The failed night shot


Going on with my Interrail album. For this page I’ve used a photo that most people would have discarded because, as you can see, is very blurry. Well, it’s actually one of my favorite photos from this vacation, because of the story behind of course! At the time (July 2001) I was using an SLR camera (yes, no iPhone yet), but I knew nothing of photography and used only the automatic settings. One night we decided to take a self timer photo with the night shot setting, and although we understood that it would keep the shutter open for a longer time and therefore we had to keep very very still, it was impossible: we kept on laughing and moving and the three photo we took came out all blurry. But in the end we all liked them, because it looked as we made this effect on purpose, or at least we convinced ourselves that it was so!

Supplies: the background paper is from Crate Paper Craft Market and I colored some of the flowers and leaves with watercolors; the flower stamp is in the Dear Lizzy Serendipity stamp set and the other two stamps (far from perfect and time to relax) are from Studio Calico kits as are the hearts; there are some bits and pieces from Amy Tangerine and the two jars are from an older collection by My mind’s eye. I’ve put some flower sequins in one of the jars, it may become my newest obsession, we’ll see!




Pitching the tent


Another thing that we used to do all the time was pitching the tent: almost everyday we were arriving with the train in a new city, go looking for a campsite and put up our tent for the night. By the end of the vacation we could do it in a flash!

Papers, stickers and the doily are from Amy Tangerine Rise and Shine collection, the alphas are from the Stitched collection, also by Amy Tangerine.



At the station



How much time have I spent at train stations, waiting for trains and connections? I took this picture of my friends while we were waiting for a train during our Interrail in 2001,  reading or writing on our journals, next to our giant backpacks, in other words a typical moment of Interrail life!




For this page I’ve used Amy Tangerine Rise and Shine collection, and some embellishments from Atlas by Pink Paislee, also some stamps from Studio Calico.






The place I liked the most was Granada, a lovely little town in the South of the country, with beautiful examples of Moorish architecture: first of all the Alhambra, the magnificent Moorish palace that overlooks the city. I also loved the vegetation: there was so much green everywhere!

For this page I’ve used once again the Rise and Shine collection by Amy Tangerine plus stamps from Studio Calico.





The photo in the grotto


This picture was taken in Madrid’s Buen Retiro city park and it’s one of my favourites! I was using a black and white film at the time and I love the magic look it gives to the photo! By the way, that is me at almost 19 years old!

For this page I’ve used again the Rise and Shine collection by Amy Tangerine: it looks like I can’t put it down 😀 The word thickers are from Pink Paislee and the stamps from Studio Calico and Ali Edwards







Although we spent a whole month roaming in Spain, we kept ourselves in the up-country almost all the time. Santander was one of the few cities that we visited that was on the sea, we went to the beach one day and we found this amazing view!  The Atlantic Ocean was too cold for me to swim, but I could at least sunbathe for a while!

For this page I’ve used papers and embellishments from Amy Tangerine’s Rise and Shine collection (which I’m totally loving and I think I will buy more of everything :D) plus stamps from Studio Calico, Ali Edwards and Heidi Swapp. I’ve made a little disaster with the Heidi Swapp stamp (Think happy thoughts) but I decided to think happy thoughts, as the stamp says, and that I don’t mind 😀



More Interrail pages coming this week!



I’m working fast with the album about my Interrail in Spain in 2001, I was afraid of cutting the photos, since they’re not digital and I’ve lost the negatives, but everything has gone smoothly so far! Here’s another page, with a photo taken in Cordoba. Cordoba was one of the hottest cities we visited and I remember well the “walk-in” fountains where my friends and I used to find some relief from the heat. To be honest I’m not sure if people are actually supposed to walk IN the fountains as we thought at the time, but we did and were glad about it! It kind of became a habit, in fact I have pictures showing myself and a friend bathing in the fountain in front of Buckingham Palace in London, but that will go in another album!

As supplies I’ve used papers and embellishments from Amy Tangerine Rise and Shine collection.





I have more Interrail pages ready for next week, see you then 🙂