A to Z Challenge – 2020 – Daughtry

“D” is for Daughtry.  He is one of my new favorites, although the first time we saw him was in 2008 as the opening act for Bon Jovi, the band I used for “B” in 2017.  I knew he had been on “America’s Got Talent” but I never watched that so I wasn’t really familiar with him.  I only had a couple of pictures from that show and our seats were farther away so they are not the best.

The next time we saw Daughtry was nine years later and he was again an opening act, this time for Nickelback.  These pictures were better and I found some great paper to use.  Again from Paper Wishes but I can’t remember the name of the collection.  I took all the papers out of the packaging and just have them on the shelf.     

I think the colors match our clothes so well.  We went with our friend, Lois, and her son but they were in the row ahead of us and to the side a bit.  I remembered to take a picture of the marquee on the way out.  Usually I get one on the way in but I think it looks cooler at night.  I’m using that as the title. 

I had picked up this template at one of the Scrapbook Expos.  I am so sad they had to cancel the Expo this year.  I had been on a scrapbook spending freeze so I could shop there and I’m having a bit of withdrawal symptoms.  The backing paper matched the colors on the other page so I left it.

It was easy just to slide the pictures in and I added some sparkly to the notes.

I had this stamp and it reminded me of the flower on the first page.  I stamped it on pink paper and then used a pen to color in the notes.

Kinda looks like it, don’t you think?

Time for another stencil, this one is Beach Umbrella from Lea France.

I put the Set List in the middle.  He has quite a few new songs but also sang some old ones.  “Backbone” is a great one.  I added some black triangles around the frame to complete the design.  

I used blue and red triangles around the outside to fill this one in and make it match the paisley print on the page before.

Here is the finished product as it is in the album.

We’ve seen Daughtry two other times recently and I have much better pictures but I’m trying to fill the albums in order as best I can.  I know I’m going to have some empty pages to fill between some of these and I’m trying to figure out what to do with them.  Maybe I’ll put a page in about the different venues we’ve been to.  
That’s it for “D.”  Make sure to stop by some of the other A to Z-ers and come back Monday for “E.”  Can you guess who it might be? 

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A to Z Challenge – 2020 – Clapton

We are going back in time for the letter “C,” – 2007 to be exact.  It was early in our concert going days and I was so excited to see that Eric Clapton was coming to the HP Pavilion (now SAP Center) in San Jose.  I should have paid a little more attention to who his opening act was though as it turned out to be a blues singer, Robert Cray, which meant that the whole show was going to have a bluesy feel rather than the rock and roll we were looking for.  Lesson learned on this one!

Just as it was early in our concert going days, it was early in my scrapbooking days too so I didn’t have as many embellishments or tools.  We also didn’t take our “selfie” which is now pretty much a staple at every show.

I do have the “tickets” so we have the info of who, what, where and when. 

Also, these pages have been scrapbooked already so I don’t have the detailed examples of what I did and how I put them together.  Mostly I just fit the pictures on the page.  I think the title is my favorite part.  There are no extra embellishments or anything.      
The pictures I got from the show weren’t that great either because I had an older camera that didn’t have as good a zoom as the one I have now.  I do have the setlist though.  I didn’t know very many of the songs.   

The people sitting a couple of rows in front of us were up and moving through the whole show.  Obviously they like the blues!
As you can see by the newspaper clippings, Eric Clapton really didn’t do much in the way of playing or singing himself.  He frequently would just play a bit of the song’s intro and then step back to let his band play the rest.  “He seemed bored.”  

Although I did hear a few songs of Robert Cray’s that I like (“Bad Influence” and “Guess I Showed Her”) and Eric did sing “Wonderful Tonight” and “Layla,” we do not consider this as one of our top 10 concerts.  

I might consider seeing him again but a lot would depend on who the opening act is and what the set list looks like.  I think it was after this show that I started looking on Setlist.com before each concert.  We didn’t want to be fooled again.

There are only 3 pages for the whole thing and this is how they look in the album.  I’m pretty sure I didn’t want to spend too much time on it.

As if I needed something else to make this a less than favorable memory, while I was going through the album to take the pages out for this post it broke!  I had to move everything to another album. Thank goodness I had an extra one or I’d really be mad.

What do you think of our first few days of the A to Z?  Are you finding some new blogs to follow?  Come back tomorrow for “D.”  It’s a much better show!

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A to Z Challenge – 2020 – Boston

Hope you enjoyed yesterday’s ABBA show.  Today we have Boston which is a group I’ve wanted to see for a while and I was surprised to see they were at the Mountain Winery. Being part of the “Loyalty Club” is so helpful to get advanced tickets in good seats.

I can’t remember the name of this set of papers but isn’t it gorgeous? I was happy that they went with the pictures so well.

Instead of trying to place the pictures in order of the songs, I went more by what pictures looked better on what backgrounds. 

Getting the first few pages laid out is sometimes the hardest part.  

For the title I decided to use these plain white “thickers” (called that because they are not flat but rather about 2 or 3 mm thick).  They are actually sticky on both sides so I used some glitter to color them.

