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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!

 

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Aruba Vacation 2009: The Coast

Aruba Vacation 2008: Coastal Scenes

Aruba Vacation 2008: Coastal Scenes

I want to highlight the placement of pictures in this spread – notice that I had one picture that doesn’t fit with the others.  Don’t let this worry you if you have this situation – placing one picture like this can bring interest to a page that might otherwise look plain if all the pictures are oriented in the same direction.

A tradition in Aruba is to pile rocks on top of each other to form rock towers as you can see in the pictures on the right.  I was also pleasantly surprised to find a fossil in the rocks – the bottom right hand photograph.

Don’t be afraid to put unusual items in your scrapbook – the ephemera at the bottom of the left hand page is a bracelet that we bought at the tourist shop near the Natural Bridge rock featured on the left hand 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: 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: Helicopter Tour and Jeep Tour

Aruba Vacation 2009: Helicopter and Jeep Tour

Aruba Vacation 2009: Helicopter and Jeep Tour

I explained in some earlier posts that this scrapbook was created by theme rather than chronologically.  To further highlight this I put these two pages together – our Helicopter Tour and our Jeep Tour – even though they were experienced 4 days a part.  In posts still to come you will see how I blended the photos from both experiences together.

Aruba Vacation Tip Aruba is only about 4 miles wide and 17 miles long – so taking a Jeep tour and/or helicopter tour is a wonderful way to experience the non-tourist parts of Aruba.  If you want to book a helicopter tour – go to http://arubahelitours.com/.  Click on the link at the end of this post if you want to book a Jeep Tour.  Be aware that on the jeep tour you may end up being the driver!  Which is exciting and a little scary at the same time considering some of the dunes and crevices that you have to traverse. 

To highlight some of the design elements of this spread – notice that the journaling on the left hand page is printed on white paper that was torn using a scalloped ruler to make it look like a cloud.  On the right hand page I copied the border of the official tour photo (bottom) on the top photograph which I took myself.  This was done free hand with a black permanent marker.   I also included the wrist band from the experience, which if you look closely in the bottom photograph you can see on my sons wrist.

Baby Beach Jeep Adventure – $100.99

Hop into a jeep for a fun-filled four-wheeling adventure to some of the most beautiful sites in Aruba! Visit Arikok National Park, see one of Aruba’s hidden treasures – the Seroe Colorado Natural Bridge and lounge on the white sand of Baby Beach.

 

Aruba Vacation 2009: Flight, Taxi and Passports

Aruba Vacation 2009: Travel and passports

Aruba Vacation 2009: Travel and passports

The first thing that I must share about this album is that I did not create a chronological story.  Rather I selected themes from the trip and selected pictures from several different times to put them together to highlight the theme.  This is one way to create a memory scrapbook if you are in a relatively small place for a length of time.

For example this page chronicles our trip to our Hotel in Aruba. But the picture of the airport and the picture of the plane landing were actually taken at two different times during the trip.  The airport picture was taken on a helicopter tour and the the plane landing was taken from our jeep tour.

The left hand page has a collection of ephemera from the trip – our boarding passes, and a H1N1 warning that was given to us at customs.  Something that I am proud of on this page is that I used a color photocopier to copy the pages from out passports in which the Aruban customs stamped our passports.  They turned out so good that they look like the real thing.  The passport book is a fake scrapbook passport that I bought at a scrapbook store.

Aruba TipWhen you land at the airport take a taxi to your hotel.  While they are more expensive, you will beat the other tourists to your hotel and not have to stand in line to check in.  I had heard that this was a good tip before we went and it was.  We were checked in and on the beach before the other people on our plane had arrived at the hotel.  It is a more expensive option but saves tons of hassle.  As you can see from the picture on this page our taxi driver didn’t look forward very much when driving!  But on the plus side, we learned a lot about Aruba in our first few minutes on the island.

Airport Transportation:

  1. Take the bus – cheaper but will take longer – Bus Airport transfer – round trip – starting at $20 per person.
  2. Get a taxi at the airport – more expensive, but you will arrive earlier than the bus.
  3. Book a private taxi in advancePrivate Airport Transport – round trip – more expensive than finding your own taxi, but much more convenient.

We booked a bus transfer at the end of our trip to take us back to the airport and it worked out just fine to get us back to the airport.

Baby Beach Jeep Adventure – $100.99

Hop into a jeep for a fun-filled four-wheeling adventure to some of the most beautiful sites in Aruba! Visit Arikok National Park, see one of Aruba’s hidden treasures – the Seroe Colorado Natural Bridge and lounge on the white sand of Baby Beach.

 

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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