Monday, September 30, 2013

Europe Title Page

Hi all,

Woo hoo! Two posts in two days.

Hubby, daughter and I went to Europe in July for a family wedding in Slovakia (the groom is Australian and the bride Slovakian and they met in Scotland).

I have not yet scrapped any other holiday/trip, so this will be a first. I have decided to give the trip it's own album and do a combination of 12 x 12 layouts and pocket pages. I actually took some notebooks with me on this trip and I have pretty much written something in about every day. I have also written a list of layout ideas and themes of pages -- I did this after I had returned home and looked through the photos and saw various photos that tell stories over a number of days. 

I am very keen not to do an album where I say "On day one we did this" and then the next page is "On day two we did this".  I am really interested in the history of many of the places we visited, so for my own satisfaction I'd like to put a bit of history in there too.

When I started out as a scrapbooker I was very into the photos and not interested in the story at all. I couldn't see the need for it, these were my photos, I knew what was going on in the pictures, blah, blah, blah.. But over time I can now see how very important it is to get my story down on paper.   

So I've put page protectors in an album, I've collected my ephemera, photos and journals in one place and I have been mulling it all over in my head now for a number of weeks. I'm a little stuck on starting because I want it to be "perfect", so I forced myself to do something, anything. So here is my title page for the Europe Album ... hmmm a title page - I've never done one before as mostly l my scrapbooking has been random pages as the mood and inspiration struck me.

Hmmm, it's a little yellower than in real life,
the following photos are a better colour representation

I've become the queen of pop dots/dimensionals!

Doing all this has inspired me to get the photos and "stuff" from other trips I have taken and put them into groups to eventually scrap them too ... Including my "trip of a lifetime" to Canada and the USA in 1993 when I was 23. I would have to scan all the negatives or photos first, so that will take a while to get to.

Take care,


Sunday, September 29, 2013


Hi all,

Well here I am, back again. So much for posting everyday/week/month this year.... :-(

I have so much I want to write about, but I've been procrastinating, trying to figure out what to say first. So, I've just decided to dive in and say SOMETHING. 

I'm such an old fuddy duddy! I discovered Podcasts in June this year, specifically the Paperclipping Round Table ... Man I am so slow - they have been doing these podcasts since 2010, so I've been ploughing through 3 years of podcasts since I discovered it in June. Much more on that later... but I am sooooo inspired. I have so many ideas bouncing around in my brain right now. Some I have actioned, but a lot is "on the list".

One thing I have been inspired to do via a de-stash suggestion made on the podcast is to sort through all my brads. Egads I've bought a lot of the blighters over the years, but I do not use them. Love the idea of them but something has always stopped me. Then I realised that I hate the tangs, or whatever you like to call them.... So, I pulled the tangs/legs off all the brads I could and then donated the ones I couldn't to my daughter's school.

Oh.My.Goodness ... since I took the tangs off these things I've started using them!! I use either a glue dot or a dimensional and it makes me so much happier to use them this way rather than stabbing through the paper.

Christmas brad un-tang'ed
So, if anyone is still out there I'd love to know if you have ever re-purposed something and loved it more/used it more after re-purposing?

I have so much to show you of things I have been doing, but I thought I'd best start off small... I'm glad to be back! I owe you one Maureen Canning!

Talk soon,