Sunday, 16 February 2014

Pocket Scrapbooking - One Mum's third attempt

I thought it might be refreshing  to take a break from scrapping baby photos since dealing with baby stuff is what I do most days at the moment. I decided instead to delve into my collection of photographs from my O.E. back in 2000 when my boyfriend at the time, now my husband, and myself travelled through Italy and made a day trip to Venice.
It's a long overdue project and it's a bit of a different feeling dealing with these photographs which were taken with a old-school SLR not a digital. I had an accident with the storage conditions being a bit damp and I don't have negatives for a lot of these and these definitely are the only copy. So storing them in these acid-free pockets will be good protection but it does mean I was forbidden from doing anything fancy to the photographs themselves.
My inspiration for getting stuck into this project was the super lovely Now Boarding range of papers, stickers and stamps from Kaisercraft. I just love all that grungy, antique travel ephemera. 

I used the same Captured theme journal cards from We R Memory Keepers that I used in my previous baby themed spreads but this time i just chose the more mustard cards and less of the pink and mint green. Then to get them to all tone together I used Wild Honey distress Paint from Tim Holtz or Mustard Seed Distress Ink or the Tea coloured stain from Tim Hotlz. It's amazing how versatile these journal cards are because there are so many options within the pack and then you can convert them to your will using tints of colour.

In this photo you can see I have stamped a tag image that says 'Memories' using Kaisercraft  Now Boarding travel themed stamps that go so nicely with the Now Boarding paper stack. I cut a hole in the journal card and tied some parcel string through to give some interest to the page.

I did some journaling on the Stamped area using Becky Higgins Project Life pens which come in a pack of three line weights of archival ink ready for writing your thoughts on those little lined journal cards.

Here I have tried everything in my arsenal to tone down the colour of this particular journal card that I initially distressed with some mustard seed yellow to make it pop less off the page. The yellow was really eye-catching and it didn't need to be the centre of attention so I tried distress stain in tea distress ink in Rusty Hinge and Distress paint in Wild Honey. I even used my mini mister thinking that I could try some of those beautiful techniques Tim Holtz does to tags.

I used the pop out embellishment from the now boarding paper pad that said "Paradise Found"  and then I cut a strip of stripey paper from the same pack.



  1. Wonderful layout about Venice. I am heading there in May and I am so excited!!!!
    Did you know you can scan your original photos into a computer using a flatbed scanner and then you can get them printed just as you would a digital print. Hope that helps!

    1. Thanks for your tip Manda. Unfortunately the majority of the photos are stuck together with mould. The best method I could find on the internet is to soak them in water and gently pry them apart then dry them on a rack. It works but it's such a process. It will be a long time before I get around to scanning them all! Ha ha.
      Enjoy your trip to Venice!