Tuesday, July 17, 2012

me and grace kelly @ bendigo

Once again my starting point was a layout sketch from Scrapbook Challenges.  I instantly liked the sketch however it turned out to be more difficult than I imagined due to the colour difference between the photo and the postcard of Grace Kelly.
In May, this year, with 8 friends I travelled to Bendigo in Victoria to visit the Grace Kelly Style Icon exhibition.  The exhibition featured many of her clothes and accessories and also costumes from some of her movies. We were not allowed to take photos hence the postcard.
Like many I grew up watching her movies and reading about her in magazines.  One of my favourite movies of hers is "High Society" and the wardrobe designer gave her all the clothes she wore in the movie.  It was great to see them up close.
Whilst we were in Bendigo we also visited many of the other highlights of the city - and the photo of me was taken in the conservatory in Bendigo Botanical Gardens.
Thanks for looking.

Saturday, July 14, 2012

Friday, July 13, 2012

Salzburg is not dull!

Over at Scrapbook Challenges there was a colour challenge and I quote "find an image of the uniforms your service men wear. Whether it's the army, navy, air force, or specialty force, use their uniform's colors as your palette! If you feel so led, you can also draw inspiration from the detailing on them. When you post your LO, post the pic of the uniform you based your LO on too."

Okay, definitely a challenge, Australian uniforms are KHAKI. It was difficult to get a photo as most are copyright, however I found one, about a week ago, that I could use as the inspiration for this challenge:
I hope you stay with me as I tell you my thought process for this challenge. KHAKI could not get inspiration on how to use on a scrapbook page.

1. This morning I went to www.dictionary.com and put in KHAKI and one of the results was - DULL YELLOWISH BROWN. Getting less inspired with this.
2. Saw that there was a quote of the day on the page - "An idea is a point of departure and no more. As soon as you elaborate it, it becomes transformed by thought". Pablo Picasso.
3. Okay so let it rest again I said. Started work on some 6" x 6" scrapbook pages I do for charity. Found some paper and started this process and found a matching colour CS to use as journalling block - wait that colour looks like KHAKI !!!
4. So back to challenge I go - with thoughts of "dull yellowish brown" on my mind, found some photographs of Salzburg Old Town - not dull and some yellow to brighten the layout.

I made the cord to represent the lanyard, my journalling is inside the epulette inspired tag. The small captures of colour represent the decorations on the shirt.
Thank you for looking, Margaret


Friday, July 6, 2012

It was open

On 1st January this year, my sister and I were in France and we decided to visit the Flea markets at Porte de Clignancourt.  My sister had visited these markets previously and had raved and raved about them, so we were looking forward to our visit this day.  Well, the French slept in obviously after celebrating New Years Eve as all the stalls were closed and did not open until much later than advertised.  We wandered around the labyrinth of market stalls and eventually found this one open and it was one of my sister's favourite from her previous visit.   A real treasure trove of unique objects.
The embellishments on the page with the exception of heart and little sticker bottom right were purchased from the stall.. The background paper has french words all relating to commerce and marchandises and it was just appropriate for the layout.
Thank you for looking.  Adieu.  Margaret

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Christmas Afternoon Tea at The Ritz, London

Over at Scrapbook Challenges they had a layout to use that was just perfect for scrapping many photos. These photos were taken on 13th December, 2011 at the 5.30pm seating for Christmas Afternoon Tea at The Ritz in London.  We pre-booked before we left Australia.  
Below is the double page layout.
 Below is the left hand page with more detail.
 This one is of the right hand page detail.
The journalling says:
Our afternoon to get all dressed up!
We took the tube to Green Park, we walked to Fortnum & Mason and Picadilly Arcade before heading for The Ritz.
We left our coats in the Cloak Room and got an impressive token and I pretended it was our room key!!!
The tress were amazing decorated in red, gold and tea cups and tea pots and we posed for photos, of course!
The time came for us to be ushered into the tea rooms, soft music, flowers and perfectly set tables awaiting us.
And then the food and drinks arrived.  I had The Ritz Royal Tea. Sandwiches, scones, tarts, Victoria Sponge, Christmas cake were constantly refreshed on our plates.
Christmas carols wer sung as we ate.
A great time, great company, great afternoon.

I forgot to add a glass of champagne was also included, my sister enjoyed mine as well as hers.

Monday, July 2, 2012

Christmas Day Lunch 2011

There are many blogs that have Clean and Simple Cards but I have gone for a clean and simple scrapbook layout.
Last December, my sister (bottom left) and I were in Vence, Provence, France and we went for lunch at this restaurant, "Le Passe Muraille", in the old town on Christmas Day.
Lunch was in the 700 year old cellar of the restaurant, it had a very jazz feel to it. There was about 13 people in the restuarant and there was Christmas music playing in the background. People in France celebrate Christmas Eve and so the old town was very quiet.We had the set menu of 38 Euro each.

Menu de Jeuner de Noel
Champagne and blackcurrant liquer (Welcome) As a non drinker I had Diet Coke.
Small bread entrees - pate, cheese, bacon etc (See plate in the photos)
Scallops and seafood
2 Fish with rice and cauliflower
Goats cheese with salad
Meringues
Buche de Noel

I hope that you have enjoyed this layout as much as we enjoyed out meal, well with the exception of the goats cheese that was not to my liking.  


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