Monday, 23 February 2015

Stick It Down - Kaiservilla

I'm rubbish at composing double pages, so I almost always use a sketch. One of my favourite sites for double page sketches is Stick It Down, and I had the sketch archive there bookmarked long before I joined the (single page) design team. 

While we were in Austria last summer, we visited the spa town of Bad Ischl and also Kaiservilla, the summer home of the Austro-Hungarian Emperor Franz Joseph. We took plenty of photos, enough for a double page to be necessary, and of course I'm using the current sketch from Stick It Down. I swapped the two photos on the left side for one larger one, and made my stripey paper panels a bit longer so that they reached the middle of the page and I didn't have a gap between the two halves of my layout. I had plenty of journalling, and used paper strips for it in three places around the page.

The assassination of Franz Joseph's nephew and heir Franz Ferdinand was one of the triggers for the First World War, and we visited on the 100th anniversary of Austria-Hungary declaring war on Bosnia. Franz Joseph's war manifesto is preserved under glass on the desk in his study and it was odd to stand there exactly 100 years later in a room which is completely unchanged while the world outside has changed so much.

Cardstock - American Crafts
Paper - My Mind's Eye Vintage Charm
Letters - American Crafts
Ink - Docrafts, Ranger
Wood Veneer - Studio Calico

X-Cut Corner Punch


  1. Great layout Amanda! I love the way you did your journaling. I don't do enough of it so don't be surprised if I 'scraplift' your technique. Your colours are great and I must say you take really good photos. See you on the SID Team blog.

  2. What a great 2pager. Thanks for playing along with us at Stick if Down,

  3. Great double pager! I love the journaling on strips. I was fortunate enough to visit Austria several years ago, and it is BEAUTIFUL! Thanks for playing along at Stick It Down!

    ~Ashley W
    SID Card Team member

  4. Loving this! The strips of journaling look fantastic!! Thanks for playing along with the Stick it Down double team!


  5. Gorgeous double page, Loving the journaling strips - very clever. And also love the papers you picked out for this double page sketch. Thank you for playing along with us at Stick it Down.

  6. Wow! This layout is so nice! Great paper choices and I love how you tweaked it. I also enjoyed reading the story about the trip you took. Thank you so much for joining us at Stick It Down! :)

  7. I love double pages, and I'll definitely be visiting this site