Boathouse: Buffalo

On a trip to Buffalo, New York, we stopped by the then newly built boathouse. It hadn’t been opened to the public yet but when we stopped by, a member of the building committee was on site and asked us if we wanted to take a look inside. It was wonderful luck – I love Frank Lloyd Wright, and to be one of the first to walk through one of his buildings was such a privilege. The boathouse is used for rowing, and also community and private events. More information can be found on their website.

Boathouse: Buffalo

Boathouse: Buffalo

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This layout is the first I made using the Tim Holtz Distress Marker Spritzer that I wrote about on Tuesday (you can check out my review of it here). I love the idea of using graph paper for the background, and how the mist from Copic markers mimic the main tones in the photo. Before I attached anything to the graph paper I used a typewriter to add some journalling. The photo represents the process of designing and constructing a building to me, so I wanted the layout to have a documented, office-y (okay, not a word), feel to it. I also knew I wanted to include some of Frank Lloyd Wright’s signature colour – Cherokee Red (Pittsburgh Paints Color #6432-7). An office supply tag was the perfect way to introduce the colour and it worked with the office-y (sorry, it’s all I got), feel. To make sure the red on the tag didn’t look out of place, I also used it for the title.


Products:

  • Studio Calico, Journal Kit, ledger/graph paper
  • Recollections, grey cardstock
  • Tim Holtz, Distress Marker Spritzer
  • Studio Calico, Mister Huey’s, Elongated Hexagons mask
  • Copic, B34 Manganese Blue
  • Copic, B99 Agate
  • Copic, W3 Warm Grey No. 3
  • Copic, W6 Warm Grey No. 6
  • Staples, Shipping Tag, Size 1
  • Simple Stories, Urban Traveller, Expressions Cardstock Stickers
  • Tim Holtz, idea-ology, Label Letters
  • My Mind’s Eye, Wicked, black enamel dots
  • washi tape, roller date stamp, Memento Tuxedo Black ink

 

Sharpie Pens

I’ve been using Sharpie Pens for a while now. I love how easy they are to find (meaning I can usually find them on sale somewhere), how long they last, and how well they write on photos and glossy surfaces. They call them “pens” but I would call them a marker – there’s no rollerball which in my mind is what makes a pen a pen. These have a nub? Felt bit? Not sure what it’s called but I’m sure you know what I mean :) Anyways, I found a set of twelve that has ten different colours ( you get two each of the black and the blue). I found them at Target for $12CAD, but you can easily find them at office supply stores.

Sharpie Pens

Sharpie Pens

They’re great for writing on photos, or those journalling cards that have a bit of a slick surface – I’m looking at you Crate Paper The Open Road. They dry quickly, and don’t have an odour. They also don’t bleed through so they’re great to use on cut apart type journalling cards if you’re planning on the reverse side showing on the other side of your pocket page. I used Recollections white card stock, and that bottom left photo is the back side – you can’t see where any of the writing is. They write smoothly, and the nib (again?), doesn’t fuzz up so your line stays crisp even after a lot of use.

For me, the black is a basic that I always have around. Finding them in colours was a happy find – sometimes black is just too dark, too high a contrast on a lighter page. I also think that having the additional colours will be useful for adding a simple lined border around elements. The price and quality means these are a great value – something I always love.

 

N.B. I have no connections to Sharpie or any retailer, and I bought these of my own free will :)