The kids just returned to school today after a winter break that began on Feb. 21. Our friends from California visited and while they were here, my husband, Steve, and I both celebrated our birthdays. I took a break from work so I could focus on hanging with our friends and the kids. That was a good idea through Day 6. But then our friends left, and I was left in the house with a 10 and 13 year-old and no plan. So I hatched one: Let’s Make Birthday Cards! It all started promisingly with Sharpie markers, pencils, and the three of us tapping into some much-needed right-brain space. Problem was, the kids were able to emerge from their right-brain space, while I could not.
Instead, I remain in a bizarre artsy tangent involving multiple drawings, vintage maps from the paper store, a scanner and a 5-hour tutorial on the graphic design website Lynda.com.
Let me tell you, I have learned ALOT about live-tracing original artwork into Illustrator so it can be quickly recolored and used in different applications. But I have not delivered a birthday card to my husband. Sorry, Steve — I’ll get it to you soon! Because, as you know, while I may be a geek with an annoying case of ADD, I always finish your birthday presents.