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I finally had a chance to sit down with some paper and photos and make something this weekend, it was lovely!

I made this layout as part of February’s 6×4 challenge, this month we need to use two photos (here’s my January one-photo layout) – I couldn’t find two portrait-oriented photos that I liked so I picked two landscape photos and cropped them down instead, which works much better I think.

Decided not to go with any journalling on this one, I think the title says it all :)

As you may have read in one of my previous posts, I stumbled across an amazing paper shop in Prague and ended up buying a bunch of vintage Czech stamps, so I wanted to incorporate these into the layout somewhere. I’m pretty happy with the end result, I was skeptical about whether glittery thickers and vintage stamps would go together but I think they look OK…

And that’s it!

If you want to find out more about the challenge you can read about it over on Shimelle.com or Two Peas.

Have a wonderful week!

N x

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Name: Manufactura Abram Kelly

Location: Senovážné náměstí 16, www.manufactura.cz

What’s so great about it? This was the second paper shop I found in Prague (I wrote about the first one here) and I hunted down this boutique after reading about it in my Lonely Planet guide, in their words:

“This little workshop and studio produces handmade paper using traditional techniques, and sells it in the form of greeting cards, business cards, stationery, calligraphy, antique map prints and photographic prints”

It’s a really sweet little shop with lots of well-made, yet delicate paper products and being handmade they all feel a little unique. This is the kind of shop that makes you want to tip-toe around and slowly browse through all the boxes of individual cards in plastic packaging.

What I bought:

This little notebook first caught my eye, because I just love the colour! It’s really well made and the handmade paper that forms the cover is just awesome – quite soft, very thick and really beautiful. I must admit, I’m not that familiar with Franz Kafka’s work but I do really love the print on the cover of this book and after googling to find out more about him I realised that it’s actually a print of his signature on the cover, which is pretty cool. Can anyone recommend any of his work? I’d love to find out more about him.

I also bought this handmade paper card with an intricate map print on the front. I have no idea what I’ll do with this yet but I do love map prints so this was the one that jumped out at me :)

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I spent the last day of the weekend doing the traditional English thing and had a Sunday roast at a really lovely little pub in Hampstead with my sister – I’ll definitely be going back there to try the Banana Parfait with Marshmallow dessert when I’m not so full, it sounds incredible.

Wishing you a wonderful week!

N x

I’m going to start sharing more photos on here. I’ve realised I am very shy about sharing them normally and I need to be more confident – so Fridays are now for photos and a very quick caption, that’s it. So here goes…

Friendly stray cat in Cesky Krumlov, Czech republic. Everywhere I travel I seem to photograph stray animals…

Being a scrapbooker, I love paper. I’m sure other scrapbookers will know what I’m talking about, I’m just drawn to anything that’s pretty, patterned or unique.

As someone who grew up with dreams of travelling the world, I find myself looking for interesting or quirky reminders of the places I visit.

The history student inside me loves the glimpse into decades (or centuries) gone by as well as the here-and-now.

On my travels recently, I’ve stumbled across some incredible little boutiques selling a wide range of paper goods – long sheets of patterned papers, notebooks that inspire me to write inside them, intricate prints on handmade paper, second-hand postcards with messages written in foreign languages and vintage stamps from countries that no longer exist.

These shops have been real highlights of my holidays. The souvenirs I buy from these stores make me recall the exact time and place I got them, how I found the shop and what it looked and felt like inside –  I definitely couldn’t tell you the location or anything interesting about where I bought that souvenir magnet in Santorini that’s sitting on my fridge.

So I’m going to start sharing my paper boutique finds here on the blog, starting with my most recent trip to the Czech Republic, where we spent Christmas and New Year…

Name: U Zlate Cise

Location: Nerudova Street, Prague – this street is on the hill you walk up to reach Prague Castle

What’s so great about this one: While we were ambling up the hill towards Prague Castle, I spotted this little shop. At first glance it looked like an antique book shop but when I looked more closely at the shelves I realised they were packed with all kinds of antique paper goods in addition to books. There were boxes of old Czech postcards, second-hand cardboard portfolio wallets, old European advertisement clippings, packets of old stamps from the last  70 years or so, vintage envelopes & maps – almost any kind of paper ephemera you could think of, it was an amazing find!

I could have spent hours in there searching through all the boxes and shelves, there were just so much to discover in there – but we had a castle to visit that day as well, so I had to pick out a few things to buy before moving on.

What I bought:

 

I went to another boutique paper shop while I was in Prague, which sold only handmade paper goods – so that will be the next post in the series.

Have a great week! Don’t know about you, but I’m already counting down to the weekend and it’s only Tuesday…

N x

 

Tape strips courtesy of Pugly Pixel

I wanted to take a quick moment to wish you a merry Christmas and happy holidays!

I’m in the Czech Republic right now, in the small but very beautiful town of Cesky Krumlov. It’s covered in snow and the temp today was about -10 but I’m absolutely loving it. It’s my first proper European Christmas, and it’s just as charming as I imagined it would be!

This photo shows the view I woke up to this morning – sunny but very cold!

I’m also happy to report that I discovered two incredible paper shops since i’ve been here – one was the store attached to the studio of an artist who makes handmade paper products, and the second was an absolutely magical vintage ephemera store which was just amazing – but they deserve a post of their own so keep an eye out in the new year.

And on that note, I also want to wish you a wonderful new year – I’ve been thinking a lot about my goals for 2011 since I’ve been on the road and I’m so excited for another year to begin.

Until then,

N x

ps: this is my first post from my iPhone so bear with me if it turns out a little odd!

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