Some of you already know that I write a couple of blogs (when the mood takes me!) my other blog being about my travels and experiences in Iran-Persian Posts. Over the past few days I have been catching up with my articles based on my 3-week holiday back in July 2014. Thank goodness then that I always keep a travel journal which I religiously and lovingly write up each evening so that I don’t forget even the smallest detail. It is amazing what you do forget and I love re-reading my journal weeks and months after my holiday.
My travel journal has come in very handy this whilst writing up my posts and I have managed to complete quite a few. We are already planning our 2015 visit so I must catch up before we go!
Travel journals are easy to put together and good fun. Collecting tickets and stubs, receipts, leaflets, postcards, menus, photos, labels and anything else that will stick onto the pages or slip into pockets is addictive but they give a great flavour of your travel experience and trigger memories otherwise filed away.
For this trip I used a great wire-bound book from paperchase. For £7.00 I got
lots of pages, both lined and plain so I could add my own drawings, plastic pockets and half-page paper pockets which were really useful to keep the leaflets and menus in.
If you are short of ideas but have collected a wealth of material, you will do worse than look on Pinterest for inspiration. There are lots of completed pages to view, ideas for travel-themed embellishments and layout designs as well as suggestions for what works well.
I will be writing another journal to cover my 2015 travels and have already got the book ready to pack! All I need now is to sort out the rest of my equipment to take and I will be set. Only 5 months early!
My niece Pippa is marrying her fiance Dan next April and the invitation landed on my doormat yesterday firing up my excitement again.
I designed the invites for them and during the summer holidays cut out the shapes and toppers, stamped and hand-painted the birdcage images (100) and then transported everything down to my sisters house so we could all sit together around the kitchen table and put them together.
It was a lovely sunny day in August and one of Pippa’s bridesmaids, Nicola also came across for the day to help out-it was girly heaven! Pippa provided the jelly beans and Nicola the raspberry lemonade. Big Sis provided the lunch and her husband the entertainment as always!
Birdcage stamped images
Nicola & Pippa
Pippa & Nicola-JD! (Job Done)
Pippa’s twin brother Paul designed the inserts so it turned out to be a real family joint-effort. It was good fun and made it all the more special because we had done it ourselves.
I am now back to thinking about more pages for their wedding scrapbook which I have already started and have spent an hour or two (and some pennies) on some gorgeous Kaisercraft papers. I can’t post any pictures of the pages yet, you will have to wait until well into 2014 when I get the photos of the day but there is nothing to stop me preparing the pages ready to slip in the pictures when available.
I am also extremely honoured and proud to say that Pippa has also asked me to read a passage from Captain Corelli’s Mandolin at the ceremony. It is a beautiful reading taken from one of our favourite books of all time. I just hope that I do it justice.
Exciting times and something to look forward to over the winter months.
Last year I put together and decorated a number of Kaisercraft MDF Advent Calendar kits. Going through my craft stash this morning, I found a new kit which I had forgotten about and so I have spent this afternoon making it up and covering the 24 little box drawers with pretty paper.
I still need to add some buttons/ribbons/ brads for small handles to open the drawers and I will have another look through my bits and bobs to see what I can use.
Here is today’s make;
Kaisercraft Advent Calendar
Of course, it doesn’t need to be made up as an Advent Calendar and they make a lovely gift if you are feeling generous of pocket and spirit! Here is a link to last year’s versions;
I can’t believe that I spent most of my week’s holiday putting together an Advent Calendar, but that’s exactly what I have done and have now put the finishing touches to my efforts.
At least the hot temperatures we’ve had recently helped everything dry quickly!
The calendar is produced by Kaisercraft as part of their “Beyond the Page” range and already I’ve had several people asking me to do one for them but I think that it is much nicer if you order the basic pack and do it yourself!