Friday, April 18, 2014

I was recently inspired by an amazing video from Wilna Furstenburg (always a major source of inspiration for scrapbooking for me). In the video, she made her own mask, put modeling paste through it, and then spray painted it. The effect was absolutely breathtaking, and I wanted to replicate the same look for the layout I'm going to show you today.


Excuse the blurry photos, I just wanted to keep them a little more private ;)

So even though I loved the quote that Wilna chose, the song lyrics I chose are the basis of my whole story here, so I made my own cut file. I'll be the first to admit, my handwriting is not nearly as beautiful as Wilna's, but I did my best and I think it turned out alright, as the modeling paste is forgiving and doesn't cling to every little detail. :)


In Wilna's video, she sprayed gold spray paint over the modeling paste, and the effect was gorgeous. I don't have gold spray paint, though, so I recreated a similar look by pouring gold embossing powder over the wet paste and heating it up when the paste was dry. I also chose to only do this for part of the text rather than the whole thing so that it could double as my title.


Here's another look at the gold embossing - so shiny. :D


Even the white on white is so pretty... I will definitely be trying that out on another layout.


Some pretty gold embellishments to bring in more of the gold accent, as well as enamel dots - both store bought and home made!


Lastly, in a true Wilna spirit, I dropped big droplets of gold mist and black ink. I might have gotten a little carried away ;)

Modeling paste is quickly becoming one of my favorite tools to use, both in scrapbooking and cardmaking! I love that I can pair it with my Silhouette Cameo to cut my own stencils and come up with a unique and affordable result! To spread some of this happy love, I'm sharing the SVG file I created for the lyrics in the background. These lyrics really are great for any layout, especially a love-themed one!



Let me know what you think, or share any projects you make with it. :) Have fun, and see you soon!

I was recently inspired by an amazing video from Wilna Furstenburg (always a major source of inspiration for scrapbooking for me). In the video, she made her own mask, put modeling paste through it, and then spray painted it. The effect was absolutely breathtaking, and I wanted to replicate the same look for the layout I'm going to show you today.


Excuse the blurry photos, I just wanted to keep them a little more private ;)

So even though I loved the quote that Wilna chose, the song lyrics I chose are the basis of my whole story here, so I made my own cut file. I'll be the first to admit, my handwriting is not nearly as beautiful as Wilna's, but I did my best and I think it turned out alright, as the modeling paste is forgiving and doesn't cling to every little detail. :)


In Wilna's video, she sprayed gold spray paint over the modeling paste, and the effect was gorgeous. I don't have gold spray paint, though, so I recreated a similar look by pouring gold embossing powder over the wet paste and heating it up when the paste was dry. I also chose to only do this for part of the text rather than the whole thing so that it could double as my title.


Here's another look at the gold embossing - so shiny. :D


Even the white on white is so pretty... I will definitely be trying that out on another layout.


Some pretty gold embellishments to bring in more of the gold accent, as well as enamel dots - both store bought and home made!


Lastly, in a true Wilna spirit, I dropped big droplets of gold mist and black ink. I might have gotten a little carried away ;)

Modeling paste is quickly becoming one of my favorite tools to use, both in scrapbooking and cardmaking! I love that I can pair it with my Silhouette Cameo to cut my own stencils and come up with a unique and affordable result! To spread some of this happy love, I'm sharing the SVG file I created for the lyrics in the background. These lyrics really are great for any layout, especially a love-themed one!



Let me know what you think, or share any projects you make with it. :) Have fun, and see you soon!

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Sometimes, being a student sucks. It's right about finals seasons right now, which means that my life and energy are slowly getting sucked up by school. BUT there are definitely times that I love being a student. Like... when there's Lobster Night at the dining hall, for example. Yeah, I really love being a student at times like that..


You might ask, "they have lobster at dining halls?" Well... they have lobster at THE BEST dining halls ;) Sorry, is that too much obnoxious school pride?


Lobster Night was kind of like a party... an amazingly delicious food party. So I thought banners were appropriate - they make the page seem like a party, right? Hehe.


Oh, how I love lobster. And beautiful pennants. I used papers from Crate Paper's The Pier collection.


Just look at all those fun layers! I popped some edges up with foam tape for more dimension.


