At The Border | A Finished Starting Point

I finished the starting point I created with my Cocoa Daisy kit that I shared last week. Since this kit seemed to coordinate so well with my Europe photos, I had a look through the stack and found the perfect photos to finish the layout.

I took these photos out of the bus window so they aren’t the greatest. But they are the only ones I had that would work to tell this sad story. When I first got my passport and planned this trip, I thought it was going to be so cool that I’d get new stamps in my passport as we traveled through Europe. I mean, that’s the point of a passport, right? A living document to show where you’ve traveled. (Yeah, I guess it’s the ID thing too…)

But fast forward to leaving England and entering France… I found out that when you go on a large bus tour, no, sorry, you won’t get stamps. They move the buses through the borders quickly because it would take too long to stamp everyone’s passports. I was totally bummed.

Nevertheless, it didn’t shake the excitement I felt about entering France. We were only hours away from seeing the Eiffel Tower!

This starting point was a great way to finish off using my monthly kit. Maybe I’ll try it again if I have trouble using up the next one. My September kit arrived late last week and I hope to dig into it this weekend. I had forgotten how fun it was to receive a surprise box of supplies. Or at least a selection of supplies I did not hand pick myself.

Thanks for stopping by today! I hope you have a fantastic weekend ahead.


  1. Tammy, I love your page. The addition of the tag with France on it is inspired, and the color scheme of papers worked out so nicely with your photos. Well done. I do hope you make other starting points to kill your kits. It works for you!

  2. I don’t think they would have stamped your passport anyway – they usually don’t if you are coming from one EU country and going to another. Sad face.

  3. I absolutely love seeing how you finished your starting point!!
    And I feel the same way about passport stamps. And there have been several times I didn’t get one. But I was glad to get my Ireland stamps at least 🙂

  4. I agree that your passport should get stamped every time you enter a new country. I was sadden to learn that on the cruise they don’t stamp your passport either. Too bad they don’t have a tourist booth to get one while your walking around.
    I love the layout! The photos look great.

  5. I love seeing how you starting points end up, Tammy! Love how this turned out. You used the perfect elements for a travel page.

  6. It turned out great!! I felt the same way when traveling with a group in Europe. I was like, what the heck, I want my stamps!!!

  7. Those photos worked perfect to finish off this starting point! I totally agree about the passport – it’s so fun to get it stamped at all the new places we travel!

  8. This is such an awesome layout!
    I love the fun colours and those papers are perfect for your photos.
    I have used my passport about 4 to 5 times a year, and have never had it stamped.
    But then again we are just driving across from Canada to the US.
    I do have my dad’s passport when he went to Africa from Scotland and then here to the US and then to Canada 🙂


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