A very happy Bank Holiday Monday to you all! I hope you are enjoying the extra day off (well, most of us) and doing something exciting on your long weekend! I had a very busy day on Saturday – as you might know – it was National Scrapbooking Day (NSD). I was involved in an online-crop on Facebook, organised by the girls from Happy Scrappy Friends. We started at 9am and every full hour we had another scrappy challenge lined up. I must say, we had such great fun with all the girls taking part! We didn’t just post our projects but also chatted along – it was great to see a tiny part of the scrapbooking community coming together and rock this event. Thank you girls – it was a great day! I scrapped along as fast as I could and will show you the results the coming weeks in detail! I also scrapped along with the girls in another Facebook group, UK based this time, and took part in their challenges. Really busy indeed!
Now, today’s layout is about an adventure Mr Evans and I had on a sunny Saturday in February. We planned a nice day out at Hive Beach, a really popular NT shingle beach, surrounded by some spectacular sandstone cliffs on the Jurassic Coast. There also is an AMAZING café where you can get a great breakfasts and delicious seafood!
Coming from Bournemouth, we decided to drive the scenic route via Weymouth along the B3157 to enjoy the stunning views of the Jurassic Coast. It all went well until we come to Dorchester and went on the A354 to Weymouth; half way down to the town we got stuck in traffic. We decided to turn back and take the A35 towards Bridport.
The traffic now was flowing fluently and we had no problems until we reached Shipton Road; driving halfway down this narrow country lane to Burton Bradstock, a Closed Road sign appeared. Well. Great! It seemed as if we might not were able to arrive ANYWHERE! But we were brave and drove on. We reached Burton Bradstock without difficulties. So what was that sign for in the end? We didn’t have a clue!
We made it to the car park of Hive Beach (I’ve read on the internet that the car park was free of charge during out of season times; which wasn’t the case in the end!), secured a space in the Hive Beach Café tent (it was filling up quickly) and enjoyed our Full English!
We cleared our plates and when we walked outside, the queue with people, waiting to be seated, was already building up. We were glad we managed to get our spot in time. We decided to go for a walk on top of the Burton Cliff towards West Bay (we were a bit cautious about walking along the beach; cliff falls were still possible after the winter months, although we saw a lot of people wandering along the waterline). What great views we had!
On Burton Cliff we stayed for a while and enjoyed the views across Freshwater Beach towards West Bay. Freshwater Beach has a Holiday Park with static caravans and lots of room for touring caravans or motor homes, and of course pitches for camping (one day I want to try out camping!).
When we came back to Hive Beach, the car park was packed and people started to park along the road. It is such a perfect spot for enjoying your time, either in the café or on a stroll along the beach or cliff tops.
On our way back to Bournemouth we took the scenic route along the B3157 – which was a really good choice. We were spoilt with more great views of Chesil Beach and the Isle of Portland (see picture on the left).
On our last stretch back, we sat in another traffic jam, nearly got run over by a police car and a lorry, and had to take another detour to avoid busy roads. We made it back safely to Bournemouth – hooray!
Now then, here’s the layout for this day out (there are more to come, which will tell the story of getting there of course!).
I found the background paper in my random patterned paper tray; there I’m storing all the full sheets I have left over and the sheets from random clear-out-packs (from friends and shops). It is by Webster’s Pages and I am really honest when I’m saying, that their style is not mine at all (there is a vintage rose design on the back), but I was lucky with the subtle hearts and soft yellow colour on the B-side.
I added the bright red strip (Studio Calico – Thataway) and some flowery and stripy papers by Pebbles – Front Porch. I found some journaling cards with anchors to fit the page and used a lined piece of paper to do the journaling on.
For the finishing touch I applied glitter glue and ink splatters. I even used some stamps (I have got a lot of stamps, really need to get them out more often me thinks!) with the geo-tag, a compass and an arrow with a heart on top, which I really like using!
Thank you so much for stopping by today and I hope your day will be great!
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