Ooh, ooh, quick, quick! Not long left and I've just finished my first layout for the Pixels and Paper Challenge Blog! They have a fantastic inspiration photo for January; here it is!
In the bottom right I have used texture paste, coloured to resemble sand. I used my spatula to smooth it on, and then I used an old piece of sandpaper to blotch down on the wet texture paste to raise it up and give it the feel of sand. The photo doesn't do it justice - it feels awesome to touch!
The colour of the journalling box (from an old Creative Memories Storybox set) matches my dad's shirt and so I thought it tied in nicely with the overall layout.
In the background of the top photo is "The Eye" ferris wheel ride at Seaworld. I have created my own sort of ferris wheel mat for that photo using kraft cardstock and the large scalloped circle die from the Stampin' Up! Circles Collection Framelits. I then used my fine Copic Multiliner (0.03) to join the scalloped edges to give the look of a ferris wheel. I have added black brads on alternate lines to depict the carriages.