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My fiance playing his guitar in the evening after work.

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I saw so many Beatles song-titled things during my trip to Liverpool a few weeks back – I had to buy a ‘Ticket to Ride’ for the ‘Magical Mystery Tour’… well, you get the picture. I tried to restrain from naming this post after a Beatles song-title but turns out I just couldn’t help myself – and considering the fleeting nature of our visit to Liverpool it’s still relevant. Hey, I could have called it ‘Everybody’s Got Something To Hide Except Me And My Monkey’ (it’s off their White album in case you’re wondering…)

So, getting to the point, I took Elise’s Big Mini class last month, and I was hanging out to try some new techniques. My trip to Liverpool was the perfect subject for a new album: themed paper, fun photos and some awesome bits&pieces collected along the way.

I picked up a sheet of wrapping paper in Liverpool with the Beatles’ Hard Day’s Night album cover repeated over and over. So I used that a few times throughout the book, and after realising I still had heaps left over, I also used it to cover the front and back of my book too.

One of the techniques I used for the first time (that I picked up from the class) was using transparencies in the album with various bits attached (hmm that’s not very descriptive is it?). Here’s the title lettering I used, and I also attached ribbons and tickets to some other transparencies throughout the book.

I picked out a bunch of yellow, red & green patterned papers to alternate throughout the book – my absolute favourite was a yellow sheet of paper patterned with 60s style chairs in a shiny (almost vinyl) yellow texture. So awesome. (yes, I get excited over cute paper)

If you’re interested in visiting Liverpool, I definitely recommend staying at the Hard Day’s Night Hotel (yep that’s another awesome use of a Beatles song-title). Each room has a huge piece of artwork, and I thought it was hilarious (after a twinge of disappointment) when we walked in and discovered a HUGE portrait of my least favourite Beatle, Ringo, above our bed…

That’s all from me for now…

Hope you all have a great weekend! It’s very rainy in London so I shall be keeping indoors as much as possible :)

N x

More photos of the mini-book here

Now that Summer has definitely come to an end over here in the U.K, I thought it would be fun to look back on the season in photos and take note of what was going on at the time. I think it will be a great record in years to come when I’m looking back on these wonderful years living overseas. So here we go…

I travelled to:

Australia
I went over to be Maid of Honour at a friend’s wedding in Brisbane and ended up going to visit a good friend down in Sydney for a night on my way home as well – I miss them both a lot and who knows how many years it will be until I see either of them next. The photo above was taken at Taronga Zoo in Sydney.

Ireland
We hired a car and did a short road trip around a bit of Ireland – from Dublin across to Galway, down to Cork, then back to Dublin (via Blarney Castle to kiss the Blarney Stone!). We stopped into our favourite pub in Dublin on the last day for a couple of pints of Guinness – yum!

Greece
Our proper ‘summer’ holiday was a trip to the islands of Santorini and Paros in Greece. We had hot weather, amazing scenery, lots of swimming, cocktails and such delicious food. – the perfect holiday!

I listened to:

My most-listened to new album was ‘Sign No More’ by Mumford & Sons, who I also saw at the Hop Farm Festival in Kent along with Bob Dylan. It was such a fun, laid-back festival and all the music was great…must remember to bring a hat next time – it was so ridiculously hot!

I read:

Twilight, New Moon, Eclipse & Breaking Dawn by Stephanie Meyer – OK it was inevitable I was going to have to read these. As I mentioned in another post I read them on my flights to/from Australia and was completely addicted straight away. Oh…and I’m Team Edward in case you were wondering :p

Apathy For The Devil by Nick Kent – this is one of Matt’s books but I really like rock & roll biographies as well so I read it after him. Kent was a music journalist with NME in the 1970’s, so it has lots of very interesting behind-the-scenes stories from one of my favourite eras in music.

