Sunday, June 21, 2009

Scrapbooking France

Yesterday DS gave DH a marvelous Father's Day gift- he took him to the US Open at Bethpage Black on Long Island. They left at 5AM and got home cold, tired and wet late last night- and they had a TERRIFIC time.

While they were hiking (yes, if you know about Bethpage, hiking is the correct term, lol) all over the golf course yesterday, I was at my CTMH rep's house for a class/crop/shop day. I had a great time- the other 5 ladies in attendance are all really nice and I enjoyed their company. Cindy did a short class first on a variety of techniques and we all got to play for a while. Then we each worked on our own projects for the rest of the afternoon- with plenty of time-outs for food and drink and sharing.

Most of them were busy with cards, especially Father's Day, but I was working on a display for DH's classroom from his recent trip to France. I used a terrific product from CTMH- a "Memory Showcase". It is a 9" x 9" cardstock accordian album with chipboard covers. It is fabulous for a short album where all the pages can be displayed at once. This will go on a shelf in DH's classroom next year. I used the covers as pages so I got 8 total layouts.

CTMH also has wonderful paper packs available in the 9" x 9" size that make scrapbooking fast and easy- "Simply Snapshots"- which are designed to make layouts a snap! The set I ordered to do this project is called "That's Amore" and was perfect for a memory book about a trip to France.

DH took some wonderful pictures of the group, ones which he will be able to describe as "that's us at....", rather than just sterile scenery pictures. I knew he'd never journal the project so I needed something to fill in the journaling spaces. I used the proof sheet that came with the pictures and framed all of them on the sidebars using the filmstrip stamp from CTMH's new Picture Perfect stamp set. I was so glad that Cindy had that set! I liked using it so much that I promptly ordered it! The sentiments stamped in the showcase are also from that set.

The only non-CTMH things in this project are the gorgeous large stamps of Notre Dame and the Arc de Triomphe. These are from two new stamp sets from OnyxXpressions that I bought as soon as I got the pre-order email from Cheryl.

Here you can see the Notre Dame stamp better- and understand why I HAD to have them. The HANDSOME guy in front of the Cathedral is my darling DH and the cute one with him at La Tour Eiffel is Cindy's DH. You can see the album Cindy made (a CTMH 9"x9") of the trip at her blog. One final note: how easy are those Simply Snapshots pages to use? I finished this entire project in less than 4 hours!

We leave for Disney World Wednesday morning, so I'm off to start sorting laundry and making lists and getting everything ready. Hope everyone has a great day!


Cindy said...

The photos of your wonderful album are great...they don't do your work justice, though, as the Memory Showcase came out better than one could ever expect! Thanks for the shout out!

Etha said...

oh the memory showcase album is so perfect for the france pictures! I bet he LOVED it!!

Sheila said...

Beautiful album - you did a great job! And I just love that Notre Dame stamp. :)

That's great to be able to finish the entire project in less than four hours!

Perky said...

LOVE the France project! Well done! I'm sure your husband's students will like it, too!

Have a great time at the Mouse House! Let's get together sometime this summer!