I can't believe our Paris trip was five years ago. Or that making a book of that trip would take five years! In going though my stash of journals and notebooks, I came across a notebook with pages, tags and embellishments that would work with my Paris pictures.
I needed more pages , so I raided my stash and found paper and stamps that worked with the pages in the notebook. I already had a candelabra and a harlequin stamp, lots of vintage- looking and French-inspired papers.
My goal was to get this book put together with stuff I already have - no new supplies. I've been following a group on Facebook called Shop Your Stash - it's all about using all the stuff we have instead of buying more. Lots of FB groups are full of enablers - always enticing us that we need, NEED every new supply out there. I don't need more stuff - I hardly have room for what I have. It was fun to challenge myself to do this project with what I have. In fact, it's a bit frightening that I can put together a book - covers, pages, embellishments just by rummaging around in my own "shop"!
I actually started this book while we were in Paris, so I have some small pages from that book, too. I toyed with the idea of re-writing the journalling on to bigger pages, but left that crazy idea behind. This is the first book I've made with different sized pages and I love the mixed-up look of it. I had this flour de lis paper and stamp and repeated it throughout the book . Talented Boston Daughter made the card announcing my birthday gift - tickets to Paris!
Another look at all those mis-matched pages. It goes without saying that I'm not a scrap-booker. While I love the perfectly planned and coordinated pages I've seen others do, it's just not my style.
The notebook pages also included several tags. I attached this one with some washi tape so it can be flipped to read both sides.
I added some scrapbook paper to the edges of some of the small pages to avoid having to punch holes through the journalling I did in Paris. Again, I repeated pieces of the same paper throughout the book to tie it all together.
I glued the envelope that came with the kit to the inside of the back cover to hold extra photos.
I used the covers from an old book to make covers for the new one.. First I cut the pages out , making a cut along the spine and then cut the covers off the spine.
Next up, Scotland!