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2016: Boston – Freedom Trail – King’s Chapel and Burying Grounds

2016: Boston - Freedom Trail - King's Chapel and Burying Grounds
The next two stops on the Freedom Trail are King’s Chapel and two different Burying Grounds – Granary Burying Ground and King’s Chapel Burying Ground. Many early American historical figures are buried in these two cemeteries.

You will noticed that I have tied this spread to the earlier Freedom Trail one by using the strip of bricks bordered in black.  The left hand page contains pictures from King’s Chapel as well as a brochure from the church, which is affixed to the outside of the plastic page protector so that the reader can open it to view.

The right hand page contains pictures of tombstones from the two Burying Grounds – John Hancock, Samuel Adams, and Paul Revere.  I bordered all of the pictures in black to complement the black border on the bricks.  The double side edgings were created using a jagged edge tearing tool.


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2016: Boston – Freedom Trail – Boston Commons

2016: Boston - Freedom Trail - Boston Commons
During one of the days that we were in Boston we walked the entire length of the Freedom Trail. I recommend this for anyone who is visiting Boston, it is an engaging and historical walk through history. Be aware though, that it is a lot of walking, and may not be a good idea for young children, or those with mobility difficulties.

This spread, along with the next 5 that I will share over the next few days, are all connected in one theme by using the strip of bricks that you see at the top of the page – you will see these bricks on all of the pages of the trail.  I did this, because the entire Freedom trail is marked with a path of bricks to make it easy to know where to go.  I had a couple of pages of brick wall paper, and I used my paper cutting tool to cut them into strips, and then I bordered them all in black to help them stand out.

At the top of the left hand page you will notice a picture of the trail marker at the beginning of the Freedom Trail.   I also put our Freedom Trail Ticket on this page.  You can buy this ticket at the beginning of the trail and it saves money and time by not having to buy individual tickets at the various historical interest venues along the trail (you will see most of them in the next few days on the upcoming spreads).  I also put two different Freedom Trail maps on this page.  They are affixed to the outside of the plastic page protectors so that the reader can open them to view them.

The right page page contains pictures from the Boston Commons, the Massachusetts State House, and the Park Street Congregational Church.  I bordered all of these in black to complement the black border of the line of bricks.


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2016: City of Boston

2016: City of Boston
When I knew that we were going to be making the trip out to Boston I ordered a Boston City Guide (Order Here), to help me plan our time in Boston.  The guide came in a folder, and that folder is what is on this page.  The word “Boston” that you see in the picture, is actually the spine of the folder, and I cut the folder off center so that it would be to the right of the spread.

I used adhesive tape on the top, bottom, and right sides of the folder to create a pocket to hold ephemera from the trip – Maps and tickets, so that the reader could take them out to view them.  The Boston sticker and left hand side red border came from a Boston sticker set that I purchased online.

I decided to do this page because the picture on the folder showed a great view of the city, and it makes a great opening spread for the pages that follow.


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2016: Boston Trip Title Page Version 2

2016: Boston Trip Title Page version 2
This is the second version of the title page for our Boston Road Trip Vacation.  Since I took our exchange student on this trip – I built his pages right into the 4th album of his year with us, and so this was the page within that album that introduced the trip.  For our family I created a separate album, and the title page for the album can be found at 2016: Boston Trip Title Page.

I chose background paper that us a map of the United States  and then used a red marker to trace out the route that we took on the trip.  I have done something similar on a couple of other pages:

  • Trip around Bodensee – where I attached a map with the route that we took.
  • 2013 Road Trip:  Used an actual map that I marked in red ink with our route, and then cut to fit the spread.

I also used pictures that we took at all of the Visitor Welcome Centers that we encountered along the trip and put them all on this page with the map.  The other items are Project Life quote cards that I used to journal on, and to add themed interest to the page.  I then bordered the photos and some of the quote cards in brown to complement the brown of the “Travel” card.


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2016: Boston Trip Title Page

2016: Boston Trip Title Page
This page marks the beginning of a new album. I took a trip with my exchange student to Boston, MA, where I was attending a conference. We made a road trip out of the journey there and back. On the way there we stopped at Niagara Falls, which I featured in an earlier blog.

This page is the Title Page for this trip.  I usually make the title page as the last project for an album so that I can capture all of the upcoming pages in the theme of the first page, and I think that I did a great job on this one.  I must apologize for the glare of the plastic page protector on the bottom of this picture – I struggled to take the picture without a glare.

For this page I used several pieces off unused ephemera and embellishments from the album creation process.  The background is the red striped paper, and layered over that is a walking map of Boston that I used a jagged edge tearing tool to tear, along with the solid red border paper.  The black city outline with the yellow lettered “Boston” was an item I purchased from Etsy, but did not end up using elsewhere in the album.  The blue “Boston”, the gold church steeple, and the bird are left over from a Boston Sticker pack.  And the “Memories” card, and the red journal card both came from a Project Life card set.

It looks a little jumbled, but I really like this page, because it looks like a vintage scrapbook collection – the original way that scrapbooks used to be created.  I am looking forward to sharing the rest of the album with you over the next few days.


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2016: Teaser Page for Summer Vacation – Branson, MO

2016: Teaser Page for Summer Vacation - Branson, MO
I would not normally blog about this spread because of it’s simplicity, but decided to because of its strategic placement in this album.  Our summer vacation for 2016 was to Branson, MO.  We had such a great time there and did so many things, that I needed to create a scrapbook just for that vacation.  But, I wanted to make sure that the scrapbooks remained in chronological order, so I created this spread to go in the collection of the Junior Year scrapbooks.

