Category: scrapbooking

Layout Share – Chef Mickey’s

There were so many memorable times from our ten day stay in Disney I can’t count them all. But this one is up there as a favourite.

Breakfast @ Chef Mickey’s

Here’s the story –

One hundred and eighty days in the planning! So glad I booked this character breakfast. You have to throw yourself into the fun, try mot to get nervous, get up and shake hands and strike a pose with these guys. The food was plentiful and hello Mickey shaped waffles… It was full on FUN and a great adventure in the Disney experience. I mean c’mon even Gav got up and joined in the fun. Really loved this so. 

No other words needed!

Layout Share – Checking In

Still more stories to tell from our 2017 adventures!

Checkin’ in

Here’s the story –

The magic is here. At last we made it. A long journey today but it is so good to be here. Our base for the next ten days Caribbean Beach Resort. Custom House where we checked in was cool and exotic a perfect tribute to its name. And the air con was perfect too a must in this heat…… It was so exciting to get our magic bands and all the information of course. The $750 gift card for the building work issue..cher-ching! Then off we went to our rooms. No key needed you just blip the band. Oh Yes!

Just typing that out makes me all nostalgic for Disney and eager to share the other pages I’ve made so far about this part of the trip. Such great fun was had.

Layout Share – So Yum

A little sweet treat in New Orleans…..

So Yum

Here’s the story –

You read the guide books and they tell you the places to visit. Cafe du Monde was one of the must visit places in New Orleans to try their beignets. Bev went in and bought them and they were indeed delish. We enjoyed them back at the hotel w/free coffee!  

Hmmm…… Love the photo and the page design but my story is lacking. Just one of those days where I wrote nothing much. And I didn’t include a date!

But it’s done and I shall pop into the album anyway and I’m sure in ten years I’ll love that I told this tale.

Layout Share – 18 Years in the Planning

This story is the axis. The reason for our trip stateside in 2017. And as you can see it was a while in the making!

18 Years in the Planning

Here’s the story –

This trip was in the plan ever since Gav and I went to see a partial eclipse in 1999 in Cornwall. I spent so much time looking at NASA map of the path of totality trying to decide the best spot to watch it. I also worried about the weather a lot too. But it all worked out. We had no idea where in Tennessee we would stop and the traffic the day before had me all worried again. But off we set and ended up in an abandoned supermarket parking lot with lots of other folk. Not too many. We met the guy with the telescope and it was perfect. And when it started it was AMAZING. So good. It was worth the wait. Truly. It was a clear (almost) sky and lovely for B, D and H to be with us too. Eerie, very emotional and will never be forgotten. And only 7 years to wait till the next one! 

This layout was a long time in the making so that matches this story perfectly. You know when you want to get it just right? SO much so that you don’t do it all…… Eventually I decided just to commit and make the page. I got the years wrong on the page, I said 9 years when it was 7 from when we saw it, only 6 now! But never mind the story is told and I like the way it turned out. Love those two photos. The one of a cross armed girl is a story all of its own but does not really need spelling out much more that she was bored!

So the big one in the book at last now on to the next.

Layout Share – Remember

Still working on finishing the 2017 album. We were there this time last year!

Anyway another Washington D.C layout.

Remember

Here’s the story –

I want to remember this place. I want to remember the heat, that Gav and I headed straight 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. 

Such a good place to visit. And I was trying to convey that in my words. The simple act of going and soaking up the atmosphere taking a breath and remembering all of it. And I really wanted to include that photo my niece snapped of Gav and I in amongst the crowds! Now I look again at the layout I think I’ll find a larger piece of vellum and cover the whole photo with just me and he in the cutout circle.

Another tale in the books.

Layout Share – Guac or Cheese?

I’ve been busy this past week finalising plans to complete the 2017 USA album. The class I took from Ali Edwards, that I mentioned a couple of weeks ago, really focussed my mind and got me enthusiastic to finish this album. I have a blog post in the works about this but for now here is another fun story from those travels.

Guac or Cheese

 

The continuing love affair with Chipotle! This time in Washington. If you have not experienced this food place then you won’t know that there is always a choice of guacamole or cheese on your burrito and I always ask for a little of both or if we are getting two burritos we have guac on one and cheese on the other. I like this fun title.

I’m finding that I embellish less and less these days. Generally in my scrapbook life I am a minimalist and this page certainly proves that! Still loving white card stock and American Craft Thickers for titles though. Gotta have the Thickers.

Layout Share – New Orleans Bound but First we Target

Another story from the USA trip 2017.

New Orleans Bound But First We Target

Not many words on this one –

Our first target stop. It was great to be back in this store!

What more can I say? We love a Target.

Layout Share – First Waffles

Happy Monday! Back again with another scrapbook page telling a story of our travels last year.

First Waffles

A very simple story told on a pad of 3 x 4 paper from an Ali Edwards Story Kit™ 

It sets out who, where, when, why as easy jumping off points to get a story on paper. There wasn’t a lot to say about these photos but I wanted to document this so that pad felt like a great way to go.

All about the first time my niece used a waffle making machine! Yum.

Layout Share – Here We Go and some Thoughts on Travel Scrapping

I’ve been thinking a lot about these scrapbook pages recently as I’ve signed up for a class over here all about travel story telling. I adore Ali’s classes, always get so much from them and come away inspired and ready.

The first week is walking through all of her past albums and then looking at those trips that haven’t got completed stories ‘in the books’ yet. She is encouraging us to think about the way we have told travel stories in the past, what has worked and what hasn’t.

When I think back I’ve used lots of ways to tell our travel tales. Mini books were a go to choice for many years. They were very popular in scrapbook land and inspiration was on every scrappy blog. I also used travel notebooks from Paperchase to journal on the go and then add all the ephemera and photos in when I got home. There are a couple of smaller sized scrapbook albums dedicated to holidays and most recently of course I have made 12 x 12 layouts to put in an album for that trip.

It has been good to think back, look back and remember all those places we have been and celebrate the stories I have told about the adventures. It has also made me happy to realise that for right now and for the stories about last years travels I’m happy to carry on with the 12 x 12 pages (which is good really because I have at least ten pages already made!)

Here We Go

Here’s the story –

We packed up and had a quick breakfast and got loaded into the car for the journey to the Eclipse. It was so very exciting indeed. What wasn’t exciting was the traffic! But we were off again on the next phase of this crazy adventure. Bring it on!

Looking forward to more from the class and sharing more of these stories.

Layout Share – That’s One Way to Get Steps

Another week another story!

That’s one way to get Steps

Here’s the story –

I said I’d finish the laundry as it was my turn. For some reason I walked back and forth between the room and the laundry room about twenty times! In the heat! Who know why but I did. Anyway the laundry got done and I went way over those steps.

This page is an example of yet another of those photos that I wanted to scrap but wondered why. After looking at the picture for a little while the memory of the trips back and forth popped into my head and that was a good enough tale to marry with the photo. I love this strange ritual of the Disney Caribbean laundry room. I could also have mentioned that the change machines ate your money, the wait for the engineer  to retrieve said money or the bliss of the air con inside the room. Maybe I’ll just remember those things or maybe I won’t either way I love the page as is and am happy I have those big washing machines in the album.