My layout using the 44 Observations Layered Template. I found a photo of Mount Rushmore, converted it to black and white, and then added a single family photos, shot by Farrah Jobling Photography last Summer. The journaling is a list of pretty opinionated observations about our modern day. They are written in no particular order. I just wrote them down as they came to me in the form of a numbered list. Lists are a much easier way to get down large amounts of written content onto a page.
I clipped the papers from the US of A PageSet to the masks and used the AnnaBlendz Artsy No. 1 BrushSet to create black/edges behind some of the masks to emphasize the edges of the papers. If I bring this layer to the top of the Layers palette, the AnnaBlendz Artsy layer can be seen as follows:
Last week I was inspired by a GAP email advertising 44 styles at 44% off in celebration of the 44 United States Presidents.
44 Presidents? That's a lot of evolution.
This got me thinking about what life looks like today in comparison to the times of George Washington. I often wonder what life was like back then, and evolution has only gained in momentum since. You might remember this Signs of the Times post I did in January of this year.
So how about noting 44 observations of your life today that you can look back on in 20 or 30 years from now?Many more presidents will have passed through office by this time and life will look very different.
I created a free 44 Observations Layered Template for you, should you decide to pursue this. I think it's a fun project for anyone, whether you live in America or not. Adjust the template as you need to make it work for your preferences and circumstance.
The observations could take the form of a body of text or numbered bullets; they can be about American life, culture, politics, news or world affairs; or you can take a completely different approach and document 44 observations about your everyday. All of these are likely to change much faster than you think.
A few on-line resources you might find useful for inspirations on modern day American culture:
Something a little different today: A quote that I came across via iheartquotes, that sparked my interest, and as a result became a piece of wordART. I hope you can use it to create a page that demonstrates what it means to you. Click here to download.
Create a layout that showcases the ten things that are most special to you or someone you love.
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I have to admit. I'm not much of a card giver and it's not that I don't like giving them. I have a really hard time buying cards. I prefer to make them, if and when, I can find the time, and time is often the biggest obstacle for me.
Recently, I have come across Operation Write Home, a non-profit group of crafters from across America and beyond, whose mission is to support our nation's armed forces by keeping military members connected with their families during often long deployments. They send blank greeting cards overseas to write home, as well as cards of gratitude to
encourage our warriors.
So far this organization has sent 204,701 cards to
deployed military members who are away from their families anywhere from 3 to 18
months, most working 12 hours a day 7 days a week in a dangerous environment and with few home
They're currently looking for Thanksgiving and Christmas cards.
I was just away for 4 days, not in a war zone, but just a state away teaching. This was created in the days following my return.
It meant so much to me to be handed this little *card*, but looking deeper, it also made me realize just how hard our absences are as parent on the little people in our lives. Eric is number 2 on the list to deploy at the moment and so this is a cause close to my heart.
When absences are unavoidable, as they often are in the military, staying connected is the best you can do.