2021: George W. Bush Presidential Center – 2

This is the second spread of my visit to the George W. Bush Presidential Center in Dallas, Texas, and features pictures from inside the Center. I chose a black background for this spread which creates a somber tone. I did this due to the 9/11 exhibit that is in the museum, and the recognition that George W. Bush’s presidency included one of the United States worst moments in history. The Center does not hide this fact, and in some ways, it is an overpowering dominant shadow that we have to reflect on.

The left-hand page has just two photos of steel beams from one of the 9/11 Towers inside of a circle cut out of the middle of the page. I did this to cause the viewer to look in closely to try to discover what they are looking at, and once they realize that it causes a moment of emotion of their memories around the event. The circle also mimics the white circle ceiling above the memorial in the Center.

The right-hand page contains three pictures from the Oval Office recreation at the Center and it is a really cool experience, especially taking opportunity to sit behind the desk. I used my Cricut machine to cut the oval in the black background paper and used a yellow to mimic the colors in the photos behind that. I chose this to represent the shape of the room, to continue the theme of the spread, but also to represent the boundary that this space has, especially the weight of responding to 9/11 in the moment.

Some scrapbookers may look at this spread and criticize it for its lack of embellishment, but I feel that scrapbook design is not just about “looking pretty”, but should rather cause emotion, and this design accomplishes creates the emotional response that I think is appropriate for this subject.

Recently for most of my scrapbook creations I have also created videos that show me putting them together and talking about the experiences as well as the techniques that I am using. So please enjoy watching this spread being created and assembled:

Categories: 2021, History Museum, Museums, Presidential Sites

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