Monday, June 22, 2015

Summer Plans

It has felt like summer for awhile now here, but the calendar officially ticked over to summer (for northern hemisphere folks) on Sunday.  I am really enjoying being outside in the sunshine.  One fun thing that I recently did was have tea at an outdoor cafe with a friend.  She had black tea and a shortbread cookie.  I had white tea and a lemon cake.  Lately I love all things lemon.  And all things lemony yellow, too.  And speaking of summer and yellow makes me think of this scrapbook page that I made awhile ago but never shared on my blog (until now).

Supplies: paper & stickers from October Afternoon; button from Blumenthal Lansing; twine from Canvas Corp.; pens from Zig.

The story behind this layout starts last summer.  I got the program brochure from my local library and asked my son to look through it and tell me if he found any interesting programs we could attend.  However, the page that caught his interest was not a program description, but the map at the back of the brochure.  The map shows all the different library branch locations throughout the county.  "I want to go to all of them!" my son said.  We didn't make it to all forty-one locations, but, over the course of the summer, we actually made it to twenty.  It was quite an adventure.  Here are a few detail shots...

I cut that cute hot air balloon out of an 8x8" paper pad.  The pad also provided fun papers for photo mats.

My son and I kept track of the libraries we visited by highlighting the locations on the map.  I took a photo of the map (with the highlighter resting on top of it), printed the photo on my color printer, and used the printout as a journaling spot on the page.

Like I said, we visited twenty out of the forty-one libraries last summer.  Can you guess what my son wants to do this summer?  If you guessed that he wants to visit the remaining twenty-one libraries, you are correct.  We're on our way to that goal, having visited several more already.  

Now you know what I'm up to these days.  What are you doing this summer (or winter, if you're in the southern hemisphere)?  Let me know in the comments.  And if your adventures involve tea or any other beverage, why not link up with Elizabeth and Bleubeard's virtual tea party?  Enjoy!


TwinkleToes2day said...

What a delightful spread you created and what a fantastic idea to go visiting all those libraries. I hope you enjoy your adventure this year too. Happy T Day :o))

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

This is a wonderful story, and the map is always so much fun to use as a page element. Photographing it with the highlighter was ingenious. Great staging. I LOVE staging.

I want your lemon cake, too. It looks rich. I'd even share it with you (grin).

I've always said that once T goes live, you can post your entry. So, yes, it's definitely OK!!

Thanks for sharing your lemon cake and green tea with us, as well as your adorable scrapbook page for T this week. Please let us know when summer is over, if you visited all 21 libraries left on your son's (POSSIBLY first) bucket list.

Linda Kunsman said...

Oh I too love lemony things-especially in summer:) Fab layout-that yellow paper really makes everything on the page pop. That is a very cool idea your son has to spend days going to all those different libraries-that's something right up my alley! My son and hubby were just teasing me again about how they heard that when I was young my fun was hiding in the attic and reading the dictionary-which is only partially true:):) Happy T day!

Kim said...

Love love love your story behind your layout!!!

Nata I. said...

как здорово!! какие памятные моменты!

froebelsternchen Susi said...

Super with the libraries!
Great what you did with the photos and
I would like to have a piece of this cake as well!
Happy T-Day!

Viktoria Berg said...

I love this library visiting project! We actually went all the way from Sweden to Birmingham, UK, last year to see a library, so I totally get the attraction.

Happy T-Day!

~*~Patty S said...

Lemon is so refreshing and your tea break with your friend looks lovely.
I look forward to when the Meyer Lemons are available for a short time at the market.
Your son is my kind of guy enjoying traveling.
That is a really fun quest you will be working on again this summer.
Enjoy * Enjoy!
Happy T Day

Halle said...

Oh how fun! Did you visit the new Excelsior one? It's really nice and fits the character of the historic town on the outside while being a modern library inside.
Happy T day!

Divers and Sundry said...

Summer treats outside, yes!

Each library is different. I love the idea of checking them all out :)

Carol said...

Great spread and sounds like lots of fun visiting all of the libraries :) That lemon cake looks great too and now I want some :)

Rita said...

That sounds like a fun goal! And now you will remember these summers always with your scrapbook pages, too.
Happy T-Day! :)

Kirsty Vittetoe said...

The lemon cake looks yummy, but I am on my NO SUGAR WEEK this week so I can only look, LOL!
Wonderful layout with lots of interesting details!

Ohhh Snap said...

It is nice to have summer back isn't it? Your tea and lemon cake look scrumptious. And I LOVE, LOVE LOVE your library page : D. That's the sort of thing I would have loved to do when I was a kid (okay I still love doing that sort of thing even though I'm 58 lol).

yyam said...

Amazing page! I love the story behind it and the map!
Hope you hit the remaining 21 libraries this summer...have fun!

pearshapedcrafting said...

Love your page....what a great thing to do - good luck with visiting the rest ! Sorry to be so late - yesterday turned out to be a bit hectic! Chrisx

Krisha said...

Super scrapbook LO and LOVED the story behind it. What a great goal for someone so young, and I am delighted that he wants to finish up with the last 21 libraries. I just think that is fantastic.

Lemon!!!! What is not to like about LEMON!!!! It will make me leave my diet of low carbs in a heart beat......LOL

Belated T-day wishes

IrinaR (Irina Rakovets) said...

Привет Дениз! великолепная идея для путешествия!!! и замечательно вписалась карта в страничку!
А мы всей семьёй, включая собаку, ездили в Беларусь))

Heather McMahon said...

I wish my son loved libraries that much! Fabulous page! And I'm jealous that you have summer there at the moment!

jinxxxygirl said...

Aaahhh a child who LOVES libraries !! Be still my heart. :) How wonderful! I'm so sorry for the belated T day flyby... Hugs! deb

Denise van Deventer said...

Such a cute page and so great that your son enjoyed visiting the various libraries! 20 in a summer is really good going! ;-) I wish we had more libraries around and one's that were actually worth visiting! ;-)
It's winter here and so we have all been in hibernating mode...that means I get a lot more scrappy time! ;-)

Karla B said...

What a gorgeous post!And the cake looks fabulous!I love libraries too.Sorry for the belated T day.

Sharon Fritchman said...

Sorry I missed this original post about your son's library visits! What a great layout to make and an even more wonderful story behind it, Denise!