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Saturday, November 07, 2009
My scrapping is all over the place these days - but I love to work this way - it keeps it all interesting and creative. I must say though that page kits are really helping me be more productive. I posted about this earlier but what I've been doing is pulling photos/paper/embellies together and putting them in 1- 13x13 ziplock bag. Then I just grab a bag and go. If I'm not "feeling it" for that bag. I put it away and grab another. It works - give it a try.
This layout was done using a kit by Virginia at Scrapalicious. I received it at a recent all day crop, put the kit together onsite and then added the photos/journaling etc when I got home. Easy peasy. Speaking of all day crops.....I'll be at the store all day November 7th - 9 - midnight!!
Back to Asia - these photos are from Thailand. When we travel we love to visit where the locals go - that's how you learn about a country. We often visit temples, churches, mosques and markets. This temple is buddhist and is home to this amazing gold plated reclining buddha. The building isn't overly large and mainly just wide enough for the buddha BUT that being said the buddha is 33 meters long.
This past spring, my gal pal Nancy was able to rescue me at the last minute and accompany me on a cruise. Nancy is just THAT kinda gal - to come and and go on a 1 week cruise with only 2 days notice - what a sacrifice she made eh?? All kidding aside, she did rescue me because the tickets would have been paid for and left unused had she not come. Thanks Girl! We had a blast and learned a lot about each other (both good and bad). Would I travel again with her - for sure - but at least now I'll know that she is a sucker for tourist traps and all manner of trinkets and trash.
These are just some of the pages from that trip. Now, these are quickie layouts and are just really to get the photos down on the page. There's some creativity involved but granted aren't my best work.
You’ve seen it before – you arrive at a location and they have the inevitable tourist trap – take a photo with ___________ for 5 dollars – OR better yet sit on the creature or have it perched on you for 10 dollars (Purell anyone?)
Venice Beach, California has the hippee guy on roller blades playing the guitar
Costa Maya, Mexico has the iguana
Aruba has the parrots
Tunisia, North Africa has the camels
Malaysia has the monkeys
Cochin, India has elephants
Been there – paid the 5 dollars – got the photo - done the layout!
In India, elephants are sacred animals and they have a massive festival every year celebrating them. What a spectacle that must be to see all those animals in full regalia....too bad it’s only a postcard.
I'm on a scrappy roll right now and it feels good. Scrappy therapy is the best - it brings me piece of mind and de-stresses me. AHHHH....
I've just completed a commissioned mini album for the cutest little boy named Tristan. What a heartbreaker that kid is! Once I got started it came together as planned (which is always a good thing). I can't wait to hear what the recipient of the mini book thinks when they see it.
The photos have all be taken and I plan on uploading them over the next few weeks.
In the meantime, here is a layout I completed in July at Friday night crop at Scrapalicious.
The Blue Mosque, Malaysia
What a wondrous place this is to visit. This trip was full of visits to temples and churches of all denominations.
Whenever we travel in a foreign country we like to experience some part of local life. Visiting their places of worship, wet markets, local restaurants is just the thing to see what the place is REALLY about. If I wanted the Disney Land version of a country – I’d go to Vegas or ... Disney – KWIM??
In 2001, Tourists could visit the mosque by the side of the building. They have headscarves and smocks for the tourists to wear over their regular clothes as they walk through the mosque (of course you are only allowed through certain portions of the building). One comment that I do have to make is that they really need to wash those smocks more often. I mean, it was a billion degrees that day...if you get my drift...
The architecture and tile work is just beautiful and worthy of a trip.
We were there during the day but as you can see in the image at the bottom left is a postcard of the mosque at night beautifully lit up.
Post cards are an awesome way of getting a great shot in your scrapbook layout. A photo like this takes skill and a really great camera – 2 things I didn’t have in 2001!!