Tuesday, July 13, 2010

More scrappiness

Bacharach, the town we stayed in. The letters RAC are attached to ribbons, which pull out the hidden journalling.

Two pages of Marksburg castle

Page 2 of Marksburg Castle

Page 1 of Marksburg Castle. A square of journalling hidden behind the picture of the castle

The view of Boppard and the Rhine River from the so-called '4 lakes view' atop a bluff. The scene of the crime for my massive German sunburn. Sonnenschutz, people. Sonnenschutz.

Monday, July 12, 2010

Recent scrappiness

I have started the long, never-ending journey of creating a scrapbook of our Europe trip. Taking it nice and sloooooow and enjoying all the memories of the things we did. Hoping to go back next April to Brussels, Belgium, then Amsterdam, then London. Or vice-versa. Brussels only because it is easy to find frequent flier flights into there. London because Ethan thought it was awesome and wants to experience it with me. Amsterdam, because Amsterdam is awesome and we want to try the craziness of Queen's Day again, and get a chance to check out the many museums and sights that we missed the first time around. Love that combination of 'anything goes' and the laid back, quiet atmosphere of the canals.

Bad Salzig, where we inadvertantly exited our train and spent an hour of our first full day in Germany

Two page layout of our Rhine river cruise

Page 1

Page 2

Our hotel in Germany.

I am not a big fan of seeing a lot of writing/journalling, so I generally type my thoughts up and hide them behind pictures on the pages--the hotel page has our bill and postcards and my journalling tucked behind the darker green patterned paper that the pictures are arranged on; the ribbon on page 2 of our Rhine cruise pages pulls out to show my journalling on a card there; and the large picture on the Bad Salzig page has journalling on the card tied with green ribbons you can see on the left side.

I have finally decided that my scrapbook style is more of a collage of randomly sized pictures arranged together, occasionally overlapping. Evenly spaced apart. Not actually randomly sized--my printer does up to 5x7 pics, so I can do 5x7, 4x6, or half pics (3x4 or 3.5x5), or quarter pics (2x3 or 2.5x3.5), so that is what I choose from. Works for me.

I have some more layouts done of our Marksburg castle tour and the town of Bacharach, but no pics just yet.

My scraproom

Spice rack re-purposed into an embellishment holder

My solid and pattterned papers, divided by color (solids/cardstock) and manufacturer (patterned)

My fishing tackle box repurposed into an embellishment holder. Each tray comes out, and has around 25 little compartments for things like buttons or prima flowers or brads/eyelets.

My newest addition--4 long trays of tip-out embellishment holders. Bought at an estate sale in Portland with Mom for a total of $6. Absolutely awesome and PERFECT for little things. The clear trays each can be easily removed for better access to the teeny things inside.

Ribbons on spools above my (neverused) printer that came free with our last computer.

Flowers sorted by colors into a variety of jars