Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Top Ten Blog Hop: My Favorite Scrapbook Layouts from 2015

Hello and welcome to the Top Ten Blog Hop where a number of us are showcasing our favorite projects from the past year.  It's going to be a pinning haven for sure!  You should be arriving here from Christine Meyer's blog (which also happens to be the beginning of our hop).

I always have the hardest time picking just ten projects (and I'm not even including my favorite cards this time), but to keep it from getting completely out of control I thought I would pick 12 of my favorite layouts with one for each month of the year.  ;)

January:  Doodlebug Frosty Friends

February:  Bella Blvd Tiny Tots

March:  A focus on Doodlebug Washi Tape

April:  Pebbles Inc. Homegrown

May:  Doodlebug Back To School

June:  Pebbles Inc. Cottage Living and Happy Day

JulyPebbles Inc. Americana

AugustBella Blvd Riley
September: Doodlebug October 31st
October: Doodlebug Daily Doodles
November: Echo Park The Story of Fall

December:  Echo Park The Story of Christmas

Thanks so much for taking a trip down memory lane with me.  I hope you will check out all the other lovely projects in this wonderful hop!  

You have 23 chances to win an $80 gift card to an online store of your choosing by leaving a comment on each blog along the way.  The contest is open until 11:59 pm CST on January 3rd to give you some extra time to leave your comments. 

Many of us are also giving away extra individual prize on our blogs.  I have a flat rate Priority Box stuffed full of product from American Crafts, Pebbles and a few other companies up for grabs that is valued at over $200.  All I ask is that you use it yourself or pass it on to a friend who could use it (rather than selling it).  Use the rafflecopter below for your chance to win this sweet box.  :)

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Your next stop in the hop is blog is Cathy Harper's blog.  

In case you get lost, here's a full list of everyone joining in on the hop

Mendi Yoshikawa (you are here)
Audrey Yeager

Thanks so much for stopping by.  :)

Monday, December 21, 2015

Red & White Snowflake & Holiday Home Christmas cards

Hello there!  How's was your weekend? Did you get some items crossed off your holiday "to do" list?  Today I'm popping in with a couple of simple Christmas cards using only red and white cardstock (and of course some of my favorite dies).  I am always a sucker for simple red and white cards.  There's just something about them...

Up first I have a card using Simon Says Stamp Cold Hands Warm Heart Village dies
 with their Peace On Earth stamps and Falling Snow Stencil.  For my hillsides I also used the hillside border dies by Lawn Fawn.  This was my first attempt with Ranger Texture paste for the snowy background.  It's a bit difficult to see, but I love the way it looks in person!  I finished off my card by heat embossing my sentiment in red.  :)

My second card uses Lawn Fawn's Stitched Snowflake dies with a tag die by Impression Obsession.  I also embossed my background using a snowflake embossing folder by Darice.  I finished off my card with some stickles glitter glue (rather than rhinestones) to keep it a bit flatter for mailing.

This last design would be pretty easy to recreate for mass producing.  Are any of you designing your own Christmas cards this year?   I would love to see what you're working on.  You can share with me on my facebook page HERE:)

Interested in the other products I used to create my projects today?  To make supplies easier for you to find, I have listed them below (affiliate links included). 

Supplies Used (available at Simon Says Stamp)

Friday, December 18, 2015

Doodlebug Slam Dunk Basketball Themed Scrapbook Page

Hello there!  Earlier this week I shared a layout Doodlebug blog using the Slam Dunk collection.  

I have another little confession... I have zero physical coordination and I was always picked last in PE, but once upon a time I kept stats for my middle school and high school basketball teams.  Did I like Basketball before I started?  Well... Not exactly, but I did have a crush on a couple of the team members so it didn't take too much begging from my girlfriend to convince me to join her.  I actually ended up enjoying the game in the end though.  I pulled these pictures from my yearbook so I could properly document my brief brush with the sport.  ;)

To spell out my title I paired a basketball word sticker from the collection with Doodlebug's Tangerine Chippers.  I love how Doodlebug designed the Slam Dunk Doodlepop so that it perfectly layers over the same image with the This and That Sticker sheetI think they look so good together! 

At the opposite corner of my page, I balanced it out with another doodle pop layered with the date using more stickers from the This and That Sticker sheet and some Slam Dunk and star sprinkles.

I had a lot of fun with this and I'm pleased with how it all fell together.  I hope I've inspired you to pull out some old photos and document your own Middle School and High School memories.

Interested in the other products I used to create my projects today?  To make supplies easier for you to find, I have listed them below (affiliate links included). 

Supplies Used (available at Scrapbook.com)

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