Tuesday, December 27, 2011

What’s up on Route 66?


With all the fun and frivolity of Christmas 2011 behind us, it is time to move on to the New Year! 

This is a project I finished before Christmas but will mail this week. 

I am participating in another Altered Book Round Robin with a group of five women from across the country.  Again, each of us has started our own book, with a theme of our choosing, and then we mailed our book to the first round robin partner.

I received Connie’s book the first of December…..she has chosen “song titles” as her theme.  This is her altered book’s cover.


….and one of the pages she created to set the theme for the book.


O.K., now what do I do?  Mentally, I ran through song titles….all the songs that came to mind had “blue” in the title for some reason, but nothing that really inspired me……until this!

IMG_1769Among the many pieces of paper, magazines and books in my “play room”, I had this cool Route 66 Souvenir book by Alan Rose with building cut-outs and road signs….so I put together a “pop up” page for Connie.  The page includes a map of the original route and lots of nostalgia from the 1950s and 60s.



IMG_1791 Yes, it folds flat for mailing!  The pieces do not pop-up by themselves but they do stand up.

“Get Your Kicks On Route 66” was recorded by Nat King Cole in the 60s and some may remember, the old TV program titled Route 66 with Kooky and his comb! 

Route 66, the highway, starts in Chicago and winds it way through Illinois, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona and ends at the gateway to the beach in Santa Monica, California covering nearly 2000 miles.  Parts of the highway no longer exist or have been renamed but for over thirty years, after it was christened in 1926, it was the main auto transportation route across America.

I don’t know how many of these signs or businesses, if any, are still in existence but they are reminders of a time before travel only meant speed and expedience along boring Interstates surrounded by McDonalds and Burger Kings!

So, tomorrow Connie’s book will leave my house…..destination southern Oregon where Corinne will pick a tune and work her magic.


elle said...

This is delightful. This book is off to a great start!

Connie said...

OMG Jan!!! This is AWESOME! Thank you :) I love it!! I can't wait to see it up close.

Unknown said...

this is So cool!


Julie said...

Wow...what a great start!!! Have fun with your new round Robin!!!

Halle said...

This is the coolest page I've ever seen!!! No lie! WOW!!!!

Fresh Linen said...

Very cool Jan, keep em coming

annette said...

What a wonderful page or rather pages. How clever are you. I love it.

Lindart said...

Amazing! I love the pop-ups! What an inspiration!