the winner is

drum roll please... oh wait...just look up. ;)

#1 is number one!

thank you to everyone who voted! it really helped my indecisiveness.

i tallied the votes and #1 won by 1 point. after looking at all of them together, i realized #1 was the most fitting because of it's playfulness and the others just seemed too bland, and not really 'me'. so thanks again for helping me make my decision!  it helped immensely!

i also decided it needed a little tweaking, so i played around with it in photoshop to give a bit of a retro/polaroid feel, and to soften it a bit. i also kerned the text a bit, with the help of Chris and i'm really pleased with the outcome. here's a little before and after, just for fun:

BEFORE:

AFTER: