THIS blurry photo is a choose your own adventure birthday card I made for my lovely friend, Gina, recently.
It begins with “You wake up and remember it’s your birthday. You…” All paths end with a bunch of friends having a swell ol’ time. Except the part towards the top right . That path ended quickly with her friends crying because they forgot her birthday…and I accidentally didn’t finish that path. I knew there must’ve been a reason why I had to fill up that giant white space with the YAY! Hey, beauty in the imperfections, right?
Along the way, we have cake made with tears, drinks are too strong, and there is a choreographed dance to a Joni Mitchell song…with lots of arm swaying. In the end (of all the other paths), everyone celebrates her birthday and there is happiness all around.
Originally, the elaborate card idea came out of being broke and a little poor planning. I wanted to at least come with something enjoyable. It was fun to make and it worked out well. Actually, the characters in the story were the four of us left at the end of her party. Perfect! Silly cards are so fun; there’s no pressure for amazing art, and you can really make something personalized into whatever you want.
My birthday is in two days! Ah….what to do….