2015: Christmas Tree

2015 Christmas Tree

2015 Christmas Tree

Christmas must always include a Christmas Tree. For Christmas 2015 my aunt bought a live tree and the boys helped to decorate it.  While they were helping I was taking some pictures, and I accidentally took a picture of my leg – but it turned out pretty “artistic” and I wanted to build a page around it.  So – this spread includes the picture that I was trying to take as well as my fun artistic one.  It also includes a Christmas card to our exchange student, Henry, that was in the shape of a Christmas tree.

I cut the two Christmas trees using my Cricut Machine, and they are actually both made from the same cuts, I just used the inverse of the cut for the second tree.  I used the remainder of the cuts from the tree to create the torn edge borders that are on the two pages to bring the color scheme together.  I also placed the full tree off center on the spread so that it overlaps on to the left hand page (If you look closely you can see the cut between the two pages.)

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2015: Venice Beach and Santa Monica Pier

2015: Venice Beach
The day before Christmas we decided that since we were in California that we had to go to the beach, and what better beaches to go to than Venice Beach and Santa Monica Pier!  Since it was December the water was a little cold, but we made sure to put our feet in the water!

We started in Venice Beach and enjoyed all of the oddities there, including Muscle Beach,  and then we walked north on the Beach to Santa Monica and walked out on the pier to the beginning or end of Route 66 (Depending on which way you are going!).    On the Santa Monica Pier we stopped to get a picture at Bubba Gumps!

The theme for this spread was Beach (surprise!) and I used several different papers to create the page border effect.  I decided to push all of the pictures together to mat them.  This allowed for more space for the beach paper to shine.  Notice that on the left hand page that I cut the bottom left, and the top right pictures to fit in with the other two.  This was because they were landscape oriented and did not fit if they were not cut.

Notice also that I managed to get a shell that we collected from the beach on to the page as well.

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2015: Queen Mary

2015: Queen Mary

After visiting with Henry’s extended family for a bit, we headed out to see the Queen Mary, located in the Los Angeles harbor.  The Queen Mary was constructed starting in 1930 and had her maiden voyage in 1936.  She has quite a history serving as a luxury liner, then as a wartime troopship, and then finally back to a cruise liner.  She was retired in 1967 after her final voyage to Long Beach, California, where she now serves as a hotel and historical site.

Henry and I took the official tour, which I recommend doing, as you get to see some behind the scenes rooms, that General Admission guests do not get to see.  After the tour we wandered around the open parts of the ship and encountered some of the ghosts.

For this spread I chose an old world map background page for the left side, and a complimentary colored and designed background for the right hand side.  I chose these colors to match the color of the smoke stacks on the ship, as well as Henry’s red shirt.

The left hand page has a cardboard cutout of a ship that I cut out with my Cricut machine, as well as a business card, post card, and tour ticket.  I also attached the Guide map for the ship to the outside of the plastic page protector so that the viewer could open it to see it fully.

The right hand page has two of the professional photographs that we had taken at the beginning of the tour (OK – so we didn’t see ghosts!), as well as two pictures of Henry that I took on the deck.  I choose to double mat the four photographs to give a little more definition on the busy background page.

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2015: Point Vicente

2015: Point Vicente

During our time in California, I took Henry, our German exchange students, to visit some relatives that he had never met before. On the way to their home we stopped at the lighthouse at Point Vicente.  It was a cool breezy day, but we got some great pictures on the cliffs, as well at the Trump National Golf Club.  We spent some time in the Point Vicente Interpretive Center and looked for whales but unfortunately did not see any.

For this spread I chose a sea theme and a seafoam blue color.   I used my Cricut to cut out the lighthouse, and then used this cutout to hold the brochure from the Interpretive Center.  I also added a small patch from the center on to the spread.

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2015: Flight to California

2015: Flight to California

2015: Flight to California

It has been a while since I have posted on this blog. I have been spending most of my creative time actually creating around 150 new pages that I hope to show on here over the next few months.

This spread is of our flight from Chicago to California and back.  the next few pages will show what happened in California in between the two flights!

For this spread I used photographs from the two flights as well as the ticket stubs and baggage tags.  We flew on Spirit Airlines, whose color is yellow, so I made the paper airplane cutout on my cricut and chose yellow accents to emphasize the airline colors.  The photographs are also bordered in yellow.  I love using this cloud background paper for airline or flight spreads as it helps the page to fell airy and light.

I like to use ephemera such as the tickets in my scrapbooking because it is a subtle way to show the dates that things happened.

