All day long I've been thinking of this page as a sort of "Eat your vegetables and then you may have your dessert" type of page.

I suppose I'm going to have to explain that now...

My mom was very old-school when it came to mealtime. In particular, she was adamant that we had to try everything on our plates at least once, and we always, always had to eat our vegetables before we got dessert.

Wait, what? That didn't help? Smile Okay, how about this...

I've made no secret of the fact that participating in the October 2013 Guest CT contest has been somewhat of a challenge for me. A contest where your work is actually judged? Ugh! What if I can't think of anything to scrap? And what if I finally come up with an idea but my pages sort of suck? Scrapping on demand has been a real eye-opener, and my respect of and admiration for those of you who are on the permanent CT here at DD has increased by leaps and bounds. I really believe we grow and learn by trying new things--and ohmigosh who wouldn't want a month's worth of free DD products?!?--so, with shaking fingers as I hit the "submit" button, I entered the contest. And just like mealtime when I was a child, I tried everything at least once! Smile So now the veggies have been consumed and I can at last have dessert, or to put it in a way that is considerably less arcane, I've completed all of the challenges and now it's time to cut loose!

In the end, for all of my whining and moaning, this was a pretty fun contest. Win or lose, I learned a lot about scrapping and I had fun doing it, so I thought I'd make a page that celebrated all of that and that gave a shout-out to everyone who participated.

Journaling reads:
"In October 2013 Designer Digitals held a Guest CT Contest. 22 women participated...

...22 brave, talented, awesome scrappers. For many of us this contest was a real challenge, by turns scary and exhilarating, but in the end it was just FUN! Ladies, it's been a pleasure!"

To my fellow contestants: I hope it's okay that I used thumbnails of your entries on my "dessert" page. I wanted to acknowledge all of the creativity this contest sparked. You guys are awesome! Best of luck to you all!

Okay, who's ready to sing along? Ah one and ah two...

"Girls they wanna have fuh-un
Oh girls just wanna have fun!

That's all they really waaaaaaaant
Some fuuuuuuun
When the working day is done
Girls they wanna have fun
Oh girls just wanna have fun!"

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DoubleD Doodles: Critters No. 01 Brushes and Stamps

Cassie Jones
How’d They Do That? No. 13: Bending Shadows
Laying It All Out No. 03: Custom Stickers and Clever Layering

Pattie Knox
Brad Bonanza (retired)

Katie Pertiet
Banner Twine Templates No. 01
Black, White and Plum Kit (background paper, slightly recolored)
Cheer Squad Stickers Value Pack (recolored)
Doodledo Arrows Brushes and Stamps No. 03
Flourished Clusters Brushes and Stamps No. 03
Letter Box Hearts Brushes and Stamps No. 01
Lucy Lou Complete Girly Scrapbook Collection
Twisted Clusters Brushes and Stamps No. 01
Watery Spots Brushes and Stamps No. 09

Fonts: Rebekah's Birthday, Floozy, Tuna and Hot Dogs on Rye

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