None of which is the fault of the rather wonderful Writing to reach you kit. Rather, I am impatient, I try out new ideas which don't always work and I am left handed which means that my hand sometimes ends up on top of bits it shouldn't and I end up with a dirty hand and a smeary page (is my excuse)
However on the whole I am pretty pleased with the page - and the story it tells.
I wanted to add some stamping down the side and knew I had the perfect and underused set - Artistic Outpost Grunge London. They are red rubber which I hardly use these days which meant that I had to add extra features to hide the times I stamped upside down! I used a very dark brown and a lighter brown chalk ink pad to stamp with.
Then I picked out papers etc from the kit. Actually there is more "etc" than paper here - most of the photo mat is made up of the large airmail envelope and the material - both chosen because they are red, white and blue. I also used one of the cute Shinzi Katoh notelets as a journalling spot.
Once everything was adhered down I punched holes and hand stitched the material using tapestry wool. A few prima stickers, thickers title and punched hearts later and I was almost done. I reached for my 50p in the sale Wilkinsons stick on gems to add some bling for the special occasion.