Sunday, 7 June 2015

In the Dockyard

The dockyard in question here is Chatham Historic Dockyard in Kent. It lies on the River Medway and was a Royal Dockyard from the reign of Queen Elizabeth I to 1984. When the working dockyard closed, part of it was turned into a visitor attraction, with its many Georgian buildings including the Ropewalk and three historic warships - HMS Gannet, HMS Cavalier and HMS Ocelot.

Our tickets were valid for a year and we visited twice in order to see everything; I've previously made pages from HMS Gannet and the Ropewalk.

I used the June Week 1 sketch from Let's Get Sketchy for my page; the sketch has two photos but it was easy to squeeze in a couple more. I decided on a red, white and blue colour scheme, using an ancient stripey paper and lots of nautical embellishments in two clusters.

I started from plain white cardstock, stamping a blue pattern randomly across the page and brown postmarks where my embellishments would go. I machine-stitched around the page, using straight stitches for most of it, and zig-zag stitches adjacent to the brown stamping. Then the two embellishment areas - trying to match pieces in the large one to the small one. The anchor wood veneer is a dark wood so I inked a star to match it on the left. I had planned to use small red letter stickers for my title, but I'm out of Ds so I cut this one on my Big Shot; the letters are a bit bigger than the stickers so I'm happy that it does just fit as I wasn't sure that it was going to.

Cardstock - Bazzill Coconut Swirl
Paper - Reminisce Bon Voyage, My Mind's Eye
Stickers - Anita's Glitterations, Reminisce
Washi Tape - Trimcraft
Wood Veneer - Studio Calico
Enamel Dots - Doodlebug
Pearls - Craft for Occasions
Brad - Dovecraft
Buttons, Sequins & Ship's Wheel - from Stash
Ink - Ranger

Sewing Machine
Big Shot, Sizzix Wallflower Alphabet Dies & Circle Die
Woodward Scalloped Circle Punch
Papermania Postmark Stamp
Lakeland Background Stamp
Amy Tangerine Roller Date Stamp


  1. Thanks for playing at LGS. Wonderful page.

  2. Cool page!
    Thank you for playing with us at LGS !

  3. Great nautic page with fun pics! Thanks for sharing it with us @LGS!

  4. beautiful page! Thanks for playing at LGS :-)

  5. What a smart layout Amanda! I just love your embellishment clusters with all the nautical elements and the angled title gives me the impression of a boat sliding out of dry dock into the water! Love it!

  6. Great page and take on the sketch. Love the embellishments. Thanks for joining in at Let's Get Sketchy.

  7. Beautiful layout!!! Love your photos!!! Thank you for joining us @lGS!

  8. Fantastic take on the sketch, and I love that you added two more photos! Thanks for joining us at LGS!

  9. I love all your embellishment clusters and the extra photos!! Great take on the sketch! Thanks for joining our challenge at LGS:)

  10. Wonderful take on the sketch! Thanks for joining us at LGS :)