Initially I wanted to build a boat, but I couldn't come up with the visual. Instead, as I perused through pictures of my nieces boating, I was drawn to their life jackets. So, I decided to make my own.
I imagined a page covered by a large life vest, which I made from scratch. I happened to have clamps in my supplies....yes I did. I looped ribbon through those clamps and made two big belts to cross over the middle of the paper. But, I didn't like the way the pictures looked on top of the jacket and under the belt. So, I added pictures on the front. Then, the left side is actually a pocket that you can pull pictures out of. They are all attached to rope with life rafts and an anchor on the end. You know I love interactive pages.
The right corner has a picture of one girl swimming under water. I cut around the edges of her underwater body and it looked like she was swimming on my page. I love it when pictures really come to life on a scrapbooking page.
You can also unbuckle the belt, swing open the right side of the vest and you'll find snapshots inside. I added some metal eyelets to add to the real feel. The ribbon is held tied with paper clips. But, you could also sew them in place. Let that sewing show too, so it looks manufactured. This one was fun to make and I look forward to showing it to my beautiful nieces soon. I think they'll have a lot of fun looking through their scrapbooks when they are older.