Thursday, 31 January 2013

40 before forty | rome album

One really huge project for me during the autumn and winter has been to create the photo album about our trip to Rome. If you have been following along this blog you have seen the layouts come up in bursts. It really was a big thing for me to finish, and important enought that I felt like it had to be on the 40 before forty list so that I could have one more incentive to actually make time to work on it.

It took me three months, but in the end it was finally ready to be uploaded and ordered for print. I decided to give Blurb a try after many years with Shutterfly. I am so glad I did; the shipping was incredibly fast and the quality of the colours in the book is so much better than any of the books I already own from Shutterfly.
If you haven't had enough of my album, you can see a preview of it here.

So now that I have the book, it was finally time to check one more thing off the list and create a page about it.

(Supplies: Crate Paper Sleigh Ride at, For the Record Documented by Echo Park)

Just a side note;
I set a small goal for myself to blog every weekday for the whole month of January. With this post I have met that goal. Go me!

Thursday, 17 January 2013

laying it out | roma travel album part 5

Rest assured, this is the final installment in the longest running album showcase in the history of like, ever. Because I am done! Finished! At the goal post! Yes!

I have to be honest, I am proud of this album. Very proud. I think it is so pretty. I think the photos and the papers and elements work perfectly together. But I am also so very happy that I don't have to spend one more minute making one more layout for this album.

Supplies in the book: Worn Kit by One Little Bird and Sahlin Studio, Create a Book Posted Collection by Katie Pertiet (modified)

Tuesday, 15 January 2013

laying it out | Roma travel album part 4

Here we go again! Another set of layouts for the book! Are you with me?

Stay tuned for the fifth and final part on Thursday!

Tuesday, 8 January 2013

laying it out | roma travel album part 3

Slowly but surely, I'm making progress on the Rome album. The reason that it's taking so long is that I never had time to edit all the photos when we got back so I'm doing that as I go. So, each photo that goes on a page gets edited first. To save time I decided to repeat page designs as much as I can.

I've got another 12 pages, or six spreads, finished. That puts me at around noon on day three. About half way in other words. I'm up to 40 pages total so far, so the fear I had that this would be a big book was not all that far off.

I have to admit that I've hit a wall with this book. I think maybe because I've had so much on my plate for so long, I haven't had time to do little bits at a time, but rather cram as much as I can in one go. Doing the same thing over and over does kill enthusiasm, even if the objects are gorgeous and the memories fantastic.
Huh, writing that makes me thankful I never really felt like doing Project Life - I think I would hate it after a while. I need variation to be happy.

Until next update!

Wednesday, 5 December 2012

laying it out | roma travel album part 2

I hope you don't mind me sharing some more layouts from my work in progress travel album about Rome? I'm almost done with day two. LOL, I know, it will be one huge book, and I have my work cut out for me. But I really want to keep with the format that I started, and not cram too much into each page. I want the beauty of the places we saw to shine. And it will have to take time. Please send me good some good vibes that I can keep the work up until it's all finished.

Here are seven more spreads!

(Supplies: Create a Book Posted Collection (modified) by Katie Pertiet, Worn Kit by One Little Bird and Sahlin Studio)

Can I just say that I love, love, love the Worn Kit by One Little Bird and Sahlin Studio. The papers are fantastic, and so are the elements. And the clusters! A neautrals lover like me is in beige heaven with this kit.

Tuesday, 13 November 2012

laying it out | roma travel album part 1

Sometimes I wonder what really goes on inside my head. Sometimes I start things on a whim without thinking all too much about what it really involves as far as workload is concerned.

The other day I had a few hours of downtime and instead of just sitting back, enjoying my free time, what do I do? Oh, I start another huge project of course. I got this idea that I could make the album I've been meaning to do with the photos from our trip to Rome in September. As if I could make a whole album, from about two million photos, in two hours!

But high marks for ambition, right?

Now this album is going to take a while. So far I've done twelve pages (six spreads) and I haven't even finished the photos from the first day! But I am so in love with the layouts that I just can't hold off sharing them. This is going to be one great book. Of course, what else is to be expected with photos from Rome?

(Supplies: Create a Book Posted Collection (modified) by Katie Pertiet, Worn Kit by One Little Bird and Sahlin Studio)

As you can see, there is no journaling at all. I had to make a decision to exclude it in order to cope with even thinking about finishing this album. That might be a decision I will regret in 25 years, but at the moment I figure it's better to have at least have the album with the photos. I think I will add captions with restaurants and such though, as they aren't as permanent as the famous sights after all.

I will probably share more layouts as I finish them so please have patience with me here!

Monday, 10 September 2012

wanderlust | roma

I went away. Now I'm back. Hee! I am currently on my last week off work, and am working feverishly on the wedding photos of my BIL and SIL some weeks ago. But I just came back from a week in Rome on Friday, and even though I haven't really had time to do anything else but upload the photos to the computer, I am so eager to share some photos from the eternal city with you.

I am quite certain there will be many more to come once I've had time to go through them and edit. It was just that these ones jumped out at me tonight.

So what did we do? Well, see the sights of course! Many of them. I guess none of you will be surprised to hear that I made a spreadsheet of things to see, and we spread them all out across the week (the spreadsheet also contained places to shop, and restaurants/bars/cafés to eat and drink at). I know I am crazy!
Here are a few things we saw.

We also enjoyed the amazing architecture that seemed to be everywhere - in so many different shapes and forms.

We also found beauty in every street corner in  the shape of Italian transportation mechanics.

And then, of course, there was the food. Oh the food! The prosciutto, the mozzarella, the pasta, the meat, and let's not forget; the gelato! I think my wardrobe is happy that we only stayed a week!

Pretty amazing, isn't it? I've got 10 GB worth to prove it! LOL!