TipTop journal exchange ~ for Peggy!

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I am really enjoying the Tip Top Journal exchange I am in with Frieda Oxenham , Debby Harriettha, Abby Lazar, Angie Hall Haviland, Caryl Hoobler, Judy Evitts, Paula Dion, Peggy Gato, and Terrie Lightfoot - wow! What a crew of talented artists. Each month Frieda pairs us with another artist and we create a spread of pages for her, sending just the pages. How refreshing!

On February 15th Frieda announced Peggy Gato & I were paired up. : ) We have a month to create our spread and everyone uses the same journal with removable pages to make it easy. Peggy's TipTop Journal theme is "A song to remember". This was a challenge for me until I decided I should use a song that has a lot of meaning for me . . . Sideways by Santana.
This is a special song for Steven & I that we first heard (and played a lot) when we were falling in love.

Steven found the lyrics for me on-line a couple of years ago, when I was curious to what was being said as I couldn't make out some of the words! I copied the words to a word document and changed the font, then printed them mirror image onto a transparency sheet so that the smooth shiny side would face outward instead of the rough side you print on : )

I combined the lyrics I had printed with a huge variety of Alpha Stamps images that were very romantic and appropriate, put together like a patchwork, with care not to obscure the lyrics. Some of the images are transparency images from both the Tallulah's Kisses sheet and Paris Showgirls #1 -- and some are collage sheet images from the Alpha Stamps Pendant Kit, Round Pendants, Valentine Bird Hearts , Tallulah's Nudes #1, and I used one fabric image from Alpha Stamps Lover's sheet, ooh la la! I wonder if Leslie from Alpha Stamps realizes how many romantic images she has now? ~ : ^ ) I used tacky glue to attach some of the images and a roll of xyron adhesive for the transparency images and the transparency with the lyrics. I used my bone folder and burnished a lot.
I finished the piece by adding some color to the pages with my watercolour crayons and a water brush and tried out a new white gel pen my friend and artist Carla Kurt gave me for my birthday when we met with our husbands for dinner on Saturday. I just love how this pen finished my spread of pages, thank you so much, Carla! I added a Moo card (mini card) as a Tag and happily sent this off to Peggy today!

Whenever I read these lyrics, the song plays in my head and I feel cherished and loved. Thank you Peggy, for this opportunity!!! To see all of my TipTop journal pages so far, follow this link.




Santana – Sideways

You know it ain’t easy
For these thoughts here to leave me
No words to describe it
In French or in English
'Cause diamonds they fade
And Flowers they bloom
And I'm tellin' you

These feelings won't go away
They've been knockin' me sideways
They've been knockin' me out lately
Whenever you come around me
These feelings won't go away
They've been knockin' me sideways
I keep thinkin' in a moment that
Time will take them away
These feelings won't go away
These feelings won't go away . . .
It ain’t easy
For these thoughts here to leave me
There are no words to describe it
In French or in English
'Cause diamonds they fade
(diamonds they fade)
And flowers they bloom
(flowers they bloom)
And I'm tellin'you

These feelings won't go away
They've been knockin' me sideways
They've been knockin' me out lately
Whenever you come around me
These feelings won't go away
They've been knockin' me sideways
I keep thinkin' that in a moment that
Time will take them away

These feelings won't go away . . .