Saturday, 28 April 2012

Globe-trotting

Regular readers will know that I recently travelled over 5000 miles in order to use a 40% off coupon in Michael's in Las Vegas.  Another reason I wanted to visit was the opportunity to go globe-trotting up and down a single street, namely Las Vegas Boulevard.  We took an open top bus tour on our first morning and travelled from the Egyptian pyramid and sphinx that is the Luxor hotel to see the Italian gondolas gliding around the canals at the Venetian hotel.  Along the way we passed the New York skyline fronted by the Statue of Liberty, admired various Roman sculptures outside Caesar's Palace and looked up at the Eiffel Tower outside the Paris hotel!  All in the space of 3km!!

Layout - Around the world in Las Vegas - Jimjams

I was inspired to use red white and blue and pennants on my page by this striking London Tour page over at Daphne's blog.  I've used my April Counterfeit Kit, added some blue & white buttons and, in line with the 3rd CKCB challenge for April, used some washi tape.  Well actually, I've used some counterfeit washi tape, because I don't own any of the real deal!

Layout detail - Around the world in Las Vegas - Jimjams

Julie Fei-Fan Balzer has this tutorial for "washi" with text.  I've used Scotch Magic tape (the translucent matte variety) pressed down onto one of my kit's vintage book pages to lift the text with a very layer of paper and then used red & blue water colour paint to tint the paper side of the tape before applying double sided tape to stick it to my page.  I like the effect and I'll be trying it out on other types of paper.  At least this way I don't have to have 30 feet of the same pattern - why is washi tape sold in such enormous lengths????

20 comments:

Mary B said...

Like this page and what a great way to get washi tape for free.

Alison said...

Love the tip about home-made washi tape!..and the pennant background...another one to pin!
Alison xx

Daphne said...

wow - I really love your page! well done! And you even did some sewing! Love it! Thanks for taking my LO as inspiration!

Lesley G said...

Loving the colours, Jemma.
Great layout and brings back so many memories.
Have you done a "purchase" LO yet??

S said...

Well I can't decide which is cooler, the layout of fabulous trip photos or the way you've made the counterfeit tape. Impressive.

Sandra said...

Oh wow, I love this page

happysnapper said...

clearly i need pinkinshears to cut fake washi tape, interesting effect though and saves dealing with another 30 m!

Beverly said...

Great layout and TFS about the washi tape text trick....looks awesome!

Tricia said...

Fantastic layout - I'll be lifting this one soon. Great job counterfeiting the washi tape.

Maria Ontiveros said...

Great colors.
Rinda

scrappyjacky said...

A great page.....and love your 'washi' tape.

alexa said...

That's a great tip for washi tape - I've never seen any IRL, but love the look of yours! Super page - full of zing. What a place ...

Clair said...

What better reason for travelling is there than to find some new craft shops? x

JulieJ said...

Love your stitched circle and I see counterfeited word tape appearing in a Word Art project soon.

Sian said...

Wow, I love that washi tape idea. So cool. I once saw a link for an etsy shop which sold smaller sampler packs of tape, and I'm kicking myslef for no noting it down.

OneScrapHappyMomma said...

I am so going to have to try this idea for washi tape! Love your layout!

missybossy65 said...

Gorgeous colours! Love the washi tape - will have to give that a go! Makes sense to me to use your coupon - what's a few miles when you can bag yourself a bargain :0)

Tricia said...

I love the pennants and sewing! I will have to give that counterfeit washi a go!!

Lisa said...

super impressed by your text washi! wow. looks great. And I love this banner layout with your r, w&b colour scheme. A really super layout

Missus Wookie said...

Cool idea and hey I regularly travel thousands of miles to go to Michaels and use coupons :)