This spread shows the areas around the Swedish Royal Palace. The background of this spread is actually the clear plastic bag from the Royal Palace Gift Shop. I carefully cut the bag apart and then folded it around white card stock paper to create this background, which I believe is the official pattern of the Swedish Royal Family. (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 showcases royal portraits from inside the palace, a picture of us entering the palace, and two pictures of the inner courtyard. The right hand page has pictures of a military band that was performing, a laser cut wooden cutout of the palace, and an informational piece that I cut from a brochure. The pictures on both sides of the spread are bordered in a black and gold paper to help them stand out against the light background.
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.
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.
For this spread I bordered the pictures in blue, and then in yellow, to celebrate the national Swedish colors, and then also carefully attached a streamer of Swedish flags which I purchased at a gift store later in the trip. Each one is carefully glued on so that they do not move.
I ordered the background paper on Ebay before we even left for the trip and I felt that it worked perfectly for this spread. (hmm – did I mean the pages or the delicious food?)
While we were visiting Jonathan in Sweden, his brother, Anton, turned 18, and we were fortunate enough to enjoy this special day with him and his family. In the early morning Anton’s mother made a traditional Swedish birthday cake covered in fresh strawberries and with quite an exciting candle on top! In the evening we joined Anton’s family and friends for a traditional Swedish meal – oh wait – that’s not true – we went to a restaurant called Texas Longhorn and had traditional American food!
These page are fairly simple. I used a cupcake background paper for the background of the left hand page and made sure to stick a Swedish flag on the page as well. For the right hand page I found a complimentary color background page, and for all of the pictures bordered them in a strawberry paper to pay homage to the strawberry cake that was had earlier in the day!
This was a busy day for us, after the Vasa Museum and Skansen we drove to Drottningholm, which is the residence of the Swedish monarchy. We arrived too late to visit the inside of the palace, but we did get to enjoy the royal gardens, and watch the changing of the guard. I used gold background paper for this spread, first to highlight the beautiful yellow palace, but also to emphasize the elegance and majesty of the location.
In order to help the borders around the pictures stand out, I used black for a second border, which also helps to tone down the black in the two pictures of the historical signs. I like to use pictures of historical signs like these when I am unable to pick up brochures from a location. My son also had a great time getting selfies with the guard, who apparently had to stand there and take it!