Tuesday, 28 August 2012

Up The Cascade



Armenia the second page.  Or at least, it might not be as the album comes together but as this was on our second day there, it will certainly be near the beginning.  Journalling reads: 

Having been refreshed, the only logical conclusion is to do an unreasonable amount of exercise and so we tottered through Yerevan and climbed the 721 steps up the Cascade. (In English money, that's 3.6 Whitby's, minus the abbey).  The Cascade dominates the end of the main street through Yerevan and scales up and up, soaring above the city.  At the top is an enormous grey concrete tower and a tremendous view over the whole capital.  I was able to appreciate this more once I got my breath back.

Actually, for the faint-hearted there are escalators running underground which can transport you in air-conditioned bliss to the summit.  But we are GOLDies and therefore hardcore and so we climbed.  

But how, I hear you cry, do you know that there are 721 steps?  On the way down we counted, Rachael making notes on her hands every time we hit a new level.  I added them up incorrectly so that I could contribute as a maths teacher, and then Rachael did it properly.  So 721 it is.  Up and down.  If it seems that I am mentioning this a little more than necessary, it's because my legs hurt. On the plus side, after some comedy photos and a Snickers, I forgot all about it.


See?  Hilarious comedy photos.



With the exception of the background graph paper which is Studio Calico, most of these things come from the October afternoon line Woodland Park - I'm carrying on working with this collection.  And I just LOVE it.  One of the embellishment packs I bought was the Here and Now Chapters.  They're essentially minibook pages with punched holes that you can bind together.  Now I'm not a minibook girl - it just doesn't work for me - but I think these pages make wonderful journalling or title cards.  They're all double sided and coordinate so well with the papers, some having the same patterns in a smaller size and others having new designs.


I was inspired by Clair's Stitching on Paper Class over at Obstinate Pursuit to get stuck in with the stitching and I hand-sewed the title on this page.  I only pierced and sewed on the journalling card and stuck it on afterwards - it seemed more manageable that way.  I really love the hand-made look that stitching gives and you can always match your title colour and font to the page you're making.  I highly recommend this class - it's really amazing and it's free - so check it out if you haven't already!

Finally, a quick shout out to Craft Emporium who seem to be practically the only UK shop to stock a decent range of October Afternoon.  Win!

Kisses xxx

P.S. I'm using a camera on each page too which I'm cutting out of a sheet by Echo Park.  An idea shamelessly stolen from Shimelle and one that I intend to use forever because cameras rule.

13 comments:

  1. Wow - having done a Whitby (plus the abbey) just over a week ago, I am suitably impressed :)

    And, obviously, I am also impressed by the gorgeousness of the layout!

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  2. I love your page and your fondness for paperclips. What's a GOLDie though? (I'm guessing you are not a retriever!)

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    1. Lol, not a retriever! GOLD stands for Guiding Overseas Linked with Development and is a national project run by Girlguiding UK. This year 8 teams went out to countries all over the world to help develop Guiding and opportunities for girls in local communities. And a Guider who goes on GOLD is called...a GOLDie!

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  3. Ooooh Miss Smith is back in all her glory!!!! :D I LOVE everything about this page!!! So so fun to look at all the details and that handstitched title totally wins my heart!

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  4. I love the way your photos and journalling cascade down the page in tune to the day's adventure!

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    1. From now on, I will claim that this happy accident was the result of a long time spent dwelling on my theme and wanting to represent that in the page :D

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  5. Another amazing layout - that Woodland Park stuff is seriously tempting me :D Love the layering, journalling and stitched title (must try that!) Also, ledger paper for the win! xx
    P.S. Thanks SO much for your lovely comment on my layout!

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  6. a stunning page. the journaling flows down the page beautifully x

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  7. It's inspiring me to seriously think about INTOPS and GOLD!

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    1. It really has been one of the best experiences of my life! Definitely go on INTOPS - it can be used for the residential part of your QG, although I read on your blog you might use Innovate? However, I know several girls who are using Innovate for Element 4 of service in Guiding and INTOPS for the residential.

      Either way, definitely go for GOLD - you've got nothing to lose and so much to gain!

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  8. A beautiful page - love the diagonal approach and how everything flows. Such pretty little hearts everywhere too :)

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  9. It's a beautiful page. yay! for stitching titles :)

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  10. Fab page..and love the stitching!
    Alison xx

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