Monthly Archives: March 2013

Canada Cruise 2010: Title Page

Canada Cruise 2010: Title Page

Canada Cruise 2010: Title Page

The next adventure that we are going on together is a Cruise to Canada.  My son and I had never been on a cruise before, so we decided to take a short cruise from New York to Halifax and St Johns in Canada.  This was a shorter experiment as I was worried about a cruise for a couple of reasons:

  • I get seasick!
  • I was worried that I would get bored during the days at sea.
  • My son is energetic and I was worried that he would feel claustrophobic and bounce of the walls, and I was worried that I would want to throw him overboard 🙂

But thankfully, none of this happened 🙂  I used motion sickness oil that you put behind your ears and I was fine – and there was so much to do on the ship that neither one of us ever got bored.

For the Title page I used a pre-printed page with Canada already written on it in white.  I added the black “Canada” which is a laser cut that I bought on eBay.com.  The  date was cut using my Cricut machine.  I found the bagpipes while on the trip, but they are not really meant to be for a scrapbook as it is almost a half and inch thick – but I thought that it would be amazing to have in this scrapbook.

I am looking forward to sharing the rest of the album with you over the next three weeks!

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Aruba Vacation 2009: Fountains and Final Page

Aruba Vacation 2009: Fountains and Map

Aruba Vacation 2009: Fountains and Map

Aruba Vacation 2009: Map - Open

Aruba Vacation 2009: Map – Open

Our last night in Aruba we went down to the tourist shopping mall where they have some musical fountains at night.  This is a relaxing must do if you are spending time on the island.

This is the last page in our Aruba album, and the design element that I want to point out is that I mounted a map of Aruba on the back cover as well as a CD of all of the pictures that I took on the trip.  I usually do this so that I have a backup of the pictures from my trip with the album, in case something ever happens to my computer where they are stored.

So – This is farewell to Aruba!  But don’t worry – Tomorrow we start looking at the scrapbook from our Cruise to Canada!

Natural Pool Jeep Adventure – $99.99. Spend a day exploring the countryside of Aruba on this Natural Pool Jeep Safari! You’ll take the back roads of Aruba as you explore historic sights on the island, including the Natural Pool, the California Lighthouse and the Natural Bridge. A jeep safari is a must-do while in Aruba!

 

Aruba Vacation 2009: Currency – The Aruban Florin

Aruba Vacation 2009: Currency

Aruba Vacation 2009: Currency

Ephemera Tip: I think that one of the best things to collect as ephemera on a trip is foreign currency: Each country I go to I try and collect two of each of the coins and some paper money – usually the lowest denominations.  Currency is wonderful to collect because it is art, history and a souvenir all built into one!  I usually find a bank and ask for specific change and ask for crisp notes.  I tell them I am using them for a collection and the tellers have always been happy to oblige.

If you look carefully at this page you can see that I have placed the Florin current and coins into plastic pockets so that I don’t have to glue the notes and coins down.  The plastic pockets come with adhesive on the back so that they will stick to your pages without glue or stickers showing.    The left hand page, with the paper currency, actually is from a currency collector album that is three ring punched.  I used the star fish brads to cover the three holes and hold the page in place.  The fish brad on the right hand side of the notes holds the plastic folder in place.  I can pull this page out and then flip the plastic pockets to be able to see the other side of the notes.

Catalina Bay and Antilla Ship Wreck Snorkel Cruise – $48.99

Head out to the most famous snorkel spot in Aruba on this 3-hour Catalina Bay and Antilla Ship Wreck Snorkel Cruise! Discover the famous snorkel spot, Antilla Ship Wrek, as well as a variety of tropical fish and colorful coral. Along the way, you’ll stop by Catalina Bay – an ideal spot for beginner snorkelers. Enjoy a day out in the beautiful waters of the Caribbean on this snorkeling adventure!

Aruba Vacation 2009: Iguanas

Aruba Vacation2009: Iguanas

Aruba Vacation 2009: Iguanas

Aruba has what seems like thousands of iguanas running all over the island.  We saw these Iguanas by the Aruba Casino and Helicopter port.  We played with them for over an hour.  My son worked really hard to get one to come up to him so that he could pet it.

There are a couple of fun design elements on this page.  If you expand the picture you can tell that the green background paper is embossed reptile skin paper that I was able to find online.  This picture really does not do it justice.  I was also able to find a “put it together yourself” laser cut of a lizard and we already had a small rubber lizard at home that I added to the page.

The only problem with adding the rubber lizard to the page is that it is about 3/8s of an inch thick and it has warped the plastic cover on the page as well as the plastic on the adjoining page.  While I don’t like this, I think that I would do it again as it adds realism and interest to the page.

Catalina Bay and Antilla Ship Wreck Snorkel Cruise – $48.99

Head out to the most famous snorkel spot in Aruba on this 3-hour Catalina Bay and Antilla Ship Wreck Snorkel Cruise! Discover the famous snorkel spot, Antilla Ship Wrek, as well as a variety of tropical fish and colorful coral. Along the way, you’ll stop by Catalina Bay – an ideal spot for beginner snorkelers. Enjoy a day out in the beautiful waters of the Caribbean on this snorkeling adventure!

 

Aruba Vacation 2009: Historical Museum and President’s Car

Aruba Vacation 2009: Historical Museum and President's Car

Aruba Vacation 2009: Historical Museum and President’s Car

This spread showcases a day that we spent in the Capital of Aruba – Oranjestad.  We visited the original fort and walked by the Parliamentary building.  As we were walking by the Parliamentary building we noticed a car parked with the license plate “1” so we took a picture of it.  It was later confirmed to us that this was the President of Aruba’s car!  Not something that you get to see or do in the United States!

The Aruban flag I purchased at a tourist shop in Oranjestad.  When we travel to other countries I always try to purchase a flag like this as it serves as some great ephemera.

On the top of the left hand page I used a piece of sewing border ribbon to add interest to the page.  I glued this down with crafting glue.  Be careful that you use a small amount of glue if you do this so that the page doesn’t get too wet and warp.

Ephemera Tip: Get two brochures – when you visit landmarks and historical locationsYou will notice on the bottom left that I have a brochure of the Historical Museum of Aruba.  It was a double sided brochure so in order to see both sides of it I had to use two brochures. 

Natural Pool Jeep Adventure – $99.99.

Spend a day exploring the countryside of Aruba on this Natural Pool Jeep Safari! You’ll take the back roads of Aruba as you explore historic sights on the island, including the Natural Pool, the California Lighthouse and the Natural Bridge. A jeep safari is a must-do while in Aruba!

Aruba Vacation 2009: Atlantis Submarine – Under the Sea

Aruba Vacation 2009: Atlantis Submarine - underwater

Aruba Vacation 2009: Atlantis Submarine – underwater

This spread showcases the pictures that I took while we were under water on our Atlantis Submarine adventure in Aruba. )Book your Submarine tour HERE).  I took over 50 pictures on the tour but very few of them turned out – between the motion of the sea and the submarine and trying to take pictures through the glass of the submarine most of them turned out terrible.  Even these ones that I used are blurry.  I wish I knew how to solve this issue – if I did I would share it here – but I don’t.

But I made the best of the photographs that I was able to salvage on these pages.  I tried light background pages, but it made the photographs very difficult to make out, so I instead used darker color paper that almost matches the dark colors of the pictures and they stand out much better against this background. If you look closely you will notice that the background pages are the same, but I flipped one upside down so that they are mirror imaged.

I also rounded the corners of my Dive Certificate using a corner cutter.  I am always very careful when I do this to irreplaceable ephemera like this certificate, because if I make a mistake it could ruin the piece.

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Head out to the most famous snorkel spot in Aruba on this 3-hour Catalina Bay and Antilla Ship Wreck Snorkel Cruise! Discover the famous snorkel spot, Antilla Ship Wrek, as well as a variety of tropical fish and colorful coral. Along the way, you’ll stop by Catalina Bay – an ideal spot for beginner snorkelers. Enjoy a day out in the beautiful waters of the Caribbean on this snorkeling adventure!

 

Aruba Vacation 2009: Atlantis Submarine Adventure

Aruba Vacation 2009: Atlantis Submarine

Aruba Vacation 2009: Atlantis Submarine

One of the days that we were in Aruba we took a submarine excursion with Atlantis Submarine, which is a very unique experience.  I believe that there only about 10 of these in the world and so we felt privileged to have the opportunity.  You can book your own Submarine experience HERE.

Submarine Tip: If you get seasick you will probably get seasick on this experience.  While the submarine itself did not roll in the waves once we were underwater, the loading and unloading process about made me throw up:)  We got on first and were off last so that may have contributed.  But other than that I had a great time.

