Tag Archives: Beach Vibes

Beach Vibes Mixed Media Bird House

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Photoplay Beach Vibes Mixed Media Bird House Card Tutorial with Spellbinders Dies

Hello, Friends!  Today’s Beach Vibes Mixed Media Bird House Card Tutorial is definitely not for the birds!  It’s a super cute, happy and beachy card made from scraps, so it’s perfect for our Throwback Thursday tutorial this week.

We’re working with a few scraps (and I do mean a few!) of Photoplay Paper’s darling Beach Vibes paper collection.  I had no real focal image left, so I had to create a focal image using Spellbinder’s Build a Summer Bird House dies.  If I were a bird, I would definitely take up residence in this adorable lighthouse shaped bird house.  How about you?

Paper Waves, Fussy Cut Beach Huts and Mixed Media Details

Torn paper edges are a great way to mimic the shoreline on a beach themed card.  The tutorial will show you how I layered these torn bits of designer paper to achieve that effect.  Then, fussy cut beach houses from scraps of designer paper and tuck them between the layers to add depth and dimension to your card design.  Age your beachy birdhouse with ink, dry brushed ivory paint, and tapped on bits of blue paint.  Here’s how I created my lighthouse:

  • First, die cut the light house birdhouse from heavy kraft paper.
  • Die cut again from copper metallic paper, then blue woodgrain from the paper collection.
  • Carefully trim the copper roof from one die cut, and the blue roof from the other.
  • Adhere the blue lighthouse layer over the kraft.
  • Then back the copper with thin foam tabs and adhere.
  • Back the light area with vellum paper and trim around it.
  • Cut the light from silver foil and adhere behind the “glass”.
  • Adhere a gem in the center of the light.
  • Cut the posts from kraft cardstock and treat with brushed on ink and paints.  Back with foam tape and adhere.
A Peek Inside

When we create the card base, I’ll show  you how easy it is to score in a pocket.  Then we will create a little gift card wallet and journal card together.

Little touches like this turn a simple card into a gift.

Beach Vibes Mixed Media Bird House Tutorial on YouTube

If you’d like to see me create this card base and watch the way I created the layers on the card front, I hope you’ll enjoy this video tutorial on my YouTube channel.


I hope I shared some tips, tricks and ideas that you can use in your next craft adventure.  You’ll find a linked supply list below this post.

Thanks for stopping by!




Photoplay Beach Vibes Folio

Photoplay Beach Vibes Folio Project Share with Mini Tutorial for Make & Take Tuesday

Hello, Friends!  Summer may be winding down, but the weather is still perfect for this Photoplay Beach Vibes Folio.  It’s been a hot and steamy season here in North Carolina, so playing with this new collection was a welcome respite. The colors and images are so relaxing and playful that it’s almost as good as a trip to the beach!

This was initially a “Just for me” project.  Y’all know how much I love the beach!  There’s nothing better than digging your toes into the warm sand as beach breezes mess up your hair while waves roll in on the shore!  But as the project came together, I decided I should share it with all of you along with a mini tutorial for creating the folio base.  This 5×7 folio is so easy to make, extremely versatile and filled with room for photos and journaling.  I think you are going to love making it!

Photoplay Beach Vibes Folio: The shaker Frame

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Beachcombing has been my passion for many years now.  I always seem to have a large stash of shells and found objects to dress up beach themed projects.  As you can see here, I’ve some of those treasures to create a shoreline collage on the folio cover.  But look a little closer at the shaker element?  Do you see the itty bitty shells tucked in with the beads and sequins?  That was a fun design decision!  I even added real beach sand to the mix.

Beach Charm

There are some charming elements on the spine of this folio, too!


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See this cute ribbon?  One of my granddaughters recently gifted it o me.  It’s just perfect as the closure for this folio base.

A Quick Peek Inside

The fun beach theme continues inside the folio.  You’ll find pockets and mini folios here.

Images and sentiments hit just the right note, too!

I’ve built some fun surprises into the design of this folio.  So I think  we’ll switch over to the video now and share all of them with you.

Photoplay Beach Vibes Folio Project Share and Folio Base Tutorial on YouTube

If you’d like to take the complete tour of this beachy folio, please enjoy this short video.  There’s a tutorial for building the folio base at the end.

You can view this video tutorial over on my YouTube channel. 

Did you enjoy this little trip to the beach?  I did!  You can find a linked supply list below this post.

Thanks for stopping by!