Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Valentine's Day Blog Hop and Blog Candy!

Welcome to the Club CK Valentine's Day Blog Hop! You should be arriving here from Gina's blog. We've all created projects --18 in all-- featuring Valentine's Day or love. Hope you are inspired!
If at any time you get you get lost, hop on back to Amanda's blog. Also at the end of the hop, head on back to Amanda's Blog. I hear she has some sweet Valentine's Day blog candy! And, if you read through to the end of my post, you will find some blog candy here as well! Now on to my project:
This picture was taken of Sal and I on our cruise last summer. It was Casual Portrait Night, the kids were off with their friends and we found our favorite photographer who had coaxed a natural smile out of Mark on the previous night. Anyway,the shoes came off and Voila! We have what Sal calls our Matt Lauer/Katie Couric photo. (I keep reminding Sal that Meredith Vieira is Matt's sidekick but he is out of the house long before the Today Show starts.

Since the photo was very white, I wanted it to blend into the background so that the focus of the page would be on us. I thought that the Dear Lizzy Hearts worked beautifully to do this. I added some chipboard hearts and the transparency from Sugar Rush and grounded the picture with the thin scallop from the same collection. For the title, I used a combination of pink Thickers and grey letters which I cut from my Cricut four times and stacked to give them the same height as the Thickers.
I felt that the title said it all so my journaling is simply the yellow punched tab that ran through the computer to add the date.

Now, since this is the first time I have participated in a blog hop, I thought I would give you the opportunity to win some blog candy right here. If you would like the chance to win a set of the Sugar Rush chip stickers that I used on my layout, please leave a comment here telling me about one of your favorite Valentine's memories. If you become a follower or subscriber, leave me a second comment telling me you did and your name will be entered twice. Once your've done that, hop on over to Becky's Blog for some more inspiration!

Supplies:
Cardstock: American Crafts
Patterned Paper: American Crafts (Dear Lizzy); Basic Grey (Sugar Rush)
Embelishments: Basic Grey Sugar Rush (Take Note and Chip Stickers); American Crafts Thickers;
Tools: Fiskars Border Punch (Scallop Sentiment); Marvy Uchida Punch; Cricut Cartridge (A Child's Year);

25 comments:

Kathy-K2S said...

Very nice layout...Meredith and Matt! I love what you did with the "very white picture." It's a very clean LO. Making your own "thickers"...that's a lot of work!
Kathy K2S

Kathy - K2S said...

I loved what you did making your own thickers. Very clean layout. Thanks for sharing

Briana said...

What a great photo! And 22 years? That's awesome!
My favorite Valentine's Day was when DH made me a "fancy" dinner at home all by himself. It was a total surprise!

Jackie said...

Love the colours you choose......really works with the picture!

Becky said...

That is a great LO! I love the way you blended the photo into your background, it worked wonderfully! The first thing I noticed was that great photo!

Caroleb said...

Love your LO
I think my favorite Valentine memory was the year my dh made me homemade chocolate cover strawberries.

Veronica said...

I LOVE IT! Wish I could get my hubby to do something like that. Very clean lines. Right up my alley!

Kath said...

Happy 22 years and counting!! I love the pose of your photo, as well as the whole layout. I am now a follower of your blog!! : )

Kath said...

My favorite or rather one of my more memorable valentines days was 22 years ago. I was pregnant with our 2nd daughter. My husband was a teacher and basketball coach. He had a game that night, so I wouldn't be seeing him. The choir students could be hired to deliver singing valentines thruout the school. I received a phone call at noon from DH, who then had the boys sing me a love song. Four hours later, I was in labor, and early the next morning, Mallory Nicole entered the world.

Lauram said...

Great photo and a nice layout. I have never used thickers before. Thanks for the chance.

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Toree said...

I love how you blended in the photo. It really does make the focus on you two! Great layout!

Ladyofthelake318 said...

Cute layout! Our photos from our cruise never came out that good! And the layout flows really well with all the white!

yokaye said...

Love the idea of stacking the letters - and that pp is the perfect compliment to the white picture.

Adele said...

So sweet! Congratulations on 22 years!

alisonm said...

Favorite memory? I got engaged to my DH!!!

Krissy said...

Love your page and thought the "Matt and Katie" comment was so funny. Really great work :)

Krissy said...
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Krissy said...

I'm now a follower :)

Candice said...

Your LO is ver beautiful! I love how you made your own thickers! Too cool!

suzeyq said...

We don't usually celebrate Valentine's Day very much, so my favorite memory is the one year DH made me a handmade card! (Not something he would typically do!) I thought your LO was awesome! And I am going to follow your blog!

clmk523 said...

Great layout!
I think my favorite Valentine's day memory was last year. DH cooked my favorite meal - and we shared it with DD and DS. Nothing like wine next to sippy cups on the table!

DanaMK said...

What a pretty LO! The photo totally stands out and everything else, all the little details, complement it perfectly. I love it!

My favourite memory from Valentine's Day is when I was in elementary school. We'd decorate empty Kleenex boxes and those were our Valentine mailboxes. I loved delivering Valentines to everyone and then emptying my mailbox to see what cards I'd gotten. :)

Steff said...

Love your layout of you and DH---So sweet! I can't really think of a favorite valentine memory. I hope that doesn't make me pathetic! DH and I don't really do much for this holiday. It's more about the kids for us. Thanks for the chance to win some scrappy goodies!

Gina said...

Love the LO! What a cute picture! I became a follower too. I also love the song on your page!