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Europe Vacation 2015: Returning Home

Europe Vacation 2015: Returning Home
This is the final spread of our 4 album scrapbook of our trip to Europe in summer 2015. It actually captures two days and two different flights.  On the morning of July 34rd Mrs Ollmann took us to the Hamburg airport and we flew on SAS to Arlanda in Sweden.  We then stayed the night at the amazing Arlanda Clarion Hotel, and left the next morning on SAS to Chicago, IL.  On our long flight to Chicago we actually ended up in amazing seats with a ton of leg room (see pictures) and our own personal interactive screens.  I watched 4 movies on the way home and was surprised when they announced that we were getting ready to land – it was the perfect ending to our trip!

The left hand side of this spread highlights the Arlanda Clarion Hotel with pictures out of our hotel window looking at the airport as well as our room and pool keys.  I also attached a welcome card that was on our bed as well as the used the hotel stationary to journal on for this spread.

The right hand side highlights the two trips that we took, with the boarding passes resting behind some photographs from the flight.  We were so impressed with our leg room that I took a picture of it and another of the personal screen that we had.  I also used two photographs from that screen of our flight path as I thought it was cool to watch where we were on the trip.  Thanks SAS for a great flight!

 

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2014: Medieval Times

2014: Medieval Times

2014: Medieval Times

Another one of our favorite places to visit in Chicago is Medieval Times.   I have scrapped several of our trips to Medieval Times –>  Medieval Times 2007 – Buena Vista, CAMedieval Times 2008 – Chicago (1), and Medieval Times 2008 – Chicago (2).

So we took the Reichman family to see what all the excitement was about.  We were assigned to cheer for the Black and White Knight which we dutifully did.  Since the arena is dark, it is hard to take pictures inside, and there are not many pictures in this spread.  I decided to focus instead on the ephemera collected at the event.  The back ground paper for the left hand side is the place mat setting that I removed before they started bringing out the food.  The brown paper bag on the right hand page is from the gift store and inside is a napkin from the event.  I also carefully cut Luca’s “Crown” to put on the page as well.

Sightseeing, Tours, Attractions and Things to do in Chicago

2014: Chicago SkyDeck and Ledge

2014: Chicago SkyDeck and Ledge

Another favorite place in Chicago is the Willis Tower Skydeck and Ledge.  So, or course we made sure that the Reichman family got to experience it as well!   TIP: Click on the Chicago City Pass graphic to the right to get discount tickets ahead of time.

I chose a background paper that looks like stamped metal to highlight the steel structure, which is one of the tallest buildings in the world.  The left hand page features the two brochures from the experience, which are affixed to the outside of the plastic protector sheets so that they can be opened by the viewer.  It also has a dog tag that we bought at the top of the tower.  I used a brad to hold the top part of the chain, and used a sticky tab to hold down the tag.

The right hand page has 4 pictures from the experience, and the 4 tickets we had to purchase to get to the top.  Since I printed these pictures in 4×6 size, the stretched from the bottom to the top of the page, which helps to emphasize the height of the building.

Sightseeing, Tours, Attractions and Things to do in Chicago

2014: Blue Man Group

2014: Blue Man Group
Part of what is hard about hosting exchange students is that at the end of the year we have to say goodbye :(.  During the last week that Luca was with us his parents came to visit as well!  This was a treat to meet his family, and while they were here we took a trip to Chicago.  One of our family’s favorite things to do in Chicago is to go to the Blue Man Group (as can be seen by these pages from an earlier trip –> Blue Man Group 2012).

What was fun about this time was that our exchange student got invited to be a part of the show!  The bottom right hand picture shows Luca standing by the piece of art that he “helped” to create during the show.  Notice the blue paint on his face!

You know by now that I love ephemera and this page contains several pieces.  The white strips across both pages are pieces of string confetti used during the show, and the left hand page is covered with the plastic bag from the gift shop (the 3 blue men and the words “Blue Man Group”).  The pictures and the blue thumb print are behind the plastic bag.  The blue thumb print was lifted carefully from Luca’s face after the show and then turned into a sticker using my Xyron Sticker Maker in order to protect the oil based blue paint that takes years to dry!

I bordered the pictures, the ticket and the playbill in blue and rounded all of the corners on the photographs.  The playbill is affixed on the outside of the plastic sheet protector so that it can be opened by the viewer.

Sightseeing, Tours, Attractions and Things to do in Chicago

2009: Chicago: Museum of Science and Industry: Trip 2: U-505 Submarine

2009: Chicago: Museum of Science and Industry: Trip 2: U-505 Submarine

2009: Chicago: Museum of Science and Industry: Trip 2: U-505 Submarine

CraftsyWhile on this second trip to the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago we took time to see the U-505 submarine which is housed at the museum.  Here is what Wikipedia has to say about U-505:

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-505s 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.

2009: Chicago: Museum of Science and Industry: Trip 2: U-505 Submarine: Open

2009: Chicago: Museum of Science and Industry: Trip 2: U-505 Submarine: Open

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:

  1. Placing the background paper inside the plastic protector
  2. Placing the picture folder on top of the plastic protector where I wanted it to be
  3. 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.
  4. Using an Exacto knife to carefully score the plastic.
  5. Using a pair of sharp pointed scissors to carefully cut along the scored line.
  6. 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.

2009: Chicago: Museum of Science and Industry: Trip 2

2009: Chicago: Museum of Science and Industry: Trip 2

2009: Chicago: Museum of Science and Industry: Trip 2

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.

2009: Chicago: Museum of Science and Industry: Harry Potter Exhibit

2009: Chicago: Museum of Science and Industry: Harry Potter Exhibit

2009: Chicago: Museum of Science and Industry: Harry Potter Exhibit

CraftsyThe 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.

 

 

2009: Chicago: Museum of Science and Industry 2

2009: Chicago: Museum of Science and Industry 2

2009: Chicago: Museum of Science and Industry 2

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.

 

2009: Chicago: Museum of Science and Industry

2009: Chicago: Museum of Science and Industry

2009: Chicago: Museum of Science and Industry

I know that this page looks disorganized – but that is the way that this trip felt!

We were visiting my parents in Indiana – and decided to take the South Shore Line train into Chicago to visit the Museum of Science and Industry because we wanted to visit the Harry Potter exhibit.

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?

 

2008: Medieval Times

2008: Medieval Times: 1

2008: Medieval Times: 1

We took opportunity to go up to Chicago for a weekend and we made a trip to Medieval Times in Schaumburg, Illinois. Medieval Times is a Dinner theater where there is jousting and other Medieval forms of entertainment.

2008: Medieval Times: 2

2008: Medieval Times: 2

I am particularly proud of this spread for several reasons.  The first is that the brick looking pattern on the background page I created by hand.  I used a marble paper and then used a ruler and a think point black marker to create the brick pattern.  The second is the wooden door which opens to reveal some pictures and the program for the event.  I used wood grain paper to cover card stock.  The hinges and door handle were created using my Cricut machine.  I carefully cut the plastic protector sheet over this page to slip the door into so that it could be opened.

2008: Medieval Times: 3

2008: Medieval Times: 3

I did a similar thing on the right hand side page with a professional photo that Medieval times took and I purchased. I simply cut a slit in the plastic protector over the page and then slipped the photo cover in so that it could be opened by the viewer.

Come back tomorrow to see another spread from inside the castle, but in the meantime here are some other scrapbook pages showcasing other Dinner Theaters that we have been fortunate enough to visit:

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