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Registered: November 2014
Location: New York City
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My first annaLift of this week made me want to do another so here it is. Finishing up my Southwest Album from last year before we start on this year's travels.


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The challenge here was fitting the photo of the Holiday Inn Express into the classic vibe of the Grand Canyon's El Tovar Hotel, where we were lucky enough to snag weekend dinner reservations. I added my kachina photo and then jiggled the template's black paint layer so I could strategically tuck in the Holiday Inn; we do what we have to do to capture the memory--sometimes the visuals can certainly be a challenge. Other than that, the layout went into the template smoothly. I added an Artsy Transfer for texture and topped off the layout with a coral color gradient fill layer, to tie the diverse colors together.


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“Ever on the lookout for kachina dolls, we were delighted to find full-size paintings of many of the classic characters lining our hallway at the Holiday Inn Express in Tusayan. Once again, because of our late booking, we were shut out of the classic Grand Canyon lodges, but it worked out well because we weren’t all that taken with the park’s Disneyworldish vibe and it was nice to be able to retreat. In the Holiday Inn’s breakfast area, we had the pleasure of meeting Fred and his assistant, Navajo men who ran the room with efficiency and grace. Fred carried a chef’s thermometer in his breast pocket and it was fun to watch him sereptitiously circle the hot foods to ensure they were always up to snuff. He would have been right at home in the dining room of the historic El Tovar Hotel in the park, where we were lucky enough to snag reservations on a weekend night. I have always wanted to visit the hotel--when it opened at the end of the railroad line in the early 1900s, it was considered one of the most elegant hotels west of the Mississippi. There was actually a little exhibit on this at the Heard Museum in Phoenix, where I later snapped a shot of a travel poster. I swooned over the china,cutleryand food, which showcased Southwestern influences. I loved the murals in the dining room, reflecting the customs of the Hopi, the Apache, the Mojave, and the Navajo.”
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Miki

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Registered: October 2011
Location: Western NY
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Wed June 13, 2018 2:17am

Love all the photos, especially the kachina and how the Holiday Inn sign is blended into the page! I've been collecting Indian pottery, mainly Acoma, for years. You have inspired me to do a page on some of my favorite pieces! The restaurant looks like a fun place to eat!

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zlemon


Registered: February 2015
Location: Austin, Texas
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Wed June 13, 2018 3:00am

Love how you've captured the rustic charm and desert vibe of the Southwest. Thanks for playing in the Lift too.
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Barbara Houston


Registered: January 2016
Location: Washington State
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Wed June 13, 2018 3:57am

Your blending of photos on your pages always fascinate me. Always such a collage of goodies to view and the taste you give of the area. A stunner of a page!
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Registered: June 2014
Location: Colorado
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Wed June 13, 2018 9:27am

A nice reflection on tourism in the southwest. Love the colors.

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lkdavis


Registered: September 2011
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Sun June 17, 2018 12:07pm

This is great, your collage work is wonderful Laura!

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