This is the second version of the title page for our Boston Road Trip Vacation. Since I took our exchange student on this trip – I built his pages right into the 4th album of his year with us, and so this was the page within that album that introduced the trip. For our family I created a separate album, and the title page for the album can be found at 2016: Boston Trip Title Page.
I chose background paper that us a map of the United States and then used a red marker to trace out the route that we took on the trip. I have done something similar on a couple of other pages:
- Trip around Bodensee – where I attached a map with the route that we took.
- 2013 Road Trip: Used an actual map that I marked in red ink with our route, and then cut to fit the spread.
I also used pictures that we took at all of the Visitor Welcome Centers that we encountered along the trip and put them all on this page with the map. The other items are Project Life quote cards that I used to journal on, and to add themed interest to the page. I then bordered the photos and some of the quote cards in brown to complement the brown of the “Travel” card.
This page marks the beginning of a new album. I took a trip with my exchange student to Boston, MA, where I was attending a conference. We made a road trip out of the journey there and back. On the way there we stopped at Niagara Falls, which I featured in an earlier blog.
This page is the Title Page for this trip. I usually make the title page as the last project for an album so that I can capture all of the upcoming pages in the theme of the first page, and I think that I did a great job on this one. I must apologize for the glare of the plastic page protector on the bottom of this picture – I struggled to take the picture without a glare.
For this page I used several pieces off unused ephemera and embellishments from the album creation process. The background is the red striped paper, and layered over that is a walking map of Boston that I used a jagged edge tearing tool to tear, along with the solid red border paper. The black city outline with the yellow lettered “Boston” was an item I purchased from Etsy, but did not end up using elsewhere in the album. The blue “Boston”, the gold church steeple, and the bird are left over from a Boston Sticker pack. And the “Memories” card, and the red journal card both came from a Project Life card set.
It looks a little jumbled, but I really like this page, because it looks like a vintage scrapbook collection – the original way that scrapbooks used to be created. I am looking forward to sharing the rest of the album with you over the next few days.
The left hand page has the ephemera from our trip to the Taste of Indy. Unfortunately I was so excited about trying all of the food that I forgot to take pictures! The two wristbands at the top were our entrance tickets, and the tickets on the left hand side are actually food tickets that we decided not to spend. I couldn’t buy anything with two tickets and I thought it would be nice to have them in the album.
The right hand page is of our day at Airstrip Attack. Basically the event is car racing on an airport runway where cars do not have to obey the speed limit. They set up two cars to race other, one race after another, all day long. It is actually quite fascinating to watch.
I picked the color scheme off of the Taste of Indy brochures (Orange and Blue) and then used it on both pages. Notice that the wristbands and the Airstrip Attack banners have the same two color borders, except that I put them in the opposite order. The items on the left are bordered in orange, and the items on the right are bordered in blue. The two background papers are also themed in the orange and blue color scheme.
Almost every year for the past 9 years my son has attended SpringHill Camps in Seymour, IN. He loves being there, and I love the way that the camp engages him as a camper, and me as a parent. This year he went in the TST program – which is a program for High School students were they volunteer to help at camp, but also get to participate in the activities.
For these two spreads (Above and below) I chose a fun colorful theme to emphasize the excitement and enjoyment of camp. I used complimentary colored border paper for the pictures, and made sure that some of the ephemera from camp made it onto the pages – things like wristbands, dog tags, and luggage delivery tags.
Note: I took these pictures after they were already in the album. I normally take the pictures before I put them in the album as it is easier to get them to be flat. See the picture of the swan above? It looks crooked, but it is actually not – it is just an optical illusion since the page is not laying completely level in the album.
See the scrapbook of our first year at SpringHill Camp – 2008. He has grown up quite a bit hasn’t he?
I have done this for each of our three exchange students. For the last page of their albums that I create for them I write a letter and put it on the last page. The reason for this is that it is often hard to decide what to put on the last single page in the album as it needs to summarize the album and conclude it, while doing it only on a 12×12 page. I created this page the day before he left and sent it with him on the plane.
The whole page is designed to hold an envelope for a personal letter than I wrote to him, sharing how much we enjoyed hosting him, and how much we were going to miss him. I wanted to put it in an envelope because it was a personal letter to him that I didn’t want other viewers to read.
