2019: Tampa Vacation – Crabby’s Dockside & BeachView Hotel

The first night of our trip we stayed at the BeachView Hotel in Clearwater, and after walking along the beach and the pier, we walked to Crabby’s Dockside restaurant.

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).

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