Thursday, February 11, 2016

Europe 2014 Album // France: Part III


Remember when I shared some pages from my 9x12 Europe travel album? Yes, no, maybe? It was ages ago since I last posted about it, and I recently realized I had all these photos of completed spreads edited but I hadn't blogged about them yet. So I thought it would be a good time to talk about this project again.

To summarize briefly, I went on a two week trip to France, Belgium and Czech Republic back in the spring of 2014. I edited all my photos, got them printed, and inserted them into page protectors. Now I'm working through completing the spreads with journaling, cards and embellishments. As of right now, I've finished all the France pages and am slowly working my way through the rest of the album. This album and a 6x8 Japan travel mini (that I've been periodically instagramming here) are two projects that I have in progress and ones I'm hoping to wrap up this month! They've been left incomplete for too long.

Anyway, here are our third and fourth days in Paris!

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I added some text and a digital stamp to my photograph before getting it printed. I'm a big fan of digital stamps because they add to the clean aesthetic that I'm trying to achieve in this album. I also ran out of pockets for the instax photo and tickets for the Arc de Triomphe, so I simply paperclipped them all together and consolidated them into one pocket.


This spoon and fork card is from my Let's Eat journal cards. I added some stamps and stickers to it for a bit more detail. I like keeping my pocket pages pretty flat, so stamps and stickers are the perfect embellishments when I don't want to add any dimension/bulk to my spreads.

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More digital stamps for this photo:)


I wanted to use this 'soiree' card from my Together journal cards set, but there were some parts of the definition that didn't apply to the situation (ie. we met up with friends at a restaurant in Paris, not a home). So I simply crossed out the part that wasn't relevant using my white pen. I kinda like how it looks! Don't be afraid to alter cards to suit your needs.
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Why yes, I did dedicate a whole spread to macarons. Taste testing was important, ok? ;) I had purchased a few postcards in Montmartre too so I simply glued them back-to-back, hole-punched them, and added them directly to my album.


I made a filler card using a bunch of old Kelly Purkey stickers, and wrote my journaling on a Recorded no.1 card. Love those cards for all the notes I want to remember!

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Here's the other side of the spread. The 'currently' lettering is a stamp from Life Documented Manila and the set is available here in Christine Herrin's shop.

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This was a fun spread to put together! It's always fun to include bits of ephemera like the business card here in the bottom right pocket. I got that at Ten Belles, an amazing little cafe in the Canal Saint-Martin area.


The 'bon appetit' card is from my Let's Eat set. I added washi tape to my instax photo for an extra pop of color. I'm really glad I decided to bring my instax camera with me on this trip because as nice as it is to print out photos with an instax printer, I love the unexpected, 'in the moment' shots with the actual camera.
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These grey alphas? Basic Grey (RIP), circa 2009. I'm glad I kept them in my stash and wish I had more...I've used up almost all the letters!

And that's all for now :) I'll have another blog post with the rest of my France pages, then I'm attempting to finish my Japan mini album and then I'm shifting back to complete this project. Wish me luck!

13 comments:

  1. I always love seeing your PL pages! Will you be making more travel cards? Like for Czech Republic? I'll be going there later this year, got your France and Belgium ones.

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    1. Have fun!! I definitely have more travel cards planned, but I'm honestly not sure if I'll be making Czech Republic ones yet.

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    2. Oooh since you've been to Japan, what about a Japan themed ones? I grew up there and have been back several times. Hoping to go back within the next 2 - 3 years! LOL!

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    3. Oh man, I have so many plans for Japan-themed ones I have to really sit and narrow down the ideas! :) They'll be coming soon, no specific date/month yet!

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  2. Super love these spreads and thanks for the motivation to go back and finish some projects!

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    1. Glad to inspire you to work on unfinished projects :)

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  3. I saw your first post about this album where you said you took 12 x 12 page protectors and made your own pockets. I was trying to do that, but how do you get the opening in the top of the pocket when it's in the middle of the page? I'm looking specifically at the pages with the 3 - 4 x 6 pockets on one side?

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    1. I used a 12x12 page protector that has six 4x6 pocket (I used WRMK but Becky Higgins' Design C is the same configuration). So when I fused them down to 9x12, I got three 3x4 pockets and three 4x6 pockets left. Hope that makes sense!

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    2. It makes total sense. Thanks!

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  4. Love it all! What font did you use for the title "an Unforgettable Moment" and what font for the smaller bottom. Thanks

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    1. The 'An Unforgettable Moment' is a digital stamp you can find here: http://creativebubble.bigcartel.com/product/paris-stamp-brushes

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  5. So lovely to look at! Thanks for sharing!!

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