Anyway, gratuitous children photos! Looking at animals in too-small pens! (And yes, everytime I go there I feel awful, simply awful. But it is free, and makes my children run and get fresh air and sunshine and all those things that good mothers are suppose to give their children.)
Butterfly garden! With multi-colored stepping stones that Darwin played on for 15 minutes and cried when I made him get off!
Last night I took my scrapbook page to the scrapbook store. When I handed it to the employee (the same one that helped bully me into doing it), she acted excited and ooooooo'd and then said, "Is this just one page?"
"Oh, most people do two pages."
"Well, that wasn't a rule."
So then she called the owner of the store. Ohmygawd, are you serious? The owner was fine with it, but the worker was acting kinda miffed. And then I looked at the five submissions other people have turned in...
... from across the room they looked like trash. Seriously. And that is SO COMPLETELY MEAN OF ME AND I'M VERY SORRY. Up close, they were very detailed. Lots of layers, lots of ink, lots of distressing and I started laughing. I don't like to spend a lot of time scrapbooking a single page. Additionally, I like the photos to tell the story, not the embellishments. And I'm all about clean lines and LOOKING GOOD ACROSS THE ROOM.
So now I'm completely convinced there's no chance I'm gonna win, but whatever. It was interesting to do. And I'm very interested to see who they choose as the winners and display in the store for months, high up on the ceiling where you have to look at them from at least eight feet away.
And to answer a couple of questions, nope this is the first time I've used a song lyric as a scrapbook page title. For those letters I used my quickutz -- specifically the olivia font. I also have the khaki uppercase and CK handprint fonts. After I cut out the letters, I run them through a xyron machine. I will say that quickutz is spendy, a complete pain in the ass to use, it takes forever BUT the end results are totally worth it (and I'm convinced that the start-up costs will make it economical if I use it for almost all my major lettering needs).
Okay, I'm off to go clean the house for the rest of the day... my best friend is coming to town all the way from Wisconsin tomorrow for part of the weekend. I am SO EXCITED!