Thursday, August 18, 2011

August Blog Hop

I'm SO excited. This is the first time I've been able to participate in a Blog Hop, since my blog is still pretty new. Here is the list of participants in the Blog Hop:
  1. Amanda
  2. Ashley
  3. Jennifer D
  4. Kathy K2S
  5. Amanda Johnson ******
  6. *****Deletion here - please skip to next blog******
  7. Laura (moongirl)
  8. MBscrapping Cassie
  9. Andrea Joy
  10. Steffanie
  11. Toree
  12. Adele
  13. Shanon
  14. Heather
  15. Mandi
  16. Kelly
  17. Eternoly Yours Linda
  18. Devra
  19. Lady of the Lake Andrea
  20. Laurie (Tulip scrapper)
  21. Veronica
  22. Traci
  23. Jackie
  24. Laurie
If you did not arrive here from Devra's blog, please go back to Amanda's blog and start at the
beginning! Once you're finished here, you can head on over to Laurie's blog (Tulip Scrapper from Club CK). And be sure you check out Amanda's blog and sign up for a chance to win the overall blog prize. And if you become a follower of my blog and leave me a message, you'll be entered to
win an RAK of some random scrappy goodies from me.

So -- here is the sketch we were given by Amanda:
I have to tell you, I wasn't all that excited about it when I got it. I don't often do the narrow all around border edge and it just didn't excite me. Life was busy and I almost dropped out of the Blog Hop, but then decided I'd go through with it. I'm SO glad I did.

I pulled some pictures to work with and some papers (from my newest K & Co. stack, "Sea Glass" -- I'm so LOVING this stack!). I followed the sketch pretty faithfully -- and I LOVE the result! The photos are from a trip to Marina del Rey that we took on my husband's birthday. We'd walked and wandered around and found this koi pond behind a restaurant. It was like a hidden island hideaway LOL. So I had the kids take our picture (we don't get many of just the
two of us). It was so touristy but so fun. I think the photos worked great with these papers and are perfect for this sketch. I love the way the layout turned out!

Of course, after taking our pic, the kids had to take their own. Sigh. Here's the page that features THEIR self-portraits. Why do they have to do that?

Here's the full layout:

If you're a scrapper but haven't found Club Creating Keepsakes, let me tell you about it. I love this online, virtual community of scrappers. It is provided by the magazine, Creating Keepsakes, and is free to join. There you will find content from CK, message boards, weekly challenges, questions and answers, new techniques, ideas, product reviews, and friends. Check it out! I'll be hosting the weekly challenge the week of August 28 and I'll be using these layouts as a starting point -- come join us!

Don't forget to leave me a message and become a follower for a chance to win. And sign up on Amanda's blog! Now, if you're ready to leave me, you can continue hopping through the blog's with Laurie's blog. Have a scrappy weekend!


  1. Welcome to the blogging world! :) Love your layout...that paper is so fun! Love it!

  2. Great first time on a blog hop! I love your LO and the 'Contrasting' one is so funny and makes a great story! Love your border papers and the lovely papers work so well.
    Thanks for sharing! :)

  3. Great job - especially considering you don't like the thin borders. Love how you turned things for the completed layout.

  4. Your LOs turned out great! I love the font on your blog! A follower!

  5. Yay! Another another double pager! I love your blog background. The layout is fantastic! Nice photos and it has such a fun feel to it!

  6. Beautiful LO. I like the paper behind the photos

  7. You did an awesome job with the sketch...glad you decided to stick to it!! The border is really amazing and I love the contrasting pages together!! :)

  8. Awesome!!! I really like the border and the fact that you made it into a double layout, neat!!

  9. I love the border paper. Great job! I am now a follower.

  10. Loved your LO & I just became a follower.

  11. Love how the titles play off each other - very clever. Great paper - the base paper creates a feel of going and doing - which is what you did! Great LO! This is a wonderful LO!! Thanks for sharing!

  12. Great job! I love how it turned out!

  13. I became a follower of your blog! Your second LO cracked me up!

  14. Love the papers you chose for this layout! It really works for the photos and I sure can't tell that you struggled with the sketch initially! I will sign up to become a follower. Thanks for sharing your page!

  15. I love the shell border! And what your darling children did is a universal act of craziness!

  16. Beautiful border! I love that you made it a two pager