This month’s Pixel Scrapper blog train theme is “Kumbaya”, and it’s been paired with a beautifully bright rainbow palette. While some of the other ladies have gone with a summer camp sort of theme, or even a general summer theme, mine’s gone a different direction. The combination of the original meaning of Kumbaya being a prayer for the Lord to come comfort those in need, my mind managed to stir up a Zen/hippie kit focused around the tenets of kindness, compassion, love and unity. As a student of comparative religions, I know that compassion and love for your fellow man are major tenets of Christianity, Judaism, Buddhism, Sikhism, and Wicca. Many of those also recognize the interconnectedness of all living things, and that what hurts one part of the ecosystem has effects on many other parts; some, if not all, consider it a spiritual and moral duty to help those in need, especially in their local communities and religious communities.
Lord knows, with all the partisan politics happening right now and the gulf between the left and right sides seeming to grow wider every day, the staggering lack of empathy shown by the anti-mask folks for people who are at high risk of dying if they contract COVID-19, and the tensions flaring yet again between police and less-privileged communities…we could certainly use a whole lot more peace and understanding in the world right now! Closer to home, this kit has been a chance to let my compassionate self show freely, which I can’t really do much in this house without being branded a “leftist”, “socialist”, or “filthy liberal” by the two extreme right-wingers who quit watching Fox News a year ago because it’s too far left for them. Going through the quarantine with them has been an exercise in patience, because they’ve gone out more, griped about social distancing stuff and rebelled against it almost every time they had the chance, and not given a flying flip that they’re risking mine and their son’s life in addition to theirs. We had to put off the move due to the pandemic, so now we won’t be able to move out until we can recover from it financially.
This kit’s really heavy on papers and word strips and lighter on the elements, though there are a few classics that made it in like the VW bus and the groovy flowers. I’ve included several journal cards that aren’t on previews, and much more word art that just wouldn’t fit–mostly quotes that struck deep chords. Due to using a couple of templates to make elements, this kit is PERSONAL USE ONLY. Since I’m running late due to having to restore a bunch of my fonts folders from a several-year-old backup (bad sectors on my backup drive that went undiscovered until I had something eat the A-J folders on my working drive), the papers preview still says Kit Preview; right now, it’s more important in my mind to get this posted than to go fix it.
When you’re finished grabbing my portion, please head over to the main thread at Pixel Scrapper to download the other parts of this fabulous train!