It's a Friendship Blog Hop!

Hi everyone!

Happy Monday to you! We are having a DT Blog Hop at Scrapbooking from the Inside Out. Originally it was planned for the weekend but Blogger decided to change that plan. But that's okay! We are a determined bunch and know how much you all like a good blog hop! Especially one with an AWESOME prize!
If you are just arriving at my blog guess what?  You are at the right stop because I'm the beginning! I don't think I've ever started a hop before so this is kind of fun. Each team member is sharing one of their GORGEOUS layouts from the Friendship kit at SFTIO.

As I was working through this topic I was realizing that friendships are affected by my personality. Or is it the other way around? I'm not sure. Over the years I've done a lot of those personality tests to learn more about myself. To find out if some of my characteristics are part of my personality or if they are resulted from life.  You know.. the nature vs. nurture thing. What I've learned about myself is that I love people. And what I didn't always get was why I couldn't keep a friendship for very long. One of those reasons was because of my childhood and the issues I had with getting "deep" with someone. My onion only peeled back so far. As I've grown older and have gone through therapy and getting to know myself better, I've allowed a handful of friends (mostly women) to peel my onion even more. But it's only a few! Which intrigued me until I found out what my Meyers Briggs personality type was - ENFP. You can read more about it by clicking that link.

So it made sense to me to document my personality and relate it to how I handle friendships...

Most supplies from Inside Out Friendship kit for May.

Do you remember when the Dymo label became super popular in paper crafting? I got one right away and forgot about it. It does add a really cool look to a layout.  The A.C. tags from the kit are so much fun to experiment with so I used two but one has the journaling while the other one acts as a sub-title.

This is a 'loopy flower' shape cut with the Silhouette SD.  My tutorial for putting this pretty together can be found here.

I inked around the chipboard letters and created some dimension with the banner.

Want to learn more about your personality? There are lots of free quizzes online. Here are just a few to check out:

Personality Page (It costs $5 per quiz. It use to be free back when I took it though.)
HumanMetrics (FREE and includes Jung test.)
Similar Minds (FREE with lots of other personality type quizzes.)

Now... how would you like to win our May kit?? It's filled to the brim with some beautiful product that will have you reminiscing about your childhood friendships, current friends, how you handle friendships and maybe even those who were friends that you've lost touch with. It's a lovely way to document this topic of your life.

In order to be eligible to win a kit, leave me a comment telling me your favorite friend memory. Maybe you recall playing Barbies with the neighbor girl, or maybe you remember when your best friend baked you your favorite cookies during a hard time. Whatever it is, let's all share the best memory we've got.  I'll start.... My best memory is when my dearest of friends threw me my first surprise birthday party. It was at a time when I was struggling with my identity and just dealing with silly female crap. I also thought everyone forgot. So I went to a friends house expecting to watch a ball game on T.V. When I walked in the door, the lights were off and there was a cake with candles on it. I might have screamed and I might have cried. (With delight of course!) It was a time I felt very loved by my friends.

Make sure you leave a comment on each DT members blog by Tuesday, 5 p.m. (PDT). The more you comment, the more chances you have to win! The winner will be announced on the SFTIO blog.

After you are done leaving one here, head over to the uber-talented and sweet Nancy Doren!

Have fun!!!

Here is a master list of the blogs to hop:

Melissa (You are here)

Non-kit items used on layout:
Silhouette SD (to cut flower)
Dymo Labeler
Jute (stash)
Stamp Ink (SEI)
Kraft Cardstock (Bazzill)