I put the letters I needed on some clear old packaging material and then sprinkled the glitter on top.

We were with our friends Paul and Amy for this show but we weren’t able to have seats together.  I did get their attention and a wave.  Pretty good zoom on my camera, huh?  I outlined the title with black pen to make it stand out more.

Since I put a background mat on the photos on the first page, I decided to write the names of the band members on the mats I used for the second page.  I must confess that I am pretty bad about that most of the time.  I know the bands and a few of the artists but I don’t know every person in every group and I don’t always put their names in the scrapbooking. 

Pretty simple page here, but they all look so intense that I thought the “In the Moment” was appropriate and the little camera sticker fit.

This time I cut apart the set list I had printed and used that to list the songs.  

I like to catch the finger movements on the guitar players.  Sometimes they go so fast, all there is is a blur.  The 3-D guitar actually has strings.

I also try to get at least one picture of everyone in the band.  More 3-D embellishments to balance it out.  

Sometimes the pictures can tell what the song was.  This was “Smokin.”  I don’t know if I actually figured that out until I was putting this page together.  An added perk of scrapbooking the show!

The equipment to the side of the stage looked really interesting with all the lights on the panels.

I love when the performers stand together as they play.  I really think they do that so we can take their picture.  

Another template used, this one from Lea France.  I have quite a few of her stencils. 

To fill in some of the gaps, I used scraps from some of photos I had cut off.  
The top and bottom frame piece in the center are those scraps.  Bet you couldn’t tell they didn’t belong to that shot.  

Note the “Gonggg” is the same arrow that I used above for “Smokin” only reversed.  Made it using my Slice machine.  

Here they are as they look in the album.  Once again, I’m pretty pleased with the way it turned out.  

This time I have a video to share.  Boston sings the song “Amanda” which is our daughter’s name so I recorded that for her.

So there you have the Boston concert.  Did you enjoy it?  Come back tomorrow for “C.”  
Copyright note:  All rights to the song, “Amanda” to the band.

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A to Z Challenge – 2020 – ABBA

We’re off to the races, folks.  Today marks the beginning of the Great A to Z Challenge for 2020.  I hope you are as excited as I am.  There are over 450 bloggers who are signed up to write this month.  I have a notebook ready because I am sure there are going to be a ton of interesting things I’ll want to keep track of.

As I mentioned in my Theme Reveal, I am going to get some concert scrapbooking done.  We’ve been to over 100 shows and I am very behind with my albums so using the challenge will help me catch up a bit.  Since the virus restrictions and our finances are probably going to keep us away from concerts this year it will also be fun to relive the experiences.  Here we go!

The Mama Mia movies brought the music of ABBA to everyone’s attention and when I saw that “ABBA, The Concert” was going to be at the Mountain Winery I knew my husband wouldn’t be interested so I asked the girls if they wanted to see it with me.  I was happy that they both said yes.

When scrapbooking, the first thing I need to get is paper to match the pictures.  We’ve already determined that I am a paper addict so I have a lot of choices.  I really loved this collection called Twilight Jewels from Paper Wishes, one of my favorite companies to buy from.

When I put the pictures down on top of the sheets, they seemed to go really well. 

There were some moon shapes and mystical looking elements on the papers and I remembered I had some Dazzle stickers that matched.

Once I have the papers picked out I put the pictures in some kind of order.  Sometimes I go by how the concert progressed and sometimes I just go by the colors and what seems to go together.  I always start with a title page or two that show the “who, what, where and when” details.  I don’t make anything permanent yet.  I want to make sure everything fits together.   

I found some alphabet “thickers” that really matched the color scheme for the title.  I used the parking receipt for the name of the venue.  Notice I moved it from the right page to the left.   
For the second page I added the view from our seats and the date.  Don’t we look like we’re having fun?   Yes, we had drinks in the parking lot before we went in and drinks after we got in, it was Girls night after all. 
Notice the moon sticker on this page that matches the one on the first page.
I knew I was going to have a lot of pictures to try and fit on some of the pages so I used the Wildflower template from Creative Memories.  It is fun to make a puzzle out of the pictures.  

This is what it looks like when the template is removed.

 I added some Dazzle stickers as detail across the top.

I think it matches pretty well with the paper on the next page.  I used the same template but changed the shapes a bit.

There was one of the original ABBA musicians touring with the group.

Another staple from every concert is the set list.  Most of the time it is from the actual show.  I get it from SetList.com.  If I can, I pull a setlist from the most recent show to bring with us so we know what songs are coming up.  That helps when I want to make sure to take certain pictures or (shhh – a video).  

I happened to have a paper flower that was the exact same shading as the one on the tag so I put it on top to add dimension. Also, the blue button in the center reminded me of the hat on the singer in blue. 

“ABBA, The Concert” was the only act that night but they did take an intermission so there were two set lists and lots of changes of clothes.  

The silver “arrow” that points to the second set list matches the one pointing to the first, above.

I colored in the Dazzle sticker to match the colors on the page.

To make the “take a bow” I used my Slice machine and added some decorative ribbon across the top to match the next page.  The strings coming down are more Dazzles.     