I watched:

I saw Eclipse and Inception at the cinema this Summer – Inception was great (I love Christopher Nolan’s movies) and I can’t wait to get it on DVD when its out. Eclipse was fun, it was the first Twilight movie I’ve seen at the movies and I went along with a girlfriend. I thought it was hilarious when the girls in the audience started cheering when Jacob took his shirt off and booing at Edward…I think I’m a little too old for this!

In terms of TV, Matt and I are watching the final season of The Sopranos. We started watching about one episode a week from the beginning awhile ago, as neither of us watched it when it was on TV. We’re nearly at the end, and I’m going to be so sad when it finishes – I realise I’m about 10 years too late to the party on this but it’s the BEST television show ever!

Early in the summer we started watching Six Feet Under from the beginning as well so we’re about a season into that, which I’m really enjoying too…at least we’ll have something to watch when Sopranos withdrawl kicks in!

I wore:

A really cheap pair of leather sandals from Primark were my absolute favourites this summer – they were so comfy from the first wear, I think you can see them in the photo of me in Australia above. Other than that, I could be found most days wearing either shorts and a stripy top, with a light scarf in the evening or a summery dress. My favourite summer evening dress to wear was a gorgeous maxi dress I got back in NZ. I never got round to buying the hat I said I would buy about a billion times. Oh well.

I scrapped:

My favourite layout from the Summer

As well as finally finishing 2009’s Learn Something New Everyday album, I scrapped photos from Santorini (above), Marrakech & some pics of me for a challenge, made a layout with photos I took on my Diana camera, and made a few layouts with some favourite papers I’d been hoarding.

I planned:

Matt and I have been contemplating some big changes to our wedding plans. And by big I mean big – we’re thinking the other side of the world and about 5 months earlier than originally planned. I think we might be crazy! We’ll know for sure whether we’ll change our wedding plans this Autumn, when we visit the country we’re thinking of having it in to do some venue research. Very exciting, I’ll keep you posted!!

I dreamed of:

I’ve been dreaming of Autumn and thinking about where we might go this Christmas – although we won’t be spending it with our families it’s fun knowing that we can go anywhere we like. We’re throwing a few ideas around at the moment and tossing up between somewhere warmer or going somewhere very European and wintery.

Summer 2010 in numbers:

1 change of job

1 new bikini purchased

2 guests came to stay

2 30th Birthdays celebrated

10 cocktails consumed

10 swims in the pool/ocean

35 hours spent in the air flying

Well I think that sums up Summer 2010, It’s going to be so fun collecting four of these posts each year to look back on one day. I know some of these details won’t be interesting to anyone else but they’re a great record for me.

So how was your Summer 2010? Would love to know what you got up to!

Nx

…Buying: I recently bought this print from Etsy that I stumbled across. Being the Fleetwood Mac fan that I am, I was sold when I saw the lyrics to ‘Landslide’ on it. Once I decide on the frame colour (black or white – what do you think?) then I’m hanging it somewhere I can see it while I scrap for some creative Stevie Nicks-esque inspiration…

mirror mirror by enrouge

Mirror Mirror ©2009 En Rouge/k.k. aron

…Reading: I am loving absolutely everything about Once Wed at the moment. I can’t remember how I found this site, but I can’t stop looking at all the gorgeous photos of real weddings. (Its ok, I’m a bride-to-be so I’m supposed to be looking at this stuff). I’m amazed and impressed with how much you can achieve with a little ingenuity and creativity (actually, make that a lot of creativity). If our wedding is half as beautiful as the ones on this site, I’ll be one happy bride!

…Listening to: Rabbit Heart by Florence & The Machine. I’m especially enjoying listening to it on the way to work – puts me in a good mood to start the day.

…Looking forward to: visiting the New Forest and taking lots of photos.

…Eating: White chocolate Tim Tams! For anyone not from New Zealand, these are delicious biscuits that are missed by many-a-kiwi living overseas. Luckily for me though, I was sent some in a package from home recently along with some Pineapple Lumps (I’ll explain about them another day). Please note I just ate the last Tim Tam in the packet whilst writing this. mmm.

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