Thursday, December 30, 2010

Top 10 Layouts of 2010

2010 has been such an amazing year. I was able to travel to a beautiful country and share life-changing experiences with a wonderful group of people. Ryan and I became engaged and started planning a wedding and life together. I passed all three exams that are required for graduation and licensure and maintained my 4.0 in graduate school.

In the world of scrapbooking, I was honored to design for All About Me and guest design with Scrap Our Stash- two wonderful challenge blogs. I've grown into my own style and continue to grow with each new creation. I explored the world of mists, sprays, and inks. I learned a ton about design during My Scrapbook Nook's Nook University. I had disappointments with applying for Design Teams, but was thrilled to be a finalist in the Creative Memories DT search. WOW!

Thank you to all of my followers and commenters! You make this journey so wonderful with your encouraging words that mean so much to me!

I wish you all a happy and healthy New Year and look forward to seeing you all in 2011-which should be a wonderfully exciting year!

Friday, December 24, 2010

Scrappy: Winter Wonderland

Christmas Eve. My favorite day of the year. Traditions, Anticipation, Joy.

This past week has tested me. Mom went into the hospital on Monday and we are hoping to leave this morning. So many people have shown us such compassion this week and I am so grateful.

They are calling for a White Christmas in North Carolina which makes me happy because I find snow so magical. Even after the rough Boone winter I had last year, I want more!!!

Merry Christmas!

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Scrappy: Rachel Blue

Today I'm going to share a layout with you, for a tutorial on how to personalize your title work, check out the AAM blog!

Friday, December 17, 2010

Scrappy: our ornaments

With my brother in Africa, It was really strange to decorate the tree with both of our ornaments. Usually we start the process together (I usually end up doing it by myself), but this year it was very lonely.

As I was looking for sights of Christmas I found myself admiring the ornaments of years past. There are so many memories held in the ornaments, it's hard to choose a favorite! These are the ones that stood out to me this year:

I was immediately inspired by the sketch challenge over at Get Picky combined with the December kit from My Scrapbook Nook!

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Scrappy: My 5

I'm hosting the current challenge at All About Me Challenge blog- inspired by the cell phone trend that started a few years ago where one could pick 'their 5' and make unlimited calls to those people. This challenge is to document YOUR 5. It could be your top five friends, places to visit, or memories. The Design Team had such wonderful interpretations, you really should check them all out!!

When I started looking through pictures for this layout, I was going to do a recap of my 5 favorite memories from 2010. So many of the pictures that caught my eye were from my trip to Bolivia. In no particular order, and nowhere near a complete list of wonderful memories, here are my 5 Bolivian Memories:

*Yes- I realize there is a spelling error, but I'm leaving it for now. My Kindergarten teacher said "It doesn't matter how you spell things, as long as you are expressing yourself." I typically disagree with that statement, but I'm on her side today.

Check out the blog for inspiration and a list of fabulous prizes for this month!

Tell me about YOUR 5!

Friday, December 3, 2010

Scrappy: Snow Stomper

Have I mentioned that winter weather is here? December started out cold and snowy, I think we're in for another winter full of snow!

I just LOVE Cosmo Cricket's Mitten Weather. The colors, the cute little snowmen, fabulous stuff! I was so excited to finally scrap these pictures from last Christmas Eve of my cousin stomping in the snow in her pretty dress and brand new shoes. The snow had been on the ground for a week and a half, so it was iced ver on top and really crunchy. I'm glad I snapped these pictures before she got caught and taken inside!

Do you like cold weather? Or would you rather have warm weather year round?

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Journal Your Christmas - Dec 1 & 2

I have completed the prompts for the first two days of Journal Your Christmas:

Supplies Album, Paper, Embellishments: Little Yellow Bicycle, Stickers: Making Memories, Journaling cards: Shimelle.

What are you doing to document this holiday season?

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Scrappy: My Style

The new challenge is up at All About Me!! This one is super fun! Check it out!

I love hats. I love trying them on in stores and taking funny pictures. I'm from a small town- sometimes you have to create your own fun growing up. I tried on hats! I wish big fancy hats would come back into fashion- I'd wear one every single day!

Supplies: Bazzill Cardstock, Cosmo Cricket paper, American Crafts Thickers, Bic Mark-it! markers, ribbon.

I think I look good in hats- but maybe the hats are just awesome!

I'd like to dedicate this post to my college friend Tracy- let's go try on hats again soon!! Please!

What's YOUR style?