Summer Road Trip 2017: National Civil Rights Museum
These spreads are from a Summer Road Trip 2017 album that I will be sharing in a couple of weeks, but as I am reflecting on the meaning of today, Martin Luther King, Jr Day, I wanted to share these with you. While on this trip, in Memphis, TN, I visit the National Civil Right Museum, which is located at the place where MLK, Jr was assassinated. This is one of the most well designed museums that I have ever been to, and brings its message to all of us with sobriety, but also with great hope. I believe that every American should experience this at some point in their life.
I chose a red and black theme for these two spreads to pay honor to the colors in the logo of the museum. I was able to find SVGs of Mark Luther King, Jr online, and I used Cricut Design Space to import these, and then used my Cricut machine to cut out the silhouettes that you see on the spread above and the one below.
I chose to put a large silhouette of MLK on this first spread to emphasize his importance, as well as to create a serious feel for the two spreads. I wanted to viewer to slow down and soak in this page and the next. The left hand page has my ticket which shows the date and time that I was there, as well as a patch that I purchased in the gift shop. The Gallery guide is affixed to the outside of the plastic page protector so that it can be opened and viewed. Next to the guide is a fold out postcard that has the “I have a dream” speech written on it (Click to watch a video of the speech). This is also affixed to the outside of the plastic page protector so that it can be opened and viewed.
This second spread shows pictures from the various parts of the museum. If you are planning a visit plan on at least 3 hours to have the full experience. The wreath that you can see in the pictures marks the spot where the assassination occurred. It is a pretty powerful experience to be walking through the museum, and then you unexpectedly walk into the rooms where the team was staying – it is shocking and moving.
HINT: Since these were very detailed cuts with many small pieces I used a technique that helps to get everything into the right place. After making the cut, I remove the remainder part of the page and leave the image on the sticky cutting board. I then place the remainder part of the page over the place that I want to put it on the spread, and then move the image over piece by piece and place the pieces back inside the remainder part, after putting glue down in the open space. Once everything is glued into place I remove the remainder part and the image is exactly where I want it on the page.