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Europe Vacation 2015: Zurich

Europe Vacation 2015: Zurich 1

On June 30th we went with Luca’s aunt Sabina to Zurich, Switzerland. Sabina lives in Switzerland and was kind enough to show us around this amazing city.

On this first spread I chose the red Switzerland background paper as the theme and then played the color red throughout the spread.  On the left hand side I have a picture of the city (top) and a picture of the opera house (bottom).  I also used a bag from a gift shop to hold a guide to Zurich, and affixed it to the outside of the plastic protector sheet so that it would be easy for the viewer to access and open it.  I used my Cricut machine to cut out the date, and then bordered it with white to help it stand out on the page.

The right hand side has coins and paper currency from Switzerland in plastic protector sheets, both of which are hinged so that they can be lifted to look at the other side.  These are inside the page protector sheet to help protect them a little bit from young hands.  I usually collect a little bit more paper money when I am in a country but since the Swiss Franc at the time was so expensive compared to the dollar I decided not to do that.  Look HERE to see what the 10 Franc note is currently worth.

Europe Vacation 2015: Zurich 2

For the second spread I chose a blue color scheme for this second spread since I had the Switzerland title piece that had come pre-made in blue.  The pictures on this spread are of the city, a bakery that has been open for 400 years, and of a beautiful church which has the largest clock face in Europe.  Apparently in older times the wealth of your city could be demonstrated by the amazing clock that you had on your church tower!

The letters on the right hand side of the page are chipboard letters left over from a previous project and they are mounted on a blue piece of ribbon that I salvaged from a blanket that I purchased that it was tied around!  I used crafting glue to mount the letters on the ribbon, and then the ribbon is wrapped around and affixed to the back of the cardstock with scotch tape. I had to do this since the chipboard letters are fairly heavy and are likely to come off with regular sticky tabs.

Sightseeing, Tours, Attractions and Things to do in Zurich

Europe Vacation 2015: Vaksala Kyrka

Europe Vacation 2015: Vaksala Kyrka
On our way back from Stockholm we stopped by the Vaksala Kyrka.  (For information in English check out Wikipedia.)  This incredibly beautiful church was built during the 12th century.    It has been through many renovations and one of the most interesting things to me was to see the evidence of the various renovations in the stone and brick work.  If you look closely at some of the pictures you can see old viking runes used as stones to build the structure.  We arrived too late to be able to go inside, but we were able to wander around the outside, and see the beautiful structure.

Unfortunately it was overcast at this time and my pictures turned out kind of dark.  Because of this I used a darker background to help the pictures stand out better on the page.  I chose a background paper that had old writing on it to highlight the age of this location.  I kept the page simple by adding borders of alternating colors and straight lines, but which still add dimension to the page.

Sightseeing, Tours, Attractions and Things to do in Stockholm

Europe Vacation 2015: Uppsala Domkyrk

Europe Vacation 2015: Uppsala Domkyrk
The second day that we were in Sweden, Jonathan took us on a tour of Uppsala.  We started at the main Cathedral of Uppsala called the Uppsala Domkyrk.  This is the tallest church structure in Scandinavia.  The church has a fascinating history and many important figures in Swedish history are interred within the building – discover more about the history from Wikipedia.

When we were in the bookstore at the back of the church I saw a door which looked like a vault door with words that made me think something valuable was inside.  I asked Jonathan what it meant and he asked the Cashier who told it was an elevator to the church treasury which is high in one of the towers.  Jonathan did not know that it was there, and so we paid a fee to go and see the treasures of the church and State that were inside.

The left hand page holds the 3 brochures from the church and the treasury.  I created a pocket using two pieces of cardstock and cut a slit in the front one to hold the brochures so that they can be taken out to be viewed.  The right hand page contains pictures from inside and outside of the church.  We were not permitted to take pictures in the treasury and so none are on this spread.
Sightseeing, Tours, Attractions and Things to do in Stockholm

Europe Vacation: Venice, Italy – St Mark’s Square

Europe Vacation: Venice, Italy - St Mark's Square

Europe Vacation: Venice, Italy – St Mark’s Square

I had a lot of fun with this spread of St. Mark’s Square, also known as Piazza San Marco, in Venice, Italy.  Amazingly, even with all of the tourists it was a very peaceful place.I spent two hours in the square feeding the birds and bathing in the serenity of the place.

I loved photographing St Mark’s Campanile, the bell tower, and wanted to display multiple views.  You will notice that I cut one of the photographs to parallel the angle of the steeple, and then did the same with the border.  This simple design element emphasizes the architecture of the tower.

I kept my bird seed packet as ephemera and knew that I wanted it on the page.  I had the worst time trying to cut pieces of birdseed that looked realistic and was a little frustrated.  What I ended up doing was using a “heart shaped punch” (see below for more details) to cut out yellow heart shapes and then cut them in half at the cleave mark.  It took about 2 minutes to make enough bird seed for the page – and then came the joy of gluing them down one at a time!

Also notice that I used a sliver from each background page to serve as an edge border for the other page in order to unify the two pages in the spread. The borders of the right hand page photographs are the same as the background page on the left.


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