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8 posts categorized "France"

Friday, November 16, 2012

Mini in Minutes with Kesi'art

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I know, I know, summer is over. But I can't dive into my December Daily project without first putting my thoughts down about our wonderful summer in France. Since time is a factor for me so I chose to go simple. I thought I'd share how I put together this simple mini book in a few easy steps. (Ce tuto est dispo en français sur le blog Kesiart.)

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1 CHOOSE A FORMAT
I used the Kesi'art Mini Classeur in kraft. I decided on the spot that some pages would be whole photos and others would have paper.
2 PRINT PHOTOS
This is probably the most time consuming step. My first selection turned out 80 photos! That was too many so I narrowed my selection down to eight. I could have added more photos, but looking at my final selection I knew the themes I wanted to write about were represented. Also, some summer photos have already been documented in layouts. Before printing, I added a title in Photoshop to the one above (no. 2).
3 CHOOSE & CUT PAPERS
This step is pretty straightforward. I wanted rainbow and bright (it's a thing with me lately). So I picked a few patterned papers and trimmed them down to 17 cm x 12.5 cm.
4 STAMP & PRINT CAPTIONS ON STICKIES
For the design, I was inspired by this Pugly Pixel post with the label in the center. I stamped some Stickies (label stickers) with phrases from the the 12-in-1 stamps and printed the others using this technique from Catherine at Design Editor.
5 PRINT TITLES ONTO PAPER
I created a 17 cm x 12.5 cm document on my laptop and added my page titles. Next, I ran the trimmed paper through my printer. Et voila.
6 ASSEMBLE THE INNER PAGES
Make sure to check and double-check the direction before gluing it down!

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7 TAPE STRIPES ONTO COVER
Now it's time to work on the structure. I used washi tape to make a striped pattern on the cover.
8 PAINT COVER
And a foam brush to paint the cover white.
9 REMOVE TAPE & FIX EDGES
Love the nautical look of the white stripes! I used a straight brush to fix a few jagged edges.
10 COVER THE INSIDE
The packaging from the album is sublime with the perfect chevron pattern and nice turquoise color. I liked it so much, I used it to cover the inside of the album. The bonus? The width fits just right.
11 ASSEMBLE EVERYTHING
12 ADD ALBUM TITLE
13 STICK STAMPED & PRINTED LABELS ON PHOTOS
These are the finishing touches. I aimed for full center positioning.
14 ADD YOUR THOUGHTS
This is what this project was about for me. I had memories and thoughts about our summer that I didn't want to forget. Having a place to store these was important to me. It is very simple, but it is done. And that's what counts. Right?
Here is a look at the inner pages :

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Have a great weekend! Now that this is done, I'm ready for my December project. How about you?

Tuesday, October 02, 2012

Early Morning Stroll

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The Page : Hey there. I'm finally getting around to looking through our summer photos. Today I'm sharing a layout about waking up early and sneaking out with Lucien while the rest of the house sleeps. I'm not a morning person but I'll admit I like watching a city wake-up. It's quiet and unhurried. I also like giving Lucien my undivided attention something which isn't always easy to do in our family. Here are some close-ups :

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The Process : Almost every element is from the Central High Studio Calico kit. Love the arrows that I misted with Memento inks. I used my sewing machine (finally!) which has been set up waiting patiently for me to just do it. I've been scrapbooking so scarcely that I'm just glad to be back at it again.

Friday, August 10, 2012

Go West, Young Man

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Tomorrow morning (at four thirty a.m. to be exact!) we are headed back to DC. As always I can't sleep before a big trip but I'm signing off and hope we have a safe trip home!

Thursday, May 12, 2011

Spring Break in Biarritz

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This trip was extra special because it was just the five of us. Special, too, since we won't be back until summer 2012. (For the past seven years we've spent our summers in Biarritz, but this summer there's a new adventure in store for us.) So we took it all in and loved every minute.

There was a morning spent fishing for crabs (above) with friends at Port de Pêcheurs.
There were warm baguettes from our favorite baker and brotherly breakfasts gathered around the little yellow table in the kitchen.


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There were long walks with vast ocean views and visits to every beach in town.

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There were visits to museums and neighborhood parks.
There was ice cream and a picnic at Place St Eugenie.

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There was quiet time for napping, resting and playing.
(And time for checking news on the internet.)

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There was lunch and dinner and conversation with friends.
There was all of that. And lots of happiness. 

(All photos by Thierry and me. I applied the Seventies action from The Pioneer Woman's Action Set. Try it, it's free!)



Thursday, October 01, 2009

Date Night : Weekend Edition

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I forgot to take a photo of the journaling on the tag, tucked behind the top part of the photo.

[Supplies: Hambly's Autumn Breeze Antique White Overlay and Brocade Orange/Copper Metallic Paper; Prima and Kaisercraft flowers, Kesi'art brads; Heidi Swapp ghost alpha in pumpkin; American Crafts and Jenni Bowlin alphas; Bazzil kraft and gray cardstock; Tim Holtz Idealolgy trinket; gray tag, mini white tag.]

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A few weekends back Thierry and I got away to a chateau in the Gers thanks to our friends who gifted us this escapade almost one year ago for our fifth wedding anniversary. Thank you friends. The package included dinner and breakfast the following morning.

The first thing we did was drop our bags off in our room. There is something about Scarface-ish bathrooms that happen upon us often:

 

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We were so giddy with the idea of being away, just the two of us, in the middle of nowhere, that the fact that it was gray and rainy was lost on us. First signs of fall were upon us and it was beautiful. The property boasted an enormous greenhouse with all types of textures and colors to look at :

 

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There was a wedding that same night. Thierry was hell bent on crashing the party that night but finally we just crashed in our bed. Celebrations inspire me and make me feel happy:

 

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Our room had a private garden we used as a fridge to cool the bottle cava we received as a gift at our joint birthday party. (Joint party? Yes, in another post.) That's our room with the shutters open:

 

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(The above photo was washed out so I played with the exposure and curves in Photoshop.)

When it was time for dinner, they sat us in a room where our table had been prepared with a place card that read Monsieur et Madame Thierry Laborde. I love these little details:

 

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After sleeping in and making plans for the end of year over breakfast, we headed back to Toulouse. Since we didn't have to pick up Andrea and Maximo until the evening, we headed to Vincent and Mariana's house for a visit:

 

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It was journées du patrimoine . We originally planned to visit historic sites but opted for District 9. Blame the rain:

 

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The film was surprisingly entertaining. The suspense was such that twice I had a stomach ache. No, it wasn't the popcorn. Or the sour gummies.

Date night is hands down one of my favorite traditions. Rain and all:

 

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**Edit : Thank you Juancho for proof-reading my post. Corrections noted.

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