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We’re back! What a fabulous holiday! And look- a project to share.

Admittedly this is an older one, in fact a page which was started on our last trip to Scotland, when I brought some supplies but stoopidly forgot photos! Whoopsie! It didn’t stop me though – i just made the basis of the page and then finished it off when I got home.

With a little child in the house, its amazing to watch them develop each and every day, to look at the way they interpret the world and to see how they change from babies to toddlers just like that.  A few months back I jotted down some of Piper’s attempts at a few words, the ones that we have noticed are a little quirky and have their own unique Piper twist.

These stamps were perfect for this project- and i love that the speech bubbles are really easy to cut out. I am going to be using this set a lot, i can tell!

I stamped the little ‘thats what she said’ stamp all along a piece of vellum to create a border for the project. It too was perfect for this layout – love it when that happens!

 

 

To finish the design, I chose to go with clustered embellishment for a fancy, feminine look. Here are some more photos…

Looking back its really hard to imagine being back in that time frame. Piper’s speech is so advanced, even the guys at nursery sing her praises. She plays games with us, pretending to say something wrong and then bursting out into laughter. Even though only a few months have past since this time, you really do forget. And thats why i am so glad that I have made this page.  I hope i remember that pages dont have to be a work of art in order to immortalise those precious little memories from a childhood that passes by too quickly.

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Bonjour tout le monde! I’m trying to get in to a French mood because in a mere few days we will be enjoying the snowy peaks of the French Mountains! Woohoo, Roll On Holiday! I have now entered into packing mode!

Last year I shared my Emergency Craft Kit with you, a collection of goodies to pack in your suitcase when you want to craft on the go. It worked well for our domestic trip but this time we are really stuck for room, so there was no way we would be able to take up valuable suitcase space with that much stuff. Plus, we wont have as much free time, so lets be reasonable. I had to get creative about what to bring. And I do love being creative…. 🙂

I remember seeing a post on the beautiful blog of Crafty Goddess Elizabeth Kartchner, where she had packed some crafty supplies for a road trip. I loved it, be sure to check it out. This was the inspiration for my (mini) Emergency Craft Kit! Let’s take a look at what i’ve got!

Mini Book

Elizabeth made a little book from kraft cardstock and her silhouette and it was adorable. I thought I would follow suit to see what I could come up with. From an A4 piece of card I made pages with word apertures, cut out using the BEBAS font. I love the way this font looks when you cut it out.

I too used the bind it all to bind all the pages together, but I mixed it up a little in two ways. Firstly I used black wire as well as silver wire for the bindings. This is a cool way to use up those offcuts when you use all but two or three prongs. Secondly I added some extra pages to the book: a piece of glitter card to go behind the cover page, a pocket page for ephemera and I also glued two pages together to create the last page in the book (with some washi tape behind the aperture) – this makes it more sturdy, and hopefully more voyage-friendly!

Supplies

As for supplies, I too wanted to bring some washi tape, small scissors and some tags and journaling cards. I also brought some offcuts of pattern paper from my scraps box.

For adhesive, I really wish that I had the small bottle of glossy accents but i’m not going to buy it just for this trip so instead I am bringing this white glue pen. It is basically PVA glue but is it super easy to dispense. I have wrapped some sticky tape around the lid to ensure no mishaps on our travels.

In regards to pens, I’ve got a standard black pen that I like to write with and a white gel pen. I have wrapped these up in some discarded craft packaging incase of ink spills. It pays to be careful!

I also took a little baggy and put in a sprinkling of embellishments: buttons, veneer shapes, chipboard shapes. In fact Piper spent about half an hour sorting these this afternoon, so these may also double up as an indoor play project with miss P. BONUS!

All together

To contain her bits and pieces, Elizabeth had a little fabric bag. I never even thought of doing something like that. I guess I would have worried about getting things crumpled, but throwing caution to the wind I figured I would give it a try. Its good to get outside your comfort box sometimes.

I took some fabric and cut two rectangles, and before sewing them together I wanted to decorate the front of my bag. For this I used felt letters from KI memories, spelling out ECK – Emergency Craft Kit of course!! The felt letters have a cardboard backing and are adhesive but I didn’t think the adhesive would endure the ride so I ran some stitches through them. I love how they turned out. Not sure who makes the felt heart, but I stitched this by hand onto the material.

A few minutes later I had a bag, and all it needed was a drawstring – seam binding worked great for this! TA-DA!

NOW, if only I could get back to that packing!!

Here’s the rest of the pages in the mini book! Enjoy! x

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Look at that wee face!
Back when the trees were starting to change colour and the rain hadn’t set in as yet, we took a stroll one Saturday afternoon to a stream about two minutes from our house. Who knew this was going to be the highlight of Piper’s year!? Even now, months later, she still talks about collecting leaves, listening to squirrels and throwing sticks in the river and watching them float away.

Thinking about this awesome day spent together as a family made me smile, so I knew I wanted to scrap it.

This project started with me playing with ink and Heidi swapp’s paper, but in the end I just included a little piece of this in the project.

It’s been ages since I did a 2-pager. I was delighted with myself when I came up with the idea of taping the two pages together at the back using washi tape. It stuck the pages together so I could use them as one canvas, but once my layout was finished I could remove the tape easily. Any overlapping papers I had to slice with my craft knife along this seam. It made working on a 12×24 project so much easier.

Here are some more piccys of the final project. Enjoy!

 

Oh, and by the way, I still have a few boxes left: Check out this post —-> GRAB BOXES

 

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