Monday, December 29, 2014

Top Ten of 2014 Blog Hop


Hi friends!

I, along with a fabulously talented group of ladies, are sharing our favorite layouts from this past year. This is such a fun tradition! I love browsing through my galleries and pondering what each layout has meant to me. 

There is also a super AWESOME prize for this hoppity hop. More about that at the end of this post. :)

For those who have been hopping, you should have come from Suzanna's blog. If not, begin at Juliana's blog. I don't want you to miss out on all the awesome.

Now for my faves...


This was a fun one to create. I'm a lifelong Seahawks fan so, you can imagine the tears of joy when creating this page. It was a long time coming for us hawks fans!

This past year saw me through some difficult moments and choices. And another big transition. I recorded several pages about this and this one is recording how I do not regret any of my choices.

Another one documenting direction. I really love the product on this page, as well as, the compass mask. That was a lot of fun to create!

I love this page. The composition isn't mind blowing but, I like the simplicity and thought behind this page. The topic at Inside Out was Femininity. It caused me to evaluate how I perceive "feminism" and how it applies to me. It's a hot topic for sure. I love taking photos of myself that reflect an emotion too. 

A bestie layout! A fave for the photo, of course. I had just moved back home and my heart was so happy to be back with my TRUIST of friends. And the block design was one I struggled with but, ended up loving in the end.

I created this page to coincide with a book release promotion I was helping with. (The book and study is amazing by the way!) If you have been around my blog long enough, you know I am an emotion-based and me scrapper. So there has to be a page for just about everything. :) 

I was still living in Chicago and had just returned from Anaheim. The west coast was beckoning me again. I had to record it. I really love how this page turned out. I played with some interesting balance here.

The past few months have afforded me some awesome designing opportunities. One of those was making the Paper Issues team and, subsequently, guest designing for Page Maps in December with some of the PI girls. I am always a fan of Becky Flecks sketches and always love how my pages turn out when I use them!

I think True Friend by Fancy Pants was one of my most favorite collections this Fall. Love the colors and love how this page turned out. This was another page created for Inside Out and it also appeared in the November Fancy Pants newsletter. Exciting!

I've noticed, since being back "home", the mojo has been flowing like crazy. I'm really liking and enjoying what I've been making. This page took me on a triangle journey. White is never an easy background for me but, this one is a favorite by far.


We have a fabulous PRIZE to be one by one of you hoppers. It's a $75 gift certificate to PAPER ISSUES! Woohoo! That's a pretty stellar prize for the new year.

Simply leave me a comment here letting me know your word for the new year. If you don't have one, that's okay. Just tell me something new yearish. (Honestly... all comments will be eligible.)

Now I shall send you off to the fabulous Monika Wright.

If you get lost along the way, I have included the entire hop list here:

Melissa Elsner <<< You are here
Cathy Harper

57 comments:

Mendi said...

Sweet layouts! I adore your heartfelt journaling and how you are so great about recording your emotions and everyday life. That's awesome! :)

Jerrie said...

My word for 2015 will be a phras taken from your post...yep this is good. I want this next year to be a fun positive year finding the positive in some of life's situation! Your projects are fantastic...I love them.

Laura Turcotte said...

wow---great layouts! I must do more of this--recording more of me moments.

Jingle said...

These are fantastic layouts! I love them! My word for this year is TRY.

Raechelle Bellus said...

Awesome work! Your themes are wonderful and I enjoy your relaxed style!

Monika Wright | I Love It All said...

I love the bestie layout. That you took the time to document it, and the design is just gorgeous, is really special!

Carrie Walz said...

Great layouts...thanks for sharing!

Miriam Prantner said...

Great set of layouts! My word for this year is intentional.

antenucci said...

Great projects, thanks for sharing!

Leah Crowe said...

So many wonderful layouts, your style is fab!! I haven't thought too much about my WOTY, but now that you DO have me thinking about it.. I think it will be about Change... now to just nail it down. ;)

Emily said...

Those layouts are great! I love the colors!

Kelly said...

Great projects...love your style!

Kelly Sroka said...

Love your layouts--especially your design style!

scrappin_in_AK said...

wonderful projects - love your sense of humour and amazing prize too

Kim A. said...

I love your style and how you document and share your life. AWESOME layouts!!!!

Doris said...

I'm still working on my word for 2015. I'm trying to think of one that would remind me to center myself in the present, to be aware of it more.

Pam said...

Lovely layouts !!!!!!

Monique Liedtke said...

Love all your projects!!! About my word for 2015, I haven't decided yet but I think it's going to be "relax!". That's what comes to mind first :)

Debbie Skluzak said...

