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2015: Thanksgiving

2015: Thanksgiving
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.

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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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2007: Thanksgiving

2007: Thanksgiving

2007: Thanksgiving

This page chronicles our first Thanksgiving Day together. We went out to eat because it is so much easier on everyone and we all get to eat what we enjoy eating!  Then we spent the rest of the day relaxing at my Aunt’s house and playing with the new Hogwarts Express train that I purchased to go around our Christmas Tree.  My son decided that he wanted to wrestle and horse around and my aunt got some great pictures of us playing together.

On this spread I used the tan and the olive backgrounds, and then used a second piece of each card stock to create the title, photo borders, and embellishments on the opposite color.   The Title and the embellishments were cut using my Cricut machine, and I used a corner cutter on the photo borders.

I also used a foam brush to dab gold and copper paint on the photo borders to help them stand out a little bit more than the rest of the page.  The border across the bottom is a piece of ribbon.  I used fray edge at the end of the ribbons to get it from fraying.  It is a type of glue that holds the threads together.

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