It’s coming up on the first of June, and that means it’s time to put the wraps on this month’s PixelScrapper blog train and get it ready for you to download!
England, as a theme, is very broad, but I knew I didn’t want to do the same iconic-Britain kit everyone thinks of when they think England. The castles and queen and royal guards and telephone booths and Union Jacks have been done a million times, so unless I could do something totally unique with them, it wasn’t happening. So I looked, as I did last month, at my life and where the theme fits into it.
I’ve been dating the same Brit for a couple of years now, and we’re talking about making it a permanent thing at some point, though we haven’t made those plans official yet. I’d love to have a kit to scrap that whole process, though, from the official proposal through passport and visa applications, planning, budgeting, airline tickets, transatlantic flights, preparations, dress hunting, the ceremony and reception, interminable photo sessions, registering the marriage, and maybe even honeymoon travel. Well, there was an idea, and June’s a common month for weddings, too, so the timing’s great! Now I just had to put it into a kit that wasn’t totally specific to me and my sweetie, while making it useful to people who just want to scrap their travel photos…
There are several more elements, and the jet has become a vehicle for some travel- and wedding-related phrases, as well, though I only put the plain one on the preview. Some of the 9 phrases included: “Britain Awaits You”, “Finally on the Way!”, “Book Your Flights”, “Trip of a Lifetime”, and “Just Married”. I’m pretty happy with how the figures turned out, but it’s the register office and carriage that really make me go “Wow, I painted that?”
Speaking of the figures, this is a relatively inclusive kit. I’m tired of seeing wedding kits that only have skinny blonde Caucasian brides and tall Caucasian grooms, so there’s a curvier bride and one with dark hair and skin, a part-Asian man in a tailcoat, and another groom in a suit. That also covers having a couple of brides or grooms for gay or lesbian ceremonies; I’ve seen a couple of kits where the pair of brides and pair of grooms, and the associated word art for GLBT weddings, were not only packaged separately, but SOLD separately!! To me, that’s just not right–you shouldn’t have to pay more or have to download a separate ZIP just because you want to scrap a non-traditional wedding. The darn things cost a small fortune no matter who you are! Also, for my pagan friends, there’s a knotted ribbon included, and a word bit that says Handfasting, because I’ve never seen a kit that even gave the most cursory nod to non-Christian ceremonies.
And, because my sweetie and I tend to enjoy a little humo(u)r and a particular modern classic fairy tale, I just HAD to include word art that says “Wuv, twue wuv”. We also enjoy games, and he’s been doing some gameplay videos on his Youtube channel while I’ve been busy designing. They’re mostly for space-type construction games, though he and his best mate Silver have a Project Zomboid series that they’ve been doing for a while. If it’s up your alley, give one a watch.
Check the previous posts for a matching double-page template, as well–I took a break one night from painting elements and that’s what I came up with!
There’s a 12″x12″ template on this post from May 31, as well.
And just because I’m on Skype with my parents right now, I’m going to publish this now so I can show my mommy instead of waiting till the 1st! 😉
When you’re done, head back to the PixelScrapper thread to download the other ladies’ kits! There are a lot that I’m looking forward to combining with this for my scrapbook. 🙂