Thats where travel journal's come into their own. In the last couple of years I have made trips to various places in Italy, and fell in love particularly with the city of Florence. But I haven't got round to scrapping any of the photos yet. So when I was sent a Basic Grey chipboard mini album and the gorgeous Dream Street Art Nouveau range of papers, I knew that I would use them to make my own little journal of memories and images of the trip.
I started by working out the order of my pages, which photos to print out small, how much journalling I wanted to write, what embellishments I would use. I decided to blow up some of the photos from the trip to create whole pages on their own which I would write mini subtitles on using paint and gel pen.
I wanted to create an aged look, so I used files and plenty of paint to distress the edges of the album. I found an old copy of a map of Florence on the internet which I printed and tore into sections to add interest to my pages. I also used my favourite stamp to add detail.
The flowers are by Prima, and I added extra embellishment with buttons from my own collection. I used a mixture of black and white pens for my journalling, to ensure it showed up on the different background papers. The title on the front page is housed in a bookplate which I distressed with paint.
I'm really pleased with the finished result - I love going back to look at the photos and the whole album is really tactile and inviting.