I had a lot of fun creating this page.  First I knew that I wanted to incorporate the tourist picture that we got from the experience (on the left hand side).  This is actually a photograph folder but the inside was not very interesting so I posted it as is, without the ability to open it.  I also included a diagram of the submarine, as well as my son’s Dive Certificate that we received after the tour.  Notice that I used a corner cutter to round the corners of the pictures and the ephemera to bring continuity to the page.

Catalina Bay and Antilla Ship Wreck Snorkel Cruise – $48.99

Head out to the most famous snorkel spot in Aruba on this 3-hour Catalina Bay and Antilla Ship Wreck Snorkel Cruise! Discover the famous snorkel spot, Antilla Ship Wrek, as well as a variety of tropical fish and colorful coral. Along the way, you’ll stop by Catalina Bay – an ideal spot for beginner snorkelers. Enjoy a day out in the beautiful waters of the Caribbean on this snorkeling adventure!

 

Aruba Vacation 2009: Snorkeling at De Palm Island

Aruba Vacation 2009: Snorkeling at De Palm Island

Aruba Vacation 2009: Snorkeling at De Palm Island

De Palm Island is Aruba’s private island water park and beach.  We were able to visit De Palm Island as part of our Jeep Tour which was an incredible all day adventure.  We were supposed to SNUBA at De Palm Island but it was too windy and there were too many waves for us to go out and do this.  Snuba-ing is like scuba diving except that you are tethered to a boat that holds your oxygen.  Click on the links to find out more.  We did get some snorkeling in – but the waves were kicking up sand, and as you can see from the pictures, visibility wasn’t all that great.

Aruba Vacation Tip:  Spend some time at De Palm Island – there is a small water park for kids, opportunities to snorkel, SNUBA, and to just relax on the beach Buy your Tour Package to De Palm Island.

I used my Cricut machine to cut out the Titles on this page and spread them over the two pages to help tie them together.

Vacation Tip: If you are spending a day near water invest in several cheap waterproof camerasthat way you can get great underwater pictures like the ones on this spread, and you don’t have to worry about your expensive camera being stolen from your stuff on the beach while you are in the water.

Catalina Bay and Antilla Ship Wreck Snorkel Cruise – $48.99

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Aruba Vacation 2009: Abandoned Gold Mines and Drunken Lizards

Aruba Vacation: Abandoned Gold Mines and Drunken Lizards

Aruba Vacation 2009: Abandoned Gold Mines and Drunken Lizards

This was a stop on our Jeep Tour – an abandoned Gold Mine and Foundry.  We spent quite a bit of time here and had some adventures.  My son found a beer bottle that still had some beer in it and a lizard that was inside.  The lizard was not eager to come out of the bottle and we took some hilarious video tape of the experience.  We sent the video in to America’s Funniest Home Videos, but haven’t heard from them yet 😦  – so maybe we were the only ones that found it funny.

I wanted to showcase the placement of the photographs on the left hand page as this placement gives life and movement to the page.  Notice on the right hand page the inclusion of the green lizard cutout.  While I don’t journal about the drunken lizard on this page – it reminds my son and I of the story.

Natural Pool Jeep Adventure – $99.99. Spend a day exploring the countryside of Aruba on this Natural Pool Jeep Safari! You’ll take the back roads of Aruba as you explore historic sights on the island, including the Natural Pool, the California Lighthouse and the Natural Bridge. A jeep safari is a must-do while in Aruba!

 

Aruba Vacation 2009: The Coast

Aruba Vacation 2008: Coastal Scenes

Aruba Vacation 2008: Coastal Scenes

I want to highlight the placement of pictures in this spread – notice that I had one picture that doesn’t fit with the others.  Don’t let this worry you if you have this situation – placing one picture like this can bring interest to a page that might otherwise look plain if all the pictures are oriented in the same direction.

A tradition in Aruba is to pile rocks on top of each other to form rock towers as you can see in the pictures on the right.  I was also pleasantly surprised to find a fossil in the rocks – the bottom right hand photograph.

Don’t be afraid to put unusual items in your scrapbook – the ephemera at the bottom of the left hand page is a bracelet that we bought at the tourist shop near the Natural Bridge rock featured on the left hand page.

Natural Pool Jeep Adventure – $99.99. Spend a day exploring the countryside of Aruba on this Natural Pool Jeep Safari! You’ll take the back roads of Aruba as you explore historic sights on the island, including the Natural Pool, the California Lighthouse and the Natural Bridge. A jeep safari is a must-do while in Aruba!

 

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