2015: Anheuser Busch Brewery Tour

2015: Anheuser Busch Brewery Tour
Another stop that we made on our Thanksgiving Dinner was to the Anheuser Busch Brewery Tour in St Louis.  I should be clear to share that I choose not to drink alcohol, but the tour is fascinating even for those that do not drink.  I have enjoyed taking our exchange students there, and they are always sad that they are not old enough in the United States to participate in the free samples that are given out at two times during the tour.  During this visit, our exchange student Henry, decided that he was going to make a sad face in every picture because he was not allowed to drink 😦

For this spread I had to use red paper to match the logo of the Brewery, and had fun with the ephemera that I collected on this trip – there is a piece of beechwood used in the fermentation process (picked up in the massive fermentation room), a coaster from the biergarten at the end of the tour, our ticket for the tour (By the way – it is free!), and magnetic borders for the photographs that I purchased from the tour.

Tour Tips:

  • Arrive early as tours can fill up quickly, and later tours tend to be much larger, and it is harder to hear the tour guide.
  • Be aware that at two points in the tour they will provide alcohol to the tour members.  During the tour a sample is offered, and at the end of the tour drink cards are given for people to make their own selection.  The drink cards can also be exchanged for a soda drink for the kids, or for teetotalers like me :).

We have been on this tour a couple of times – so here are the creations from our other visits:

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2015: St Louis Science Center

2015: St Louis Science Center
As part of our Thanksgiving vacation we went to the St Louis Science Center.  I misread the time that they opened so we ended up getting there an hour early!  The St Louis Science Center is a massive complex that will engage your family all day long.  It is free to enter, but there is always a special exhibit that you can pay more to enter, and tickets to the Omnimax theater as well.    We were able to see the Ripley’s Believe It or Not! travelling exhibit which was pretty fun to interact with.

I chose “sciency” background papers and borders for this project – diamond stamp, graph paper, and geometric shapes.   I put the program on the left hand page on top of the plastic page protector so that it could be opened for the viewer to read.  On the right hand page I made a pocket out of triangles for the brochures to go in, so that they could be taken out to read.  I did this by using a long strip of adhesive tabs along the bottom and the side of the triangle to assure that the brochures did not fall through.   As is my usual habit, the ticket to the event was added to the page to remind the viewer of the date that we had this amazing experience.

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2015: Thanksgiving

2015: Thanksgiving
Thanksgiving is a new holiday for our exchange students, as it is a uniquely American holiday. So we like to make sure that they get the full experience. This year we went to my parents house for a couple of days where our exchange student met my nieces and nephews (they loved him if you can’t tell from the pictures), had traditional Thanksgiving dinner at my parents house, and then the next day had Thanksgiving/Christmas dinner and gift exchange at my sisters houses (with all of her kids).  They had a new kitten which we all enjoyed playing with (see if you can find him in the photographs).   We took Henry to Walmart on Thanksgiving night so that he could experience Black Friday and I think that he thought that we were all crazy (and he is probably right!).

I selected the background paper for this spread from a Fall paper book, and I cut the turkey out using my Cricut machine.  In order to give the wing a letter more definition I put a thick sticky tab underneath the wing to make it stick out from the page.  I did something that is not usual for me – I journaled on this page.  I did this because there were so many different things happening on this page, and I thought it would be important to explain them.

2015: First Tattoo

2015: First Tattoo
For my son’s 18th birthday I told him that I would get a matching tattoo with him. Now, before you judge me, I already have 3 other tattoos, and I knew that at 18 he could get a tattoo on his own, so I thought it best to be with him during his first tattoo, and to help pick what it was going to be – so that it didn’t end up being an evil dragon or something crazy.  The tattoo is the adoption symbol, with our adoption date in the middle.  Levi has his on his arm, and I had the same tattoo put over my heart.  We went to Article 19 to get them done.

I choose a darker background for this spread to mimic the black of the tattoo.  The left hand page has the drawing we created to give the artist an idea of what we wanted.  There is also a picture of the tattoo being done, and the business card of the artist.   I used my Cricut machine to cut out the design in the black border, and used the cutout leftover portion for the page, as it was more striking than the cutout itself.

I did use some of the cutout though as an accent on the photograph of the final product on the right hand page.  I used a double border of silver and black on this photograph as it is the only one on this page, and I needed to help it be more commanding of the space.


2015: Komets Ice Hockey

2015: Komets Ice Hockey
I woke up on this Saturday morning and was trying to think of something fun to do with the boys. I went online and realized that I could get some relatively inexpensive, but nice box seats, for the Fort Wayne Komets Hockey game.  We sat in the Clubseat section where we could order food and have it brought to us!

I used two ice hockey background pages that I had in a sports paper pack, and used a thin black border around the pictures, menu, and tickets.  The black border went nicely with the large black puck on the right hand page.  I added a few Jolee’s dimensional ice hockey stickers to complete the look.

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