London Calling

Here is another page I added to my travel scrapbook. It’s of London…day 1 of our Europe trip in 2009. Still working on the rest of the trip pages!

I decided to keep this page vintage looking since that style reminds me of London. I adored the photo of my husband standing next to the quintessential London icon..a red phone booth and of course the London Bridge.  Both photos were distressed on the edges with a paper distresser and inked. Our hotel gave us a map to use while we were there, I kept it and used a tag punch to cut out all the places we saw. Then I used a bigger tag punch to cut out red cardstock tags, I crumpled these, inked them with navy ink and attached the smaller tags to the front of them. I strung the tags across the page using bakers twine and my handy dandy tiny stapler.  I also used London sights entrance tickets as page elements..using the same technique as the red tags.  Kraft scrapbook paper was used as the base, punched out a border on the side and attached navy blue paper to the bottom. As a finishing touch I applied white henna-like pattern rub-ons to the page. There is so much Indian culture there that I just had to incorporate that into my layout.

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Aruba and Dilly Dally

I love Daily Junque – Pink Paislee’s new line of papers….especially this one called Tickets. I used this paper as the base for my Aruba layout. I went to Aruba last year on a family trip without my husband while I was pregnant…needless to say it was pretty interesting and Aruba was gorgeous! I couldn’t resist the Dilly Dally brads from Making Memories to accent the photos such as the butterfly, yellow flower and tiny red glitter brad at the top of the page.

I decided to layer scrap papers and use punches on them for underneath the photos. And the yellow bobble ribbon is the perfect icing on the cake!

Oh la la!

I am working on my travel scrapbook right now….composing layouts of all the trips I have taken with family and my husband into one luscious scrapbook. I love all the new embellishments out especially Je T’Adore collection from Making Memories. It was perfect, it captures the romanticism of Paris and the antique feeling of the city. Plus its pink so I was happy. I used the Je T’Adore Accoutrements, banners Amour and French Words 12×12 paper.   Burgundy ribbon was ruffled under the journaled piece and I cut my Eiffel Tower pic to the same shape of the Pink Paislee Flip Note I used. I took some pink scrap paper, punched it with EK Success Palm Leaf edge punch, and dabbed it with red ink to give it a weathered look.
I like to intermingle remnants of paper memories I saved from my travels into the layouts. As you can see, I used such the Louvre and Musee d’orsay entrance tickets on this page. Not only it is like having instant memorabilia for scrapbooking but saved pieces from trips are personal and evoke memories when you see them once again: I remember standing in the Orsay museum ticket line holding a bottle of water and admiring the stylish braided hairstyle of the Japanese tourist in front of me. It was hot in Paris that day, but once I got inside the museum I instantly felt cooled with culture. I loved that it was a railway station transformed into a art museum, their was something so organic about the architecture. 
We stayed in a hotel that was walking distane to the Eiffel Tower…it was a small establishment but charming nevertheless. I loved our room because of the window with the iron planter hanging over the street. We saw the Eiffel Tower, Lourve, Notre Dame,  Arc de Triomphe, Champps-Elysees, boat tour of the Seine River but the third and last night was the best, we bought a baguette and a bottle of wine, sat in the park under the tower for hours…it was lovely.