Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Lori Whitlock's Awesome Autumn Blog Hop


I am so happy to be joining my first blog hop for Lori Whitlock's design team!  :)

Today I have a fun layout to share using lots of Lori Whitlock's great cutting files and For the Record 2 Tailored papers (and a wonderful 2-page sketch by Becky Fleck at page maps)!

I had so much fun pulling the fall colors from Lori's For The Record Tailored collection which at first glance wouldn't bring Autumn to mind. 

I am addicting to stitching so for this one I incorporated lots of machine stitching on the patchwork borders and hand-stitching on the heart, pumpkins and whimsical swirls...

I took Lori's fun doily paper from the collection and used a circle punch to isolate a couple of the circles and turned them into frames for my pumpkins.  I love how doing this grounds the pumpkin shapes and also makes them stand out.  My black scalloped borders were created by fussy cutting the repeating pattern in the "wallpaper" paper borrowed from the For the Record Documented collection (also designed by Lori).  ;)

For this layout I used the following cutting files available at Lori's Shop:

Flourished Halloween
4 Fall Leaves
4 Fall Titles
Fall 2 Set

In honor of the blog hop, Lori is offering all the shapes I used today plus many, many more on a great sale!  Woo-Hoo! 


She also is giving away a $20 gift certificate when you leave a comment at her blog HERE.

And if that all wasn't enough, she also created this awesome Thanksgiving banner which she is generously offering as a free download when you visit all the blogs in the hop.  You can download the Letter "S" HERE.

Visit my fellow teammates blogs for more great Autumn ideas and to find the remaining "Thanksgiving" letter downloads!  And be sure to leave them some love telling them what you love most about their projects!  :)

Lori Whitlock
Natalie Graham
Corri Garza
Joy Dickson
Lisa Bell

Mendi Yoshikawa  (You are here)
Amanda Jones
Christine Ousley
Lisa Barrie

Thanks so much for stopping by!  :)



  1. Ok, Mendi. If I don't see this layout in a magazine soon there is something wrong with the world. LOL!! This is awesome! I wish I could see this layout in person. All the detailed stitching, the black around the pumpkins and the doily are my favorite parts...wait...and the color combos...the story...the photos... ;)
    Great work, Mendi!
    Super Hugs,

  2. What a fabulous layout! Love all the little details in there!

  3. This is gorgeous! Love all the stitching and all the adorable pictures!

  4. This two-page layout is so sweet! Love the colors and all of the details! Very nice!

    Julie L.

  5. OMG!! This layout is amazing! I LOVE all the stitching you did!!

  6. Fabulous fall layout--I like your stitching.

  7. What a great layout! Thanks for sharing!

  8. Love all the details (especially the stitching!!)

  9. You ALWAYS amaze me! Love the stitching and color choices. BEAUTIFUL!

  10. What a great scrapbook layout. It's gorgeous.

  11. "Sew" cute Mendi---you rock the stitching & sewing like no one else I know!!!

  12. Gorgeous layout! I love this sketch, the papers and all the stitching! Thanks for the inspiration :-)

  13. What a fun layout. Great job! Thanks

  14. Very nice Mendi! And congrats on making the team! I see you all around the places I haunt (since it's Halloween...) and you're always leaving such nice comments! Thanks so much for sharing this layout full of great colors and texture!

  15. Beautiful layout! I absolutely love all of the stitching you did. Your color and pattern paper choices are gorgeous and compliment your pictures beautifully!

  16. Mendi, your layout is fabulous!! I love all of the details. The stitching is perfect and I love the bright colors. Cool journaling technique too. It's a perfect layout in every way!
    xoxo, Christine

  17. LOVE! One of my favorite things to do....cuddle a baby chicken!!! :)

  18. Hi Mendi! I found you on the Lori Whitlock blog hop! It's great to meet someone else from the Portland area. I love your layouts and can't wait to see more of your creations! I work for Whimzee's Scrapbook Studio, over in Beaverton, if you're ever feeling like a little road trip, we've got some fun papercrafting stores over here and we are part of a 6 store tour every few months called Passport to Creativity. The next event is just in time for Christmas, on December 15th. Stop by our FB page for more details...
    So nice to see all your work! -Julie

    1. Thanks Julie! That's so sweet of you! I visited Whimzees about 10 years ago, but I heard it changed a lot since then (it seems like it was more of a gift shop when I went). From what I hear you may be one of the last scrapbook stores standing over there (congrats)--I know there are only two left in my neck of the woods. ;)

    2. We are! We do a lot of orders with Life's a Scrapbook in Sherwood. It's nice to have some partners in the business. The store has been in it's new location for almost 7 years now. It's exclusively scrapbooking & papercrafting supplies now. Can't wait to see more of your creations! Happy Halloween!


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