I'm back today with a new layout for the Paige Evans Design Team! I've used Paige's latest collection, Horizon on this one. I wanted to use some paper that I haven't seen used all that much before (so obviously rainbow paper OUT haha!) and when I went through the collection, Paper 17 caught my eyes, with all those super cute suitcases! We travel often, not as much as before Maxim was born, but still quite often. So finding a picture wouldn't have been hard. BUT. The picture that I instantly thought of was one of Maxim in his car seat on top of some suitcases on the airport trolley...It was his first flight, alone with me... In retrospect this is a super funny story. That day I obviously did NOT think so. Bear with me here...
I fussy cut out all suitcases (I didn't actually need all of them for this layout) and because I like my projects to be sturdy, I also glued all suitcases onto heavy weight card stock and then cut them out again. Mind you, not the handles. Those are so small, I would never be able to do that LOL! I played with the arrangement - I originally only wanted 2 rows but the layout felt so empty, so I went with 3. I added foam adhesive behind each suitcase as well as my photo and adhered them to the background. I wrote my super long journaling on a tag, and because both sides are full, I have to be able to turn this around. However I wanted the tag to stay in place, so after threading some twine through the handles and holes (if that makes sense?!), I glued down the twine behind the tag, plus I added a paper clip in the front so it stays put!
OK, back to the story! Earlier that day my mom called me and listed all the things I shouldn't forget. I mean back then I seriously wrote lists of things I needed to pack, organised by rooms (as in what I need from each room). And she kept saying, "Just don't lock yourself out, always have the keys in your hands". I'll tell you what, I have never ever ever locked myself out in 31 years so honestly I was perfectly relaxed. Then the taxi came. Me, holding Maxim on one arm, started to put the suitcases outside, keeping the door open with one of my legs. One of them fell...What's my automatic reaction?! Trying to stop it from falling, so I stepped outside. OMG. Door shut closed behind me. Full on panic. I had my phone in my pocket so I called Martin, cos he is generally super calm. What do I do, what do I do?! The taxi is here, half my stuff is inside (like flight tickets, passports, wallet and all those unnecessary things haha! This was before I owned a smart phone, too.). The balcony door was open! Lucky for me we used to live on the first floor (or second if you are in the US). Martin told me to go around in our street and check if anyone has a ladder. There was a company across the street that had a ladder but it didn't go half way up the balcony...Eventually someone found a ladder that reached the bottom of our balcony, so I gave my baby to this person, climbed up and then somehow managed to pull myself up. I still remember what I was wearing. Crazy! Also, thank god I was young and thin and relatively fit back then, I could never do this now! By the time we checked in at the airport I was calm but I didn't tell any of this to my parents before landing in Vienna. All this trouble for a one hour flight seriously :D. AAAAAND what does my mom say?! I TOLD YOU SO! O.Em.Gee.
Back to the layout! I pulled out some stickers, puffy stickers, charms, die cuts and embellished my page. Last but not least I added my title and some white paint splatters. Done!
I hope I could inspire you to go get crafty and maybe put a smile on your face with my story. It's one I wouldn't ever forget even if I didn't have this page, but I felt like it needed to be documented.
Thanks so much for stopping by today!
Have an awesome day!
Horizon collection: Paper 17, Paper 21, Stickers, Thickers, Epoxy Stickers, Ephemera Die Cuts, Charms, Shaped Paper Clips