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Beach Layout by Tonya Gibbs


Hi everyone, I'm super excited today to bring you my first post with Faber Castell Design Memory Craft®.  I seriously screamed when I saw my name on the list with all the other talented ladies.  I think I woke up everyone in my house that morning!  I've enjoyed using these products for years, and consider this a huge honor! 

Summer is in FULL swing here in the Sunshine State, Florida - USA.  Everyone escapes this tropical heat by heading to the beach!  So in celebration of summer, I've created a beach layout with lots of techniques using the New Glass Bead Glitter GelWhipped Spackle, Gel Medium, Gelatos®Gelatos® Double Scoop®  and Stamper's Big Brush Artist Pens.  The MIX & MATCH system from Faber-Castell makes designing with COLOR simple. They take all the guess work out of what goes with what.  Just Choose a color set, a medium, and start creating with confidence that everything  will work beautifully together.

I've prepared a process video showing you how to put this layout together, complete with a voice over explaining each technique.  I'm also including some close up photos below, for added details. 


This was the first time I have worked with the Glass Bead Glitter Gel, and I have to say I LOVE IT! Look at the texture in this water,  and in person this really sparkles! Tip  -  don't heat the Gel with your heat gun, allow it to dry on its own or it may bubble.  It doesn't take it long to dry naturally, and remember a small amount goes a long way. I painted the gel over my  Gelatos® it went on white, and dried clear with a blue green sparkle.  Below is a close up of the Glass Bead Glitter Gel look at all this yummy texture and sparkle. I then added the Whipped Spackle to create waves in the water.


For the Cattails I decided to draw them useing  my Stamper’s Big Brush Artist Pens in May Green #170 and Dark Sepia #175 .  I love that this made my layout look more like a painting.  The Gelatos® Double Scoop® in Butterscotch was mixed with the Whipped Spackle, and Gel Medium to create the mounds of sand and shells at the base of the fence, and the cattails. This technique added a realistic look with a lot of texture and dimension.


I love how the buckled paper, just adds additional texture to this layout.  It makes my beach sand look naturally uneven. 

 I hope you have learned some new techniques. 


 Other Supplies:

  • Pink Paislee - Nantucket Stamp Set
  • Canvas Corp - Ivory Cardstock
  • Ranger Heat Gun
  • Heidi Swapp - Gold Lame Color Shine
  • Silhouette Cameo - Title Cut
  • Shells
  • Sizzix Tim Holtz Alterations On The Edge -  On The Fence Die
  • cotton netting


TonyaGibbs_2013In 2004, I was bitten hard by the paper crafting bug, and haven't looked back since. I am a versatile artist, and love experimenting with new techniques, styles,  and mediums. Because of this, I would consider my personal style to be eclectic. I can do it all - from Shabby Chic to Grunge,  digital to paper crafting, mixed media to altered art. I enjoy the challenge of  experimenting outside my comfort zone. I am a member of Marion Smith Designs Creative Team, A creative team member for Die-Namites Dies, and a blogger/admin for   I have guest designed for Teresa Collins Designs, 7Gypsies, Tattered Angels, and Canvas Corp. I love hanging out on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, and Youtube. I also teach monthly Ustream classes on the first Monday of each month.   I hope you can stop by my blog and visit a while! 


Thanks for stopping in today, 

Tonya Gibbs


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Heather Thompson

Welcome, Tonya, that is an awesome first post!!! just beautiful.


very beautiful!


Wow! That was so fun to watch! Amazing layout, Tonya!


Absolutely gorgeous! I love all the texture and the colors are so true to life and vibrant!


Great video - love the tutorial and the tips you gave (esp. the Big Brush stamping!) :) Just a beautiful project, Tonya <3 Congrats on getting your first post done! Looking forward to more of your wonderful creations xo

Johanne Lacombe

It's a very beautiful layout. Great video tutorial. Thanks for sharing,


That's such a pretty layout! The colors are matching perfectly. Thanks for this great tutorial! Hugs, Susanne.


Oh Tonya, how I love this Layout!!!!
Also thanks for sharing the video, loved the tutorial!

Gloria Westerman

This is all the texture...I'm so glad you used the glass bead glaze...I've been looking for it in my stores but haven't found I just order me some from Faber-Castell store...don't know why I didn't think of it before... layout and I would too hang it on my walls...tfs

Denise Sullivan

I am a summer beach girl and love any ocean type projects. You hit a homerun with this project. I am glad you are here, Thank you for sharing this beautiful piece of artwork with us. It brought back happy childhood memories of family trips to the beach. So thank you for that.

TracyM #6773

FABULOUS 1st post Tonya!!!
GREAT getting to know you :)
LOVE the techniques you have used to create this DELIGHTFUL layout - LOVE IT ALL - LOVE listening & watching you create too, I share your struggles with white space too!!!

katie brooks

Tonya this is amazing and something to be cherished, love it!

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