How to Create a Textured Beach Themed Layout

by Denise @el&em

Craft this lovely weathered & textured layout using a fun & unique variety of techniques & supplies.


  • Graphic 45 By the Sea papers
  • Graphic 45 Ornate Metal Brads
  • Graphic 45 Washi Tape
  • Graphic 45 Ornate Drawer Pull
  • Graphic 45 Ornate Metal Keyhole
  • Graphic 45 By the Sea cardstock stickers
  • Beach themed die cuts
  • Pearl X
  • Kosher Salt
  • Embossing powders
  • Embossing sand
  • Pigment inks
  • Embossing gun
  • Distress ink
  • Whitewash paint
  • Paper flowers
  • Found shells
  • Spanish moss
  • Jute
  • Cardstock
  • Hot glue/gun
  • Instructions

    Step 1

    Let's get started creating this lovely, textured, layered beauty!

    Step 2

    Prepare cardstock background: I used a bubble textured color core cardstock and simply sanded and distressed the outer edges.

    Step 3

    Add the next background layer, a crinkled and distressed By the Sea paper.

    Step 4

    Create sea salty, pearly texture. I used a mixture of PearlX, Kosher salt and water. Set texture with heat/embossing gun.

    Step 5

    LOVE this beachy texture!!

    Step 6

    Adhere textured piece and a strip of Washi tape.

    Step 7

    Place 4 ornate metal brads, 1 in each corner of layout.

    Step 8

    Add some sand embossing here and there (on the outer corners).

    Step 9

    Prepare diecuts using pigment inks and embossing powders. Add a metal ornate brad to one of the diecuts (starfish).

    Step 10

    Prepare fence: paint with whitewash then add Spanish Moss. TIP: use the "skeleton" pieces of chipboard to add dimension.

    Step 11

    Step 12

    Adhere fence in the bottom left corner area.

    Step 13

    Add embossed shell.

    Step 14

    In the right bottom corner area, place ornate drawer pull (upside down).

    Step 15

    Fill pull with sea treasures.

    Step 16

    Add beach phrase cut aparts.

    Step 17

    In the upper right corner place 3 sand dollars.

    Step 18

    Add sand embossing to edges of cardstock mat, set aside.

    Step 19

    Cut 2 pieces of cardstock- 6x12

    Step 20

    Score each piece.

    Step 21

    Attach 2 pieces together, creating an accordion.

    Step 22

    Adhere distressed "mermaids wanted" cut out to accordion.

    Step 23

    Add shells and ornate keyhole.

    Step 24

    Attach accordion to prepared cardstock mat.

    Step 25

    Step 26

    Adhere a bumper to the back of starfish diecut (I used a small wooden bingo game piece 😉). Adhere to ornate keyhole. (I used hot glue for this part).

    Step 27

    Step 28

    Wrap accordion piece with jute. Tie jute around starfish "knob".

    Step 29

    Place accordion piece in place on layout and adhere.

    Step 30

    Add "Bon voyage" sticker tab to accordion piece.

    Step 31

    Above accordion piece, in the upper left corner area, adhere a collage of sea treasures and beach phrase cut aparts.

    Step 32


    Step 33

    Add your favorite beach getaway photos and mementos inside accordion.

    Step 34

    There's lots of space on each side!

    Step 35

    I placed my finished layout on an easel for a lovely art piece in my guest room.

    Step 36