I can't believe...
a) I'm *that* mom who uses *that* phrase to try to get my kid to smile and
b) that it actually worked...sort of.
When J was a baby...she'd LAUGH and GIGGLE and SMILE all the time...until...the camera came out to capture the moment. Then she'd freeze and be completely serious. I have a LOT of photos of her with pretty much *zero* expression because she noticed the dreaded piece of photo equipment in her line of sight.
So, I tried *that* phrase. Now that J is learning to talk (a lot), I figured if I could get her to at least say cheese, at the very least, she'd be looking in the direction of the camera without a scowl. While it's not the most *natural* smile, it's nice to finally be able to get a half-happy look on command...the only problem is now that it's not so easy to get her to say cheese, AND look at the camera at the same time. I got lucky with this photo. We're working on it.
Last night around ten o'clock, I came across a weekly sketch challenge on www.twopeasinabucket.com. It looked really simple...not a lot of detail, and I happened to have this photo printed and waiting to be scrapped...so I figured I'd give it a try. The only catch was that the challenge ended at midnight. That only left me two hours to scrap it, upload a photo of the layout and enter the challenge, but I figured with the simplicity of the sketch, it wasn't out of the question. I thought it might take about half an hour.
For this layout, I used the Pebbles May Bouquet Collection along with Pebbles Chips (the flower), Crafts Pearls and Cork Lettering, Basic Grey button, American Crafts Thickers, Martha Stewart Ink and Recollections Kraft paper.
I would have had lots of time to get this layout done and entered except that I'm really into sewing on my pages right now and I don't own a sewing machine. I'm ridiculously slow when I sew, but managed to get it done and in with 15 minutes to spare.
Here's my take...
J looks so grown up in this photo (sniff, sniff).