I post all of my blogs to Pinterest as well, and this is what is interesting – my most popular pin is of this type of page from our first exchange student – view it here –> Final Page on Pinterest. What this tells me is that host families really fall in love with their students, and are looking for ways to share that care.
See the first two letters here:
Note: While this is the last page from this exchange student’s scrapbook collection. Henry and I took a trip to Boston at the end of his time with us, and I put his pages of this trip into his scrapbook album. However I created a duplicate album for myself of this trip, and I will start posting the pages from that album in a few days.
Hosting a Foreign Exchange Student
I just want to put a little plug here for serving as a host family for a Foreign Exchange student. We had a wonderful time doing it – this was our third year – and we have had a great experience every time. My son loved having a brother and learning about new places, and it makes our home a little more active🙂
I actually created this spread after our exchange student left, along with an entire album highlighting our Boston Trip that occurred the week before he left to go home. I mailed this album to him after it was all done, along with some items that we found that he had left behind.
This was a hard page to create because it brought back a lot of memories. The left hand page has a picture of Henry with all of his friends, the night before he left, and pictures of our family with Henry at the airport saying goodbye.
The right hand page has pictures that Henry’s mother sent me of them picking him up at the airport, so that I would know that he made it there safely! I used some pre-designed background pages for this spread, and used a light brown border paper to compliment the background paper.
Notice that there are two pieces of paper tucked in behind the photos on the right hand page. These are “temporary fake plane tickets”. I told Henry ahead of time that I would create this page and that he should keep his tickets. So when he got this page in the mail he could replace mine with the real ones so that he would have a place for them in the album.
Many of our exchange student’s friends gave him their senior pictures. I was trying to figure out a way to put these into the scrapbook without it taking up too many pages, and without permanent sticking them down so that the backs could not be viewed.
What I settled upon was using this striped background paper to make a series of pockets to slide the photos in so that they could be taken out later to view, this allowed me to get many photos on the page. The way that I accomplished this was that I used my paper cutter to cut exactly along the lines, leaving about one inch on either side. I then taped scrap strips of paper to the back of the page to make pockets that would keep the photos from slipping down. Since each page had 4 pockets on it, I had to be careful to make sure that the pockets did not overlap.
Louisville, Kentucky, has a lot of options for tourists. One of the stops that I think that everyone must make is the Louisville Slugger baseball bat factory. This was our second visit to the factory and museum (See 2013 visit). The factory still operates in this location, but they have an amazing museum and factory tour that is great for all ages.
Visitor Tip: When you get to the location go and get your factory tour tickets first as they will be set for a certain time – then go and look at the other parts of the experience. This way you won’t waste time waiting for your tour after you have seen everything else.
For this spread I used some pre-designed Louisville, KY paper that I purchased at the factory store. I focused on the river front on the left hand page (which we actually did after the factory visit), and highlighted the factory visit on the left hand page. I did this because I did not have enough pictures for 4 pages to do two double spreads – but I didn’t want to leave anything off and only do 2 pages. The right hand side includes the ticket to the factory to serve as a date and time stamp for the page. i used a jagged edge tearing tool to create the double border on the right hand side of the spread.
For this second spread I used two different baseball themed background papers, and bordered the photographs in green to match the color of the grass. I also included a sticker bought at the factory store. On the right hand page I used two of the same brochures and mounted them so that each one showed one of the sides of the brochure. I did not put a border on these as I wanted as much of the background paper (baseball stadium) to show through.
As our year with our exchange student was coming to end I wanted to take one more family trip together. So we decided to go down to Louisville, KY. On the way down we saw a billboard for Bike Adventures in the Mega Caverns and decided that we had to try it out. There are so many activities to do in the Caverns including guided bike tours, a tram tour, a zipline tour, a high ropes course, and a bmx jump course. The caverns are actually a former limestone mine that has been converted to an adventure park, and a huge underground storage area. We only had time to do the Bike Adventure, but we were able to make it back at a later date to do more.
Visitor Tip: You will get dirty at this location – take a spare set of clothes to change into.
For this spread I chose vintage machinery background paper to hint at the former mining purpose of these caverns. I used a black paper border for the pictures, and included a patch that I purchased at the onsite store, as well as the brochure, which is affixed to the outside of the plastic page protector so that the viewer can open it to read. At the top of the right hand page is the entrance wristband which has the date written on it. This serves as a date stamp for the spread.