Wednesday, 26 June 2013

The Start of My Travel Album- Project Life Style.....

It's been great to start my Travel Album, I've been looking forward to it!
Yes, I've started!!!
There are so many fabulous pics to scrap just like this one of Paige in Florence....

And looking at those pics....weeeeeell, just motivates to get moving!
Deciding how to approach this album has been on my mind ever since we started talking about going on our trip! 'Oooh the photos, oooh the scrapping'...and the imagination went to so many different formats of albums etc.

I remember not long ago, Lee-Anne from Scrap Therapy asked the Design Team who'd be interested in doing Project Life?
'Not I ' was my reply. I just couldn't imagine putting all I scrapped (or more to the point how I couldn't put all I scrapped and how) into a little PL card!
But reneging on my exclamation some time later and after watching PL come to life out in blogland in so many versions, it started to feel possible - I gave it a go, and before long, was hooked - and gathering PL products became the new obsession!
So finally the decision to scrap our travels PL style was perfect... and to scrap multiple pics on one page - definitely a winner!

I'm going with this WRMK's 12x12 album
(there are many styles of albums found HERE and HERE)

There was a purpose to my Sketch Challenge LO for June - (don't forget to take part!!!)
 It's doubling for my Cover Page... and a great addition is with the little black plastic protector in the album (see below) - it becomes a kind of 'sub-title page'. The alpha is an old Websters one (not in stock now), but I loved the colour.
Products for the Cover Page LO:
Teresa Collins
Travel Ledger Travel Words
Far & Away Washi Tape
Travel Ledger Travel Tags
World Traveller Die Cuts
Far & Away Sticker Accessory Sheet
Far & Away Word Labels
Far & Away Decorative Brads
Far & Away Sticky Notes
Tim Holtz 'Word Play' Alpha Die
WRMK Albums Made Easy Bloom Mini-Kit
MME Quite Contrary Mary Mary ‘Beautiful’ Edged Journaling Card

With my usual struggle of using bold patterns, laying washi tape strips next to each other horizontally down the page, helps to create a background and tone it all down :wink:

Washi tape is also great for dressing up photos too. Here are a couple of photos with washi tape folded over to give a decorative edging. (Far & Away Washi Tape)

Turning the cover page, and wanting to start the PL format on the reverse side, I'm still faced with a 12x12 clear plastic insert for my next LO. So using Simple Stories, 24/Seven Journaling Card Elements 12x12 paper without cutting it, still gives the impression of the PL style....but in 12x12.
Tim Holtz Die Chip Block Alphabet
Tim Holtz Die Alphabetical (out of stock)
Teresa Collins Far & Away Sticker Accessory Sheet
Teresa Collins Far & Away Word Labels
WRMK's Albums Made Easy Webster Mini Kit
Jillibean Soup Days of the Week

Journaling while away is so important to remember all the details on the 'what, when, where and why'...and if you are anything like me... I have no memory once a day is done and dusted and moved onto the next exciting day, so it's imperative that a diary of sorts is kept. BUT!!!, having been caught before writing in a book on both sides of the paper - doesn't kinda work when wanting to pull out those pages to use the words onto or into a LO. So for that lesson learnt - this was the solution...
4x6 Cards.....
Each day, I picked a card out of the pack of cards (random arty ones on scrap paper) then while away only wrote on one side, so if I want to use that card on my LO - it works... or if I didn't, would fit into some hidden space to be pulled out and read.

Because either my writing was really messy on some of the cards (from writing in planes/trains etc or very late at night), or the wrong size or colour card for the space, I've created a concealed pocket and a little ribbon tab for my card which holds the extra details, little drawings etc on them. With a little stapled ribbon tab, it sticks out at the top of the 12x12 page Image

Here's the reverse side which will be hidden. Some scrap paper of colour/pattern that doesn't even matter makes the pocket and it will never be seen squashed between the back of the cover page and the back of the 12x12 Simple Stories page, it will hold the card.

