Chicago Scrapbook Layouts
I wasn't in Chicago very long, but what I saw there was awesome. These Chicago Scrapbook Layouts were all done from Post Cards I picked up as I did not have my camera with me. All but three of the Post Cards were from a booklet from the Chicago Architectural Foundation. Thus was born the Chicago Architecture Scrapbook.
I grew up in several small cities, and currently live in a city that has no buildings over 6 stories tall - the result of the City's Board of Architectural Review to maintain the skyline of the church steeples. So the Architecture of Chicago was particularly impressive to me and sooooo verrrry tall! When I looked up the buildings, I lost my balance so I was thrilled to find these photo post cards.
Preview of Chicago Attractions Scrapbook
Photo 1. The North Bank. Photo by Bob Harr @ Hedrick Blessing.
Photo 2. The Daily News Building, 1929, Architects - Holabind & Root. Photo by Bob Shimer @ Hedrich Blessing.
Photo 3. Jewelers Building, 1926, Architects - Giaver & Pinkelberg, with Thielbar & Fugard.
United of America Building, 1962, Architects - Shaw, Metz & Associates. Photo by Geoff Nicholson @ Hedrich Blessing.
Background Paper - Die Cut of Chicago
No embellishments on this Chicago Scrapbook Layout as I just tried to get the post cards to fit into the die cut. I cut a few of the green strips and moved them to make the photos fit.
Chicago Tours are Lined Up
Photo 1. Brochure I used to arrange my tours while in Chicago from the Chicago Architectural Tours Foundation.
Photo 2. Chicago Skyline. Photo Bob Shimer @ Hedrich Blessing.
Photo 3. Sears Tower, 1974, Architects - Skidmore, Owings & Merrill. Photo by Bob Nick @ Hedrich Blessing.
Photo 4. The Navy Pier and Windy City Skyline at Morning.
Background Paper - The printed paper called Circle Border was from Hot Off the Press, Personal Shopper Kit July 2010, as was the blue rick rack, and the blue with white stars. The basic layout design was also suggested in their Newsletter.
Chicago Architectural Tour
Photo 1. 860-880 North Lake Shore Drive, 1949-1951, Architect - Ludwig. Photo by Mies Vander Rohe @ Hedrich Blessing.
Photo 2. Chicago Skyline. Photo Bob Shimer @ Hedrich Blessing.
Photo 3. 333 West Wacker Drive, 1983, Architects - Kohn, Pedersen, Fox. Photo by Bob Harr @ Hedrich Blessing.
Photo 4. Sky Deck Brochure.
Photo 5. Quaker Tower (glass walled building in center) and Westin River North Hotel (to the right) & Marina City (Twin Towers).
Photo 6. Swissotel, 1989, Architects - Harry Weese & Associates. Photo by Marco Lorenzetti @ Hedrich Blessing.
Background Paper - Again I used a Die Cut with the Chicago Skyline and Chicago written out for these 2 Chicago Scrapbook Layouts.
The adjoining page came with this one. All I did was fit the post card photos into the grid lines from the Die Cut and added 3 small photos from the Sky Deck Brochure.
Panoramic View -
These 2 Chicago Scrapbook Layouts will be in sheet protectors together, along with 4 more in a sheet protector that opens out to show all layouts together, all with black as the basic background, in a Panoramic View. I thought the Panoramic view would give some idea as to the expanse of the buildings I saw while in the Tall City of Chicago.
Chicago at Night Scrapbook Layout
Photo 1. Wrigley Building, 1921-1924, Architect - Graham Anderson, Probst & White. Photo by Marco Lorenzetti @ Hedrich Blessing.
Photo 2. NBC Tower, 1989, Architect - Skidmore, Owings & Merrill. Photo by Nick Merrick @ Hedrich Blessing.
Photo 3. Chicago River. Photo by Laurence Parent.
Photo 4. Aon Center, 1973, Architects - Durrell Stone with Perkins & Will. Photo by Scott McDonald @ Hedrich Blessing.
Photo 5. Hyatt Regency Hotel (front center with Towers behind and to the right), 1974-1980, Architects - Epstein & Sons. Photo by Bob Shimmer @ Hedrich Blessing.
Photo 6. Chicago at Night. Photo by Richard Cummins @ City Concepts, Inc.
Background Paper - For these Chicago Scrapbook Layouts, I used plain black background
and used white mattes around 3 of the photos, leaving 3 without mattes.
The lettering for Chicago on the left - to mirror the Post Card on the right - was from die cut card stock sticker letters provided in my Personal Shopper Kit for July 2010. They are from Sassafras, Item #21131. I thought the big bold letters and color were a good match for these Chicago Layouts. The first time I saw them I thought of the Chicago sign.
The Windy City Scrapbook Layout
Photo 1. R. R. Donnelly Center, 1992, Architect - Ricardo Bofill Arquitectura with De Stefano & Partner. Photo by Marco Lorenzetti @ Hedrich Blessing.
Photo 2. Swissotel, 1989, Architect - Harry Weese & Associates. Photo by Marco Lorensetti @ Hedrich Blessing.
Photo 3. 333 West Wacker Drive, 1983, Architects - Kohn Pedersen Fox. Photo by Bob Harr @ Hedrich Blessing.
Photo 4. Inland Steel Building, 1954-1958, Architects - Skidmore, Owings & Merrill. Photo by Nick Merrick @ Hedrich Blessing.
Photo 5. Chicago Sun Times Building (front left), 1957, Architects - Naess & Murphy. Photo by Bob Shimmer @ Hedrich Blessing.
Background Paper - For these pages, I used plain black background for the left to match the right side paper called City Scape. This is a Hambly Studios hand silk-screened paper. I used white mattes around all of the photos.
The lettering for Chicago Scrapbook Layouts Windy City on the left and right layouts were from the Personal Shopper Kit for July 2010.
Chicago Collage Scrapbook Layout
This is not my layout - its just a great collage of Chicago Landmarks by Paper House Productions called Chicago Collage.
I have no idea where I picked it up, but I am guessing it was at the CK Convention in Charlotte, NC that I attended just a few days before going to Chicago. It will go in the back of my Chicago Scrapbook Layouts.
I hope you have enjoyed the Chicago Scrapbook Layouts
and have a few ideas for some layouts of your own. These layouts have almost no embellishments, but I wanted to show the beauty of the beautiful buildings and they photos didn't need anything additional.
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