This shows you how behind I am on my scrapbooks! We took a trip to Ireland in September 2005, when I was ~6 months pregnant with Carter. Back when we were "dinks" (dual income, no kids!) we very much enjoyed traveling in Europe. We figured that was coming to a screeching hault so we went on this One Last Trip. We chose Ireland because it would be a fairly laid-back trip, driving around the (BEAUTIFUL) countryside - easier for a pregnant gal. We had a WONDERFUL time - Ireland is such a gorgeous country!
For this scrapbook I laid down some "ground rules" - something I never usually do! My guidebook (Rick Steves - we've followed Rick's advice on every trip to Europe and he's never let us down!) said that Ireland is "40 shades of green". I decided to go with that for my scrapbook - it's all green!!!! I collected way too many Ireland-themed embellishments before I got around to actually doing this scrapbook (the danger for me in waiting so long!) so another rule was that I had to use SOMETHING on every page - a shamrock, a leprechaun, etc. Sort of over-the-top-cheesey Ireland, but oh well. :-) The final rule was that I could not mat any photos. That is a hard one for me - but I will admit it made this come together much faster than my usual scrapbooks! Which is a funny thing to say, because I started this book back in May...!! But, I've only spent a handful of days actually working on this thing (I've been more focused on cards than scrapbooking in recent months!) so if I look at it that way, it's probably the fastest scrapbook I've ever done!
Anyway... it's nothing earth-shattering - I am not the kind of scrapper you will ever see in the pages of Creating Keepsakes - but I have fun doing it, and that's all that matters. Thanks for stopping by today! Hope this slideshow actually shows up once I hit post! :-) (ETA: It did work, woohoo! I also found out that if you hit the "view all images" button, it will take you to a larger view of all the photos - in case you want to get up close and personal with my vacation... :-) )
7/27/12 update - I just learned that my slide show is now broken, slide.com closed their website - I will try to fix this link to something that works asap!
PS... And now my Shameless Plug... I have a LOT of Ireland embellishments, ribbons & paper left over. Is anyone else out there working on an Ireland scrapbook? Or are you nuts about St. Patty's Day? I plan to put my leftovers on eBay, but if you want dibs on it, send me an email (firstname.lastname@example.org) and I'll send you a list/photo of what I have and you can make me an offer!
(ETA: The items are no longer available! :-) )