Category Archives: 2012

2012: Naptown Roller Derby

2012: Naptown Roller Derby

2012: Naptown Roller Derby

As part of our birthday celebration for our exchange student we went to the Naptown Roller Derby in Indianapolis, IN.   While it was a lot of fun to be there, and to learn the rules of the sport, we we didn’t see as many injuries or as much blood as we thought (or hoped) we were going to.  It may have been that it was their season opener against themselves, and they may have not wanted to hurt their own team mates.

For this spread I chose a blue background paper to match the blue rink that they were skating on.  I used my Cricut Gypsy to design the red lines on the paper.  I then used my Cricut Machine to draw the lines on the paper using a marker pen instead of the cutting blade.

As is my custom, I mounted the ticket to the event and the program on the page as well.

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2012: Exchange Student Birthday

2012: Exchange Student Birthday

2012: Exchange Student Birthday

Our exchange student turned 18 while he was visiting with us, and so we went out for our traditional nice birthday meal.   He chose Texas Roadhouse and that is where we ended up.

I used a country material pattern for the background paper on both pages as it matched the ambiance of Texas Roadhouse.  On the left hand page is the envelope from the card that our exchange student’s parents sent him, as well as photographs from the restaurant.  I cut all of these out by hand with a pair of fine point scissors.

The right hand page has pictures of the boys before the meal, as well as the birthday cards that my son and I gave to him.  I mounted these birthday cards to the outside of the plastic protector sheet so that he could open them and read them again when he is looking at the scrapbook.

Hosting a Foreign Exchange Student

I just want to put a little plug here for serving as a host family for a Foreign Exchange student.  We had a wonderful time doing it – this was our first year – so much so, that we are doing it again this year. My son loved having a brother and learning about new places, and it makes our home a little more active 🙂

We used International Student Exchange for our agency and we had a great experience. I encourage you to go to their website (http://www.iseusa.com/) and consider serving in this way.

2012: Dinner Magic Show

2012: Dinner Magic Show

2012: Dinner Magic Show

This page highlights a Dinner Magic Show, and event that I would never have thought to go to if it were not for Groupon.  I purchased greatly discounted prices and we were on our way!

The event was dinner and table magic, followed by a magic show, and was held at the Indianapolis Propylaeum.  If you click on the picture you can zoom in and read more about what a Propylaeum is on the historic marker on the left hand page.  I hand cut the historic marker photograph to make it easier to read, and then also hand cut the border that surrounds it.

Since the venue for this event was historic and elegant I picked an elegant background paper for the left hand side.  I used a corner cutter to create borders for the two photographs on the left page.EK Success Paper Shapers Corner Adorner Card Creators Punch - Trumpet Flower 7/8

For the right hand page I used a domino paper to hint at games and illusions.  It is difficult to tell from this photograph, but on this page I cut two of the dominoes out from behind the photographs and then used thick sticky pads to elevate them off of the page to add interest and dimension to the page.

2012: Blue Man Group

Our next stop on our Chicago tour was to visit the Blue Man Group.  I was able to get discounted tickets from Goldstar.com and we had a great time.  If you have never seen the Blue Man Group – it is worth your time and money.

This is another page, that when I look at it I feel like it looks plain.  However I wanted to highlight the ephemera on the page, and when you add to many embellishments it takes away from the items that you want people to focus on.  I attached the program on the right hand page to the outside of the plastic protector sheet so that it could be opened and read by the viewer.  If you look carefully you will notice that it is smudged.  Apparently the programs are printed with biodegradable ink, and it smeared while we were at the show.  I struggled with if I wanted to put this in the scrapbook, but I decided that I wanted the program on the page, and the smudges added some character.

I also cut the plastic bag from the gift shop to put on both pages.  Since it is clear plastic it was hard to attach to the page without the adhesive showing.  I solved this by folding it over the edge of the paper and using tape to hold it down.  The one corner on the page was stuck down with a sticky tab, and then covered up by another element on the page.
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2012: Ed Debevic’s

2012: Ed Debevic's

2012: Ed Debevic’s

While on our trip we made a stop at Ed Debevic’s.  Ed Debevic’s is a themed restaurant in Chicago.  It is 60’s themed, but the wait staff is also extremely rude to the patrons which is part of the fun experience.  The food is good and the experience is fun.  I am not sure that the boys got what was going on, but they enjoyed that the waitress called my salad “girly” and then made fun of my iphone case.

