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Thursday, September 15, 2011

50 States Blog Hop

Welcome to the 50 States Blog Hop!!

Welcome to the 50 States Blog Hop! Most of us would love to travel but are having staycations this year. What better way to travel but through a blog hop. This hop was inspired by our host Shawnee's journey across the United States as she traveled with her family to their new home. The United States is truly beautiful with many wonderful places to visit and see.

If you've hopped along from NEVADA, then you are in the right place!! If you are just joining me from your dashboard or happened along from somewhere else, please be sure to CLICK HERE to start with the first state in the union, Delaware, because you won't want to miss out on any of the fun (or any of the blog candy!!)...

There is an AMAZING Grand Prize Package for one LUCKY hopper (winner chosen by Rafflecopter)!!  To be entered to win, please do the following:

So what's the Grand Prize???

Cricut Cartridge - Destinations, beautiful handmade flowers from Shannon at Creative Chaos Flowers, and a $20 Gift Certificate to Scraptastical Kreations.

Now on to Nebraska!!

If you are looking for All About Fall Blog Hop, please click FALL.

If you are looking for my Frosted Designs metal punch project, click HERE.

I am Lori and was born and raised in Nebraska!  This project grew from a 2-page layout to a mini research project converted into a mini album!! 

I originally planned a 2-page layout that was going to cover the flooding in Nebraska along the Missouri River. But then I did not want that to be the only thing you really heard about. So I thought about doing the Top 10 things I like, but there was more than 10 and I also wanted to include the myths (dislikes). So, I decided to make a mini album in the shape of Nebraska. I used 50 States to make my pages. I cut out the pages first in watercolor paper.

I put 3 Nebraskas on my mat at 11.17w x 17.55h (it seems big but if you were to use the Real Size it would be 10.51w x 5.22h) to fit the 12x18 piece of paper.  I used the rotate button from the advanced menu to turn the third state 90 degrees.

Because the watercolor paper is thick, I used Multi-cut 2.  This will cut out the paper twice around each shape.

Here is what is left!  I then switched my mat size to 12 x 12 so I could cut the paper two at a time.  I flipped over one of the states so I would cut out a front and back of the same paper.  This way, when you open the book both pages are the same color.  I think that is more pleasing to the eye!

Here is my cover and some of my pages.  I used my Bind-It-All to bind the book together.  I cut out my titles from my Gypsy and printed out some of my journaling/facts on cardstock from my computer.  I inked the edges of everything with Tim Holtz Vintage Photo ink.

Here is my welcome page.  I highlighted Welcome because a lot of people (who are not from here) say they feel welcome here.

This page has the necessary facts about our state as well as a photo showing the flooding here.  This photo was taken in June before our flood levels crested.  We still have houses, parks, farmland and roads under water.

This page here highlights lake life for us.  We have a cabin on a lake that has been in our family since I was a baby.  I grew up in the lake, in the boat and full of sand!!

Our Zoo is amazing!  If you have never seen or heard of it, check it out HERE.  There is even a web cam on our penguins in the aquarium!  My son Tanner loves the zoo.

This page here highlights our schools.  We have 5 Universities in our State and several State Colleges.  Our public schools are pretty good too!!  Many people come to Omaha to study at Creighton University.

Offutt Airforce Base is very close to our house.  On 9/11, I saw President Bush's plane fly over my house.  The magnitude of that day really hit me at that moment.  On a brighter note, we have an awesome air show every August!

This page highlights some of our landmarks.

And next to it we have Famous Nebraskans and one very famous visitor....

Lady Ga Ga has been here several times.  Her (sometimes) boyfriend grew up one town away from mine.  She has been spotted at our local bowling alley two different times.  She was last here over the summer filming her latest video for You and I.  She and her crew used the elementary school (where my nieces go to school) to eat lunch every day during filming.

Of course I had to highlight the Huskers.  I am a Husker fan by marriage :)  My oldest son attends UNL.

The College World Series is here every year.  This year was the first year at the new ball park TD Ameritrade Park.  Some of us still like Rosenblatt Field and all of the tradition that went with it.

Nebraska City, NE is the home of Arbor Day.  They have an Apple Jack Festival every September.

Omaha is the home of Boystown.  I grew up about 15 minutes away.  They do amazing things with children who really need a stable family environment!

We have some good food here, some home grown, some local restaurants, and some is cooked locally.

We have some general misunderstandings.....we do not all live on farms, we do not all wear overalls, we do not have low taxes (in fact we are called "The Tax Me State") it costs a TON to license your car here!!, and it is not boring here (at least all the time)!  President Clinton almost went his entire presidency without visiting us, but stopped by Kearney for a very short visit shortly before his term ended.  We were the last state that he visited.

