Tuesday, 2 August 2011

London Mini Album

As you know, Phil and I went away to London to celebrate our 20th wedding anniversary.  In the days following our trip, I put together a little book of the weekend.  It could be described as a "Smash Book" but it's maybe more of a journal with lots of ephemera included!  Whatever it is, I loved putting it all together and gathering bits and bobs for it during the weekend.

WARNING : Photo heavy (wasn't sure whether to do several posts or just show it in it's entirety today, but am going for all in one go!)

I cut up a London Underground map to use as the background for the title to get a feel for London from the cover.

I bought a couple of postcards to include in my journal, and although I bought them on Saturday morning, by the end of the weekend, I had actually seen everything featured on the postcard!

I used the "Do Not Disturb" door hanger from our hotel as another page ...

I kept all the entry tickets and leaflets from the things we did and included them.

(even popped the chopsticks wrapper in to lend a Chinese feel to this page!)

I used one of my new favourite glassine envelopes to pop The Lion King tickets into, along with the advertising leaflet.

So, there you go.  My first very photo heavy post - sorry!  Normal service will be resumed shortly.

Just in case you are interested (and haven't already seen enough photos), the basis of my journal was this:

I deliberately bought "buff" index cards, but in typically Carole fashion, didn't like them nor the letters on the tabs, so covered them in my beloved brown parcel paper!  Well, it is my book, and I wanted to use things that I love.  I didn't use too many embellishments, only a few bits of patterned paper, instead letting the leaflets and ephemera add the colour and interest.

Hope you like it - please leave me a comment.

Carole x


  1. Love it!! You crammed a lot into your weekend Carole. What did you think of the Lion King? I thought it was wonderful. :)
    Hugs xx

  2. Oh Sue, I totally loved Lion King! I was so there, in Africa with all the characters (until the dry ice affected my bad throat and I nearly had a coughing fit!) Anyone who hasn't seen it should go - immediately!
    C xxx

  3. Lovely album, especially when it's full of pics of my home town! Valerie

  4. I've tried to leave a comment sooooo many times, and still having problems with blogger, grrrrr! Let's hope this one works :)

    Carole your little smash book is lovely!!! I'm so pleased you both had a wonderful time too :)
    Myself and Kevin went to see the Lion King years ago, we really enjoyed it too.

    I may have the perfect little embellishment you may wish to add to your already lovely album :)

    Suzie xxxx :)

  5. Forgot to mention Carole, I adore your last layout, all your babies are beautiful!! Including your more recent furry ones :)
    Love all the pics in your smash album too, would so love to know how to do that, so many sizes too!
    All really really lovely!!!
    Suzie xxxx :)

  6. Okay, what is "snogging"? Do I want to know, haha! I love this, and I can't believe you put it together so quickly! I have a mini album I started for my Hawaii trip three years ago, and it's still not done! You are smart to not add too many embellishments, they always bulk up the whole project, don't they? Anyway, it really is wonderful, and great to have all that memorabilia right there to show everyone. Hugs, Roxy.
    P.S. Hope you're feeling better!

  7. Fantastic Carole- you packed alot in on both counts! x

  8. WOW carole, its fab and making it so fast too...

    well done on all account's, I really do love it...

    maria xx

  9. Yep I would call that asmash book/journal fab book and lots to read and see and fab way to keep all those memories together