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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!

 

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: 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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