Shimmerz Pumpkin, Prov Craft 50 states cartridge, Jenni Bowlin journaling.

    What tips can you share with us on creating a simple lo? 

    We would luv to hear about your area. What attractions will you want to create a lay out with?

    Have a great day,


    Karen and Kyle said...

    One tip I have is to use a page kit. I used to think it was a cop out to use a kit as is, but I've decided the time savings is well worth it!

    The Albuquerque balloon festival is happening this week and I think a hot air balloon would be a fairly easy element to make.

    farmhouse-story said...

    i like to stamp backgrounds--snowflakes, dots, ect...

    Donna VW said...

    I live near DC, so there must be a gazilion local sites to feature in a lo, but I love the national zoo for some really great photos to make some fabulous pages.

    Kathy said...

    Michigan has alot of day trip opportunities from the great lakes scenery, lighthouses, beaches and small towns like Traverse City. We went to Traverse City and stayed at the Great Wolf Lodge-lots of photo ops. Best part of the trip was a morning I went out early to Michaels and bought the 4 new cartridges hoping for a winning cricut ticket but better than that yes I said it better than that was the moose I got to take photos of that came up from the brush through the Michaels parking lot. The early bird does catch the worm or Moose as it was. Best tip on layouts is to use at least 3 different pattern papers.

    Murphy's Law said...

    oooooooooo you rocked the 2 pager. i live here and haven't gotten to ft desoto in a long time.

    lado said...

    I live in O-town too and have never been to Ft. DeSoto. Thanks for the info. Love 2-page hints.