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Bokor Hill Station

Okay, I admit it, I got out the old heat gun to speed up my paint drying! I have always liked the effect of paint splatter on other peoples layouts, but never quite had the confidence to try it out on my pretty patterned papers. For this layout I had to give it a go though, and I love it. It just gives the page that extra depth. It also really adds to the rough, decaying look I was going for to match my story about this lonely town in Cambodia:

The journalling reads:
Bokor Hill Station, a remote town in SW Cambodia, was only properly inhabited for about 20 years. After that, wars meant it was mostly evacuated, and the Khmer Rouge used it for a stronghold from the 70’s to the 90’s.
Now it’s completely abandoned. When we visited it in 2006, people warned us it was spooky, but when we arrived there were clear blue skies and the place just seemed lonely and sad.
Then a ghostly mist rolled in. We were exploring the empty rooms of the main building, the Bokor Palace Hotel and Casino, and it felt like we had to be silent and respectful of this town’s unhappy history. When we glimpsed each other’s silhouettes through the gloom it gave us a shivery feeling.
I’ve just read online that they are beginning to redevelop this place. It would be strange to return and see it full of life.

I was really pleased to find this ‘Aged and Confused Vagabond’ ‘Green Bean’ Basic Grey paper in my stash. It’s perfect for echoing the peeling red paint on the buildings in the photos, and it’s got the distressed look. I worked this even more by distressing right around the 12×12 page and then inking it with a rusty colour pad. The other papers used are My Minds Eye ‘Wild Asparagus’ 6×6 papers, and the heart is a photo of some graffiti that was on the walls of one of the buildings.

So there we go, my entry for the scrapping with two 4×6 photos challenge. Though I think my photos ended up slightly smaller than 4×6 as they’d been printed with a border which I sliced off. Hope it still counts!


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