Sunday, January 26, 2014

O Canada: a spread in my 7 Continents altered book

This rather traditional page in my 7 Continents AB is on the reverse side of my "The Bridge" spread.

This is a true mixed media piece with postage stamps from Canada, another flag I cut from a roll of flags, a deconstructed magnet (Ontario) and pictures from a brochure and an old British Columbia calendar.

I cut the center photos from a travel brochure.  On the left is the Canadian side of Niagara Falls, while the right photo is from Nova Scotia. 

When I picked this background for both sides of North America, I had no idea how fortuitous it would be when I decided to make a spread called "O Canada."  The Os created from glue were the perfect addition to the song I tried to transfer using a transparency.  Sadly, because of the unevenness of this page (due to the glue) and the embellishments from the reverse side, I couldn't get good coverage.

This building was cut from a calendar and is a partial photo of the docks in Vancouver. 

I even added a small photo under the Canadian flag.  Nothing went to waste here, although after I had the layout planned out, I removed some of the images to glue them down, and couldn't make everything fit the same again.  Once some of the pieces were glued in place, I had to rethink the composition.

And because I know for a fact you can't read it, here are the lyrics to the Canadian National Anthem, called O Canada:

O Canada! our home and native land!
True patriot-love in all thy sons command.
With glowing hearts we see thee rise,
The True North strong and free!
And stand on guard, O Canada,
We stand on guard for thee.

Chorus
O Canada, glorious and free!
O Canada, we stand on guard, we stand on guard for thee.
O Canada, we stand on guard for thee.

O Canada! where pines and maples grow,
Great prairies spread, and lordly rivers flow.
How dear to us thy broad domain,
From East to Western sea.
The land of hope for all who toil,
The True North strong and free!

Chorus (repeat)

O Canada! beneath our shining skies,
May stalwart sons, and gentle maidens rise.
To keep thee steadfast through the years,
From east to western sea,
Our own beloved native land,
Our true north strong and free!

Chorus (repeat)

Ruler Supreme! who hearest humble prayer,
Hold thy Dominion in thy loving care;
Help us to find, Oh God, in thee,
A lasting rich reward.
As waiting for the Better Day,
We ever stand on guard.

O Canada, Glorious and free! Amen

I hope you enjoy this page from my North America section of the 7 Continents.

16 thoughtful remarks:

Eliza said...

Such brilliant journal pages you have created and of the one place in the world I really want to go, Canada's side of Niagara Falls.

Give Bluebeard a tickle for me, I missed him this week in the hop.

Hugs Eliza

Marilyn J. Rock said...

These are wonderful! Brings back memories of a trip I took a long time ago. xo

girlunwinding said...

I like how "full" the pages feel. Must be a delight to work in this book.
~Dawn

elle said...

Thanks, Elizabeth. As a Canadian I just need to point out we do go sea to sea and even up to water. As a westerner I have to tell you there is lots more to Canada than Ontario. just saying ;)

Krisha said...

Well, working with what you have made a great page, and a nice representation of Canada.

Halle said...

Totally love what you did with this page. Since I'm a hockey fan I've heard the Canadian Anthem many times. :)

Vicki Miller said...

I am enjoying seeing all these pages so interesting and colourful. I would love to see Canada, but it will probably be only in mydreams.

Karla B said...

This is fabulous Elizabeth!Are you going to make one for Brazil?

Cindy L said...

Beautiful. I have some interesting stamps from around the world, and you've inspired me to do something with them. Happy New year!

Dianne said...

O, this is a gorgeous page! love the colors, and of course the vintage photos...Niagara Falls is one of my favorite places to visit, and old post cards are so fun. The colors of your page warmed my spirit, if not my physical body...wow, it's cold out!

Nan G said...

Fab journal page, Elizabeth! Sorry I've been MIA, having a bit of difficulty with my arms and hands. Can't bend the elbows for too long so blog hopping or craftiness at froggy designs for awhile. I'll return hopefully soon. Hugs Nan

~Rasz~ said...

Great pages Elizabeth!!! For me it was a great tour and some learning too of Canada!

Dawn said...

What a fab vibrant page Elizabeth, beautifully done. I love the stamps, particularly the 2 at the bottom right, lol our stamps tend to be very dull until the Christmas ones come out. Thank-you so much for your sweet visit too my lovely, much appreciated.
Huge hugs x x x x

Craftymoose Crafts said...

Great tribute to Canada!

Myriam Kozik said...

Wow you are one busy bee. I love the stamps. Oh great now I have just those few notes that I know stuck in my head!

~*~Patty S said...

If I had to pick a fav or your 7 Continents series so far this one would rank near the top...
it really speaks (sings!) to me in addition to bringing back great memories of seeing Niagara Falls and Vancouver too (both really special places!)

You are really making great strides with this project!
oxo