Finish, I want to try to finish one project before starting three more.:) I love all your journaling on your pages, it has inspired me to make a me book in the new year.

cghundley said...

Lovely work on
all your projects.
My word is timely.
Carla from Utah

Sindi Jeffers said...

Beautiful projects! I haven't got my mind set on my word yet. I guess if better hurry it up! :)

Taunya Butler said...

Love your blessed beyond belief layout and my new word for the new year is DISCOVER!!!

My Flower said...

ty for the chance

Iris said...

My word for the new year is joy.
Love your layouts.
isoscia at aol dot com

That Becky Girl said...

Melissa, I seriously love how much journaling you do! It is soooo awesome!

Ruby N said...

wonderful layouts! my word continues to be "gratitude" lol :)

Deborah Johnson said...

My word phrase is " Oh yeah it's Deborah" Will be hitting the ball outside the park.

SHartl said...

I love that you scrapbook photos and stories about yourself which is something i forget to do! My word for 2015 is relax!

Janet Zeppa said...

Love your heart felt pages!

Marcia Dehn-Nix said...

Awesome layouts Melissa! Seriously love your journaling. I think my word for 2015 will be CHANGE. Lots of changes in my life happening.

Cathy said...

Stunning and inspiring work! My one little word is purpose! Intending to live my life with a little more purpose this year!

gram cheryl said...

My word...Blessed! Thanks for the inspiration

Mandi Holmes said...

I have been thinking of a word for the last week but I have decided between stressless, organize or improve.

Mary Livermont said...

Nice layouts! My word is enjoy!

Ashley Nguyen Newell said...

Fabulous layouts! My word is Improve.

ScrapaDiddle said...

I love that you handwrite your thoughts on your pages. My thought for 2015 will be God is good! Happy 2015!

Roseanna C said...

Your layouts are inspiring.
my thoughts for the new year are to be strong. a lot of challenges these days.

Debbi Tehrani said...

Wonderful pages! You have such a happy, super-fun style that I love!

crimsonowlcreations said...

I love all your inspiring projects! My new word for 2015 will have to be FRESH! As in, start the new year off fresh, and leave a few hard things behind. 2015 will be fresh!

CindyW said...

Wonderful work. Thank you for sharing! My words for 2015 is "remission".

Amanda Johnson said...

Love your style! So many awesome layouts!

Ruth G said...

You've shared lots of wonderful layouts this year! I'm a patterned paper lover, but your use of plain cardstock as the basis for your pages has me rethinking that!
I guess discipline would be a word I want to bring to the forefront of my 2015! With all aspects of my life, I need to exercise more self-discipline.
I hope you have a wonderful, inspired 2015!

stacie d said...

Great projects! Love your fun style.

Jennifer Matott (Sigmagirl) said...

These look pretty familiar! LOL! Love seeing them again and again and again! Beautiful!

Kelly Jean said...

Aw love all your layouts always Melissa! What an exciting and successful year for you! I must have missed the layout of our Archivers days. So happy to hop along with you my dear! xoxo

Mary Holshouser said...

Blue is my favorite color and it seems like you used it a lot on your pages - which I think is wonderful. My word might be organization - I'm remodeling the craft room and hope to be more organized in the future.
thanks for sharing
Happy New Year

Beatrice Lawson said...

Usually I don't pick a word for the year or have resolutions but this year I am doing both, and the word is Determination. So many lovely pages, the Direction one with the compass was my absolute fave!

Karenladd said...

Your layouts are so energetic and fun. I really love No Regrets, for a hundred reasons! My word for 2015 would probably be, Serenity.

Jdarling said...

Love the details and journaling. It's such a personal touch.

rlovew said...

Wonderful layouts- I love all the tiny details.

Cara G said...

Such fun projects Melissa...I especially like the last one "Laid back and chill". Happy New Year!!

Becki Adams said...

Your journaling is awesome! I love "No Regrets!"

Heather Thompson said...

Love the layouts, my word for the year "LIVE" and anyone who knows me and my life knows the story behind it.

Kimberlee Gerstmann said...

Go Seahawks!!!!! :)

My word for this year will be "story."

Ange said...

Fun choices! I really like your style and your titles really grab me. I like that way you think.
Happy New Year!

Wyogem said...

I hope my word for the new year will be "crafty", but it will more likely just be "busy". I can still hope!

Rose Santuci-Sofranko said...

I think I'm too late for the hop but just wanted to say that your creations are SO cute! I need to share your great blog with my Crafts group on FB! God bless you and yours in 2015 and always! ILuvTheEucharist @ aol.com