So there it is, a quick layout about student life - which fits in perfectly with last week's Paperclipping Roundtable episode about "Scrapbooking Uni" :)

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And last off today, let's announce the winner from last week's giveaway!! I took a random number including both Instagram comments and blog comments, and got the number 32, which is:
@hodgepodge200 !! 


Congrats!! :) I contacted you on Instagram so that you can send me your address.

Thanks to everyone who participated - this was my first [relatively successful] giveaway haha, and it was fun! I'll be sure to do more in the future so make sure to keep posted :)

Sometimes, being a student sucks. It's right about finals seasons right now, which means that my life and energy are slowly getting sucked up by school. BUT there are definitely times that I love being a student. Like... when there's Lobster Night at the dining hall, for example. Yeah, I really love being a student at times like that..


You might ask, "they have lobster at dining halls?" Well... they have lobster at THE BEST dining halls ;) Sorry, is that too much obnoxious school pride?


Lobster Night was kind of like a party... an amazingly delicious food party. So I thought banners were appropriate - they make the page seem like a party, right? Hehe.


Oh, how I love lobster. And beautiful pennants. I used papers from Crate Paper's The Pier collection.


Just look at all those fun layers! I popped some edges up with foam tape for more dimension.


So there it is, a quick layout about student life - which fits in perfectly with last week's Paperclipping Roundtable episode about "Scrapbooking Uni" :)

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And last off today, let's announce the winner from last week's giveaway!! I took a random number including both Instagram comments and blog comments, and got the number 32, which is:
@hodgepodge200 !! 


Congrats!! :) I contacted you on Instagram so that you can send me your address.

Thanks to everyone who participated - this was my first [relatively successful] giveaway haha, and it was fun! I'll be sure to do more in the future so make sure to keep posted :)

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Finally - I've been planning this tutorial for a while, because it makes me so happy, but life has been hectic! But here we are, DIY enamel dots!! :) I'd been looking for a great way to make these pretty little things, because they are SO fun to use, but boy are they expensive! The best part about this tutorial is that I spent about $5 on the one thing you need - Perler beads - and I'm going to be able to make 1,000 of these at the same price as one pack normally is! I got a bag of pastel colored beads off of Amazon, but I bet a lot of you have these lying around at home anyway. By the way, I have to give full credit to this post on Two Peas In A Bucket, which is where I got the idea for this in the first place!

Okay, so let's get started! First, preheat your oven to 325 degrees. Then, get out a baking sheet lined with parchment paper, and line up your little beads, making sure that they're all standing up, like this:


Then, you're going to bake those bad boys until they're all nice and melted, which should take 20-25 minutes. It'll differ based on your oven, but it should be easy to tell when they're done - just until they're all perfectly domed shaped and the dimple in the middle has disappeared. This is what they look like about halfway through:


If you're worried about fumes and safety, not to worry - there should be absolutely NO smell or fumes from Perler beads, because they're specifically designed to be melted... maybe not quite like this, though hehe ;) Anyway, you'll end up with LOTS of cute little dots, all at once!!


So it's THAT easy! And since it's so easy, why not try and experiment and come up with more ideas?? So next I tried making some bigger enamel dots. I like to have variety, ya know what I mean? Simple solution: stack two beads on top of each other, like so:


This is a little harder than the normal sized beads because the beads tend to move around or fall off. One idea (which I haven't tried yet, admittedly) is to put a tiny amount of water in between the two beads you stack, so that the cohesion will stick them together temporarily, but the moisture will also bake off. And you can see I got a little crazy and stacked some different colored ones on top, just to see what would happen... I'll show you the results later! Here's what these looked like half way through...


Some of them were too crooked and came out ovally, but they're definitely still usable unless you're a perfectionist ;)

Then, to have a THIRD option for sizes, I cut a few enamel dots in half (NOT through the hole - it should be like a cross-section, if that makes sense). I found the easiest way to do this was with an X-acto knife, applying pressure and not trying to move the blade back and forth with a knife. The beads are soft enough that it shouldn't be too hard.

So here are the different kinds of beads I came up with:


There's still lots more to experiment with, but I've already used these on a lot of recent projects. If you need some ideas for how to use them, here they are all lined up on a card as a nice design element...


...Or you can have them scattered around like this...


