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6.14.2012

Bazzill Basics Beach House




















{Reported by Jennifer Larson}







I've loved Bazzill cardstock for years, and recently the company has started releasing patterned paper and other products. The collection I used by Bazzill was called Beach House.  The collection pack, which contains 2 of each patterned paper, plus coordinating cardstock; the 6x6 patterned paper pad, word stickers, and tag stickers.



What I liked:
1. The non-tropical patterns
2. Its flexibility as a themed product
3. The cardstock that came with the collection pack--LOVED that! I find that too often collection packs have so much of the patterned paper that I never use it up before I'm tired of it; what a brilliant idea to color coordinate the patterns with cardstock!
4. The texture on the patterned paper. I'm normally a smooth texture gal, but I liked the subtle texture (orange peel?) on the patterned paper. Made it interesting.

What I didn't like:

1. Too little yellow in the stickers and patterned paper. There was some--one piece of paper had specks of yellow on shells and a tag, one sticker was yellow--but since the collection was primary and neutral colored (red, blue, white, brown), I thought more yellow would be good. I'll confess, this might be totally my thing. I love yellow! Favorite color. And you can see from my first layout that I managed with the little bits that there were.
2. I would have liked more blank label stickers so I could write info on them. Again, that's something I like to do, so this may not be so much of a problem for people.


What I made:


I liked how non-tropical this beach set is. I live in the Midwest and vacation in Maine, so tropical beach patterns don't work for me. Here I used the collection on a beach page:

Supplies: Cardstock, patterned paper, stickers, stitching template: Bazzill Beach House; Baker's twine, brads: Stampin' Up!; Letter stickers: Jillibean Soup; Wood letters: Pink Paislee; Mist: Studio Calico;Pen: Zig.

I picked mostly neutral bits with pops of blue and red to pull out the colors from the photo.  I also used the patterned paper to fussy cut tags to use on the page. The patterns worked well for that!

For me, themed products can be limiting, something I learned the first time I bought baseball paper. I prefer themed products that are flexible enough in design and color to be used outside of its intended theme. To test the flexibility of this collection, I used the product on its polar opposite in subject matter: a snow page. Here's what I did:

Supplies: Cardstock, patterned paper, stickers: Bazzill Beach House; Baker's twine, brads: Stampin' Up!; Letter stickers: Basic Grey; Date stamp: American Crafts/Studio Calico; Button: October Afternoon.

Beach House worked well--lots of neutral patterns and colors that worked well for a snow page. Again, I picked some small bits of color to highlight the color in the photos.

I also used the collection in a non-themey way on a card:

Supplies: Cardstock, patterned paper: Bazzill Beach House; Stamp, ink, baker's twine, brads: Stampin' Up!

The collection worked well for a somewhat masculine thank you card.

Where and How Much:
Product:  Beach House Collection
Manufacturer:  Bazzill Basics
MSRP: $0.99-19.99
Available Online: Scrapbook.com, Your Scrapbook Supply.com*

Bottom Line:

Overall, I thought that Bazzill Beach House was a winner of a collection, and I strongly recommend it, for you should be able to use it long after summer is gone (which here in Minnesota should be in September, unfortunately!).

What do you think?  Does this make you want to take a vacation just to use this collection?  Or would you rather just stay home?  Leave a comment by midnight EST on Friday to be entered to win a prize pack from Bazzill Basics!  U.S. residents only and please leave a way to contact you if you win!

42 comments:

Patchi said...

This is a beautiful collection! I can see how practical it would be given the basic color pattern. And I understand how you were expecting more yellow given the color bar at the bottom.

Emily Todd said...

I also live in the Midwest, and while I like tropical theme product I never buy it, primarily because I know I would never use it all! I really like how you put this collection to the test with a snow day layout! This definitely proves the collection as practical for more than just beach/pool layouts. Thanks for reviewing!
emt85_04(at)hotmail(dot)com

Julie S. said...

I love what you did with this collection. Makes me feel like going on vacation.
Thanks for a chance to win.
juliesharer@sbcglobal.net

Miriam Prantner said...

Love how you have shown that this beach house collection works for snow too! Great projects and while I can see what you mean about the yellow, it's not my go to color, so I don't mind at all.

NanaBeth said...

I really like this collection.Bazzill has been doing some great work lately.The woodgrain piece is my favorite of all the wood grains I've seen lately.

April said...

Love what you did here! I think this collection looks fabulous...
- April W (april1214ATyahooDOTcom)

Moongirl said...

Oh, I love that it is not tropical too. I am a neutral paper junkie :)

Yaritza said...

The colors are great. Really loving this collection. Thanks for the chance.

