Category Archives: 2009
“U-505 is a German Type IXC U-boat built for service in Nazi Germany’s Kriegsmarine during World War II. She was captured on 4 June 1944 by United States Navy Task Group 22.3 (TG 22.3). Her codebooks, Enigma machine, and other secret materials found on board assisted Allied code breaking operations. All but one of U-505‘s crew were rescued by the Navy task group. The submarine was towed to Bermuda in secret and her crew was interned at a US prisoner of war camp where they were denied access to International Red Cross visits. The Navy classified the capture as top secret and prevented its discovery by the Germans. In 1954, U-505 was donated to the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago, Illinois and is now a museum ship.”
We had a lot of fun viewing this exhibit, and I had a lot of fun creating this spread. I chose diamond plate and riveted steel background papers to mimic the texture of the submarine.
On the left hand page I carefully used my Crop-A-Dile Big Bite Punch to punch holes in the corners of the pictures, and then used the same tool to carefully place rivets in the corners of the pictures. When I placed these on the diamond plate background page it looks like they are being held to the page by the rivets – but they aren’t – I just used regular sticky tabs to affix the pictures. I also placed the pictures in a pinwheel format to mimic the propellers of the submarine.
On the right hand page I placed the professional photo that was taken at the exhibit so that it could be opened.
In this view you can see what the folder looks like open. I carefully cut a slit in the plastic page protector for the folder to slide through so that the picture of us with is still under plastic. I did this by:
- Placing the background paper inside the plastic protector
- Placing the picture folder on top of the plastic protector where I wanted it to be
- Sliding the picture folder to the right about 1/4 of an inch, so that the fold of the picture folder would overlap the plastic a little on the left side. This keeps the plastic protector from tearing when people are viewing the page.
- Using an Exacto knife to carefully score the plastic.
- Using a pair of sharp pointed scissors to carefully cut along the scored line.
- Putting sticky tabs on the back of the picture folder and sliding it through the cut in the plastic and then pushing down on the plastic and picture folder to secure it in place.
Museum Hint: I will end this post by saying that if you are going to visit the Museum of Science and Industry that the U-505 is one of the things you must do while visiting the museum. The Museum is so big that there is no way to see everything in one trip , especially if you have small children with you. But, if you want to take the tour of the inside of the submarine you must buy extra tickets for it and you should do it early in the morning when you buy your tickets for the museum, the tour times usually fill up very quickly. In fact, if you know your time frames for the day, order them online ahead of time.
This apparently was the year to visit the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago – because we made a second trip over the 4th of July weekend to visit the Smart Home Exhibit. We took the train again, but this time my parents went along with us. That’s my dad in one of the clown pictures – see if you can figure out which one is him!
I chose a green background for this spread to recognize the “green” nature of the smart home which is showcased on the left hand page. The home was very modern and square so I made sure that the arrangement of the photographs reflected the squareness. I also though used green cutouts (using my Cricut machine) to highlight the soft contours of nature that surrounded the design of the house.
The right hand page shows several fun pictures of my son and father from the day, and they were placed in pinwheel formation to play off of the circus clowns and the energy of the day. As always I had to include the tickets from the day. I like to do this because it often serves as a title and date reminder for the event, since I do not like to journal much on my pages.
Notice that on the right hand page I created a border using the same color paper as the cut outs on the left hand page – I did this to create interest on the spread, but also to tie the two pages together since they had dissimilar themed pictures.
My son was afraid of roller coasters and refused to go on them, which is disappointing if you are at a park with a lot of them. My friend Adam offered my son $20 if he would ride a roller coaster with him, which my son did, and then decided that he loved roller coasters! We could hardly get him off them at that point. In fact I think he rode The Voyage six times in a row!
I made this spread specifically to celebrate that my son now would ride roller coasters. If you look carefully at the pictures on the right hand page you will see that they represent 5 of 6 different trips. I had fun placing these pictures in the curve of the track so that you could get a feel for the motion of the ride.
The ride name plates came from ephemera that I purchased at the park gift shop.
I will start by sharing that I don’t know how I feel about this page – I like it in some regards, and feel that it looks amateurish in some ways as well. I decided to share it with you here so that you can see the development in my techniques over the past 7 years.
This spread showcases two rides at Holiday World – the Revolution and Pilgrim’s plunge. Revolution is in the Fourth of July area of Holiday World and is a ride that spins around and presses its riders up against the walls. I cannot ride this ride because I get very motion sick, but my son rode.
Pilgrim’s plunge was the tallest water ride in the world at one time and had just opened up this summer, we were some of the first people to ride on it. Unfortunately I just heard that they closed it down because it had too many problems with delays and the lines were very long.
I decided that I was going to try and tie these two pages together by hand painting the background myself. If you look at the right hand page you will see the steel girders of the Pilgrim’s plunge and then follow the ride down to the bottom of the left hand page where you see the large splash from the ride hitting the water. This splash sprays over the red, white, and blue of the spinning revolution.
I hand tore the borders to the pictures from background paper, but I am not sure that I like this unkept look and I am not sure that I would do it again. I also feel like if I was doing this over again that I would do something different with the girders on the right hand side.
