Welcome to our Scrapbook Global January 2019 Blog Hop!  I am so glad you are here checking out some great creativity found in one place.  You are going to LOVE this group.  These ladies are talented and want to share the love they have for scrapbooking with you.  I am so excited to announce that I was invited to join their group as a Design Team member.  What an honor and I look forward to a great experience.  I hope you enjoy the pages and find some inspiration on our hop.

Our hop theme this month is based on this sketch.  Ever started with just a sketch?  No?  Maybe give it a try.  It’s kind of like having a template and just plugging in products, options and maybe even taking it just a little bit out of the box.  How fun is that!  Explore your creativity and have fun through the process.

My layout this month takes the sketch as a great starting point.  I changed the orientation of the layout just a bit and enlarged the paper pieces, too.  I am personally not a big fan of lots of white space….I know, I know…it’s the trend right now.  That’s the beauty of crafting, it is how you like things. My personal style is not one of simple design whether on cards or scrapbook pages.  I like texture and dimension on all my projects to really bring them to life.

The Share What You Love Designer Series Paper was perfect for my pages.  I love this paper and how the coordinated colors all work together so easily.  I went with a bold version using Rich Razzleberry cardstock and Basic Black cardstock as my two primary colors with all the patterns.  Since I love lots of texture and dimension in my projects, I have used the Petal Burst Embossing folder underneath the photo mount and I think it really adds a nice touch.

You can see I got VERY creative with the way I came up with my title.  I moved it from the sketch because of the size of what I had to work with.  I decided NOT to do any stamping on this page to appeal to more scrapbooking customers that don’t stamp.  What?!  People don’t stamp?!  I know, but some don’t.  The title was cut on the Big Shot using the Celebrate You  Thinlet Dies, Sunshine Wishes Thinlet Dies, Large Letters Framelit Dies and Merry Christmas Thinlet Dies.  I always sang this sone to my daughter when she was little and tried to figure out how to use it as a title.  The “My” was the tricky part.  Hmm, improvisation and creativity had to come into play.  I took the “Merry” and cut the letters apart to get what I needed, voila!  Just perfect.  The large flowers are from the Sunshine Wishes Thinlet dies and the small flowers are one of the little extra items in the Large Letter Framelit Die set.  I love a little bling, so I added some recently retired Glitter Enamel Dots.  I was pretty happy with the layout and I wanted to add another page to use this as my January Scrapbook Club layout and made this page to coordinate.  Funny how this is not at all where I thought it would go, that’s part of the journey…just like in life.  Below is a complimentary page to complete a 2-page design.

Not a scrapbooker?  Not to worry, I’ve got you covered.  Join my Scrapbook Club and you will make 12 pages over the next 6 months capturing wonderful memories with friends and family while I teach you some of the basics and more.  Even seasoned scrapbook enthusiasts will learn while I do the heavy lifting in the design process, so you really can get pages done without the hassle.  I even provide a video tutorial each month to personally take you from start to finish and teach you tips, tricks, techniques and more about scrapbooking.  You’ll learn basics and how to take it up a notch!  You’ll find your own design style as we go, making your projects all yours!  You’ll have 12 gorgeous pages in your first album.  We’re going to have so much fun!  I can’t wait for you to get started. Yes, there is still time to get in the group.  Email me at:  cynthiamcqueen@hotmail.com

Get some of the products used in this layout and earn FREE items happening now with our annual event called Sale-a-Bration.  If you don’t have a demonstrator in the US, I would be happy to be your demonstrator in your paper crafting journey.

Well, I hope after seeing this layout and my welcome about this month’s hop using a sketch, you decide to take the challenge and make a layout using this sketch, too.  I would love to see your projects, so please post in the comments and tell me what you think of the theme, how you like my project or if you want to play along with our sketch.  Feel free to post your layout in the comments.  You can do this, even if you’ve never made a scrapbook layout before.  Start 2019 out by capturing those memories in a lovely historical way.  You will love the journey and you will find lots of inspiration here each month.  Just think, you could have a whole scrapbook done by the end of the year.  What a great gift this would be, even for yourself.

Cynthia McQueen, www.aCrowningCreation.com

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