Hello! I sure hope everyone is doing well. I'm managing to live with my constant neck and hip pain, considering it's a crap shoot each day upon waking what I aggravated while I slept, not to mention what I aggravate while awake, LOL. My diet and exercising are going well and Honey continues his love affair with his air fryer. His chicken wings are da bomb! :-)
Today I'm sharing a spread in my Little Book of Wisdom journal that focuses on two now-classic rock songs about space exploration and the human angst of it: David Bowie's Space Oddity and Elton John/Bernie Taupin's Rocket Man. I've been planning this spread for a while and with the recent Jeff Bezos rocket launch I was motivated to work on it when I had moments of time here and there. It's my opinion that these 2 song lyrics are very special, because after researching the songs and interviews with the songwriters, I learned that both songs are based on past works of art, yet also describe the human costs of the (then) Space Race as well as make insights about the future of space exploration. That's amazing! Past, Present AND Future? Yes, when taken together, their cumulative effect does just that for me. So I wanted to document and remember these songs along with what I learned about them.
The spread closed. I made hinges on each outer side to hold fold-outs so I'd have room for the song lyrics and hidden journaling. American Craft stickers for the titles and the years were cut with Lawn Fawn Quinn's 123's dies on Lavinia patterned paper. I used washi tapes liberally to border and cover the hinging.
Rocket Man side... My HUGE respect for Bernie Taupin's lyrics began when I read that he wrote them right after reading Ray Bradbury's 1951 short story, The Rocket Man (which you can also read for free by clicking on the link). Taupin has said in multiple interviews it was his attempt to put that story into song. I've known the lyrics for decades, but until I read Bradbury's story, I never really understood them. I urge you to read it! It's short and hauntingly poignant. And Taupin's lyrics are genius!
The main art journal spread. Teesha Moore collage sheet images and images found on internet and printed, Moodtape, Altenew and Deep Red Stamp stamps, some of the planets die cut with Altenew and Spellbinder dies that fit them.
MY CHALLENGES PLAYLIST:
2. Cut It Up #232: Space -- #1/1 Dies used: numbers (Lawn Fawn) planets (Altenew & Spellbinders); tags (Sizzix)
3. Lost Coast Portal to Creativity #128: (Human) Face On -- #1/xx I hand-stamped and included human faces.
4. Classic Design Challenge August #8: AAG -- #3/xx
5. TTCRD 8/24-8/31: AAG -- #1/2
6. Creative Moments #221: AAG -- #2/3
7. Scrapping4Fun #199: More than 2 Layers -- #1/1 other than a card
8. Lil Patch of Crafty Friends #164: AAG -- #2/3
9. Creative Fingers #213: AAG -- #1/3
10. The Creative Crafters #43: AAG -- #1/3
11. The Crafter's Cafe Challenge #272 15 August: Fantasy -- #1/5 11 Challenges Max