Layout Share: l’Entrecote

I’m really enjoying the oh so popular watercolor look right now.  The soft muted colors are just absolutely beautiful.  However, I don’t have very many watercolors, and it can get a little messy.  I took advantage of the premade watercolor look  on the patterned paper from Pink Paislee’s “Color Wash” collection to achieve a hand-painted effect without all the trouble.

l'EntrecoteI used a circle stencil with different colors of chalk ink behind the photo.  Various pink embellishments from my stash were used to create a column on the page.  The chipboard stickers are from Amy Tangerine while the sequin bow and enamel dots are from Freckled Fawn.

The photos are taken from Le Relais de l’Entrecote in Paris, a restaurant I found through TripAdvisor.  We walked there from Rue de Champs Elysees after circling the underground network around the Arc de Triomphe.  The line outside wrapped halfway through the block even on a cold winter night.  The fiancé was barely able to endure the hour-long wait to be seated.  Once inside, though, the food comes quickly.  The restaurant has a set menu of salad and steak frites plus an option for a variety of desserts.  I loved the simple and fresh salad.  The fiancé loved the mustard herb sauce that accompanied the steak frites, so much so he wanted to eat there again the next day (didn’t happen though).  The steak itself is definitely not the best cut of beef and is minuscule in size compared to US standards, but it was good enough where we finished two helpings each.  The standout of the night for me were the chocolate profiteroles for dessert–so so so good.  Hands down, the best dessert I’ve had in a while.

Layout Share: Entrance Undiscovered

I made this layout a couple of weeks ago.  I was very inspired by the Flourishing Flowers paper from the Dear Lizzy “Polka Dot Party” line.  I fussy cut a few of the beautiful flowers from the patterned paper with no idea how I wanted to use them.  I played with the placement of the flowers quite a bit before deciding to layer them directly behind the photo.  I like the way they soften the stark nighttime picture.

Entrance Undiscovered

There are other Dear Lizzy elements on the layout as well, including the background paper from her “Lucky Charm” line and a brad from the “5th & Frolic” collection.  I love how different Dear Lizzy collections work so well with one another.  I added just a touch of gesso and turquoise mist onto the page for a little visual interest.

The photograph was taken in front of the Arc de Triomphe in Paris, France.  The fiancé and I were supposed to meet our friends at the entrance to climb up the monument, but we weren’t able to find it after walking in circles for almost half an hour.  In the end, we gave up and decided to just go eat instead.  I was a bit bummed because I heard the view from the top of the Arc is breathtaking, which was confirmed by my friends who were able to find the entrance.  There’s always next time I guess….

Layout Share: Love Locks

I have another layout to share about my time in Paris 🙂  There are a couple of bridges that go across the Seine river on which people will put “love locks”.  The fiancé and I weren’t aware of this custom during our first trip to Paris, so we made sure to bring a lock this time around.  We decided to put our locks on the Pont de la Concorde because we were already nearby (even though there are fewer locks on that particular bridge).  I tried to place it in an area where I would hopefully be able to find it again in the future.  We all threw our keys into the river at the same time while making a wish (on hindsight, keys rusting away at the bottom of the river probably isn’t very good for the river ecosystem…).

Love LocksI got the inspiration to cut the vellum circle die cut (Heidi Swapp ephemera pack) from Sandy Ang who did something similar on one of her layouts a few months back.  I used lots of heart motifs on this page including a scrap of Dear Lizzy “Lucky Charm” paper and silver heart stickers from Heidi Swapp.  I really like the look of 3 small photos lined up horizontally side by side–I’ll have to try that again soon.  The size of the photos are all 2″x3″ in landscape format.

Layout Share: Place du Tertre

Here’s another layout featuring the Montmartre district of Paris.  The Place du Tertre is a little square atop a hill where artists of all kinds gather to sell their art.  The fiancé and I had quite the time choosing the artist to draw our portraits.  The artists are not shy about calling after us as we walk by, and there are so many to choose from!  In the end, I let the fiancé make the decision.  Unfortunately, neither of us liked the resultant portrait.  We look like Italian children in the drawing…no joke.  It was so bad other surrounding artists actually pointed and laughed at our portrait as it was being drawn!  Definitely not an 80 euros well spent…oh well.  I’m not sure what we’ll do with the drawing.  It’s been rolled up in the corner of our office ever since we brought it home.  Next time, though, I will be choosing the artist to draw our portrait and not the fiancé.

Place du TertreI used several paper scraps to back the photo.  I felt the patterns on the scraps were competing with the bold background, so I painted a white border around each scrap to tone them down.  The mish mash of different embellishments along the vertical was fun to place.  The journaling was written on some of those embellishments as well.


Love is in the Air!

It’s Valentine’s Day!  My fiancé and I usually stay home and cook on this holiday because, frankly, it’s too much headache for not much payoff.  The fiancé asked for Chinese home-cooking, so that’s what I’ll give him.  In return, he’ll be making dessert when he gets home from work–chocolate chip cookies, my fave ❤  In honor of Valentine’s Day, I have a layout to share about love.  The layout isn’t directly related to the fiancé; it’s actually about my love for Paris.  But, I’ve only been to Paris with the fiancé, so it relates in that all the lovely things I’ve experienced in Paris was with him 🙂

Paris je t'aime

The photo is from Le Mur des Je T’aime (“I Love You:  The Wall”) in the Montmarte district of Paris–a lively neighborhood with many art galleries and home to the Moulin Rouge.  This wall, located in a tiny little park, has “I Love You” written in different languages all across it.  We had to search for several minutes to find the words written in English.  Once found, we couldn’t help but take a couple of “action shots” of us jumping and pointing towards the “I Love You”.  I’m not going to lie, a couple of families with their children gave us peculiar looks….But as the saying goes, you only live once!

On the layout, journaling spots were created on the background paper (Crate Paper “Love Notes”) using gesso.  Each of the journaling spots lists a reason why I love Paris.  The title “Paris je t’aime” is layered with the fussy cut Dear Lizzy Lucky Charm words that read “a day spent with a big blue sky and sunbeams”.    A mix of brads, flair, enamel dots, and puffy stickers were used to embellish the vertical line of journaling.

I wish everyone a spectacular Valentine’s!  If there’s no significant other in the picture, there’s no reason why you can’t celebrate the Day of Love with another cherished one.

Layout Share: La Creperie Bretonne

One of the things I was sorely disappointed about during my first trip to Paris in 2012 was not eating a good crepe.  Our trip took place in August–the month of traveling for many locals (a fact we missed at the time we booked the trip).  So….unfortunately, many of the restaurants and cafes I had eagerly planned to try were not open.  The fiancé and I resorted to a creperie in a more touristy part of town on the very last day of our trip.  It was the only crepe we had in Paris, and it wasn’t very good at all…BUT we made up for it during our last Paris excursion at La Creperie Bretonne.  They were one of the few better-rated creperies open (many restaurants in Paris also aren’t in business on Sundays and Mondays), and we were not disappointed in the least.  Both the savory and dessert crepes were absolutely delicious.  I’m still salivating for the salted caramel drizzle….

La Creperie Bretonne


I really wanted to use the Dear Lizzy “5th & Frolic” 4×6 Project Life card on this layout because it’s one of the few items I have in navy.  Of course, the corners of the card are rounded, so I decided to also round the corners of the photos to match.  There’s a mix of embellishments on this page.  The mason jars are fussy cut from a Dear Lizzy “Lucky Charm” patterned paper.  I’ve used the mason jars on several other food-related pages in this album already.  There’s also some Maggie Holmes “Flea Market”, Amy Tangerine “Cut & Paste”, and Freckled Fawn elements.