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I’ve had a lovely weekend so far – warm weather, sleeping in and a day of scrapbooking. Bliss!

I wanted to share with you a couple of layouts  – one I did yesterday and one from a few weeks ago. They both use papers from American Crafts that I’ve kept aside in a stack for ages. I’ve been too hesitant to use such pretty papers and waiting for something special to use them for because I just love them! I realise that’s absolutely ridiculous – it’s like buying an amazing car and keeping it parked in the garage! Am I alone here??

So a couple of weeks ago I decided to approach my scrapbooking with the papers first, photo second strategy (usually I decide which photos to scrap and then choose the papers accordingly) and funnily both layouts are photos from our holiday in Spain last summer.

Mucho bueno!

Mi Amor


Cardstock: Bazzill Basics
Papers: American Crafts Letterbox Papers in See You, Adieu and Greetings
Letters: American Crafts Poolside Vinyl Thickers
Journalling sprouts by Jillibean Soup




Cardstock: Papermania
Papers: American Crafts Letterbox Papers in See You (I used the lemon coloured reverse side), Sir and Adieu (I used the seafoam coloured reverse side)
Letters: American Crafts Lullabye Foam Thickers in Charcoal


I’m wondering, do you pick papers or photos first when you scrapbook?

Enjoy the rest of your weekend!



Thought I would play a long with this fun little ‘game’ making it’s rounds at the moment. I saw it over at Sharyn’s blog and basically you just look up the 8th photo in the 8th folder of your pics and tell the story behind it. So here we go…

La Sagrada Familia

I’m so glad it’s this photo! This is Gaudi’s famous La Sagrada Familia cathedral in the wonderful city of Barcelona. When I was a teenager I used to have a collage of pictures on the wall of my room which I later took with me to University. There were a few polaroids from my Mum’s travels and lots of pictures of exciting places cut from magazines. My favourite picture was of this cathedral – it was just so radically different to anything I’d ever seen before (coming from a country that is younger than 200 years) and the style of building is so unique compared to other pictures I’d seen of cathedrals around Europe. I guess it kind of represented my desire (even from that age) to travel the world and see things that amaze me.

Last year Matt and I visited Barcelona as part of a trip we did around Northern Spain. Obviously, visiting this church was top of my list of things to do and I was not disappointed.

It was absolutely incredible and its size is breathtaking.

Unfortunately, the cathedral is far from finished but it is still amazing. It’s construction began in 1882 and after several interruptions the job has been back underway for a while now. That’s why you can see the cranes in the background which doesn’t make for a great photo, but is a good reminder as to how long this masterpiece will take to build – it’s scheduled to be completed in 2026 and I hope to visit it again after that :)

N x

This translates to: "in wine there is the truth"

Now that it’s cooling down here in London town, it’s nice to revisit warmer times.

My last significant holiday was a road trip in Spain this summer. Surprisingly, I still have heaps and heaps of photos to scrap from this holiday (so you haven’t seen the end of it yet!) and these set of pics are ones that definitely take me back to the exact time and place they were taken…

This town we stayed in is pretty much in the middle of nowhere in quite a desert-y part of Northern Spain. But, it was half-way back to Barcelona from where we were coming from and the town had several wineries so it seemed that as well as being a convenient place to stop for a night it would have something interesting (and by interesting I mean delicious) to see (and by see I mean taste).

So, one winery tour later (and a free bottle of wine which I thought was very generous!), armed with a recommendation of a good local joint for dinner from our winery guide, we (quite merrily) made our way there. Managed to navigate our way to La Cantina and order several basic, but very tasty Spanish dishes. And they were delicious…

Journalling reads: "A simple Spanish meal at a local restaurant in Carinena: olives, cheese, chorizo, prosciutto, salami and catalan bread. Divine!"

I guess the truth is, there’s something great about experiencing a place by taking a local person up on their advice and going to the unglamorous spot where the menu isn’t translated into English for us. Perfecto.

N x


This photo really takes me back to our summer holiday in Spain this year. It’s taken near the very small town of Bierge in the Aragon region. The reason I love this photo so much is because we had quite a rough morning leaving the last town we stayed at (lets just say it cost us 100 Euro to get out of there) and we were very keen to get to our next destination and forget all about it.

So we arrived in Bierge, hoping for the best (we didn’t know much about it beforehand) and were totally blown away. Just a small town out in the country with rolling hills, olive groves, vineyards and friendly locals who didn’t speak any English (luckily the Chief can speak a little). Luckily, we had an hour to stroll across the fields to see the shrine of the town’s patron saint and take some photos before heading back to the house for dinner during sunset.

Needless to say I wish I was back there right now…seems a lifetime ago now that it’s dark at 5pm and i’m wearing the winter coat again!

N x

Bierge layout




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