Dreams Of TravelPosted: April 12, 2012
I have a really great life. I have a healthy, supportive, loving family, and great friends. I have a rewarding job, and a hobby that is equally as rewarding and an outlet for my creativity. I have so much in my life……….but I can say something really big is missing. Something I probably think about daily. I anxiously await the day I can travel freely around the world. It’s one of my biggest dreams, but sadly I don’t have the financial resources at this time, especially having three lovely daughters to help provide for.This isn’t anything I get upset over, but it does give me plenty to dream about. Those days as an older woman, planning trips to all of the places I read voraciously about in my youth.
When I found a travel themed paper crafting kit by The Girls Paperie, in Tuesday Morning (at an AMAZING price, btw), I knew exactly what I would use it for. Creating layouts and a mini album around my dreams of travel. Maybe, just maybe, my creativity will also “create” some extra resources, so that I can begin my travels before say……..age 70?
When I decided to use a bunch of the busier patterned papers together, I knew I’d have to do a bit of toning down, but in the case of the paper I used to “frame” my photo, I wanted to really punch it up. So, I used some gauche alchemy punchinella (a small trimmed piece) as a stencil, and used modeling paste to create dimensional polka dots. I like how it made a really cool effect of movement.
Of course, I felt the need to add lots of different textures and materials. The “by Air Mail” tag in the top right corner came from the packaging that Michelle K sent me from the UK! I thought that worked so well, especially since the UK is one of my first destinations to visit on my list (yep, there’s a list……….though it isn’t on paper……yet, just in my rattling brain).
This tag was a Girls Paperie tag, that I edged in Mix’d Media Inx, and stamped with a Tim Holtz sentiment stamp that seemed so perfect for the theme; and the tag was threaded with a bead strand from a the Gauche Alchemy Wedding Night Mixed Media kit. The overall design started with the stamp shaped paper with postcards and stamps, and then I added the multi-stamp diecut paper, but with a thin layer of Jenni Bowlin paint in malted milk, to tone it down a bit. On top of that, I added the map paper (with the jagged edge), but I cut it into a triangle, and edged it in Mix’d Media Inx as well, in Denim.
I know it is hard to see on here (mostly because the photo of the layout below was so stinking wonky, that after a gob of time working on straightening it, it still looked like this)….but all around the edges are the places I must visit. Must. And I ran out of room, having the good taste enough not to cover the ENTIRE layout with destinations. Hee.
Well, I said my goal was to have a layout up by Wednesday, and technically this IS Wednesday, but….it’s soooo late that I am going to schedule it for Thursday. So, goal reached! Whoop!
Thanks SO MUCH for all of the AMAZING and KIND comments on my recent design team luck. I feel so blessed to be on the teams, and I don’t have the words to say how much each of you followers mean to me. I apologize if I don’t visit you nearly enough. I do READ your blogs (in Google Reader), I just like to write quite a bit, and I wait to get on a computer..and well, I’m forgetful. Please accept my apologies for that! BIG HUGS and thank you, again, from the bottom of my heart, for being a follower and supporting me. I love rolling with you gnomies!