Sunday, November 6, 2011

Handmade Holidays Blog Hop!!! DAY 3

 

Welcome to the Handmade Holidays Blog Hop!!!

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Calling all crafters! We’ve gathered designers from some of our favorite manufacturers to show you ways to create something from the heart this holiday season. This 3 day Hop includes over 60 stops with inspiration brimming from every corner. Explore all thoughtful and frugal handmade gifts you could make for the holidays, all in one place on this Hop!

To sweeten to Hop, we’re offering a gift for you! For every comment you leave on the blogs in the Hop, you’ll be entered to win a prize pack from one of the participating manufacturer sponsors!

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Visit the list of blogs below and leave a comment on each by Nov 7, 2011 at 11:59 PM PST. Each day we will be sharing a brand new list of blogs with brand new projects for you to explore, be inspired by, and create from!

Nov 6
Clearsnap – http://clearsnap.blogspot.com/
Spellbinders http://www.spellbinderspaperarts.com/Community/Blog.aspx
Hampton Art - http://blog.hamptonart.com/
Zutter – http://binditall.blogspot.com/
Graphic45 – http://g45papers.typepad.com/
Donna Salazar Designs – http://donnasalazar.typepad.com/
The Twinery - http://www.thetwineryblog.com/
Authentique Paper http://authentiquepaper.blogspot.com/
Glue Arts - http://gluearts.blogspot.com/
Sabrina Alery – Clearsnap http://sabrinaalery.blogspot.com/
Laura Denison – Graphic 45 http://www.followingthepapertrail.blogspot.com/
Karen Taylor – Donna Salazar Designs - http://creativeyearnings.blogspot.com/ YOU ARE HERE
Beverly Sizemore – Hampton Art http://bevscreativepath.blogspot.com/
Kazan Clark – Spellbinders http://nunutoolies.blogspot.com/
Janeen Shember – Authentique Paper http://suburbngypsy.blogspot.com/
Charlotte Jenkins – Clearsnap http://suepup.blogspot.com/
Grace Hester – The Twinery http://gracehester.typepad.com/
Nicole Eccles – Graphic45 http://nicoleeccles.blogspot.com/
Audrey Pettit – Donna Salazar Designs - http://audreypettit.wordpress.com/
Nan Paturzo – Zutter http://scrappynan.blogspot.com/
Jeannie DeGruccio – Authentique Paper http://polkacabana.wordpress.com/
Tamara Tripodi - Glue Arts http://happylifecraftywife.com/
Julie Ranae Murray- The Twinery http://juliesopenwindow.blogspot.com/

For my frugal gift I created a Mini Journal to keep track of those little things that might be forgot and too wonderful to no keep in our memory. I believe keeping a journal does so much for us in out lives...not only does it let us preserve those precious moments but: Journaling and diary-keeping has been around for hundreds of years. In fact, through personal diaries we have been able to discover information about the creation of our country and government, as well as the people who lived during this time period. We have been able to learn about the lives of historical figures throughout the world. There is astonishing value in keeping a journal and if you read what you write, you may learn a lot about yourself as well. Through your journal you will experience the many benefits of writing on a regular basis. Here are several of the benefits that you will be able to experience.
ACHIEVING GOALS

A journal can help you to clarify your goals and will allow you to write about your achievements as well as your ideas. This allows you to see the steps that you have taken towards your goal and will allow you to see where you stand as well as how much further you have to go to complete your goals. Your goals may be simple tasks in life or they may be life goals that will take more time to achieve. Whatever goals you set for yourself, be sure that they are attainable and easily documented in your journal.
SIMPLIFYING LIFE

A journal or diary is very useful in helping to simplify your life. We tend to make life much more complicated than it needs to be. We have appointments, soccer practice with the kids and a million other things that we have to do on a daily basis. By carving out ten minutes of your day and taking the time to sit down with a pen and a piece of paper it is amazing at how you begin to see what is really important in life. You can also carve out a few minutes to type in a journal entry on a personal blog or even a simple and ongoing Word document. Take the time to describe your values, note your achievements and think of those things that you are grateful for in your life.
CLARIFY AND STRENGTHEN RELATIONSHIPS

