Saturday, May 2, 2015

National Scrapbook Day Blog Hop (GIVEAWAY CLOSED)

Happy National Scrapbook Day!  Folks may be gearing up for the Pacquiao/Mayweather bout, but the cool kids know what today is really about, am I right?  It's the perfect occasion to honor all things scrappy and happy with a blog hop and giveaway!
I'm so pleased to be joining a group of scrap-loving friends -- especially because for me, scrapbooking is more than a hobby; it involves a sense of community. Each of us is sharing a little bit about ourselves in the form of -- what else? -- a "currently" list. I'm planning on converting this list to a layout on this very day. Care to join me? 

1. REPLAYING often on Youtube: an Amy Schumer clip featuring my kind of Avengers: Tina Fey, Patricia Arquette, and Julia Louis-Dreyfus. (Warning: this clip is not for the hyper-conservative or profanity-leery; if you can get past that, the video is hilarious, and there's truth in it).

2. LISTENING to...
3. WATCHING... Silicon Valley...and trying to make the world a better place (you have to watch the show to understand).  I've also been tuning in to Game of Thrones. This season is changing everything. In some ways this is good; in other ways, it is really just not good. 

4. READING...so many books that my head is spinning with intersecting plots and characters. I'm in the midst of planning summer reading lists and course texts for next school year.  I've been fitting in some "me" reading as well.  The most recent book I finished is When We Were Animals (highly recommended), and the most recent book I started is Crazy Rich Asians.

5. EATING (every day, if I could)...mochi crunch. I'm really picky about the brand. The kind I love is sold in movie theaters all over the island -- but only in movie theaters, as far as I know -- and I do admit to watching not-so-great movies sometimes just to get my fix. On Thursday night, I saw Avengers: The Age of Ultron, so I bought an extra bag. It's gone now. I may have inhaled it for lunch yesterday. 

6. DRINKING at 4 p.m.? Water. I'd prefer coffee, but my body is only coffee-friendly in the mornings. It resents me if I drink any in the afternoon or evening. 

7. WISHING...that I could travel this summer. Everyone keeps asking me about my summer plans, expecting some wonderful destination on the other side of that question, but I just kind of smile sadly and say, "Lesson plans." 

8. ENJOYING...the chance to take a whole day to focus on scrapbooking, and have my husband and daughter actually understand that this IS my Superbowl. No mocking, no giggling -- just acceptance. That's gold. 

9. QUOTING...
"Remembering a man's stories makes him immortal."
  -- Daniel Wallace, Big Fish 

This is one of the many quotable lines from the summer reading book I ended up choosing for my students. It's SUCH a great read! I've seen the movie before, but hadn't read the book until recently.

10. SMILING...because it's NSD!  

As part of the blog hop, we're each sharing a favorite project from the year so far. That's a toughie! Instead of a specific project, I think I'm going to share one of the favorite ways that I embraced my "one little word" for 2015: unplugged.  I've been trying to be more mindful of including my handwriting on layouts and not being so reliant upon the computer for my journaling. Of course, the reliance is still there -- computer journaling is awesome, sorry not sorry -- but I also do love pages with handwritten journaling. Here's a glimpse at the progress I've made since January:
The next stop on the blog hop is the bearer of magic scrappy fingers, the creative and awe-inspiring Wilna Furstenberg.  Can you tell that I adore her? If you don't already feel the same, then you just might after I share this: Wilna has created a free cut file/printable for National Scrapbook Day!  Click on the image below to download it.


I'm also feeling generous today, so if you are interested in a little giveaway of some assorted scrappy supplies, be sure to leave a comment below (and ensure that I can contact you via email if you are selected as the winner).

Thanks so much for stopping by today!

94 comments:

  1. What a great page and fabulous journaling. I definitely need to do a whole lot more!!

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  2. It's so hard to incorporate my wn handwriting! Thanks for the gentle nudge.

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  3. Love your creations
    Thank....Gina F

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  4. Loving your survey answers! I loved the Crazy Rich Asians book and I'm excited there is a sequel coming out. Love the progress you've made on handwritten journaling. I think your kids/grandkids will really like seeing your writing.

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  5. You have been devoted to your word, I see. I wish my handwriting was as text-turally? interesting as yours. Maybe I need to practice writing in a more scripty style.

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  6. Your handwriting is beautiful! Those pages are going to be so great when they are passed down. Happy NSD!

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  7. I handwrite a lot in my scrapbook pages. I feel like I'm leaving part of me even when I'm not part of the pages. However, it seems that "part" of me is hard for others to read and I get a lot of flak. I just figure that anyone who really cares can decipher. So maybe my pages are all for me! Great word, Jill.

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  8. I always love your beautiful handwriting! One of the best I have seen! Thanks for letting us get a glimpse of your life as well. That is really cool!

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  9. Thanks for such a fun post in celebration of NSD. I will be checking out some of the things on your list - always looking for new books to add to my reading list. Happy scrapping!

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  10. I love seeing your handwriting on your layouts. Thanks for the reading suggestions and thanks for sharing scrappy goodness with us.

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  11. The hand written word does add to the layout. I love Wilna's cut file.