We do have two legends here locally:  The Hatchet House (a one-room school house where the teacher went crazy during a blizzard and killed the children with a hatchet) and Heartbeat Bridge (in front of Hatchet House ~ it sounds like a heart beating as you go over Hell's Creek).  It was a fun place to go on a dark night with a car full of friends!  The school building has been moved next to the library in Papillion (where I live) so the land it was on could be developed commercially.

The day after I finished my album, there was an article in the paper about 2011 Nebraska Passport Attractions.  I put a copy of it on the back of the album.  There are 32 cities with an attraction listed.

Here is the front of my album all finished!  And now are you ready for the test???  I feel like a history teacher ~ he he.  Seriously, there is no test!!  I would love to know one thing that you learned today about Nebraska that you did not already know!!  If you leave me a comment including what you learned, you will be eligible for my blog candy:

I added a little Husker goodie and some of my favorites!!  Thank you for stopping by!!!

Now you can hop to the NEXT STATE IN THE UNION -- COLORADO!!  Remember to leave a comment on each state to be eligible for the GRAND PRIZE!!

50 States Hop



Amanda said...

I love that u made an info album about Nebraska shaped like Nebraska! Such a cute idea & very inspiring! Great way 2 teach my son history about our great state of S. Carolina! I liked learning about the Hatchet House~eerie~I love a good ghost story! Would love 2 win your blog candy~I have like 0 scrappy supplies right now~no $ :( lol! thanx~prhmangel at gmail dot com Also, following via GFC!

Donna said...

How cool! This is a great idea for a mini book of a vacation to any state! I did not know that you had a Lady Gaga connection there :-)

Sheila aka SassyLady said...

Wow I sure learned alot about Nebraska reading this post! Love your book and the pride you have living in your state just shines through. TFS

ScrappinT said...

My mother was from Nebraska, so it was interesting to learn about the teacher with the hatchet! Loved my visit to Nebraska

Cathie w said...

great hop idea very cleaver and cute project


Lisa said...

I love the album you made! so cool and informational! I did not know that boytown originate there -- learn something new everyday!


Have a scrap- happy day,
Lisa G

Sunshine HoneyBee said...

Like the shape album. You've put time & love into the creation of memories. Not been to Nebraska.
"Sunshine HoneyBee"

littlen said...

very nice album. i did not know there were 5 universities in nebraska.

Shawnee said...

Beautiful album. I love how you made a shaped album. It is so beautiful and so much thought and heart went into it. I love that you highlighted all the wonders of your state.

Thank you for being a part of this fun hop!

Co Host
50 States Blog hop

Barbara B said...

I love the chipboard book of Nebraska. I had a great aunt and uncle who live Ogalla(mispelled I think) We have been there at least twice. I did not know it was called the Tax Me State.

Barbara B

mjblahnik56 said...

Love the book. Have been to Scotts Bluff and Chadron. TFS

Becky Dunham said...

Wow Lori! What a great book! Let me see, something I learned today about Nebraska that I didn't know... EVERYTHING! I know absolutely nothing about Nebraska except for the flooding, I guess I knew that :( but that is not a fun thing to know. I love all the interesting facts you listed in this blog post and your book is such a special project. I am glad to know you don't all wear overall all the time :) That is kind of like here in Utah where people think we are are all Mormon polygamists - NOT! Thanks for sharing!

rebeccadunham at hotmail dot com

Cathy said...

Love your much detail. I did not know much about the state I do.. Sad legends though. wonder if they are true???

Rachelle said...

I loved your Little Album.
I learned something new-didn't really know about your legends.
joyfulhrt at gmail dot com

Lillian Child said...

Amazing and creative project!! I live in Omaha and can say that we have a GREAT state! Going to Nebraska City tomorrow for the annual Applejack Days! LOVE the fall!!

I am now a follower of your blog. So very nice to meet you! Stop over to my blog sometime and give me a shout out!

Crafty and Green said...

Didn't know that Omaha was the home of boystown- Interesting. I love learning things about places that help children! Near and dear to my heart!! Great Project! Love it!

Many Blessings,

Ashley Nicole said...

This is a great album. You did a fabulous job. Nice being in the hop with you.
glamoroussideofscrapping at gmail dot com

Colleen said...

Hi! Amamzing mini album! I am a new follower and the thing I liked the best that I learned was that it is called the "Tax Me State"! LOL Being from TAX -achusetts,I can totally appreciate that! LOL Thanks for sharing and the chance to win! :)

Robin said...

Great mini album. love the Lady GaGa connections to your state.


Crafting Misfit said...

Great idea and very well done.

It was fun to do this hop with you!
Rebecca "Crafting Misfit"
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ScrappingJUDY said...

that is so awesome....GREAT job...:)


Carla said...

I think you did a great job with your mini album. I didn't know how many schools were in Nebraska.... Thanks for sharing your mini with us. or
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AmyJRockstar said...

This is so cool! Everyone should make one of these. I love the concept. You did an awesome job! TFS!

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