I thought I'd make 2 last masculine cards......and they should keep me going for awhile......as I usually need far more 'girly' cards than 'male' ones. Digging into the old stash I found a part used pad that went perfectly with these LOTV images.
Like the other cards I've been making recently......there are very little in the way of additions.....a little plain card......some candi.....and a sentiment.....plus, of course, a lot of layering.
Having started making some masculine cards......which I tend to avoid doing......I thought I'd better continue with them....before I lost interest!! I dug out the remains of a MME paper pad.....which certainly didn't scream 'male' but I think has worked fine with the lovely LOTV images.
I love how everything co-ordinates when you use one paper pad.......and yet you can still make an assortment of different cards.
The only additions are a little plain card......some Craftwork Cards candi.......and the sentiment.
We really enjoyed our short time in Lisbon......a lovely,extremely old city that we want to return to......we spent a lot of our day high above the city.....where there were amazing views......so I decided to start with a double page layout of photos taken at the top of the city.......based on Shimelle's idea for making it look like one 12 x 24 page.
I used papers from the second pack that I'd used in the 'Return to the Collection' class.....and the embellishments have all been cut or punched from the papers as well.
Although we traveled part of the way up the city by tram.....there was still a lot of walking up extremely steep streets involved!
But we were rewarded by amazing views over the city.......and you can see the suspension bridge in the lower photo.
Southern Europe seems to specialise in decaying buildings......that still manage to look impressive!!
Once a month I go to an evening scrapbook crop......I've only been going a few months.....I didn't know it was happening until I was alerted to it by a local blogger......there's about 8 of us....and each month we have the choice of doing the kit provided......or doing our own thing. This month the kit was 'vintage'......I don't often do vintage style on scrapbook pages.....but had a slightly vintage style 'official' photo taken at a formal dinner on our cruise.....and we are,of course,getting pretty vintage ourselves!! I don't often do cruise photos either......they are so expensive to buy......but it's pretty rare we dress up.....so we decided to stump up and pay for a record of it.
This was a real 'out of my comfort zone' page.....but I'm really pleased with the result.All the papers were from a new Papermania range 'Madame Payraud'......the embellishments were supplied with the kit.....but I did add the butterfly washi tape and stickers, the little buttons and the title letters
The flowers that should have been made with the kit were very ornate and raised and while I did like them......I didn't think they'd squeeze into an album very well.....so I made a simpler one with offcuts of the papers.
There was also a lot of distressing of the papers which was fine when it involved ink.....but when it was suggested we screw up the postcard pieces before adding them.....I did turn a bit pale.....but it ended up being not quite as traumatic as I feared.....and does go well with the vintage feel.
Time for a little break from scrapbooking......and as it's half term this week I have a bit more time for crafting.....especially as the weather isn't suitable for doing much else.....so thought I'd make a few cards.....starting with some 'masculine' cards....as I never have any when I need them.
The 5th video in 'Return to the Collection' was making a double page spread.....but making it look like it was one 12 x 24 page. I do sometimes make double page layouts......especially in holiday albums......though I've never tried to make them look like one page......so this challenge worked well for me....except....the collection I was using was almost finished [the collection Shimelle used had 2 of each design,but mine only had 1]......and the papers left just wouldn't make a page I'd like.....so I cheated.....I dug out a small MME collection pack and used that.....in fact I've used it for some more double pages and almost finished it now!
We've visited Barcelona before.....and on this visit decided to spend time looking at some of the wonderful buildings in the centre......and wandering amongst all the stalls on Las Ramblas.....so I decided to make this a buildings layout.....and the colours of this paper collection were perfect. You can see a Gaudi building hiding in the top page.....apparently Barcelona City Council were not at all happy when it was built....as it broke umpteen city by-laws.
Shimelle added a lot of embellishment to her pages.....but I mainly stuck to layered circles again.....and I couldn't resist more of the chevron punch......I think this may be a feature of this album. I'm still pondering on the journaling so I'll have to add that later.
I always read.....but don't usually join in with.....Alexa's monthly meme 'Simply a Moment'.....today I couldn't resist. "I got up and walked into the kitchen.....intending to make a cup of tea and some yogurt and fresh fruit to take back to bed with a magazine.....I was all alone today as OH has gone to a motorbike exhibition in London and DD1 is at work.....as I walked through the door the light hit me......briefly I thought it might be a mirage.....a bright,blue,sunny sky.....and for the first time in weeks not a drop of rain in sight.....just a beautiful Springlike day.I momentarily thought of getting dressed and going outside to do some gardening.....but our garden is like a bog.....wellington boots compulsory....the heavy clay soil so wet that you could make pots out of it.....perhaps I could start a new career as a potter! So instead I took my breakfast.....and snuggled back in bed with my quilting magazine.....but I made sure I opened the curtains to let the sun stream in."
If you live in the rain deluged UK I'm sure you can appreciate this moment!!!!
And the storm damaged fences being held up by posts until the weather allows them to be properly repaired!!
Shimelle's 6th and last video in 'Return to the Collection' was about using up all the scraps that are leftover.Although she did have a photo chosen.....it did have me twitching a bit watching her just stick pieces all over her background without even a nod to the photo and where it was going to go or what colour it was!!. But I decided to be brave and go with the flow....though I did know that all the colours in this collection would compliment the photo!!
So a variety of scraps were stuck fairly randomly on the page......the mounted photo added....with some journaling alongside it. Shimelle had made some circular embellishments using the collection paper.....I did similar....but where she added lots of little pieces on the page around the circles.....I stopped with just the circles.....though I couldn't resist using the chevron punch again.
I think the page did come together okay despite so many patterns on it.
This class has certainly encouraged me to be a lot braver with patterned paper!! If you've been looking at at my last few posts.....you may wonder why I've skipped video 5....there is a very good reason.....and I'll come back to that another day.
Shimelle's 4th video in 'Return to the Collection' was making a double page layout.....but not the usual double page......this is one scrapped page.....and a co-ordinating divided page protector.....I really like this idea.....especially in a vacation album......as I have so many photos to scrap.....and have found in the past that I can get bored with making the album before I've finished.
I put together a variety of photos taken in Cadiz.....there were a lot of interesting buildings and monuments there.....and some journaling about our day.....this will be my final page on Cadiz.....I'm going to put any more photos in page protectors.Shimelle always adds lots of embellishments [I have less then her]....and balances the page by where she puts them......I'm trying to do that far more than I used to....not as successfully as her though.
She also puts quite a lot of embellishments in the page protector.......again I've got less.....but wanted it to be fairly quick to put together. We were surprised at how much cheaper mainland Spain was than 2 years ago.....a sign of their recession, I suppose.I was also impressed by the lycra clad policemen on bikes.....somehow I can't imagine that that is going to catch on over here!!