Category Archives: Exchange Student
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.
- 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:
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.
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.
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.
Another experience that we like to take our exchange students to is the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum. We normally just take the short bus tour around the track and look at the museum, but they were running a special for a behind the scenes tour and I thought that it would be fun to do that.
For the first spread I used background paper that looked like tire treads and one of vintage cars. The left hand page has two brochures that are not mounted to the page, but instead sit inside the plastic page protector. It also has a sticker from the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
The right hand page has pictures from the track and the pagoda. We got to sit in the press boxes, and stand in the winners box as part of the behind the scenes tour.
This second spread is a mix of several things. Between our museum tour and the behind the scenes tour we had to go get lunch, and our exchange student, Henry, really want to go to a White Castle! Interestingly enough, all of our exchange students wanted to do this, but after going once, they never asked to go back again. So on the top right hand page we have a picture of Henry outside of White Castle and a burger box behind it. The right hand page has pictures of Henry outside of the Museum and also pointing to the last German winner of the Indy 500.
The left hand page has the paper from the pin that we had to wear on the behind the scenes tour (I carefully took the pin apart so that I could save the paper), a picture of Henry inside a mock car from the museum, and the brochure for the behind the scenes tour.
We have been to this location a couple of times so I wanted to share some of the previous scrapbook pages that I have made for this location:
One of our local annual events is Mississinewa 1812 which is basically a reenactment festival, with lots of food and period vendors. We always arrive early to enjoy the food and then to watch the reenactment battle.
I used vintage looking background paper for this spread, and used a double torn border to create interest on the page. I put the ephemera on the left hand page (program, ticket, and a printing press poem). The right hand page has pictures from the day. I used the same border paper for the pictures and the ephemera to tie the spread together.
This is an event that we have been to several times and I always enjoy scrapbooking it. To see how I have done this in previous years see:
It seems like I scrapbook a lot of football pages! Today’s blog features 4 spreads that I made for our exchange student, Henry for the Fall 2015 football season. The above spread features the official team photograph and other photographs that I took myself on media day. The school colors are blue and gold, and you will see that reflected throughout these four spreads. I found the Golden Eagles sticker at a local print shop in the “clearance” section which was awesome. I think that they are meant to be car window stickers, but I thought that it would work nicely on this page. Be careful if putting a sticker like this on a page – because it will be impossible to re-position it if you don’t get it in the right spot.
This spread features pictures from games and from after the games. The bottom right hand photograph was taken after the last game played on our home field and is kind of sad seeing Henry looking out over a field that he has played on for the last time. The background for this page is football field lines, with end borders made of pigskin. I carefully cut the “82” out of a page of athletic numbers to add to the border.
The above spread is from the athletic awards program. I used blue and gold for the theme of the page. On the left hand page the program is carefully threaded around a gold strip so that the program can be removed to be viewed by the reader. On the right hand side I put a “O” for the letter jacket. Henry did not earn his letter until after the swim season, but I thought that it would be nice to have hear. On the right hand page I also created a pocket for the other documents from the season to go into so that they can be removed to view.
This last spread contains ephemera from the season. The left hand page has all of the stickers from Henry’s football helmet. I wrote some tips on how to preserve these that you can read HERE. The right had page has some of my tickets from watching the game, as well as a collection of all of the programs from the games. I did not affix these to the page, but rather just set them into the plastic protector page so that they can be removed to read.
So obviously I had to pick pumpkin background for this spread. I used an orange plaid paper to border the photographs on the right hand page, but I did not use any border on the left hand page. You will also notice a peacock feather on the left hand page that we found in the farm yard. I really struggled with how I was going to attach the feather to the page. I ended up using tape to tape down the spine, and then used thick mounting tabs to attach the photograph over the spine. This means that this photograph sticks out from the page, but it also adds some nice depth to the page.
We discovered The Fort Wayne Johnny Appleseed Festival purely by accident. We were up in Fort Wayne playing Laser Tag and asked the desk worker if there was anything else to do in Fort Wayne, and she suggested the Festival, which turned out to be a great experience.
The festival is held in the park that holds the burial site of Johnny Appleseed (left hand page), and features a farmers market, antique market, and a host of reenactors and old time food and ware. We bumped into Abraham Lincoln while we were there!
I choose a cream background to match the soda bottle label on the left hand side of the spread, but because it was a Johnny Appleseed themed page I had to use red accents for the apples! I cut the apples out using my Cricut machine, and then used the left over from the cutout to make the border on the left hand side of the page.
The Bowman Boat Race is an annual tradition at Indiana Wesleyan University, where I work. The boys and I decided to attend to see all the fun. Each Residence Hall unit must build a boat entirely out of cardboard and duct tape, and then there is a race to see which one is the fastest. Usually though it just ends up being a contest to see which one actually just floats!
I continued the beach theme from the previous Luau page into this spread and placed the photographs tightly together. I used my Cricut machine to cut out the boat. I cut the boat so that it could cover both pages of the spread. If you think the boat looks familiar – it is! I paid $0.99 for it when I was scrapbooking out trip to Sweden! (See HERE).