Saturday, February 2, 2013

Challenging Myself: Pre-Printed Patterned Papers 3

Storytelling Sunday provides the perfect excuse for me to share a story that I scrapped using another set of pre-printed patterned papers. (Thanks Sian for continuing to encourage us to share our stories each month!)

I chose these two papers from the Friends & Family book of papers. The muted colors are not ones I normally work with, but I found a great set of photos that would work.



I had a lot of journaling for this layout, so I printed it out in small sections and scattered them around the two pages.
I even used a few of the punch-out pieces that came with these pre-printed papers (like the Laugh Out Loud label here).
 
Can you tell that this story has something to do with ghosts? Here's the journaling:
 
When we arrived at the Granbury town square for the Ghosts & Legends tour, I had no idea that Granbury was known for its paranormal activity. In fact, I had no idea there was even a paranormal following anywhere or that people actually believed in ghosts. So when Boots, the tour guide, mentioned that we could go ahead and turn on our ghost meters (or even download an app) before we started the walking tour, I almost laughed out loud. Seriously!?!
 
It turns out there’s a large number of people who chase ghosts. Throughout the tour, Boots would mention that a ghost meter should “ping” at a certain spot and he would go on to describe the death that had occurred there, leaving the ghost behind. For example, outside the real estate office (which used to be the town saloon) there would have been many “pings” because if someone tried to leave without paying his bill, the saloon owner would follow him out & shoot him. And there should have been just one “ping” under a two-story window where a lady fell (or was shoved) to her death. 
 
We also heard many of the legends surrounding Granbury, none of which were substantiated, of course. Here are our favorites:
 
*John Wilkes Booth did not actually die in that barn – he escaped to Granbury and lived under an assumed name until his death many years later. His ghost now haunts the old Granbury Opera House.
 
*Bonnie & Clyde once stopped at the local gas station. After gassing up the car and buying sandwiches for lunch, they walked across the street and picnicked on the courthouse grounds. The county judge saw them & called the town sheriff to come and arrest them. However, the sheriff never showed up and Bonnie & Clyde headed out of town and robbed the bank in Hico. When the judge asked the sheriff why he had not come & arrested them, the sheriff replied, “They are dangerous criminals, and there’s only me working alone without any deputies since you would not allocate funds for any deputies in this town at the last budget meeting.”
 
*Jesse James is buried in the cemetery down the road from the town square. He had an account at the local bank and after his supposed (2nd or 3rd) death (at age 104), if you could prove you were a direct descendant of his, you could claim your share of the 97 silver dollars he had in his safe deposit box there.

I have to admit that we enjoyed the tour, despite our apparent lack of knowledge about paranormal activity and disbelief in the myths! I used part of the brochure for my title block & the two tissue paper ghosts that were covering the lollipops Boots handed out at the end of the tour as embellishments. Here's a look at the completed layout.

28 comments:

Amy said...

What an intriguing tour Melissa! I like that you have captured such a detailed story on this page and yet the journaling is not overwhelming at all!

Beverly said...

Awesome journaling and layout! I love those ghosts :)

Mary B said...

Great story teller wasn't he
do like your pages, well designed

debs14 said...

What a great story and a great layout to show it off too!

Missus Wookie said...

I like the ghosts and that you got so much journaling on. Well done on using some of the printed papers - I always find them the hardest to use.

Jo said...

That is a great story. I love ghost stories and little bits of quirky info about places. Lovely layout x

Becky said...

I love this layout and the story. The ghost embellies are lovely!

Jennie Hart said...

The layout is fabulous and I love that you put the memorabilia on there, great ghosts!

I love the story, so many infamous people in one place, I hadn't heard of the place so thanks for the education :)

Sheena said...

Fabulous Lo and story x thanks for sharing :)

Sian said...

What a brilliant story! There is a ghost tour in town here, a new one, and I have to say I'm tempted to go - for the stories! More so, now that i've read yours becasue it sounds like they conjured up a fabulous atmosphere for you.

Thanks Melissa. Your page is perfect - I love how you managed to get it all in.

Liz said...

Great stories. I like that you managed to create a lovely LO about your trip.

Jane said...

a spooky tale and a great trip to scrap.

S said...

Oh I thoroughly enjoyed your page and all the attached stories. Well told and well scrapped, Melissa.

Barbara Eads said...

Hi Melissa,
I love your layout---and the story. I'm not sure what state this is in, but sounds like a fun place to visit. I think the little ghosts were the perfect touch!

Gail said...

What a great story and the layout. The little "ghosts" are the perfect touch for it.

Lythan said...

that is such a great story. I did a ghost walk in Edinburgh once and at one point we stopped and the tour guide said we would see a green man. Sure enough we did a moment later - he had pressed the button on the pedestrian crossing light!

favouriteworkofart said...

What a great story! I love your little ghost on the LO! Fab!

Alison said...

Sounds like an interesting tour, Melissa...and another great layout!
Alison xx

My simple life said...

great story and very interesting facts

Sue Althouse said...

Love how you filled in your background and made it work so well! Sounds like a very interesting time, but like you, I remain a skeptic.

Karen said...

You've done a great job incorporating that wonderful journaling into the layout! There is a Ghost Walk here in Rochester every year around Halloween, but I've never been on it.

Jimjams said...

Great use of supplies again - your story had me laughing too as while I think that ghosts may well exist I hardly think that there's a phone app that can detect them!

Elizabeth said...

I'd love to have taken that tour! While I don't actually believe in ghosts (until I see one) I like the idea of being just a bit scared. Some of the legends you describe are interesting--especially the one about Bonnie & Clyde.

dogmatix said...

Love the story and great LO. Like the legends you described :-)

Laurie said...

I've stayed at hotel that have ghost tours but have never gone on one. It sounds like you got lots of interesting tidbits of information. Your layout is attractive plus a fun read!

Jennie said...

Not only is it a briliant layout - but a wonderfully told story. I enjoyed it very much. I really love that you got all that journlling in on your page - I just love words - but am pretty useless at getting them on any pages! We have done a few "Ghost Walks" as a family - and have always found them fun - in fact we have 3 different ones here on my little island! Thanks for sharing! J x

Tammy said...

This is awesome. I love the ghosts you added. The city where I lived in TN was also a hotbed of paranormal activity from the Civil War. I never saw anything myself but the stories are many. It's always interesting to listen to, even if you can't quite believe it yourself. :)

Chipper said...

I haven't ever done a ghost walk before and didn't know that there were meters for it! I love the little ghost embellishments.