The left hand page is a pre-designed paper that I bought at a scrapbook store in Branson, but did not end up using in that album.  The right hand pages are Project Life cards that I wrote on to explain what this spread was, and to reference people to the full albums.  I used a jagged edge tearing tool to tear the double border on the right hand side of the spread.

You may be wondering “Where is the Branson Vacation Album?” – well – it will be posted in a few weeks, and when it is I will link to it from here.

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2016: Niagara Falls

2016: Niagara Falls Cover
This spread shares our visit to Niagara Falls.  Part of what I am excited about with this spread is that it is the first time that I used panoramic plastic page protectors which allowed me to create a four part 12×12 spread which can be seen below. The spread above is a double page cover than splits open in the middle to open up to see the 4 part spread.  I put some postcards from the trip, along with a photo that I took from the observation deck, and a sticker from the Maiden of the Mist, the ship that carried us out close to the falls (you can see it in the large photo on the right hand page.

You may want to click on the picture of the 4 part spread below to see a larger version of it so that you can better see the detail.

2016: Niagara Falls

Since this was the Niagara Falls, the color scheme for these 4 pages had to be blue water!  I used a jagged edge tearing tool to tear two different colors of blue to make the appearance of water waves at the bottom of all 4 pages.  I felt like this would help to keep all 4 pages together within a single theme.

The left hand page has the brochures from the experience.  These are affixed to the top of the plastic page protector so that the reader can open them to view them.  The next two pages are pictures of us at the falls, and on the Maiden of the Mist – the boat that takes you to the base of the Falls.  The right hand page is actually pictures that we took the night before our boat tour of the lights on the waterfalls and the firework display that night.  It was an incredible experience.  I cut the firework cutouts on this page using my Cricut Machine.

Niagara Falls Visitor Tips:

1. Wear your Raincoat on the Maiden of the Mist:  The are provided with your ticket – wear them – you will get wet – and not just like a drizzle – more like a bucket poured on your head.

2. Buy your tickets early and try to get on the first boat of the day:  The later in the day that you buy your tickets, the longer you will stand in line to get on the boat!

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Europe Vacation 2015: Ephemera

Europe Vacation 2015: Ephemera
This is the final back page of this trip.  I usually use the back single page of an album to keep ephemera from the trip that didn’t fit, or didn’t make sense in other parts of the albums.

On this page you will see a color photocopy of my passport complete with all of the stamps that I got during this trip (not many since the EU allows travel between countries now), a small bag with some stickers from locations we visited that I didn’t use on the other pages, and a pocket which includes our itinerary, maps, and some other papers from the trip.  The pocket was made by carefully slicing the background paper, leaving about an inch on each side.  Ont he back I use scotch tape to reinforce the paper right next to the ends of the slice cut so that it doesn’t tear further, and then I tape another piece of cardboard to the back to help hold the bottom part of whatever I am putting in the pocket.

This is a great way to finish an album, and hold onto items that you don’t want to lose.

Europe Vacation 2015: Returning Home

Europe Vacation 2015: Returning Home
This is the final spread of our 4 album scrapbook of our trip to Europe in summer 2015. It actually captures two days and two different flights.  On the morning of July 34rd Mrs Ollmann took us to the Hamburg airport and we flew on SAS to Arlanda in Sweden.  We then stayed the night at the amazing Arlanda Clarion Hotel, and left the next morning on SAS to Chicago, IL.  On our long flight to Chicago we actually ended up in amazing seats with a ton of leg room (see pictures) and our own personal interactive screens.  I watched 4 movies on the way home and was surprised when they announced that we were getting ready to land – it was the perfect ending to our trip!

The left hand side of this spread highlights the Arlanda Clarion Hotel with pictures out of our hotel window looking at the airport as well as our room and pool keys.  I also attached a welcome card that was on our bed as well as the used the hotel stationary to journal on for this spread.

The right hand side highlights the two trips that we took, with the boarding passes resting behind some photographs from the flight.  We were so impressed with our leg room that I took a picture of it and another of the personal screen that we had.  I also used two photographs from that screen of our flight path as I thought it was cool to watch where we were on the trip.  Thanks SAS for a great flight!


Europe Vacation 2015: Heide Park

Europe Vacation 2015: Heide Park - 1
On our second day with the Ollmanns we went to Heide Park, which is an amusement park similar to Six Flags in the United States. It was an extremely hot day so we really enjoyed the water rides.  We had so many pictures from rides from this day that I needed two full spreads to share them.  This first spread has a brown, green, and yellow theme to match the colors of the park logo.  The background paper for both spreads is from a paper pack that I purchased at King’s Island about 6 years ago!

When I do multiple spreads of one location or event I usually put the ephemera on the last page, but in this case I decided that it fit better to put it on the first page. So, this page has the only photo that I have of both families together on the Mountain Rafting ride and the tickets and brochure from the park.  The brochure is affixed to the outside of the plastic protector sheet so that the viewer can open it to read it.

Europe Vacation 2015: Heide Park - 2

This second spread contains some personal photographs as well as the ride photographs that you can purchase from the park.  I think that Levi was continuing his tradition of trying to get photographed in weird poses!  In addition to the photographs there are some rubber wrist bands from some of the rides that I cut to fit on this page as well.

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