0modnautModern nautical styling is trendy and perfect for summer, beach and water-themed scrapbook page storytelling. Nautical styling is a timeless look. Today, though, a nautical look doesn’t mean including red, white and blue. Rather, the “modern nautical” trend uses color, pattern, motif, and texture evocative of water and the beach.

Take a look at the modern nautical inspiration we’ve collected on Pinterest and the pages made by our creative team below, and here’s a quick list of elements that work with the Modern Nautical style:

  • piping, cord, wood, metal, coral
  • cream and gold accents, blue backdrops
  • ships, maps, flags, anchors, knots, fish and sealife
  • stripes, medallions, repeating geometrics

Modern nautical styling for a pirate birthday story

Scrapbook Page Storytelling with the Modern Nautical Style | Kristy T | Get It Scrapped

Wish by Kristy T | Supplies: Card: Artee; Paper: Echo Park; Washi tape: Echo Park, Tim Holtz and MME, Tag: Pink Paislee; Flair: October Afternoon; Sticker: MME; Border Strip: Teresa Collins; Button: Teresa Collins; Thread: We R Memory Keepers; Pen: Artline; Die: Couture Creations; Chipboard: Studio Calico.

Kristy T says, “This layout is about my son’s 4th birthday party which had a pirate theme: he wants to be a pirate when he grows up.”

“The page has modern nautical styling driven by red and blue patterns in combination with woodgrain elements on a white background.  The chevron print is a modern touch combined with more traditional and obvious nautical motifs of an anchor and wheel.”

Modern nautical styling for a story of family history 

Scrapbook Page Storytelling with the Modern Nautical Style | Katie Scott | Get It Scrapped

Portsmouth NH 1706 by Katie Scott | Supplies: American Crafts, Crate Paper patterned papers; Studio Calico letter stickers; Silhouette cut anchor embellishment, twine, washi tape.

Katie Scott says, “I had a modeling job in Portsmouth, NH in 1987 when I was 17; years later I learned that my father’s family arrived in the very same Portsmouth, NH from Scotland in 1706. I had always thought our family history originated in Boston or Maine so this was a surprise.”

“Because this story is about a seaport connected to my family’s past history and modern life,  I wanted to use both older and modern nautical elements.   The pink Washi tape, the bits of aqua green, the pastel colored banner paper and the sailboat all read more modern. The black chevron, text-print, and letter stickers read more old time nautical to me.”

Modern nautical styling for the story of a first beach visit

Scrapbook Page Storytelling with the Modern Nautical Style | Carrie Arick | Get It Scrapped

Boy Meets Beach by Carrie Arick | Supplies: Just Jaimee: Ice Cream; Kaye Wienecki: A Little Message; Allison Pennington: Seize Papers, Rubber Alpha, Rain Rain; One Little Bird: Lemon Drop Elements; Valorie Wibbens: Swoon Elements, Sprinkles v. 22; HGD by Laurie Anne: Shine Basics; Amy Martin: Blanc Stitches v. 2; Fonts: Jane Austen, Albertsthal Typewriter, Slim Pickins

Carrie Arick says, “This page records my son’s first beach visit. I used patterns and embellishments with a nautical theme, but in unexpected colors. The typical red, navy, gold and white is replaced with pinks of varying tints, orange-leaning reds, yellow, aqua and an almost black navy blue. The nautical symbols are a natural fit for seaside photos.  Since the story of this page is about having a new experience, the modern take on an old theme enhances the visual story.”

Modern nautical styling for a fishing story

Scrapbook Page Storytelling with the Modern Nautical Style | Susanne Brauer | Get It Scrapped

Angler’s Paradise by Susanne Brauer | Supplies: Cardstock, Stampin Up & Coredinations’; Alphabets, Little Yellow Bicycle and My Minds Eye, Canvas and burlap ribbons, Stampin Up; Cork stars, Fancy Pants; Twine, Hemptique; Journal card, printable from Splendid Miss M; epoxy anchors, Skipping5.

Susanne Brauer says, “Anglers’ Paradise showcases photographs from the 2012 annual fishing trip my husband and son take to Canada.”

