Category Archives: Midsommer
On Midsommer Day we went to Vattholma to see the traditional Tug of War contests. We were cheering for the Rasbo Pirates, who came second on this day, and also explains all of the pirate references on the page! Basically tug of war teams from several small towns in the area come together on this day to have tug of war contests with each other. It all happens with much fanfare and cheering and was quite an exciting event to be at.
I chose a green theme for this page due to all of the greenery in the photos that I wanted to use. I bordered the pictures in green, and used a tan accent color to border some of the stickers to help them stand out. On the left hand page you can see some of the caution tape that was used to cordone off the tug of war area, as well as a unique cone shaped popcorn container that we enjoyed at the event. I had some popcorn photograph paper which I used to “fill” the cone with popcorn. Both of these items were bordered in green as well.
For this spread I bordered the pictures in blue, and then in yellow, to celebrate the national Swedish colors, and then also carefully attached a streamer of Swedish flags which I purchased at a gift store later in the trip. Each one is carefully glued on so that they do not move.
I ordered the background paper on Ebay before we even left for the trip and I felt that it worked perfectly for this spread. (hmm – did I mean the pages or the delicious food?)
This is the second page of our adventure at Disagarden on Midsommer Eve. This spread includes a map and program from the day. I bordered the program in pink and set it inside the plastic protector sheet so that it can be removed so that you can read all of the entries on the map page which is attached to the background paper.
On the right hand side of the spread are two sets of flowers that we collected on that day and carefully pressed in a book I was reading during the trip. When we returned home I used a laminating machine to carefully press them to card stock, and then mounted card stock onto a pink background paper. The laminating machine curled the card stock and so I used brads to affix the flower card stock to the page background paper.
While I realize that this page may not be quite as exciting as others, and also does not include any pictures, I wanted to highlight a unique form of ephemera that can be collected and included on scrapbook pages.
Midsommer is an important Holiday in the Swedish tradition, and so therefore is Midsommer Eve. (Midsummer in English). This day is usually celebrated in the country and involves maypoles, flowers, and eating outside. More information can be found at these links:
Our day started at the Disagarden, which is part of the UppsalaMuseet (Uppsala Museum), and is an outdoor living museum. It was the perfect place to start the day because the setting and the activities helped us to get the full authentic experience.
I chose blurry flower photograph background paper to remember all of the flowers from that day, and also cut out the top layer of the Date and Event from flower paper. To help these words stand out I bordered them with a darker solid purple paper. The letters were cut out using my Cricut machine. The left hand page has 4 pictures from the maypole bordered in purple, and the right hand page includes 3 more pictures from the day, including Jonathan trying out some stilts. I also included a picture of the entrance sign, which helps to place the location of the event on the page, as well as a maypole cut out that I bought at a gift store later in the trip. I originally had a square border on these 4 items, but it looked to strong filling out the square, so I used a pair of sharp pointed scissors to carefully cut the outline of the maypole dancers.
If you look carefully at the bottom right hand corner you will see three wheat seeds which my son dutifully collected from this adventure.