This is my response to Scrap Happenzz Critique Group to use a Page Maps sketch; this is the 12x12 2-pager sketch from November '09. Please pardon the imperfect scans/stitching - the margins, plus the brown photo inking where the pages meet, got cropped off, the left page looks crooked here...the whole thing matches up better IRL.
This is from a 2008 Oregon trip - the hike was REALLY steep plus there was light rain so it was slippery too!
The lt green cs was already patterned but I added some stamping too. The felt was a giftie from Eat Sleep Scrap I think - thanks Melissa! I'm not sure why I went w/ the yellow, as it was raining that day, but the colors seemed to call to me & work for this, so I did.
No obligation to read this but here's the journaling (I also sum up the trip at the end because this was our last day of vacation: "June 2008, we went to Portland, OR for Patty's med school graduation (sadly, I first had to go to Houston for Uncle Jhun's funeral, bittersweet as I was grateful to see family), then Greg & I met Shirley in cool Hood River – it was awesome to rent a neato townhouse & kick back. On Fri Jun 6, we met Jeff, Patty, Esti & furry Reggie at Starvation Creek for a hike in light rain. We took the Mt. Defiance 'easier' trail – townsfolk said it was steep but w/ a mellow descent & Jeff's trail book classified it 'Easy.' WRONG! Other trails might've been longer or more rigorous, but this trail's EXTREME STEEPNESS was challenging for ALL. Parts had sheer drops to the side; combined w/ MUD, it was terrifying! Though I proudly overcame the fear in spots. Greg wore Converses & slipped a few times, Patty/Jeff had Esti! Shirley got a little vertigo. Most difficult for me was descending a few near-vertical mud inclines. I will be more aware of 'moderate' steep hikes, in the rain, in the future! Still, it was excellent to be active & see spectacular views. After, a well-deserved yummy lunch at Full Sail Brewery (tempeh burger w/ Oregon cheese & bacon for me). Esti was so cute! *** That night, Shirley Greg & I planned to see a kids' rock band open for a blueswoman, but we were so spent & wanted to wash our muddy jeans & relax. Picked up Japanese food downtown where live music was abound for 'First Friday,' cool. We however were content to eat at home (tasty salmon/crab rolls, miso soup, seawood salad for me) & sleep EARLY! ***OVERALL, a marvelous holiday despite a sad start. Positive to reconnect w/ my family & friends in TX. Good to cheer Patty. Amazing to get away w/ Greg, see Shirley & have the experience of both utter relaxing & CRAZY hiking! Fab vacation!"
Big THANKS to Dee for hosting this challenge! I always enjoy working w/ sketches but hardly ever remember to do so. So much appreciation for the inspiration!