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Discovered: An English Gem! By Kristine McKay

Discovered: An English Gem! By Kristine McKay

I am so blessed to spend my time between the US and the UK. I have such a love for England. While I enjoy my time at home in Utah, I get unbelievably homesick for the UK. The biggest question I get asked is, “Where did you explore this time?”. Unfortunately, the sad answer is that typically my time spent there revolves around work. However, on my last trip, I had an extra day and I stayed with one of my crafty friends in Oundle, which is about 12 miles from the studio where we film. I’ve been travelling to the UK for nearly 3 years — HOW HAVE I MISSED THIS TOWN?????

When I stepped out of the taxi, I felt like I had just walked into a Hollywood movie set depicting everything I had ever thought England would be. I was so overwhelmed by the beauty. I’m embarrassed to say that I actually started to tear up. It had it all, from historic brick buildings that feature Georgian architecture, to a 14th-century church, outdoor floral carts, adorable shops, locals riding bikes with wicker baskets, and more.

I stayed at the lovely Talbot Hotel, which is actually the oldest building in Oundle. It dates back to 638 AD. The majestic hotel is rumoured to be haunted by the ghost of Mary Queen of Scots. The oak staircase is said to be the very staircase from Fotheringhay Castle that Mary made her final descent as she headed to her execution.

While I did not have any “ghost encounters”, I can honestly say I will be haunted by the beauty of this town for the rest of my life. Rather than just keep my photos hidden on my phone, I decided to create a piece of art that I can hang in my home and turn this beautiful experience into something that I can enjoy every day.

I simply used things that I had on hand, such as a vintage receipt holder, some Tim Holtz ephemera, old keys, and ribbon. While I wanted to create a visual project, I also wanted to create some journaling. However, I didn’t want to take away from the layout. So, I decided to create a pocket from a flat Kraft bag that contained mini journal cards.

How to Print Journaling

To create this, I used premade journal cards that I had on hand. While I always recommend using your own handwriting, I am the worst offender. Like most, I do not think I have very good penmanship, so I decided to print my journaling. Here’s a quick tutorial for printing your journaling onto journal cards.

Step 1:

Select the journal cards you’d like to use.

Step 2:

Measure the journal cards and then go into your word processing program and type out your journaling, keeping the size within the size of the cards.

Step 3:

Using a lightbox, position the journal card over the typed text (lining it up perfectly) and use washi tape or repositionable tape to secure. Now, I’ll be honest… this is where my crafty little heart LONGED for the Cutterpillar Glow. It would have made this so much easier. However, I had to improvise and use the LED light strip on my Cutterpillar Pro.

Step 4:

Once securely taped, place it back into the printer drawer. Follow your printer instructions. Mine required me to place it as shown. Make sure you do not change any of the tray settings!

Step 5:

On your computer, print the exact text file that you printed on the blank sheet. It should print out perfectly on top of the taped-down journal cards.

Step 6:

Simply remove the repositionable tape and then put the cards into the Kraft pocket and place behind photos.

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1 thought on “Discovered: An English Gem! By Kristine McKay”

  • It’s nice to know that many of the Create and Craft presenters enjoy making projects themselves and now you have this great memento of your visit to Oundle. I’m glad that you’re enjoying exploring the UK so much, especially its historic bits. Thanks for the ‘How To’ tips as well.

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