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My overseas holiday in 2010 included lots of places and lots of stories, so when I put together the scrapbook I felt like I needed dividers to break it up. This is the divider to start the Edinburgh section (the first place I ventured).

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I created all the layouts for Edinburgh and was left with some postcards that hadn’t fitted anywhere. This was the perfect way to use them as they are ‘big picture’ postcards with views of the city. The layouts were focused on smaller stories, so it’s no wonder these didn’t fit in.

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It was an excellent opportunity to use one of my favourite sheets of paper. One of those papers I’ve been hoarding because I love it, but have absolutely no idea how to use it. I added a chipboard title that I coloured with ink. It’s coated with Dimensional Magic to get that shiny effect and make it stand out from the background. Add some rub-ons, cloud stickers and a doily from my stash and its complete.

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I combined three sets of products I just couldn’t work out how to use in this travel album title page – wood veneer geotags, chipboard country names and a beautiful scrapbook paper of a European map.

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In the end I realised I was over-complicating the situation – I love all three components of the layout and I let them speak for themselves with very minimal embellishing.

The chipboard country names are from Scrap Fx and I picked them up at my local scrapbook shop in Sydney, Australia – I bought them without a specific use in mind just after my holiday and I felt like it would be a waste not to use them. I’ve already used the names of the cities we visited on the title pages for the city-specific sections so I had to come up with another use.

The geotags came in a pack of Studio Calico alphabet wood veneers – I was excited cause I’d seen them used to such good effect by Amy Tan and others. But when it came down to it I just couldn’t make them work on my layouts. And then this perfect opportunity came about to highlight the actual places I went in Europe…

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I always had the title page in mind for this European map paper, but the colours and fancy border didn’t seem to encourage writing directly on it, it seemed to need something quite strong to stand out. The only way I could work some smaller writing in was to attach a journalling card from the Project Life Clementine Edition and make some short notes on that.

Now that I’ve combined all three of these ‘homeless’ elements it seem like they wouldn’t have worked any other way 🙂

I loved creating this page. The background paper screamed France at me, so I’ve been saving it for a Paris layout. I’m glad I did, the colours work really well with these St Germain photos.

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Once I laid down all the photos it seemed a bit dark, so I added a little glitter to brighten it up. I’m not normally a fan of glitter, but I recently came across Martha Stewart glitter tubes. The glitter comes in a range of colours and the best thing about it is the fine texture. I think I’m converted!

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The musical fountains were the highlight of my day at the Palace of Versailles. K and I had been wandering around the palace and gardens for hours. It was magnificent, but after so much it was becoming very same same.

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We walked around a hedge and at that moment classical music began to play and the fountains began to dance. It went on for about 15 minutes with the water display in time with the music.

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K and I were wandering around the back streets of Paris (from somewhere to somewhere, it’s all lost in the mists of time) and a little green square on the map caught our eye. The guidebook described Place des Voges as the oldest square in Paris, so we thought it would be a nice change of scenery from all the roads we were walking on the way to wherever.

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Little did we know how amazingly French the square is. The park in the square is beautifully kept and the buildings surrounding it are ordered and beautiful. On our way out of the square we passed a few luxurious boutique hotels that looked caught my eye for next time.

The journalling reads:

K and I stumbled across the oldest square in Paris by accident. It’s such a beautiful spot, this is where I want to stay the next time I’m in Paris ❤

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