Monthly Archives: July 2015

2014: Spring Break Trip

2014: Spring Break Trip

2014: Spring Break Trip

This spread is a collection of a Triple D restaurant that we visited in St Louis and pictures from a collection of stops that we made on the way home at the end of our Spring Break.

The Highway 61 Roadhouse and Kitchen is a bizarre restaurant that looks a little bit like Mardi Gras at New Orleans on the inside and is known for its Cajun food. The left hand side of the page celebrates this experience with pictures of our food and the obligatory pictures of Guy Fieri and his signature tag in the restaurant.

The right hand page showcases pictures from our trip home at the end of Spring Break.  We stopped in Casey, IL to see the worlds largest wind chime – which surprisingly was worth stopping to see – its not too far off of I-70.  We also stopped at an “Indian” trading post and had to have a picture with the teepee.  For lunch we stopped at the Athenaeum in Indianapolis for a German lunch with our German exchange student.  Sadly only one person in the restaurant spoke German at the time we were there.

I didn’t do anything too exciting with these pages technique wise as they comprised 4 different events and experiences.  I did however layer background papers and use a torn paper effect, to give the pages interest.

2014: Marcoot Jersey Creamery

2014: Marcoot Jersey Creamery

2014: Marcoot Jersey Creamery

I want to start this post off by saying that I am pretty sure that this is not my best work – but as I thought about posting this page I realized that I used some techniques that are worth talking about even though it isn’t the flashiest page.

But I must start first with the story – During our Spring Break we stopped at a family run off-the-beaten-path creamery for a tour – Marcoot Jersey Creamery.  While the place is small the hospitality is huge and it was a wonderful learning and fun experience for our family. For a small fee you can sample several of their cheeses and other products, and for reasonable prices you can walk out of their with a bag full of cheese, milk, cream cheese and ice cream.

Here are the techniques that I used on this page:

  • The background page is actually cloth from the bag that we purchased our cheese in!  I cut the 12×12 boards down by a fraction on every side so that when I went to put it in the plastic page protector it would fit in.  I then cut the cloth bag to be about 13×13 inches and folded it over the edges of the cardstock board, and fastened it down with regular tape.
  • The Marcoot Creamery picture in the top left corner was a photograph that I carefully cut to match the shape of the sign outside the farm.
  • The yellow flower in the middle of the right hand spread was originally white, and I used markers to color it yellow to emphasize the color of the cheese on the page.
  • One of the four “pictures’ in the pinwheel of pictures on the right hand page is actually an advertisement card from the Creamer.  I was able to help it fit in with the photographs by corner cutting one of the corners to fit into the pinwheel/flower design.

2014: St Louis City Museum

2014: St Louis City Museum

2014: St Louis City Museum

One of the things that I believe you must see in St Louis is the St Louis City Museum. It is a crazy artist community that has been using architectural salvage (and other junk) to build a multistory playground for kids and adults.    The youngest child will have a great time, and even adults will enjoy crawling through the secret tunnels and sliding down a ten story slide within the building.   For kids and teens this is probably a more amazing experience than the Arch.

Since the City Museum is all about re-purposing unusable things I decided that this scrapbook page should mimic the theme.  For the left hand side I used a cog themed background paper and then covered it with a wire mesh that I bought at a craft store (this was not easy to manipulate at all! – I had to make sure that the sharp ends of the wire would not poke through the plastic protector sheet.  I then used a piece of leather cut from an old wallet that I had to serve as the backing for the photo which was affixed through the wire and background paper using brads.

On the right hand page I used various scrap papers from other projects to border the photographs, as well as the parking stub, entrance bracelet, and a piece of material that the boys found on the floor in one of the tunnels.  While this spread looks a little confusing and disorganized, I believe that it perfectly imitates the exciting mysterious nature of the City Museum.

2014: Anheuser-Busch Tour

2014: Anheuser-Busch Tour

2014: Anheuser-Busch Tour

During our Spring Break trip to the St Louis area I wanted to do something that I had never done before – visit the Anheuser-Busch Factory Tour.  I should be clear that I don’t drink alcohol and am not endorsing drinking alcohol.  But Luca, being from Germany, I knew would be interested in this tour, and I wanted to see the Clydesdales.

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 :).

For this spread I had to use red to match the colors of the Ahneuser-Busch company!  I mounted the photos that I took on a black background, as well as the framed picture that was taken of us on the tour.  I also included on the page: a coaster from the sampling room, bottle bookmark bought in the gift store, a promotional brochure, the Budweiser logo from the store bag (mounted on black cardstock), and a piece of Beechwood that my son picked up off the floor of the brewing rooms which is used to increase the action of the yeast in the brewing process.  I used the black stripes to help break up the single tone red of the page, and to make the page more visually appealing.

2014: St Louis Gateway Arch

2014: St Louis Gateway Arch

2014: St Louis Gateway Arch

For Spring Break 2014 we visited Southern Illinois and St Louis. One of the must see sights in St Louis is the St Louis Arch, and I made sure that we were able to get tickets to get Luca to the top. 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.  I used a corner cutter to round the pictures to match the flowing lines of the Arch.  I also included a token and brochure that we picked up at the Arch.

2014: St Louis Gateway Arch 2

2014: St Louis Gateway Arch 2

For this second spread of 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 black paper, and I moved the inside part of the page to the left a little to add perspective to the Arch and the page.  I place our tickets and a pull out postcard of the Arch on the left hand page.  For the photographs on the right hand page I put them on top of a think black border to bring the two pages together, and also rounded the edges of the photographs.  I found the laser cut of the Arch on Ebay.

Visitor Tips:  Get to the Arch early and buy your tickets to ride to the top right away.  During busy seasons you could wait several hours to get on the trams, or they might even run out of time slots.

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