Monday, July 16, 2012


Oh, the fun they had!  Well, the kids had fun anyway.

I think the adults did, too, but you might not have guessed so if you had heard them.  "Oh, I'm so bruised and sore." "My neck hurts from having to hold my head up."  "That is hard on the wrists."  That was from only two adults.  The other two of us opted out.  Actually, I stood on the bridge and walked along the bank to get some good shots of the tubing adventure.  I kept thinking, this looks so easy I'll try it next time.   Hmm, perhaps not or perhaps on a milder creek.

Here's the journaling:

We asked at our check-in what they would suggest we do in the area.
Tubing at Deep Creek, she said. $3 per tube and it keeps the kids busy all day. Sounded so easy!
Turns out, the creek was both very deep and often shallow and rocky making for another adventure!

On the last day, Grampa, Jaime, Dillon & Nai Nai hiked up the trail at Deep Creek in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park to put in their tubes. On the first run, Grampa turned over right away. Nai Nai would often get stuck since she is so little. Miss Lisa stood on the bridge and took photos. It looked so easy, she might even try it on another trip. Everyone had a wonderful time and decided to make the day of it with a brief break for lunch and napping. On the last run, Dillon wanted to go to the very top where the water turned out to be the deepest and fastest as Grampa found out when he turned over again with the tube on top of him! The rocks were also the roughest as Jaime discovered when she fell out of her tube and slid down them. The kids sailed along enjoying all of it. Jaime was ready to follow the kids back up for another run when Lenny pointed out they didn’t have to – Adult Supervision!
Sometimes you really have had ‘enough fun.’

The last line about having "enough fun" is an old family joke. When Jaime was a teenager and getting on her Mother's last nerve, she told her Mother once, "I'm just having fun." Her Mother replied, "You're having too much fun!"   "But Mom, how can you have too much fun?"

I took nearly 20 years, but I think Jaime finally figured out, you really can have too much fun!

For the layout, I did more banners to add some color and tie into an earlier page in this series.  Also, I used a trick from the Stretch Your Stamps class.  Jennifer McGuire was showing how to use water for embossing by adding drops of water and then sprinkling on embossing powder.  If you work fast you can get those drops embossed.  She was sharing this for an emboss relief technique.  I used it here with white embossing powder to give the appearance of water splashing.

I also used a water themed stamp behind the journaling printed on vellum.

Thanks for stopping by. I'll have more cards as the week goes along and we continue on Stretch Your Stamps class.

Ingredients:  DSP:  MME 6x6 pads, Basic Grey PB&J, Amy Tangerine
Border Sticker:  Crate Paper Peppermint
Thickers:  Amy Tangerine for American Crafts
Stamp:  Fancy Pants


  1. Another great layout.
    I like how you used the pattern in the paper to use as journaling lines :)
    Looks and sounds like a great time.

  2. I love the way you placed the pictures. It really does look like a progression of rafts floating down the river. Love the "white water," too! Well done!


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