have finally produced a layout that does not make me want to run away, screaming with humilation. its not quite right, but considering the general sparseness of QaF pictures on the net and considering that during the last 3 hours i have produced several layouts that looked alot worse... it will do.
a passing bystander remarked: "not bad. i'm a lover of symmetry so i'm not entirely sure i like the position of the little squares and stuff but generally i'd say it works."
so that's nice.
another 3 hours of my life down the toilet.