Thursday, September 8, 2011

Big City Small Town Girl

I have always been attracted to the big city way of life.It all started with Sesame Street. Yes, you read that right. As a child, I grew up in a small town. My grandparents lived in an even smaller farm town and our "big city" nearby had maybe about 50,000 people living in it. When I would watch Sesame Street I was always in awe over all the traffic and mix of ethnicity's and the big city vibe.

It is funny to me now remembering when we would come into the "big city" and I felt like I was in the city like that was in Sesame Street. Oh how wee and naive I was! But I LOVED it. I loved the sounds, the people, the heartbeat and the smells. Yes... I like the smell of a big city. Weird isn't it? I admit it but when you get past the sewer and exhaust smells there is this wonderful concrete smell mingled in with the food and people smell. Not sure I can really explain it but it's there and I like it.

I've visited several big cities in my life. I've been to Vancouver, B.C. and Seattle, of course. I've also been to New Orleans, Los Angeles, Portland and San Antonio. But Chicago is my favorite. Now, I haven't been to NYC or Atlanta or several other large cities but I almost don't think I need to. Chicago feels like home when I am there. I feel like I fit in. I could live there! And I might just move there someday soon. Just to experience it for a little while and then I'll come back to my "big city". (Which is now a little over 75,000 pop. LOL!)

All materials used on this layout are from the September BALANCE kit from Scrapbooking from the Inside Out.

The silhouette rub-ons are a fabulous and unique way to frame your photos. These are a subscriber bonus for all new kit subscribers!

Love, love, LOVE the For the Record collection by Echo Park. I have never played with their product before and finally got to with our current kit. So FUN!

I love mixing titles and there is plenty of opportunity to do that with our kit this month. Between the American Crafts thickers and the multiple alpha sheet from EP you can do each word a different font and color!

Did you see the pierced holes around that center patterned paper? That was a great mistake. My sewing machine got jammed and I didn't have the patience nor the time to fix it. So I continued around the page to do this "stitching". I love the way it looks!

Thanks for swinging by!

So.... do you consider yourself a small town or big city type of person?


P.S. Oh and I just want to thank those of you who commented on yesterday's post... Pamela, Christa and a few others. I take your words to heart. You are so kind and I appreciate your support and honest feedback. You rock!


Lynn said...

Isn't it funny how big city yearns for small and vice versa!! They both have their pros and cons!

Audrey Pettit said...

OMGosh, this is gorgeous, Melissa! Such an eye catching and beautiful design. I love that Echo Park paper, and you have used it brilliantly. Love your title work and love the rub-ons. The silhouette and the frame are just fabulous. :)
I'm thinking I'm really a big city girl at heart, too. I lived in San Francisco for awhile, and I still miss it dearly.

Pamela said...

I say the smaller the better. I'd love to live in a small town! LOVE your layout! :)

Connie said...

small town definatly but I like to visit the big city but always ready to go back to the ranch. Love your Lo!!!!

Christa said...

I'm definitely a big city person, but oddly grew up in a super small town (300 people). I love this layout Melissa!