July Travel Challenge | The Results

Hello!

Welcome to the first full week of July! I hope that everyone had a fantastic holiday weekend! I am happy to say that I was able to get some scrapbooking done. I always hesitate to get too involved in my craft room — because as soon as I do –the phone will ring and I’ll need to leave the house for a showing. But this weekend was quiet so I did get some things done and even more boxes packed.

Without further ado…

Challenge Results

Supplies: Pattern Paper – Basic Grey Wander Arrival and Tarmac, Scenic Route Notebook paper (discontinued). Cardstock – White Bazzill. Tools – EK Success Binding edge punch, 2 inch scallop circle punch, and tag punch, Martha Stewart Starburst punch, Sew Easy. Embellishments – AC letter stickers (from Hobby Lobby), brads and Emerald Thickers, Pebbles word stickers (discontinued), Prima flowers, misc buttons, crochet thread, My Mind’s Eye Charmed twine.

My challenge this month was to create a travel themed page using at least three of the embellishments I created in this post. I ended up with a double page spread which is another challenge for me, especially when I don’t use a sketch. I didn’t use a sketch for this one because I started out with my boarding ticket ephemera page and worked everything else around that.

I chose a variety of travel related photos from different time periods. This wasn’t a trip specific layout, so I wasn’t really looking for specific photos, but more general travel photos. I was sad to find that I only had one of me in some travel related capacity (that wasn’t sightseeing or driving). It’s an old photo that was taken years before I ever traveled professionally, but it was the only one I had, so it went on the layout.

Challenge Lessons Learned

  • I need to get more photos of myself traveling, sitting in airports or on the plane, at the food court, etc… I traveled most often by myself so that explains why I don’t have these kinds of photos. Even when I did travel with others, I wouldn’t have been comfortable handing my camera to a co-worker to have them take photos of me. So now that I know, I’ll be more conscious of it and make sure to take some in the future.
  • I really struggle with 2-page layouts. Most of the time, they look like two separate one page layouts. To help unify this layout, I found a solid red sheet of Basic Grey paper from another collection and mounted the left page. I added a thin strip of stripes at the bottom, spanning both pages to bridge them together. I matted the photos on the right side with white cardstock so there would be more white on that side. Then I added some travel word stickers to both sides to help tie both pages together.
  • I love how the hand-made travel ephemera embellishments looks on the layout. I’m really excited about the idea of using ephemera like this for vacation and travel related pages. It’s subtle but more personal and there are so many possibilities.
  • As I worked on this page, another idea was sparked to document what a typical travel month was like for me. How many trips, where did I go, how many miles, etc… I actually saved some of my expense reports and calendars so I should be able to pull something together. Something else to work on this week!

Have a great Tuesday!

22 Comments

  1. Looks great Tammy! I love how you used your travel ephemera, I have boxes of the stuff and would love to use it on Lo’s. I also saw recently someone had punched memorabilia using a stamp and a ticket punch (sorry can’t remember where or who), that looked cool too! Hope your moving plans are going well! x

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    • Thanks! I love the idea of a ticket punch. I’ll try that next! I definitely feel that I’ll never use all the stuff I collect if I keep it in its original form. Making the embellishments puts a different spin and makes it so much easier to use. I hope you give it a try! 🙂

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  2. your ephemera pieces look fabulous on this LO. Know what you mean about wanting photos of being in transit but not feeling comfortable taking them. Love your idea of recording how much you travel in a month

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    • Thanks! I sometimes do the hold-the-camera-at-arms-length but those pictures don’t always tell the whole story and I get tired of taking them! LOL But I’ll just have to try harder. 🙂

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  3. Tammy, this turned out absolutely fantastic! I think your travel embellishments would look great on regular pages too, if you had extras. Amazing job!

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    • Thanks! You are right…….they would look great on every day pages too. I’ll be thinking more and more about using this kind of thing all the time. 🙂

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  4. tammy,
    this is just soooo awesome. i love the embellishments that you made. so inspiring. i am going to have to try this!

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    • Thanks! I hope you do give it a try. Let me know when you do! 🙂

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  5. Two-page layouts have a different design aesthetic than 1-pagers, at least to me it seems that way. I think your pages go very well together without being overly matchy-matchy and I love the embellishments!

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    • Oh, that is so true. I’ve got the one page down but 2 pagers just really challenge me! Not such a bad thing to tackle once in awhile. I couldn’t do them too often though. 🙂

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    • Thanks Hilde! 🙂

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  6. I’m like you. When I travel I don’t often take photos of inside the airport and that sort of thing. My most recent trip, though, I did take one of me waiting for the plane. I do the self-portrait style of holding the camera out at arm’s length. I was able to get the plane in the background, too.

    Great pages!

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    • Thanks and that’s a great tip – I need to do this more often. 😀

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  7. So glad you got some creative time in 🙂
    I love your layout, so much to look at 🙂

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    • Thanks!

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  8. I am totally in love with the travel related embellishments and am definitely going to use this idea soon. Maybe I should plan a trip just so we can have some extra boarding passes! LOL

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    • I’m not above planning a trip just to scrapbook it……or staging a few photos for the same reason. Whatever works!!! 😀

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  9. Turned out great! I am terrible about taking photos too.

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    • Thank you!

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  10. This turned out great! I’m sad because I pick up fewer and fewer boarding pass stubs now that I can just print at home. The printed at home ones don’t lend themselves to scrapbooking as well.

    Start handing your camera to other people! I’ve started looking at pictures when I come home from a trip and noticing what I wish I had more of. I try to correct it the next time I’m on a trip. I noticed I wasn’t in too many pictures because I was the one holding the camera. I started handing my camera off too.

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    • Thanks! I will confess that even though I can (and do sometimes) print at home, I still go to the desk and ask for a boarding pass……just so I can rip off a piece to keep. Well, I check in with the iPhone most often now, so I have a better excuse. You can print boarding passes from most of the kiosks and there’s never a line at the ones that let you check in with no checked baggage. Just a little tip from this frequent flyer!

      I did hand my camera off during my Europe trip – everyone on the tour was great about taking photos for everyone. But it’s not the same thing to hand it off to a random stranger at the gate to have them take a photo of my single traveling self. I have to draw the line somewhere! LOL. 🙂

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