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Wednesday, June 20, 2012


Reading about a country's history in a textbook is a good thing. For me, seeing artifacts, touching buildings and reading documents has a way of bringing history to life. For twenty five years, I taught hundreds of children about the Pilgrims, Plymouth Rock, The Constitution of the United States, The Midnight Ride of Paul Revere, the patriotism and wisdom of Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, John Hancock and  George Washington. I taught my students about the Declaration of Independence, our Constitution and the amazing  history of our great country. When I retired in 2009, I wanted to see the places that mean so much to us as Americans and that I had spoken of so many times in my classroom. I wanted to walk along the same places where our forefathers had journeyed and see some of the sights that they saw. In some tangible way, I yearned to experience the beginnings of our nation and soak in the history. In the fall, following my retirement  (when I normally would have been in the classroom, teaching about these great places and people of American history), my husband and I took a trip to New England. We went to Boston and saw the graves of many patriots, the site of the Boston Massacre and then to Concord and Lexington, to see where a band of normal, everyday farmers fired the "shot  heard 'round the world", as Ralph Waldo Emmerson wrote.  It was then, and only then, that the wonderful stories from history books truly came alive to me.

This layout was created for THE CRAFTY SCRAPPER design team using the No Limits Collection paper by HEIDI SWAPP and lots of fun MAYA ROAD embellishments. Techniques used in this layout were painting, masking, border punching, paper folding and machine stitching. 

Products Used: 

          No Limits Collection paper
          Punch Around the Page, Lattice
          Hexagons Chipboard Set
          Kraft Journaling Tag, Black
          Star Bottlecap
          Vintage Linen Burlap Treasure Bags
     MAY ARTS 
          Glimmer Mist, Huckleberry
          Writer, Pure Red
          Writer, Black            


  1. Well, Patty, you KNOW how I feel about our country and the men and women who defied a King to form a new Republic, which would bestow GOD given rights to it's citizens!! These rights are not gifts of the government, rather they are inaliable. Love the misting/masking. LOVE the tiny fussy cut photos and burlap sack of tea! Awesome details. <3

  2. What a fantastic way to display your travel pics on a page...those hexagons are AWESOME! Wonderful layout, Patty! Thanks for sharing your love of history with us :)

  3. It's a great layout of a great trip. Wasn't the Freedom Trail great! Loved the ride through the Harbor!