“My interpretation of modern nautical sets off the photos and title with limited amounts of navy and white on large Kraft background.  Mautical textures of sanded paper (to imitate wood), cork, twine, burlap and canvas show up in my embellishments.  I added anchors, stars in several versions (even punched to act as peepholes) and a touch of red for interest.”

Modern nautical styling as a springboard for color play

Scrapbook Page Storytelling with the Modern Nautical Style | Rosann Santos-Elliott | Get It Scrapped

Focused by Rosann Santos-Elliott | Supplies: Studio Calico: Ups and Downs and Lush Patterned Paper, Veneer Buttons, Thickers

Rosann Santos-Elliott says, “I had a visit from a friend and her daughter, and we had brunch at a restaurant. In this picture, she was focused on her drawing. Even though this photo isn’t related to the ocean, its soft colors inspired me to use a nautical theme that substitutes pink for red. The wood veneer anchor, silver turtle and the brown twine are nautical motifs.”

Modern nautical styling for a cruise story

Scrapbook Page Storytelling with the Modern Nautical Style | Stefanie Semple | Get It Scrapped

Antigua by Stefanie Semple. Supplies: Chelle’s Creations: Traveler; Angie Kovacs : sail away mini; Memory Clips by Ramona : Moving Day: Katie Pertiet : Away from it all brushes and stamps No1; LDrag Designs: In the Tropics

Stefanie Semple says, “This layout tells the story of our day trip from the cruise we took in 2012. Modern nautical elements include the wood background paper, the addition of ship’s wheel and the anchor motif, the use of circles reminiscent of port holes, the blue, red and light colour scheme as well as the fun addition of star fish within the clusters. Cruising allows you to travel the world and pick up bits and pieces from the variety of ports you visit, and the clusters in this layout are filled with interesting bits and bobs in just the same way.”

Modern nautical styling for a waterplay story

Scrapbook Page Storytelling with the Modern Nautical Style | Kiki Kougioumtzi | Get It Scrapped

She jumps by Kiki Kougioumtzi | Supplies: Cardstock: Canson; Patterned paper, alphas, cork circles: Studio Calico; Other: ribbons.

Kiki Kougioumtzi says, “This is a layout about how much our dog enjoys the sea and diving from high. Because the story of my layout has to do with the sea, I went with a nautical theme. I was inspired by these elements of the modern nautical style: color (blue,green), reclaimed wood and cork, signal flags (which spell our dog’s name), dolphins and knots. And all of the elements are placed in a triangular form, “held” by ribbons, like a sail on a mast.” 

Modern nautical styling for a beach portrait

Scrapbook Page Storytelling with the Modern Nautical Style | Ashley Horton | Get It Scrapped

Sunbathers by Ashley Horton |Supplies: Patterned Paper & Frames: Fancy Pants; Letter Stickers & Stamps: Chic Tags; Phrase Stamp & Enamel Dots: October Afternoon; Color Shine: Heidi Swapp; Cork Arrows: American Crafts; Tags: Elle’s Studio; Flair Button: The Paper Bakery; Die Cut Machine: Silhouette Cameo

Ashley Horton says, “We live near the Gulf Coast, and often see seagulls when we are near the water. I used a mix of red, navy, bright blue, green and gold: traditional nautical colors punched up with the unexpected.”

Modern nautical styling for a family portrait

Scrapbook Page Storytelling with the Modern Nautical Style | Deborah Wagner | Get It Scrapped

Time In a Bottle by Deborah Wagner | Supplies: Katie Pertiet – Tidewater, DelMar Shores, Fading Woods No. 2, Atlantic, Coastal, Shells No. 1, Simple Collage Frames No. 1, Surf Lagoon, Artsy Seaside, Shoreline, Yesteryear, Dictionary Blendables Everyday, Stitched Chip Strips; Pattie Knox – Fasten Its 2, Erica Zwart – Oceanview

Deborah Wagner says, “This is a photo of a dear friend’s three boys taken on a day at the beach. I wanted my page to give the impression you were strolling down the boardwalk near the ocean so used weathered wood and beach motifs like the shells, bird, and rope.”