Thursday, August 30, 2012

Mail Pouch Barns

I actually scrapped a page this week. It helped that my friend Helen had my Project Life Album to look at for a couple of days since I seem obsessed with catching up with it. I only have July to do and then I can start on August.
For our 37th Anniversary, Paul and I had our home as our base and did some day trips around Ohio. One of the things I've wanted to do, for a very long time, is take pictures of Mail Pouch Barns. I only found a couple but boy, they were beauties. I am totally in LOVE with my iPhone app Pro HDR. Turns your ordinary photos into art! Here's one of the barn pics I took.

The page I created came from a sketch at SketchSavvy
Perfect for my barn photos!
The journaling reads:
My love for the old Mail Pouch Barns started many, many years ago. Every time we took a trip through Ohio, Pennsylvania, or east towards Virginia, we would see a number of these barns with the insignia painted on them. These were the roadside advertisements in 1900-1940's. The farmers would get paid $1-$2 a year, but more importantly to them, the barns would get freshly painted to preserve the wood. Many of the barns were repainted every few years. In 1965, the Highway Beautification Act put restrictions on roadside advertising but the Mail Pouch Barns were exempt since they had been deemed historic. So, recently I decided from now on I would actually pull over and get out of the car and take pictures of these gorgeous pieces of history.


  1. Oh Val - this is a GORGEOUS photo and I love your layout! Great job using the sketch.

  2. Oh Val - this is a GORGEOUS photo and I love your layout! Great job using the sketch.

  3. This is a gorgeous scrapbook page. The rich colors are amazing and that title is to die for. I am also going to have to check out that photo app. It looks impressive!

  4. Gorgeous layout, Val. I love the photo and the use of the sketch was brilliant. A combo of your layout with Susan's sketch...can't get any better than that!