Saturday 19 November 2022

A trip to Paris for AYSI 288

 It's theme week this week at As You See It and we're asking you to think vacation activities - or holiday activity as we'd say here in New Zealand. 

We like to travel and sightsee on our holidays. I have a backlog of scrapbooking opportunities as a result so I got out this picture from our trip to France in 2019, just before the world went mad.

We arrived in Paris at 7am in the morning, and realised it was almost exactly 24 hours since we'd left our house, although according to our calendars we'd arrived the day before we left! Tired as we were, we dropped our bags at the hotel -  after a hair-raising introduction to Parisian driving - and walked along the river bank down to the Eiffel Tower. Then we knew for sure that we'd arrived and I took this photo from almost  underneath it!

When I'm scrapbooking, my desk is even messier than usual as I often draw from many different sets and use different tools. This is no exception!

I started with the Artistic Mix Decorative Masks to create a ground. I chose the trellis to echo the grid work of the tower. I used a blending brush with Mossy Meadow, chosen to go with the green foliage in the photo,

I used Crumb Cake as it was the closest match to the colour of the tower. I used the splatter stamp from Forever Fern and the Parisian postmark stamp from Ranunculus Romance to build the background.

The 'bonjour' I created with the Alphabest set, then used the stamps and punch to create the 'Paris'. For the title, I also punched the same shape in Distressed Gold Specialty DSP to create a highlight. The ribbon backing it is the Natural Finish 2.2cm ribbon that is part of the Abigail Rose suite.

I had some narrow strips of Distressed Gold DSP on my desk from classes earlier in the month and added them in to add the sense of strong vertical, along with metal work and age. 

Once I'd laid it all out, the white title needed some balancing, so I added in the postmark in Mossy Meadow and coloured with Crumb Cake in the opposite corner. I used one of the banner dies from Stylish Shapes to create the stitched detail.

So, as you see, scrapbooking - at least mine - is an eclectic mixture!

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  1. This is a beautiful addition to your travel scrapbook, Jan! I remember viewing the Eiffel tower from that vantage point many moons ago! I love the texture and light blending along with the gold and crumb cake. It looks so elegant!

  2. I'm so impressed you shared a scrapbook page this week Jan - and what a great Eiffel Tower view too! I love those strong vertical lines and the stencilled detail too. Just fabulous and such a great way to capture the memories of your trip!