... or use both methods, like I did on a recent layout!

Since these aren't self adhesive, I used a tiny glue dot on the back of each one, but a strong liquid adhesive like Glossy Accents would work wonderfully.

Okay, so let's end with something even more fun - a GIVEAWAY! I mean, I did buy a bag of 1,000 beads, so I'm in no shortage over here, ha! So to enter, all you have to do is leave a comment on this post, telling me how you like to use your enamel dots. For a BONUS entry (or looots of bonus entries, depending on how many friends you tag), you can follow the rules on my Instagram post.



I'll pick a winner on April 8, 2014 at 12PM EST! Good luck, and thanks for stopping by! :)

Finally - I've been planning this tutorial for a while, because it makes me so happy, but life has been hectic! But here we are, DIY enamel dots!! :) I'd been looking for a great way to make these pretty little things, because they are SO fun to use, but boy are they expensive! The best part about this tutorial is that I spent about $5 on the one thing you need - Perler beads - and I'm going to be able to make 1,000 of these at the same price as one pack normally is! I got a bag of pastel colored beads off of Amazon, but I bet a lot of you have these lying around at home anyway. By the way, I have to give full credit to this post on Two Peas In A Bucket, which is where I got the idea for this in the first place!

Okay, so let's get started! First, preheat your oven to 325 degrees. Then, get out a baking sheet lined with parchment paper, and line up your little beads, making sure that they're all standing up, like this:


Then, you're going to bake those bad boys until they're all nice and melted, which should take 20-25 minutes. It'll differ based on your oven, but it should be easy to tell when they're done - just until they're all perfectly domed shaped and the dimple in the middle has disappeared. This is what they look like about halfway through:


If you're worried about fumes and safety, not to worry - there should be absolutely NO smell or fumes from Perler beads, because they're specifically designed to be melted... maybe not quite like this, though hehe ;) Anyway, you'll end up with LOTS of cute little dots, all at once!!


So it's THAT easy! And since it's so easy, why not try and experiment and come up with more ideas?? So next I tried making some bigger enamel dots. I like to have variety, ya know what I mean? Simple solution: stack two beads on top of each other, like so:


This is a little harder than the normal sized beads because the beads tend to move around or fall off. One idea (which I haven't tried yet, admittedly) is to put a tiny amount of water in between the two beads you stack, so that the cohesion will stick them together temporarily, but the moisture will also bake off. And you can see I got a little crazy and stacked some different colored ones on top, just to see what would happen... I'll show you the results later! Here's what these looked like half way through...


Some of them were too crooked and came out ovally, but they're definitely still usable unless you're a perfectionist ;)

Then, to have a THIRD option for sizes, I cut a few enamel dots in half (NOT through the hole - it should be like a cross-section, if that makes sense). I found the easiest way to do this was with an X-acto knife, applying pressure and not trying to move the blade back and forth with a knife. The beads are soft enough that it shouldn't be too hard.

So here are the different kinds of beads I came up with:


There's still lots more to experiment with, but I've already used these on a lot of recent projects. If you need some ideas for how to use them, here they are all lined up on a card as a nice design element...


...Or you can have them scattered around like this...


... or use both methods, like I did on a recent layout!

Since these aren't self adhesive, I used a tiny glue dot on the back of each one, but a strong liquid adhesive like Glossy Accents would work wonderfully.

Okay, so let's end with something even more fun - a GIVEAWAY! I mean, I did buy a bag of 1,000 beads, so I'm in no shortage over here, ha! So to enter, all you have to do is leave a comment on this post, telling me how you like to use your enamel dots. For a BONUS entry (or looots of bonus entries, depending on how many friends you tag), you can follow the rules on my Instagram post.



I'll pick a winner on April 8, 2014 at 12PM EST! Good luck, and thanks for stopping by! :)

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Anyone who knows me at all knows I'm a bit of a health nut. Well... by college student standards, at least. Which you can imagine is not saying much. But honestly, most days, a pan of roasted veggies or a bowl of homemade soup sounds way better to me than fried food from a fast food restaurant. Most days. But sometimes, my willpower wavers because I have that thing you call a boyfriend - one who just so happens to love all that delicious and bad-for-you food.

