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…
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!