Well, I'm back from Stockholm - such a lovely city and fantastic capital. I had great fun doing the tourist gig - went up the Skyview on the Globe Theatre, visited the Vasa Museum and the ABBA Museum (squee!), went through the Royal Palace (old and current) plus the treasury and armoury and a bunch of other fun things. I'm hoping to print off the photos soon and I already have plans for using my Fancy Pants Down by the Shore papers for the Vasa photos (very famous previously sunken Swedish warship, in case you're not familiar with the name).
And speaking of holiday photos, back in July I watched this video by 2Peas Garden Girl Nancy Damiano and was unexpectedly inspired. I decided it would make the perfect gift for a friend's birthday, as we had holidayed together in Barcelona over Easter earlier this year. Anyway, I finally got to work on it this past weekend. Here's a sneak peak of the inside cover page:
As you might notice, I'm using the Simple Stories Snap! mini album and related products, which I found the local Panduro Hobby has recently started carrying. I've never done any sort of pocket scrapbooking before and I found the preparation a bit tricky; the photo printing in particular. Since I don't print at home, it was a bit challenging figuring out which photos I would need to order at special sizes before having planned out the whole album. In the end, I decided on which ones I wanted at 6x8 prints, made a bunch of collages and paired up 3x4 photos onto 4x6 sheets and printed any I wasn't sure about as both 3x4s and 4x6s so I could have some flexibility and this turned out to be a good idea.
I also discovered (although this should seem obvious) when I sat down with the prints and the album and supplies that it does take a much different approach than 12x12 scrapbooking and it took a little time to get into the groove of that approach. But I feel like I got it to work pretty well after I changed thinking about the album layout in terms of individual days and broke it up into themes, such as tours, sights, food, real life and so forth - then things started falling into place much more easily.
Here are a few more sneaks of the different chapters in the album and I'll have proper photos and a video later in the week to share with you.
I also whipped up a quick little card tonight for a student in my class who had surgery on her skull last week - she has a skull bone that never properly fused together when she was an infant and the surgery was to correct this. Poor thing is just 7 years old. Her mum emailed me today to say that the surgery went well and they brought her home from hospital yesterday and she's doing very well so that's great news to hear. I'll tuck this little surprise into her homework folder that her sister is picking up tomorrow - I'm sure it will brighten her day.
Cheers and check back later in the week for more on the album.