Category Archives: Washington DC Vacation 2012
Our Family Trip to Washington DC in Summer 2012
As is my custom on vacation scrapbooks – I create a page at the end of the album to showcase the ephemera that doesn’t fit on other pages in the album. I have done the same here for our Washington DC trip:
- A picture of my son with President Barack Obama! Actually it is a fake picture that was created at the Old Post Office. If you watched Amazing Race this last Sunday it was the exact place where the contestants had their pictures taken as one of the activities to accomplish.
- A plastic map of Washington DC. It was well used and banged up. I created a pocket for it to slide in and out of.
- Our Metro Rail tickets for the Week. TIP – This is an excellent way to travel around the city at a relatively cheap price. There is hardly anywhere to park in DC, so this is your best choice. Find out more at www.wmata.com
- A picture of my son with break from Paul. He loved this little restaurant and bread shop and we stopped here several times.
- Washington DC 2012: The Capitol Building (mascrapping.com)
- Washington DC 2012: Mount Vernon (mascrapping.com)
- TV: The Amazing Race: “Beacon Of Hope” (avclub.com)
Our final day in Washington DC was spent at Mount Vernon, which is the homestead and final resting place of President George Washington. This was the one place that my mother put on her “must-do” list while we were in Washington DC and we spent the entire day on this adventure.
Mount Vernon Tour Tip: In order to make the most of your visit to Mount Vernon, plan to spend the entire day, and eat at the Mount Vernon Inn. I encourage you to purchase your tour tickets ahead of time so that you can choose the optimal time for viewing the inside of the home. The estate is very large and will take a good part of the day in order to see everything. Find out more at the Mount Vernon website.
We rode the trains as far south as we could go, and then were going to take a bus. However, since it was Saturday the buses only ran on the hour instead of every twenty minutes, so I opted to take a taxi to Mount Vernon – it cost quite a bit, but it kept us from missing our tour time. This first page commemorating our visit to Mount Vernon includes the logo from the gift store bag, and a stalk of wheat that my son picked up from the property farm. The frame on the right hand side was cut using my Cricut machine.
The pictures on the left hand side of this spread are the view from the front porch (top) and a view from one of the covered walkways between buildings at the estate. The pictures on the right hand side are from the final burial grounds of President George Washington. Interestingly enough the tombs are in the narthex to the burial chamber as the tombs were too big to fit in the chamber. The iron gate crossing the two pages follows the design of the iron work at the grave site and was also cut using my Cricut machine
This page showcases ephemera from our time at Mount Vernon. On the left is the menu from the Mount Vernon Inn where we had lunch. The right hand page has a place-mat from the restaurant as well as a map of the estate that is affixed to the outside of the plastic protector for easy viewing.
- George Washington’s Mount Vernon (stoutsadventures.wordpress.com)
We were fortunate enough to be in Washington DC during a time when there was a play at the Ford Theater that was about the night that Lincoln was assassinated. It was a fascinating view of the way that others in the Theater experienced the events of that night. We arrived early and were able to sit in the front row! The brass plates show the names of the people who gave a donation to the theater and normally sit in these seats when visiting the theater. If you can’t make them out – They read “President George W Bush” and “Mrs Laura Bush” ! The right most picture is off the Presidential booth where Lincoln was assassinated.
On the left hand page I mounted a paper bag with brochures and maps from the Ford Theater and affixed a photograph of the outside of the theater on top of it.
You will noticed next to that a postcard of the Ford Theater with a diagonal border behind it. This border is a little family secret – it is a hidden piece of ephemera. My son enjoys finding fun things to put in our scrapbooks. During the play a letter written by “John Wilkes Boothe” is torn into pieces. After the play my son asked one of the actors if he could have the pieces for our scrapbook. The actor said “why don’t I get you a brand new one” and brought this out and gave it to my son. It is still sealed with the letter inside and we decided to hide it on the page for a fun family memory.
