neglected the old bloggity blog, that is...
I've been in a scrapbook depression since we got the news about Simple being reabsorbed into the CK machine and needed something to snap myself out of it.
And what could be better motivation to snap out of it, than to celebrate our favourite magazine?
But I have a very good reason for getting back in the saddle once again so without further ado, let's unveil the blog party that is....
Preferably with a theme and hopefully costumes.
(Which if you stay tuned, I promise later this week I will post a photo from last Friday night that encompasses all of that rolled into a little something I like to call "Gorgeous George Hates Country Music")
But, as always, I digress...
The first assignment I ever received from SS was from the lovely Wendy Smedley. Before this I had a few layouts picked up here and there that I had submitted, but I opened an email from Wendy (from March 9th, 2006 and which I still have saved in my Outlook Express, is that creepy?) this fine Spring morning (I don't know for sure if it was fine, but it sets a nice background for my story so I think I'll take some liberties) requesting a layout for the special issue Quizzes and Questionnaires.
Long story slightly shorter, after I picked myself up off the floor, did a happy dance which included some running man, high kicks and scaring the dog badly, I emailed her back accepting the assignment.
This was the layout I created using the questionnaire she sent me:
Which, for many reasons, ended up being one of my favourite layouts that I've done to date.
A couple of weeks later, I received another email from Wendy (also still saved in my Outlook Express) saying, "OK-you won't believe this, but I am wondering if you could do another last minute assignment for the same project?"
Insert a repeat of my patented happy dance, (with slightly lower high kicks due to a prior high kick groin injury) and a trying to be cool reply of "sure!"
And this was the 2nd layout for the same special issue:
What's kind of funny, is looking at the two layouts now, next to each other, I realize that they are pretty much the same design (and that my photo taking of layouts could use quite a bit of work)
Which I could look at two different ways:
a) Good thing they didn't notice and kept calling me
b) One of the things I took away from the Simple philosophy was that it wasn't about
being caught up or how much of the latest and greatest embellishments were piled on the page,
it was about telling our story in whatever way felt right to us.
Please check back this week, there will be prizes (and tomorrow I will finally make the draw for the 2 Quick & Easy books I posted about MONTHS ago (i suck, but i also am okay with bribing for forgiveness).
And tomorrow go and check some of my favourites from Simple, Jennifer, Candice and Elizabeth - these lovely ladies will both be posting something special on their blogs tomorrow :)