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Europe Vacation: Colosseum, Rome, Italy

Europe Vacation: Colosseum, Rome, Italy

Europe Vacation: Colosseum, Rome, Italy

This page brings back some vacation nightmare memories, that now I can laugh at.  I purchased a ticket to see the inside of the Colosseum and after taking three pictures my camera broke :(.  I about threw up because we were not even half way through the European tour.  So after about 20 minutes of looking around the Colosseum I left and was able to find a photography store where I bought a new camera for the rest of the trip.  I went back to the Colosseum and they wouldn’t let me back in because I had left which was disappointing.  Also, when I got back to the States I realized that I couldn’t get a battery for the camera as it was a European battery.

I used black frames on these pages and used a corner cutter to create the frames.  If you want to see what the cut looks like without a picture in it, look at the Title block (sorry for the spelling error!) and you can see the pattern that is cut.  The photo corner then slips in between the cuts and is held in place by the frame – no need to stick the photo to the page.  I also turned the Colosseum entrance ticket into a plastic covered sticker using a Xyron Sticker Maker to protect the page from the acid that we found present in the ticket – see Acid Test Pen.

Europe Trip: Roman Forum, Rome, Italy

Europe Trip: Roman Forum, Rome, Italy

Europe Trip: Roman Forum, Rome, Italy

On these pages commemorating my visit to the Roman Forums in Rome, Italy, I used a new technique to me – but one that has been used for many years by experienced scrapbookers.  Look carefully at the frames on the pictures.  Instead of mounting the pictures directly on to the frame using sticky tabs, I instead used a corner cutter to cut the corners so that they would hold the photograph in place – no sticky tabs needed on the back of the photograph.  This is an excellent technique to use to mount pictures that you do not want to damage with sticky tabs.

Notice that I used a detailed background page on the left hand side, while using a plain color on the right hand side – this helps to keep double page spreads from becoming too busy. Notice also though, that I also used a strip of the left hand side background paper as an accent on the right page in a place where there was some awkward empty space.  This simple design element helps to tie the two pages together.

Europe Trip: Trevi Fountain and Pantheon, Rome, Italy

Europe Trip: Trevi Fountain, Pantheon, Rome, Italy

Europe Trip: Trevi Fountain, Pantheon, Rome, Italy

Two more places in Rome that I was fortunate to visit where the Trevi Fountain and the Pantheon.  On the Left hand side I again used a postcard instead of a photograph as it was very difficult to get a wide angle shot in this location.  The right hand side features the Pantheon.  This was one of the disappointments of my trip.  When we got there they were closing the doors for a private function and we were not able to go in.  I managed to snap this one picture as the doors were shutting.  I decided to make this part of the scrapbook instead of leaving it out.  The rightmost picture of the Pantheon at night is also a postcard.  My mantra has been that if the event is messed up or if you mess your pictures up – make the most of it and I find that when I look at these later it usually brings a smile to my face, rather than the disappointment of the moment.

Europe Trip: San Gimignano, Italy and Spanish Steps, Rome, Italy

Europe Trip: San Gimignano, Italy and Spanish Steps, Rome, Italy

Europe Trip: San Gimignano, Italy and Spanish Steps, Rome, Italy

After visiting Florence, Italy, we started heading towards Rome.  On the way we stopped for a short visit in San Gimignano, Italy which is famous for its silk.  We then continue to Rome and visited the Spanish Steps.  Notice that I included an inside joke on the page – “Watch your step Michelle!”.  I included this as I believe that scrapbooks are supposed to evoke memories and to evoke questions from those that you are showing them to.  In this case this quote references that funny event that occurred at the boat fountain at the bottom of the steps.  One of my tour colleagues, Michelle, slipped and fell into the fountain here and was soaking wet!  Notice the design work that was added on the right side page.  This was done with the help of an embossing template (the swirls on the left side of the right page) and a paper tearing ruler – the wave design.  I often use tools meant for one technique for something a little different.

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