It's finally Friday and tomorrow I will be hopping on a plane without kids or husband and heading to the Northern Territory, Australia for a week long break with 9 other bloggers. It's a nice treat for all the winners from the Singapore Blog Awards kindly sponsored by Tourism NT so you can be sure it will be an adventure.
We will be trekking up Kakadu National Park, riding camels in the Uluru desert and enjoying a unique dining experience under the outback sky known as the Sounds of Silence. (For those of you are parents, you might understand that it is really the silence that I am looking forward to.)
But don't worry, I haven't abandoned the blog. In fact, I've actually worked really hard this week to finish a couple of DIY tutorials in time for Teacher's Day. You may remember the printable Teacher's Day Tea Bag DIY that I shared last year. Well this year, I've two ideas that will be up next week that I hope the teachers amongst us will like.
Honestly, I feel so incredibly lucky to go on a trip like this and I have been spending all my free time reading up all I can on Darwin, Kakadu and Uluru because apparently it is the anticipation of the holiday that makes us happiest. Now much of our itinerary is planned for us but we do have some pockets of free time. I've a few things that I think I could end up doing but I haven't quite decided. It's a toss up between feeding fish, searching for secondhand treasures or heading to the biggest mall in Darwin. The shopping is very tempting and I am thinking I should save the fish feeding for when I head back with the kids in the future.
But while searching for makers and crafters in Darwin, I also stumbled onto a lovely craft blog called The Smallest Forest, written by Nat who is a bookbinder and lives on a fishing trawler with her husband. She has bound 1000 books by hand and finds the best videos about makers. It was certainly a great way to get a peek into life in Darwin. Do pop by and check out her blog.
Besides combing the internet for information, I also spent a couple of evenings working on a holiday scrapbook (pictured above) that I will be bringing along with me on this epic journey. I bought the book from Daiso for $2 and used lots of other materials that I had around my craft studio to embellish the pages inside.
I am also bringing a couple of other small pretty bits and bobs to jot down my thoughts and travel experiences so I can share them with my kids when I get back. My kids love animals and hence, are super envious that I will get to see crocodiles, up close and personal, not to mention the bird life on the Yellow Water Cruise that takes us through the rainforest. One of my sons has been learning about the rainforest habitat and is particularly excited about what I will see.
Here's a quick look at what I will be bringing with me as I Scrapbook on the Go.
- brochures (pick some up at the airport)
- coloured pens
- journalling cards and stickers
- trimmings, scissors and tape (I used double-sided tape)
- paper tags
I'm kind of new to scrapbooking so if you think I have missed out something important, do let me know. I will be posting photos on Instagram (@scissorspaperstoneblog) whenever we get the chance (apparently, there isn't much connectivity in the desert and so my online activity might be sporadic).
But when I can, I will definitely be capturing the best of NT for you to enjoy. Because without a doubt, without you and your votes, I would not be going on this trip. So thank you for reading and I hope you enjoy this journey too ... To check out my posts on NT, visit the Ultimate Australian Outback Adventure Blog where you can find my travel stories along with stories told by my 9 other travel buddies.