You Don’t Have To Go Far For Big Adventures

(This post is part of my Onwards and Upwards Blog Event)

This hour I want to continue the adventure theme. I do dream about going to far off places to explore, but in the meantime I need to keep moving onwards by discovering new adventures near home.

Sometimes this can be as simple as going for a walk around the block – I let my son lead the way the other day and he discovered an alleyway I didn’t know existed, and at the end of it was a beautiful tree full of blossom. I need to do this more often and make sure I don’t put the blinkers on!

Days out are a super fun way to have adventures close to home though. Here’s a layout about one such day out last October, when we went to Lyme Regis with some friends:

Lyme Regis layout by Jennifer Grace

Lyme Regis layout by Jennifer Grace

Lyme Regis layout by Jennifer Grace

I had so many photos and memories to record from that day, so I made it into a double-page layout. The photo collage was created in PicMonkey and printed 8×8″ by Photobox, and then I matted it onto white cardstock and then blue cardstock to give it a frame. The supplies are almost all Elle’s Studio Serendipity – this collection is so serene and joyful (and it’s part of the Grand Giveaway)!

I had fun including lots of details to remember how I felt about the day:


And of course lots of gems for a bit of sparkle!


I hope to go on lots more adventures like this!

Be Inspired:

Create a photo collage

Write a lot of journaling

Repeat the same stamp several times to make it stand out more


Remember that commenting on this post, and any other over this weekend, will count as an entry into the Grand Giveaway, but only if you’ve registered your interest in winning that prize right HERE!

See you again at 2pm! x

  • I think it is great to plan really exciting trips and adventures to far off lands but some of the best discoveries can definitely be found on our own doorstep. Love how you used stamps on this page it works really well.

    May 12, 2013 at 1:38 pm
  • A brilliant day out captured on a lovely DLO – I must use collages more often – they are a great way to capture all elements of a day!

    May 12, 2013 at 1:42 pm
  • Dawn

    I love it, perfect colours and sentiments! Love the photo collage. I’ve done a few for my PL spreads but never used one on a proper layout!

    May 12, 2013 at 1:54 pm
  • We had lots of adventures near home when the kids were little…’s only now that we’re able to go further afield again. Love this layout…and the perfect colours.

    May 12, 2013 at 1:59 pm
  • Annie

    lovely fun sunshiney pages :o)

    May 12, 2013 at 2:04 pm
  • Fantastic double layout and love the idea of College and then journalling on second page. I tend to always work on single layouts and then struggle with journalling. x

    May 12, 2013 at 2:39 pm
  • This is fabulous!!! I LOVE the soft colors of this line! All of the stamping is beautiful too!

    May 12, 2013 at 3:40 pm
  • I love Lyme Regis, and how you used so many photos on your page. Sometimes a memory or story needs those extra ones

    May 12, 2013 at 3:41 pm
  • Julie

    Sounds like a lovely family day. I love this layout. You’re such a great storyteller.

    I Create Purty Thangs

    May 12, 2013 at 3:48 pm
  • We have many beautiful places on our own doorstep. I am guilty of going afar for a holiday as the Uk’s weather is so unpredictable. Great double layout of your lovely day out 🙂

    May 12, 2013 at 4:50 pm
  • Heather V

    Love your layout! I’m definitely going to try making a collage in PicMonkey next time I have a ton of photos to include. For some reason I didn’t know they had collage templates!

    May 12, 2013 at 4:50 pm
  • Jackie Edwards

    Lovely layout!!! Sometimes we miss the things that are on our doorstep!!! Lovely memories!!

    May 12, 2013 at 6:45 pm
  • Pam Sohan

    I really like this Layout. The colors you picked really let the photos shine ! It’s always fun to discover new things about where you live.

    May 12, 2013 at 7:12 pm
  • Louise

    this is gorgeous Jennifer. The collage looks so good..and then the single photo layout to keep it company is perfect

    May 12, 2013 at 7:59 pm
  • Becky

    Lovely double page layout and I do appreciate that you let us read your journalling as I love to read the stories behind the pages 🙂

    May 12, 2013 at 8:46 pm
  • Marilize K

    I absolutely agree that you do not have to go far to have great adventures. We ‘discovered’ a local forest this weekend and it was oodles of fun for our little family.

    May 12, 2013 at 8:52 pm
  • Bethany Hardy

    I love how your double layouts coordinate but are not all matchy matchy.

    May 12, 2013 at 9:53 pm
  • jengd

    Sounds like a fabulous day! Thank you! Someone else who not only truly journals what happened in the pictures but puts more than one or two pictures on a page! Those are lovely put they don’t really tell me much!

    May 13, 2013 at 2:34 am
  • i often journal a lot on my page but dislike my handwriting so it’s done with the computer.

    May 13, 2013 at 3:05 am
  • Rosie

    It was a really lovely day and so nice to see the photos from it. Really love the colours you’ve used.

    May 13, 2013 at 9:48 am
  • I love the title of this post – so many of our best holidays and special moments are relatively close to home (good to remember when we don’t have the funds to travel the globe!)

    May 13, 2013 at 10:09 am
  • Your layout and that kit is’s one explaining why I did the layout,in detail

    May 13, 2013 at 12:17 pm
  • Frances

    Really like the wordy journaling page. Very unique.

    May 14, 2013 at 12:21 am

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