The leaves on my “burning bush” shrub in my front yard are starting to turn red already! Fall is bearing down on us like a locomotive. And Fall is the perfect time to ride an excursion train to see the colorful foliage. In October 2014, we took a ride aboard the Durbin Rocket on the Durbin & Greenbrier Valley Railroad. The Rocket is powered by a very rare steam locomotive – Old #3, one of only three operating Climax-geared logging locomotives on Earth! This 55-ton antique was built in 1910 for the Moore-Keppel Lumber Co. in nearby Randolph County, the train’s website reports. Today you can ride in authentic 1920-era coaches and vintage wooden cabooses behind Old #3 as she puffs and whistles along the free-flowing Greenbrier River in northern Pocahontas County. The ride covers 10.5 miles in 2 hours and offers many beautiful river and mountain views in the Monongahela National Forest. We saw a bald eagle flying more than once. It was breathtaking!
The fall color was not as breathtaking that day because the leaves were past their peak. I tried to make up for it with cardstock leaves. My Cricut chugged along making all of these embellishments with cartridges that are exclusive to Close To My Heart:
Art Philosophy for the Tickets font and the Ticket journaling box that is tucked in the pocket
Artiste for “please”, the RR crossing sign and the pocketand the newest Close To My Heart cartridge — ARTISTRY — for the leaves!
Making those leaves was a good way to use up scraps! I have retired papers Surf’s Up, Heartstrings and Yuletide Carol in some of the leaves. The “railroad denim” print pocket and background came from the retired Dakota paper pack.
The soon-to-be-retired Jackson and Outdoor Denim are some of my mountains. I cut those with Cricut’s Paper Doll Dress-up Cartridge. Artistry has mountains on it, but West Virginia’s hills are humpy, not craggy and pointy like mountains in the West.
I had so many photos from the trip I wanted to include but not a lot of time to construct elaborate foldouts. I used two 4×6 Flip Flaps on the left page for vertical shots. I put the horizontal shots in a Picture My Life Memory Protector that I will either stick in the middle of the main pages or I will put it after the layout. Extra leaves adorn these pages too.
Our day trip isn’t the only story behind this page. Tucked in the pocket are some tickets we made when Arabella was a toddler. We were trying to get her to stay in her big-girl bed and not get up 12 times every evening. We gave her 3 tickets every night. If she left her room, she had to give up a ticket. All tickets she kept could be redeemed for prizes. The BIG prize was a train ride. We never made time to book a trip until she was 11 years old. Even delayed, it was as much fun as making this page.
This week’s challenge at Heart 2 Heart Challenges is “Ticket to Ride”. I gotta tell you I was singing “Country Roads” more than The Beatles’ “She’s Got a Ticket to Ride” while making this project.
How about you? How will you interpret the theme and take the challenge? Show us how by linking up your project on the post. You have all of August to make your project (which must include at least SOME products by Close To My Heart.)