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Month in Review: January Hikes
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Month in Review: January Hikes

This is the first spread in my Month In Review “My Hikes” book, though these 4-mile treks in the Bronx Zoo and the New York Botanical Garden were more “walks” than “hikes.” At this point in this winter, though, where “freezing mix” is the order of the day, we take what we can get. The idea is to do a spread a month, with some supplemental spreads as needed.

To make this spread, I opened the January templates onto a 24x12 canvas—I actually print at 8x8, so immediately resized the text to 12 pt on 14 pt leading. Before populating the templates, I like to make any structural tweaks, and in this case I added the title next, amending WordART Cluster #1 with word labels from the #5 Cluster. I also added a metal word from the #5 cluster so I would have a triangle of big words to anchor what promised to be a spread full of uncoordinated photos. My last step in template preparation was to add the date boxes to the calendar—a variety of markers comes as a bonus with the MIR template set. My background is Enigma Solid 5 (duplicated, on overlay blend mode), with transfers #6, #8, and #9 atop. I filled in some of the stains with a terra-cotta color to pick up the pot in the Conservatory photo and added a button for embellishment.
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Nice page with all these photos that reflect your walking activities; what a beautiful bird!
 
great double page spread, you must be in great shape if you think of 4 miles more as a walk than a hike
 
Wow,love all the colorful fun images.. nothing like that here in the country right now, just mud, water,snow and ice,lol. I like the blended image of you almost center.
 
I love this so much. Awesome variations in the size of your subjects and focal points.
Thanks aA! With that peacock, I kept flashing back to your MIR class, when you referred to "too much Anna" when deciding whether to use that big picture of yourself. "Too much peacock," I wondered? Finally I decided it was okay because by the time we were finished with lunch we had been surrounded by nine of them (including pea hens), so peacocks were definitely the star of this show LOL
 
great double page spread, you must be in great shape if you think of 4 miles more as a walk than a hike
Thanks! For me, anything with pavement and a flat surface is a "walk". Being in the Northeast, a "hike" involves hills and rocks and special shoes with grippy soles so I don't go tumbling off the edges of things. :)
 
Love this! Great spread. And your process notes surprised me. Text is usually the last thing I do. And I adore that purple (for real or hue adjusted, doesn't matter) jacket. Beautiful pictures.
 
Love this! Great spread. And your process notes surprised me. Text is usually the last thing I do. And I adore that purple (for real or hue adjusted, doesn't matter) jacket. Beautiful pictures.
Thanks, I often start with journaling because I know I can tend to go on and on, and if I don't make the space at the front end for the words it comes back to haunt me at the back end. (PS: Land's End Squall Parka, 60% off on sale, actual color, almost 10 years old.)
 
wonderful arrangement of photos. the peacock and you with your purple jacket give the double page the right splash of colour.
 

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