Monday, 3 October 2011

St Petersburg

We went on a Baltic Cruise this summer, and I will obviously create a holiday scrapbook in due course, but I also want to do a page about each destination in my general 2011 scrapbook. Most of the cities will be OK but we spent two days in St Petersburg, visited lots of cathedrals and palaces and took hundreds of photos. How on earth could I condense this to just one page?

Enter Shimelle Laine with her 4x6 Photo Love classes for Two Peas in a Bucket. Each month she creates a new layout with increasing numbers of 4x6 photos and September meant nine photos on one page! She achieved this by creating a large pocket with one photo on the front and eight more on extra cards inside. You can find a video of how she made it here or a PDF with more information here.

This is my version:

and these are the two sides of my inserts:

You might spot that I cheated a bit; I squeezed in a panoramic picture on the outside of the pocket, one of my pictures was portrait so I used a smaller landscape picture on that card, and two of them were proportioned 3x4 and couldn't be cropped to 4x6. Nevertheless I kept true to the overall design.

I made my pocket from vellum which I hand-stitched to my background paper, a piece from the Basic Grey Periphery collection. I used small pieces of the similarly-coloured Basic Grey Archaic papers and some epoxy flowers across all the layouts to tie them together.

All in all, it was a huge amount of work, more like 5 layouts than one, but I am very pleased with the way it turned out.

Card - DCWV Neutral Stack
Paper - Basic Grey Periphery, Basic Grey Archaic
Vellum - Paper Adventures
Letters - Mustard Moon
Flowers - WHSmith
Camera Die-Cut - atd

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