7pm Words + Photos Chat with Ali Edwards, 3rd Quarterly Sale Chat Fest

The chats and their challenges are long over, but I had such a good time on Saturday that I didn't want it to end! I've been on a bit of a scrapping frenzy today; I gave myself permission to scrap this weekend instead of working, and scrap I did! This is what happens, I suppose, when you don't let yourself do something you love for so long--it all comes out in a great, big rush. I'll try not to flood the gallery but instead stagger my postings. Smile Back to work on Monday, and no scrapping for another couple of weeks. Sigh.

This is a page I did after hanging out in Ali's chat. She gave some great tips on how to incorporate journaling onto a photo and how to really tell the story, so I thought I'd give it a try. I don't think I came at all close to paring down the story to its essentials but even this much is a rare thing for me--the journaling is actually on the page! Smile Baby steps, people, baby steps! I took a few photos at this particular art and wine festival; this will actually be the third page in a series.

Journaling reads:

"Art and Wine Festivals. They are as much a part of my spring and summer as sunshine and swimming pools, as much a part of my fall and winter as caramel apples and pumpkin pie. For as many years as I’ve been going to them, I still look forward to the next one. I love them, love everything about them--the sights, the sounds, the smells. I love the sight of the white booths with their pretty pennants blowing in the morning breeze, the sight of tables piled high with brightly colored baubles, the sight of easels filled with photographs of faraway places. I love the sound of voices talking and laughing, the sound of street musicians singing and playing, the sound of vendors and customers haggling over a price. I love the smell of kettle korn and garlic fries and scented candles and potpourri. Nearly every city in the south Bay has an art and wine festival, and no matter that the same vendors show up year after year; I go to almost all of them! I start in the spring with the Mountain View a La Cart and Art Festival, and I end in the fall with the San Jose Harvest Festival. On this day, Saturday, August 28, 2010, my friend and neighbor, R.W., accompanied me to the Palo Alto Fine Arts Festival. R and I have known each other for years. Turns out she likes going to these festivals as much as I do, which is a nice thing for me, since Peter is decidedly not a fan! The Palo Alto Fine Arts Festival is not my favorite--that honor belongs hands down to the Half Moon Bay Pumpkin Festival-- but it does have some of the more unique art pieces around. Most of the items at this festival are seriously out of my price range, but walking down the tree-lined streets of Palo Alto on a late summer afternoon, sipping lemonade and eating funnel cake is a most pleasant way to spend the day."

Anna Aspnes
ArtPlay Palette Find My Way Value Set
Ali Edwards
Words + Photos Chat Freebie 09_11_2010 (frame; modified)
Michelle Martin
Sierra Solids Paper Pack

Credit also to Pattie's Digital Techniques for Art Journaling Class--it's how I learned about the art filters I used on this photo. Pattie, I'm all kinds of excited about your upcoming second class in this series!

Font: Bell Gothic Std

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