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Canada Cruise 2010: Ephemera

Canada Cruise 2010: Ephemera

Canada Cruise 2010: Ephemera

As I was coming to the end of this scrapbook I had several pieces of ephemera that had not fit in on another page.  So – I decided to make a page dedicated to just ephemera.  On the left hand page are some stickers that we purchased on the trip, the tag that came with the trinkets that are on the Bay of Fundy page and coins that we collected while we were in Canada.

Canada Cruise 2010: Ephemera Closeup

Canada Cruise 2010: Ephemera Closeup

On the right hand page is a folder that I received our professional photographs from the trip in.  As you open it up (see closeup to the right), you can see that I added in some supports and I placed all of the newsletters and schedules from the cruise in the folder.  This was a wonderful way to have all of the details of the trip in one place.  I did not put a plastic page protector on this page so that it would be easier for readers to access the schedules.

 

Canada Cruise 2010: Having Fun

Canada Cruise 2010: Having Fun

Canada Cruise 2010: Having Fun


I had shared in an earlier blog posting about this Canada Cruise Scrapbook that I did not create a chronological timeline.  Rather I themed many of the pages.  When I was near the end of the project I realized that we had a bunch of fun pictures that I wanted to make it into the scrapbook, but did not really fit in anywhere else.  So – I put them all on one page.  I didn’t really want to journal about each one as I thought it would be too much writing, so I added a funspinning journal (see closeup to the left).

Canada Cruise 2010: Having Fun Closeup

Canada Cruise 2010: Having Fun Closeup

This journal basically tells the reader to ask us about the pictures and then we get to share the fun stories.

Don’t be afraid to create pages like this even if the pictures don’t fit together – it is a great way to put a lot of little memories on to one page.

 

Canada Cruise 2010: Return to New York

Canada Cruise 2010: Return to New York

Canada Cruise 2010: Return to New York

The last day of our cruise!  We pulled into New York harbor in the morning and we enjoyed a breakfast while entering the harbor.  It seemed that most people were skipping breakfast to get ready to disembark, but we had a late flight and I decided that we were going to enjoy every last minute on the boat.

It turned out that that was a good decision as we were seated at breakfast with Richard H. Wagner, the editor of Beyondships.com who has been over 50 cruises and writes about his experiences on all of them. As you can see from the blue debarkation luggage tags that I used as borders on the right hand page – we were in group 17 to leave and so we enjoyed standing on our balcony and watching the local harbor traffic until the very last minute.

I was able to get some wonderful pictures of the bridge and the Statue of Liberty in the morning sunrise, as well the tugboats that helped to gently push us into our dock.  If you look closely at the right hand picture you will see that there were two people out on kayaks, and it struck me how small they were compared to the cruise ship that we were on.

Canada Cruise 2010: Behind the Fun Tour

Canada Cruise 2010: Behind the Fun Tour

Canada Cruise 2010: Behind the Fun Tour

Cheap Canada Tour PackagesWe had a day at sea while we were heading back to New York, and unfortunately the weather got cold and rainy.  My son wanted to hang out with the other teens at their indoor activities so I decided to do a behind the scenes/”Behind the Fun” tour.  While it was pricey to experience this – I think it was around $100 – I was so glad that I did it.  We got to see all of the things going on behind the scenes – the kitchens, the massive refrigerators, behind stage at the performance hall, the front of the ship, the back of the ship, and even up in the control room.

I think that one of my favorite parts was that we got to spend some time with the head Chef from the fancy restaurant on the ship, and he gave us some cooking techniques and tips.  I learned how to grill the perfect steak from him, and I still use that method to this day.  (But I’m not telling 🙂 ).

They took pictures of us at several points and when I got back to my room later that night there was a very nice gift package that included these three pictures, a piece of soap carved to look like a swan from the kitchen staff, and some amazing chocolate covered strawberries.  I took the gift note and put it on the page and it can be flipped up to read my journaling about the experience.  Included in the gift package was a bracelet that I cut so that I could lay it flat on the left hand side of the page.  I also cut the lanyard that held our security passes (you can see us wearing them in the pictures) and used that as a border along the bottom of both pages.

