Category: scrapbooking

Layout Share – Disney Springs

More fun stories from our 2017 USA trip.

Disney Springs

Here’s the story –

The first time we went there we picked up the gift cards. The we went for that yummy burger in the rain.The we discovered Starbucks took your ‘snack’ well enough said. Gav and I made the trip there a couple more times. Lat minute gift buying and on our way to Jo-Ann’s. We really loved it for the wandering.

What I am seeing when I look at this layout is the plastic cups! EEK! What a difference a couple of years makes. Now I would not be getting a plastic cup or a straw! I know that’s not what I should be sharing when I supposed to be talking about scrapbooking….. However perspective is an interesting thing and something to learn from so I am glad that I see how I once behaved and how that is now different. Still loved going to this shopping centre even though we didn’t and wouldn’t now buy very much. The attractive thing about it was its calmness. Even though it was busy with people it was a calm and cooler place to wander.

Happy with this page, the story and the photos of us together.

Layout Share – Bouncing is what Tiggers do Best

Ah, good memories. Fun memories and slightly embarrassing ones too!

Bouncing is what Tiggers do Best

Here’s the story –

I sort of wanted to meet them but wasn’t going to bother as the ‘line’ was soooo long and it was soooo hot! But Bev and David said let’s do it. So we did. My, it was a long wait and the delightful duo went off to cool down a couple of times. One time as they walked back Winnie came right up to me and put his nose on my nose! I came over all giddy and blushed. That got a few laughs from all round. At last we made it to the front and had 30 seconds with the cute guys. I seemed to miss my hug with Tigger so I tapped him on the shoulder…… the resulting embrace almost knocked me over. Silly fella. It was such fun and so glad we waited to meet them. Thanks B & D for making us do it. 

I have to say that my Brother in Law did an amazing job on the photo front. I think we gave a cast member one of our phones too and having two folk snapping away gave us so many great shots. As I say it was so much fun. Love how this page turned out and happy that I resized my pictures to make them all fit. It’s also lovely to have that small one on the bottom left that came from the official photographer.

All in all a great experience.

Layout Share – Sing Along

Ah, memories….. Such fun was had when we went to the Frozen sing along at Hollywood Studios.

Sing Along

Here’s the story –

It is no surprise that I was up for a Frozen sing along but who knew that Gave would join in too! It was very funny and lovely too with the film clips and the ‘actors’. That’s something they do so well here. Take it to the next level. And then the snow at the end. All very emotional but excellent too.

I made this page a while ago. And now that I have typed out the journalling it’s one of the times I feel like starting again and telling the story better? No differently.

Here is what I should have written –

I hoped that I’d done the right thing booking us tickets for the Frozen sing along. Who knew what it would be like….. I was sure that I’d love it. But Gav? I needn’t have worried though because it seems that the Disney bug got him hook line and sinker because he was singing along with everyone else. It was amazing. The show was so funny, such a feel good factor and the snow at the end was perfect. The only down side was our little thirteen year old who did not join in the fun and just sat embarrassed at her parents and us two singing away at the top of our voices. Which of course made us sing even louder……… Poor child! Gav and I tried to go and see it again but we’d just missed the last performance. Never mind I’m sure we will get back one of these days to sing along again. 

Ah. That’s much better. It makes me feel all happy to have that written down. I will definitely be adding this over the top of the original paragraph.

And of course it’s making me excited to get back there later in the year! Such fun!

Layout Share – MLK

Oh my goodness like I said last time there are more……..

MLK

Here’s the story –

Gav and I were excited to see this memorial to Martin Luther King. It had been many years in the making. Those three came along of course. I loved that Hannah took photos even though she didn’t know who he was. I’m sure she will one day. It was good to see it and it was a lovey tribute to him. And funny story….. 3 US girls offered H $10 to take their photo and she took it! Bless her and bless MLK.

I have been making this page for a long time. I go through phases like that where I start lots of layouts but don’t finish them off. But I’m glad it’s done and in the album now.

I need to get a move on with these layouts other wise we will be back from another US adventure and I won’t have documented this one!

Layout Share – Cafe Perfection

You would think that after all this time I’d run out of stories about our 2017 USA trip……. But no there’s more! Ha, ha.

Cafe Perfection

Here’s the story –

Gav does a great job on the research front when we are about to go on a road trip. He found Panera Bread and we ‘pinned’ a few to our map. He struck lunchtime gold with this one. First it was so cool in there compared to outside and second the choices were wonderful, overwhelming wonderful. But that was okay. Those 4 went in on our first stop but I sneaked in the side door for the ‘air’. So delish. And we stopped again on the way to Disney. A fav for sure. 

Although I really like this page, especially that group of embelishments on the left the story is a bit meh! I think I was in a rush to write is out. Always a mistake. I’ve waited 18 months to make the page and then don’t get the story right….

Here is what I should have written.

We were on our way to New Orleans the day after the Eclipse. It was oh so hot. We’d only driven about an hour and came to the first area Gav had marked on the map. There was a Target and a place we’d never been before called Panera Bread. The car park was busy. I was grouchy. I sent the four of them inside and said just get me whatever.

