I actually created this spread after our exchange student left, along with an entire album highlighting our Boston Trip that occurred the week before he left to go home. I mailed this album to him after it was all done, along with some items that we found that he had left behind.
This was a hard page to create because it brought back a lot of memories. The left hand page has a picture of Henry with all of his friends, the night before he left, and pictures of our family with Henry at the airport saying goodbye.
The right hand page has pictures that Henry’s mother sent me of them picking him up at the airport, so that I would know that he made it there safely! I used some pre-designed background pages for this spread, and used a light brown border paper to compliment the background paper.
Notice that there are two pieces of paper tucked in behind the photos on the right hand page. These are “temporary fake plane tickets”. I told Henry ahead of time that I would create this page and that he should keep his tickets. So when he got this page in the mail he could replace mine with the real ones so that he would have a place for them in the album.
It was different meeting our exchange student at the airport because we had already met him before when we were on vacation in Germany. Instead of wondering if the person would work out, we already knew he was awesome and were meeting him again, instead of for the first time.
If you look closely at the left hand picture you will see the welcome sign that we made for Henry. I used my Cricut machine to cut the letters for that sign, and used the same font, just smaller, to duplicate that sign on this spread. The black, yellow, and red are the colors of the German flag, and are also used to border the pictures and the ephemera on these pages. As you know I love ticket stubs, and so those, along with our parking receipt help to create date, time, and place for this spread without me having to journal about them.