featuring the Highway Signs and Southwest Die Sets
The arrival of the Highway Signs Cornerstone Die became the perfect excuse to pull some of my favorite memories of a trip my daughter Hannah and I took to the Tulsa State Fair and the grand Cake Competition as competitors. Entering this competition was a dream come true for Hannah, a professional baker, after viewing it annually on the Food Network but that just might be right for another layout in the near future!
Our road from Ohio got interesting when we decided to follow portions of The Mother Road, Route 66 beginning in St. Louis and into OKC. This road was once the main highway from Chicago to Los Angeles and has been immortalized in song as well as a TV series. It was the one trip I always dreamed of taking. Many make it today on portions that remain and you can get the books and the maps to make it authentic, while ours was quite spontaneous and an afterthought for the road home.
This layout will feature a few of our stops along the road that include some of the popular folk art on public display, the Penguins and Bison, along with water towers and road signs. Some of the Art Deco architecture in Tulsa at the famous Lyon’s Indian Store that is still standing and operating was a must and the Harley Davison Dealer on RT 66 too, before taking a side trip into Oklahoma City and visiting the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum, one of my favorite museums to visit.
The Supply List:
• Mosaic Moments Dies: The Highway Signs and Southwest cornerstone tile, Die Set A, B, and 1” grid die
• 12 x 12 Mosaic Moments Grid Paper: Terra Cotta
• Mosaic Moments Paper Tiles: Pumpkin, Cocoa, Almond Cream and Chocolate Milk
• Additional cardstock: Teal, Burnished Copper,
• Punch: birch leaf
• Title: Digital hybrid title: RT 66 map incorporating block with title in “Rocket Script” Font copper outtakes of southwest cornerstone tile used as map points.
• Patterns #107, 250 pinwheel patterns
The Highway Signs Die that resembled the original RT 66 sign was perfect for a journal/label spot to identify the main cities and the spots in the photos on the page.
There are a few ways the die could be used I used three colors (Cocoa, Chocolate Milk and Almond Cream Paper Tiles) and inlaid the pieces in the narrow outline and then mounted it on a corner tile. It could also have been three colors all fit together on one layer or even to use just the outer frame over a paper tile, the choice is yours.
I also incorporated the Southwest Cornerstone Tile in paprika paper with burnished copper paper for a bit of shine, teal cardstock on Cocoa brown tiles for contrast in a typical southwest color palette that works well with our new Terra Cotta Grid Paper.
My title block was created digitally using a portion of a map of RT 66 as it passes through several states. I’ve added a block with the title and marked the road and the stops along the way of the photos in the layout using the copper out-takes on the southwest die for the markers.
These dies work well as embellishments or spots for journaling find ways to include them in your next layout!
A birch leaf punch in two colors are trimmed, layered and lined to create a trio of feathers for each of the side 1×3 strips. Paprika and burnished copper paper, pumpkin paper tiles and teal cardstock fill in the various border spots on both pages.