22 - Tarnished Gold

This is my husband being sworn in as a planning commissioner of our city government a few months ago. My journaling, inspired by the "3 wishes" prompts in this week's testimony is three wishes. These are that Don will be able to help our city prosper, which means I must also wish that our state (California) would not be so broke it has to take revenue from the state's newest cities to the point our 11-month old city will likely be bankrupt by 2015. Due to some legislation that would have fixed the problem getting stalled last week in state legislative committees, my third wish is that I could be optimistic. I also used from the evidence list fibers and a wet medium (three kinds of stamping ink) and fibers, which are surrounding the "journaling box." Depressing politics, but definitely on my mind, and with DH out of the military, his planning commission photo was the best one with a political bent I've printed out. I was worried (correctly) that if I stamped the stars directly onto the background some of them would leave shadows (all of the ones on the white paper did), but then I realized the messy fibers and the messy ink are perfect for the messy not-so-golden state.

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Comment by emily thorne on September 7, 2012 at 6:50pm

Great theme and I like how you stamped the stars directly onto the background. I like seeing the 'halos' around some stamps. Stamping is such a basic art form that can go from simple and clean to layered and detailed but always speaks to me.

You must be very proud of your DH for stepping up and trying to fix problems left from previous generations in these trouble filled and financially difficult times

Comment by Jenny Evans on June 11, 2012 at 10:24am

Really liking all the stars here, Ellen. Loving the design, too!

Comment by Debbi Tehrani - DT on June 10, 2012 at 2:23pm
I hope things start looking up for you guys.
Comment by Debbi Tehrani - DT on June 10, 2012 at 2:22pm
What an important memory to document, Ellen. I think the imperfect stars are perfect on this page, and I love your clever title.
Comment by Anupama Choudary on June 7, 2012 at 12:07pm

Your page is thought-provoking, Ellen. I can empathize with your political cynicism and LOL....If I could make a wish, I too would ask for optimism! Love your stamping. The outline looks great :)

Comment by Eila Sandberg on June 7, 2012 at 8:56am

What a memorable moment you have captured in your neat page Ellen! love the stars!

Comment by Anna-Karin - DT on June 3, 2012 at 5:16am

Awesome layout Ellen! Love all the stars! I think the shadows add a lot of character to the page. TFS!

Comment by Kimberly Kett on June 3, 2012 at 12:34am

Love all those great stamped stars!  Keeping my fingers crossed that your wishes come true :)

Comment by Shaunery on June 2, 2012 at 1:23pm

Wow, girl you are fast!   I think your stars work very well for this layout!  Loving the jumble of fibers too!

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