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Thursday, April 9, 2020

A to Z Challenge - 2020 - Heart

Heart is my pick for the letter "H" in our A to Z excursion. We have seen the Wilson sisters several times, the first as one of the opening acts for Journey at Shoreline in 2008.  This is another set that was scrapbooked a while ago and I have just a couple of poor pictures and not much info about how I put them together.  Pretty basic stuff. 

We saw them again in 2011 as an opening act, this time for Def Leppard.   I found another set of beautiful papers.  They are from Paper Wishes.  I probably should have been more diligent in keeping the names of the collections but truthfully, these papers are so old that if you really wanted them you probably wouldn't be able to get them anymore.    

I used some gold letters for the title.  Aren't we cute?

I thought this flower on the papers looked like the Rosette stencil.

This is what the finished page looked like.  I used some yellow heart-shaped gems around the outer edge and put some Dazzles in each corner.  I traced around the stencil with gold pen.

Heart has so many great songs and we were wishing they could have done more but that's what happens when you're the opener.

I stamped the guitar on this page and added some color accents.

The most amazing thing about this show was that just as the band started their final song, "Love Reign O'er Me" (the Led Zeppelin song) something astonishing happened that is very rare for a September night in California, it started raining!  As they kept singing, it rained harder and harder and at the end, thunder and lightning.  

It was magical.  Fortunately we were under the tent cover so we didn't get wet but I was able to take these pictures.  So glad we weren't sitting out on the lawn!

I wanted to add some hearts to the page so I used this punch for a border.

Here are the pages as they are in the album.

And just in case you think I'm making this whole thing up, here's a video someone took who was also there that magical night.  You can see the rain around 6:45 minute mark.

Because of the lights, Ann and Nancy (I read) were not even aware that it was raining while they were singing.  They didn't know until they went backstage.  We have seen Heart twice more at the Mountain Winery as headliners but this is the show that will stand out for me.

I appreciate all the kind comments I've gotten on my little scrapbooking endeavors.  Thanks.  Come by tomorrow for the letter "I."  I think you'll like it.


  1. Hi, Janet!

    I'm glad to see you picked the Wilsons for your "H" post, dear friend. They played a part in my television career. When they came to a Tampa Bay venue in the mid 80s, I produced promos for their show in support of their self-titled debut album on Capitol. I also used "What About Love," a hit single from the album, as the music bed for a presentation I produced promoting our station to potential advertisers. I selected "These Dreams," another single from the album, as the bed in one of my commercials. It's cool that you had the opportunity to see Heart perform several times. I would have enjoyed that show with Def Leppard. I am in awe of your extensive paper collection, Janet. Having done some scrapbooking myself, I know how satisfying it is to select just the right color paper, fonts, pictures, clippings and other memorabilia and juxtapose them in a way that makes every page an accurate representation of your experience. It's a strange coincidence that it started to rain during "Reign" and a good thing it didn't disrupt Heart's performance. It reminds me of the time I saw James Brown perform in a thunderstorm on the grandstand at the York Interstate Fair. Lightning was flashing throughout Brown's set, but he kept singing and dancing on that wet stage - a real trouper.

    Yessum, you and your hubby make a cute couple. It's always nice to see you smiling as you enjoy something you have in common, an appreciation of live rock shows.

    As much as I admired Heart in the 70s and 80s, the sisters totally blew me away in 2012 with their performance of "Stairway To Heaven" at the Kennedy Center Honors hosted by Barack & Michelle. With Ann on lead, Nancy on guitar next to her, Jason Bonham on drums and a full orchestra and choruses backing them up, Heart absolutely nailed the rock classic as Plant and the Led Zeppelin guys watched from the balcony with tears in their eyes. I'm sure you have probably seen the performance but if not, here it is below. I just watched it again and I too have tears in my eyes. It's one of the greatest live performances in rock history!

    Have a great day and I'll see you tomorrow, dear friend Janet!

    1. Hello Shady. How exciting that you have had such a close encounter with the Wilson sisters. I was happy to see that they were back together again after a family dispute kept them apart for a year or so. I have seen the performance of "Stairway to Heaven" and it makes me cry every time as well. Absolutely amazing. I put it up there with "While My Guitar Gently Weeps" that Jeff Lynne, Prince, Tom Petty and Dhani Harrison did as a tribute to George. Thanks so much for sharing it here again and for continuing to visit my little blog. Have a magnificent Thursday good buddy.

  2. That finished page with the flower (rosette?) shape is AWESOME!! I think my husband has been to a Heart concert and I know he definitely went to see Def Leppard.

    1. Thanks Trudy! It was my favorite page from this spread too. We were disappointed at the last Def Leppard show we saw because they turn the base up so high it is hard to hear the singing!

  3. I am surprised that they are openers because they could be the stars in their own right. Again, great scrapbook pages and am amazed at how you cancut them so precisely with the stencils because I k ow I would screw it up for sure

    1. Thanks Birgit. We have seen them a couple of times when they were the headliners at the Mountain Winery which is a smaller venue. It does take some practice with the stencils but I think I'm getting better each time.

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    1. Thanks! This was one of my favorite outcomes.


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