And so came the day I finally took a visit to Raising Cane's, a much raved-about (mostly by Dan) fried chicken place. And I have to admit, I thoroughly enjoyed it. That was some GOOD fried chicken!!


I really had fun making this layout about a simple event like trying out a new place to eat. I didn't think too much or plan anything. Honestly, I was planning on just making a layout for fun and not blogging about it - just to take a layer of expectations off, which I often subconsciously have for myself. But that freedom really allowed me to come up with something I ended up loving!



You can see I really had fun playing with paint. I mixed some Color Shine mist into the paint, too, so it has a beautiful shimmer!!


And I love that rub-ons resist the paint, so I didn't have to worry about messing it up :)


Some more DIY enamel dots. Really using them a lot on recent projects - I promise I'll have the tutorial up for you next week!! :D


Mmm, good food and good friends really are a recipe for happiness. <3

Anyone who knows me at all knows I'm a bit of a health nut. Well... by college student standards, at least. Which you can imagine is not saying much. But honestly, most days, a pan of roasted veggies or a bowl of homemade soup sounds way better to me than fried food from a fast food restaurant. Most days. But sometimes, my willpower wavers because I have that thing you call a boyfriend - one who just so happens to love all that delicious and bad-for-you food.

And so came the day I finally took a visit to Raising Cane's, a much raved-about (mostly by Dan) fried chicken place. And I have to admit, I thoroughly enjoyed it. That was some GOOD fried chicken!!


I really had fun making this layout about a simple event like trying out a new place to eat. I didn't think too much or plan anything. Honestly, I was planning on just making a layout for fun and not blogging about it - just to take a layer of expectations off, which I often subconsciously have for myself. But that freedom really allowed me to come up with something I ended up loving!



You can see I really had fun playing with paint. I mixed some Color Shine mist into the paint, too, so it has a beautiful shimmer!!


And I love that rub-ons resist the paint, so I didn't have to worry about messing it up :)


Some more DIY enamel dots. Really using them a lot on recent projects - I promise I'll have the tutorial up for you next week!! :D


Mmm, good food and good friends really are a recipe for happiness. <3

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Hello! Last week, I showed you a layout with a fun use of my circle punch. Today I have a fun tutorial for you today - it's for a really fun, dimensional border that you only need the same ONE punch for (and a bunch of scraps). Here's a little look at what it will look like at the end:


First off, grab a circle punch - I used a 1" punch, but you can use any size up to about 2". Then, take a bunch of paper scraps. Make sure they are double sided, because a little of both sides will show up in the end. It might be a good idea to choose one 6x6 pad to do this with, just so that everything coordinates in the end. But really, it's up to you! Punch away until you have a nice sized pile that looks like this.


This next step is really important, and gives the border its unique character, so pay attention! You will need a very sturdy piece of cardstock, or maybe even some thin chipboard. Trim a short strip that is the length of approximately half the width of your circles. In my case, it was 1/2 inch. Place this guide in the middle of a circle and then fold the sides over. Here's what it looks like in action:


Do this with all the circles. Make sure you alternate which pattern shows up as the base or the flaps if you have duplicate circles from the same piece of paper. Then the next step is to assemble!

Take a long scrap of paper that you will lay the pieces on. The fastest way to attach them all is to place long strips of adhesive along the edge of the paper, so you don't have to place adhesive on each piece one at a time. Hope that makes sense!


You simply have to place the circles side by side. However, when you get to the second row, you can alternate which circle overlaps the other for even more variation. You can add more rows if you want, but I just did two. Make the strip as long as you can until you run out of circles. You can always trim your finished strip into smaller pieces, which I did later on.


Trim off the scrap paper from the bottom of your strip, and then it's ready to add to a layout!


I kept this layout pretty simple, because I think the circle border really adds a lot already.


So there you have it, a fun way to put a basic punch to use! I hope this inspires you to take out your simple circle punch and do something fun with it!!

