The Boardwalk Inn is one of my happy places. To be honest, I didn’t originally even want to stay there. It was my husband’s choice. When we arrived, it was nothing short of magical. The room itself didn’t inspire a sense of awe. It was comfortable and spacious. The decor just isn’t me. However, the view was incredible. I love how colorful the buildings look on the boardwalk. Watching the Friendship boats arrive and depart was incredible. When they left, it looked like a well choreographed dance.
For this layout, I decided to choose my papers based upon the color of the buildings. I wanted to use the brick red, yellow, and aqua blue that you see in the horizontal photo. Originally, I was going to cut the papers into vertical strips. In fact, I did cut some strips… and I couldn’t make it work. It looked terrible. Finally, I gave up and decided to use the larger pieces of paper that I cut the strips from.
As usual, I struggled with the photos being different orientations. In order to help fill the space, I chose the “Happiness Starts Here” cut-apart for my title. The page looks better with three 4×6 elements. (Okay, I am also trying REALLY hard to use the cut-aparts. Otherwise they will sit in my stash for an eternity.) When I placed all 3 pieces on the yellow cardstock, it left a gap. As it so happens, I knew I wanted to use that “February” wood veneer on this page as well. It fit well in that space. My only issue is that it is a bit curved, so looks a little cattywampus.
Though the brick red paper has a small print, it still has too much going on to be pleasing to my eye. In order to balance it out, my other papers and embellishments are pretty plain. I decided to use the star theme that was part of the title block to use throughout the rest of the page. You will see that the border sticker mirrors the pattern from the cut-apart. I added in chipboard stars, along with one wood veneer star. Why the wood veneer? I didn’t want “February” to be the only wood piece on the layout. I’m not sure I’m in love with the mix of wood and color on this page. However, I don’t think it looks terrible either. The other part that gives me pause is that turquoise twine. It looks out of place to me. That color is represented in the photos, but not anywhere else on the page. You know me… once the layout is done… it’s done. I’m not changing it.
Disney tip: If you are a light sleeper, don’t get a water view room at the Boardwalk Inn. The Boardwalk itself is a bustling place. Additionally, the boats coming in and out create some ambient noise as well. My husband and I had no trouble sleeping at all, but I am pretty sure we could sleep through a marching band playing their fight song in our room.
If you want to see how noisy rooms are based upon a rating scale, check out Touring Plans. They provide this information as well as distance from the lobby and bus stops. I don’t have any affiliation with the company, but they were super valuable while I was planning my trip.