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2012 MMDT March Challenge #1

Greetings and welcome to a new Challenge!

This challenge was: "It's a Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood" 

  • Take photos of your community, and to
  • use the mosaic cut detail technique.

The county I live in is the perfect shape for a Mosaic Moments layout with it's step stair shape. So I wanted to work that in to the layout. Our town is divided into the older historic town center and then the uptown shopping and newer developments. I began making lists to decide what I wanted to include...what was in town that should be included?

  • parks
  • historic buildings
  • the quaint shop signs
  • lamps/lamp posts
  • parades
  • churches
  • city streets
  • landmarks
  • architecture
  • horse head hitching posts

So I headed out with the camera and a list of places/things to shoot. Once back and sorting the photos into categories I chose to focus on the historic town center. We've always lived within a few blocks of the Square where High Street turns to Main Street and College turns into Broad.  These crossroads are where the many parades take place, the Summer Band Concerts are held,  the sidewalk sales and the Christmas Candlelight Walk, in short, this is where so much in the community happens. It's where the many things that have meant the most to our family have all taken place.

I found I had taken more photos than I could use on a two page layout, but then I started to look at this not just as the challenge, but what did I want to remember about My Town? How do I make this a page for my family? So, what I've done on these pages is with that in mind. I have to admit the stories of the tornadoes in recent days flattening areas of nearby states did stick in my mind. What would be important places and events to remember about this place, if it was ever wiped off of the map?

  • Spring begins when Bidingers holds their Banana Split event in March (this coming weekend!), bring your own banana for a discount on your banana split, an annual event in our family!
  • Memorial Weekend the Veterans Parade to the cemetery begins the parade season.
  • The big event is the Blue Tip Parade in June that also kicks off a week long carnival at one of our parks, and we've got lots of parks!
  • After the band concert on the square on July 4th the town turns out at Memorial Park for the fireworks show
  • The burst of color from flowers that bloom in our yard each spring.

I used a combination of photo sizes some trimmed to cover several blocks,  several photos sized to look like a panoramic  one block high and several blocks wide, and others that gave my 1" square punch a work out for a single spot! I kept a few uncut photos and also included some journaling.

The title is done in Print Shop using Curlz MT font and memo fonts. I've used Ivory Mosaic Moments grid paper. I also used ivory and several shades of green cardstock for mats and journaling.

These are some of the things that I love about Our Town. Thanks for stopping by and taking a walk through it with me!





Shared by Andrea Fisher on March 12, 2012 | Memory Date: March 12, 2012
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Andrea your pages amaze me. Thanks for the bigger pictures and the thoughts about what goes into your pages.
Posted By: Julie Oconnor  |  March 16, 2012 at 12:12 am   
Y'all come Saturday or Sunday to Ohio (for Linda) for the annual Split thinking of you Cindy! It's the only time I'll eat a banana! LOL! thanks for the encouraging words everyone!
Posted By: Andrea Fisher  |  March 14, 2012 at 1:08 am   
Love the details in your pages. I like that I can use many photos for a mosaic page. I appreciate that you first made lists of what was important to your family to be sure to include what's most important to you. Now I'm hungry for a banana split!
Posted By: Cindy Keller  |  March 13, 2012 at 1:25 pm   
Your work is amazing! Lovely job showcasing your town.
Posted By: Sarah Lewis  |  March 13, 2012 at 1:11 pm   
What a wonderful picture you have given us of your town Andrea! I think my favorite detail might be the ice cream shop. So glad you made the pages with "the things & places you'd want to remember" in mind.
Posted By: Tami Potter  |  March 13, 2012 at 12:42 pm   
At first I thought I couldn't see your pictures, but as I scrolled down, I realized you had featured each one individually. They are beautiful! I love the title. You must have worked hours to get all those 1" squares. I worked a long time just to get two pages. This turned out to be a real challenge, didn't it? You did an amazing job; I especially liked your comment about preserving pictures in case the town got destroyed. Where is Wadsworth?
Posted By: Linda Holmes  |  March 13, 2012 at 3:30 am   
Great job, Andrea! So many little space!! But you made it work with your beautiful layout by fitting in so many details.
Posted By: Beth Glass  |  March 13, 2012 at 1:31 am   
It was a great idea to consider your own goals for recording your town while you were meeting the requirements of the challenge. There are a couple of other places I want to be sure I record before we move down South to retire - one example is a small community center where they have a scarecrow contest every Halloween - there are some of the cutest entries!
Posted By: Nancy Sanders  |  March 12, 2012 at 9:08 pm   
looks like you had the same problem I was having - too many pictures. I was afraid my layout was too "busy' when I started it so I think I am going to rework it tonight before I post and focus on a few spots - most definitely the library. It's so tough to choose when you have a cute little town, isn't it? I really like the way you featured all the 1" tiles and small elements.
Posted By: Deborah White  |  March 12, 2012 at 8:09 pm   

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