Monday, 6 March 2017


I'm sharing three cruise pages today, all from Ny-Ålesund in Svalbard. They all share the same main title card, but I do have sub-titles for some sections.

The first page follows the pattern I've adopted for each of our ports of call, with pockets for the name, a map, photos of our arrival and some journalling. Ny-Ålesund used to be a coal-mining settlement but these days it is a centre for arctic research and the most northerly permanent settlement in the world. It lies on Kongsfjord and I have a photo of the fjord in the top right pocket. The bottom photos are the settlement and a short loop of road that we could walk around just outside.

The second page is the back of the first, and concentrates on how far north we were, 770 miles from the North Pole. Ny-Ålesund has the most northerly hotel, restaurant, post office, museum, shop, camp site, sewage farm, locomotive and statue so I have photos of some of those. The locomotive is a relic of the mining era and was abandoned in 1970, though I have read online that it is currently being restored in Sweden.

My third page will lie opposite this one, and I used the same design of page protector. Top left is a shot of the tundra landscape and top right is my son and a sign which reads "POLAR BEAR DANGER - Do not walk beyond this sign without a weapon." Also, none of the buildings in the settlement are allowed to be locked, just in case someone needs to take shelter from a marauding polar bear. 

Three pockets in the middle row are devoted to Roald Amundsen, who launched several polar expeditions from here, and the row finishes with an arctic tern. I completed the page with a family photo and one of the ship.

Cardstock - Bazzill
Paper - My Mind's Eye Follow Your Heart, Pink Paislee Portfolio, Pink Paislee Indigo Bleu
Vellum - Webster's Pages
Letters - American Crafts, Docrafts, Basic Grey, KaiserCraft
Labels - 7Gypsies
Stickers - Studio Calico, Ebay
Die Cuts - Pink Paislee Portfolio, atd Travel
Wood Veneer - Studio Calico
Washi Tape - October Afternoon, We R Memory Keepers, Trimcraft, American Crafts
Gems - Papermania, Dovecraft, Scrapberry's
Enamel Dots - American Crafts Shimelle, Doodlebug

Big Shot & X-Cut Ticket Stubs Die
American Crafts Notebook Border Punch
Woodware Scalloped Circle Punch
X-Cut Small Circle Punch

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