Thanksgiving is a new holiday for our exchange students, as it is a uniquely American holiday. So we like to make sure that they get the full experience. This year we went to my parents house for a couple of days where our exchange student met my nieces and nephews (they loved him if you can’t tell from the pictures), had traditional Thanksgiving dinner at my parents house, and then the next day had Thanksgiving/Christmas dinner and gift exchange at my sisters houses (with all of her kids). They had a new kitten which we all enjoyed playing with (see if you can find him in the photographs). We took Henry to Walmart on Thanksgiving night so that he could experience Black Friday and I think that he thought that we were all crazy (and he is probably right!).
I selected the background paper for this spread from a Fall paper book, and I cut the turkey out using my Cricut machine. In order to give the wing a letter more definition I put a thick sticky tab underneath the wing to make it stick out from the page. I did something that is not usual for me – I journaled on this page. I did this because there were so many different things happening on this page, and I thought it would be important to explain them.
To end this adventurous day, we had a light supper on the Rhein at Rheinuferpark with the Reichmann’s. It was a wonderfully peaceful way to end a day that included multiple border crossings and many steps being climbed.
While we were waiting for our food a couple and the sun was setting, a couple of swans started swimming towards us up the river. I went down to the water’s edge and snapped a couple of these pictures and thought that they were beautiful. The color scheme for these pages was based off of the yellow sunset in the background of these pictures.
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.
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.