P.S. I recently discovered an AMAZING way to make DIY enamel dots!!! I'm working on a tutorial for you all now, and will have it up soon! I'm thinking of doing a little giveaway of them, too - let me know your thoughts on this in the comments - would you like a giveaway, does DIY enamel dots sound interesting to you?? ;)

Hello! Last week, I showed you a layout with a fun use of my circle punch. Today I have a fun tutorial for you today - it's for a really fun, dimensional border that you only need the same ONE punch for (and a bunch of scraps). Here's a little look at what it will look like at the end:


First off, grab a circle punch - I used a 1" punch, but you can use any size up to about 2". Then, take a bunch of paper scraps. Make sure they are double sided, because a little of both sides will show up in the end. It might be a good idea to choose one 6x6 pad to do this with, just so that everything coordinates in the end. But really, it's up to you! Punch away until you have a nice sized pile that looks like this.


This next step is really important, and gives the border its unique character, so pay attention! You will need a very sturdy piece of cardstock, or maybe even some thin chipboard. Trim a short strip that is the length of approximately half the width of your circles. In my case, it was 1/2 inch. Place this guide in the middle of a circle and then fold the sides over. Here's what it looks like in action:


Do this with all the circles. Make sure you alternate which pattern shows up as the base or the flaps if you have duplicate circles from the same piece of paper. Then the next step is to assemble!

Take a long scrap of paper that you will lay the pieces on. The fastest way to attach them all is to place long strips of adhesive along the edge of the paper, so you don't have to place adhesive on each piece one at a time. Hope that makes sense!


You simply have to place the circles side by side. However, when you get to the second row, you can alternate which circle overlaps the other for even more variation. You can add more rows if you want, but I just did two. Make the strip as long as you can until you run out of circles. You can always trim your finished strip into smaller pieces, which I did later on.


Trim off the scrap paper from the bottom of your strip, and then it's ready to add to a layout!


I kept this layout pretty simple, because I think the circle border really adds a lot already.


So there you have it, a fun way to put a basic punch to use! I hope this inspires you to take out your simple circle punch and do something fun with it!!

P.S. I recently discovered an AMAZING way to make DIY enamel dots!!! I'm working on a tutorial for you all now, and will have it up soon! I'm thinking of doing a little giveaway of them, too - let me know your thoughts on this in the comments - would you like a giveaway, does DIY enamel dots sound interesting to you?? ;)

Monday, March 10, 2014

The layout I'm going to share with you is really special to me, not just because I feel the end result is beautiful, but because the story behind it is beyond meaningful. I think I can say with relative certainty that this layout documents a point in my life that I will look back on and say, "Wow. That was when my life changed."

It all started with a Symphony Church retreat... I honestly didn't expect much of it. Sure, I knew I would learn a few things, and it would make me feel great for a weekend, just like all other retreats... but change my life? Nope, because I thought everything in my life was just jolly and nothing needed changing.


I was so wrong and I probably would not have realized it, except for the fact that God spoke to me through other people that weekend and convicted me of things in my life that, deep down, I knew needed to change, but I simply did not want to. For those who don't believe in God, this might sound like craziness. It might seem ridiculous to change one's life based on some feelings you get at a secluded retreat. But let me tell you, there is nothing fake or "emotional" about someone you have never met speaking truth about your life as if they knew you... because God had told them all about you already. Something like that is so real and, at the same time, supernatural. Honestly, it freaked me out a bit. But it was also exactly what I needed - that push in the right direction.


So yeah, that was a bit of background about my story... now onto the scrapbooking! I used what I call the "punch and piece" method, inspired by the always-amazing Paige Evans. All you have to do is punch a whole bunch of 1" circles from pretty papers (I used mostly the Maggie Holmes Flea Market 6x6 paper pad) and piece them together in whatever way you want! I tried something like my last layout, where the photo is pushed off to the side (rather than in the center, like I usually do) - but it's still the highlight of the page because of the amazing border of circles around it! Just check out those wonderful layers...


I'm just really having fun playing with this kind of format, because you have so much room to play on the rest of the page, while still letting that beautiful background paper show! There's also a lot of room for journaling, which of course I needed for my story.


I've been getting a lot of use out of my circle punch lately, and I'll have a really cool tutorial up next week where I make a fun, dimensional border out of this one punch!


A turning point, captured.

Thanks for stopping by and reading my story today! Hope you have a great week!! :)

xx Michelle

The layout I'm going to share with you is really special to me, not just because I feel the end result is beautiful, but because the story behind it is beyond meaningful. I think I can say with relative certainty that this layout documents a point in my life that I will look back on and say, "Wow. That was when my life changed."

