The Story: Earlier today I went over to my in-laws house because Sallie called and said that they called her but then didn’t talk, she wanted to make sure that my 92 year old father-in-law and 89 year old mother-in-law were ok. They live next door to me so I walked through the backyard fence and in to see Ethel, she was reading a romance novel and didn’t think the phone was on. I looked at the kitchen phone and it read “in use” so I asked where Charlie was. I found him in his office watching a home movie from 1988, their salmon fishing trip to Alaska. His phone was on. I called Sallie to let her know that Charlie was watching her parents’ trip to Alaska. I lingered in Charlie’s office for a while, watching him video the mountains and streams of Alaska. He would love to go back and I would love to go. Part of me wants to kidnap him and go on a grand adventure. That won’t happen, but a girl can dream. And someday, I want to take my family - my Charlie, and our kids Allison and Charles Mac - who is named for his Grandfather, Charlie, watcher of mountain videos, lover of adventure.
After a while I went back out and showed Ethel how to save phone numbers into the phone, then we talked about family members and the upcoming Fourth of July Party. At some point in the conversation she said “you love mountains don’t you?” Its true. I do. I wondered to myself for a bit how I ever decided to move to Florida - land of no mountains and not even many hills - it is seriously flat here. And while I love living near the sea, I also love the mountains. Both are in my blood. My ideal location would be somewhere with both. But my roots are down here and will be for some time. But I can envision a time when I go, to Alaska, to Scotland, to where Mountains meet the Sea. Best of both worlds. Someday.
Later, I was sketching some chevrons in blue and they looked a bit like mountains to me. I googled “quotes about mountains” and found this one: John Muir Quote “The Mountains are calling and I must go.”
Oh yes. That’s the quote. I can identify. And I thought I need to know more about whoever wrote that and I hit pay dirt - history and someone with a similar disposition to my own:
This is what Wikipedia said: John Muir (21 April 1838 – 24 December 1914) was a Scottish born American environmentalist, naturalist, traveler, writer, and scientist. He is, however, probably best remembered as one of the greatest champions of the Yosemite area's natural wonders. He thought that nature was a primary source revealing the character of God.
Ok, so here’s what I have in common with this man who lived long before I was born:
* Scottish * explorer * traveler * rebel thinker * keeper of journals * sketcher * impulsive * *leaves on a life changing trip with almost no luggage * climber of mountains *
* happy to be alone * feels closest to God at the tops of mountains * “punky spark in my heart *
* married someone who didn’t share love of the mountains and travel * able to hyper-focus *
I love following a quote to find out who said it and then “discovering” some interesting person who I think I would have liked.
P.S. He founded the Sierra Club and is pictured on the California quarter! I think I’ll add “follow in John Muir’s footsteps” to my bucket list. I want to see California someday - not just the cities but the wild wilderness too.
P.S. Also, I think lots of John Muir’s qualities are similar to those of my Dad, in fact, my Dad probably had more in common with Muir than me.
The Layout Design Inspiration: Get It Scrapped's Pinterest Board: Layout On A Block
The CHA Summer 2013 Knock Off:
And this is my take on the new line Bo Bunny Zip A Dee Doodle line:
I am a fan of arrows and chevrons and as far as I'm concerned, they can stay trendy in scrapbooking for as long as they like. I love them and it was fun to do some doodling. Bo Bunny's line is black, white, blue and aqua and all sketchy; it includes arrows, moustaches, glasses, cameras, word bubbles, banners, clouds and all manner of other trendy motif. I think that scrapbookers who enjoy sorting their scrapbook supplies by color will love this line. If I were to pick my favorite product in this line it would be the journals and the divider pages - super cute. What I didn't like? Some of the embellishment motifs: while I love arrows, I'm not such a fan of moustaches; but there is a little something in there for everyone. Also, while I don't think that this line will be the hottest thing on the CHA floor, I do think it is FUN! and different and I respect that.
I did print out my journaling on a 8.5 x 11 cardstock sheet and turned this into a 2 page layout - meaning 2 layouts on one page -- this means that I can slip it in a page protector and you could see both sides. Or I could put another layout behind it so you'd need to slip it out to read the story. I don't think a lot of scrapbookers do this "scrap on both sides of the page" thing, but I enjoy it for something like this - pictures & scrapbook fun on one side, story on the other - the advantage over a 2 page layout is that both sides will always be in the same place - the downside is that you can't see them both at one time. I don't do these 2 pages on one sheet scrapbook layouts very often, but sometimes it just makes sense to me.
I used washi tape on the photo so that it can flip out so you can read all of the text. And it was fun to use the unused bits of my sketches. Also, I was looking through my blue letter stickers and these Stickopotomus blue letters were headed for my "to donate" box when I figured, why not. I know they are far from trendy - but they did remind me of the whimsical nature of Bo Bunny's new line. Also, I thought that Amy Tangerine's Sketchbook worked well with the theme of the Zip A Dee Doodle line from Bo Bunny.
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