My brother, sister-in-law and my adorable niece took me to the Cotswolds for my birthday weekend. We were able to do a good few things there. We climbed atop the Broadway Tower, which was no sweat at all if we didn’t have to climb the hilly footpath up to it, pram and all. We hopped from one cute, charming little town filled with cottages to another cute, charming little town filled with cottages, and then to the next. We tried out local, Indian, and Italian cuisines in one Sunday.
It's also worth noting that one of the other major things I was able to accidentally tick off my random list of things to do in this lifetime was to finally bless my favorite shade of green with a name. Thereby on that special day, the 3rd of May, one of my favorite colors of all time was thenceforth known to me as the Cotswold Green.
I think one and a half out of every two cottages in Cotswolds have doors painted this certain shade. I have always loved this muted, almost dull type of green and was delighted to see them in abundance over the weekend. Given where I am and how much it was almost an official color there, it made sense to call it Cotswold Green.
I placed my flag on the name. But then I went back to my hotel room and did what people nowadays do everyday. I googled. I typed in the phrase “Cotswold Green” and there it was – 4,830,000 entries, images and whatnots about this obviously not unknown color. And there I was, with years of dissatisfaction plain calling it green. Apparently, a similar color is also common in Kent, England in a town called Chartwell, so a similar shade is also known by the name Chartwell Green, which is also a name of a town. People seem to be geographically inspired and not very creative when it comes to baptizing colors. Well, my apartment back in Manila is home to a lot of green too. Maybe I’ll call one certain shade as Chateau Verde Green. Redundant but, at least, it maintains the philosophy.
So Project Life today is obviously about Cotswolds, which it will take more than a single post to tell you all about but the collage of photos should give you a general idea. I printed them a perfect 4x6 fit for my also green album from the PL Rain Edition.
Project Life Tip #1: Digitally or physically write over your photos. This is a space saver as you get to have both photo and journal log in one slip plus it adds (a sort of) visual depth to your designs with the layering. It also helps make it look more playful and personal.
Project Life Tip #2: Too many photos? Lay them all out in one photo by creating a smaller collage within your Project Life collage.
I also worked on a coordinating theme and decided to call it Cotswold Spring, which will obviously feature a palette around Cotswold Green. Note the photograph of the rainboots-turned-outdoor-vase I took. I love how symbolic of spring it is! So it is making an appearance in the Cotswold Spring collection.
The designs will be made available on Krafty + Kaeratana. So if you’re thinking about documenting your green/spring week too, these might prove good fillers and notecards.
For other vacation scrapbook ideas, also check out Queue's Sojourn Scrapbooking on Pink Paper Pens. Have a good spring! I know I'm having one 🙂