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Tuesday, December 31, 2013

My favorite projects of 2013

Since it's the last day of 2013, I think it is just appropriate for a crafter like me to look back at all of the projects I've created this year and do the hard task of picking my "favorites". It was definitely a difficult job...but someone's gotta do it. Right? Without further adieu, here are some of my faves from 2013....

This altered Halloween frame that I created as one of my first projects for Paper House was a blast to create. I am known to "save" items for that perfect project and this old picture frame was one of them. Adding some fun Paper House products made this project easy to put together.

Another thing I love to "save" are the negative spaces of papers that I've die cut a shape from. In this card, I used the round opening of the blue cardstock to show off some of my washi tape collection.

In this layout, I recently journaled what I've been feeling all year long. My kids are growing up way too fast and a quick look at how small they were in this photo (which was only from a couple of years ago) made my heart ache a bit. Part of me wants them to always be a child but I know that cannot be. So for now, the photos in this page are ones that I hope to never forget.

Here's another project created for Paper House. My favorite thing about this layout is the title and tabs, thanks to my new die cut machine...the Silhouette Cameo. I love how I can type up anything that I want and it can cut it. No more cartridges for me.

Another Cameo project. This one was my first attempt of using vinyl on a plate. It was no picnic and if you look closely, there are many rips on this project. But I've learned a lot and can't wait to give the next project a go.

Going with my "looking back" theme, I created this page with some random pictures of my daughter through the years. I created this for Die Versions and I love how the new doily die added some sweet subtle elements on this page. 

This layout was another favorite. Can you believe that I've had this layout in mind for over a year before I actually created it? I'm very grateful that I was able to take the whole month of November to jot down things that I'm thankful for and then turning those words into a layout. Here's the evidence of the power of "life documentation".

Here's another layout that is my fave from this year. This one was made for Inspired by Stamping and my favorite part on this layout, besides the images of a future chef (my son) is the bottom paper that I created with multiple inks and a background stamp. Love how I can personalize my pages with the use of stamps.

This card was created for Epiphany Crafts. Hexagons are a big rage right now and I'm so happy with how this one turned out. It had a mixture of punched out papers and ones that had some butterfly stickers added to them before adhering a bubble sticker over it.

This card was created for a GCD Studios blog hop. I love how the papers, die cut borders and buttons jived pretty well together. I'm a sucker for color and this card just makes me happy.

And finally this is a frame that I created for Inspired By Stamping. I used some banner stamps and the quote that keeps me inspired and "creating" when I look at it in my scrapbook room. 

So there you have it. Thank you for stopping by. Did you create some paper projects this year? Were they inspired by something you saw on this blog? If so, please share a link. I believe that we all inspire each other and I am honored that you got something from what I am passionately doing and creating.

Till next time,


Christy Smith said...

Wow! You are so talented! The Halloween layout is amazing and I love the "wish you were here" card. It was fun to see all the pictures of you and Mitch together, too. What a special lady and family!

Izzy Anderson said...

I love your style, Grace. These project are terrific. I so love the whole concept and everything about your Thankful layout. What a grand idea. I should do the same this November. I am always partial to layouts with journaling. I want to to do more. The layout of your thoughts of your kids growing up is so special too. Your halloween frame rocks! Wonderful, all! Happy new year, my friend.