Saturday Simple  is a weekly feature sharing a layout and scrapbooking page ideas.

Saturday Simple Scrapbook Ideas- Code Word: Canadian

Journaling Reads: Canadian, Texas“Oasis on the Prairie”Hemphill CountyPop: 2,233Coordinates: 35 54’39” N, 100 23’2” WElevation 2,425 ftTotal Area: 1.3 Square MilesZip Code: 79014Area Code: 806Avg High: 48-95, Avg Low 20-78Snow Fall: Above US AvgTornadoes: 171% Greater than US AvgEarthquakes since 2000: 6Nearest City greater than population50,000: Amarillo 95.8 mi.Nearest Lutheran Churches: Perryton 46.3 miles (Wkly Attendance 10), Pampa46.5 mi (Wkly attendance 59)Hunting: Whitetail, Mule Deer, Two Turkey Seasons, Pheasant, Dove, QuailHome of: The Perpetual CV Trooper OpeningCanadian, Texas. . . . Neither of us even knew of this place- nor have we ever been near it. But, it’s always on the list of trooper openings. It represents the opportunity to go straight out of the academy to a commercial vehicles trooper. It represents our freedom to up and move with few strings attached. Those opportunity’s only seem to be in the Panhandle, Deep West Texas, or along the border. The panhandle of course is farther north in Texas than I’ve ever been- Canadian’s almost on the Texas Oklahoma Border- more importantly right now- it’s far far away from the troubles on the Texas-Mexico Border. Canadian has become code for if Cody wants to go straight CV instead of highway patrol here close. We use the two ideas interchangeably- all we need to say is Canadian- it’s shorter that way. But, in fact, it’s my way of saying: I trust you. Where you go, I will follow. I know that if I don’t like it, you’ll transfer out when you can. I love you. I support you 100%. And if it’s an adventure you choose to take, I’m game for it.
Supplies: AntiqueHistoricalMaps.com, Cathy Z, Jady Day Studios, Shabby Princess, One Little Bird, Gina Cabrera, Tricia Curtis, Micheline Martin

Wednesday I mentioned that most stories have pictures. This one doesn’t- I’ve never been to Canadian. I’ve never been to the panhandle . . . something I hope to change in the next couple of years. It’s not even necessarily about Canadian. Yesterday, I shared some ideas for how I keep up with stories like this one- in fact, one of the images includes the notes that went into creating this page.

Saturday Simple Scrapbook Ideas

  • When scrapbooking about a place- whether it’s a place you visited, lived, or something else, why not look up the stats for the place.
  • This map was downloaded from online (copyright free) and then I edited it in photo software to give me a more neutral color palette.
  • Tell the stories of the code words in your life. This one is all about how I’d be willing to move wherever with my husband. (Well, not the Dakota’s. He asked, through not seriously, and I have to admit we have no idea how to live in that kinda climate and we’d both get ourselves killed in the first winter.)
  • There are facts and then there’s the story. There’s the who, what, when, where- but then there’s the why. This page makes no bones about separating out the facts from the real stuff.
  • This page is a piece of history- it includes a little of what was (and still is) going on in Texas right now but also a bit about where we were at that point in our lives (even though nothing became of it- it’s still a part of our story). But, the thing I love most about it is that the last paragraph- the real reason I felt this was important to scrapbook- that still remains true. Sure we can scrapbook other people’s stories and what’s going on in their lives, but when we include a bit of the story from our perspective, they become a lot more meaningful.