On this LO I used mostly embellies and paper that I've had for quite some time. I stamped the little black vine and hand cut it, inked, distressed and used some new scissors. Thank you, Shawn!!! Also stamped the compass, the four corners and the frame around "Harry and Ebert". On some of my heritage LO's I use a font called "1942 report" which is perfect, as it has the kind of typing you might get from an old, worn out typewriter. I added a clockface transparency, Prima flowers, a heart from my stash, a nostalgic looking stamp that is by K & Co. Also, I used a very old brown, plastic buckle from my mother's button box. I have a confession... little Patty's been playing with matches!!! I made the wax seal in the kitchen with the vent turned on so the fire alarm wouldn't go off!!! I like to drip the wax onto a piece of aluminum foil, then let it harden before glueing it on a LO. It's easier to get the seal exactly where you want it, rather than dripping the wax directly onto the LO. I also used some Tim Holtz gears and filmstrip ribbon. The tape at the bottom, I think is from 7 Gypsies....not real sure about that...have had it for about 6 years. Last, I cut out the definition of "adventure" from an old dictionary and inked it. Last, I added the little heart from my stash. Used some corrugated cardboard painted with Crackle Paint, as well.
Now, for the story of the Journey: The young men in the picture are my grandfather, Ebert (R) and his younger brother, Harry (L). During World War I, they enlisted in the U.S. Navy. After the end of the war, they were honorably discharged from the Navy at San Diego. At that time, they both bought motorcycles and had their own amazing journey from California to Texas. What an exciting time that must have been for the two young sailors! I'm sure they had some amazing stories to tell about their journey! I thought it would be nice to add a map of the U.S. to show the distance. I have no idea what the true route was like, and I'm SURE that it wsn't a straight line between San Diego and Houston....but the map does give the viewer an idea of how far they had to travel.