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Foreign Exchange Student Scrapbook

by Amy Bowerman

For the past two years my parents have had two Korean  foreign exchange students staying with them while they finished up highschool in the states.  These two boys became like part of the family.  We had them with us through the holidays and usually part of the summers too.  My mother was always taking pictures of their “American” experiences.  A few months before they were set to return home before starting college my Mother asked me to make them each a scrapbook with all the pictures she had taken (Jae and Joon lived with my folks for 2 years).   This was the first time I have ever made a masculine scrapbook.  It was also the first time I deviated from the traditional 12″X 12″ scrapbook layout…difficult at first but in the end I think it helped me keep up the masculine theme of the scrapbook because I didn’t have the room to go crazy with embellishments.  I used a lot of Travel scrapbook paper to complete the albums for Jae and Joon they are world travelers after all.  The theme at Simon Says Stamp this week is travel which fits in perfectly with the scrapbook itself and all the scrapbook layouts I have created.  Come along and flip through a travel themed masculine scrapbook with me…

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Customized Cover

Mom picked up two inexpensive 8.5″X11″ albums but the covers were beyond blah!  I dressed them up a bit with a strip of Travel scrapbook paper across the middle which I adhered and sealed with Mod Podge.

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Custom End Page with Memento Envelope

I also added travel scrapbook paper to the front and back inside covers.  Using the scraps I created a memento envelope and personalized it with each boys name.  The scrap in the lower right hand corner is embossed “Made With Love” from Sizzix Originals.

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Perfect for extra photos!

Since I had to make two travel scrapbooks and the boys were brothers I didn’t want them to be exactly alike I tried to use different travel papers for the envelopes and pages.  I tucked some extra pictures inside the envelopes that I didn’t have room to include in the scrapbook.

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Boy Band

My little guy is putting on a show for the boys with my Dad….oh how he LOVED those two!

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Brothers from anutha' Mutha'

My son told everybody who would listen that he had two brothers when Jae and Joon were here.  I think they got as big a kick out of Jack as he got out of them!

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Chillin' with the Fam

 

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Wrapping a memory

I was going for a wrapped present look with this layout.  I think I hit my mark.  However, this layout was much more time-consuming and tedious than I had expected…I think twice was enough for me.

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A day at the lake

A lot of Stampers Anonymous stamps were used on the next few scrapbook layouts.  I love these stamps for pretty much any creation but they work extremely well with a masculine scrapbook.

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Water Sports

More Stampers Anonymous stamps and of course Distress ink!  Distress ink makes everything better :)

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My FAVORITE!

This is my favorite picture of all the boys!  I love the look of the Distress ink on the Vellum as well.

 

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Sunday Best

Dressed to impress!

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The Nosebleed section

Jae is a Red Sox fan and Joon is a Yankees fan…talk about sibling rivalry!  My father wanted to take the boys to a Yankees vs. Red Sox game but being a die-hard Yankee fan himself refused to go anywhere but Yankee stadium.  He managed to score some nosebleed seats and took my hubs and the boys to the big game….armed with binoculars of course :)

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"...buy me some peanuts & Cracker Jack!"

I told my Dad to save any ticket stubs and programs that were given out at the game so I could use them in the scrapbook.  He one upped me and brought back a Yankee pinstripe popcorn bag and a bag of Cracker Jack.  For this layout I cut the Yankee’s logo from the popcorn bag and used the leftover pinstripe scraps to create borders around the photos.  I also cut out the Cracker Jack images and punched stars from the Cracker Jack bag.

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Youth Group

The boys with their youth group.

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Jae and Joon with Pastor Pete…my parents church hosts a Korean service on Sundays.

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Graduation

I used Dried Marigold Distress ink on crumpled paper for the background on the Graduation ticket.

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Friends and Mentors

 

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Something to remember us by

For the last page I took photos of all of us and mounted on a simple white border…I was going for Polaroid style.  The names were created with a Dymo labeler.

The boys were wowed by the travel scrapbooks when we presented them an hour before they were to be driven to the airport.  I was so glad I was able to see their reactions.  I don’t scrapbook often and never for myself.  I only make scrapbooks to give as gifts simply because I love to see the joy on friends and family members faces when they see their memories put together in a beautiful scrapbook album.

On the ride to the airport Jae said this to my mother…”Mrs. B I used to think that a picture was something you looked at for a little while and then threw away but this album has shown me that pictures are so much more….they are memories and I will treasure this album always.”

Oh how my heart did sing when I heard that!

Thanks for letting me share!

Have an inspired day,

Amy*

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2 Sarah August 29, 2011 at 12:23 pm

Wow!! I love the different pages and layouts on each! This is really a beautiful book – such a fun way to thumb through and see the different memories you’ve made : )

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3 Audrey Pettit August 28, 2011 at 12:39 pm

Oh, wow! This is beautiful beyond words, Amy! What a special experience for all of you, and what amazing albums you made for the boys. The time spent and details on every page is just a joy to see. I so enjoyed looking at each and every page and reading all the stories. I know these boys have touched your lives…….and I know you’ve touched theirs. Thanks so much for sharing!

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4 Dan August 27, 2011 at 5:59 pm

I’m sure they’ll really treasure these books! The Design Team are really pleased that you joined us for the Simon Says Stamp and Show Challenge this week – Thank you!

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