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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.

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Europe Vacation 2015: End Page – Euro Currency

Europe Vacation 2015: End Page - Euro Currency
This is the last page of the third album of our trip to Europe.  Since it is the last page it is a single page spread.   This page is very similar to the last page of album 1 – Swedish Currency.

Usually when we travel to another country I try to collect both bills and coins to add to the scrapbook.  In this case I saved 39 which is about $44 US.  You can find out the current exchange rate HERE.  This means that these pages can sometimes be fairly expensive, but I think that they are really cool mementos of the trip.

The coins and bills are both placed in plastic protector sheets.  The bills plastic protector sheets are hinged on their black background so that they can be flipped over if the page is taken out of the full page plastic protector.

I chose the German flag colors for the page.  The ribbon was placed on the coin protector sheet to help keep the coins from sliding out if the album is turned upside down.

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Europe Vacation 2015: Swedish Royal Palace

Europe Vacation 2015: Swedish Royal Palace 1

On this day we went to visit the Swedish Royal Family in their palace in Stockholm.  They were kind enough to let me take some formal pictures of them while we were there (jk!).  The day before we arrived in Sweden was the royal wedding of Prince Carl Philip and Sofia Hellqvist.  Prince Carl is the second born of the Royal family, and I was able to watch the wedding as the Johansson family had recorded it so that they could watch it later.  It was so cool to walk in the places that I had just seen on the TV.

My favorite part of these two spreads is that the background  is actually royal family paper napkins that I purchased in the palace gift shop.  I carefully opened the napkins, turned them upside down, placed white card stock on top of them, and then folded the napkin over the edges and taped down tightly.  (Note: I have learned that if you are going to use this wrapping technique that you must cut the 12×12 cardstock down about 1/4 inch on two sides so that it will fit into the plastic protector sheets when you are done.)

The left hand page of this spread contains ephemera that I purchased in the Royal Palace gift shop:  a Crown metal bookmark (middle), postcards of the royals, and the program from the tour of the palace.  The program is affixed to the outside of the plastic protector sheet so that it can be viewed by the reader.  To keep it from flapping open while the page is being turned, the pages are clipped together with a contemporary paper clip.  The right hand page contains pictures of the banquet room and dancing hall that I saw earlier on television.  The bottom right hand picture is a scale model of an earlier version of the castle that was in the castle dungeons as part of the tour.

Europe Vacation 2015: Swedish Royal Palace 2

This second spread is created in the same way as the first spread above.  All of the photographs are bordered in gold paper.  In this spread the left hand page show cases the entrance to the coronation room and the chapel were the royal wedding was held just 8 days earlier.  The right hand page has a picture of the organ from the chapel, the entrance to the chapel, and pictures from inside the coronation room.  Notice that the date in gold is the cut out which was left from creating the date plate on the first spread shown above.

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Europe Vacation 2015: Swedish Currency

Europe Vacation 2015: Swedish Currency
This spread is a single page, as it is the last page of Volume 1. I know that it is hard to believe that I have filled an album with only 3 days of our vacation, but we did so much in those first three days that it took up a whole album!

Usually when we travel to another country I try to collect both bills and coins to add to the scrapbook.  In this case I saved 209 Kronor which is about $25 US.  You can find out the current exchange rate HERE.  This means that these pages can sometimes be fairly expensive, but I think that they are really cool mementos of the trip.

The coins and bills are both placed in plastic protector sheets.  The bills plastic protector sheets are hinged on their blue background so that they can be flipped over if the page is taken out of the full page plastic protector.

I chose the Swedish flag colors for the page, but I am not sure that I liked the way that it turned out, but it works.  The ribbon was placed on the coin protector sheet to help keep the coins from sliding out if the album is turned upside down.

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Aruba Vacation 2009: Iguanas

Aruba Vacation2009: Iguanas

Aruba Vacation 2009: Iguanas

Aruba has what seems like thousands of iguanas running all over the island.  We saw these Iguanas by the Aruba Casino and Helicopter port.  We played with them for over an hour.  My son worked really hard to get one to come up to him so that he could pet it.

There are a couple of fun design elements on this page.  If you expand the picture you can tell that the green background paper is embossed reptile skin paper that I was able to find online.  This picture really does not do it justice.  I was also able to find a “put it together yourself” laser cut of a lizard and we already had a small rubber lizard at home that I added to the page.

The only problem with adding the rubber lizard to the page is that it is about 3/8s of an inch thick and it has warped the plastic cover on the page as well as the plastic on the adjoining page.  While I don’t like this, I think that I would do it again as it adds realism and interest to the page.

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