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The Alaska/Canada album is finished

Finally! It’s taken a while but I’ve got loads done since we got back from Florida so I’m really chuffed to have it finished. Here is the final gallery of photos.

The previous layouts in the album are herehere and here. I’m going to make a page for them to keep them all together.

Now I can start some Disney scrapping. I’ve already sorted and printed loads of photos and I signed up for Shimelle’s ‘A most magical scrapbook’ class. I’m really enjoying watching all the videos and am getting lots of ideas. I can’t wait to get cracking on it.

As a reward for finishing the Canadian layouts, I treated myself to a bit of new stash. I know I didn’t really need anything, apart from adhesive, but there are some lovely stickers available and that’s one thing that I didn’t really have. Hopefully I’ll have something pretty to show soon.

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More Canada scrapbooking

I’ve really been getting a crack on with these layouts. I’d forgotten how much fun it is to scrap, and how relaxing. I’ve got several more layouts done for the Alaska/Rockies album, which is made easier by the amount of prep that I’d done when I first planned it.

As there are a few photos, I’ve put them into a gallery again.

The previous layouts in the album are here and here. There are still lots more to do as we had loads of fun in the Rockies going up mountains and seeing lakes. Hopefully now that I’m on a roll, I’ll be able to get those done and maybe do some Disney scrapping.


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Some Alaska layouts

I did another layout a few days ago and realised that I had a folder of layouts that needed to be photographed. I’ve now done that and they’ve been placed into their album.

I haven’t managed to do much scrapping lately, as there are now two nosey kittens to interfere, but I have done a bit. The last layout was done while Sammie watched carefully from inside my stash box, on the desk right next to where I was scrapping. It meant I couldn’t get at any more supplies, but it did keep her from walking all over the partly done layout. It’s a compromise 🙂

I’ve been scrapping the cruise that we went on after our few days in Vancouver and am about half-way through. I’m getting a bit bored with double layouts now though so I may give in to temptation and do a few singles of the cats. I do have rather a lot of photos of them…

This is the latest batch of Canada/Alaska layouts, once again in a gallery format.

Why is it that I can never get them to look square when I photograph them? And often manage to make it worse when I attack them in Elements? Just take my word for it – they are square, level and not at all wonky. Sigh.


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Alaskan Cruise layouts #2

Ok, guess who spotted the box of Basic Grey lurking under the shelf? Can you believe that I’d forgotten just how lovely that paper is? Seriously! It’s out of the box now though so expect to see a lot of it appearing on layouts from now on 🙂

The first layout to be graced with the deliciousness that is BG is from when we sailed to Tracy Arm. It was a really cold day, as you can tell from the photo of Stephen with hoodie, coat and blanket. It was well worth braving the cold to see the glacier though.

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Next is Skagway and more Basic Grey. Yum. We only spent a couple of hours in the morning visiting Skagway itself as we had a long shore excursion planned for the afternoon and evening. That’ll be getting a layout to itself as it was one of the highlights of our trip.

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Note the BG die cut letters too. Mmmm.


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Alaskan Cruise layouts #1

This is great fun reliving our cruise from two years ago.

I started with photos from the day we boarded and saw our beautiful cabin for the first time, and then sailed off towards Alaska.

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You may notice that I couldn’t cope with wonky photos any longer and have been playing with Skew in Elements to straighten these up a bit. If only I could get them straighter when I take the photo but whatever the knack of that is, it completely eludes me.

We had two days at sea and rather than do two separate but similar layouts, I’ve done one layout for both days.

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When I picked the photos for all the layouts, I had a plan for how each one would be done. If only I’d made better notes as for some of them I’ve been completely at a loss about how I’d planned to squeeze ALL of the photos on plus a title and journalling. I never learn.

Still, it’s been fun playing and I do love puzzles…


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I think I’m almost organised

I don’t think I’ve ever made such a meal of organising a holiday as I have of this one. It’s not that long until we set off and I’ve only just finished booking the last few bits and bobs. Fairly important bits too, such as hotels and car hire. I’ve no idea why, apart from the fact that it all seems so much more expensive than previous years and I’ve spent hours online searching for better deals. I think I’ve finally got it all booked though.

The final tally is:

1 x car parking at airport (for three weeks)
1 x flights (into Vancouver and out of Calgary)
1 x cruise, 7 nights
5 x hotels
2 x car hire (1 pre-cruise, 1 post-cruise)
2 x Port Adventures

The most expensive bit was the flights. We’re having to fly with BA from Heathrow. Neither the airline nor the airport would be my first choice, or even my second but they were the best deal by a long shot, even taking the overnight hotel and parking into account. We did expect the flights to be pricey so they weren’t too painful.

The next most expensive item was painful though. I booked the car hire last weekend and I still feel like I was mugged. The pre-cruise portion is only four days so it’s expensive as we don’t get the weekly rate. So, even though the car is only tiny, the bill isn’t. The car for the post-cruise portion though, is going to be taking us on quite an adventure. Because of this we wanted a slightly larger car so got an intermediate. An SUV would have been nice, but as we got stung for a CAD 300 bill for the one-way drop off fee, on top of the very large car rental charge, that was out of the question. We knew there would be a one-way fee but I hadn’t realised it would be quite so large. Ah well. It’ll be worth it. I’m just picturing that drive across the Rockies.

We stop at three different ports on the cruise but plan to do our own thing in one port. At one we’ve booked a cheap and cheerful excursion. It looks like great fun and should be very Disney. For the other port we’ve splashed out a bit. It’s not one of the very expensive trips, more mid-priced, but it looks fabulous and is just the type of thing that we like. Wildlife and photo ops – perfect.

We’ve gone for budget hotels. Two are Days Inns – free parking, free wi-fi and free breakfast. Marvellous. We don’t need anything fancy, just somewhere to sleep, park the car and connect the laptop to the internet of course. I can’t go three weeks without the ‘net. And I will be uploading photos to the blog most days.

The plan then:

Vancouver – 3 full days where we have plenty of sightseeing planned
Cruise – 7 nights to Alaska (woot!)
Kamloops – 1 night
Jasper – 3 nights
Banff – 6 nights

We’ve got lots planned to do in and around Jasper and Banff. Lakes, mountains, cable cars, scenic walks and views and drives. It’s going to be amazing. If time allows we have a detour planned on the drive from Vancouver as I spotted something interesting en route but it’ll depend on what time we get away as it’s a long drive that day.

I have started packing. I put the first items ready to be placed partly into the cases and partly into the hand luggage. And anyone that has even a passing acquaintance with me can probably guess what those items are *grin*

So, I’m getting there. Getting organised. We now have somewhere to sleep and cars to get there. I still have a To Do list as long as my arm, but at least I do have a list. It’s somewhere to start.