Last night I finished a spread in another book for the round robin being hosted by lovely Lisa the Librarian over at Simple Journeys. This book belongs to Linda Jacobs and her theme is “the songs of our lives.”
I’ve been an Elton John fan since I was 15; back when he was being touted as “The King of Rock” (and/or “The King of Pop”) and showed up in every teen fan mag in existence. I had a scrapbook full of pictures and articles and a poster on my wall that I used to kiss every night before bedtime. (Yes, I really was that silly – weren’t we all at age 15?). I guess I was unusual, though, in that I worshipped Elton rather than, say, Shaun Cassidy or Donny Osmond. Paah! Those were mere boys, and I was always interested in men.
Okay, so there were maybe one or two things I didn’t know about Elton back then that might have made a teeny, tiny difference in my perception of him as a potential “man for me.” Still, he’s one helluva talent and is still cranking out the hits, and one of my favorite songs of all time is 1992’s “The One,” an absolutely beautiful love song that I will never tire of listening to. Fortunately, it also has lyrics that lend themselves well to artistic interpretation!
I started by adhering crumpled white tissue to the pages, then painted them with gesso. When this was dry, I used craft chalk to create the shoreline, ocean and sunset, enhancing the “beach” with a smattering of melted embossing powder. The lyrics (basically the first lines of the song) were stamped with black Memories ink and the title was made by embossing Tim Holtz grungeboard letters with “tarnished copper” powder. At first I was a bit alarmed, as the embossing ink bubbled up during the heating process, but it actually made the letters look even better. (I love happy accidents!) Love the photo of Elton, too, which is from a book jacket. Lastly I stamped the “wild horses” on thin vellum (the stamp is by Coronado Island) and wrote the corresponding lyrics (all I ever needed was the one, like freedom fields where wild horses run) with a Zig Millenium pen. (You have to turn your head sideways to see the horses.)
It’s a simple layout, but I like how it turned out. Unfortunately I couldn’t get a really good photo; it was windy and cold yesterday, the sun was going down, the left page kept popping up and I was too chilly to stay out there and try and find a better place to shoot! 🙂