It all started with a Symphony Church retreat... I honestly didn't expect much of it. Sure, I knew I would learn a few things, and it would make me feel great for a weekend, just like all other retreats... but change my life? Nope, because I thought everything in my life was just jolly and nothing needed changing.


I was so wrong and I probably would not have realized it, except for the fact that God spoke to me through other people that weekend and convicted me of things in my life that, deep down, I knew needed to change, but I simply did not want to. For those who don't believe in God, this might sound like craziness. It might seem ridiculous to change one's life based on some feelings you get at a secluded retreat. But let me tell you, there is nothing fake or "emotional" about someone you have never met speaking truth about your life as if they knew you... because God had told them all about you already. Something like that is so real and, at the same time, supernatural. Honestly, it freaked me out a bit. But it was also exactly what I needed - that push in the right direction.


So yeah, that was a bit of background about my story... now onto the scrapbooking! I used what I call the "punch and piece" method, inspired by the always-amazing Paige Evans. All you have to do is punch a whole bunch of 1" circles from pretty papers (I used mostly the Maggie Holmes Flea Market 6x6 paper pad) and piece them together in whatever way you want! I tried something like my last layout, where the photo is pushed off to the side (rather than in the center, like I usually do) - but it's still the highlight of the page because of the amazing border of circles around it! Just check out those wonderful layers...


I'm just really having fun playing with this kind of format, because you have so much room to play on the rest of the page, while still letting that beautiful background paper show! There's also a lot of room for journaling, which of course I needed for my story.


I've been getting a lot of use out of my circle punch lately, and I'll have a really cool tutorial up next week where I make a fun, dimensional border out of this one punch!


A turning point, captured.

Thanks for stopping by and reading my story today! Hope you have a great week!! :)

xx Michelle

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

WOO, I'm on Spring Break!! Except... wait, it's 15 degrees outside. Hahah, so much for "Spring!" I'm not the only one just hoping and dreaming spring and summer will come faster, am I?? This winter has been brutal, and there has been just SO much snow. Enough to make snow mountains, literally.


Anyone who knows me even a little bit knows that I am so NOT a fan of winter or the cold... which means I tend to not take as many pictures as in the summer, and therefore don't scrapbook winter very much. But I think this winter just had to be documented, to have some sort of record of how bad it was - that way, I can look back on it in the future and think, "Well if I got through that, I can get through any kind of weather, right?" Hehe :)


This layout was kind of an adventure to make, because I used a very different layout that I normally use - the picture is in the corner and there are a bunch of elements around the edges, but not much in the middle. It's loosely based on a layout by Lisa Truesdell (second layout down)


This approach was a bit challenging at first, but after a bit, I really got into and love how it came out!!


It's also a great way to use up scraps of paper - always a good thing!

Don't you love when you try something new and different and it just turns out exactly how you wanted it to? Because let's be honest, sometimes it just utterly fails, haha! Next week I'll be sharing another layout with a similar approach, so stay tuned!! 

Stay warm amidst the snow mountains ;)

WOO, I'm on Spring Break!! Except... wait, it's 15 degrees outside. Hahah, so much for "Spring!" I'm not the only one just hoping and dreaming spring and summer will come faster, am I?? This winter has been brutal, and there has been just SO much snow. Enough to make snow mountains, literally.


Anyone who knows me even a little bit knows that I am so NOT a fan of winter or the cold... which means I tend to not take as many pictures as in the summer, and therefore don't scrapbook winter very much. But I think this winter just had to be documented, to have some sort of record of how bad it was - that way, I can look back on it in the future and think, "Well if I got through that, I can get through any kind of weather, right?" Hehe :)


This layout was kind of an adventure to make, because I used a very different layout that I normally use - the picture is in the corner and there are a bunch of elements around the edges, but not much in the middle. It's loosely based on a layout by Lisa Truesdell (second layout down)


This approach was a bit challenging at first, but after a bit, I really got into and love how it came out!!


It's also a great way to use up scraps of paper - always a good thing!

Don't you love when you try something new and different and it just turns out exactly how you wanted it to? Because let's be honest, sometimes it just utterly fails, haha! Next week I'll be sharing another layout with a similar approach, so stay tuned!! 

Stay warm amidst the snow mountains ;)