Category: scrapbooking

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.

Layout Share – Room Service

Now you know we love a pizza in this house but truly this pizza was the longest planned meal ever!

Room Service

Here is the story –

When I discovered that a certain hotels did pizza deliveries I knew I had to book one of those. This pizza was a longtime planned but I loved it all the more for that. He was such a good host that Mickey Mouse. Always get pizza delivered. 

Oh my goodness. It was a good pizza. Loved telling this story. Such fun.

Update on the USA album……….Over the last weekend I been scrapbooking like a mad thing and have more pages from this album done. I can’t believe how many stories I have managed to tell from a 15 day holiday! I haven’t quite finished but it does feel so much closer. I am tempted to leave it as it is and jot down the rest of the stories and know that I can come back to them anytime. We’ll see.

I have also put together last years  Week In The Life™ album and two years worth of London trips. I told you was scrapping like crazy. It feels great to be getting the photos in the albums. 

Layout Share – Oh Fun

Another story from the 2017 holiday.

Oh Fun

Here’s the story –

Riding on a carousel was on H’s summer list so we had to have a go right? It was a fav. I loved the simplicity of it, the old fashioned ness. It was magical and non scary! I felt young and full of fun. A real treat.

Loved using this bright and cheerful paper to go with the photo of me on that Disney World ride. Gav did a great job catching me as we twirled round and round. Such a great story to have in the books. Simple but perfect for that.

December Daily® 2018 – Day Eight to Day Thirteen

More from this little project.

Day Eight began with this red envelope and a lovely star.

I removed the star and made a spread all about making the Christmas pudding and then going to                    to see the first Star Wars film accompanied by a live orchestra! It was amazing. Would definitely recommend this kind of concert.

Day nine is a photo on the back of the Star Wars picture of the crazy pooch laying as close to the                  fire as he can…..

Day ten began as a velum page.

I kept the vellum and added a big title onto a photo of the back of our house for day ten. You                    can’t really see him but Buddy is sat by the doors looking out at me. Always love a ‘looking in’                photo.

For day eleven I added a picture of making Christmas cakes and slipped the story into the pocket                I’d already made for this day. A strip of washi tape adds a little colour.

Day twelve was all about the purchasing of our T.V magazine of choice for festive telly watching.

Very busy day thirteen which began like this.

I kept the number and made another spread with a couple of photos and in between them I                      added an envelope with the story on the outside.

Love this photo of my Mum and our youngest family member.

And of course my darling niece. We went to see Bohemian Rhapsody at the cinema.

And finally for this update day fourteen.

I added the two labels from a new little tree into a pocket page. I thought it was interesting that                      they told you on the label how to look up where the tree had been grown. It was something that                needed to be kept.

Okay back with the rest soon.

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December Daily® is an album project developed by Ali Edwards. Read all about it over here.