Wednesday, 24 August 2016

Aperto for Business!

Welcome to the final post of the August CKCB Members' Blog Hop; if you didn't reach me from Salla then you might want to start at the beginning with Lisa (the full hop list is here).  We had  a choice of three challenges to use for the hop (#1 Happy Sandcastle Day, #2 Outside The Stash, #3 Sounds Foreign To Me) or indeed, anything made from this month's kit.

Using my August Counterfeit Kit, I used Italian to title my double page spread about a surprise tour of an Italian castle!:

Layout - Aperto - Jimjams

The blues and browns of the kit were the perfect mix for both interior and exterior shots of the Catello di Torre Alfina.  We've visited this quirky town many times over the years - it has an excellent Gelateria!  The castle, however, has always been a mystery.  Never open to the public.  Until this time!


We don't read or speak Italian so we weren't quite sure if we were allowed through the open door ... but others were wandering around taking photos so we joined in!

People then started gathering around a staff member, but we still had no idea what was going on and hoped we wouldn't get chucked out.  However, another member of staff worked out that we were "foreign" and we ended up having a private tour for two of the newly-opened-for-occasional-tours castle!


We were so happy that we'd been cheeky and walked through the green door ... it was a fabulous experience.

I hope you enjoyed the CKCB Members' Hop this month - why not join with a page next time?

11 comments:

Lisa said...

What a great double spread and the third this hope - good to see them making an appearance as I have to make one for a team assignment next month! What stunning photos and a fabulous looking castle. Isn't it lovely when serendipity play a part in a wonderful experience like this? We got a private tour round a castle recently just because no-one else had turned up - it was just so interesting to get the one on one information! Another month, another hop! Rocking the pages as always :-)

Margie said...

What a lovely layout to showcase some stunning photos!

Kelly Sroka said...

Love this! The papers really show off the beautiful photos!

LCSmithSAVED said...

Oh, how I love the way you told your story, beginning with the photo of that beckoning green door! What a magical thing to have the personal guided tour of a place that has always intrigued you. From what I see in your photos it did not disappoint! Totally perfect spread for your kit as well.

Karen Lai said...

looks like it was a fabulous tour! Beautiful double page layout! Love the journaling strips with the beautiful papers!

Susan said...

I'm a big fan of the brown/blue color combination and I really like the way the dotted paper in the center connects the pages. It's nice to see a double page spread too. Looks like a wonderful place to visit!

Julene Matthews said...

The two page castle layout is wonderful. So many photos (incuding one of you & Mr Jemma.) Great to see you in real life.Well done!

Susanne said...

Oh nice, I like how you've punctuated each picture there with a dot.

Sassy Breese said...

Great story. I always say "go ahead, take a chance. What's the worst thing that could happen?" Then again, sometimes my spontaneity gets me into more that I am prepared to handle. Glad yours worked out for you.

Sian said...

Sounds like a great day out. Whenever I see you do a wonderful two pager I always come away thinking that I need to have a go. I love how you got all your pictures on there.

Lesley G said...

Hmmm, I now have a Shaky Ear Worm - thanks Jemma!

This double spread looks great here and better IRL. The spotty paper walks me into that hallway and I feel there with you!