Journals have amazing power and much of this power can be seen through your personal relationships. Journaling allows you to take the time you need to express your feelings about your life and relationships. Journaling also allows you a private place to vent about any frustrations you have with your relationships. Journaling allows you to see why you might be bothered by certain aspects of a person and even how you might be able to change how you handle certain situations. They can also teach you to love more powerfully and with more conviction. There are various aspects to relationships, and your journal can allow you to see what changes you can make to your strengthen your relationships.
LEARN ABOUT YOURSELF

Socrates was a firm believer in know thyself. A journal allows you to do just that. You can talk about your morals, values and other beliefs. This allows you to clarify what you think about on certain topics as well as express yourself more clearly. If anybody has ever asked you about a specific topic or controversy and what you think about it, you will be able to easily spout off a clear opinion in a matter of seconds. You will present yourself as a person who knows themself well.
BECOMING A BETTER COMMUNICATOR

Journaling can also aid in making you a better writer. Many people could easily be better writers if they spent a few minutes a day working on it. Even when you write about personal information you are able to strengthen your skills. You are also able to strengthen your grammar, vocabulary and get you through a moment of writer's block you are experiencing. It can also be a place to write down any new words or ideas you might have to write about. Clear communication allows you to provide a powerful image and offers the utmost in personal expression.

So when giving a journal you not only give a gift you give SO Much more!

I created my journal using Donna Salazar Die Templates: Creative Pages 2 and Fanciful Flight by Spellbinders Paper Arts.
 

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I used Donna Salazar Designs Trunk In The Attic Paper Collection which was PERFECT for this project and the meaning Donna had when making it made even more right!


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I enhanced the pages and the beauty of the Creative Page 2 Die set by adding Donna Salazar Designs: Smooch Spritz, Fairy Dust Glitter and Mixed Media all for Donna by Clearsnap.
 

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I added extra texture and held it together with Zutter's Bind it All and 7 x 7 Corrugated Cardboard. And finished it off with lots of Want2crap bling! I know someone who will be happy on Christmas Morning and for years to come when they look back at a gift I made in 2011 and their adventures in 2012!
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Products Used:
Donna Salazar Die Templates: Creative Pages 2 and Fanciful Flight by Spellbinders Paper Arts
Donna Salazar Designs Trunk In The Attic Paper Collection
Zutter's Bind it All and 7 x 7 Corrugated Cardboard
Want2Scrap: Bling and Nestaboard
Cheers to creating gifts from the heart this holiday season!

THANKS SO MUCH FOR JOINING US!


Happy Hopping!

UNTIL NEXT TIME BE CREATIVE!


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Karen Taylor
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Melissa* said...

Absolutely beautiful!!! You are very talented!!

Diana said...

This has been a very creative hop. I enjoy these types of project filled hops. Thank you so much for sharing. G45 & Clearsnap sent me. Good luck everyone.

Lyneen said...

WOW... love all the detail an textures you add to your pages... they are beautiful.... what an awesome journal... I don't think I could write in it!!!! I would just look at it!!!

TFS... This has been a GREAT hop!!!

Kim Sonksen said...

What a gorgeous book!

Rookie said...

Such an amazing journal :)

Loving this hop filled with so much talent and inspiration.

Kelly Massman said...

Wonderful book!!!! This has been such a FABULOUS hop! Thanks for the chance to win! kmassmanATgmailDOTcom

toscania-art-life said...

Very creative blog. Love it. Thank you for sharing.

Nidia Ponte said...

Great!

Anonymous said...

Fantastic. Each page is beautiful.
Janet Vince

onlycarol1 said...

Just gorgeous. Love it! TFS

Jan Hennings said...

AWESOME!!!! Lovin' this fun Handmade Holiday Blog Hop!

Anonymous said...

Your mini is beautiful and very thoughtful also. Thanks, Mary Werner

LyndaKay said...

Stunning details!

Chris D. said...

What an absolutely stunning book! Thanks for sharing!
cdring@comcast.net

forpahl5 said...

I am having so much fun on this blog hop with all the great idea!

Delo said...

Love, love this. This is just the kind of project I love to try to make. Thank you for sharing.

scrapper96 said...

it looks amazing!!

scrapper96 said...

looks amazing!

