Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Hoosville, Not Whosville

     My husband and I spent two weeks of April in our timeshare in Destin, Florida. We decided to take a day trip to Pensacola to see a Blue Wahoo's AA baseball game. It ended up being an especially great time. 
     The ushers at this park are exceptionally friendly! They are instructed to make sure the fans have a good time, and they obviously take this job seriously. 
     Huey and I were sitting in our seats (7 rows behind home plate) as they announced the starting line-ups. We were surprised to hear that Jody Davis, former catcher (1981-1988) for the Chicago Cubs was the Wahoo manager. Now we always go to every game dressed as Cubs fans, because that is what we ALWAYS are. After the game, Huey went down to see if Jody would sign his Cubs hat. When Jody saw the Cubs hat, he smiled and reached for it over a sea of Blue Wahoo fans. 
     Huey and Jody had a short visit about the good old days in Chicago. Huey got a selfie and his Cubs hat signed. Needless to say, Huey will NOT be wearing that hat again. We went Cubs hat shopping the very next day at the Destin Outlet Mall!!!
     This particular event was fun to scrapbook, because of all of the bits we collected during the day at the ballpark. 
Left Page

     I'm going to start with the left page of the layout. I used a Sketch N Scrap sketch to help me get started. 
Sketch #152 by Lisa Hidy
       I made a tag that displays the score of the game. I enlarged the pic of Huey's signed hat; fussy cut and matted it. The modern way of getting tickets sent in emails is so convenient, but nothing beats the old-fashioned tickets on a scrapbook page. I placed the ticket print-out on the copier - set to 65% - loaded with heavy card stock to make "vintage" tickets. I cut off the bar codes and ticket punched the corners. 
     The hat pin came from the gift shop. I used a wire cutter to take off the backing and added it to the page. 
Signature and Tickets
     The title was constructed on the Silhouette. I used two different fonts, took out the "o's" , and replaced them with baseballs from Burniston's "Sports Charms" baseballs. 
Right Page
      Here you can see Huey's selfie with Jody. When we got home, Huey mentioned that he thought he had a Jody Davis baseball card. I asked him if I could have it -- promising that adhesive would never touch it. It is placed in a card sleeve that I just happened to have, (from back when I was making luggage tags). I made a little flap for it. I told Huey he should journal inside the flap about meeting Jody. Notice that I made sure that the baseball card could be read on both sides. It may also be removed, which is important. We are hoping to retrace our steps next year to get the card signed.
Baseball Card Flip Book
          The Wahoo program had two pages with information about the stadium itself, so I made a mini pamphlet out of these pages. I decorated the front with ephemera. The two pages I used from the program had advertisements on them, so I used this opportunity to add pics of Kazoo, the mascot, the stadium layout, and the Wahoo logo.

     Finally, I love scoring games. My brother, Lyle, taught me to score games when we were kids. While I'm mentioning that, I will also mention that he also taught me to love baseball. I remember in the early 60's we watched the Yankees on an old black and white TV. Before the game Lyle would grab a stack of cookies and 2 glasses of milk. Mom would complain about the 2 glasses, but Lyle would always say that he didn't want to go back to the kitchen during the game. He also taught me to throw a curve ball and a knuckle ball. He was actually training me to pitch so he could practice hitting.
     I have a score sheet format that I am particularly fond of. I had taken some along in case we watched some Cubbie games in the room. Unfortunately I tend to print them on some card stock that I don't like. For this occasion I had a neon orange score sheet. 
Neon Orange Scorecard
It wasn't going to be especially attractive on my red, white and blue layout. So . . . . . .  I trimmed a piece of 12 x 12 Bazzill Rope Swing card stock to letter size and sent it through the copier. I only copied the top potion of the scorecard to the paper so as not to waste it. I made a huge tag out of it, cut a slit in the background paper and slid it in. On the back of the red background paper, I also formed a pocket with score tape so the scorecard won't slide in completely. 
Top of Scorecard Tag
Both Pages Together

     Patterned Paper: Paper House - All-Star Collection
     Card Stock: Distress - Chipped Sapphire
                                    Fired Brick
                      Bazzill - Rope Swing
     Die: Burniston - Sports Charms
           Anboo - Alphabet
     Punches - ek - 1 inch Corner Punch
                   ek - Ticket Punch
     Silhouette: Fonts - Bubble and Brew
                                 Lady Bug Bold
    Embellies: Ribbon - Seam Binding 5/8 inch Ivory
                  Blue Wahoo Hat Pin
    Marker: Marvy - English Red #28                 



  1. My goodness, what an amazing time and story!!! I love your amazing layout and all the special touches that you put into it, especially how you added the score card!!! What a great memory!!

  2. Great amazing adventure and story and I love the way you have preserved this memory!