Louisville, Kentucky, has a lot of options for tourists. One of the stops that I think that everyone must make is the Louisville Slugger baseball bat factory. This was our second visit to the factory and museum (See 2013 visit). The factory still operates in this location, but they have an amazing museum and factory tour that is great for all ages.
Visitor Tip: When you get to the location go and get your factory tour tickets first as they will be set for a certain time – then go and look at the other parts of the experience. This way you won’t waste time waiting for your tour after you have seen everything else.
For this spread I used some pre-designed Louisville, KY paper that I purchased at the factory store. I focused on the river front on the left hand page (which we actually did after the factory visit), and highlighted the factory visit on the left hand page. I did this because I did not have enough pictures for 4 pages to do two double spreads – but I didn’t want to leave anything off and only do 2 pages. The right hand side includes the ticket to the factory to serve as a date and time stamp for the page. i used a jagged edge tearing tool to create the double border on the right hand side of the spread.
For this second spread I used two different baseball themed background papers, and bordered the photographs in green to match the color of the grass. I also included a sticker bought at the factory store. On the right hand page I used two of the same brochures and mounted them so that each one showed one of the sides of the brochure. I did not put a border on these as I wanted as much of the background paper (baseball stadium) to show through.
For our last week together before our exchange student went home to Sweden, we took a family trip together to the St Louis area. The trip centered around going to a Cardinal’s baseball game, and I bought the most expensive seats I have ever purchased for a baseball game. I usually sit in the nose bleeds or the bleachers. But for this special occasion I decided to sit on left field in better seats.
We arrived early to be able to eat at the Old Spaghetti Factory in Laclede’s Landing, and then we took the Metro to the game. We arrived before the gates were open, but enjoyed the gift shop and walking around the stadium looking at the statues and the other sites. We had an incredible time at the game. It is nice to know that we saw the Cardinal’s at the beginning of their latest World Series Championship Season 🙂 !
I used baseball themed background paper and placed an assortment of pictures and ephemera from the day. My favorite picture is the bottom one on the left hand page where you can see the St Louis Arch from the Stadium. I wanted to take this picture, because I have a picture from the top of the Arch looking at the Stadium from earlier in the year –> St Louis Arch scrapbook page.
- World Series: Fresh-faced Cards vs bearded Bosox (news.yahoo.com)
- Tom Verducci: The Cardinals are going to the World Series again. Get used to it (sportsillustrated.cnn.com)
While in Kentucky we also had the opportunity to stop at the Louisville Slugger Museum and Factory. I will share that this is one of the best faculty tours I have ever been on, and the accompanying museum is spectacular. In the museum you can hold famous bats, view baseball memorabilia, watch films about the history of baseball, and even swing at a few pitches yourself.
The Museum shop includes scrapbook supplies (used in the pages above) but you can also have a baseball bat customized with your name or whatever slogan you wish. Just remember to order this before you start the tour so that it is ready for you when you are down with the Museum and Factory Tour. During the tour the tour guide will let you pick out an end piece from a baseball bat.
My favorite ephemera on this page is the wood shavings that my son picked up from the floor of the museum. I enclosed them in a plastic pocket and sealed it shut so that they won’t fall out.
You will notice that all of the pictures on this page are tilted at a slight angle to the left. The reason that I did this was because I didn’t want to cover up the old picture in the top left that was part of the printed background paper that I purchased at the museum store. So I decided to tilt all the pictures on the spread to align with this one.
- Louisville Gourmet (anediblequest.wordpress.com)