Each year my husband and I are fortunate enough to travel to a different country in September to celebrate our wedding anniversary. Our one rule is that we go to a different country each year as there are so many we want to visit, we take turns deciding which country to visit next. This year was my turn and I convinced my husband to return to Italy (for the third time)! I LOVE Italy, I LOVE everything about it, the people, the food, the shopping and of course everywhere you turn there is a photo opportunity. This trip we went to Rome, Capri and to the Almafi Coast - places I have always wanted to visit. I took nearly 2000 photos and were were only gone for 13 days!
One of my favourite things to do while I am away is to collect as many souvenirs, maps, ticket stubs, fridge magnets, receipts, business cards and postcards that I can so that one day when time allows I can use them all to create albums and pieces of artwork for our home. The first thing I pack when preparing for a trip (whether it be just away for the weekend or a longer vacation) is a 12 x 12 plastic container, it starts off the trip filled with small items of clothing and then as I begin to buy postcards and things I place them in the container so they make it home without "dog ears" and in one piece.
When we came home last week I was so excited with all the things I bought in Italy I immediately wanted to start creating with them. However, last years souvenirs from our trip to Austria were still in a box so I wouldn't allow myself to start Italy until I had finished Austria. Below is the 7 Gypsies Printer's Tray I just finished and I am so happy with the end result. All of those fridge magnets, postcards, charms, badges etc were all put to good use!
I used mainly 7 Gypsies papers for the wall project. Each layer is built up with thick chipboard and foam mounting tape to a different height to add some dimension to the project. I used postcards for several of the background panels. One postcard of Mozart I loved so much so I just used that in one section with no decorating, other postcards became the background for either memorabilia or photos. I finished off the project with random rub-ons and metal embellishments both Idea-Ology, 7 Gypsies and the bead section in my local craft store.
I printed out the word "Austria" and the month and year of our trip onto ivory cardstock, aged it slightly with Distressing Ink and then adhered it to the metal Idea-ology frame. I then added the brads and then glued it to the Printer's Tray for my title.
For the above panel, I used a postcard as the background then adhered this wood violin which I totally love - the violin was originally a fridge magnet and cost me three Euros!
This second violin I used was originally a pair of gold (not real gold) earings! I couldn't find a charm that was small enough so I bought these earings from a tourist shop and it was the perfect size to finish off the above panel. Remember, when you are traveling and are buying souvenirs - fridge magnets and other small pieces that you wouldn't normally buy make the best embellishments for wall art.
I am going to leave you with two photos of some of the things I picked up in Italy, tomorrow I can finally begin my project.
Notice the miniature jar of "Grilled Peppers", Spagetti packet and Olive Oil tin - those are all fridge magnets. The Venetian mask is from a set of earings and the Vesper is from the children's toy section in a tourist shop?
I can't wait to get started - I will be back to show you the end result of all these goodies!