A box arrived on the front step this afternoon. The big brown truck used to make regular stops in front of my house, leaving layouts on their return trip home, the latest scrapbooking products to take for a test spin or the newest CK idea book to get lost in. But that was another life. That's a fact, not a regret; I'm free to create what I want and when I want and I'm perfectly happy with that. Nowadays I just wave at Brown as he rolls right on by.
But not today. As if to some throwback to yesterday the little guy in the brown shorts stopped and ran up to my door with a box. And inside was a blast from the past...this layout from 2003:
It was one of 50 or so made for Hot Looks for Scrapbooks released in early 2004. Originally it was going to be one of several layouts appearing on the cover but as often is the case in publishing, a better idea came along and the cover was redesigned. By then the rest of the content was set and this layout was never published. Somehow it got buried. I knew it wasn't lost...they never lost any of my pages but it took a while for the right person to come across it and say we should send this back to Brenda.
It was fun to see it again. It's one of the first pages I made with a 12" photo on it, and doing something digitally (adding text directly to the photo) was pretty far out there at the time. But the vellum and metal word embellishment definitely say "2003." Had this page never been returned, I could have created a new one...the photos were digital, after all. But I like having this one back and seeing how my style has changed or stayed the same.
The big brown truck brought more than a simple cardboard box today. It brought me a smile.