Travel Scrapbooking: Chicago


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Article Courtesy by Denise Gormish

Chicago, the third largest city in the United States, has a lot of offer. You can find a variety of things to see and do. As a scrapbooker, you can enjoy those things and bring those memories home with you.

Here are some of the highlights of Chicago to scrapbook:

Architecture and Public Art. Chicago has famous buildings and one of the world's tallest and most dense skylines. Architecture and public art by artists such as Marc Chagall and Pablo can be found in Chicago. Take some time to notice the architecture and art of Chicago. Study it and then scrapbook about it. Take photographs and journal about your reactions  to these works of art. One of my favorite buildings to look at growing up in Chicago was the John Hancock Center. It was one of the first buildings I learned to recognize in the city, and I shared how I recognize it in my layout, "Recognizing Chicago."


Chicago Culture. Chicago has a rich culture full of entertainment opportunities, city parks, sports and museums. With sports teams, theatre, ballet and a wide variety of music there's always some sort of entertainment happening in Chicago. Chicago also features a wonderful array of parks such as Lincoln Park, Grant Park and Navy Pier. Chicago has many world-class museums that look great both on the outside and the inside. Photograph the most interesting things about Chicago's culture and include it on a page. My favorite museum is the John G. Shedd Aquarium. I took many photographs from inside the aquarium and one from outside and included it on a layout.


Celebrations. Chicago hosts several wonderful celebrations and festivals, such as the Taste of Chicago. If you attend one of these events, celebrate the history and the uniqueness of the event on your pages. Take close-up and wide-angle photographs to get the entire feel of the event.

Cuisine. Chicago has its own unique food such as deep-dish pizza and Chicago-style hot dogs. Photograph the foods of Chicago and feature them on a scrapbook page.

Natural Chicago. Chicago is famous for its buildings and downtown but also consider the natural beauty of the city. There is great scenery to be seen in Lake Michigan, the Chicago River, and the many parks of Chicago. These are all wonderful places to visit and feature on a layout.

History. Chicago has a rich history that you can explore while visiting the city. Interesting facts and features of the city such as the water tower (which survived the great Chicago fire)  can be featured on a layout. If you lived in Chicago or have a connection to the city, you can feature your own history with the city on a layout. In my layout, "City of My Youth," I connected the city I knew as a child with the city as I see it now.


Maps and Memorabilia. Don't forget to add maps and memorabilia to your story about Chicago.

Chicago is a diverse and fun city to explore. Have as much fun scrapping about this city.

Paper Supplies:

  • Bazzill white cardstock (
  • patterned paper and flower rub-ons: Polar Bear Express
  • rub-ons: Imagination Project

Digital Supplies from DesignerDigitals:

  • Michelle Martin: Layered Memories No. 80 and No. 69, Malin Solids Paper Pack
  • Katie Pertiet: Classic Cardstock: Coral Charm, Whimsy Words No. 01, Fabulous Fall Flourishes Brushes and Stamps, Tabbed Brushes and Stamps No. 03, Around Words Brushes and Stamps No. 02, Lifted Wings No. 01 and Metal Word Tags No. 01
  • Anna Aspnes: MagicFlares No. 01 BrushSet
  • Pattie Knox: The Flower Shop
  • Lynn Grieveson: Bracket Dates
  • Jesse Edwards: Clean and Serene No. 01 Solids Paper Pack

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