The background papers come from a scrapbooking kit that I purchased while on the cruise.  It was old stock and at a discount, and I will be honest that most of it was not very good, but I used these background papers from that set.  You will notice that I used a grey border around the picture on the left hand page – this was to help it stand out and bring a little more grey to this page to help it blend better with the right hand page.

 

Canada Cruise 2010: Sunsets and Mythical Towel Creatures

Canada Cruise 2010: Sunsets and Towel Creatures

Canada Cruise 2010: Sunsets and Towel Creatures

After viewing this page you will know why I don’t use my handwriting very often – it is not a pretty sight.  I used this spread to create some space between our time in Halifax and our next port of call, St Johns.  As a shared earlier, this album is not chronological – but rather it is themed, so this spread includes pictures from several nights of beautiful sunsets on the ocean as well as pictures of the different towel creatures that greeted us each day when we returned to our room.

I picked an orange and blue theme because the sunsets and our bedspreads were orange, and blue is a wonderful compliment to orange.  To save some space on the towel creature page I used a circle cutter to cut all of the pictures which made it easier to fit 5 pictures on the page.  Also notice that I used a sliver from each page as an end border on the opposite page to help tie the two pages together.

In this example I took two very different themes and concepts and tied them together using a common color theme.  This is often a good idea when you don’t have enough material for a double spread, or too much of one thing would be hard to view.  Imagine if I had had two pages of just sunsets – it could have been fairly boring to look at.

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Canada Cruise 2010: Dining

Canada Cruise 2010: Dining

Canada Cruise 2010: Dining

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When I was planning our cruise trip my friends told me that we would eat non stop and that I would gain ten pounds.  I did not believe them – but I should have because sure enough, when I got home I had gained ten pounds!

This spread showcases several of the amazing meals that we had while on the cruise.

Cruise Dining Tip: When having sit down meals you can order more than one thing off of the menu.  I learned this the first night when our table neighbors got two desserts!  I asked them how they did that and they told me that you could order more than one meal.  So for every meal afterwards I ordered everything that I wanted to try – which is probably why I gained ten pounds!

If you notice the bottom left hand picture you will see that my son’s expression is “Why are you taking pictures at every meal?”  You will also notice that he was getting a lot of sun at the pool!

Design element: If you look carefully at the right hand page you will notice that the borders for the 4 pictures is actually just one piece of paper that I cut around the outline of the pictures.  I did this because there was not enough room on the page to give every picture its own border and for it to still look good.

 

Canada Cruise 2010: Entertainment at Sea

Canada Cruise 2010: Entertainment at Sea

Canada Cruise 2010: Entertainment at Sea

One of the things that I was worried about on the cruise was that we would get bored while we were at sea.  Boy was I wrong, there was a full list of activities for kids and adults while we were at Sea.

One of the things that I did was go to the “Art Auctions” that were held.  I went twice and got two free “pieces of art” which are mounted on the left hand page.  Cruise Tip: Be wary of the Art Auctions while the provided free drinks and it was a fun experience, I am not sure that there was much real art – most of it was prints and giclee‘s that I am sure could have been purchased cheaper on land at a gallery.  In addition to the winning bid, there was a buyers fee which made it more expensive, and then shipping fees because most pieces could not be taken through an airport.  I think that what was happening was that you bid on a reproduction and then they just mailed a copy to you from some warehouse somewhere.  I would not really call it a “fine art” auction.  But it was still fun and something to do.

Canada Cruise 2010: Entertainment at Sea - Closeup

Canada Cruise 2010: Entertainment at Sea – Closeup

On the right hand page is my son’s wrist band that he had to wear because he was not yet 13 in case we were separated during an emergency.  I also put in his Circle C picture that was taken when he was participating in some of the kids activities.  It was wonderful to be able to drop him off and not worry about him while I relaxed.  They had supervised activities and I always knew where he was in case I needed to find him.