Margaret Ann Moffat said...

wow if that is what you call frugal I wonder what you would call great. It is a fabulous mini, love the dies you have used, looked at them and wondered how I can use them now I know, thank you for sharing.

Audrey Pettit said...

Gorgeous journal, Karen! I love journals.......always have one near at hand by my computer for jotting down random thoughts and notes. And wow, this is one of the most beautiful I've ever seen!

Robin said...

Beautiful! Thanks for sharing.

Candace said...

I love love love this book!! AWESOME!!

Debc06 said...

Wow Lovely journal. TFS
Debbie
http://craftywizard.blogspot.com
debbie_craine at hot mail dot com

Basiljen said...

Another great project! Thanks!

Cassie_lu said...

what an amazing book

Jennie said...

thud...wow!! Love the textures to this and fabulous book!!

heidiscoll said...

hop...hop...hop..day 3

Jeannette aka Jnett said...

WOW would love to find that in my attic. Wonderful job.

Emily Keaton said...

Thanks for the fabulous gift idea. This is terrific!! Absolutely beautiful work. :)

ntsisterz said...

Wow! Your creative endeavor with these dies is awesomde!

JPScraps said...

Gorgeous!! I love all the details.

PlumTuckered's Paper Plays said...

Such a stunning album! I love all of the details on each page and notice something new everytime I look at it. Love it!

fairkat said...

Terrifffffic book. your blog is very interesting...i'll be back!!

bethann said...

beautiful. wish i had a Grand Calibar so i could use these dies. alas, budget woes.

lainey said...

Great ideas! This has been such a fun blog hop!

Kathy said...

Beautiful project.

Maryann said...

What an awesome journal here, it looks absolutely stunning. You´re such a talented girl and your work is so awesome.

nimrodel3018 said...

I love, love, love this mini album you made!! A*mazing! So much texture and dimension. I am truly inspired!

Fun Hop!

kim said...

This is so Beautiful. Your journal is amazing. Thank you for sharing with us.

kim
k1i2m3@cox.net

debb said...

The journal is beautiful and you write up inspiring!

Jennifer Priest said...

Great journal Karen!!

Janet said...

You've blown my socks off! What an amazing project!

tootwo222 said...

This is just beautiful. So inspirational.

tallulah1 said...

Oh my gosh - that is absolutely stunning! I love the composition of each and every page an have bookmarked so I can study it some more! Wow! This bloghop has been so inspring - and lots on my to-do list, but I must make one of these! What a work of art! Thank you so much for sharing!

Beth said...

This journal is a true work of art. It's very inspiring.

CeCe said...

Lovely!

Loris said...

Amazing journal!!

Chrissy said...

Oh. My. Wowness! How GORGEOUS is this?! I love it!!!!

kim.scrapper said...

Gorgeous journal, what a lovely gift this would make, tfs

Shari said...

WOW....detail on the mini is fabulous. Love your layering. TFS :)

Dana D. said...

This an amazing project you've created. Such details and the colors and texture are amazing. Each page is terrific. Thanks for the inspiration.

MommyManderz said...

This is one of the most beautiful albums/journals i've seen! thanks so much for showing!

Denice said...

Love the book I wish I could get my kids to write more. Thanks for sharing and being part of the hop.

Rhonda Miller said...

I love journals. What a great gift for someone. TFS.

Ani said...

beautiful project!

MissScrapAlot said...

This project ROCKS!!! LOVE IT!!
wyme98@yahoo.com

MimiHP said...

Love this book and the pic directions! TFS!!!! I am a visual learner so the pics help alot!

Anonymous said...

Journa;s and Spellbinders are a great combination! Reminds me of a tapestry where each element adds to the design!
Lynda aka papertiger

Carol said...

You are very creative! Thanksfor sharing.

Christina Collins said...

This gift is so personal and thoughtful. It's also so gorgeous! You did a great job. Love the hop!

Noreen said...

Wow! Glitzing up all the embellishments on the front really jazzed up the look!

kara said...

That is simply gorgeous!

Linh C. said...

What a beautiful journal! Lots of interesting dimension and color. Thanks for sharing.

Dawnll - Dawn's Craft Place said...

Such a beautiful journal- and the details are amazing

Anonymous said...

