Monday, July 4, 2011

SFTIO DT Blog Hop!


Today is a special day!

On July 2nd, SFTIO celebrated our 3rd Anniversary and today we are celebrating with a DT (and friends) Blog Hop! Who doesn't love a good blog hop? It all begins right here on my blog and you'll be taken on a journey to our NEW design team's blogs as well as some DT Alumni! Yay! It's not party without some special guests.  So enjoy the party hop as the current team members share one of their layouts about Independence and our Alumni share one of their favorite layouts during their terms.

There are PRIZES too. THREE hoppers will win one of three kits - you will get to choose from the Independence, Optimism or Friendship kit And ONE winner will win a $50 gift certificate for C.R.A.F.T.  Oh man... how cool is that? You can find out more about C.R.A.F.T. by clicking here.

Alright... time to share my layout with you. I loved the approach to July and Independence at SFTIO. It's not about the red, white and blue this month... it's about YOU.


On The Move is a layout about me finding my independence at the age of 18. Doesn't this apply to most of us? We turn 18 and think, "YES! I'm an adult! I can do whatever I want, when I want, how I want!"  Oooooh how naive we are.  Now that I'm in my mid-30's I think back to my wee years and think about how much I wish I could have just calmed myself down and waited. What we learn rather quickly at that age is there are so many responsibilities that come with adulthood and our new found independence! 
However, I will admit that the freedom to move and go when I want is pretty awesome. Because of that I've moved to big cities, lived in foreign countries and have pretty much felt the freedom to go, go, go. And that is so fitting for my personality because I get bored and restless so easily! Besides all that, these experiences of going out and moving when I want have made me more brave and ready to tackle new things. I'm excited when new opportunities and vision come bursting in my head. 






I love the sassiness that the little ladies from Webster's Pages Trendsetter bring to the layout. 

Now get your blog hopping shoes on because you'll want to head on over to DT Alumni Christa's blog! Yay, so excited to have some of these past DT gals joining us and I'm a huge fan of Christa's work. 

Oh but before you leave... to be eligible for one of the prizes up above, you'll need to leave a comment on my blog by THURSDAY, JULY 7th at 5:00 P.M. (PST). Make sure you leave comments on each blog to help increase your chances of winning. 

As an added SFTIO Birthday gift, I'm also giving away a FREE Blog Redesign to someone. Please specify in your comments if you'd like to be considered to win one! 

In case you get lost along the hop or if someone doesn't have their post quite ready, here is a master list of blogs with urls:

Christa http://thepaustenbaughs.typepad.com/my_weblog/
Shaina http://www.accidentaldiscoveries.blogspot.com/
Pamela http://wonderwoman-pamela.blogspot.com/
Diana http://scrapyourlifeart.blogspot.com/
Laura http://artcanhealus.typepad.com/my_weblog/
Arlene http://teenyterrors.blogspot.com
Jamie http://jamielongoctobersky.blogspot.com/
Felecia http://chksngr.blogspot.com/
Aymee http://southernbellescrapper.blogspot.com/
Mette http://mettka.blogspot.com/
SFTIO http://scrapbookingfromtheinsideout.blogspot.com


Thanks all and happy hopping!

35 comments:

Janine said...

oh wow that is very cool, I saw a sneak peak of this layout in the kit sneak peaks and I was keen to see the full page. Love the taxi cab and the glitter on that. Love the multi faceted layers to this layout and how you have used the chipboard to emphasis the sense of movement.Funny how when we are 18 we think we know it all.

JulieJ said...

Love all the embellishments on this page. I'll try and find time for the blog hop, but now I must be on the move myself.

Sheri Franklin said...

Love the layout! Very nice work!

Heather said...

I love this layout - especially the chipboard embellishment of the city & the girl. It's so cute!

MaryC said...

My favorite thing about this layout is the theme...it could carry so many different meanings. Very eye catching too.

Gigi Garcia said...

Wow did this layout bring back alot of memories for me. The good and the not so good.

sandi.james said...

love those girly girls!!

Arlene Camacho said...

wow, such a gorgeous layout, I love the colors, the chipboard, and the feeling of movement throughout the layout. so very cool.

celticmystyc said...

Ooohhh This is my first BH as a member of SFTISO and I'm already in awe. And you're the first stop!! I can't wait to see more.

Your layout is jogging the ol' memory box and getting my creative juices flowing!

Thanks for the opportunity to play!

Faye Marie said...

Love the layout! The colors are great!!!!!!

hilde janbroers said...

great layout!!

JO SOWERBY said...

i have arrived at the beginning melissa and am gonna hop across the blogs for sure. love a good bloghop. i would love the chance to have an individualised blog if given the chance,
jo xxx

thriftycrafter said...

Love that Lo esp the skyline and scooter :) Great stuff

Amanda Johnson said...

Love this layout!! I totally agree that those ladies give just the right amount of sassiness! ;) I would love to have a blog makeover! Thanks for the chance! :)

Rebecca In MI said...

Everything on this page speaks the word Fantastic! I love the picture of you, the ladies and that die cut! Where did you get that die cut! WOW!

Paula said...

Love your layout with the Independence kit...I can so relate to how I felt at 18 :)

Thanks for this giveaway. I don't have a blog of my own but that's so sweet of you to offer an extra prize of a blog makeover :)

Jaime said...

Love your LO Melissa! It speaks volumes, and I'm sure we all can relate to that "freedom" we felt at 18! I can't wait to get my kit in my hands to get started on my own LO's! I would love help with my blog (just starting out with it), so help from a designer would be timely and most appreciated, thanks for the chance! Looking forward to the rest of the blog hop...have a great day!

charli said...

Love this lo! The pic is pretty cute too!

Melissa said...

Your layout is beautiful!

Cassie_lu said...

amazing layout and I just adore that die cut in the center of it

Tracey Taylor said...

that chipboard piece is amazing! Great page

Kathy Carr said...

Your layout is amazing! I can't wait to get my kit. And yes, I'd like to win a blog redesign!!

Anonymous said...

love the girls and the chipboard!! i would love a chance at a free blog redesign!! brandy m.

Connie said...

super super cool layout!! love it!!

Mia Castrillo said...

Fabulous layout! Same here, at 18 I was ready to conquer the world! :-)

Madzie said...

I love your layout. The story it tells about you and where your choices have taken you. Very cool stuff.
x0x0x
Madzie

Audrey Pettit said...

Really cute layout, Melissa! Love the mix of a couple of my very favorite things here, kraft and Webster's Pages. Love the cut outs and love the city sky-scape scene. :)

Kray said...

Very pretty layout! I am on my way to blog hopping!

Kray said...

Loved the girls on this layout! So very cute! I can relate to this one!

Deb Long said...

What a great layout - I love the idea of looking back at past decisions with the experience of a bit of age under one's belt! Thanks for the creative inspiration! (and I'd love to be considered for a blog re-design!)

Kelly Massman said...

Lovely work!

TimTam said...

I LOVE everything about this layout!

Ana said...

I love your layout! I know what it is when you're young & the only thing that matters is to live for today. I have 3 daughters, 23, 19 & 13. If you think that babies are a handful wait until they are teenagers! Thanks for the chance to win these beautiful kits, my minds is at work with all the layouts I can create with them!

Amy said...

Your page is amazing. I love it. The movement the subject. All of it!

maldis said...

lovely blog! Hopping along ... :)