Friday, June 17, 2016

Road Trip - USA! Blog Hop

Welcome to the
Blog Hop.

Today's hop is all about traveling this great country of ours and all the crafty projects are inspired by that travel theme.

We've got a bit of everything for you today, so be sure to stop by each blog and leave a little love in the form of a comment. One comment will be chosen from all those left on the hop by June 30th for a Stampin' Up prize pack and the winner will be announced on next month's hop.

And hereeeee's MY actually my daughter's with a bit of my help project!

Here, in California at least in the southern part of the state, at some point in a student's Elementary School Career notice how I capitalized that, to show it's importance?, the student must do a California Mission Project. Instead of creating a replica, my daughter without my urging... believe it or not chose to do a... SCRAPBOOK! Squeee!!!!!

(When my older girls were younger, my mom was kind enough to take them to visit one... Luckily, this time around, I was fortunate enough to be able to actually go!) And so... my daughter was given one that was more towards the Central region of the State of California. And I'd never been there... or to any California Mission for that matter!

Hello, La Purisima... in Lompoc, California! We went up on Good Friday (2015). Yes... they were open. Afterall, Missions ARE Catholic! The weather was perfect too bad our hotel wasn't... and YES! I did a complete review on YELP!

Missions are widely known for their bells... So what better photo opp than the Bell Tower, itself?
The cemetery is overlooked by the Bell Tower. Most graves are unmarked, as they are occupied by Native Americans Indians. The Native Americans' families who had not converted to Christianity/Catholicism would often come and try to reclaim their dead, so as to given the deceased soul/body a "proper" burial in their own rite. And so... the Mission Fathers would leave the grave unmarked, so the were not easily identified.
I used my handy-dandy Bind-It-All for this project. Don't judge... it's just a tad bit complicated to let the kiddo attempt it to get it right.
She chose some really great antique-type papers that coordinated well. (Love that kid!) And she typed in and cut out all of her titles.
Here is the Church... Missions are famous for their beauty, as well.
And this is the purchased cover. Love that the pages just "slide" into the cover! (Tuesday Morning bargain price of $2.49!!!!)
She chalked it up... then blended it, to give it a Native American "pottery"-type look. Um. K. That was my suggestion... You guessed it!
Then applied Mod Podge in a hashtag stroke first one way and then the other, if you don't get that... to make it appear semi-like canvas.
And the finished result!!! Of course she got an "A!" She is my kid, after all...

Where did your road trip take you? Don't forget to comment... and visit all my pals. Up next is Anna! Thanks for visiting!

Here's the lineup... so you don't go off the road too much!:


  1. you and your daughter rock! a beautiful cover, a great trip captured, and quality time spent with your daughter. awesome! thanks for sharing. I would have never known some of these mission facts.


  2. This is a wonderful layout and than you for generously sharing the experience with us. I loved learning the history. It was a pleasure hopping with you.

  3. Your daughter did an awesome job on her project! She's lucky to have such a supportive mom!

  4. Your daughter did a great job! I love the cover!

  5. Great job and I am sure a good bonding experience in the end. Nice to get her hooked on scrapping early.

  6. she should have gotten an A...beautiful work!!

  7. Thank you for sharing. You've done a great job.

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  8. How sweet! This is a wonderful memory for both of you that will last forever. Thanks for sharing it.

  9. Great job and great project

  10. Great job and great project

  11. What a wonderful idea. Thanks for sharing.

  12. Great job! Love the cover!!! (and LOVE Tuesday Morning!)

  13. What a great way to do a project! And she did a wonderful job! I remember back in HS the teacher saying we had to do a report on our home town. I live in Perrysburg OH and it is very historic. Battle of 1812, Commodore Perry, Fort Meggs. So I took my camera out and photographed all the great places, monuments and such, and made a scrapbook/report. I got an A too even though mine was nothing like hers! Best part, no research, no typing endless papers! LOL

  14. What a great project! She did an awesome job!

    ~Ashley W

  15. Awesome job!
    Thanks for hopping with me.

  16. Your daughter did an AWEsome job, right down to the finishing touches of sponging the edges!!! She deserves an A+.


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