Friday, 9 November 2012

The Perception of Pizza

I was on my way to the Post Office, the other day, happily carrying a pizza box and minding my own business, when a friend jumped out of a shop doorway. 

"I'll have a slice," he said. "Is it pepperoni?"

Then he spotted the look on my face.

"Hold on, that's not pizza at all. Is it? You are using the pizza box as a cunning disguise. There could be anything in there...are you smuggling?"

Smuggling? No, just scrapbooking. I explained it to him, a little, and I think he got it because he grabbed his phone and started showing me his instagram pictures of his cats. Which just shows how many of us really are interested in recording things and photographing and taking note of what's going on around us.

I haven't had a similar conversation on the return trip. Yet. The Postman has been delivering pizza boxes to our door for several years now and he has never questioned the lack of tempting cheese aroma or the coldness of the box. Maybe he's distracted by the big smile on my face. Whether it's a box of new supplies, or the return of a page or two from Scrap365, every pizza box is very welcome.

Anyone else's postman show an interest?


Today's layout was originally published in Scrap365 and was used as a sketch for the October Sketchbook365 Challenge. There is still time to join in this month and all the details are here

33 comments:

Jennie Hart said...

I admired that layout very much Sian, it is beautiful. Tthe journaling is great you summed up so much feeling in just a couple of sentences.

Fiona@staring at the sea said...

I love this grey and white colour scheme with just a pop of yellow. Beautiful.

Cheri said...

I stopped getting pizza boxes quite awhile ago. But I don't think my postman ever gave it a second thought.

Elizabeth said...

I like the monotone quality of this layout--with just a splash of color. Never did use pizza boxes because I scrap digitally! If a pizza box is delivered to my door it is usually my husband bringing it back from take out.

Barbara Eads said...

I don't really see my post man very often because he's a drive by, but I'm on a first name basis with my UPS man, Randy! He'll be delivering lots of goodies at this time of year.

Jimjams said...

I think my postman just thinks we like a lot of very cold pizza ... REALLY like it because I always say "Oh goody!" when one arrives :o)

Lovely subtle page

debs14 said...

There's a certain friend of mine who has her pizza boxes delivered to work so she can decant the contents into another bag and smuggle them into the house without the comment 'Not MORE scrapbook supplies?'! (She knows who she is ....)
Who would ever have guessed that a pizza box would be the perfect size for scrapbookers?

S said...

Well, you certainly are handy with the contents of those pizza boxes. Another fab page - I especially like those itty bitty letter stickers - yummy!

Jennifer Shaw said...

Loving this monochromatic LO and the element of little squares. Yes, pizza boxes equal happy mail!

Mel said...

I always have a stack of pizza boxes and find them handy for storage and stuff!

Suzy said...

It was a fantastic layout Sian. My colleagues at work always want a look in a pizza box when my quirky kit or.other stash is delivered. Im happy to.say I.introduced a non crafting colleague to.scrapbooking which made me ridiculously happy

scrappyjacky said...

I think by the time our postman [who looks about 80] has trudged up and down all the hills around here....he's unable to say anything!!
The Post Office staff do sometimes look at me a bit oddly when I say I want 'real stamps' to put on mail art exchange envelopes.

ComfyMom~Stacey said...

My postman never speaks to me. He just opens the doors of my car in the driveway and sit the packages on the seat. I keep mean to lock up my car sometime or other so he is forced to come to the door but I never remember to do so.

Amy said...

We know our Postie very well, not through delivering pizza boxes though - that has only happened once ... I was spoilt for having an excellent real life store 5 mins away before I went digi!

Amy said...

I forgot to say how much I really love this colour pallette - sigh, so restful and calm ... reminds me of my kitchen! With pistachio green rather than lemon.

Melissa said...

Beautiful layout & I had so much fun with that sketch!

Louise said...

I was thinking how peaceful and calm this layout is too - it's beautifully done.

Our postman occasionally stops me on my way down to school to let me know i've got a parcel and will i be in when he delivers it later on!! Never any mention of pizza though.

Susanmcl said...

Really appreciate the journaling as I feel the exact same way!

Alison said...

Our local postman seems to have no reaction whatsoever to ANYTHING that gets picked up from him!....he hands everything over looking completely bored
Alison xx

Abi said...

he he! This made me laugh, I once was trying to send a layout off to a magazine when I must have been about fourteen. I didn't have a pizza box so my dad went round the local pizza shops asking if they had any spare! Bless him! A pizza box always heralds good things! xxx

Becky said...

Our postman just throws the box over the fence if we are out so I dont think he is interested at all! I love this layout - so peaceful x

Missus Wookie said...

One postman used to show an interest - but mainly in the boxes saying 'live worms' :) Pizza boxes aren't as interesting as some of the things Wookie gets delivered, so I figure they're just happy to deliver something square and easy to stack. None of 'em actually say pizza on the side ;)

tidbitsandtreasures2011 said...

It occurred to me as I read your post how much I envy that you can walk to your post office which, of course, provides opportunity for just the type of encounter you describe. We live in suburbia so we need to drive to almost anywhere we want to go. That, it turns out, insulates a body from a lot of human interaction.

Still, there is hope. I was in a store the other day where I saw a man wearing a sweatshirt emblazoned with "Great Falls" the name of the town I grew up in. Contrary to my usual behavior, I actually commented to him and then ended up realizing that his shirt was an advertisement for the OTHER Great Falls, not the one I knew. Anyway, we had a laugh together and then went our separate ways. It really did brighten the day.

humel said...

At the moment I think my postie is just desperate for me to get more mobile so I stop with the online shopping!! He is intrigued by the lovely mail art I receive sometimes from fabby blog friends, though :)

Deb @ Paper Turtle said...

Great layout, and fun post man story, Sian.

When I was at my old job I used to go to the local sub-station and the lady there kind of got to know me. After being in there several times with international packages to mail she asked, "Are you originally from the UK?" haha - No. I just love people there. :o)

Sandra said...

What a lovely layout Sian, I just adore the tones. No, we have such a change in postmans, so sadly never get to know them

Jo said...

That is a really lovely page. My postie doesn't know what's in my pizza boxes but he does know that they make me very happy and, on no account, should he take them back to the sorting office! :)

Ginger said...

Gorgeous monochromatic feel to this layout Sian! I have had the pizza boxes delivered as well! It's never a dull moment when they arrive - so much excitement :)

Maria Ontiveros said...

This is such a lovely design. When I used to get Club Scrap, my post office was always interested in what was inside my pizza box. Don't get so much interesting mail these days.
Rinda

Karen said...

My monthly pizza box is delivered by the UPS man, and I'm quite sure he's never given it a second thought!

Lisa-Jane said...

Mine doesn't but maybe I don't get enough parcels? I need to rectify that I think! I did once get asked about it in the depot though when I went to collect one during a packed Christmas rush. I said "Its a pizza box" when they went looking for it and the whole crowd looked puzzled and there were murmurs and comments of "won't it be cold" and "funny Christmas present" etc!

alexa said...

How did I miss this? Just stunningly lovely - one of my favourite colour schemes, and all your lovely bits and pieces blend together so well...

Gail said...

Love the look and feel of that layout! We don't get home delivery instead they drop it all off at a bank of mailboxes down the street so I wouldn't know what they are thinking when they try & fit them in the package mailbox. (: I should do a layout/story on that sometime.

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