Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Be True To Your School (for AJJ)

I have three Art Journal Journey entries today and a tale to tell about the second entry.

I am proud of both my undergrad and final university I attended.  I spent so little time at the university where I got my master's degree, I barely remember it.

As long time readers and followers know, I got my Ph.D. at Wichita State University, where the mascot is a shock of wheat.

I found this information in my alumni magazine.  The tags were given to me by my friend Kathy.  They are supposed to go on gifts, but I thought this was a better an acceptable use for them.

Everyone knows I'm not a doodler, so this was a big and rather stressful thing for me.  But I persevered, took lots of breaks to rest my hand, and finished it in the end.  Of course that last letter looked like I was really ready for the project to be over.

As I previously explained, the images came from my alumni magazine, the tags were gifts, the background was black construction paper, and the words were created by my crippled fingers.

However, I actually wanted to use this as a segway to my next entry.  Long time readers and followers are aware I'm really into altered books.  I spent an entire afternoon in late May prepping a new book that I planned to use for my September entries.  In case you aren't familiar with how I accomplish this, you can find it in my second altered book lesson on my right sidebar.  Basically, I remove no more than 3-4 pages at a time then leave at least 10-12 pages before removing more.  I do this in each and every signature. 

More recent visitors, readers, and followers will remember I had a flood this summer in my basement.   When I got tired of breathing mold in my basement, I decided to work on the Back to School theme.  However, I could no longer find the book I had started nearly a month earlier.  So I cleaned up my craft room, my office, and assembled salvageable papers, then recycled, and trashed bags and bags of unusable or unwanted paper products.  Of course, the book was nowhere.

Two days ago I was in the craft room putting some flowers in a book I use as a flower press.   Under that book was the one I had looked so hard for for over a month.  So I give you this one and only spread that is in that book.

"Old School" and

"Older School."

For both pages, I began with black paint.  When dry, I cut the images from a book I had been given.  I punched circles from dictionary pages, then added stick-on letters to each circle.

While I was in this be-true-to-my-black-and-yellow school mood,

I found another image from another of my alumni magazines.  I think you can read the words and see the single image which was torn from the magazine.  Yes, this is one of the old buildings on Wichita State campus.  It is being repurposed and will no longer hold classes.

Bleubeard and I are so glad you stopped by and stayed to read about my lost book.  We also hope you enjoy these pages I created for Art Journal Journey where the theme for September is Back to School.

12 thoughtful remarks:

Valerie-Jael said...

Oh my, you have been really busy, well done on another 2 journal pages for AJJ, and thanks again for all the support you have given us this month. Yes, if walls could talk, they would have a lot to tell us! Hugs, Valerie

Pen Sunshinepen said...

Very interesting post today thank you for sharing.

Pamela Gerard said...

Yes, I did enjoy the pages!Very nice. Do you have your yearbooks?

Meggymay said...

Super photos to have of the schools, sadly the ones I went to have been pulled down, one is a landscaped area, another is a housing estate.
The pages you created look awesome and I have to smile that your original book turned up this late. It sounded just like something I would do.
Yvonne xx

froebelsternchen Susi said...

Super pages Elizabeth this all! I have a big smile on my face now.. that book you found so late in the month! Gosh! That could have happened to me as well. I always want to have super organization - but can't find things because this organization is too much for my lazy mind.LOL!
Happy Thursday Elizabeth!
Fantastic pages for the theme.. the use of black color in the AB is stunning! Looks really good to me!

oxo Susi

My name is Erika. said...

First of all it took me a few minutes to figure out who sang that song-Be True to you school. Now that I have figured that out, I didn't know you also had a PhD. How cool. What is your PhD in? Loving your page today. It was another great idea. This month was a lot of fun, and it has flown by. I've enjoyed all of the pieces. :) Hugs-Erika

Darla said...

Another set of great pages. I think the Back to School series has been one of my favorites. Or maybe whatever new thing you are working on is my favorite at that moment. I'm happy to hear you finally found the book you were looking for. It is often the case for me that when I can't find something and stop looking then it will show up.

pearshapedcrafting said...

What fabulous memories these pages hold! I am pleased that your book turned up - happens to me a lot! Sadly my Junior school, High School, College and the school where I spent most of my teaching career are all gone......nothing to do with me!!!! Chrisx

~*~Patty S said...

Your Be True to Your School lettering is wonderful and really compliments the page you created E! Perfect use of that brochure and Kathy's tags too.

I feel you on not being able to locate things sometimes.
It can be maddening. Often I remember where something was before I reorganized hah. You've had so much going on. The green you used really speaks to me and the way you highlighted the black letters on round book text is great too. If the walls could talk indeed!

Thanks for sharing more fun pages for your Back to School theme.
You've outdone yourself and made AJJ proud.

Dianne said...

you made me smile...I immediately thought of the old Beach Boys song...and then 'old school' and 'older school' had me giggling! ;)

Halle said...

I love this one!!!

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