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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 love this photo, but it could never figure out quite how to put it on a layout. The photo’s from 2009, that’s how long I’ve been putting it off. A scrapbooking weekend away allowed me the time to really think about how to scrap it. The flower was one from my garden, and I’m definitely not a gardener – it was growing a little wild, to say the least, so this quote suits very well. Having just the one photo on the page allowed me to include a longer quote, which never seems to work quite as well when there are multiple photos or if I’m using pocket pages. The quote reads ‘the flower that blooms in adversity is the most rare and beautiful of all’.

20131212-194824.jpg The wooden feather, leaf embellishment, LOVE paperclip and envelope/heart brad are all from the Freckled Fawn embellishment kit. I combined these with Amy Tangerine white thickers, tiny letter stickers, a chipboard circular design, a Kaisercraft pearl swirl, washi tape and triangular jewelry pieces (repurposed as scrapbook embellishments).

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This year I’m doing Stacey Julian’s Inspired Scrapbooking class at Big Picture Classes and the theme for January is seasons.

My favourite season is Winter, lots of cosy moments without a lot of being hot and sweaty.

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The journalling reads:

I grew up in a household that didn’t use electric blankets, so I’ve never thought about getting one for my own place.

I love climbing into bed in winter, all warm and the sheets are cool and crisp. I tend to run hot, so the bed warms up quickly, no electricity required. Such a cosy feeling.

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My scrappy friends exclaimed over the fact that I created a layout all about one ticket. This made me think (again) about how there’s no right way to scrapbook or do memory keeping – whatever works for you is the right way.

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‘The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged)’ was a mash-up of 37 of Shakespeare’s plays, done in an hour and a half show. I studied a few of the Shakespearian plays in high school (Macbeth, Othello, A Midsummer’s Night’s Dream) and know a few famous lines (thanks to Baz Lurhmann’s Romeo & Juliet), but I am by no means a Shakespeare aficionado. This obvious draw back (how many of the audience would you expect to know 37 Shakespearian plays?) was overcome by casting some brilliant comic actors (and some brilliant writers too, I expect) so we followed along quite well. It’s been five years since I saw the production and I still remember laughing uproariously and crossing my legs cause I didn’t want to miss a minute going to the bathroom.

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There’s something I find very satisfying about using up scraps from previous layouts. Apart from the background paper, all the other pieces are scraps and the combination of the two alphabets allowed me to use numbers that are often left in my sticker sets (take out the numbers and give me more of the letter E i say!!).

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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 🙂


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