- Lincoln Assassination and Tax Day: April 15 (bloginnovative.wordpress.com)
- Make the Most of Museum Visits With Your Child (schoolfamily.com)
- The Death of Abraham Lincoln (cbruni5.wordpress.com)
After our visit to the White House we walked the route the Lincoln took on his Journey to the Ford Theater, where he was assassinated. We arrived much earlier than anticipated and realized that we would have opportunity to visit the Petersen House and Museum, where Lincoln died. The line stretched down the road, but it was worth the wait. While we had not originally planned on visiting this site, I do recommend it as a “must do” on a vacation/tour to Washington DC.
I overlaid the background paper with cutoffs of Lincolns speeches and writings from the earlier National Archives page. On the left hand side is a photgraph of the historical marker and a postcard of the building. My pictures of the building included the line of people, so using the postcard provided a clearer and unobstructed view. You will also noticed the National Park Service passport card stamp as well.
The right hand side has three pictures that I took inside of the room where President Lincoln died. From the pictures you can see how I choose my background papers. I used the checkerboard from the bedspread to inspire the background paper, and the stripes in the wall paper are duplicated with the strips of paper and ribbon that I attached the the background paper.
Our fifth day in Washington DC began with a tour of the White House. We were not allowed to take pictures inside of the White House, so the pictures on the left hand side are actually postcards. Since they were bordered in white, I bordered our photographs on the right hand page in white as well to match. The bookmark on the right of the spread contains a stamp with the portrait of James Hoban, who was the architect and builder of the White House.
White House Tour Tip: If you are planning on going to Washington DC and want to visit the White House you must request a tour through your Senator at least 90 days in advance. (The website says six months to 21 days in advance – but it you wait that long you will not get tickets). You will not get to see the inside of the White House if you do not do this in advance. Also note – they don’t let you know until a few days in advance of the date and time of your tour – so be very flexible with your other plans until you find out the dates and times of these tours. Find out more information HERE.
There is not a museum or gift shop on the White House Property, however there is a White House Historical Association Museum that is run by the National Park Service a within a couple of blocks. The pages above are made from a paper bag from the gift shop there and a print of the portrait of George Washington that was saved by Dolly Madison.
There were several other ephemera items that I collected that I wanted to add to the scrapbook. Some museum guides and maps are inside of a bag from the White House Historical Association so that they can be removed and reviewed by the reader. The pictures on the left were not taken in the White House :(, but rather at a souvenir store a block away that allows you to take pictures at this replica desk if you make a purchase in their store. We had fund recreating the JFK and JFK, Jr picture that made this desk famous.
- In Washington DC (onetwothreeusa.wordpress.com)
In the afternoon we took a boat tour on the Potomac to see the sights from the water. It was a hot day, and so it was a great relief to enjoy the breeze across the water. On this page you can see pictures that I took from the boat of the Lincoln Memorial, the Jefferson Memorial, the Watergate Building, the JFK Theater, and the Netherlands Carillon, which was given as a gift to the United States.
We did not get an opportunity to see the inside of the Jefferson Memorial, so the stamp that I had of it ended up on this page with the exterior view of the Monument.
- Washington DC 2012: Lincoln Memorial (mascrapping.com)
- Washington by wheels (yourtravelmateblog.wordpress.com)
Our fourth day in Washington DC centered around a trip to the Capitol Building. I collected so much ephemera, and took so many pictures that I ended up creating three double spreads to commemorate this experience. I am going to share them all in this post. The first page (above) acted as the Date Title page and I used a background sheet that had a wonderful picture of the Capitol Building without much other decoration. On the right hand side I placed one of my own photographs along with postcards and a patch that I bought at the Capitol Souvenir store on site.
The second page of the Capitol Building experience highlights pictures taken during our tour. The left hand page actually is the plastic bag from the souvenir store carefully wrapped around a cream colored background page. I placed the picture of the statue of Lincoln looking down on the Capitol as a reminder of his care for the American people. The right hand page showcases pictures of the Rotunda ceiling, and various famous paintings and statues. In the middle of the pictures you will notice another one of the stamp collection of famous sites in Washington. Notice that I created one border for all four pictures to bring unity to the spread.
Capitol Tour Tip: The Tours are free, but you must make a reservation ahead of time. For a general tour click HERE. But to get a more personalized tour you can book way in advance with your Senator or Representative. Remember to do either of these options way in advance.
