Thursday, August 21, 2008

Thematic Photographic 12 - Colorful

Week 12 of Carmi's Thematic Photographic is C O L O R F U L ! Yea! I can come up with some of that. I am away from my archives at the moment so I have stolen from my other blog Made For Keeps a post I did recently of a greeting card I made and why it made me think of a box of crayons.

Growing up I thought that the beginning of the year should be September and the end of the year should be August. I sort of stayed in that pattern until the past few years. Just as for most of us, for the better part of my life the years revolved around the school schedule. September marked the beginning of the year, first when I was in school, then when my son was in school.

Later, I became used to life revolving around the calendar year thanks to corporate reports and new vacation day buckets. The beginning of the school year now comes to my attention when Target and Wal-Mart convert the seasonal lawn and garden section to school supplies. I'm not in school and I don't have children in school, but it is still one of my favorite sections: new designs for notebooks, backpacks sporting the latest action/music heroes/heroines, packages of paper, pens and pencils.

Then there are the boxes of crayons! We made magical pictures with crayons and gave them to parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, and anyone who would take them. Now there are so many colors in the boxes that some have had to be retired to make room for the new colors. My first box of crayons was the box of 8 that were as thick as broomsticks .... or so it seemed. As the years went by the lists of required supplies showed crayons in larger color varieties ... and thinner. We knew we had really made it when Mom was able to get us the box of 24 colors --- or more!

With a studio full of paper, inks, stamps, punches.... you name it, there isn't a box of crayons to be found. But I still love the smell of a fresh box --- I think that is the prevailing odor in the school supply section. Maybe I should have a box around for those times I need a creative whiff.
This card reminds me of the colors in that very first box of crayons: bright primary and secondary colors. Maybe I should rub in some crayon scent.


Heidi said...

This is another great card, Barb!

Hey... and I just caught up on your blog (have been busy lately with the beginning of school this week for us). Exciting things going on for you with The Trucker and you traveling! Be safe and ENJOY!!!

Carol said...

I still buy boxes of crayons at least 4 times a year, my 8 granddaughters are miles away and whenever I send a parcel I include coloring bks, crayons and lots of stickers... they love it and start coloring right away...

That is a beautiful card Barb with all the crayon colors... perfect for the theme.

Barb said...

Carol, eight grandaughters? Wow! You're right -- gotta love crayons! Thanks for your kind compliment and for stopping buy.


me said...

I would be happy to receive this card. Love the color combos.

ErinSlick said...

My dad gets me a box of crayons every year for Christmas. Has for 33 years. You never get too old. This pic made me smile!

smarmoofus said...

Aww... I love how you measure maturity by the number of crayons in the box. That is such a sweet and innocent outlook, isn't it? Back-to-school season always affects me, too. I have this weird urge to buy all the supplies, even though I've just about educated myself as much as one can. Perhaps. Maybe.

Your card is lovely. I think I would enjoy card-making, if I could afford all the supplies... and if I knew people to give them to who would appreciate the time and thought that goes into it.


Mojo said...

Smoofus, I've seen your work and you make wonderful cards! You're not fooling anybody. Or at least not me, and now that I've "outed" you you're not fooling anybody else either.

And Barb does too apparently! I'm not even going to attempt guessing what you've covered this one with, but were it presented to me I would marvel at it.

Great (and very original) take on the theme.
Have a great weekend!
- Mojo