Karen wow wow and wow this is absolutely a wonderful book. I love it . So much talented designers and crafters. France

bevyb said...

Thanks for the inspiration. A journal either for myself or as a gift is a wonderful idea

Lisa Angela said...

such a pretty journal...i have been keeping a journal since i was in jr. high! love writing in journals!

Tanya said...

this is so cool! I have been thinking a little about a journal, yours has pushed me over, I really want to try one now!

Mary Matthys said...

Beautiful mini album!

Mary Matthys said...

Beautiful mini album!

Mary Matthys said...

Beautiful mini-album!!

Mary Matthys said...

Sorry for so many posts! I thought it wasn't working - oops!!

Jennifer Mulkey said...

Wow, that is beautiful :) Thank you for sharing your talent with us :)

Denise Foor said...

Oh my Gosh...this is so beautiful! Love the style and grace that can be seen on every page. Thank you so much for sharing your art.

rush said...

really nice project. thank you for sharing.

Auntie Em said...

Your journal is beautiful! I love the sparkle and layers of texture you created it with. The colours are so rich.
Thank you for sharing! :)

Bast said...

Wow... your journal is just absolutely gorgeous! Love the colors and textures...Thanx so much for sharing. I am off to explore more of your blog.

KimMJ
bast830@comcast.net

Holly - Wild Wyoming Art Cafe' said...

Gorgeous Karen! I am in love with this journal. I also love journals and this one is fabulous!!!! love all the textures.

Debbie Seyer said...

Just beautiful, Karen! This will be quite a keepsake in the coming years!

CraftyJo said...

Awesome!

Lillian Child said...

You have an amazing creative style! WOW!

littlen said...

beautiful work. tfs.
littlen44 at gmail dot com

Maggie said...

Fabulous! love all the paper, color and detail!

DeniseP said...

Very pretty album. It's obvious to see that you took the project aspect VERY seriously! Love it! Thanks for sharing and for the chance to win!

Crafting With Friends said...

Karen I LOVE this book!!!! You did a wonderful job!!!

Jeannie from PolkaCabana.wordpress.com said...

Wow that is so much work that you went to for this! Amazing!

Maggy_Tronche said...

Just beautiful project! I can't say another thing! Love it!!! TFS! Hugs.. Maggy :)

Miriam Prantner said...

What a beautiful mini! Thanks!

Ginny said...

Wow! beautiful! Thank you for such a fun blog hop.

Carol E said...

So beautiful, thank you so much for sharing it and your thoughts on using a journal.

LaceyBean said...

this is wonderful

Carla said...

Your mini is amazing. I love the distressed look. Thanks for sharing.

http://racincrafts.blogspot.com/ or
racincrafts at aim dot com

cindy said...

Awesome book.

Becky Dunham said...

This is absolutely gorgeous Karen! You really put journaling into perspective. I used to keep a journal when I was young, but have not done so for ages. I realize after reading this post that I really need to start keeping a journal again. I work at home so don't have a lot of community interaction, I am becoming forgetful of special things, and I am not old enough to be that forgetful :) Thanks for posting this today. You have given me inspiration both creatively and mentally!

rebeccadunham at hotmail dot com

Roxie said...

Wow, very pretty! Thanks for sharing. This blog hop has been fun.

Fleursbydesign said...

Love the shimmer on your journal :)

Peggy S said...

Stunning!
There are no other words to describe your project.

Karen L said...

OMG!! This is amazing! Love all the texture and gorgeousness!

Sandra said...

lovely!
Sandra ltb

Gail said...

o my this is a beautiful vintage album!!..i love all the details..tfs..loves ya

Emily said...

So gorgeous. I don't think I'd want to mess it up with my handwriting!

jazy1m said...

Awesome. Thanks for sharing.

scrappinvall said...

wow loved each and every element on these pages...great inspiration

Karen Diebolt said...

Thanks for sharing your project. It has been fun to see so many different ideas.

◦◉ Steven ◉◦ said...

such a fun way to get new ideas and discover new products

Kristina said...

Grungy and glimmery all at the same time!
Thanks for the chance to win!
xx
Kristina
www.pearlgateway.com

StacyC said...

