Sunday, January 9, 2011

First Layout of the Year and My First Blogger Award!

I wasn't quite ready to put away my Christmas papers, especially the new ones I won in Roz's blog candy, plus I really needed to scrap this photo from last year. I remember the kids posing for their photo, and everyone milling around the craft fair saying a collective, "Aaaaawww!" They both looked so adorable with their biggest smiles on! The process of making this page was quite involved, but I love the result, with the Glimmer Mist, sewing, felt, ribbon and twine, buttons...really, what more could you stick on a page? I'll be entering this page is three different challenges:

1. Creative Scrappers - used sketch #137
2. Scrapbooker's Anonymous - use 17 buttons (count 'em!)
3. Scrap-tures is having a month-long challenge for their anniversary - challenge #2 is to have Santa or someone in a Santa hat featured in your project

Supplies: patterned paper by Little Yellow Bicycle and unknown, Close to My Heart ink, stamps, pen, and felt, Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist, unknown ribbon, twine, buttons, and journaling spot
I "met" Carole from England through the December Daily album process, and it was really nice to get to know her and see how her family celebrates December across the world. Some similarities, but many differences! The other day, Carole nominated me for this "Stylish Blogger Award", and I'm so excited because this is my first award! Thank you so much, Carole!!! The rules of this award are to tell everyone 8 things about myself, and then pass it on to 4 other people. So, 8 things, hmmmmm, I'll try to make it interesting:

1. I have dual Canadian/Australian citizenship, and I'd love to try living in Australia one day.

2. My baby teeth were riddled with cavities and fillings, but my adult teeth don't have any (knock on wood)!

3. I was a competitive gymnast for 9 years. As a kid, I was known to flip whenever I saw wide open spaces, like fields, parks, or grocery store aisles. My poor unsuspecting mom was kicked in the stomach a couple of times, and I drove her bonkers rolling onto and off of the couch compulsively! I still want to do handstands when I see a grassy field, but if I follow that urge, it really hurts (and it's kind of embarassing)!

4. I had hernia repair surgery when I was 13. The doctor was shocked: he'd never seen a hernia that large in a young girl before. I blame it on lifting heavy gymnastics equipment.

5. For the longest time, I wanted to be a stuntperson in Hollywood!

6. My first scrapbook was created with only photos, one pair of decorative edge scissors, and a box of felt pens. It is very funny to look at now!

7. I usually have 2 or 3 books on the go. Right now I'm reading Play Dead by Harlan Coben, Breaking Dawn by Stephenie Meyer, and A House for Mr. Biswas by V.S. Naipaul. I have a bad habit of reading ahead (my dirty little secret!) that I'm trying to quit. So far, I'm not succeeding!

8. I think if I had to, I could live off of peanut butter toast. That, or pizza!

And now, I'm sending this award on to Jenn, Roz, Alison (who I also "met" through the December Daily album), and Karen B way over in Australia. I think you all rock, and I hope you enjoy your Stylish Bloggger Award! I can't wait to read your 8 interesting tidbits!


  1. Awwwww!!! Thanks for the award Rox!!! I'm going to have to start thinking hard to come up with 8 things??
    I absolutely love this layout by the way!!! I love how you put the ribbon through the felt, it's gorgeous!! My kids didn't even want to go see Santa when they had the chance ): so no picture for me!!

  2. fantastic layout. I love it. Your stitching around the edge goes so well with all those buttons. =) Thanks so much for playing along with us at Scrapbookers Anonymous. =)

  3. Love your circle and button clusters! Congrats on you blog award and thanks for playing along with us at Scrapbookers Anonymous.

  4. Congrats on your blog award....very entertaining tidbits you've posted! And thanks for passing it along to me...I feel very honoured!

    I love your layout! The stitched circle frame is wonderful and I love how you've layered the papers. Beautiful!

  5. congrats on your award - cracked me up that you kept kicking your mom ;D

    love the stitching and that cutie pie pic :D

  6. You are so welcome Roxy! I have really enjoyed following the progress of your December Daily album and getting to know you too. I loved reading your 8 facts although now I think that we have less in common than originally thought! I am not a bendy person at all! I am not fussed about peanut butter and I ALWAYS finish one book before starting the next, apart from that, some similarities!

    Keep in touch!

    Hugs, Carole x

  7. Great take on this challenge!! Love the way your buttons "flow" over your page, almost like snowflakes!! Great job!!
    Thanks so much for playing along with us at Scrapbookers Anonymous!!

  8. cute cute LO. Love that circle border and the splash of silver that the buttons give- thanks for joining us at Scrapbookers Anonymous

  9. Fantastic layout. I love your stitching around the edge goes so well with all those buttons... I love it... Thanks so much for playing along with us at Scrapbookers Anonymous... xoxo

  10. Thanks for the award Roxy! Just posting my response now (sorry, been sick!)

  11. Great layout! I love what you did with the ribbon. And of course the buttons are a perfect touch. thanks for digging in your stash and joining in the fun at Scrapbookers Anonymous!!!

  12. Great LO, I love all the clusters of buttons,thanks for joining us at Scrapbookers Anonymous.
    Congrats on the blog award.