The next step of our Summer 2009 vacation was to visit Holiday World in Southern Indiana. While this park is older it is truly a hidden gem – besides having several number 1 rated roller coasters and water rides, they have free parking, free suntan lotion, and free unlimited soda. We love this park and have been there several times.
On the first day we arrived at the park early, which if you have been following me for a while, you know is a strategy of mine when visiting events and attractions. We saw Pat Koch, the matriarch of the owner family, sweeping up trash outside the gates to the park! She let us take a picture with her – we felt like we had just met Walt Disney!
The park is divided into “Holiday zones” with each area themed as a unique holiday. Holiday world is located in Santa Claus, Indiana, so naturally the original theme of the park is Christmas! – which is refreshing in the heat of Indiana summers.
These two pages showcases the themes of Christmas and Thanksgiving. I used an ornate corner cutter to corner cut the pictures and the picture borders. Since the two pages look so different in color scheme I felt that this was important to bring the two pages together.
This was truly an incredible experience. We purchased the dinner option as well and enjoyed a nice catered meal before the play, as well as have opportunity to visit with artisans creating crafts from the 1800s.
The background for these pages is naturally made paper with gold thread sewn in a pattern through it. I did not sew this, but I have seen people who sew their papers. The picture on the left hand page was taken at the event and was printed in sepia for us. I placed this picture on top of a replica Lincoln letter.
The pictures on the right hand page were corner cut with an antique finial corner cutter to help complete the antique look of the page. I tried printing these pictures in sepia as well, but it really cut the details too much so I opted to go with the color photos.
The main reason that we went to the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago was to see the Harry Potter Exhibition. Unfortunately this was not a permanent exhibit and is no longer in Chicago. It does travel though, and at the time of this post it is in Sweden! To find out its current location click –> Harry Potter Exhibition.
This was a fantastic exhibit which allowed us to view props from the movie, play a little Quidditch, and my favorite part – be sorted into Hogwarts houses. I was placed in Gryffindor and my son ended up as Slytherin – hmmm – I wonder what that means.
Unfortunately we were not allowed to take pictures inside of the exhibition so there are not many pictures on this spread. The top picture on the right hand page is in front of the museum – while it is hard to see, if you look carefully between the columns of the museum you can see Hedwig delivering a letter to us. The second picture is of my son in front of the flying Weasley car which was in the entrance to the museum. This page also has a Harry Potter bookmark that I purchased at the exhibit gift store.
The background on the left hand page is actually the paper bag from the gift store. Also placed on this page are a postcard of Hedwig and a Gryffindor key chain – both purchased at the Exhibition gift store.
Our Museum of Science and Industry adventure continues! This spread shares ephemera and pictures from the day.
Starting on the left hand page you can see the “Toymaker 3000” ticket which my son used to move his Gravitron through the manufacturing process and it was even etched with his name. I used the blue/purple packaging from the Gravitron to serve as a photo frame for one of the pictures. In the bottom left hand corner is a token from the museum that my son purchased out of a vending machine.
If you look carefully at the top of the left hand page and the bottom right hand side you will see two pieces of electronics that are used in the NetWorld exhibit, which helps people understand how the internet works. The RFID in the bottom right hand side is a little hard to see – but now I can track where my scrapbook is!
The right hand page has several pictures from the day as well as a piece of purple rock that I purchased at the museum store. Notice that I used a bubble corner punch to put the patterns in the corners of the pictures. This helps to tie the shape of the token and the Gravitron packaging into the rest of the page.
We drove to the train station and waited for the train and then had an adventurous ride to the museum. Since the train ride was a new experience for us I wanted to make sure that I had a page to scrapbook for this as well – which you can see on the left hand page.
When we got to the museum I discovered that you had to buy timed tickets for the Harry Potter exhibit and the only times left were for much later in the day – so we had to stay at the museum a lot longer than we had planned – but we kept very busy and we didn’t even get to see the whole museum.
I used a bubble corner cutter to corner cut some of the pictures and the journal block which adds interest to the photographs, but also adds additional business to the page. I wanted the viewer to have to slow down and look carefully at this page to discover its treasures – much like we did at the museum. What unique ephemera can you find on the page?
I won tickets to visit Conner Prairie from a radio station, otherwise I am not sure I would have ever known this place existed. And we were lucky enough to just happen to pick a weekend where they were having reenactments which made the whole experience even more exciting. Conner Prairie is an interactive history park which my son loved particularly because it involved handling guns and throwing hatchets. He also got a kick out of making candles and watching the reenactment battle scenes.
The ephemera that you see on the page were all items that I purchased at the gift shop. In the top left hand corner is a cup placement. It is about 3/8 of an inch thick so I used glue to affix it to the page. I then used some sticky tabs to affix the “Civil War Days” photograph to the placement. This is a picture of a large poster that was at the entrance to the event. I usually take pictures like this at events and locations for two reasons – the first is to help me remember what the event or locations was, and the second is that often I can use them on the page instead of journaling as I do not like the way that my handwriting looks.
On the right hand page are a handmade bookmark (at the bottom) and a patch (at the top) – both purchased at the gift shop.
I chose a Victorian style background page in green to match the primary color in the photographs, and you will notice that all of the photographs have had the corners cut with a corner cutter.