After about five minutes I decided I couldn’t sit in the hot car any longer and got out to see what they were up to. I peered in through the window to find them all stood, transfixed, staring up at a big board full of food options. It was funny to see them all stunned by the array of choices. I noticed there was a side door and I sneaked in there and just mooched about waiting for them. It was so gloriously cool. The place was buzzing. People coming and going or sat chatting and eating. It seemed like an age but at last they appeared piled high with drinks, salads and sandwiches. We were on our way again at last. We ate as we drove and were all impressed by the food. Well done Gav for finding this one and lucky us there was one on the way to Disney too.

Maybe I’ll add a smaller page with this printed on. But I do feel better for getting the full story down.

Layout Share – Remember

Back with another 2017 USA trip story.

Remember

Here’s the story –

I want to remember this place. I want to remember the heat, that Gav and I headed straight for into the shade on the steps. I want to remember that pool didn’t have water in it last time we were here. I want to remember the crowds and the buzzing of it all. I want to remember the reason for this amazing memorial how Americans celebrate their history. I’ll always remember.

Something I have learned from Ali Edwards is using the prompt ‘I want to remember….’ as a jumping off point for story telling. I loved that my niece was taking photos of us on the steps while I was taking photos of them. That in itself is a story but I decided to focus more on the feelings of this place. We have been here three times now and I simply love this memorial. Glad it features in this album.

Layout Share – Best Time

I interrupt the usual layout posts to share one that is NOT from our 2017 USA holiday! I made this layout as part of the Hello Story 2 class over at Ali Edwards last month.

I love this photo and happily scrapped it with sort of list based journalling. The class was split into three ‘themes’. Lists, colour and grids.

You can’t really tell from the picture but I was riding a bike! Yes very dangerously taking a selfie…

Loved using the acrylic words from some sale story kits I bought a couple of years ago as well as other Ali Edwards embellishments with those circle cork pieces and word stickers. Simple fun story and a layout design I can see myself over using!

Layout Share – Every Picture Tells a Story

More form the 2017 trip.

Every Picture Tells a Story

And the story is my face…. Yes my eyes are tightly closed and they stayed that way the whole way round. It was my first time on a ‘roller coaster’ for many years and I don’t know why I booked myself on it with the fastpass. But I did it. And even did it again with Gav. Woot!

Oh dear what a wuss I am. This ride was the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train at Walt Disney World and as far as roller coasters go it’s tame. But they are not my thing at all. You probably can’t see my face, I’m on the second row next to my niece and I laughed so hard when I got this photo from the photo pass photographers. A page had to made to tell this silly story. Good times.

Layout Share – Crossing off States

Here’s another page from the 2017 trip.

A brief story to go with the photos –

It’s on my list…… cross off 30 States…… We added 5 this trip! Tennessee, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana. That makes 19. Yay. 

Perhaps the story should also have mentioned how hard it is to get photos of the state signs! These two were the best all of us had. But they are a fun reminder of my quest.

A Scrapbookers Story – The 2017 USA Album

This post has been six months in the writing! Everything I wrote last year about this album and way back here about how I began the preparation for still holds true but I wanted to bring it all together and fill in some gaps and give an idea of the overall album.

After I’d taken the Travel Scrapbook Class from Ali Edwards last August I felt inspired to get this album finished. I knew my task would be a big one so I brought all the photos, ephemera and completed pages together on the patio table (it was so hot last summer!) along with a pad of sticky notes and spent a lovely morning working through the pictures, looking at the ephemera and getting organised. When I was finished in the planning stage I took this photo……

All those post it notes were either layouts to finish (I went through a phase of starting layouts) or indicating a photos tucked into a 12 x 12 page protector waiting for the story to be told.

As it stood right there and then physical album was almost full. Adding another twenty or so pages was going to spill out of that album and I didn’t want to have more that one album for this trip.

It was certainly overwhelming so I split the task of deciding what to do next into a few little chunks.

First, I put most of the ephemera I wanted to keep into divided page protectors.

I used the 12 pocket page protectors from Becky Higgins.

Second, I began to finish all the half made pages. Here is an example of one I had started and not completed.

Third, I went through all the photos I’d designated for layouts and thought about whether they actually needed a 12 x 12 page. This was hard. When I got all those photos printed I wanted to tell all the stories. I was so in love with that trip, it was pretty special and I wanted to remember every teeny tiny detail.

I think something that taking Ali’s class helped with was the reminder that you cannot tell all the stories and you do not have to used all the photos!

Phew that was hard to write but I can see how true it is especially when faced with so many pictures.

Using a technique I’d used before I added lots of photos to 6 pocket pages. Photos where there wasn’t a story to tell but I still wanted to be able to see the pictures I’d taken. Or where I felt the story didn’t warrant a full layout. It’s the fusion of a traditional photo album with a scrapbook album and I like the way it breaks ups the stories and gives a more complete picture.

Here are a few of those pages.

I added words along with the photos where I felt I needed to.

And also had some double spreads too.

I wasn’t precious about side on photos either!

Just popped them in the pockets.

Oh my I love seeing them all.

This technique allowed me to cut back on the layouts which means I can just about fit everything into this one album.

As of today I have two more 12 x 12 layouts to make. Hooray!  Yes, there are less 12 x 12 stories than I wanted but all of the ephemera is in there, almost every photos is included and it gives a great overview of the trip.

It is never a bad idea to reevaluate. There is no right or wrong here just what works for you at that moment in time. Here’s to getting the stories told.