Sunday, 8 October 2017

Getting back into travel blogging


After we got back from our Canadian road trip in August, my life changed dramatically. I moved out and got a flat with my boyfriend, I started a new job and began post-graduation life. From June to mid-August, I was travelling back-to-back and blogging my way around the world, so when we finally moved into our new flat in Canterbury 2 months ago, I decided to take a social media break and give myself some time to get fully settled. I thought I’d be away a week – a month at most, but it’s turned into nearly 2 months away from writing and sharing photos from our adventures and travels. Whilst I was travelling, I constantly tried to keep up with my blog and I was sharing updates across all of my social media platforms regularly. My blog has always been a creative outlook for me, where I can share travel advice and my photos from around the world, but after the Canterbury move, I needed to go offline for a bit.


Getting back into travel blogging - Kat Last


During my social media break, we planned future trips. We have plans in place up until April 2018 and over the next few months I’m going to be providing you with more information about where we’re off to and what’s next on our bucket list. When Stuart and I moved in together, we both agreed that we were going to be sensible with money and save so that we could continue to travel frequently. It’s amazing how cheaply you can travel if you’re prepared to hunt around for promotions and travel at off-peak times. All I know is that travel is my biggest interest in life, so I intend to work hard so that I can continue to see the world.


Getting back into travel blogging - Kat Last


Lately I’ve missed putting together articles, editing photos and engaging with other travel and Disney enthusiasts. Taking a step away from the online world has been healthy, but I’m now ready to bounce back into things and get back to travel writing. After all, it’s my favourite hobby! It won’t be long until the regular travel content resumes on my little corner of the internet, but until then, I just want to say thank you if you’re reading this - I really appreciate you sticking with me over the past couple of months.



Thanks for reading my blog today.


Love
Kat
xxxx

Sunday, 10 September 2017

Scrapbooking my Canada travels with Printiki*


When I have free time at home in the UK, I like to work on my travel scrapbook. Combining two of my favourite hobbies: travelling and art, scrapbooking allows me to create memorable keepsakes of our adventures that I can look back on in the future. A little while ago I wrote a post about my top tips for creating a travel scrapbook and since I featured my 2016 book in that post, I thought it was about time I show you some up-to-date pictures of my new scrapbook for this year. In this post I'm collaborating with the folks at Printiki, who kindly printed some of my Canada photos for me, and I'll be showing you how I've presented my tickets, photos, leaflets and maps in the book from our 10 day visit to Alberta. Printiki offer polaroid-inspired prints (retro prints) which you can even add your own captions to. I was sent 30 of the Retro Square M prints (10cm x 10cm) and they arrived a couple of days after I ordered them. Since they were arriving from Amsterdam, I was really impressed by the speed of the shipping!


Canada travel scrapbook pages 1-2 (Arriving in Calgary) featuring Printiki's retro prints


When I scrapbook, I like to document my adventures in chronological order, so the first thing I did once the prints arrived was start sorting them out into the specific days that they were taken. I put a couple of the prints aside for the title page of this section of my book: the Calgary Canada 150 sign and a group photo in front of the Calgary skyline, before getting to work on the pages.


Canada travel scrapbook pages 3-4 (Jasper National Park) featuring Printiki's retro prints


I'd picked up lots of postcards, maps and leaflets whilst we were away, so it was relatively easy to fill the pages with lots of memories from our trip. The postcards and prints always formed the core of my pages and then I added cut-outs from the leaflets, as well as Canadian stickers when I wanted to add more to the pages.


Canada travel scrapbook pages 5-6 (Banff National Park) featuring Printiki's retro prints


I purchased luggage labels from The Works and gel pens from both Pound World and WHSmith's, so that I'd be able to add text to the pages. White gel pens are so useful if you're filling a scrapbook that has black pages. The luggage tags, gel pen comments and captions on the Printiki prints allowed me to document information from our trip, as well as our daily itinerary.


Canada travel scrapbook pages 7-8 (Banff National Park) featuring Printiki's retro prints


The Banff, Jasper and Waterton spreads were my favourite to create as I had so many photos to display. I took over 1000 pictures whilst we were in Canada, but the majority of them were taken in the national parks. Getting to arrange photos of those famous blue lakes reminded me of just lucky we were to visit such a naturally beautiful part of the world.


Canada travel scrapbook pages 9-10 (Calgary and Vulcan) featuring Printiki's retro prints


Travel is a big interest of mine and I create these books so that I have a physical record of our trips. Digital photos are great, but filling a book with prints is much more personal.


Canada travel scrapbook pages 11-12 (Waterton Lakes National Park) featuring Printiki's retro prints


Scrapbooking is a great way to switch off, unwind and reflect on your previous travels. Presenting these pages made me realise quite how many places we visited whilst we were in Alberta. It really was a jam-packed trip!


Canada travel scrapbook pages 13-14 (Drumheller) featuring Printiki's retro prints


Now that I've discovered Printiki's retro prints, I'm definitely going to use them in future travel scrapbooks. Being able to add handwritten font captions to the prints makes them feel less digital and more personal. I also like the fact that they're polaroid format, which makes them much artier than standard 6 x 4 prints. These Canada pages are definitely my favourite pages in the scrapbook so far!

For DIY arts and craft project inspiration, head over to Printiki's Instagram. I like to present the prints in scrapbooks, but there's lots of other ways that you can decorate your home with retro prints.



If you fancy ordering some prints from Printiki, you can get free shipping with my code: R5A6WVBV.



How do you like to document your travels and adventures?


Thanks for reading my blog today.


Love
Kat
xxxx


*Printiki kindly sent me 30 Retro Square M prints in exchange for a review.

Friday, 18 August 2017

5 authentic Canadian experiences we had in Alberta


It's been a week since we left Canada and what a busy 7 days it's been. Stuart and I moved into our new flat in Canterbury on Monday and we've spent the last few days getting through our move in to-do list and sorting our new home out. Moving out straight after Canada meant that we haven't really had the chance to 'get over' the trip yet and I haven't had the opportunity to publish any new blog posts about the trip until now. Now that the flat is sorted, the Canada national parks content can begin and I'll be starting off this series of posts with a recount of all of the 'authentic Canadian experiences' we had whilst we were visiting Calgary, Jasper, Banff and Waterton. Whilst we were away, Stuart's friend Kirsten showed us around Alberta and we also stayed with some of his family friends, so it's all thanks to them that we got to have such a truly Canadian trip.


Flowers in Banff National Park, Alberta

Thursday, 10 August 2017

Sprinkles Cupcake ATM at Disney Springs


Sprinkles Cupcakes at Disney Springs


If you follow any Walt Disney World bloggers or instagrammers on social media, you will have heard of the Cupcake ATM at Disney Springs shopping district. I briefly talked about the ATM in my post about new experiences I had at Walt Disney World this year, but incase you didn't know anything about it, Sprinkles Cupcakes have gained fame across the USA for letting their customers order cupcakes using pink ATM machines. In May 2016 a Sprinkles cupcake shop and ATM opened at Disney Springs and since then it has become a must-do at Walt Disney World, with lots of people heading to Sprinkles just to get that perfect Instagram photo outside the ATM! After hearing everybody rave about Sprinkles, I decided to visit the shop whilst I was at Walt Disney World in June of this year and see what all of the fuss is about!