Much Too Busy

The title of this post describes both my life and my latest layout.  The holidays were both wonderful and exhausting.  Once we made it past that flurry of activity, then I was dealing with oral surgery.  (Boo!)  And now work is keeping me hopping.  I didn’t scrapbook for a month!  Oh how I missed playing with all of the beautiful paper that was just sitting there, unloved.  I admit that it felt great to be able to create again.

Sadly, I am not in love with my first creation in months.  I had decided to challenge myself to use a very busy piece of paper featuring fireworks.  My thought was to cover much of the busy background with photos and a solid piece of cardstock.  Though it sounded good in theory, it’s still far too much to process.  I think that background is distracting from the photos.  *sigh*

Magic

So why did I choose to use this side of the paper?  This is one of those papers in a collection where both sides were super busy.  Though the “B” side has fewer colors, it features strips of tickets.  Since I had photos that included fireworks, it just made more sense to use a firework paper.  I think if I were to do it all over again, I would use a much smaller strip of the fireworks paper.

It may not be perfect, but at least I have 3 more photos scrapped and ready to place in my vacation album.  Another bonus, I used up some die-cut and chipboard pieces that I bought specifically for our Disney vacation.  For a while, I wasn’t using many of the papers and embellishments that I purchased.  It makes me feel so much better to see those supplies beginning to find their way onto layouts.

Disney tip:  EPCOT is surprisingly dark at night.  Though the World Showcase was fairly easy to navigate in the dark, Future World was a bit of a challenge for two newbies.  We made the mistake of arriving at EPCOT late, without having much knowledge of the park.  Yes, we used the My Disney Experience app. to help us, but it still required some time and patience.  (Something we were a bit short of on arrival day.)  The lighting issues may change as much of Future World is currently under construction.

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