For those of you visiting through AEDM, you may not be familiar with my 7 Continents altered book (AB) I've been working on since late 2004. It may never be finished, but I keep plugging away. Right now we are in Brazil in South America.
I wasn't sure if this image would scan properly because the gifted flower is very dimensional. I didn't create any detail shots here, since you can see the focal image I've had since 2005, the gifted flower, and the city I wrote by hand using a white gelly pen on heavy black cardstock.
Side 2 provides the information about this town that grew from a fishing village to a city for the rich and famous.
Originally settled by the local Indians, Búzios was invaded in the early 1500s by French smugglers who harvested Brazilwood for France and in return, exchanged the wood for African slaves. Although the Portuguese claim to have discovered and settled it, the French were able to hide their activities because of the various nooks and crannies created by the landscape and beaches.
By 1575, the Portuguese were tired of the smuggling and killed most of the Indians and expelled the French. Some of the Indians escaped and formed an alliance with the French who once again smuggled the Brazilwood, which was quite valuable. It wasn't until 1615 that the Portuguese finally rid Búzios of the French.
Some of you will remember the gold trade and Gold Trail I mentioned when we visited Paraty. That gold attracted many ships to Búzios, too. This increase in ships also brought attention to the whale hunting that was taking place in and around the waters of Búzios. When smuggling, slave-trading, and whale-hunting were outlawed in 1850, Búzios returned to doing what it did best: fishing.
Although fishing is still an important part of Búzios' economy today, tourism is essential.
Thanks to Brigitte Bardot, who, along with her boyfriend who was originally from Brazil, visited Búzios to get away from the crowds and paparazzi who hounded her in Rio, Búzios became the destination for the rich and famous all over the world, not just Rio's high society. I'm sure this isn't the last time we visit Búzios, either.
One final look at Side 1, where I carried the focal image to
Side 2. Materials I used to make these pages include one of my gelli printed used file folders, images from various travel magazines and brochures, a gifted flower, gold ribbon, black cardstock, white gelly pen, along with information found on various internet sites, then printed and cut out using my favorite decorative scissors, Fiskars deckle edge.
AEDM each day.
As an AEDM aside, Gill, who apparently doesn't have a blog, asked what the tool was I used to punch holes in my book covers. It's a crop-a-dile and is wonderful for anyone who has a grip problem.
I also can't get C. Willison's web site (Images by CW) to load, so can't leave a comment. If anyone knows how (or if it works for you), please let me know, because it just buffers on my old computer.