I guess I didn't expect to ever find myself in the Scrapbook Forum, but here I am. Woo! I recently spent about 3 weeks in NE Argentina and SW Uruguay and made this book while there, finishing up after arriving home. I had found the vintage Auto Bingo card at the thrift store just a few days before PhizzyChick posted this wonderful work of creativity: www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic= 270914.msg3058163
which inspired me to use it for the cover. I made the back with book board and cut pages from cardstock I had on hand and after using pigment ink stamp pads to color the pages, bound it with my Bind-It-All.
I loved finding the wee things for those windows, less than an inch square. Part of the fun was trying to find things for the existing words, part of the fun was ignoring them. I bound it at the top to reflect how Argentina (our only planned destination) is a long, rather than wide country.
The couple looks very roughly like me and The ManFlesh and he found them for me, so it was fun to include his contributions, too.
The first few days of the trip were less activity-intense as The ManFlesh had a stomach flu, but after that each day got it's own spread.
Day 7 Close-up
I was able to find something to put at each of the towns we stopped in. It took some serious stompin and poundin to flatten that cap w/o tools.
This one was harder to get together, but after digging through the collected ephemera and detritus I was able to get enough things to tell the story of that days highlights. I was so excited to realize these swizzle sticks I'd saved looked like oars and would be a great addition to tell of our canoe/kayak trip on the Rio Parana.
This is one of my favorite spreads because I was aple to tell the story of The ManFlesh realizing he'd left his visa at the restaurant at the Jardin Japones when we went to pay for our snack outside the Museo Nacional De Arte Decorativo and our walk back to get it. Also it shows the local guys we met through his uncle who helped give us a look at typical Buenos Aires night life. It's about 7" wide and open almost 15" long, so my scanner couldn't handle the inside images. I think the camera shots are better than the covers, which I scanned. Bummer.
Day 22 and Inside Back Cover
Our last day started as we arrived in Houston for our layover. Between our houses we passed Baja Fresh and decided we needed to partake in some spicy food - something not easy to find in Argentina and then we went to pick up The ManFlesh's dog. Left over postcard postage added some color to the map on the inside back cover. The ink jet printer photo has discolored the little strip of paper I glued there that said "Thank you for your preference" that I cut off an ATM receipt. Lesson learned there.
Oh, how I love carpinchos now!
If you've made it this far, THANK YOU! The whole entire thing is posted in my flickr if you haven't suffered enough:http://www.flickr.com/photos/36662201@N02/sets/72157616593662495/