Take a look at this clear plastic insert format - there are four landscape 6x4's and three 4x4's. I have quite a few packets of different formatted page inserts and love picking and choosing which kind to go with next. It also depends on your photos too - maybe the next cluster of photos are mostly landscape or portrait. Maybe its a mix of both. And sometimes is a matter of printing smaller photos to fit whatever size because there's no other choice :roll: :wink:

Pretty much instantly fell back into using the WRMK's Albums Made Easy Tangerine Pre-cut Mini-Kit Cards. Just had to pick out the dark greys and whites in both the big cards and smaller cards in the little kit. The big cards fit perfectly, a grey and a white little card was put together to overlap to fill the space of a 4x4 insert with a pretty good effect.

Sometimes its a matter of finding the perfect card.... and it needs to be cut down to fit. So getting a little creative.... out goes the middle bit - that part of the quote wasn't going to work anyhow, but what was left certainly did :P

Pushing out these paper buttons from Teresa Collins Far & Away Diecut sheet, ruffling the edges then putting them together ................................................................ made these:

And you might have noticed above - the concealed journaling card? Yep, popped a concealed pocket at the back there too :wink:

Other products:
Glitz Designs Peek-A-Boo transparencies
Teresa Collins World Traveller Die Cuts
Teresa Collins Travel Ledger Travel Tags Paper
Teresa Collins Travel Ledger Tags Diecuts
Simple Stories urban Traveller Journaling Card Elements Paper
Authentique Curiosity Elements Alpha
Teresa Collins String
Far & Away Washi Tape
Teresa Collins Far & Away Garland
Tim Holtz Die Alphabetical

Hope you feel inspired to look at your Travel photos and begin to tell your story :wink:

If you find any of the products have sold out due to being popular, send Lee-Anne a message and find out if it can be made available soon!

 And don't forget to take part in

 JUNE'S SKETCH  (needs to be uploaded by midnight 30th June)
You never know... it could be your cover page to your Travel Album!!!!


Let's Get Shabby Challenge # 47 is up......

This time its all about choosing a piece of Bone China/ Porcelain dinnerware and being inspired to scrap it -
for more details and to find out what the rest of the fabulous DT have created!
Here's mine:
I love lattice work, so was inspired by this dinner plate, some of the colour and the round shapes

Hope to see your wonderful projects over there and our inspiration pieces!

Thursday, 20 June 2013

Project Life Weekly

Back again  with another couple of ways to approach Project Life and great products that really work to keep it quick and simple!
I'm truly snowed under with work at the moment and scrapping this style is perfect for my lack of time. 

 Week 11
Boy, oh boy, how much do I love these .... 'WRMK's Albums Made Easy'! (title and journaling cards)
The ones I've used below are called 'Memo' and you can buy it as a full kit with many repeating cards OR what I really love is the Mini-kit which Lee-Anne has fabulously divided up so no card repeats Image :biggrin: :P :lol: (21 cards of 4x6, 37 cards of 3x4's) and for $6.50 great value! There are other WRMK ranges of these cards and you can find them HERE. This is the first time I've worked with pre-made cards and it was soooo quick and easy! I wanted to tell the tale of two feral cats who are leading very different lives, yet both started out the same - using a colour for each cat - keeping the subjects separate, yet coming together on the one page. (you could use this idea to separate any subjects on one page :wink: )

To add a little bit more theme to the page, used Tim Holtz Brick Wall Die and pressed out all the 'brick' part and put it aside leaving the negative bit to use.
Other Products:
Teresa Collins Far & Away Alpha Stickers
Authentique 'Delightful' Alpha Stickers
Prima Flutter Bits Doodle Deux
Stazon Jet Black Ink

