Thursday, May 17, 2012

Another challenge over at Scrapbook Challenges required the use of triangles on a layout.  It is easy to make triangles - use a square punch and then cut that square in half diagonally - voila 2 triangles.
These photos were taken in Vence, south of France, on the evening we arrived in this wonderful medieval village for a 2 week stay last Christmas.  The townsfolk joined in the parade and followed the musicans around the town - I followed for a short time before hunger took over and I went back to restuarant.
Thanks for looking, until next time, Margaret

Saturday, May 12, 2012

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Chateau Eza

On 29th December, 2011 we made our way by bus from Vence (Southern France) to Eze via Nice.  Eze is a thousand-year-old Medieval village about 400 metres above the Mediterranean Sea.  Lunch time came and we decided to go to Chateau Eze which clings to the ancient rock walls of Eze. The restaurant is Michelen starred, the chef  was Axel Wagener from Holland, and they served melt-in-your-mouth fare.  It was a WOW experience, a highlight of our holiday and both my sister and I were in awe of the food and the view. For a tidy sum you can also stay at the Chateau, alas not for us as it was a day visit only.
For this layout I have used a sketch from 4 X 6 sketch blog.
Just two of the plates we had -this is the dessert I had - chef's speciality -  St Honore with Paris-Brest.
At the end of the meal the chef gave us this plate of magnificence - mini orange and almond cakes, 1/2 macaroon with citrus cream and mini florentines.
Here I am in the formal lounge, before you enter the restaurant - feeling like a million dollars!!!!!
Thank you for looking, and I hope that one day you get to experience this magnificent place. 

Coffee/Tea time in Vence, Southern France

Over at Scrapbook Challenges, they had a blog hop with a difference for National Scrapbooking Day.  Each blog had a piece of a puzzle and at the end you had your layout.   Here is my finished layout:
And here are the puzzle pieces, that I printed out and patched onto a piece of paper.  When I printed them out some were small and some large - but I could still get the layout idea.   I moved my photos to a right orientation.
Thank you for looking.

Sunday, May 6, 2012

Big Picture Classes - Challenges

Today, I participated in challenges over at Big Picture Classes, they had 12 challenges, but for various reasons (washing, cleaning, helping my sister to pack up for her move to her new home, shopping etc) I could only complete 3 of the challenges.
This challenge was to use any cast-off object on a layout. It could be product packaging, scrap papers, stray puzzle pieces were some of the examples given. On the tag I have used the top of a packet of macaroons and the ribbons were from the packaging of the macaroons and some other goodies from Laduree. My sister is standing outside the iconic shop on the Champs Elysees, Paris.
This challenge was to use kraft cardstock in 2 ways.  One of the joys of travelling for me is doing some research before on what scrapbooking stores are at our destination. This time it was Paris, and "Bingo" we found Le Temple Du Scrap. They had an amazing collection of  laser cut embellishments.  I have used a ruled Kraft for background and I have distressed some Tim Holtz Kraft-Core, Nostalgic Collection, for the embellishments.
This challenge was to use a mini flag on a layout.  On Australia Day 2012 my sister and I stumbled upon Carcoar in western New South Wales and they had their celebrations in full swing.  We joined in the festivities, checked out the antique shops and had an ice-cream.  It was a great way to spend the day. 

I will finish this post with a quote that was on The Big Picture Classes website today:

"Laughter is free, legal, has no calories, no cholesterol, no preservatives, and is absolutely safe". Dale Irvin

Find time to laugh this week. Thank you for looking.

Thursday, May 3, 2012

A quiet time in Eze

On 2nd December, 2011 my sister and I spent the day in Eze, Southern France, a beautiful village atop the hills.  Here is Heather in a quiet place we found in the village - Place Francis Blanche. I loved this village and we had a great day.  
I used paper and embellishments from a Lickety Split Kit I won when I attended Great American Scrapbook Convention, Arlington, Texas a couple of years ago. And the sketch was from over at Scrapbook Challenges.


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