Afternoon In Burano | A Scrapbook Layout

If you stopped by earlier this week, you might have seen today’s layout in progress. I was joking the other day that I had an idea and was using my ancient Quickutz Squeeze to execute on it. I pretty much stopped using the squeeze and the dies after I got the Silhouette. Despite how much I neglect it, the Squeeze still works well!

I was looking for a specific Quickutz alphabet a few weeks ago and it prompted me to have a look through all of my dies too. I wasn’t a mad collector and really only have a handful of the everyday shapes and flowers. But when I came across a retro block shape (I don’t remember the exact name of it), it instantly made me think of chevrons. I wondered if I punched out a bunch of them and lined them up, could I create a chevron pattern?

And yes, you can! I was pretty happy it worked. There is a trick though. If you are not working with double sided paper, you have to cut some shapes with the pattern side up and some shapes with the pattern side down. That will give you the alternating direction so that you can line them up side to side.

This is another layout for my Europe album. We spent an afternoon on the island of Burano, not too far from Venice. I had already gotten my fill of shopping in Venice (i.e. spent my limit!), so I spent the time taking photos of the pretty buildings. For this layout, I didn’t use a sketch but pushed all the photos to the middle so that I could add the zig zag shapes to the sides. I remembered the mists on this one too. The mist splashes helped to add the feel of water (island = water), but I wanted to use bright colors as this island was so colorful.

Other: DCWV brown cardstock, Basic Grey Serendipity 6×6 paper, K&Co bling, Prima flower, Scenic Route lined paper.

I can see that I will need to put my Squeeze back in regular rotation. It’s a good reminder that when you invest in tools and they still work, why not use them? They worked great here with 6×6 pattern papers. After looking through my collection of shapes again, I’ve thought of a few more ideas to use them in an updated way. But I will save that for another day!

When was the last time that you dusted off an ancient tool from your stash?

Thanks for stopping by today.


  1. This is a great two-pager, Tammy! You captured the colors and feel of the water and island perfectly. I don’t know that I’ve rediscovered a tool since I really don’t have many (except punches) but I do like revisiting embellishments that I forgot I had and haven’t used in a while.

  2. What a great 2-page design! Lovely layout!

  3. oh tammy i love this 2 pager!!! super super job!!! everything is just perfect!!
    I have to say i don’t have many tools- i started out with the quickutz squeeze and bought 2 alphabets and then decided to switch to the silhoeutte. I have had my silhouette for over 7 years now. I so love it!! i use that on almost everything. i do sometime use my revolution and i have some paper trey ink dies that i use all the time. i guess i am rambling now- LOL!!

  4. This turned out awesome Tammy! I might have to check out my old tools 🙂

  5. Such a great layout, Tammy!
    I love the chevron and that you used an older tool to pull it off!
    Love the misting, too 🙂
    I have to say, I don’t own many big tools.
    I have a trimmer, some punches and a cropadile.
    That is about it.
    I always chicken out getting the big ones 🙂

  6. Great layout – your chevrons turned out perfect & add a nice element to this layout!

  7. Totally fabulous!!!! Love those chevrons 🙂

  8. Amazing 2-pager!

  9. Sorry so late tonight…i absolutely love this layout. I’ve recently being doing “sights” layouts about our travel experiences. I will so have to lift this, teehee


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