Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Quite the Trip!

    I will start off with a confession. I have an addiction to travel themed papers. This means that I have several travel theme paper collections, in their entirety, waiting to be used in my stash. I think I have more travel paper than I have trips to take. So either I need to take more trips or I need to find a way to use this paper up.( The same can be said for Halloween themed papers and pet papers, but that's a whole other post or two) So, now that I have that out of the way, I am happy to say that I have two travel themed pages to show you today. Two is a start in using stash up, right?
  I am very lucky, in that, when my husband travels he takes us along with us whenever he can. Earlier this year, he had a business conference in Aspen, Colorado. My son and I were very excited at the opportunity to see snow. Living in a warm climate means that snow is a wonderful, rare thing and not the hassle those who live with it know it to be. So I booked the tickets, knowing full well that travelling from where we lived to Colorado would take four connecting flights and an entire day of travel.
map by Little Yellow Bicycle
Arrows and patterened paper by Best Creation
7 gypsies brads
DMC floss
black alphas- Americna Crafts thickers
Making memories rub ons and rub on alphas
Prima e-line pearls
We R Memory keepers chipboard tag

I have had this wonderful map paper by little yellow bicycle for awhile now. I had the great idea of using brads and hand stitching to document our flights. This is one of those pages I just made. By that, I mean that there was not a big plan. I had a sort of idea and then just began putting stuff onto the page. It may not be perfect, but it's a page done. The process of doing a page like this is also very freeing. I find that when I am stuck and can not get myself inspired to scrap, making a page in this manner sort of opens the creative flood gates.
  Now that the creative flood gates were open, page two was completed in a snap. I saw this Sassy lil Sketch and the elements I wanted to use came together quickly and easily from my July Counterfeit Kit.
Sassy lil Sketch 7-14-11
Scrapfit workout #49-put a banner on it
We R Memory keepers papers and stickers
Making memories rub on planes

I wanted to document how light we chose to travel. So the suitcase paper worked well. I cut the subtitle from the name of the paper. I always check out the paper edges for small sections of pattern paper or words that can be used on pages.  This was one of those rare pages in which the only card stock used was to matte one of the photos. As a time saver, I cut the two wallet photos directly from the printed sheet leaving white edges from the photo paper for the matte.
  Traveling light had been an essential part of this trip. With four connecting flights between two airlines, our suitcases would have never made it safely to our destination. Our return trip was not much easier. We had three connecting flights with a ten hour layover in one airport and an overnight red eye. It was important for me to document how good a travel companion my son can be despite hard circumstances like that. He actually was a lot less cranky than I was. I had initially wanted to take photos of him at each airport. However, in some instances we were so busy scrambling to grab a meal or get to the next flight that this was not feasible. So I simply made sure to journal about our experience. Photos are not always necessary to tell the story.
  The next time you are feeling stuck or overwhelmed by the prospect of scrapping, relax and just begin putting stuff down on the page. You may end up loving what you create. You may learn a little more about the process you use when you scrap.Most of all, you will find your creative streak again.


  1. Such a fun LO! This vintage travel pp is so perfect! Your banner is so cute with the bling at the corners of the flags, and a wonderful accent for your LO! Thanks for joining us for the banner challenge at ScrapFIT! ~ Blessings


  2. Beautiful pages!! I really love your banner, and I love how your journaling strips are vellum & you can see through them! Wonderful layouts! Thank you for playing with us at ScrapFIT!

  3. great layouts, love how you scrapped your trip. great photo while on the plane. thanks for joining the SF challenge.

  4. Fun! I like them a lot. I have some map paper that I want to use for some photos from my recent trip to my mom's. Got to get cracka lackin' on that!

  5. I wish I was capable of traveling light, LOL! Such a cute LO. Thanks for playing along at ScrapFit!

  6. How cool !! Great page and what a great photo in the bottom ! :o)
    Thanks for playing with us at Sassy Lil Sketches ! :o)

  7. I love the brads and stitching idea to show your flights - brilliant! And 2 definitely counts - I try not to think of how many pages I'd have to do to use up my stash - and I don't think I really have that much :o

  8. I love your page, great take on the workout!

  9. This all looks great...thanks for playing along at ScrapFIT

  10. I must admit that I share your addiction to travel themed papers - I LOVE travel layouts, and this one is great :-D
    The banner is just perfect for your page :-D
    Thanks for sharing your layout with us at ScrapFIT.

  11. Love your photos and this layout! I also love the papers you chose and your adorable banner...thanks for playing along at ScrapFIT!

  12. what a great page!!!! and wonderful pics too!!!! thanks sooo much for playin along with ScrapFit!!!!

  13. Beautiful LO and phots!Thanks for playing along at ScrapFit!