Saturday, January 2, 2010

2009 Review - My Top 10 Projects

Well hey, I am hoppin' on the "top 10" bandwagon, too! I just visited my friend Juliana Michaels, and she had posted her top 10 projects of 2009 - all fabulous as you can see! Juliana got the idea from someone else, and I suspect it has been a snowball effect from blog to blog. It was not that hard to choose, as these projects all came to mind immediately. Some that I love are not here, lest I go beyond 10.

I decided to start off with Berry Pink (above)- this layout takes me back to a wonderful day in April, when we all visited a greenhouse on campus that was having an exotic butterfly exhibit. Enroute to the greenhouse we walked right past Babcock Hall, so it was a given we would stop on our way back to enjoy our favorite flavors of scrumpsalicious Babcock Ice Cream.

Waiting is one of several bittersweet layouts I scrapped to preserve the memory of one of our closest friends, as we learned cancer has returned in October, after 7 yrs. in remission, and has attacked his bones. The latter part of 2009 has been heartbreaking, and joyful at the same time. Marv is still with us. We relish every moment we have together, and yet with each good-bye I can't help but wonder if our next meeting will be in heaven.

Bubbles features one of many photos I captured of our daughter blowing bubbles and dancing amongst them on Easter Sunday, while visiting grandparents. I am a sucker for pink flowing dresses on dancing little girls - nearest to a real angel as I will ever see on this earth, I expect.

Journey...sometimes a photo really tugs at my heart strings, such as this. We were visiting a park and Abby was simply walking ahead of me, but I love how the sunlight gives the photo a surreal element, especially when converted to a black and white.

Scrapping a page of myself and one of my BFFs was long overdue, and I had a lot of fun with Long-Time Friends - especially with the journaling. It was featured in CK showcasing the ribbon flower technique and journaling idea in the Tips and Techniques column.

Mr. Sandman is probably one of my favorite 2 pagers of all time. I love the subject matter, the memories, and those gosh-darn cute Magistical Memories chipboard creatures that I embossed in my Cuttlebug, painted and glazed. BTW - Magisitcal is showing off their new releases on their blog - check it out!

Another favorite is the "Fall Treasures Mini Album" that I created for Abby, reusing one of her toddler board books. The book "Don't Eat Pete" happened to have an attached tin, perfect for her treasure of leaves, acorns and whatever else that girl seemed to find on fall excursions. I dressed up the pressed maple leaves with Mod Podge sparkle medium by Plaid - pretty cool, eh?

My Kitchen Spice ensemble for BoBunny is another favorite. Building upon Magistical Memories chipboard easel, the two product lines provided instant inspiration for this gift set.

Simply elegant. When I finished this ornament featuring BoB's new Winter Serendade I fell instantly in love. Although this one was gifted to a friend, I have definite plans to make more in 2010. Winter Serenade has to be about one of the prettiest winter themed collections I have seen in the industry to date.

For those of you who follow my blog, you know that card making has never been my thing. In 2009, however, I resolved to make several "out of the box" cards and felt I pulled it off. It was hard to decide which one to feature, but decided upon my Lemonade Stand card, the shape itself inspired by the image in the BoBunny cardstock sticker.

Honorable I said, several projects are not here that I totally love. One is the "Cherish" layout, created when I tried out for the BoBunny design team. Landing a spot on the BoB team has definitely been the highlight of my scrapbooking career. I also loved the idea behind my "Snippets of Us" mini album, and the bling'd and gorgeous horse ornament I made Abby for Christmas. Another gift Abby received for Christmas brings joy to my heart everytime I see it in her room...but that project has yet to be revealed, and will be later, around January 28, on the BoBunny blog.

I hope you have enjoyed my top ten list. I encourage everyone to reflect on your creative journey, and post your own top 10 list. Revisit the projects that have brought you the most joy, take you back to the day the memories were created, and overall put a song in your heart. If you share your top ten, please let me know in the comment field and I promise I will hop over for a visit!

1 comment:

Cyndi said...

They are all gorgeous, Rita. Happy New Year!