I got a great Groupon for Ed Debevic’s, and we went around 3pm which meant that there was not much of a wait.  When we left at 5pm, the line was out the door.

I had lots of ephemera on this page – the cooks hat that they gave all of us when we got there, the napkin, and of course – the napkin.  I choose a patterned background that reminded me of the table cloths in the restaurant.   I only had one sheet of it, and I wanted to create a border for the one picture on the right hand side, so I cut the border out from the left hand piece from underneath the brochure about the restaurant.

As I look back on this page I realize that I feel that the right hand side could probably have used a bit more detail on the page as it looks a little empty to me.  But there is not much that I can do about it now, since this page is in it’s album in Sweden.

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2012: Chicago: The Cloud Gate, AKA “The Bean” and Navy Pier

2012: Chicago: The Cloud Gate, AKA "The Bean" and Navy Pier

2012: Chicago: The Cloud Gate, AKA “The Bean” and Navy Pier

On the Saturday morning of our Chicago weekend trip we went and parked at Navy Pier and then took a taxi to “The Cloud Gate” in Millennium Park, also know as “The Bean”.   This was one of the things that Jon wanted to see while he was in Chicago.

I themed the page around the shiny silver silver of The Bean.  The background pages both have hints of sliver in them, and I cut a “Bean” out of some shiny silver card stock that I had to spread across the two pages.

Notice that I also cut the two middle pictures in half and put half on each of the pages.  This is a unique way to get more pictures on the layout, and I enjoyed the picture of Jon taking a picture of his reflection – and then splitting it onto two different pages.

I used my Cricut machine to cut out the city scape across the bottom of both pages.  I know that these are landmarks from several different cities, but it works well with this Chicago page.

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2012: IKEA

2012: IKEA

2012: IKEA

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I would not usually scrapbook a trip to a store….but, our exchange student, Jonathan, is from Sweden, and a trip to IKEA made him feel like he was home, especially when it came to the food court and the grocery section.  We arrived early in the morning and had breakfast, and then stayed long enough to eat an early supper at night.

There are several things on this page that were fun to do because they involved figuring out new techniques:

1. The background to the pages is actually the plastic mesh IKEA bag that we had to buy to get our stuff out of the store.  I cut pieces that were slightly bigger than 12×12 and then affixed them to the card stock page.  I then folded them over at the edge of the card stock and rubbed them with a ruler to help put a permanent crease in them and the used tape on the back to hold them in place.

2. The IKEA border across the top is the material handle to the bag.  I cut these carefully to length, used fray edge to keep them from unraveling, and then used glue to affix them to the plastic background.

3. On the left hand page is the front cover from the IKEA catalog – I had originally wanted to put the whole catalog in, but it was too thick. I also put the store map on the right hand page.

4. I carefully used an exacto knife to cut the IKEA store pencil in half.  I pulled the lead out and broke it and put just the tip back into the pencil and then used glue to affix it to the plastic background.

Overall this was a fun trip to IKEA – I wish we had one closer to us.

2012: Cheesecake Factory

2012: Cheesecake Factory

2012: Cheesecake Factory

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We wanted to take Jonathan up to Chicago for a weekend and we stayed in Schaumberg, Illinois.  The first night we were there we were hungry so we stopped by Cheesecake factory for dessert.

As the Cheesecake factories desserts are so large, we had to get our leftovers to go, and they gave us a plastic bag to carry them in.  I carefully cut the bag to mount to the pages – I had to cut it carefully through so that it could fit across both pages as well.  I also used sticky tabs to affix a napkin from the event as well.  As the bag had very straight and colorful lines on it, I did not do much else to the page as I liked the simplicity of it.

2012: Abraham Lincoln Tomb

2012: Abraham Lincoln Tomb

2012: Abraham Lincoln Tomb

After we visited the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library we decided to go to the Lincoln Tomb in Springfield, IL – it is just a few miles away from the Library.   Our exchange student, Jonathan, was amazed that we could go right inside the memorial building and see the tomb, as “ordinary people”.  I chose a blue background for this page to match the wonderful blue skies that we were having that day, and that showed up in the pictures on the left hand page.  I used my cricut machine to cut the wreaths on the page.

For the Abraham Lincoln Signature I actually downloaded a SVG file of his signature and then imported it into a program called Sure-Cuts-A-Lot and then used that program and my Cricut to cut it out.  Unfortunately you can no longer buy a version of Sure-Cuts-A-Lot that works with the Cricut machine, but it is available for many other die cutting machines.

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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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