In this small view to the left you can see what the folder looks like open.  I carefully cut two slits in the plastic page protector for the folder to slide through so that the picture  is still under plastic.  I did this by:

  1. Placing the background paper inside the plastic protector
  2. Placing the picture folder on top of the plastic protector where I wanted it to be
  3. Sliding the picture folder to the right about 1/4 of an inch, so that the fold of the picture folder would overlap the plastic a little on the left side.  I did the same for the right side.  This keeps the plastic protector from tearing when people are viewing the page.  I then used an Exacto knife to carefully score the plastic on each side.
  4. Using a pair of sharp pointed scissors to carefully cut along the scored lines.
  5. Putting sticky tabs on the back of the picture folder and sliding it through the cut in the plastic and then pushing down on the plastic and picture folder to secure it in place.

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Canada Cruise 2010: Carnival Glory Smokestack

Canada Cruise 2010: Carnival Glory - Smokestack

Canada Cruise 2010: Carnival Glory – Smokestack

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This is my favorite page in the entire album.  As we headed out to sea, my son and I felt that we had to explore the ship.  I am not sure what everyone else was doing, because there were hardly any people outside, and we had the top deck of the ship nearly to ourselves.

As you can see from these pictures we walked from one end of the ship to the other.  I had two options for placing the pictures:

  1. Put the pictures of my son and I on the same page – one at the front and one at the back, or
  2. Put the pictures of the front and the back of the ship together – which is the option that I chose.

Design elements on this spread:

  1. I am very proud of the right hand page.  I actually created this page myself using 4 different papers.  The background paper has the clouds, but the large smokestack I made by cutting  red, blue and white papers to the shape of the smokestack.  I used a picture of the smokestack that I had taken to freehand draw with pencil on the cardstock paper. I then cut out each piece separately. I then used paint to give dimension to the red and blue sections.  Finally all the sections I outlined using a black marker to give them definition.  I was thrilled that it turned out so well.
  2. Since I had outlined the smokestack with black marker, I also chose to outline each of the photographs with a black marker. I used a thick sharpie and a ruler to accomplish this.  Do not try to do it free hand!
  3. If you look carefully at the left hand page you will notice that the flag that is flying on its own is actually a photograph of the ships flag that I hand cut and placed on the page to blend in with the flag background paper.

Canada Cruise 2010: Carnival Glory

Canada Cruise 2010: Carnival Glory

Canada Cruise 2010: Carnival Glory

This spread showcases our cruise ship – the Carnival Glory.  I chose Carnival cruise lines for two reasons – the first was that they were the cheapest and because this was our first cruise I didn’t want to go to crazy.  The second was that I discovered that it is one of the best cruise lines for families and kids.  In fact – there were more children passengers than adult passengers on this cruise!  That might scare some people away – but it was perfect for my son who made several friends.  I was able to escape to the adults only parts of the ship and rest.

I had a lot of fun with this page.  The right hand side has a large photograph of the ship that I got as part of the Behind the Scenes Tour (but more about that on another page).  Notice that it came with a black border.  In order to tie the elements on the left hand page into this design you will notice that I bordered my own picture of the Glory in black, as well as our key cards.  Notice that I wasn’t afraid to cut off the top corner of my own picture to help everything fit onto the page.

I also took opportunity on this page to put in a side view of the ship and marked where our cabin was.  These little fold-able maps were what kept me from getting lost on the ship!  But it also serves as a great piece of ephemera that I personalized for this page.  I also used some of the notepaper in our cabin to serve as my journaling paper.

Ephemera Tip: While on a cruise don’t be afraid to collect all kinds of free souvenirs that will come in handy when you create your scrapbook you will see many over the next few weeks as we discover our Canada Cruise. 

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