Thursday, 11 September 2014

Got my head in the clouds - 12 X 12 layout with the July Scraptastic Kit

Happy Thursday everyone !!!  It is a rainy one here and the weather has turned slightly cooler .... autumn is around the corner but so far September has been lovely so I won't complain :).  I am off on Thursdays, as well as weekends.  I try and get most of the chores, and errands, out of the way on Thursdays to free up more fun time on the weekends.  Sometimes it works; but sometimes I play a little hooky on Thursdays too.  Some scrapping time is so good for the soul is it not ?

I have really been enjoying the July Either Way kit from Scraptastic.  The colour scheme is right up my alley and the papers are just beautiful,  It is a varied and versatile kit!  I have also been playing along with some of the challenges over on the Scraptastic blog and the layout I want to share with you today was made in response to a challenge to use a monochromatic colour scheme.

When I saw the cloud paper in the kit, I knew immediately which photos I wanted to scrap!  I am really quite proud of this layout, if I may say so myself heehee !

It is quite a simple page design as I wanted the cloud paper to stand out, it is central to the theme and subject of this layout.

The supplies:   All of the paper and cardstock are from the kit, as is the wood veneer.  My original intention was to use markers to colour the continents on the wood veneer but in the end I inked up the entire piece.  I wish I had stuck to my original idea... but, oh well, I still like it :)

  • The camera stickers, the bow, the vellum flower piece and the tags are from previous Scraptstic kits (although the tags may be from this one; I can't quite remember).
  • The aqua chipboard hearts and stars are from the Studio Calico essentials line
  • The washi tape is from my stash and i actually think it is from a RAK I got last year from Lisa and Sandra (Maggie Mylow and Oh Snap Gonzo on You Tube)
  • The foam Thickers are from Dear Lizzy and the alpha stickers are from the October Afternoon Daily Flash collection (I really love the Daily Flash alphas - they are my favourites right now).
  • The enamel dots, flair and puffy sticker are from my stash.  The latter is from Amy Tangerine and was the last on the sheet.... yay for using up entire sheets, or sets of embellishments !!!
The story:  these photos were taken on the flight back home after my one-year backpacking trip (there are several posts and layouts about this trip and several more to come :)).  I felt that the mood of the photos matched the cloud paper and the monochromatic colour scheme.  It was a bittersweet day, one filled with mixed emotions.  On the one hand, I was happy to be reuniting with friends and family after a year apart, but on the other hand I was sad to be leaving many new friends behind.  I so loved that trip and the lifestyle it allowed me to have for a whole year.  A year as a nomad, with all my belongings on my back.  I worked when the budget required it (I am fortunate to have my Irish citizenship and well as my Canadian one) or when something interesting came along. I visited 21 countries in that year.  I saw some amazing things and places, met some fantastic local people everywhere I went, but also made great friends amongst fellow travelers.  I discovered so many interesting foods, music, culture, art, history, nature, flora,  animals ..... I could go on and on.  I could write a book.  I could, and probably will, fill many scrapbooking albums as well as many journals.  I cherish all of the memories, good and bad (there were few of those), funny, hilarious and life enriching.  All of that made for a very full heart and a lot of thinking on the  flight home.  I felt those two photos depicted that very well.

So there you have it !  Thanks so much for joining me today, as always.  I appreciate your lovely comments, likes and shares.  The scrapping community is such a great one and I value each and every one of you my friends.  Hugs xoxo

I will be back soon !  Until then, be well!


  1. What a fabulous life experience -- you'll treasure it always! Your LO turned out great, and I love the title.

    1. Thank-you so much Adele! it truly was a lovely and enriching experience !!!

  2. Love this layout Moira! And as always, I love reading your blog. I think you could write a book - and it would be published! It is always interesting and fun to read about your layouts and your stories. Can't wait to hear them on your videos.

    1. Thanks so much Roni !!! You always leave such great and encouraging comments. I love writing and it sure is a dream (probably will stay that way LOL) to write a book one day. Studying and practising my video-making has taken a bit of a back seat to the garden recently. We are in the big harvesting time. This weekend, we will be canning our tomatoes. But my BIL has promised that I will have a set up in time for my birthday, which is in October. I can't wait to start either. Hugs xoxo

  3. That sounds like an amazing year!! 21 countries!! Wow! Have you been to The Netherlands too? My daughter is a foreign exchange student for a (school)year and away for 2 months right now, so 8 to go. I know the experience will be awesome, but I'm finding it hard! It's sooooo long! And yes, you should definitely write a book!! Your layout is awesome!! Love your style!

    1. Hi Monique !!! thanks so much for the lovely comment :) I did make it to the Netherlands, but only to Amsterdam - so I need to go back, right ?? LOL. I did however really love Amsterdam and I am sure your daughter will as well. People were so friendly and polite and helpful, all the time; I really felt safe. But oh how I know a mother's heart ....hopefully the time will fly for you :) :) There is a book project in the works but oh my ... time is always the factor. I think I may have to live to 106 ... which is fine by me :)