St. Louis or BUST!

I don’t know a scrapbooker who isn’t behind in their scrapbooking!  I’m no exception.  I’m proud to say that yesterday I completed my scrapbooks from our St. Louis trip — from 2002!  That brings me up to date through April of 2002.  I have scrapbooked more recent events but these later years aren’t complete.  So I still need to catch up a lot in between.

I have two kids so I scrapbook in “tandem”.  Each kid has his or her own events and then, even with the family events, there still is their individual “flavor” to incorporate.  So basically, I am always working on two scrapbooks at the same time.  Every once in a while, I will have identical layouts, but most times, they are different.  The St. Louis scrapbooks netted 31 pages for my daughter and 39 pages for my son.

Our St. Louis trip was much like many trips we take — researched for all the things we could do along the way as well as all those things our destination had to offer.  We did quite a number of things and the pages I share here are only some of our wanderings.  Even with all I scrapbooked, there were items that were left out.  Digital cameras are fabulous tools for scrapbookers and sometimes the hardest part is sifting through all those pictures to choose what really captures the essence of any event.

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Cover Page – The actual name has been masked on the title.  My AAA membership comes in handy as this page features a map of St. Louis.

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En Route – My daughter’s pages illustrate our stops along the way.  Again, thanx to AAA for the road map!

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En Route – My son’s pages.  This is an example of the different “flavors” in their individual scrapbooks.  My son had a really fabulous time at the hotel pool and he was much more the focus there than his sister was.  (Sorry Girlie Girl!)

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The Arch – My daughter’s pages.  I used a soft wispy blue back ground and then used silver foil wrapping paper to recreate an arch that spans both pages.

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A View from the Top – My son’s pages, hence some duplication of photos.

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The Butterfly House – My daughter’s pages.  She was completely mesmerized.  My son, not so much, so this time she was the focus of the camera.

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St. Louis Sights – My daughter’s pages.  I got a bit brave with this one, and actually cut the photos across the two page layout.  I say “a bit” because I only sliced them just a little.  This layout was the result of not having enough pictures  for 4 pages yet wanting to keep to even numbers so as not to throw the rest of the book off.

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St. Louis Brewery – My son’s pages.  I used the star from the Anheiser Busch logo as my inspiration for the stars that embellish these pages.

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Cahokia Mounds – Here I took two photos and matted them together to create a panoramic view from the top of Monk’s Mound.

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Indianapolis – My daughter’s pages.  On the way back, we stopped to visit family friends.  I incorporated the school pictures of her friends into these pages.

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Children’s Museum – My son’s pages.  My son was quite a bit younger than the other 4 kids so while they were off doing their thing, we accompanied him — with camera, of course!

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Children’s Museum – My son’s pages.  I needed some filler and what better than boxes since he was playing in a box!

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Children’s Museum – My son’s pages.

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Children’s Museum – My daughter’s pages.  Another example of the different “flavors” between their books when capturing the same event.

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Goin’ for a Ride – All too often, we get caught up in capturing the beginnings of a trip.  Here we captured the final events including check out from the hotel.

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