The last page shows the empty venue.  I think it is pretty cool looking.  The girls are walking ahead of me and I know they are wondering if I’m okay to drive home after having those drinks you saw in the beginning. – LOL – I was.

The moon in the center is a picture I took of the moon that night.  

Here is how the spreads look as they are in the album.  I am really happy with the way it turned out.

Hope you enjoyed the first of the concerts.  I will say that I am a Creative Memories consultant so the link I have provided is to my site, in case you are interested.  I will have other links to products I used throughout the series, not all of which I am affiliated with but they are definitely products I like.  Also, if you like my style and you have pictures you would like made into an album, I am available for that!  Come back tomorrow and see who the “B” concert is about.   

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Happy Song Lyric Sunday folks.  Jim’s prompt is Touch/Feel.  Thought of this one during our time of social distancing:

Invisible Touch
Well I’ve been waiting, waiting here so long
But thinking nothing, nothing could go wrong, but now I know
She has a built in ability
To take everything she sees
And now it seems I’m falling, falling for her.
She seems to have an invisible touch yeah
She reaches in, grabs right hold of your heart
She seems to have an invisible touch yeah
It takes control and slowly tears you apart.
I don’t really know her, I only know her name
But she crawls under your skin, you’re never quite the same, and now I know
She’s got something you just can’t trust
It’s something mysterious
And now it seems I’m falling, falling for her.
She seems to have an invisible touch yeah
She reaches in, grabs right hold of your heart
She seems to have an invisible touch yeah
It takes control and slowly tears you apart.
She don’t like losing, to her it’s still a game
Though she’ll mess up your life, you’ll want her just the same, now I know
She has a built in ability
To take everything she sees
And now it seems I’ve fallen, fallen for her.
She seems to have an invisible touch yeah
She reaches in, grabs right hold of your heart
She seems to have an invisible touch yeah
It takes control and slowly tears you apart.
Source: LyricFind
Songwriters: Anthony George Banks / Phillip David Charles Collins / Michael Rutherford
Invisible Touch lyrics © Concord Music Publishing LLC

I wrote about seeing Genesis for the A to Z in 2017.  It was a great show and I saw that they were going to tour again in Europe but that had to be cancelled of course.  Who knows when we’ll be able to go to concerts anymore and Phil Collins wasn’t in the best of health as it was.  Even more reason I am so happy I took so many pictures of the ones we did attend.  Stay safe out there people.

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March Madness – 2020 – Escapist Coloring Club

Linda is so good about giving us things to do to occupy our time and helping us keep connected.  At the beginning of the month she hosts the Escapist Coloring Club and I know we’ve all had some time this month for coloring, right?  Here are my entries for the month.

My son got me a Magical Jungle coloring book for Christmas and these are from that book.  I have been coloring while I watch movies with my husband.  He says he can tell how much I like the movie by how much coloring I do.  LOL  What have you been coloring this month?

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March Madness – 2020 – Song Lyric Sunday – Promises

We lost Kenny Rogers this week.  He was 81 and had had some health issues for a while so it wasn’t truly a surprise, but it is still sad.  He made some beautiful music.

Another artist who made some beautiful music was John Denver.  Tragically he passed away in 1997 when the plane he was flying crashed just down the highway from us near Monterey Bay.  Here is Poems, Prayers and Promises.

Poems, Prayers and Promises
I’ve been lately thinking
About my life’s time
All the things I’ve done
And how it’s been
And I can’t help believing
In my own mind
I know I’m gonna hate to see it end
I’ve seen a lot of sunshine
Slept out in the rain
Spent a night or two all on my own
I’ve known my lady’s pleasures
Had myself some friends
And spent a time or two in my own home
And I have to say it now
It’s been a good life all in all
It’s really fine
To have a chance to hang around
And lie there by the fire
And watch the evening tire
While all my friends and my old lady
Sit and pass the pipe around
And talk of poems and prayers and promises
And things that we believe in
How sweet it is to love someone
How right it is to care
How long it’s been since yesterday
And what about tomorrow
And what about our dreams
And all the memories we share
The days they pass so quickly now
Nights are seldom long
And time around me whispers when it’s cold
The changes somehow frighten me
Still I have to smile
It turns me on to think of growing old
For though my life’s been good to me
There’s still so much to do
So many things my mind has never known
I’d like to raise a family
I’d like to sail away
And dance across the mountains on the moon
I have to say it now
It’s been a good life all in all
It’s really fine
To have the chance to hang around
And lie there by the fire
And watch the evening tire
While all my friends and my old lady
Sit and pass the pipe around
And talk of poems and prayers and promises
And things that we believe in
How sweet it is to love someone
How right it is to care
How long it’s been since yesterday
What about tomorrow
What about our dreams
And all the memories we share
Source: LyricFind
Songwriters: John Denver
Poems, Prayers and Promises lyrics © Warner Chappell Music, Inc, Kobalt Music Publishing Ltd.

“How long it’s been since yesterday and what about tomorrow?”  Here’s to the promise that we will have some more evenings to sit around the fire with friends.  Stay healthy. 

From Jim’s prompt of promise/vow/oath. 


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