Wednesday, 1 July 2015

On your travels at CVC

Memory Travel Cards.

When making decisions about what to make for this challenge I was reminded of Tim's fabulous sheet from the Lost and Found stash depicting all the hotel badges from around the world so I thought I would combine it with the fabulous photo booth characters. I set about making some memory travel cards for each individual using the 12 x 12 cut down into 3 x 4 pieces as the backgrounds..

Mixing Tim's papers, photos and ephemera was a delight I loved cutting and sticking these together to create little memory cards for each person.


I began by choosing and placing all the collage pieces on a background to see what would work. Immediately you can see that the background and elements merge together so it's difficult to see the focal parts that help tell a story about the character.


I needed to tone down the backgrounds so I used antique linen distress paint spritzed with water .....


and dipped the backgrounds and dried them several times until I was happy with the results.


Now I was happy that I could use these and as you move to the individual cards there is a story for each one.


This is Marie who travelled to Florianopolis in the beautiful state of Santa Catarina, Brasil in 1946 to see her mother who had moved there. Her travel memory card reminds her of her journey from Kings Highway, Brooklyn in June of that year and as her mothers home was very small she stayed in the Lux Hotel.


Henry has a pen pal in France and he travelled from Times Square in New York to see his friend. The year was 1951 and this independent young man was eager to be staying at Le Grand Hotel.


George had a wonderful vacation in Columbia but missed his girlfriend tremendously and was so pleased to travel home to Manhattan to see her.


Nancy travelled to Paris in 1942, her parents were quite unaware of her trip and thought she was going to California to visit some friends. This was an unusual visit, travelling incognito to the Hotel Mondrial in Paris, trying to avoid being noticed as she had a very secret job to do. Her memory card was very special to her after the war reminding her of this unique role she played in helping Britain win the war.


I love the idea of making travel memory cards with snippets of ephemera as memory joggers later in life. I am useless at finishing my travel albums but a card would be so much quicker and easier, I think it is something I will adopt in the future when I travel to places.


I hope you will have fun with the travel theme at Country View challenges, do pop over and see all the wonderful inspiration from the team.

Thanks for stopping by today - enjoy the rest of the week and hopefully some creative time.

hugs Brenda xxx




22 comments:

Monika Gulyas said...

Brenda, I love your ephemera collage cards!!! Beautiful compositions!!!

sally said...

Great little travel cards & so much on them too!

Sally

hazel said...

Beautiful memory cards, I love how you've put all the elements together.
xxx Hazel.

Jane said...

What fab travel cards Brenda..such lovely layouts. It's 36c in my garden at the moment..phew! Keep cool xx

Mary Elizabeth said...

Your vintage voyage ATC set is marvelous. Love your layers of ephemera. I've gotta try the paint wash sometime to create a background. Awesome idea -- looks ethereal. I love how Tim's photo booth photos inspire stories. What fun to take this journey with you, Nancy, George, Henry and Marie :) Hugs -- Mary Elizabeth

Gina said...

What fantastic little stories you devised to go with each card!...and the washed out paint layer definitely emphasised the details of each story :D XXX

Glennis said...

Fabulous little travel cards - I love them

Anita Houston said...

This are grand!!! LOVE them all!

lynnesbowsandbelles said...

Hi Brenda
A beautiful collection and I like that you toned down the papers. Everything is so harmonious.
Sorry I have not visited for the longest time but I have been absent from commenting.
Wishes
Lynne

Marjie Kemper said...

Beautiful aged and faded cards - love all your layering, as usual. :-)

rachel said...

awesome work Brenda - really fabulous! Hugs rachel x

Lynn Price said...

These are brilliant Brenda! I love each card, with the ephemera and especially the stories. What a great idea, and I think doing this format for a travel journal is a fabulous idea! Thank you again for wonderful inspiration in many dimensions! xx Lynn

Astrid Maclean said...

These look fantastic Brenda, and such great use of those papers and elements!! No one does this type of collage work as well as you, - love them all!!

Sue Butler said...

Hello Brenda,
Theses are wonderful looking memory cards, and a unique take on a travel challenge, great inspiration as always.
Smiles:)
Sue

Shari Trumbull said...

Just Fabulous little travel cards, Brenda!! I love the backstories that you've given each traveler! Brilliant!! XOXO-Shari

Shari Trumbull said...

Just Fabulous little travel cards, Brenda!! I love the backstories that you've given each traveler! Brilliant!! XOXO-Shari

Shari Trumbull said...

Just Fabulous little travel cards, Brenda!! I love the backstories that you've given each traveler! Brilliant!! XOXO-Shari

Sara Barker said...

Boy, Brenda! I sure did enjoy your post this morning! I can't decide if I enjoy your stories, your idea to make the memory cards or the cards themselves best! All just wonderful, and I love how you toned down those backgrounds to make the photos and ephemera pop! Big hugs!

A Pink said...

Fabulous travel cards Brenda n such a great idea too . Love that they tell a story . A perfect way to keep the memories alive .

A Pink said...

Fabulous travel cards Brenda n such a great idea too . Love that they tell a story . A perfect way to keep the memories alive .

pearshapedcrafting said...

Oh wow! Fabulous travel memory cards you have made for your wonderful people! Thank you for telling their stories!! Chrisx

Deb~Paxton Valley Folk Art said...

Those are all fabulous Brenda, love all of the stories you have woven using Tim's wonderful ephemera and great idea to soften the background papers with distress. Wonderful idea to use these cards to document your travels!