Saturday, 9 May 2015

Layout 8: May Challenge "Anniversaries"

I'm running a monthly just-for-fun scrapbooking challenge on the do crafts Craft Talk forum this year.  The theme for May is "Anniversaries" and I chose this Pagemaps sketch as an optional sketch for the challenge. There are no rules, and no real deadline.

It's hard to remember just how different home photography was before digital cameras came along. When you were limited to 36 shots, each click of the shutter cost money, and you couldn't see the result for anything from days to months, the tendency was to be a bit choosy about what you snapped. Even though I've been there and done that, I'd forgotten just how few photos I used to take, and how rarely I photographed people, so I was astonished to discover we had exactly two shots from an anniversary day trip in the 1990s. Even worse, I probably wouldn't keep either if I took them today. At least I took something though - looking through my photos for anniversaries to scrap for this challenge, there were plenty where I hadn't taken a single shot!

Dull though these photos are, I've really enjoyed scrapping them, and the page I've created really sums up why I love scrapbooking. It's allowed me to preserve so much more than just "location, date, subject" - it tells the type of thing we did for a special occasion, the things we liked the best on the day, our attitude to photos and, because I'm a geek who keeps receipts from days out, even where we ate afterwards. Digging out the dinner receipt made me smile, as I'd forgotten that, for a few short months, we never passed up the chance to eat a TGI Friday chimichanga :-)

Here's what I made, I'd love to know what you think.

What I used:
Papers: Papermania "Portobello Road" 12x12, white vellum
Embellishments: Papermania "All Aboard" Page Tabs, Papermania "Portobello Road" buttons and ribbon, Papermania dome stickers, Basic Grey "Boxer" alphabet stickers
Tools: Purple Cows trimmer with deckle edge blade, XCut alphabet dies, XCut nesting circle dies, Papermania circle punch
Other: ColorBox chalk ink "Maroon", Tim Holtz Distress Ink "Chipped sapphire"

Crafting notes:
  • I added red dots to some of the polka dots to suggest roundels. The 'o' in Hendon is made like this, with a dome sticker to complete the effect.

  • The roundel journal block was made by using circle dies to create masks, then dabbing watered down ink through the mask.
  • I had some mementoes from the day that were too large for me to neatly incorporate into the page design. Instead, I created a pocket on the back of the page, and added a ribbon tag. I made the pocket from vellum to make the contents visible.

  • When sticking down the vellum, I used regular double sided tape - it's visible, but it is the page reverse, and I haven't found any vellum tape that sticks permanently. Everything I've tried lifts after a couple of years.
Happy crafting!