Gorgeous... Thanks for sharing

Trisha said...

Karen--This journal is just the most beautiful creation. You are a true artist. Love it and this hop has been so amazing. Thanks for sharing. patnbobcuddy at gmail dot com

meemee48 said...

What a great journal to give away or keep for yourself. Great job!

Clare G said...

Gorgeous journal and super gift idea! I love all of the beautiful work you did on it!

Peggy said...

Great book and love the dies.
God bless,
Peggy Allen

Stephanie U said...

Thanks for the blog hop!

Jocelyn said...

Great papers and book project. I love it.

Chris - Creations in Bloom said...

What a gorgeous journal! Sure would make jotting down your thoughts much more fun. Thanks for sharing.

Kim H said...

wonderful book. such a vintage hertiage feel, great to keep special memories. the album has so much texture and rixhness. thank you for sharing.

Julie Overby said...

Just gorgeous Karen!

Debbie said...

what wonderful idea to make a journal very special for generations to come thanks

upnurse at aol dot com

JanetintheJaw said...

Love the journal. Absolutely beautiful. TFS!

Pandora said...

I just love the notebook! thank you very much for the inspiration.

Kim said...

I am learning so much from this hop, and becoming so inspired. I really like the journal that you created, and agree with you that someone will be very happy come Christmas morning, and very thankful for all the points you entered regarding the benefits of journaling. Thank you!

Lagene said...

AMAZING JOURNAL!!!!

RachelB said...

Gorgeous book!

Tess said...

Gorgeous! Hippity hop! So much fun!

Nicole H. said...

Love the use of Spellbinders on your album.

Sheila said...

What a special book! The different textures, colors, and different style pages...a lot of creativity and thought went into this book!

Mistylynn said...

What a great little journal. TFS!

Victoria said...

Wow! Am very inspired. I'm about to start my first mini album - have just bought some chipboard. Exciting!

Anita Braddock said...

OMG This is so very Beautiful. love the vintage look. you have put so much love in this. every single page is unique on its own. thanks for sharing this Beautiful journal. and thanks for the chance to win.
abbraddock@msn.com

Sunshine115 said...

thanks for all the great ideas!

Fleasbenz said...

Just breathtaking. I would be afraid to write in it - it too beautiful

glenda said...

awesome journal! So beautiful, luv your ideas!

Giddy Blue Devil said...

stunning, really! what a beautiful mini album

Cheryl said...

Oh my...I had to catch my breath when I saw this one! Absolutely out of this world gorgeous!

Janet Lindstrom said...

Gorgeous journal, stunning!

Eileen Doane said...

Now this would make me want to write in my journal every day. I just love this idea. I am loving this hop I am finishing the last half and I am going from the bottom up today. LOL!!

Theresa said...

Your book is amazing - so much wonderful detail - a feast for the eyes!

tluiz said...

Great album! TFS

sleigh said...

Absolutely gorgeous! I don't think I could write in it... thank you for sharing your creativity today. This hop has been a lot of fun :)

Johnna Moore said...

wow love this book. Just hoppin by for the blog hop~

Staci said...

Gorgeous! Thanks for sharing!

Gerriann said...

love your mini! awesome inspiration!

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Lizscraps said...

fantastic journal project -- lots of deatils, I hope your musings/comments in it will make it a true keepsake for you. thanks for sharing

Pamela said...

Hi Karen, we are at opposite ends of the state! Love your mini album, love the colors and all the different pages. Great tutorial, thanks!

disneylisa said...

Looks fabulously detailed.

Denise said...

Lots of cool details!
DeniseB

Paula said...

This is such a stunning project! You have a lot of talent! Gorgeous!

carriep said...

what a beautiful journal, so many fun details~

Penny said...

What a great idea. TFS. Your work is beautiful.

Molly said...

Lovely! Thanks for sharing!

Vail said...

Love your album,very creative.

Monica said...

Very nice, thank you!

mamawcindy said...

So Pretty! Love the Beautiful details! Thanks for Sharing! :0)

Lori said...

What an awesome mini. Loving this Hop!!

Beary Amazing said...

My BFF would love your butterflies! She is a sucker for them! She had to work; so, hopefully, later, she will find the time to finish this Hop! Loving the hop! Thank you for sharing! http://www.bearheartbottomsetc.biz/ #Bear Luv and Bear Hugz!

