These are photos from our break to Oaklands in the Midlands in January of this year, I took Simon there for his 60th birthday - so we could get away and just relax.
I am not doing it week by week at this point, but rather using as a way to show more of my photos than I can on a normal layout.
Here are a couple of close ups.
The left hand side.
The right hand side.
I used water colour paper for this layout because I wanted to create a pattern on the papers with gold. I used Perfect Pearls mists with stencils, salt and a stamp. The patterns have come out quite pale but I still like them. I also used some bright green washi tape, ribbon, flowers and then I used some cork that I stamped and embossed white - an idea I got from Belinda Spencer. Works really well for me as we don't get a lot of project life stuff here so now I can custom make what I want.
My Journalling says
I really enjoyed our time in this beautiful place surrounded by nature at it's very best. Peace and quite enabled us to really unwind. I loved waking up to this each day. The sisters made us feel so welcome and treated us like part of the family.
Oaklands is a little hotel in the heart of the midlands ans is used for polo tournaments so there are lots of horses, a donkey names Sophie, chickens, ducks and four huge great danes. Run by three sisters and a brother. A beautiful retreat.
Here a a couple more close ups.
For this card I used my chevron wheel through the mists to create the pattern up the side. I used a cork chevron to reinforce the theme. The word is a rub on onto the washi tape.
I managed to find some bits a pieces that were the right colours for this layout.
Here is one of the journalling cards. The background is so subtle that it allowed me to write over it without being over powered.
Here you can see the cork embellishments stamped and embossed. I think they look pretty cool.