2019: Tampa Vacation – Crabby’s Dockside & BeachView Hotel
I chose a sandy beach paper, and a canvas tent pattern paper for this spread to tie into the colors from the photos and the ephemera, but also to hint at a nice day at the beach inside an old school cabana.
The left-hand page has pictures and ephemera from Crabby’s Dockside restaurant – which has great food and a great atmosphere. My son does not like seafood, which explains his face – he does not like the look of my food, and he settled on chicken wings! I bordered the pictures on the spread with the same hessian paper that I used in the two edge borders.
To title the page I used oval cutters to cut a photograph that I took of the restaurant entrance sign, as well as the border that went around it, and mirrored the same thing with a photo of shells on the right-hand page. I also created a pocket (How-To Here) for the restaurant menu to slide into so that it could be removed to be reminded of the scrumptious things that we ate.
The right-hand page has a picture taken from the balcony of the hotel as well our hotel card key and a piece of paper from the note pad in the hotel room. When I am on a trip, I usually collect these items as they make great ephemera and help to remind me where we stayed if we want to go back again!
I also put a picture of a collection of shells that I gathered on the beach one morning – these all were perfect – and had something living in them! This prompted me to write a short blog on this website (HERE) that later lead to starting a podcast with a good friend and mentioning this experience in our second episode (Lessons From Life – Episode 2 – The Beach).