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.
As our year with our exchange student was coming to end I wanted to take one more family trip together. So we decided to go down to Louisville, KY. On the way down we saw a billboard for Bike Adventures in the Mega Caverns and decided that we had to try it out. There are so many activities to do in the Caverns including guided bike tours, a tram tour, a zipline tour, a high ropes course, and a bmx jump course. The caverns are actually a former limestone mine that has been converted to an adventure park, and a huge underground storage area. We only had time to do the Bike Adventure, but we were able to make it back at a later date to do more.
Visitor Tip: You will get dirty at this location – take a spare set of clothes to change into.
For this spread I chose vintage machinery background paper to hint at the former mining purpose of these caverns. I used a black paper border for the pictures, and included a patch that I purchased at the onsite store, as well as the brochure, which is affixed to the outside of the plastic page protector so that the viewer can open it to read. At the top of the right hand page is the entrance wristband which has the date written on it. This serves as a date stamp for the spread.
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)
On our foray into Kentucky we saw a sign for the Abraham Lincoln Birthplace. Since we had visited the Lincoln Presidential Museum and burial site a few months before I thought that it would be fun to stop and see where Abraham Lincoln was born. Interestingly enough, the home had been long ago demolished, and in its place this large “temple” erected that had a replica log cabin built inside of it. It was quite a grand structure considering that there was hardly anything inside of it. There was a very interesting visitor’s center and gift shop that was on the grounds. The top right hand picture is of the underground stream where the family got their water.
On the left hand page you will notice a white circle with a purple date stamp in it. Almost every National Park site will have one of these stamps, and we usually collect them to put in the scrapbook because they highlight the location and the date that we were there.
On the right hand page I placed the two brochures that we picked up at the visitors center. They are not affixed to the page, but rather held in place by the strip of cardboard that I placed down the center. This cardboard is held in place by three brads. I did this because the brochures were double sided and there was no good way to attach them to the page. It is a little more difficult to get these ones off of the page to view as the reader would have to slide the whole page out of the plastic protector and then remove the brochures from the side.
We were fortunate enough to be able to take a trip down to Kentucky in February. On the way down we stopped at Churchill Downs and the Kentucky Derby Museum. I chose a green theme for this spread based on the colors in the brochure on the left hand page. I liked the argyle print on the right hand page as it reminded me of some of the colors of the jockey’s uniforms.
Don’t think that I was betting on the races because of the ticket on the right hand side, that is from a simulated betting game that is in the museum – I didn’t do to well, so I think that I will continue my habit of not betting on horses.
I also included the red wrist band from the tour of the grounds, and a patch that I purchased in the museum store.
But, my favorite ephemera on this page is inside the green circle on the right hand page – it is dirt from the track. My son, knowing my love for including ephemera on my pages, picked up a handful while we were on the tour! I placed it inside a plastic protector pocket and then glued it shut. I then glued the green circle around it so that you could not see the glue marks where I sealed it.
- the land of mint juleps and fast horses: churchill downs (iscreamforsunshine.wordpress.com)