Week 12
Simple Stories is another wonderful brand that makes Project Life so easy. The page insert gives a big space to scrap upon with 12x6, and below - three portrait 4x6's. Simple Stories makes 12x12's with these sizes to cut up to fit these spaces easily :P Love my alpha dies too - for this page I've used Tim Holtz Chip Block alpha

Other Products:
Simple Stories 100 Days of Summer Page Elements
Simple Stories 100 Days of Summer Card Elements
Simple Stories 100 Days of Summer Stickers
Prima Rusty Bucket Ink
MME Lost & Found 'Just and Ordinary Day' Title
MME Lost&Found Ruby Chipboard Elements (little hint- for the PL albums, some chipboard stickers can be too thick for the album especially trying to keep things simple - what you can do is separate some of the layers of cardboard under the image and pull apart making it thinner :wink: )
MME Lost&Found Oliver Buttons
Red Cardstock (for the alpha die)
Don't forget to check Becky Higgins new range of
in store too!!!
I've also done a REVIEW on Becky Higgin's  'Jade' edition if you are interested in seeing whats in a kit.

Wednesday, 12 June 2013

Scrap Therapy's June Sketch Challenge. and Art Piaskownica

SCRAP THERAPY's June Sketch.....
Here it is... turn it around however you like and substitute the elements with whatever takes your fancy!
Teresa Collins
Travel Ledger Travel Words
Far & Away Washi Tape
Travel Ledger Travel Tags
World Traveller Die Cuts
Far & Away Sticker Accessory Sheet
Far & Away Word Labels
Far & Away Decorative Brads
Far & Away Sticky Notes
Tim Holtz 'Word Play' Alpha Die
WRMK Albums Made Easy Bloom Mini-Kit
MME Quite Contrary Mary Mary ‘Beautiful’ Edged Journaling Card

I hope you can join the challenge
And also see the other DT's fabulous interpretation too!
(there's a $50 shop prize to be won!)
I love the photo challenges on
This Challenge is to find 'softness'
I just love the softness of wool left by sheep rubbing up against the coldness of fence wire...
It leaves behind an imprint - some history, warmness..... that something has happened here in the elements of the weather... left behind to be noticed by few, and unnoticed by many.

Friday, 7 June 2013

June Guest Designer for Artastic

 This month I'm Guest Designing for
This has been one of my favourite challenge blog for a long time.
Who doesn't love to play with art! (big smile)
How wonderful it was to see the motivational artwork to play with by Susan Schenk!
I'm so a fan!
 Straight away all I could see were those fabulous strips of paper
(Keeping in mind that the challenge is about re-cycling too!)

Here's the result of playing with all those strips!

 I fished some old scrap paper out of the bin, and also used some
strips that were the patterned/reverse side of the barcode/title strips of 12x12's  cut off to be thrown away. All made useful again!

Time to glue down... the fun stuff!!

I drew and cut out a pair of butterflies, thought to only use those, but it really was the background that was left behind that I loved more!

And really enjoyed how the rest just came together picking my photo last.
I  hope you can join in on this wonderful mixed media challenge...
to join in the fun!
 It's all about Kites!


Sunday, 2 June 2013

Vatican City

Last leg of our trip before flying home....
Did we enjoy it.......weeeeell yes, but we really love Florence better!
Here we are arriving at our apartment
It was gated which was private and safe

and we were within walking distance to everything

We took the afternoon to find food and settle in and in the morning... we got up early and set out to see the Vatican
Oh my!  The crowds!!
Three hour line up to get in.... no way - we don't have that sort of time and then be wandering Vatican City for hours as well!
So we booked a ridiculously expensive guided tour for the five of us, and jumped the lines and got far more than taking ourselves around. 
 Swiss Guards

Top right two windows - are the Pope's private office and His bedroom.


 St Peter's Basilica, Paige rubbing St Peter's foot -  you can see where its been rubbed away smooth.


The Pope's Balcony

What an amazing place!
It took many hours to go right through and we still didn't see it all!
More for another time.