Thursday, July 19, 2012

Trust Your Instincts

How many times have I trusted my instincts and things have come out right?  How many times have I ignored my instincts and things have gone way off course???

My instincts are certainly not infallible.  Yet, like most people I do much better when I listen to that little voice.  That little voice is coming from those little clues.  In the case of one of our vacation activities, it was the video I watched on-line for the Great Smoky Mountain Railroad.  It didn't seem that scenic.  I rationalized thinking "well, they wouldn't show all the scenery on the video or you wouldn't want to take the trip."  When I told people we were going, there was this little hesitation when they said, "I've done that.  It was pretty."  There was never any "Oh, you'll love it!" kind of responses.  And then there was the cost.  It just seemed awfully expensive.  Well, I ignored my instincts.

When we got off the train and took the looonnng walk from the end of the train back to the station, my husband whispered, "please tell me we never have to that again." 'NEVER!' I said.

The rest of our party were very polite.  They didn't complain but the last night when I asked the kids what they liked the most about the trip, I heard "The Biltmore House" from one and "Tubing" from another. Then as kids do, they started going through their 2nd most favorite and 3rd and so on with the train as dead last.  Again, polite but we got the message.

So if you ever get the chance to go on the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad in Bryson City, NC, I say, pass it up.  If you are really into trains, you might enjoy it; otherwise there is far better scenery on the parkway for free.

So, why would I scrapbook this?  Well, we did spend most of the day on the train. There was some pretty scenery amongst the kudzu and I wanted another reminder to listen to that little voice - and not the one that whispers "a few more bites of chocolate won't hurt."  That is another voice entirely.

For the layout, I used Artfuldelight's monthly sketch.  You have until the 23rd to use the sketch for a chance to win a free kit.  The kit previews today.

I painted some American Crafts undressed Thickers for the title and used the Cricut to cut the round embellishments.  For the buckle, I pulled the top layer off a K&Company one that didn't match.  Then I painted and then embossed it for an antique textured look.

This layout is also for one of Two Peas CHA challenges - Use your favorite collection.  I'm using Pink Paislee's Prairie Hill collection.  I just love all the papers both pattern and colors.

Have you ever been anywhere you would warn the rest of us to avoid?  
Thanks for stopping by!


  1. I love the buckle! Your color choice really makes your photos pop.

  2. Ooooh awesome LO, love the colors. Thank you for playing along with Artful Delight this month. :-)

  3. Beautiful page! Love the buckle! :)

  4. Even though it wasn't the highlight of your trip, your layout turned out great. Love the buckle and the papers you used.
    I say we have to scrap the good, bad and the ugly, lol.

  5. Great sketch and I love the colours.

  6. What a fantastic layout, lovely colors and elements. Thank you for joining in on the sketch challenge at Artful Delight this month!

  7. Love your photos. Love your paper selection. and you did a fabulous job with the sketch. Thanks for playing along with us at Artful Delight!

  8. Chuckle, good to see that folks do layouts of things that don't always work out... Love those papers, thanks for joining us at Artful Delight.


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