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Listening & Crusade #55

I have been purging stuff from my home to make room for my life.  It is freeing!  I found the box of audio cassettes (it’s an ancient form of recording for those young people) that had recordings of family members.  Relatives that are no longer with us.  Children who are way too old to be cute singing “I’m a Little Teapot”.  The sounds of a young family sharing a story.  These sounds take me back in time and bring such joy.

These recordings inspired my art journal page and my take on Michelle Ward’s crusade #55.  Here are some of my pages I made – of course I was so wrapped up in my art journal page I forgot to take a photo of the background I used before I used it.

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  • Janette Gregson September 9, 2011, 4:57 pm

    Carolyn what a fantastic page and what a treasure to find, I’m impressed that you not only found the tapes but also something to play them on too. I must admit that although I have embraced some digital stuff I stuggle to let go of the analogue. If I am taking photographs for myself I always use film, but it’s getting harder and harder to find places to develop it. My husband has a room with one whole wall of shelves packed with records – remember them?

    It’s agreat page and I love it. How did you do your backgrounds?

    Big love

  • Carolyn September 9, 2011, 8:39 pm

    We’d rec’d a gift of a special tape player for digitizing but hadn’t used it yet – so I had an advantage! As for the backgrounds they were made with 4 colors of paints smooshed around then used the same four colors to smoosh paint on a stamp. This made parts of it fade to the background. It was messy and fun!

  • michelle ward September 9, 2011, 8:58 pm

    Carolyn, great job with your disappearing act! Love seeing the patterns you used and the terrific colors! Love that you already put a background to work! Thanks for sharing with the team!

    And….how fun to find your recordings – even better that they were playable AND transferrable. What a priceless thing to have!

  • Chris September 9, 2011, 11:29 pm

    HA! Cassettes as an ancient form of recording!! I remember when I had a party and left a tape recorder playing to capture everything everyone said. It’s so fun to hear these voices from years ago!

    Anyway, enough about me. I love your colors and the filled pages of mysterious shapes that move in and out of view. Excellent take on the challenge! Thanks for sharing.

  • Michelle September 10, 2011, 7:55 am

    Lovely backgrounds and colours. Love your journal page – great idea to preserve your story of discovery (and such a cut tale it is too!)

  • Helen September 13, 2011, 2:19 pm

    I really love the second one, lovely colors. Must still have a box with tapes somewhere!

  • Cath September 21, 2011, 11:35 pm

    Oh my! The colours you’ve used are fabulous. And how amazing to find all that audio goodness, and great that you have been able to preserve it. I had Mum and Dad’s 40th wedding party on video and someone copied over it. If only I had made a backup…