Now my dad always said, “don’t catch ’em if you can’t clean ’em!”  Well, here’s my oldest grandson Chase, with his Chef Daddy Tim, learning how to clean a beautiful silver salmon, freshly caught in Alaskan waters for the first time.  Now, this fish should NOT be cleaned in Momma’s kitchen.  You always clean your fish at the river bank, but the bears were fierce and plenty (meaning there were LOTS of them), so we got out of there quick.  So, Momma’s kitchen it is.

The paper collection I used is Stamperia’s new “Sea World” which is filled with lots of Fantasy with a nod to Steampunk, Mechanical creatures of the deep, sea horses, starfish, and submarines.  What I love about Creative Embellishments is that Nicolle stays on top of the latest paper trends and designs and has the coolest chipboard to coordinate.    This entire layout is based on the Octopus Set.  His many tentacles are holding the photos documenting the fish cleaning process.  So the chipboard set is perfect for multiple photos taken on the beach, or boating, or any fun summer photo.  The set gives you the option to use it in smaller or larger scaled projects.  This set is so adorable.  You might, ewwwww, octopus, this guy is really fun.  Check him out….

I painted him with acrylic paint and then hand rubbed acrylic paint into it as well.  Easy!!!  Check out the Seaweed at the bottom that adds dimension to the ocean floor.  It was painted with acrylic paint too in a lovely mossy green color.   

Would you look at the size of that gorgeous salmon!!!

This little guy is not near as big, but so much more fun.

As you can tell this layout was intended to document a fun experience and a sense of humor with an octopus thrown in.  Hope you like it and will stop back to see what’s up next.  Till then, here’s a Big Alaskan Bear Hug!!!!

Kathy Mosher