I actually created this spread after our exchange student left, along with an entire album highlighting our Boston Trip that occurred the week before he left to go home. I mailed this album to him after it was all done, along with some items that we found that he had left behind.
This was a hard page to create because it brought back a lot of memories. The left hand page has a picture of Henry with all of his friends, the night before he left, and pictures of our family with Henry at the airport saying goodbye.
The right hand page has pictures that Henry’s mother sent me of them picking him up at the airport, so that I would know that he made it there safely! I used some pre-designed background pages for this spread, and used a light brown border paper to compliment the background paper.
Notice that there are two pieces of paper tucked in behind the photos on the right hand page. These are “temporary fake plane tickets”. I told Henry ahead of time that I would create this page and that he should keep his tickets. So when he got this page in the mail he could replace mine with the real ones so that he would have a place for them in the album.
While we were visiting Jonathan in Sweden, his brother, Anton, turned 18, and we were fortunate enough to enjoy this special day with him and his family. In the early morning Anton’s mother made a traditional Swedish birthday cake covered in fresh strawberries and with quite an exciting candle on top! In the evening we joined Anton’s family and friends for a traditional Swedish meal – oh wait – that’s not true – we went to a restaurant called Texas Longhorn and had traditional American food!
These page are fairly simple. I used a cupcake background paper for the background of the left hand page and made sure to stick a Swedish flag on the page as well. For the right hand page I found a complimentary color background page, and for all of the pictures bordered them in a strawberry paper to pay homage to the strawberry cake that was had earlier in the day!
My son and I share a birthday – and for 2013 we decided to celebrate by inviting our best friends in joining us to shoot at each other at White River Paintball. I let my son decide how the teams were going to divided up and he decided that it would be he and his friends against me, my friends, and my family. What he didn’t think about is that my brother-in-law was trained in the military and two of my friends had extensive paintball experience. Needless to say that the “adults” won all of the rounds – but I don’t think that the teens cared too much! Afterwards the teens celebrated their loss at Golden Corral.
I had a lot of fun putting these pages together and I used mostly scraps from other projects. I always save the scraps because they often can come in handy for livening up another spread. I bordered all of the pictures with the same light green paper and then used corrugated paper and cork board to make the accents. I pushed a decorative pin through some of the accents to add more interest and depth to the spread.
You will notice that all of the pictures of us playing paintball have the company logo on them – this is because they took pictures of the event throughout the day – since I ordered a birthday party package. They then posted the pictures on facebook – and I was able to download and print them. This was an awesome bonus to the event because I did not have to worry about carting a camera around all day.