Monday, May 25, 2015


We went to a Peter Yarrow concert last weekend. I know I said I would probably use the scrapbook page I made using the SOUS sketch, but it was such a joyous occasion I just had to make a more colorful scrapbook page than the blues and greens*. For those of you that don’t know, Peter Yarrow is the Peter in the folk group PETER, PAUL and MARY. They helped raise the consciousness of an entire generation through their music.  I've been singing their songs since I was a young.

The venue for the concert was a small theater that holds a 100 people or so. Peter’s son, Christopher accompanied him. After each song they would smile at one another and give a fist bump or a hug or kiss. It was quite touching. Through out the concert Peter reminisced with the audience and encouraged everyone to join in the singing. As my husband said, “it was more like sitting around in the living room singing and visiting with old friends than a concert.”
I will be adding journaling later
The highlight for me was when Peter asked for volunteers to join them on stage to sing “Puff the Magic Dragon”. Without hesitating or giving him a chance to change his mind I raced up to participate. I was thrilled. There I was on stage with 15-20 other people singing “Puff the Magic Dragon” (he states emphatically that the song is NOT about drugs) at one point he even held the mic up to me while we sang the chorus. Thank goodness for all those years in choir! It was a night to remember.

*Something I have discovered about myself. Some people make a page and then find the pictures to use for that page. I like to create my pages with the pictures I’m going to use in mind. How do you plan a page?

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Thank You cards

Several years ago my husband and I had an antique store in the little town we live near. Occasionally I would run across an old typewriter when out on a buying trip and I'd snatch it up. I love them. Using one makes me feel like a novel writer. The weight and sound the keys make and watching them strike the paper is pretty cool. But, I'm also old enough to remember  typing the same page over and over because I'd leave out a word or an entire line. There was no delete button or cursor to highlight a word. When you made a mistake you had to start over or use white out. When I put the typewriter on display I would always stick a piece of paper in it so people could try it out. Kids especially, thought it was fun to try. That's why when I saw the Close to my Heart Stamp of the Month for April, I knew I had to get it!
There are 17 different sentiments to use
I bought the Blossom Workshop on the Go Kit (G1095) at the same time. I love the colors and I used some of the extra kit supplies to make my Typewriter Thank You cards.
A close up of one of the cards
The paper I used for these cards was some remnants from the Blossom kit. CTMH is generous with the supplies they include in their kits. I also used some of the left over Sequins ( Z3042) and Extra Thick Twine (Z3039) that you can buy separately.

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Sketch that I love

I saw this sketch 
over at Stuck on U Sketches  and I really liked it so I thought I’d give it a try.  I’m not disappointed. I love the way it turned out!   

I added texture by using some burlap scraps I had in my vertical strips and hemp string for the title.  The combination of colors, textures, and flowers (Cricut cartridge Flower Shoppe) give the layout the versatility I need when I’m not quite sure how I’m going to use the layout. I winged it with the burlap flower and used a leftover bit from one of the Cricut flowers to make the squiggle vine. I'm entering this in another freaking scrappy challenge since all they are asking for is flowers.If you've never visited this site you need to stop by. They have some great inspiration over there.
Close up of the dimensional flowers

I was thinking about using it for a trip my son recently took, but Hubby and I are going to see Peter Yarrow, from the wonderful group Peter, Paul and Mary in concert next week and I thought this might make a great page for some of the photos I’m hoping we get.

If you’ve been following my blog you probably noticed the use of some of the Close to my Heart paper from the Jackson “Workshop on the Go” kit. Believe it or not I still have a few more scraps left over. I may end up using the remnants for a 2nd concert page.