My sister and I just returned from our almost-annual Sassy Sisters road trip, and since I wasn’t able to keep up with blogging, photos, or even Facebook posts while we were gone, I’m playing catch up.  I was the driver this year, which means I needed to sleep at night instead of staying up scrolling through photos and I never tried to type and drive at the same time.  That’s my story and I’m sticking to it!

Our trip took us from southeast Texas to Big Sky, Montana, and back, which took us 17 days and covered just over 5000 miles.  If you’re familiar with our road trips, you know that we tend to avoid things like interstate highways and chain restaurants and we stop for things like good hikes, quirky museums, state capitols, and National Parks.  Oh, and ice cream.  And pie….

Since Big Sky is just north of Yellowstone, it was a no-brainer that we would spend some time in the world’s very first national park.  As it turned out, we spent more time there than we wanted, as we needed to go through Yellowstone just to get to Big Sky and we got a little detained by everyone who was leaving the park at the same time we were.  And since it was twilight (and beyond) for the really slow part, we didn’t even get to enjoy the sights that time.  On our way home, we decided to stay in a teepee (a real one) in Gardiner, MT, which is just north of the north entrance (the famous Roosevelt Arch) to Yellowstone.

If you haven’t ever been to Yellowstone (go when you can!), there are five entrances to the massive park – the North entrance to Mammoth Hot Springs, the West entrance to Madison, the Northeast entrance to Tower/Roosevelt, the East entrance to Fishing Bridge, and the South entrance to West Thumb.  Before this trip, I had been in or out of three of them – West, South, and Northeast – and on this trip, we entered the park from the East and we went out and came in through the North entrance several times, so now I have been through all of them.

I think it’s funny that the most famous entrance of all is the last one I traversed – maybe I was saving the best for last!  At any rate, I was appropriately impressed by the 50 foot tall Roosevelt Arch.  Made from basalt stones, the arch was dedicated by President Theodore Roosevelt in April 1903.  The words carved into the arch “For the Benefit and Enjoyment of the People” reflect the mission of all of our national parks – they are land set aside and preserved for all who travel to experience them.

One of the things that I collected as a child was postcards.  I have loved words and pictures for my whole life, and I especially loved receiving postcards from faraway places.  I am sure they are at least part of the reason I love to travel and seek adventure!  I’ve always been particularly fond of the ‘Greetings from’ postcards and the now-retro stylized postcards that used to be standard for national parks.  For years, I’ve used Artisan and its precursors to recreate things I like.  One of the very first challenges I submitted to the SBC 3.0 beta test team was to do a ‘Greetings from’ type page.  I will just say those are SO much easier to do in Artisan 5!!  Here are a couple of pages I did using this technique:

Content: Chelsea Rae Paper Pack and Chelsea Rae Solids by Designer Digitals; Sewing Room Baby Girl by Creative Memories; p2P Pixie Dust
Font: KG When Oceans Rise
Design inspired by a postcard

I have lots of national park stylized cards, and I kept thinking I would make something similar in Artisan, but until now, I hadn’t gotten around to it.  And then I had the perfect photo – the Roosevelt Arch!  Nothing is more iconic, so it was the perfect subject to use for my stylized page/poster.  I was careful to get some good shots of it while we were there – even going back several times.  Of course, getting a photo with no cars or people in it was impossible in the summer!  The cutting tools are my friends, though, and I’m happy with my results.  Here is the original photo and my stylized version of it.  What do you think?

Fonts: Haarlem Deco; Copperplate Gothic Light







Best of all, we got to spend most of two days exploring America’s crown jewel of national parks.  More about that in pages to come!

Do you have any photos that would make great stylized pages or posters?  Give it a try, and have fun with it!



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16 Responses to Blog: Yellowstone in Style

  1. Sue Philips says:

    Hi Jan, since you love postcards, have you heard about Postcrossing? I’ve been a member for years. You send postcards all over the world, & people send to you. Check it out!

  2. AMY HELMUTH says:

    Thanks so much Jan. We just got back from 10 days in Yellowstone and I will be trying this in my album.

  3. Sandy Norman says:

    I really love the way this looks. I get so used to just going into the program to “get things done” and sometimes forget to play with the tools that are available. With all my recent travels, this would be a great way to highlight some of the iconic places I have visited. Now if only there was a magic button in Artisan that provides the time to get them done.

    • Jan says:

      Thanks, Sandy! I know what you mean – it takes me way longer to make a book about the trip than it does to make the trip!

      • Penny Andler says:

        Ditto! Jan, fabulous idea of making a special photo into a postcard–looks great, and I’ll have to try stylizing now! We too were at Yellowstone this summer…so coincidental that as I’m designing my North Entrance page, I see your post! The copy editor in me has a date correction (from, just in case you include it on your pages): the Arch was completed on August 15, 1903, so that may be when Roosevelt laid the final stone.

  4. Cindy says:

    Beautiful Jan! You are right – we take the same type of trips! We try to avoid Interstates whenever possible – it’s so much more relaxing and interesting!

  5. Karen Weaver says:

    Thanks for sharing this idea! I’ll be keeping it in my “file” for future trips. So awesome that you & your sister share an “almost annual” trip. 🙂

  6. karseneau says:

    What a great trip! I do love your stylized version of the Arch… great job!

  7. Linda DeLaughter says:

    I never thought about making the photo “stylized”! This truly makes it look like an antique postcard! Thanks for sharing this great tip! I know you both had a wonderful time out west!

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