Tuesday, 28 April 2015

Hop On, Hop Off

I found that a great way to get around Vancouver was the Vancouver Sightseeing Tours "Hop-On, Hop-Off Trolley. Comprised of two routes, the 'Blue Line' and 'Red Line', it took you to all the tourist sights in the city including Granville Island and Stanley Park. My favourite stop was near English Bay where I could catch the little blue ferryboat to Granville Island .

The sketch came from Let's Get Sketchy and worked well for showcasing my brochure timetables and ticket. I took the map from the centre of the brochure and had it enlarged  and cut it for the angled piece on the bottom of the layout.

Instead of stitching or drawing circles on the layout I used Silhouette cut files of arrows in a circular format. Considering the routes  are 'round and round' and around you go and hopping on and off on a whim, it seemed like the perfect choice.

Friday, 17 April 2015

Carmana Plaza

You guessed it...I've scrapbooked my Vancouver hotel room. Considering I scrapbooked an Air Canada swivel stick and luggage sticker did you really think my room was going to escape scissors and glue?

It was a great suite but I forgot to take pictures. Like most hotels though there were postcards advertising their accommodations so I grabbed a few of them. I added the key card holder and room amenities folder. Even the soap wrapper fell victim to the hoard of accommodation bits and bobs. Just because you don't have pictures you can still have lots to scrap. When done I was quite pleased with how my layout turned out.

For these pages I used the two page layout sketch from Stick It Down and the colour palette from the Scrapmuch? April colour challenge.
The layout from Stick It Down lent itself perfectly for the key and amenity folders.
I find the monthly colour palette at Scrapmuch? a real bonus. It sure saves me a lot of "does that colour go with that colour" time.
Double page layout from Stick It Down.
Palette from Scrapmuch? April Colour Challenge.
You have until the end of the month at both Stick It Down and Scrapmuch? to post your creations. You really should check them both out.
Keys and a tag with the room number as embellishments seemed quite fitting for this page of the layout.
Not even the soap wrapper escaped my scrapping obsession.
Now having done my room it brings to mind all those pictures of the view from my window. Planes landing on the water, mountains in the distance....but that's another layout.

Monday, 6 April 2015

Canada Place (2 Page Layout)

Here are the other two pages featuring Canada Place that I warned you I'd be sharing.

I was fascinated by the ocean liners at Port Metro Vancouver. Such massive ships. The location of the Port meant that every time you looked at a liner you got a view of the mountains behind. An added bonus for sure.

For this layout I used a great sketch from Scrapmuch? designed by Laura Whitaker. I worked perfectly for my pictures. I even had the right amount of vertical and horizontal ones. When does that ever happen?

My layout also worked well for the March 29th Challenge #235 "Mystic Mountains" at Lasting Memories Layout Challenges. The challenge is to showcase travel destinations with hills, mountains and variations thereof. My pictures worked perfectly. I was thrilled.

I found paper by Scrapbook Customs printed with 'Vancouver'. Turns out there's a whole lot of papers designed for prominent destinations in North American and the World.
I carried the maple leaf theme from the first page but changed up the stitching from straight to zig zag. Having problems with totally plain paper, especially white, some red splatters did the trick for me.

All three pages of my Canada Place visit.

Sunday, 5 April 2015

Canada Place

It couldn't have been a more gorgeous day, the day I got to see Canada Place.

With it's distinctive five white sales, Canada Place is a landmark you can't resist visiting on a trip to Vancouver. It's also home to Vancouver's ship terminal and the Vancouver Convention Centre.

The sketch I used is from Stuck?! and designed by Laura Whitaker.
This is the first of three pages I'm doing for the Canada Place portion of my Vancouver scrapbook.

I also shared my layout at Scrapping4fun. Challenge #39 is 'anything goes + 3 embellishments'.

I found a great compass print and cut file from Silhouette. It made a great addition to the nautical sort of theme I was going for. I finished the page off with a bit of red thread and cream coloured hemp around a travel style 'doo dad'. 

The sketch was easy to work with.
You should try too and post your layout at Stuck?! There's 24 days left to post and be eligible for the monthly draw.

Bloedel Conservatory

One of the unique places I visited in Vancouver was the Bloedel Conservatory.

When I arrived I found the inside of the Bloedel Conservatory to be quite tropical in nature. It's a domed building located in Queen Elizabeth Park atop the City of Vancouver’s highest point.  Queen Elizabeth Park will have to be another section in the album. It's so beautiful I couldn't just lump it in with the conservatory. They say there are more than 200 free-flying exotic birds and 500 exotic plants and flowers within a temperature-controlled environment.  I was so intrigued with some of the species of plants and birds that I ran out of time and just couldn't see them all. It was so special to be walking along the paths and have birds flying overhead. They would chirp and talk to you as you passed each of their little pieces of paradise. The first of my new-found feathered friends I'd like to showcase is "Rosie", an African parrot who had a lot to say. It was great fun listening to her repertoire of sentences and all the other silly noises she'd make in an effort to get your attention. She's certainly a very sociable and needy bird. :)

This is my 4th submission as a Design Team member for Stick it Down. I can't believe how fast my time with Stick it Down is passing.

This April single page sketch was a lot of fun to work with. You will also find April sketches for a double page layout and a card posted and ready for your creative talents.

I was so fortunate to have a great paper in my stash for the background. This map of the world allowed me to put Rosie, the African parrot, right beside the continent of her origin. It couldn't have worked out better if I'd planned it.
The journaling worked out perfectly for me too. Because I am doing a page for each six favourite birds, the suggestion for strips of journaled information was great. I chose the name and information about the origin of Rosie. I'll try to carry this through on the other 5 bird pages.
The colours of the paper layers and the washi tape really showed off Rosie's colouring.
Once I'd added the title I was done.
Which bird next I wonder?

Thursday, 2 April 2015

Maria and Carmen

Maria and Carmen are a very colourful addition to my Vancouver vacation scrapbook.  They are a pair of Green-winged Macaws, native to the Amazon jungle.

Maria and Carmen spend their time together, one not seeming to stray far from the other. I thought they were so vibrant and regal so for sure needed a page all to themselves.

I used the Let's Capture Our Memories sketch of March 28th for Maria and Carmen's page.
The Bo Bunny Star-Crossed collection allowed me to work in the great tones of red that were on the birds heads and chests.
I wanted to find something to use in place of the scalloped border but anything I had just wasn't working for me. I went looking on Silhouette for cut files of feathers and found a print file of a feather. I then took it, replicated it twice and layered it out as I'd like to see it on my paper. I then held my breath hoping it would turn out. The Silhouette sketch pen was magic and my border came out even better than I thought it would.
I also turn to Silhouette for my circular component. I found this 'doodle circle'. I like it because it reminds me of a bird nest so fits in with my theme.
I added a few metal leaves, some coloured brads and a title, and then I was done.
I think I'll have you meet Ruby and Kiwi next.