Friday, March 2, 2012

"Which came first??" Blog hop!

Memories In Tyme Blog Hop

Welcome to the "Which Came First???" Blog Hop!!
Who knew that a single piece of paper or a tiny rubber stamp would start an addiction that could overtake our dining rooms, living rooms, and bedrooms???   What started it for you?  Did you start by stamping cards and then progress to scrapbooking?  Were you an avid picture-taker turned cardmaker?  Or did you pick something from the start and stick with it?  Join us on our adventure as we share how we each got started in the scrapbooking and stamping craft!!  You'll find some fun stories, neat projects, and awesome folks along the way, we hope you'll enjoy each and every moment!! Let's get hopping!!  If you've hopped over from   Suzanne P, then you are in the right place!!  If you've just popped in to visit my blog or are reading this via email and you'd like to join our FUN, then please CLICK HERE to start at the beginning with Lynda's blog... For the hop today, I wanted to share some of my VERY FIRST scrapbook layouts from 2004!
I was soooo excited when I finished my very first scrapbook layout of all time! :) I bought that little foam kitty from Michaels and turned it into a tiger and used a little fabric kitty on the bottom also from Michaels. Then some letter stickers and unmatted pictures to finish it off! You can't belive how proud I was! :) 

As I did more pages I started to get a little better and used some vellum that I wrote on with a swirly kind of writing, and topped it off with 3 embellie flowers, and used a corner punch on my mat.

Can you see a pattern here? Letter stickers, unmatted pictures and very simple embellies and I was done. But I am still very proud of my first layouts! They were 8.5"x11" pages so there was a little less room that a 12"x12" and they had a little CAS feel to them that I like.

I got a little fancy on this one! I used paper fiber paper and some eyelets along with a pop out border from a border book. This page was actually covered in stickers like the horse one, but I re-did it when I seen how fugly it was! It was in the same week though so it's not cheating by showing this page!;)

I had an idea of cutting the diagonal corners off and I went with it.. I really like it still! This page also has some large letter stickers and zero embellies! I used the butterflies on the paper as my extras on the page.

Another great idea I think! I tried to go with a mosaic look and I really like how it came out, even though the center is smaller than I wanted.. I cut it down too many times lol. The JOY was all white that I colored with yellow and drew on some swirlies to match my paper, and the metal accents were givin to me. The JOY saying on the bottom came from a LOVE sticker pack that I STILL HAVE! lol

This is one of my FAVORITE oldies! The clay critters were from Michaels I think and the borders were from a little kit that I purchased a long time ago. This page came out so girly and pretty and I still love it! :)

Another superrrrr CAS oldie that I love, the tag is from that kit that I mentioned and the butterflies were pop outs from a page in it also, I think even the frame was too.. wow I was sooo not original lol But I do like the design and the little butterfly trails and I used diamond glaze on each butterfly :) really girly and pretty!

My most recent work! ;)

These are 5 of my favorites from this past year of blogging!

I learned to use white paper, paints, inks, rhinestones, and my cricut! As well as buttons, twine, stamps, embossing powders and sooo much more! :)

Here I used paper punches, my cricut, and bling :)

MISTS! and chipboard, doilies, sketches, and the wrapping of my twine around a piece of paper

Gorgeous paper line designs by Best Creation, Echo Park, and so many more that I never knew existed! I used an edge punch here my cricut and a great sketch!

One of my all time favorites! I love my paint "waterfalls" and it was the first time I tried a digi image! And I love it! Plus my 3d flowers, a chipboard ticket covered with paper and ink and a stamp, AND fussy cutting flowers to use on my layout.. all new to me and look how far I have come!!! :)

Thank you soo much for joining me in my journey to the past and present!

 Thank you again for checking out my project...  Now follow the links below and remember to visit all the stops for MAXIMUM ideas and LOTS OF FUN!! Your next hop stop is Karen!!!!


Vicki said...

Your layouts have certainly progressed over timed..:) Altho when looking back at my beginning layouts I get nostalgic because at the time each layout had it's own emotions and that still holds true. They are as special today as they were then. I am glad that I have grown and my style is changing but beginnings are just that and they are to be treasured. Is that how you feel? You subject matter in your newer layouts certainly makes your work sparkle too! ;)

Crafting With Blue said...

you sure are improving. your beginnings match love your projects. thanks for sharing.

ScrapMyWay said...

AWESOME Michelle!
Loved your beginning l/o's since they captured the precious moments in time. Your newer ones, especially the sunshine one are gorgeous! I have to admit, digital is not my thing, since I like to feel the stuff but your l/o's are great! Keep enjoying this fun, memorable craft.
Creative Wishes, & TFS
Claire S.

craftin-dawn said...

Gorgeous! You have really done well...thanks for sharing!
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Anonymous said...

Wow! I love the story that went with the layouts they are all great, thank you so much for sharing it.

Michele F. said...

Isn't it funny how we all did similar things in the beginning? Unmatted photos.. .what were we thinking?? And just random placed stickers. We thought we were so cool! :-) Your work now is very amazing Michelle. You should be proud!!

Brenda said...

It is amazing how all our lo's looked almost the same! lol That was the style back then as well as that was the supplies we had to use. I love the older layouts even though they look "cheesy" to us now. It was so much fun back then and it is still fun with all the new supplies that we have to pick from! Love the old and love the new lo's!!

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Suzanne said...

Yes you have progressed with your layouts. I do love the diagonal cuts on the corners of the pictures and the mosaic page. So fun to be reminded of all the stages we went through to get to where we are now.

Lisa said...

Love how you have progressed and it's nice to see such a big difference in your style from earlier to later layouts. TFS>

Vicki said...

Your first layouts were cute, but the current are amazing.

Karen Wilson said...

Wow, look at how far you've come!! Amazing, Michelle! I love your story in pages and what a cutie you are!! Not to mention the things you have done .. you truly are a very inspiring person!! TFS your story!

Janet said...

Your humble (pretty nice layouts) beginnings have blossomed into AMAZING creations. Your earlier thought processes ( diagonals and mozaics0 were very clever and created interest. You have great talent! TFS
Big Blog Hugs, Janet

Amy said...

WOWZERS, Michelle!! I'm sooooooo impressed with all of your techniques in your early layouts!! I can definitely see why you are so creative now -- You've honed your skills!! :) It was GREAT to see your beginnings... And it's always GREAT to see what you're doing now!! :)

Thanks for participating in the hop!!
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Teena said...

Thanks for the glimpse into your life. You're very talented.