Retreat – Part Three!

Okay, so I’m finally getting around to my last post about what I managed to get done at the retreat last weekend! Taking photos of off the page things is so much easier than layouts!

Snorkelling Similan

Materials: KaiserCraft paper, collectables pack, ribbon and stickers.

Mum and I were lucky enough to win one of the retreat raffles and one of the collections in our prize pack was Kaiser’s Rock Pool. To be honest, it’s not a collection I would have bought but I’m a bit of a convert now – how perfect is it for our Thailand snorkelling photos!? I worked from a PageMaps sketch and it came together really well.

I love Kaiser’s new 12 x 12 sticker sheets with borders and shapes and the collectables packs make building up a page with foam tape so esay without having to spend hours and hours cutting. The only cutting I actually did was the brown coral, at Mum’s suggestion, and boy was I cursing her, it took AGES to cut out, but I was so happy with the result I stopped grumbling soon enough.



Materials: Bazzill, Graphic 45 paper, silk ribbon, Making Memories letter stickers

I come from a family of flyers – my Dad and brother are both pilots and I’ve been around aeroplanes since before I was born. Every two years there is a massive air show at Avalon airport and we always head along. One of our favourite things to see is the Super Constellation – she’s a beautiful old plane and has an amazing story – I’d highly recommend checking it out here. Over the years we’ve watched HARS’ progress on restoring her and in 2011 it was such an exciting sight to see her flying as part of the air show.

I had a lot of trouble with this page – choosing the paper to go with the photo was easy, but actually putting it together took me a long, long time… (well… two hours, but that’s a long time for me to be doing the one thing!).

The first thing I did was to take the paper with the diamonds and just start hacking at it, cutting out a random pattern of diamonds to use as my background.

Then I cut out all of the shapes from the paper – the planes, the postcards, the stamps.

I matted my photo.

Then I sat there staring at the whole mess for about half an hour, muttering like a madwoman – “I just don’t know what to do with it all!”.

I finally just decided to grab my tape and start sticking – the photo, some elements around the bottom and soon enough it was looking nearly finished.

The last two touches were the ribbon title and the border around the whole page. Given that I hadn’t planned the border, I had to hunt through my rubbish bags and piece it together from all the scraps!!



Materials: KaiserCraft Magnolia Grove paper, stickers, collectables and cardstock.

I love this photo of my parents from my brother’s wedding a few years ago and I’ve been hanging out for the right papers to come along to scrap it.

This layout was really quick to do –  I started a bit backwards by fist matting my photo and building back from that with the rose sketches paper, then the red, then then blue and then I matted it all on a piece of cream cardstock. I finished off with some collectables and a border sticker – simple! I am loving foam tape at the moment, everything I do lately is heavily foam taped – my albums hate me for it, but it just gives so much dimension to the page I can’t resist!

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