Tuesday, 15 November 2011

Hola!

Sometimes there just isn't a photo to go with a story is there? Perhaps the camera was forgotten.  Or maybe nobody would cooperate.  Or perhaps you were just too caught up in the moment to remember to snap something.
I certainly found myself  caught up in the moment back in April when we had just arrived in Barcelona for a few days celebration of our Silver Wedding Anniversary with the offspring and No.1 Son's girlfriend in tow.  As usual everyone had left the organising to yours truly ... and I had researched things to do, places to go and methods of transport so that we could pack in lots of fun stuff like a bike tour, a visit to the famous market, etc, etc.

We had a wonderful time ... BUT ... it all went very wrong, right at the beginning!  The downloaded instructions for getting to the hotel from the airport didn't quite match up to the map at the back of the charity shop guide book to Barcelona and neither of these matched up to reality.  Child No.3, the only one who was studying GCSE Spanish and could say more than "Dos Cervezas por favor", decided that she was unable to read or speak Catalan and consequently clammed up.  We watched in horror as famous landmarks receded from view through the train windows and there were fewer and fewer fellow passengers to ask for directions, let alone passengers likely to be able to speak English!  We managed in the end though - I am not averse to collaring complete strangers in a foreign land and am pretty fluent in "Point".


This page was done for the Counterfeit Kit Challenge Blog's Tag Challenge this month ... having no photos, but still in possession of a walking map of Barcelona,  I decided to punch out some tag shapes from significant sections and use the page I'd started from this month's Counterfeit Kit here.  Like the stamping?  LOL! I've used a cross-head screw to fit in with a (forthcoming) challenge over at UKS!  And this page will do nicely for ATDML's Thirsty Thursday Challenge with J for Journalling and Journey featuring rather heavily - I love a good multi-purpose page :D

What do you do when there's no photo for a story you want to scrap with?

15 comments:

Mary B said...

Brilliant I love it and I love the story, if it had been me I would have completely gone to pieces and ended up crying.
Oh and screwhead stamping for the forthcoming challenge is a wonderful idea.

alexa said...

This fulfills lots of challenge criteria really well - love your stamping effect!

Lynn said...

Love your page - your story reminded of my first solo trip - i have no pictures so perhaps I should use it as my fist no picture scrap page.

scrappyjacky said...

Brilliant way to document the story.

Beverly said...

I love this page! You stayed much calmer than I would have and I can just see the appointed "translator" clamming up lol Scrapping non photo stories is not a strength of mine...something to work on in 2012

Sian said...

I tell it anyway! And sometimes the page turns out better than it would with a picture. This is a great example - I don't think a photo could have added anything to the picture I have in my head. And I wasn't even there :)

Alison said...

Love your page without pics...the journalling and your added map embellies tell the story perfectly without athem..and love the stamping!
Alison xx

Helen said...

Love this page and story - really great way to use map/tags to illustrate it - and I love the colour!

Margie said...

Love those map tags! Great page!

Angela (Toucan Scraps) said...

love how you punched tags from the map - very creative

humel said...

Like you, I go ahead and tell the story anyway :)

Jemma, I've just had a lovely catch up on your blog, having fallen way behind - love your dentist story (I loathe going to the dentist!); yes, I've applied to be a World Book Day giver again, it was great to do last year; and I loved your 11/11/11 post :)

S said...

Very craftily done - I would hate to start counting all the stories I haven't told because I have no pictures.

Missus Wookie said...

Love the tag shapes from the map - see you knew you kept it for a reason. :lol:

I tell stories without photos often. Occasionally I find a suitable photo of the person/place/thing concerned or I'll just tell the story. No problem with text only pages, although I don't tend to share them.

Emily said...

Such a great story! In love the map tags. I try to use ephemera too when I don't have photos.

Lisa said...

I'm so behind with my reading! This layout is a great example of how to make a great page without photos. Love the idea of the tags from maps. just great!