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2012: Chicago: The Cloud Gate, AKA “The Bean” and Navy Pier

2012: Chicago: The Cloud Gate, AKA "The Bean" and Navy Pier

2012: Chicago: The Cloud Gate, AKA “The Bean” and Navy Pier

On the Saturday morning of our Chicago weekend trip we went and parked at Navy Pier and then took a taxi to “The Cloud Gate” in Millennium Park, also know as “The Bean”.   This was one of the things that Jon wanted to see while he was in Chicago.

I themed the page around the shiny silver silver of The Bean.  The background pages both have hints of sliver in them, and I cut a “Bean” out of some shiny silver card stock that I had to spread across the two pages.

Notice that I also cut the two middle pictures in half and put half on each of the pages.  This is a unique way to get more pictures on the layout, and I enjoyed the picture of Jon taking a picture of his reflection – and then splitting it onto two different pages.

I used my Cricut machine to cut out the city scape across the bottom of both pages.  I know that these are landmarks from several different cities, but it works well with this Chicago page.

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2012: IKEA

2012: IKEA

2012: IKEA

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I would not usually scrapbook a trip to a store….but, our exchange student, Jonathan, is from Sweden, and a trip to IKEA made him feel like he was home, especially when it came to the food court and the grocery section.  We arrived early in the morning and had breakfast, and then stayed long enough to eat an early supper at night.

There are several things on this page that were fun to do because they involved figuring out new techniques:

1. The background to the pages is actually the plastic mesh IKEA bag that we had to buy to get our stuff out of the store.  I cut pieces that were slightly bigger than 12×12 and then affixed them to the card stock page.  I then folded them over at the edge of the card stock and rubbed them with a ruler to help put a permanent crease in them and the used tape on the back to hold them in place.

2. The IKEA border across the top is the material handle to the bag.  I cut these carefully to length, used fray edge to keep them from unraveling, and then used glue to affix them to the plastic background.

3. On the left hand page is the front cover from the IKEA catalog – I had originally wanted to put the whole catalog in, but it was too thick. I also put the store map on the right hand page.

4. I carefully used an exacto knife to cut the IKEA store pencil in half.  I pulled the lead out and broke it and put just the tip back into the pencil and then used glue to affix it to the plastic background.

Overall this was a fun trip to IKEA – I wish we had one closer to us.

2012: Cheesecake Factory

2012: Cheesecake Factory

2012: Cheesecake Factory

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We wanted to take Jonathan up to Chicago for a weekend and we stayed in Schaumberg, Illinois.  The first night we were there we were hungry so we stopped by Cheesecake factory for dessert.

As the Cheesecake factories desserts are so large, we had to get our leftovers to go, and they gave us a plastic bag to carry them in.  I carefully cut the bag to mount to the pages – I had to cut it carefully through so that it could fit across both pages as well.  I also used sticky tabs to affix a napkin from the event as well.  As the bag had very straight and colorful lines on it, I did not do much else to the page as I liked the simplicity of it.

2012: Abraham Lincoln Tomb

2012: Abraham Lincoln Tomb

2012: Abraham Lincoln Tomb

After we visited the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library we decided to go to the Lincoln Tomb in Springfield, IL – it is just a few miles away from the Library.   Our exchange student, Jonathan, was amazed that we could go right inside the memorial building and see the tomb, as “ordinary people”.  I chose a blue background for this page to match the wonderful blue skies that we were having that day, and that showed up in the pictures on the left hand page.  I used my cricut machine to cut the wreaths on the page.

For the Abraham Lincoln Signature I actually downloaded a SVG file of his signature and then imported it into a program called Sure-Cuts-A-Lot and then used that program and my Cricut to cut it out.  Unfortunately you can no longer buy a version of Sure-Cuts-A-Lot that works with the Cricut machine, but it is available for many other die cutting machines.

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2012: Thanksgiving and Abraham Lincoln Library

2012: Thanksgiving and Abraham Lincoln Library

2012: Thanksgiving and Abraham Lincoln Library

For Thanksgiving we went to visit my parents in Illinois and while we were there I didn’t want to miss the opportunity to take Jonathan to see the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum and Library.  Jonathan had also heard that one of his exchange student friends was staying in Springfield, Illinois, so we invited him to go to the museum with us.

This spread highlights these two events – our Thanksgiving meal together and our time at the museum.  Unfortunately I didn’t think about taking too many pictures at Thanksgiving Dinner, but I wanted Jonathan to remember this American Tradition in the Scrapbook.  I also didn’t get too many pictures at the museum because we were not allowed to take them in the exhibits.  you will notice though that we were fortunate enough to be there when the Lincoln family was present and we got a great picture with them.

On the left hand page I used a pair of sharp pointed scissors to carefully cut the hinge and place it over the photograph to give the page a 3D effect.  I used my Cricut machine to cut the two parts of the Turkey and then used a black marker to highlight the edge of the Turkey so that it would stand out on the page.    I also used my Cricut to cut out the letters for the Title on this page.

2012: Abraham Lincoln Library Closeup

2012: Abraham Lincoln Library Closeup

On the right hand page I do something that I don’t usually do – I put all of the postcards on the page on top of each other.  I don’t usually like to use postcards, because I prefer my own pictures, but since we were not allowed to take any in the museum, I used the post cards.  I also did not want to take a full page up with postcards.  I used my Crop-A-Dile Big Bite Punch  to punch a hole through all the postcards and the background paper and then used a brad to hold them in place.  I used a second larger brad at the bottom to hold them together.  I put this all together after the plastic protector sheet was in place – so that they pictures can be viewed by the reader.

