Friday, April 2, 2010

I finally finished!

I finally finished my vacation album! I took me a little over a week! I used a Bo Bunny 9x9 Album with an extra set of inserts! I took over 200 pictures in Boston! I only put about 80 of them in my album. It's a pretty thick album - heavy, too! Here it is:

I used the Basic Grey Origins collection to decorate my album. I just thought that the colors were appropriate for Boston! I used the Take Note shape for the cover and added Basic Grey Eerie Alphabet Stickers for my title as well as some Origins Bloomers, Sparkling Rub-Ons, Pops and Woolies.

Check out how thick this album is!

This is the inside cover and page 1. I just tried to give an overview of Boston. The picture in the upper right is a postcard - come on, you've all seen my pictures - they're just not that good!

We went to Salem on the first day. I was so excited! I've wanted to go to Salem ever since I was a little girl. It was neat, but not at all what I was expecting. I think I liked the city better!

More of Salem. I love those graveyards. They are in the middle of the city and super old!

Close-up of page 3. My kids in the stockades. I told them I was going to bring those home if they misbehaved! LOL!

I love this picture! It's so spooky! I may have to use it as my wallpaper for Halloween!

This is the beginning of the Freedom Trail in Boston. It starts at Bunker Hill. That monument is so tall - you can see it everywhere in the city.

More of the Freedom Trail. The Boston Common is in the upper left corner. It is the oldest park in the US - established in 1634! The Old State House and site of the Boston Massacre are the rest of the pictures. How surreal to be standing on the places you've learned about in school!

This was a market place that we walked through on the way to Little Italy. I saw an outdoor Farmer's Market and Fish Market that I've only ever seen on t.v.! I had to take pictures!

Here is the Old North Church. The colonists hung the two lanterns in the steeple of this church as a warning that the British were coming by sea. This church is so cool! They had pew boxes that were purchased by the colonists. During the cold winters, the families would all huddle inside the boxes with hot stones at their feet to keep them warm! Could you imagine? Thank goodness for central heat!

Here is the Paul Revere House and the USS Constitution. The Constitution is a 212 year old wooden ship that is still in commission! The US Navy actually gave us a tour of this ship!

To complement our history adventure we drove to Lexington and Concord, which are about 20 minutes away from Boston. Both of those cities were absolutely beautiful, but very cold! No huge buildings to hold in the heat! We saw the Minute Men meeting house and the Lexington Battle site.

More Lexington and Concord. The Concord Museum on the right housed one of the two lanterns used as the warning the British were coming in the Old North Church. The Museum was closed when we got there and we couldn't stay and wait for it to open. Oh well, guess we'll have to go back!

The kids wanted to ride the Subway as part of the big city experience, so we took the train to Cambridge and went over to Harvard. The campus is beautiful with all the old buildings and trees! I took a picture of my girls on the steps of the library - I figured this was as much of Harvard we were going to be able to afford!

I can't make an album without a top 10 list! Here are my ten favorite things about the city: The tall buildings, Little Italy, Row Houses, Cheers, Trees, Outdoor Farmer's Markets, Shopping, Graveyards in the middle of the city, Roasted Almonds, The Charles River. I don't have all 10 in the pictures, but I have 6 of them!

Finally, the last page. Here are just some extra pictures that I loved that I wanted to put in the album! The "keepsake" envelope has some maps, brochures, extra pictures and our plane tickets!

I hope you weren't entirely bored looking at my album! I have a special treat for those of you that made it through to the end! Leave me a comment (hopefully nice and not that you were bored to tears) about my album and I'll put you in a random drawing for a Basic Grey Origins Collection Pack! Yes, the whole thing - all 18 papers, Element Stickers and Alphabet Stickers! You have until midnight Monday and I'll announce the winner on Tuesday! Tell all of your friends!

Thanks for looking at my album and have a Happy Easter!

Happy Crafting!


  1. I was not bord to tears! lol I love looking at pictures and it turned out so nice! Denise

  2. Denise, Looks like you had a fabulous time. I have Lived In Mass and now New hampshire my whole life, it's great to see what intrest people the most when they come to the boston area. Did you love the accent? Did you try the Chowda?

  3. I can't believe you finished it all in just under a week! Love it! It takes me forever just to choose the right pictures. I never thought to add a Top Ten List to my albums...guess I better find room for another page! What a great idea!

  4. I can't believe it only took you a week to complete this album. Way to go!! It makes me anxious to go to all those places.

  5. Oh man I am so in love with Basic Grey. I always think I have a favorite collection until the new ones come out. Sometimes they are rather wild, but Orgins strikes a nice balance with the earth tones.

  6. Yes, Boston is incredible. Real sense of history. Plus I love all the Basic Grey sets. But your album shows fantastic creativity and design. Everything "fits" all well together. Love your cover choices too. Virginia

  7. I love it! it's absolutely gorgeous. i want to copy you and make an album from a trip we are going to take. and i have to print out some pictures because all i have are digital images!!! thanks! it was really worth it to spend time on your beautiful project. something like this you keep forever:-)

  8. Such hard work! I don't have the patience for that much detail!

  9. This would have taken me months to complete, I'm so impressed that you made a quality album so quickly. What an awesome and historical trip you took, I would luv to visit there. I'm always drawn to graveyards too! You did an excellent job on this and the paper collection goes really well with your photos, pat yourself on the back!

  10. love this paper since its so versatile- I just gotta say I would be totally spooked in the graveyards and stockade cause I get scared very easily but it sounds like you had tons of fun! Don't forget to journal your Top 6!

  11. Floren, this is just wonderful. I love vacation albums. I love taking the trip over and over again through my photos. Great job with the Origins paper. I adore it!

  12. wow wow wow!
    makes me excited to go to Boston!
    I agree with the others, a ton of work done so quickly! you rock!