Tuesday, November 1, 2011

We Are Finally There {a scrapbook layout}

For those that have been following this blog, you know that we recently completed a cross country adventure from San Diego, California to Newport, Rhode Island with a two week stop over in Dahlgren, Virginia.  The photo in this layout was shot minutes after we unloaded our car and checked into our hotel.  This hotel room would be our home for two weeks and we were so excited to finally be done (for at least a little bit).  Just like the little sticker says, "Smiles All Around!"

Since this layout commemorates our trip across the United States, it's my play on stars (see that blue star paper) and {chevron} stripes.  But I do know that there is a lot going on that probably needs some explanation (for better or for worse). 

First, I used this amazing sketch from the 10.27 Sketch Thursday Challenge as my starting point.  I've watched a LOT of amazing scrapbookers play along each week.  I finally took the plunge and decided to play along too.

Second, the title.  "...we are finally there."  I swear I speak good English.  :)  

It's a response on the age-old whiny road trip question: "are we there yet?"  Every time Charlotte got fussy or angry during our drive, I imagined that if she could talk, she would be screaming:  "GET ME THERE ALREADY!" 

Third, check out this banner. 

I used map paper from the American Crafts Amy Tangerine collection.  Amazingly enough, the paper actually includes a large chunk of the route we drove through Arizona to Virginia.  The little blue brads are actually placed to mark some of the cities we stopped to visit (like Albuquerque, Amarillo, Memphis...)

The bottom of the layout includes another portion of the map tracking some additional cities we visited through Virginia (highlighted in the orange brads). 

What I initially hoped was to create a layered look of banner pennants.  However, the map pennants effectively covered the bottom layer of kraft pennats that I stamped with Lawn Fawn Teeny Tiny Backdrops.  Since they were so cute, I wanted to show you anyways.

Fourth, I added some hand stitching to incorporate more of that orange color.

And finally, for the journaling, I used Cosmo Cricket Tiny Type to write out the following along the perimeter of the layout: 

"We left San Diego bright and early on September 20.  After 9 states, 14 days of travelling, over 2800 miles of driving and only 1 mommy meltdown...we are finally there."

As always, thanks for stopping by!

Update 11/3:  Thanks for all the lovely comments!   Happy to say that this layout was chosen as a Sketchy Thursday Fave!  Aw...it's the little things that totally make my day.  :)


  1. I love the little brads marking your stops!!! Great job.

  2. Van, I love so many things about this layout!! I love that your banner marks the places you stopped, I love how you did your journaling and I love your stars and stripes theme. This is amazing!

  3. So many fun things to look at that have so much meaning behind them!!! I love that about your layouts!!!

  4. I love everything about this. I LOVE how you purposefully used the Amy Tangerine map paper!!!

  5. Van! This is so amazing! Great work! I love the banners and the brads on the map. What a great page to remember your trip!

  6. GORGEOUS! Precious photo and loveeeeeeeeee the map banner! Thanks so much for playing along with Sketchy Thursdays! :):):):):):):):):):):)

  7. Oh my gosh there is so much detail and thought on this page! i love that the map had places that you actually were at! So cool! Thanks for joining us this week at Sketchy Thursdays!

  8. OH!So cute!!!!!
    Lovely colors give me a power:)
    Thank you for your joining Sketchy Thursdays with us!!

  9. Wonderful page! Love the title work, the colors and the banner! Photo is so sweet :)
    Thanks so much for playing along with Sketchy Thursdays!


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