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2012: Rhythm Discovery Center

2012: Rhythm Discovery Center

2012: Rhythm Discovery Center

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After we were finished with the NASCAR Drive Along Experience we went to downtown Indianapolis to visit the Rhythm Discovery Center – an interactive experience with percussion instruments.  This is not a place to visit if you don’t like loud sounds!  And, as usual, I got a great deal on groupon.com for our tickets!

We had a ton of fun at this location and it is a great place for families with kids of all ages to visit.  My favorite part was the massive drum head in the entrance way – you can see it with the three handsome men in front of it on the left hand page.  When you hit it with the mallet it made the whole area shake.

I based the orange color scheme for this page of of the brochure that I placed on the right hand page.  Since this was a double sided brochure I took two of them so that I could show the front and the back easily.

If you click on the picture above and then click again to zoom in, you will also be able to see that I cut circles out of a plastic sheet protector to put on the left hand page.  They are hard to see in the photograph, but they are visible on the page.  This was done to represent the drum heads that we were banging on in the exhibit.

2012: Lucas Oil Raceway – NASCAR Ride Along

2012: Lucas Oil Raceway - NASCAR Ride Along

2012: Lucas Oil RacewayNASCAR Ride Along

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When we first learned that Jonathan loved racing I found a great deal on Groupon for a ride along in a NASCAR.  Groupon gives you extreme discounts on food and activities, and many of the things that we do together as a family are because of Groupon.  It is free to Join.

However, we discovered after I purchased the tickets that Jonathan was not allowed to participate due to Exchange Student Rules and insurance. He was very disappointed as you can imagine.  I didn’t want to waste the ticket however so we invited one of his new friends, Kegan to go with us, and we made our way to the Lucas Oil Raceway in Indianapolis.

For this spread I used one page of black and one of white and then overlayed half of each of the them with the checkered flag paper.  I made sure to get the wrist bands and tickets on the page as well as the head liner that they had to wear under the helmet.  I very carefully cut the headliner in half so that I could affix it to the page – This is one of my favorite parts of this page.

2012: St Louis Arch

2012: St Louis Arch - 1

2012: St Louis Arch – 1

In October we traveled to Illinois so that I could attend my College Homecoming.  Since we were so close to Missouri at the time I knew that we needed to take Jonathan to see the St Louis Arch.  In order to create the Arch on this page I used my Gypsy to create two partial ellipses to be cut out by my Cricut Machine.    I then cut the arch so that it would fit across both pages in the spread.  On the right hand page I used a corner cutter to cut one corner of each of the photo’s as it helps to make the photos look like a collage.  Notice that I printed out the journaling for this page on white paper and then cut and colored it to make it look like a cloud in the sky by the Arch.

2012: St Louis Arch - 2

2012: St Louis Arch – 2

For the spread showcasing pictures inside the Arch I used the remaining paper from the Arch cutout from the first spread.  I mounted this page on top of a full sheet of dark blue paper, and I moved the inside part of the page to the left a little to add perspective to the Arch and the page.  On the right hand page I put our tickets and a certificate announcing that Jonathan had made it to the top of the Arch.

2012: St Louis Arch - 3

2012: St Louis Arch – 3

For this third spread I used scrapbook paper that I purchased as part of a pack at the Arch Shop.  I attached the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial brochure to the outside of the plastic protector sheet so that the viewer could open it to see it.  The way that this brochure is folded it opens upside down for the viewer – but I thought that it was more important to have the brochure mounted correctly than for it to open in a convenient way for the viewer.

2012: Mississinewa 1812

2012: Mississinewa 1812

2012: Mississinewa 1812

Mississinewa 1812 is a local historical event that takes place each year in October.    There are hundreds of reenactors that come to show life in the 1800’s – hunting, war, cooking, making items.  We took Jonathan to experience the American history at the event.  I will admit that I am not really sure what the event commemorates because the reenactors seem to be from different battles and places, but it is still a lot of fun to watch everything that is going on, and to eat some good old fashioned kettle corn.

I used some brown felted paper to create accents on this page as well as some burlap tags that I purchased at my local art store.  I used my Crop-A-Dile Big Bite Punch to add brads to help hold the burlap tags on as well as to add interest.  I was able to affix the program and map from the event to the outside of the plastic protector so that they viewer could look through it.

Note: See the scrapbook of an earlier visit to Mississinewa 1812 in 2008.

 

2012: Shooting Range

2012: Shooting Range

2012: Shooting Range

This was a fun event and a fun event to scrapbook.  One of Jonathan’s new friends from school invited us to go with him and his father to a local shooting range.  Jonathan had never shot a gun before and the look on his face was priceless when he took his first shot.  I didn’t get that on a picture because I was video taping at the time.  We spent about two hours firing guns and having a great time.

While we were there I followed my usual custom of collecting things that I could use in the scrapbook later.  I collected several things that I wasn’t even sure would or could make it on to the page – but you never know!

So – the background to these two pages are two of the targets that we used.  Since they had bullet holes in them I carefully cut them and then wrapped them around some black card stock.  I was also able to get parts of some ammunition boxes, a spent cartridge, and Jonathan’s earplugs onto the page – making this one of the best collections of male ephemera that I have ever put on a page.

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