Sunday, 8 May 2011

This photo doesn't tell the story

I haven't done much scrapbooking lately. It isn't that I haven't been creating - I made lots of different things in April! - but I was trying out different things and not really scrapping.

Yesterday I found myself really hankering after cardstock and patterned paper and yearning to get some photos onto pages..... And yet, I still needed a tiny bit more of a kickstart.

What luck! Yesterday was (inter)National Scrapbooking Day, or just 'Scrapbooking Day' as Shimelle chose to call it, and she posted a series of challenges on her blog to celebrate :)

Well, I responded to several of those challenges, but I won't overwhelm you by sharing all the results at once! I've decided to start with this one because I wasn't sure if you knew that Shimelle had started to use telepathy to share her class prompts and ideas?! A couple of times during her most recent class, a prompt discussed something I just been thinking or even posting about. And then yesterday, having made a couple of layouts already, I riffled through my stack of photos and picked out one thinking 'I need to tell the story that this photo doesn't show!' Then I figured I'd just refresh Shimelle's blog first to see if there were any new challenges up, and sure enough there was - this one.... Could the timing be any more perfect?!


22nd April 2011. Bergerac, France. Easter holiday with The Friends.


I couldn't take the photo that did tell the story, though I confess that the idea did cross my mind! Instead, when the confusion had died down, I took this shot, promising myself that I would scrapbook it and tell the story myself...


We'd spent the first night of our holiday in a hotel in Bergerac. Instead of breakfasting at the hotel, we'd decided to find a cafe in the town and get something there. We enjoyed a very nice meal of croissants and pain au chocolat, tea or coffee for the adults and hot chocolate for the kids, then we strolled back to the hotel. We paused at this little shop on the corner so I could choose some postcards, when suddenly the wind picked up, blew over the display stands outside, and sent the cards bowling down the street! Staff, customers and passers-by all hurried and scurried to collect the escaping stock, and I don't think a single card was lost. But oh, what a photo it would have made! I had my camera with me (of course!) but I don't think it would have been the tactful thing to do...

Glitter cloud paper given to me by Clair, don't know manufacturer. Other papers, borders, chipboard sticker from Gotta Craft kits - all Crate Paper I think.

23 comments:

scrappyjacky said...

But what a great way to be able to tell the story....no better way than scrapbooking, me thinks.

helena said...

how restrained - I would have been sorely tempted to click

one advantage to wearing a camera on a strap is that it is possible to click without people noticing - bit hit and miss on focus etc

Jimjams said...

Great page - and perfect for the prompt. Off to see what I can do to join in with the fun now :D

debs14 said...

Such restraint - I am impressed! And although there is no photo, I am sure we can all imagine what it looked like - great layout.

Kirsty.a said...

Great story - glad you got it down. I wouldn't even have had the presence of mind to take the afer-theevent picture - would have been too busy running away!

Denise said...

Hmmm it's not always easy to NOT capture it is it?lol great story and I love the layout :-)

Karen said...

Lovely story mel but I am not sure I could have held back with such a photo opp!

Fiona said...

Great story and great restraint in not clicking!

Ginger said...

I Really like this layout Mel! I love the long title and the design, so nice to see you were able to get in some scrappy time :)

Alison said...

I think you were very tactful Mel..don't know that I would have been!
Alison xx

Rachel Holaday said...

Ha! Funny! I like that you chose the cloud paper to go with your 'windy' story.

Heather said...

I agree with the others. I would have taken a couple of quick shots & then helped picking up the cards!! But then we weren't there were we :( Sounds like you had a great holiday with The Friends xx

Sandra said...

What an amazing page Mel.

Clair said...

So glad that you found the perfect story for that paper - I knew you would x

Cheri said...

I wouldn't have the photo either Mel - I'd be too busy helping to even think to snap a picture. But you have painted a perfect one and I think we can all imagine what it would look like!

Rachel B said...

The cloud paper is just perfect Mel, I love this page. It is so bright and colourful.....

...I wouldn't have been able to get that photo either!

MonicaB said...

Wonderful page! I really like how you did the banner.

Maria Ontiveros said...

Love the flags and how you journaled on the patterned paper.
Rinda

Sue, a.k.a. midwestgirl said...

Love your writing in the clouds and your title work!

Melissa said...

A nice layout and great take on Shimelle's challenge. It's nice to document those stories that we don't have a photo for. I did one of Shimelle's challenges and will be posting this week all my layouts & cards from NSD.

Lynn said...

I can imagine your family in years to come looking at that photo and saying "remember when". To me its what it is all about.

Beverly said...

Great story and layout, love the way you laid out the journaling. A photo of the strewn postcards would have been great but I agree would have made you very unpopular.

Lisa-Jane said...

Looks like you had a great time with the challenges. They were great fun weren't they? Hope life is a little calmer for you all now.