Hope this finds you well. I'd like to warmly welcome my two newest followers, Lesley and Karen ... I appreciate you joining me here and hope you will find good reason to keep coming back :)
This is the last of the series of posts showing layouts completed with the help of Shimelle's Return to the Collection workshop. It's the second of two double-page layouts created with materials from the kit. If you are a regular reader you will recall that it's the double-page layouts I've been having trouble photographing - here's the proof!
As you can see, I was running out of 12x12 sheets so couldn't use two of the same for the background. Instead, I cut some of the leftover patterned papers, using two Kiwi Lane templates to create the wavy effect, to decorate the turquoise and pink dotty background sheets in an attempt to pull the two together.
I was scraping the bottom of the barrel by the time I got to this layout so I made most of the embellishments using punches and dies, circles, butterflies and hearts, from some of the leftover snippets of paper. The photos were taken on a visit to Sorrento in June 1998. The first photo shows me looking over a very hazy (caused by the amazing heat) Gulf of Naples from the Park of Villa Communale. The second is of a wonderful statue of St Francis of Assisi.
The third photo was taken in the cloisters of the Church of St Francis. I've journalled about how the cloisters are renowned for the acoustics which make it perfect for the outdoor concerts held throughout the summer. Our tour guide, Maria, was so keen for us to appreciate the sound quality for ourselves that she gave, there and then, an unaccompanied rendition of Ave Maria in the most beautiful soprano! Being treated to that completely unexpected performance will be one of my most enduring memories of Italy.
The pink silk flowers were added because they reminded me a little of the bougainvillea that can be seen growing in the cloisters.
I think I may have made a mistake adding the last photo ... I thought it was taken in one of the streets of Sorrento but now I'm not so sure - it could be Amalfi, where we were based ... 1998 was a long time ago!
So that's it ... the kit is all but finished, just a few bits and bobs left over. Most of the cardstock and paper will either be put in the snippet drawer or consigned to the bin and leftover embellishments returned to their respective drawers/boxes to be used on another layout, another day.
I've started to make up another kit from my stash - got to use it up! I have a ton of photos to scrap and so conscious of the fact that I'll have live another 30 years or so if I'm going to ever catch up :) Not entirely an onerous task to contemplate though, those photos bring back some very happy memories ... and that, I think, is why I keep scrapping!
Hope you have all had a wonderful weekend.