Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Designer Showcase: Vacation/Travel

Hello there, it's Cathy again to bring you this weeks Designer Showcase theme. This week we are sharing vacation and travel themed projects. So sit back and relax and take a little trip with us!

Before going on vacation we have to pack our bags.  I made this suitcase box to hold a mini album that I created of a road trip that my family took last summer.  I made it using foam board, a grocery sack and digital and traditional scrap supplies.  You can find my step-by-step tutorial on my blog Scraps of Life.

This is the cover of the mini-album. I created the cover digitally, printed it out and decoupaged it to the chipboard album cover.  Using photos from our trip, I created the look of post cards from the states that we visited.

Here is a sample of one of the interior pages. You can see that I included photos as well as memorabilia that collected too.

Cindy shares 2 pages that truly showcase her style. This one and 2-pager are very clean and simple.  This is a great tip for getting your vacation pages recorded quickly. Blocking the photos and journaling helps to fit many pictures on the page. Cindy also keeps her embellishments to a minimum, which keeps her pages from looking crowded and allows the pictures to shine.

Vicky created this beautiful page that shows off a gorgeous photo from her travels. She tucks some pretty lace patterns behind the main mat paper and repeats it at the frame of the photo.  The flower cluster is wonderfully balanced by the detailed work of the chipboard faerie.

There are a lot of little details on this page by Marlene.  Let's start with her clever use of a patch that she acquired during her travels. She has placed it on her page as a featured embellishment. Great idea!  She has included a strip of map paper. On the black patterned paper she has border punched and done some blanket stitching. She has added an ornate top to the photo matting, and placed some cute buttons on the side.

Anupama created this beauty. I really love how she has brought the soft pink colors from her photo onto the page. I like how she has created a photo corner out of the title word "dawn". She adds dimension to her page with the strung seashells and chipboard accents.

On this page Anupama used a travel related patterned paper as her background.  The paper is filled with labels and could be an overpowering background. But Anupama has calmed it to help her photo stand out by ripping the paper and separating it on the page.  What a great technique.

These 3 pages from Gael showcase chateau's in the Loire Valley.  Each is a beauty all on it's own. In the top one she has framed the photo with the fussy cut paper flowers and set the chipboard like a gate leading the the chateau.  In the 2nd one Gael has created a raised frame around the gorgeous picture. Her clustering of flowers across the bottom gives the page a look of being in a garden.  The 3rd one does a great job of replicating the colors of the land and sky by bringing out the browns and blues.  Her 3 scalloped circles on the top pull the sky upward.  The one scalloped circle at the bottom visually extends the walkway.

Wow, I feel like I've traveled around the world and collected some new techniques to try out on my next vacation. I hope you've enjoyed this showcase as well.


  1. I am sooo in love with the suitcase box you created for your mini, Cathy. GORGEOUS!

  2. Beautiful pages ladies! Great work!