Divided Pages: Atlanta/Roma After Dark

I’m sharing two layouts today using pocketed page protectors.  The last destination during our trip to Europe was Rome.  I love the history and architecture that engulfs the city.  The city streets seem to come alive at night, which I tried to capture in this layout.

Roma After Dark

The layout behind the one above is about Atlanta.  We were supposed to have a short connection in Atlanta before flying home to Dallas that same night.  Unfortunately, the flight to Dallas was cancelled due to weather AND all the flights the next day were already booked solid.  The only options we had at that point were A) find indirect routes (i.e. 2-3 connections) into Dallas the next day, B) wait for the next direct flight, C) fly into another city and drive our way into Dallas, or D) try other airline companies.  None of the options were too tempting, but I decided to just wait it out in Atlanta and have somewhat of an extended vacation.  Gotta make lemonade with those lemons right? 🙂

Atlanta

It was both D and I’s first time in Atlanta.  It’s such a lovely city.  There’s so much culture everywhere you turn.  We were there for a full day on Saturday and wanted lunch at the Farmer’s Market food carts in Piedmont Park.  Driving was somewhat of a hassle to the park since it was the day of the Christmas parade, but we made it.  Once we got there, though, we couldn’t find the Farmer’s Market  and it was too cold for me to walk around searching.  So we left and went to see the Cyclorama.  D is a huge fan of war history and memorabilia.  The museum is definitely tiny, but the cyclorama painting was beautiful.  We learned all about the Battle of Atlanta during the Civil War.  At night, we went back to Piedmont Park to see the Holiday Lights display at the Atlanta Botanical Gardens.  Gorgeous!  I loved the feeling of Christmas festivity.

I think this is the most journaling I’ve ever done on any scrapbook page!  I tried to fit everything about Atlanta onto one page, so I had a LOT to say 🙂  I realize the two layouts don’t match at all.  The first one is very photo heavy and has more of a graphic design.  The second page has softer colors and tons of writing.  I’m okay with the fact that they don’t match.  I enjoy playing with different styles and techniques.  To me, it adds interest to an album.  It also helps me stay interested in this craft.

Also, last chance to enter my little giveaway before it closes at the end of today CST!  Look at the previous for details 🙂

Adapting Divided Page Protectors

It’s officially 2014!  Can you believe it?  When I reflect back on all that’s happened in the past year, it seems a little surreal.  For me, 2013 started calm with a steady work schedule and a beautiful wintery weekend trip to Yosemite National Park.  Then it got a bit crazy in February when I started working like crazy…but I made sure to reward myself with two week-long vacations  🙂  Roll forward a few months….now here I am having moved across several states, traveled 3 countries, and am taking a break from work.  Whew!  It sounds like a lot, but I actually had a wonderful year that was filled with lots of love, laughs, and learning.  2014 will certainly be drastically different than 2013 in many ways, but I know the three “L’s” will be here to keep me company  🙂

With the new year, I decided to try something a little different in my scrapbooking.  I often use divided page protectors in my albums because I crave visual variety and it allows me to add more photos with not much effort.  For my most recent divided page protector layout, I had three landscape photos which fit nicely into this page protector by We R Memory Keepers:

Bosque del Apache

I was able to highlight the photos and also had plenty of space for journaling, the title, and embellishments.  But when it came time to make the layout for the back of this page, I stumbled upon a problem.  The photos I wanted to include from the event were portrait in orientation and will not fit “as is” into the photo slots.  Instead of choosing different photos, I decided to adapt my photos to this page protector.  Here’s what I did:

I printed three 4×6 photos from my home printer and arranged/glued them on a 6×12 piece of patterned pattern.

Right Side

I then cut the 6×12 piece down into three 4×6 cards so they will fit into the page protector.

4x6 Cuts

I added some embellishments and worked on the left side of the page for the final result:

White Sands Missile Range

 

I wanted to keep the left side relatively simple so it won’t detract from the photos on the right side.  I hope this post helps you feel less confined to photo orientations when you’re using pocketed page protectors!  Have a spectacular New Year everyone!