Wednesday, 15 August 2012

Holiday memories (WOYWW)

Well having been missing from WOYWW for two weeks (one week for holiday and one for holiday hang over and the Olympics!) I am back, and in a state of chaos as I make a mini book holiday diary!  On my desk is the circular book, distress inks, craft mat, cutting mat, craft knife, ruler and scissors, a box of small stamps I took on holiday with me and barely used (they need relocating into their proper homes again), and various leaflets and postcards from the holiday with which to make my mini book. Of course, it wouldn't be my desk without my lovely hot mug of tea on it! 
Here is the outside of the mini book which was sanded down, then painted with tan acrylic paint, before I then stamped and stippled distress inks onto it and finally added the numbers. As this uses one of my favourite techniques, stippling distress inks through sequin waste, I am entering this into the SSSS 'favourite techniques' challenge.
The next page states where we went and the dates and the images were taken from the postcard.  The little scallop shell stamped round the edge was from stamps away. I am entering this into PaperPlay 'shaped card'.
The next page also used images from the postcard, distress ink, a free bunting stamp from Crafty Stamper magazine (to represent the kite that Alex flew) and another shell stamp from Stamps Away.
The circus page used images from the circus gift offer we were given at the end of the show, distress inks and inkadinkado swirl and spot stamps. I am entering this page into Speedy Fox's 'dots' challenge.
The seal sanctuary page used the free swirl stamp from Crafty Stamper magazine and distress inks.  I have another four pages to complete and will show you them on Sunday (all being well!). I am entering this page into Stamping for the weekend's 'monochrome' and All sorts 'going round in circles' challenges.
I can't resist also showing you a few photos from our wonderful beach holiday.
Alex and I had a wonderful time messing round on the beach - being buried was probably his all time favourite thing to do, with donkey riding a close second.
We took Alex to the circus for the first time and he loved it.  He was laughing his head off at the antics of the clown, and amazed by the acrobats and fire breather.
Fantasy Island was easily my favourite theme park ever and we all had a wonderful time taking Alex on the Millenium Rollercoaster (three complete inversions), his first big rollercoaster. He loved it and I felt sick!  We also went on dragon mountain (a water version of the bob sleigh run - we were soaked as you can see, but it was the greatest of fun), log flumes, and various other rollercoasters, all within a short distance of each other and no queueing!
A steam train ride has become a bit of a family holiday tradition, thanks to the steam train nut of the family aka me! Alex thought it was cool that he got to go in the engine cab.
We also went to Lincoln where we explored the castle and cathedral.
Finally no summer holiday would be complete without ice cream, and there was a lovely farm making their own ice cream nearby.  This was yummy indeed. 
I had the best holiday and really want to go back! It was a shock to the system to come back home and go into work.  Have a great week everyone.


Helen said...

Morning Caro - Your certainly got straight back into the swing of things. Great album and a neat idea to dedicate pages of it to entering challenges! I love a challenge. You look like you had a fabulous time. WOYWW Hugs to you from Helen 18

Shaz in Oz.CalligraphyCards said...

Hi Caro your holiday sure looked like fun and book looks great too! thanks for sharing ~ happy WOYWW! Shaz in Oz. x #64

sandra de said...

Looks like a wonderful holiday and lots of fun had by all.
Sandra @32

jill said...

what a lovely mini album you've made.
We like Mablethrop beach its very clean. sadly we have'nt been there for a couple of years but think we'll have to try to get back there this year. happy crafting jill #44

butterfly said...

What great beach pics - looks like you had a terrific time, and the album's looking really good! Happy WOYWW!
Alison x

mamapez5 said...

I like your holiday memories book. Your son will enjoy looking back through that too.
It's hard to get back into the swing of things after a holiday isn't it, but you have made a good start!
Kate x#69

scrappyjen said...

Great photos and a fab mini book. thanks for sharing jenx60

Redanne said...

Hi Caro, love all your photos and your album is fabulous. Your little Alex is a cute chappie and he must have been so impressed with the steam train, we are fanatics in our house. Love that last pic - how did you get the birds to line up like that? LOL. Happy WOYWW, Anne x #59

Pat Garvin said...

Cute little scrap book. Thanks for joining Speedy Fox and Friends.

Winnie and Patty said...

Beautiful!!!! Thanks for playing along with us this week at Speedy Fox & Friends blog challenge!

soapHOUSEmama said...

such a lovely project! The Simon Says Stamp & Show design team thanks you for participating in this week's challenge! - Ashli

Helen said...

Your holiday looks fabulous - and sunny! I remember being buried on the beach - but we nearly always went to stony beaches which isn't as much fun! Love the holiday book, it will be a great lasting memory.
Hope you settle back into routine soon! Helen, 3

Nicola said...

What a beautiful mini album and a perfect way to record holiday highlights - looks like you had an amazing holiday (not that far from where I live!)
Thanks for going round in circles with us at Allsorts this week and good luck!
Hugs Nicola xxx

Tertia said...

No wonder you needed a week to recover after that holiday. It looks fabulous!
The book is great too.
Happy very belated WOYWW!
Tertia #116

Jo Channon said...

Such a gorgeous project. Maplethorpe is not far from us and the beach is lovely. Thankyou for taking part in the Allsorts Challenge this week Jo x