Article Courtesy Scrapjazz.com: by Patricia Folchert
When I think of Mexico, one thing jumps into my mind: COLOR. Pure, vibrant and sun-drenched shades of color are everywhere. From the turquoise waters to the emerald green jungles to the fiery orange sunsets, color dances around you everywhere you look. For those who have visited this mystical place there are many different areas to experience.
Mexico has such an abundance of activities to enjoy. A guest can check out the bronzed beaches and hip-hop happening nightlife of towns like Cozumel, Cancun, Cabo San Lucas and Acapulco. There are tons of water sports available, including banana boats, glass bottom boat tours, fishing, scuba diving, snorkeling, jet skiing, swimming and parasailing. Many prefer to visit Mexico via a stop on their cruise, which offers such excursion options as horseback riding, rafting, ancient ruins tours, jeep tours, shopping trips, nature and wildlife jaunts. If you are interested in immersing yourself in local culture and traditions, then head to Mexico City or Puerta Vallarta. The cities offer zoos, museums and galleries as well. Did you know Guadalajara is the birthplace of mariachi music, tequila, the Mexican Hat Dance and Mexican sombreros? This place is full of options; where else in the world can you watch a Mexican bullfight or glide over treetops at the swinging canopy tours? Maybe take in a cliff diving show in La Quebrada or check out the Van Halen rocker bar of Cabo Wabo Cantina? The possibilities are endless and don't even get me started on the local food: unbelievable culinary delights such as nachos, tamales, tacos, chimichangas, burritos and enchiladas.
Capturing the Moments
Whether you head for the rest and relaxation of the pristine beaches or the adventure of the dark and mysterious ancient ruins, you are guaranteed to find countless photo opportunities. You may have breathtaking sunset landscape photos or delectable shots of the outstanding cuisine; whatever the photos are of, allow the colors to inspire you. Mexico has some of the best underwater photography sites in the world, so definitely pack a disposable underwater camera. Also don't forget to utilize the memorabilia either; incorporate those ticket stubs, maps, receipts and excursion descriptions (see examples below). Of course it all needs to be displayed in authentic Mexican style, so here are just a few possibilities to consider for those brilliant shots. No time for margaritas senoritas, grab those Mexico photos and get scrapping, andale!
Everyday Cabo Layout
The first layout includes some photos of a true vacation haven in Cabo San Lucas, and uses a zesty orange, red and olive green palette.
Materials Used: background paper - brown cardstock; orange/red textured paper & inner border strips - DCWV Pocket Full of Posies stack; C & M cards - K & Company Marcella By K Burgundy Alpha Deck; embellishments- EK Success Architexture Gothic Stone Rosettes and Escutcheons.
Explore Mexico Layout
The second layout captures several beach and sunset photographs and utilizes the spicy hot shades of the sun and the bright blue of the water as its color inspiration.
Materials Used: parchment background paper - Stampin Up; orange photo mats - Color Core'dinations VC Sun Coral; yellow textured photo mats & sun core - unknown; blue waves - Color Core'dinations VC Antigua; paper-pieced sun - Red MAMBI Wildheart Wild Iris; orange (core & rays) - Color Core'dinations VC Emberglow; vacation sticker - Making Memories Travel Flocked Ephemera; sticker letters -"2009" BasicGrey Lollipop Shoppe Blue; "Mexico"- Stella Ruby Yellow; inked edges - Stampin Up Baroque Burgundy Marker; paper punch suns - Fiskars Celestial Punch; 3D dots; Glue Dots
Ancient Ruins of Tulum Layout
The third layout is from an adventure tour of the ancient ruins of Tulum. This one uses cool greens, blue, and grey with a sunburst of orange.
Materials Used: blue background paper - Colorbok 16980 Blue & Green Blocks (back); green photo mat - K & Company Roam; all paper piecings - DCWV Old World Stack (patterned orange sunburst, grey patterned ruins & distressed green foliage)
Here are some possible layout titles for you to consider:
- Blame It on Mexico
- South of the Border
- All I Know About Mexico
- If You Like Pina Coladas...
- No Habla Espanol
- At Land's End
- That's Why God Made Mexico
So are you inspired yet? I bet you already have a layout in mind. Crank up some Mariachi music, nibble on some nachos and let your creativity flow. I can't wait to see how you interpret this amazing destination full of countless color combinations. Whatever you come up with, please share your Mexico layouts with us online at Scrapjazz.com.