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Thursday, December 26, 2013

Top Ten of 2013 {Blog Hop}

Hi everyone!

As this year draws to a close, I am continuing a tradition by sharing my top ten favorite layouts of the year. I love going through all of them, reading my journaling again, and recalling what was happening in my head and heart. In some ways, it was hard to choose but, I found a few. :)

And this is all part of a fun blog hop too! So make sure to continue to the bottom to see who to hop along to next. 

I have so many layouts the document a certain stage in my Chicago life. This one uses a favorite photo I took from the ferris wheel at Navy Pier. I loved using sparkly elements because this city has certainly dazzled me.
There are several things I love this layout. What mostly captures me is the composition and the photo. The story too, for sure, but everything else makes me smile. 

This is a big time favorite of mine. If I were to rank my layouts, this one would be tops. I love that photo of me. I think I look HOT. I love the quote I used and how I did it. It's one of my proudest accomplishments using my Silhouette Cameo. And, the journaling. It felt good to write that all out and accepting the fact that I AM beautiful.

Not only do I appreciate the journaling I did but I like HOW I did it. Those word strips were fun to incorporate and, from a design standpoint, this one is definitely a fave.

Oh this one. Definitely a favorite when it comes to the photo I chose and the journaling content. I also had a lot of fun with the composition and overall design of this layout. 

This one is mostly in my top ten because of the title work. The photo of me isn't a favorite, the product is not necessarily something I'm drawn to but the journaling and the use of my Cameo and other alpha product was something I sat back and enjoyed looking at.

I'm surprised that I chose this one, to be honest. Not my usual style. I'm not a mister or painty type scrapper. But I love the way this one turned out. It definitely reflects the topic of journaling I recorded. It's probably one of the only layouts that I've used that much misting and actually liked the results.

Product! LOVE this layout because I got to use some of my favorite product and also record something that definitely made me happy and has eased this move to Chicago. Finding scrapbook friends is very important to me and I'm so blessed to be able to know these talented ladies!

This is a favorite simply for the content. I made some choices that were difficult to do but were so healing. I'm so glad that I have it documented with art now. And you have to admit, that is some pretty blue paper!

This is another one where I really love the photo I chose to represent the journaling. I can't stop looking at it and taking it all in. I can still feel the emotion radiating from it and feel the freedom of letting it out.

And a bonus one (or two):

And another Chicago layout. I loved using product from my stash and those maps! This one hangs on my wall and I love rereading it and looking at it every day. 

And there you have it! My top ten (with a bonus). 

Now check out the other lovelies that are participating. SO much talent and inspiration!!! Have fun hopping along!

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31 comments:

Lynn said...

It's so much fun visiting all the blogs!! Your projects are simply amazing! Loved every one of them!

Christine said...

Love how candid you are Melissa! I need to do more of that! My fave is definitely the Confidence is....layout! Looking forward to more face time with you in 2014!

KrissyClarkMcKee said...

Wow! These are all amazing, and your heartfelt journaling is refreshing! I think my favorite is your first layout, purely from a visual perspective.

Marcia Dehn-Nix said...

I love your Confidence Is layout too. The negative space is eye catching and the journaling you do is awesome.

Deborah Johnson said...

Wonderful work - awesome comments on why you selected each one. My favorite is the first Chicago layout - I'm a former Chicagoan.

Deborah Johnson said...

Wonderful work - awesome comments on why you selected each one. My favorite is the first Chicago layout - I'm a former Chicagoan.

Juliana Michaels said...

Love your layouts! They really capture the everyday moments! Wishing you a wonderful 2014!!!

Monika Wright | I Love It All said...

Adore the Journey layout and love that you have it hanging on your wall!

Lissa said...

Such lovely projects - thank you for the inspiration!

Laura Turcotte said...

Awesome layouts---thanks for the inspiration!

Suzanna Lee said...

Your heartfelt journaling always gets me Melissa! I have popped in (mostly lurking) for a few years since finding out about SFTIO and Sketch Support days and am always amazed with your creativity!

Angi Barrs said...

Love all of your fabulous pages. I hope you and your family had a Merry Christmas!

Laurel said...

These are all so wonderful!

KellyG said...

Great layouts, love how you have journaling on all of them!

Cathy said...

Amazing work, I love how candid you are and your incredible journaling!

Lisa Rukin Swift said...

Your pages are always so open and honest and I love that about you, Melissa. Wonderful work!

Ange said...

Fun projects! I think the Do Nothing is my favorite. I love that photo of you, it just looks so happy and fun. Love the title work too.

mk said...

Great layouts! Love how you can journal!

Sarah said...

I am amazed by your raw and truthful journaling! I absolutely love it! I am so inspired to be more open in my journaling now!

Iris said...

Great layouts - love the Chicago ones.
isoscia at aol dot com

Ashley Horton said...

I always love your page designs Melissa and your pages always have great depth to them! I agree with your favorite...that was mine too! It's awesome and I love the Cameo cut quote!

Kelly Jean said...

I love every one of your layouts Melissa and am super happy that the misting one was added in there because I loved that one! I'm so happy we are friends and have met each other! Here's to more memories in 2014!

cghundley said...

Nice creations
you have. Enjoyed
seeing them.
Carla from Utah

Beatrice Lawson said...

The last one, Journey, was so a amazing! I also loved the striking Glitz Color Me HappybLO. Very original!

Pam S said...

Confidence is a great layout! I am a new follower. Thanks for all the new ideas!

Rhonda Van Ginkel said...

Your Confidence page is a stunner! I really like that you capture your life in such a natural and authentic way!!!

I am inspired by your photography and view through your lens!

ScrapaDiddle said...

I'm a new follower and really love your WOR especially the confidence page!

dstandard said...

Awesome pages - became a follower and think Confidence is my fav!

Karenladd said...

LOVE how you made layouts about yourself as we are so often missing from our albums. Beautiful and thoughtful pages

Ashley Nguyen Newell said...

Your layouts are fabulous! I love that you scrap yourself!

SHartl said...

Wonderful personal layouts that really touch the hearT