Whoever said digital scrapbooking is super fast never watched me creating a page digitally! Because this is the first page in what will be a large vacation album, I spent a lot of time getting the "feel" right and setting up my digital scrapbooking materials. After spending several days searching the internet, I settled on 2 Digital kits from Lynn Grieveson called Madras. (And yes, "el cheapo" actually paid $ for some kits.)
Once I had the kits, it seemed like the page came together quickly that was until I started stringing the letters on the ribbon. This had a long learning curve (Photoshop CS5) as I created the sections to go above the letters and set up the shadows to hit the letters and the background paper. It also didn't help that I originally misspelled Bangkok! I also spent way more time then I should have on the elephant but such is the nature of scrapbooking.
The large photo is actually the merge of a horizontal and a vertical photo. (I am doomed to forever chop off the tops of temples & churches! Next trip I am buying a camera with a panoramic feature.)
The beauty of digital is that things may change on this page as the rest of the album unfolds (like a better font for the "Grand Palace" text).
SHCG: please remember this is one of MANY pages. "Thailand", the date, and journaling will appear on later pages.