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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!

 

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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: 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: Chapel of Our Lady of Alto Vista

Aruba Vacation 2009: Our Lady of Alta Vista

Aruba Vacation 2009: Our Lady of Alta Vista

The Chapel of Our Lady of Alto Vista is another example of combining photographs from two experiences into one location theme.  This was a relaxing stop on our Jeep Tour and was a good time to reflect on the history of Aruba.  We enjoyed lighting a candle in the chapel and spending some time walking the prayer labyrinth.

I was pleased that I found some cut outs on Ebay.com that looked exactly like the chapel and bought a pack of 6.  I wasn’t sure that I was going to use them all – but they helped to create balance in the layout.  I was also pleased to find the background paper which looks like the stucco on the chapel walls.   Also notice the unique corner cutter that I used on all of the photographs.

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: California Lighthouse

Aruba Vacation 2009: California Lighthouse

Aruba Vacation 2009: California Lighthouse

This spread is the first example of using photographs from different excursions to highlight one location.  You can see pictures from the ground – taken during the Jeep Tour, and the air – taken during the Helicopter Tour.

My favorite design element from this page is the “light” emanating from the lighthouse on he bottom left that spreads out to the page on the right.   This “light” helps to tie the two pages into one visual element.

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: From the Air

Aruba Vacation 2009: Helicopter Ride

Aruba Vacation 2009: Helicopter Ride

This spread highlights some of the pictures taken from the helicopter ride.  If you look closely at the “Aruba” cutout in the top left hand corner you will see that I used a black marker to outline the cutout.  This technique can help an element on your page to stand out if it seems to be fading into the background.

Also look at the placement of the four photographs on the left hand page.  Notice that only one corner of each photograph has been rounded – this helps to bring the four photographs into one cohesive unit.

I also added a ship sticker to the right hand page to bring interest and dimension to that 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!

 

Aruba Vacation 2009: Dining

Aruba Vacation 2009: Restaurants

Aruba Vacation 2009: Restaurants

This spread showcases photographs from all of the wonderful meals that we had at the Holiday Inn Sunspree Hotel in Aruba.  We had an all inclusive package that included all the food that we wanted.

I included pictures of the restaurant names, plates of food, and pictures of us enjoying the food :).  One of the evenings I took a picture of the bill – which we didn’t have to pay since it was all inclusive!  This was to remind me of the value of making reservations for the fancy restaurants versus eating in the casual buffet dining areas.

EK Success Paper Shapers Corner Adorner Card Creators Punch - Trumpet Flower 7/8I tied all of the pictures together by matching the colors of the plates from one of the restaurants. I used the same background color borders that I cut with the corner cutter seen to the right, for all of the square pictures.  You will notice that the corner cuts are in mirror image of each other.  I accomplished this by turning the frames over to cut them from the backside for the mirror imaged corners.

To cut the photographs of the plates I used a pair of sharp pointed scissors so that I could cut them precisely.

Vacation Tip – For Dining at All Inclusive resorts:

  1. Many hotels have fancy (and expensive) restaurants that you can enjoy – but you must make reservations – sometimes they only allow this starting the morning of.  So, find out early how to make reservations and then make them as soon as you are allowed.
  2. Dine early – we were able to enjoy all of the fancy restaurants because we chose to eat dinner as soon as the restaurant opened.  This also allowed us to attend nighttime activities without a rush and a full stomach.
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: Title Page

Aruba Vacation 2009: Title Page

Aruba Vacation 2009: Title Page

Today we start a new adventure together – looking at the scrapbook from our June 2009 vacation to Aruba.  We booked a great deal from Apple Vacations and had an absolutely amazing time while we were there.

This is the Title page for the album.  The two maps are post cards that we bought while we were in Aruba and I put them in the oven to darken.  I then used a lighter to slightly burn the edges so that they would look like old treasure maps.  I encourage you to do this outside to avoid any potential dangers with fire.

The date and year were cut out with my Cricut machine.

 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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