Vicki said...

I love this collection, I agree with you, this is so versatile to use with all photos.

Vicki said...

Hi, This is Vicki again, I forgot to leave my email address: vicki.bailon@gmail.com. Sorry for the second post.

smahrty said...

the Snow Day layout is amazing! Love how you used a beach themed collection to work with a winter project. The little card is really cute and of course the Bucket list layout is fun. What an awesome job show casing this paper. I love all of it.

Elizabeth said...

As a midwest girl, I am so with you on not buying the tropical stuff. How refreshing to have a collection that also could be used with boys!!!! I just recently found your blog and I am so glad I did!

http://visionsofpaper.blogspot.com/

Lisa P said...

I love this collection. Love the less cutesy looking paper.

Michelle said...

I love this collection. I much prefer a neutral collection vs. a real themey one anyway. I love how you used it for both seasons (I am a MN/WI girl), as I wouldn't be using it for tropical pics either. Your pages and card are fabulous.

ShoppingTamii said...

I really like the themed yet generic feel to this!!!

TinaM said...

I agree, this looks like a great, versatile collection.

JULIANA said...

This collection looks gorgeous! I too would love to see a bit more yellow in it as well, but that is easy enough to add! I am also glad that it is not too tropical since I am much more likely to get to the lake this year than the ocean!

Monika Wright said...

Your layouts definitely have me wanting to take a vacation, but I adore how you've altered the look of the paper to winter without giving up design and awesomeness. Great job, love it all!

connie said...

I love how you used it for beach and then snow. Beautiful LO's and card.

Jennifer said...

Love this collection!

Jean said...

THis looks like a wonderful collection and one I would definitely use!! I love their papers!

rlovew said...

Looks like a fun collection. I haven't tried Bazzill's patterned paper but their cardstock is amazing. rlovew1976@yahoo.com

Karen L said...

oh, I LOVE this collection!! I too, am tired of tropical beach themes and I really like that this one is more neutral. I like collections that can be used for a variety of themes and this one is perfect!
kladd94803 (at) aol (dot) com

Kelly Massman said...

totally love it

Thanks for a chance to win and have a great day!
kmassmanATgmailDOTcom

ruth said...

I'm no much of a themed paper person either and LOVE how versatile this is!!

Hey, I didn't even realize that Bazzill had any printed paper. ;)

alisonm said...

I love the looks of this line! So many possibilities. Thanks for the chance to own it!

Sue said...

Jennifer - Your layouts never disappoint! I love the way you used the product and now I'm inspired. Thank you!

S said...

Oh you make me want to scraplift like crazy. That is a cool paper collection - I'm crossing my fingers now.

Renee said...

Wow, great LO's and card! Love enlarged photos, and your placement of embellies and titles makes the eye flow seamlessly around the page! I'm also glad it's not another tropical collection, really love the colors and patterns on this much better than some other summer collections I've seen! Thanks for the great review :)

Melanie said...

I love this collection...the colors are perfect for me! It definitely makes me want to vacation, but then I always do :)

SHartl said...

LOVE this collection...absolutely love it! The colors and patterns are so great for so many themes and I like that they are subtle...which makes them more versatile. Thanks for the chance to win some great Bazzill Basics!

Scrapenabler said...

Love your samples. I think that this is a must have collection.

Linda E said...

I agree, Jennifer! This is a beautiful and versatile collection that would have been even better with a little yellow! Love your layouts and how you used a beach collection for a snow page! Thanks for the chance. LJEterno@aol.com

Veronica said...

Love this collection and love, love, love your bucket list layout. Thanks for the chance!

Kelly Sas said...

Only you could pull of a beach collection and use it for winter theme LO!!!

Jennifer Cowan said...

I have been waiting for this to show up at my LSS....We are headed to Florida this summer and this would be prefect!

wholarmor said...

I'm ready to go to the beach!
wholarmor at yahoo dot com

Cynthia B. said...

I love the primary colors of this line. I know Bazzill is known for its card stock, but I'm excited to see them coming out with some cool patterned paper collections too. Great pages and card, Jennifer. Thanks for he chance to win!

Robin B. said...

I think this is a pretty collection, I love the colors.

StampNK said...

What a wonderful collection, by one of my favorite manufacturers! I love the colors and patterns because they don't have to be used just for beach layouts. I like designs that are fairly versatile and these are definitely that! Love this!!

MotherofJackals said...

I really like this collection and agree non-tropical beach themes are the way to go.

June Houck said...

Hooray BG for no tropical papers...my family loves the mountains and we eagerly seek cooler climates for summer versus hot sandy beaches.