Do you know what makes me happy? Scrapbooking (okay, scrapbooking while drinking wine and sitting on the couch next to my Sugar Pie). Do you know what makes me jump up and down and clap my hands like a little girl? Receiving scrapbooking supplies as gifts! So imagine my delight when Matt's mom, Marsha, surprised me with not one, not two, not three, but FOUR punches. I had used punches at the Scrapbook Expo back in May but they weren't the kind with levers and were pretty hard to punch. They're also pretty pricey. Ipso facto, KeKe no buy-o no punches. HowEVER, KeKe receives punches like no other (perhaps I should be a cagefighter).
Marsha is either: a) a secret scrapbooker; b) a seriously talented bargain shopper; c) extremely generous; or d) all of the above. Ooh ooh! I know, pick me, pick me. She's "D" all of the above!
The punches Marsha found for Miss Hannah and I to use were at Marshalls and literally a fraction of what you'd get them for at Michaels. The kind she purchased were by Martha Stewart and have a lever on them -- making the punching very easy on your hands.
So it just occurred to me that we have three very similar words in the above paragraph: Marsha, Martha, and Marshalls. Coincidence? I think not. When this trio comes together, the stars align for some serious scrapbook pages.
Punches come in a variety of shapes, which makes for supercallafragalisticexpialembellishments. These flowers were made using paper flowers (from Scrapbuck.com) and the punch shown above.
Punches also come in patterns so that you can make cool borders around your photos. (Also try trimming all around your main 12x12 page for a fabulous effect.)
I also chose to do journaling on a secret tab that I secured by placing it between the silver and blue photo mats (this means when you're gluing the mats together, leave a little space where there isn't any glue so the tab can slide in).
What's written on the journal tab is between me and my Sugar Pie, but let's have a closeup of that ass-grab one more time for good measure: