The next stop on our Spring Break Road Trip was the St Louis Gateway Arch, officially known as the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial. This has been one of my favorite places to visit, and I have been up it over 10 times in the last 20 years. We have made sure to take all of our exchange students to experience it.
Visitor Tip: The lines to ride up to the top can be long. Either order your tickets online, or get there first thing in the morning. You will have to stand in line to get your tickets, then in another line to go through security, and then in a third line to actually get on the tram to take you to the top.
I chose a blue theme for this page to play off of the beautiful blue in the pictures looking up at the arch. The left hand page has a date stamp from the museum in the middle of the pictures, which logs the date that we were at the museum. The right hand page also has the ticket for the tram, which also logs the date and time of our trip to the top. The 4 pictures on this page are from the top of the Arch looking to the East and West.
This second spread of our trip to the Arch contains the brochures from the various parts of the experience. As there were so many brochures I chose to not mount them to the page, but rather selected a pre-printed Arch background paper, and then just slipped it and the brochures into the plastic page protector. The brochures do slip around quite a bit inside the pocket, but it was the easiest way to allow the reader to view all of the brochures if they wish.
The left hand page is actually a left over cut out from another spread that I did from an earlier visit to the Arch. I used a blue background paper to put behind the left over cut out and it creates a reverse video effect of the arch. I used a needle nose pair of scissors to carefully trim the photographs to fit the inner curve of the arch, and a circle cutter to cut out the hole in the top left hand corner. I put a stamp from the museum in this hole to designate the date of this event. The medallion in the bottom right of this page was purchased at the museum store.
For Spring Break 2014 we visited Southern Illinois and St Louis. One of the must see sights in St Louis is the St Louis Arch, and I made sure that we were able to get tickets to get Luca to the top. In order to create the Arch on this page I used my Gypsy to create two partial ellipses to be cut out by my Cricut Machine. I then cut the arch so that it would fit across both pages in the spread. I used a corner cutter to round the pictures to match the flowing lines of the Arch. I also included a token and brochure that we picked up at the Arch.
For this second spread of the Arch I used the remaining paper from the Arch cutout from the first spread. I mounted this page on top of a full sheet of black paper, and I moved the inside part of the page to the left a little to add perspective to the Arch and the page. I place our tickets and a pull out postcard of the Arch on the left hand page. For the photographs on the right hand page I put them on top of a think black border to bring the two pages together, and also rounded the edges of the photographs. I found the laser cut of the Arch on Ebay.
Visitor Tips: Get to the Arch early and buy your tickets to ride to the top right away. During busy seasons you could wait several hours to get on the trams, or they might even run out of time slots.
In October we traveled to Illinois so that I could attend my College Homecoming. Since we were so close to Missouri at the time I knew that we needed to take Jonathan to see the St Louis Arch. In order to create the Arch on this page I used my Gypsy to create two partial ellipses to be cut out by my Cricut Machine. I then cut the arch so that it would fit across both pages in the spread. On the right hand page I used a corner cutter to cut one corner of each of the photo’s as it helps to make the photos look like a collage. Notice that I printed out the journaling for this page on white paper and then cut and colored it to make it look like a cloud in the sky by the Arch.
For the spread showcasing pictures inside the Arch I used the remaining paper from the Arch cutout from the first spread. I mounted this page on top of a full sheet of dark blue paper, and I moved the inside part of the page to the left a little to add perspective to the Arch and the page. On the right hand page I put our tickets and a certificate announcing that Jonathan had made it to the top of the Arch.
For this third spread I used scrapbook paper that I purchased as part of a pack at the Arch Shop. I attached the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial brochure to the outside of the plastic protector sheet so that the viewer could open it to see it. The way that this brochure is folded it opens upside down for the viewer – but I thought that it was more important to have the brochure mounted correctly than for it to open in a convenient way for the viewer.
- Wild Video Of Lightning Striking The St. Louis Arch During The 8-Hour Cardinals-Royals Game (businessinsider.com)
- The St. Louis Arch: Art and History (viewsfromhere.com)
- The St. Louis Arch Turned 45 Saturday (stlouis.cbslocal.com)