Monday, June 24, 2013

My hometown

Over on the Heidi Swapp blog we are celebrating and showing off our hometown's.  I decided to create an altered book for my project. I have a step x step  which you can see on the Heidi Swapp blog showing how I deconstructed my book that I found at a second hand bookshop. I remember going to the Expo travelling up from Sydney by bus so this book was the perfect touch.

Once opened this is what is inside.

On the left  I added this quote from our previous premier Anna Bligh who made this speech during the floods here in Brisbane and the State of Queensland two years ago, it was  very heart wrenching but also very inspiring.

On the right I added some large jump rings by using my scissors to poke a hole through the back cover of the book, and then layering my pages to create a flap book

I goggled this map of Australia and printed it off and added it to some No Limits pattern paper.

I began by using a Vintage Chic Memory file, trimming it to fit within the book. The chipboard word is from ScrapFX and I sprayed it with Tinsel ColorShine.

It opens to reveal these spread.

The Flair is from Greatest View.

I then added a Mini Fotosleave for extra pages and photos showing  the main tourist attractions on the Brisbane River.

Another ScrapFX chipboard this time I spritzed it in Gold Lame ColorShine.

I used my iphone to photograph my favourite place to shop, I layered over some Color Magic hearts and Clear Pop tabs to embellish.

Next I used a  Serendipity Mini Memory File  to house some fun places for kids to visit. On the front cover  I made another photo Collage of the Art Gallery and Museum found at South Bank on the Brisbane River. I love the pop of colour created by the misted chipboard letters.

The Memory File opens to reveal firstly a  page about the Planetarium here in Brisbane.


I added in photos from my boys favourite  park, it has a huge wooden frame playground  and we visit there quite often. I added in a video of my son and his little friend playing using a QR code and the little chipboard ‘friends’ are spritzed in Gold Lame Colorshine.

Brisbane is gateway to the beautiful Sunshine Coast and Gold Coast both an hours drive North and South of Brisbane so I wanted to include that in my project as well.

I then showcased photos from the Gold Coast by matting them with the yellow stripped paper from the Sugar Chic paper pad.

Heading North now I added some photos from the Sunshine Coast where we visit every Summer to the beautiful beaches.

Flipping the page there are some more favourite spots on the Sunshine Coast.

A quaint little town called Montville  filled with cute handmade gift and Toy stores, sweet little cafes over looking stunning mountain views.

Then a favourite of young and Old- Steve Irwins Australia Zoo. Any international visitor we have we always take them to the zoo to see the crocodile show and a host of Australian animals. My boys love it!

Last but no means the least, every town has their favourite sporting teams right! Here I have included two major sports grounds  in Brisbane , The Gabba which is the home to Australian Cricket and Suncorp Stadium, home to the state Rugby League club the Maroons and city team Brisbane Broncos

I know I have only skimmed the surface of what Brisbane has to offer, I'm glad there is room to add more pages as I go. If you would like to play along and share your favourite hometown places be sure to hashtag #hshometown on instagram!


Leanne said...

wow! just brilliant!!

Lizzy Hill said...

OK, this is a bit 'weird', but I was in the scrappy room for a brief time today & found a hard cover from a book I'd pulled the middle out of about 6 months ago & was looking at it thinking 'Great cover - but how do I use it?'. I kid you NOT. Seriously. Then I pop in here.....& big rings, flip book, hard cover from older book......well, of course, when I get a chance, I'm gonna Try This. Meant to be, I'd say:):):) THANKS FOR SHARING, Kim:)):):):)))))
Oh, BTW....I LOOOOOVE it!!!!!!!!!

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Lizzyc said...

This is amazing, a brilliant little book about your home city of brissy! It looks wonderful as well as being so informative too.. You are very clever!!

Chantalle said...

Makes me proud to live in this beautiful city! Completely deserves the attention it's getting on 2Peas!

Diana Waite said...

WOW doesn't even cover it--this is AWESOME!! LOVING the pictures and journaling and embellishments--SERIOUSLY eye candy!

BabyBokChoy said...

This makes me wish that I can wish this glorious city today!! What a wonderful tribute to your hometown! Stunning album!

Jodi said...

What a fantastic Album! I LOVE IT!

Unknown said...

Completely awesome book!

Chantal Vandenberg said...

This is so awesome!!! Really great album - it's BRILLIANT!!!!!!!!!!!

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Michelle said...

Oh my word!!!! AMAZING! How cool is this!!! The whole book is just awesome. It was fun seeing pics of of Australia. It is one of the places on our bucket list. One day, we will make it there. Both of my kids are fascinated with all things Aussie... from the chefs ;), to the shows my teenager finds (Dance Academy.. which I think was filmed in Sydney) to H2O, Just Add Water (the girls that turn into mermaids filmed in Victoria). The kids are always commenting how they wish they could feed and pet the kangaroos.

Paula said...

Wow, how fantastic is this!!! I love it!

Lydia said...

Wow Kim this is sensational, LOOOOoove all the amazing details, and who doesn't love an upcycled book!! YOu rock!

Rebecca Keppel said...

Your books are nothing short of AMAZING!