The third page was a lot of fun for me. The background to these pages is actually tissue paper from the gift shop! I didn’t need any for the items I purchased but I saw it behind the counter and asked if I could have two sheets of it for scrap booking and they gave it to me with a smile. Moving from left to right, the first item is a map of Emancipation Hall, which is the new visitors entrance to the Capitol building. The is mounted to the outside of the plastic protector so that the reader can open it to view it. I put a black background border under the plastic protector to help the brochure stand out against the white background. Next is a photograph that I took of the Hall including the words “In God We Trust“. Next is a puzzle that I purchased and put together to put on the page. I used Modge Podge to help it stay together. I am not sure if I would do this again as the puzzle is pretty thick and makes the page a little awkward to turn. On the far right are our tour tickets and badges and underneath them is a small tourist book that is mounted to the outside of the plastic protector.
- “Welcome to the Outside of the US Capitol” (mwenenzi.wordpress.com)
After concluding our tour to Arlington National Cemetery we traveled further south on the MetroRail to Alexandria, VA, where we took the free trolley all the way down King Street to the Torpedo Factory Art Center. We then walked all the way back up King street to the train, visiting various stops on the way.
Starting on the top left hand side is a picture of the historical marker at Christ Church. the church that George Washington and his family attended. Beneath that plaque is a picture of the pulpit and the square pew box that belonged to the Washington family. To the right of this picture is a piece of stone that my son accidentally broke off the wall in a frozen yogurt store that we stopped in for a refresher – it was super hot that day!
Running across both pages is a map of downtown Alexandria, focusing on the sites and attractions around King Street. We stopped at Cosi for lunch, and you can see a napkin from that experience on the page. Underneath the napkin are two small metal filings that came from one of the artist studios at the Torpedo Factory Art Center. We spent over and hour at this center – my mother and I looking at all of the galleries and studios, my father resting on a bench, and my son watching artists at work. For those that love the arts this is an amazing space. On the right hand side I affixed the guide to the Art Center to the outside of the plastic protector sheet so that the viewer could open it to read it.
- Hometown Tourist, Ch 3: Torpedo Factory (stampsonmypassport.wordpress.com)
- Day 4 – DC to Gettysburg – Alexandria, VA (travelpod.com)
- 2003 Summer Vacation Planner: Alexandria, Virginia (motortrend.com)
After stopping at the Pentagon, we traveled further south on the MetroRail to Arlington National Cemetery.
Visitor Tip: While you can walk freely around the Cemetery, you cannot drive onto the grounds. And they are steep. Consider purchasing tickets for a hop on hop off trolley tour through the grounds. It will save you time and your legs. You can purchase tickets HERE.
On the Tour we saw the grave of John F Kennedy and the eternal flame. We also visited the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and watched the changing of the guard. This is a must do event if you are at the cemetery.
Notice that I have bordered all of the pictures in black to bring a sense of seriousness and solemnity to the page. The three uniforms on the bottom of the right hand page are part of the Jolee’s military series. The stickers above the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier picture were purchased at the gift shop on the property.
The map of the cemetery was too big to affix to the page, and the back has too much important information to stick it down. I opted for building a pocket into the page for the map to slide into, so that the reader to take it out to view it.
The third day of our vacation started with a Metro trip to the Pentagon and Arlington Cemetery. We wanted to stop and visit the Pentagon 9/11 Memorial. If I had planned a little better we could have had a tour inside the Pentagon, but, like the White House, you have to request tickets for this way in advance. (You can do that HERE).
The Metro station for the Pentagon is on the opposite side of the Pentagon from the 9/11 Memorial – so be be prepared for a long walk if you are taking the Metro.
I wanted this page to be solemn and somber to reflect the time that we spent at the memorial. The left hand page is plain black with the date of our visit cut with my Cricut machine. I put a plan in the top corner to evoke the remembrance of the terror of the day.
Each of the pictures on the right hand page are bordered in black to emphasize the solemnity of the memorial. It is hard to see in this picture, but you can see which parts of the Pentagon have been rebuilt and repaired, because they couldn’t get the same matching color marble as when the building was originally built.
- The Pentagon (stoutsadventures.wordpress.com)
- 20 Places Every American Should Visit (local.answers.com)
- And we’re off… (mrskalinowski.wordpress.com)