Tuesday, 17 March 2015

Books About Town

I don't normally do UFOs (UnFinished Objects) or PhDs (Pages half-Done); once I start a page I usually finish it, however long it takes to get it right. However, I've been struggling to get my Austrian photos onto pages I like, and I have two part-made pages to show for my efforts. I've decided to leave them for the moment, and move on to other photos in the hope that I can get my scrappiness flowing again before I return to them.

"Books About Town" was an event organised by the National Literacy Trust last summer. They commissioned 50 BookBench sculptures to celebrate London's literary heritage and laid them out along four trails in London. We completed one trail - the Riverside Trail from Tower Bridge to Waterloo Station - and saw eleven of the benches.

Eleven photos mean a double page, so I turned to my default double page sketch site - Stick It Down - and the current sketch. It actually has four portrait photos, but it was easy enough to adapt, by replacing each one with two smaller landscape photos and extending the row to each side.

I changed the background circle to a bracket-edged rectangle and journalled on paper strips which cross the two sides. The paper behind the photos looks plain in the picture above, but I actually stamped a random pattern on it using two colours of distress ink that match the blue and green in the spotty paper. 

The little collection of embellishments is on the top of a card which pulls out with the names of each bench's book title and author.

Cardstock - Colorset
Paper - MME On the Sunny Side, Jillibean Soup Soup Staples III
Letters - KI Memories, Doodlebug
Tab Sticker - Crate Paper DIY Shop
Tag - Lakeland
Enamel Dots - Teresa Collins
Ink - Docrafts, Ranger

Bracket-Edged Square Template
Woodware Scalloped Circle Punch
X-Cut Corner Punch


  1. Great double pager Amanda and the bench photo's look great. They had a similar thing going in Colchester but with giant giraffe statues!

  2. Very nice double paper. Thanks for joining us at Stick it Down.

  3. Yay! Don't you love it when you do the page with many photos! 11 photos!!! Way to go! Great take on the sketch! Thank you for linking up at Stick It Down!

  4. Very nice work with this double page sketch--love how you did the journaling and changed up the shape! Thanks for sharing and joining in at STICK IT DOWN!

  5. What a great layout. I love all the photos and can't believe you were able to tell the story of the whole trail on two pages. The journaling is perfect for the layout. Thanks so much for joining us at Stick it Down.

  6. Loving all of the pictures you included on this! Wonderful double! Thanks for sharing with us at Stick it Down!

  7. Great take on the sketch! Love your embellishments. Thanks for playing along with Stick It Down.

  8. Cute pages! Thanks for joining us at Stick it Down!

  9. What a great way to include so many pictures! Well done, and thanks for joining us over at Stick It Down.