Gloria L. said...

Just wonderful!

Cindy Lou said...

I love this!!!! I love the textures, colors, layers, the bling, everything! I'll be back to check on your blog after the hop has closed, I like your style, it is very similar to mine ;) thanks for sharing :)

PaperJewels said...

Wow! What a great project! That paper looks lie real seams from denim jeans! Or was it real denim, I couldn't tell!

NanaBeth said...

This is truly stunning and you have inspired me to give a whole lot more thought to making a journal.Difficult times lately-this might help.Thank you for the inspiration and the wisdom.

Cheryl Winget said...

Karen - this is so much more than a journal - it's a work of art. You are really talented. TFS

Stacy S said...

Wow--very elaborate! I was expecting just a plain journal on the inside. This was more of a mini book!

Tracy said...

Wonderful journal! Makes one want to let the thoughts of ones heart spill out!

marla said...

What a great project using lots of wonderful Spellbinders products!!

BarbaraJean said...

Wow - this is absolutely gorgeous!

Pat G said...

Beautiful! Can't say much more, it takes the breath away. What a wonderful way to journal! Thanks for sharing.

Flower Power said...

Very nice blog! Creative project.
Thank you for sharing!
God Bless

Barb's Boys Inspired said...

Love these dies! Gorgeous journal!

Deb said...

This is absolutely beautiful. I especially love the paper!

Arlen said...

Just beautiful! TFS!

Ohhh Snap said...

Gorgeous!

Sharon said...

Gorgeous!!!!! Thanks for sharing. I am now following your blog and look forward to your many creations.

Jen said...

Hopping along on this hop :)

Caity Sue said...

That is a beautiful journal! Thanks for sharing!

Terri said...

nice composition. beautiful

Cherri said...

Beautiful journal and I really enjoyed your commentary as well. Inspirational! Thanks.

Susan said...

Thanks for sharing your lovely journal and the thoughts on journaling!

Paulette Still said...

What a lovely insight to making, giving and using journals. What I see herenis they are much like a mini albumn,just a little bigger. People lov receiving minis so I'm sure they would journals too.

Jeannie said...

Oh, gosh, I really love this book. It is so gorgeous! TFS

Carisa said...

this is stunning!!! i'm in awe of beautiful mini albums like this. so inspiring.

Larissa Heskett said...

THANKS For sharing all of the AWESOME INSPIRATION this weekend on the Blog Hop!! I have LOVED it all!!
THANKS for the chances to win and have a FABULOUS WEEK!! =)

Neesey said...

Amazing journal. You do such beautiful work.

Melita said...

so beautiful! love it!

HorseKrazee said...

Love Love Love your project! This blog hop is so fun & inspiring. Graphic 45 sent me.

Tania said...

Lovely journal. You are very creative. Thanks for sharing.

dsouza_fly said...

Gorgeous Journal.. Thanks for sharing.

Misha

KOLOROWY ptak said...

Great projects. I've got a lot of inspirations. Thank you!

Joan said...

Wow, thanks so much for sharing this! Love how you bring everything together with all the different materials.

theblogcafe said...

great project!
Hugs!Jen@ upcycledscrapbooking.blogspot.com
mrs.jenniferwrightATgmailDOTcom

Anonymous said...

I have to have one of these.
greenbeans711 nc

Judy said...

How awesome! I'm coming back to your site to enjoy more of your artwork!

LynzCraftz said...

Love this one It's very unique! I love the colors.

Giselle Rose said...

What a great gift idea! Thank you!

Margie said...

So beautiful!! Love all of the sparkle!

Sue D said...

Fabulous journal!!
slrdowney at hotmail dot com

LittleSunday said...

Beuatiful work! Great hop!

rdickerson said...

Awesome work! Love all the great detail-Thanks for sharing!

kay mcbride said...

gorgeous simply gorgeous, love all the detail and textures.

Kyria said...

What a beautiful journal!

Jamie S said...

Wow! Such an awesome and inspiring journal. Thanks for sharing.

yellowroseofms said...

Love the journal!!! This is a great hop!!

divapita said...

another great idea!

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