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Europe Vacation 2015: Bergenz, Austria

Europe Vacation 2015: Bergenz, Austria
The second stop on our trip around Bodensee was Bergenz, Austria.  We spent most of our time here exploring the lakefront and had an authentic lunch at a restaurant right on the water – pictures of our food can be seen on the left hand page.

The right hand page has pictures of the outdoor theater where the Bergenz Festival is held.  Each year they produce a different play and the stage is built right in the water.  We were lucky enough to be able to go in and watch a rehearsal.  A day later this same location and event was featured in the local newspaper and I was able to add that on to the page in a pocket that I made for it.  I did this by cutting a slit in the background paper, and then using another strip of paper to strengthen the cut.  If you don’t do this, then the cut can tear further and damage the background paper.

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Europe Vacation: Ephemera Page

Europe Vacation: Ephemera Page

Europe Vacation: Ephemera Page

I wanted to show you my final page in my two volume Europe Vacation Scrapbook.  The left hand page shows my plane tickets and my internet card which was necessary before the proliferation of wireless internet and internet in hotels in Europe.  What I wanted to highlight is the right hand page which is a pocket page for holding ephemera.  If you look carefully you will notice a CD in a plastic envelope in the top right corner.  It is my habit to keep a disc of the pictures with the album so that if I ever need to reprint some, or see all of the pictures from the trip, that it is available with the scrapbook.  For safety, I always have a backup on my computer as well.

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Europe Vacation: White Water Rafting in Austria and Mt Pilatus, Switzerland

Live Well SportsI am going to feature two spreads for this post as I used a technique that involves both spreads.  But first, the background to the event.  We had opportunity to white water raft in Austria and the in the first picture, the left hand page is a picture that was taken of us on that trip.  Unfortunately I did not do any journaling and I can’t remember then name of the river, just that I had a blast doing it.  The lesson to be learned is to always journal the important details so that you can remember them later.

The right hand side of the first picture shows the ephemera for our tram ride up Mt Pilatus, Switzerland, where we stayed at a hotel at the top!  More on that hotel later.  I used a corner cutter technique that I think turned out very well on the borders to the ephemera.  I cut them out and then carefully placed white paper behind the cut which really made the cuts stand out.  You will also notice that the journaling asks the reader a question and the arrow invites them to the next page – which in fact ties this right hand page to the next spread (see the second picture):

Europe Vacation: White Water Rafting in Austria and Mt Pilatus, Switzerland

Europe Vacation: White Water Rafting in Austria and Mt Pilatus, Switzerland

Europe Vacation: Mt Pilatus, Switzerland - tram ride

Europe Vacation: Mt Pilatus, Switzerland – tram ride

The journey to the top of the mountain took 1.5 hours and we had to change trams part way through the journey.  I placed the photos from the bottom left to the upper right to give the impression of the height of the mountain.  I used a pre-made tree border at the bottom of the spread and actually covered some of the pictures.  This was what a good portion of the ride felt like as we were surrounded by trees.  If you look at the right hand side you will see two Hotels.  The top one is the one that we stayed in which was the original hotel.  Queen

Pilatus (mountain)

Pilatus (mountain) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Victoria stayed in this hotel.  The second one, which looks more modern, was built later and was completely round – we ate supper and breakfast the next morning in this building.

If you look carefully in the bottom picture you can see a tiny chapel that was built way up in the mountains.  Notice that the picture of the modern hotel has been cut along the outline of the mountain. This was done so that all the pictures could fit together without overlapping important parts, and I really like the way this turned out.  I did this very carefully with a precision pair of scissors so that the cuts would be perfect.  Be careful when considering doing this as you could end up ruining the photograph.

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Europe Vacation: Liechtenstein and Hopfgarten, Austria

Europe Vacation: Lichtenstein and Hopfgarten, Austria

Europe Vacation: Lichtenstein and Hopfgarten, Austria

We made a very short stop in Liechtenstein and I had just enough time to stop in the official government building to get my passport stamped (the only place other than London that was stamped on this trip) and take these two pictures of the Royal palace.  That evening we stayed in a guest house in Hopfgarten, Austria and it was dark when we got there so I didn’t get to take any pictures.  If you run into this situation make sure to collect postcards and ephemera so that you don’t have blank space in your scrapbook.

This page shows how you can bring completely different locations and events together on to one page by bordering the pictures and ephemera in the same border.  Often when I do this I make sure that my journaling explains each item on the page so that I can remember later :).

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Europe Vacation: Mauthausen Concentration Camp, Austria

Europe Vacation: Mauthasen Concentration Camp, Austria

Europe Vacation: Mauthausen Concentration Camp, Austria

The hardest part of our trip was visiting Mauthausen Concentration camp in Austria.  In the midst of fun and museums and art and food we were faced with the reality of Europe during World War 2.  Mauthausen was a quarry concentration camp were many were worked to death.  But as part of the “Final Solution” many were killed outright here as well.

I wanted these pages to reflect the gloom and solemnity that I felt while I was here so I chose a muted plain gray for the background.  The barbwire border was created using a wave edge ruler to make a wave pattern and then off centering it and doing it again.  I then used a fine tipped marker to mark the barbs on the patter to make it look like barbed wire.  I also placed the photographs in a square symmetrical pattern to represent the walls of the camp and the increasing trap that they had become.

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Europe Vacation: Vienna, Austria – Schönbrunn Palace and Hofburg Palace

Europe Vacation: Vienna, Austria - Shonnebruhn Palace and Hofburg Palace

Europe Vacation: Vienna, Austria – Schonbrunn Palace and Hofburg Palace

This page showcases two different palaces that we visited while in Vienna, the Schönbrunn Palace and the Hofburg Palace. Schönbrunn is famous for its immaculate gardens and I wanted to highlight this by using a green color palette. If you look closely you will also notice that the left hand page background is grass.

There are two techniques that I used on this spread that I had not used before. The first is that we used a corner cutter to cut flowers into the photographs and I am pleased with the way this turned out. It works best if you have a solid background behind the cut. You also have to be very careful in making the cuts because if you make a mistake it cannot be rectified and you may lose the picture.

The second technique was to use a shaped edge ruler to make the design around the end of the right hand page using a silver marker. I also then used a sliver of the solid background from the right hand page on the left edge of the left page and used the silver liner edge technique on that. This simple trick can add depth or symmetry to your work.

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Europe Vacation: Vienna, Austria – Vienna State Opera House

The next stop on our trip was Vienna, Austria. We were fortunate enough to be there on a night that there was a Mozart concert at the Vienna State Opera House (Wiener Staatsoper).

This was a page that I struggled with quite a bit. I didn’t really have enough for two full pages, but also didn’t have another site or event that would complement this event. So, for the right hand page I selected a paper that had a large design to help fill space. The left hand page is actually mounted on a full page piece of vellum that has the line musical score built into it. I mounted the vellum on white paper so that the score would show clearly. The musical note on the left hand page is actually mounted under the vellum. I used a corner cutter to cut the borders so that they could hold the pictures and the ticket. If you look closely at the Title block for this page you will realize that I turned the corner cutter around to create a unique design in the Title block.

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