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  12. I just adore everything you do...thank you for sharing your inspiration!

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  13. I agree with you on the Amy Schumer video. So true and hilarious!

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  14. Very pretty! Something new to color ! 😘

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  15. Kudos to you for showing your handwriting, I hate mine and always had a problem letting anyone see it. I've gotten better about that though and I know future generations will appreciate seeing it!

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  16. I love that you are using more of your handwriting. It just makes things so much more personal (although sometimes in my case less readable!) Still -- it is individually and personally yours! Happy National Scrapbooking Day. Enjoy your Superbowl!

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  17. A vacation is a wish of mine too! Love your journaling! I need to get better at it! :)

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  18. I work on my handwriting all the time, I think I always will. :) Happy NSD!

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  19. Happy NSD! Your handwriting is lovely and beautiful! What a wonderful intention to include more of it on your projects. You've inspired me to do the same. :) Thank you!

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  20. I have yet to venture into the pocket scrapping world...too afraid it may become another addiction! Love the look tho and awfully tempting...
    Happy NSD!

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  21. So funny that your favorite quote is also mine. I love Big Fish, great book and great movie.

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  22. I love to journal but I struggle with writing, but I am never shy of showing my handwriting.

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  23. Great to get to know you a little bit! Have never done any scrap booking - seem too time consuming to me...

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  24. I listen to books on my IPOD anything with a mystery. Love to drink coffee and water. I always enjoy making cards and participating in card drives for a good cause and OWH.

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  25. Love to make cards and scrapbook! You are very creative! Happy NSD!

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  26. Happy NSD! My email is kirsty.a@live.co.uk

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  27. When We Were Animals sounds like an interesting book. Think I'll investigate it further. Thanks--I'm always interested in good reads.

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  28. Thanks for a little bit information about you!

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  29. Wow you have been busy!! Love your list. Happy NSD!!!
    june.swart(at)netzero(dot)net.

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  30. I love your artistic style (and your handwriting looks great on your layouts)!

    dmcarlisle09atgmaildotcom

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  31. i love pages with handwritten journalling to...very special to see in the future.

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  32. I'm all about the handwritten journaling but my husband says it's hard to read what I write. Not so with you- beautiful script!

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  33. I agree this is the Superbowl for Scrapbookers--I asked my family in the car last night (coming back from watching Avengers) "You know what tomorrow is?" guessing went on--not even close...."It's National Scrapbooking day!" So far no one has bothered me other than my needy dog! ;) Thanks for your inspiration--LOVE that you always have such FANTASTIC journaling on your pages!

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  34. Loved the picture of your handwritten journal! Look absolutely fabulous!! Livin NSD!

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  35. I love you handwritten journaling! Journaling is so tough for me and I've been making very few scrapbook pages and many more cards! But I have been art jounaling, so I am trying to incorporate handwritten journaling into that. Thanks for sharing today!

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  36. Your handwriting is wonderful. Thanks for the inspiration.
    gann.sheila@gmail.com

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  37. Awesome post! lisadmoreau@yahoo.com

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  38. It's the words that you write (whether by hand or computer) that I love about your journaling. I am constantly inspired from it and I learn from you just like an extension of yourself in the classroom! Happy superbowl NSD!

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  39. Thanks for all the inspiration!

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  40. I LOVE Silicon Valley! Great show! I struggle with handwritten journaling - - I usually have so much that it is easier to type it to fit in a smaller space! I need to learn to EDIT myself more!

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  41. Oh my goodness your #8 is perfect! My husband does his best to take the kids and then get lost for hours on this day, just for me :) Debra www.ourlifeincolor.com

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  42. Happy NSD! I hope you are finding time to play
    juliee181 at gmail dot com

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  43. I LOVE that you are including all that handwritten journaling on your pages. I have a hard time with this too but love it. My mother has passed away and when I see her handwriting now it makes me happy!!

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  44. Your playlist is kickin! Love it. And your hand written journaling is something special that will mean even more in years to come!

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  45. Jill, if you would do a book post some day it would be awesome. I found a couple of my (now) fav authors thanks to your blog. And Happy NSD!

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  46. Loved the video you posted! thanks!

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  47. Assorted scrappy supplies are always good!

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  48. Your one-little-word is fantastic! We all need to be a bit more unplugged...says the gal obsessed with all these blog hops and giveaways. I'll eventually turn out some of my own projects. ;)
    Happy NSD 2015!
    ~Jeanna

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  49. Happy NSD! I enjoy reading your blog and love looking at your inspiring layouts, thanks for sharing them.

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  50. I'm enjoying NSD with your blog roll. Thanks for the great ideas.

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  51. You are a very interesting scrapper AND you have beautiful handwriting! Keep it up! (And I'm going to check out those books your reading:)!

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  52. I have Crazy Rich Asians but have yet to start it. Maybe I'll start tonight =)

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  53. So fun to learn more about you all on the blog hop - me, I love tortilla chips and guac.

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  54. Loved hopping along the blog hop. I going to check my library for that book. Sounds good~

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  55. Good job on the hand journaling. Your writing is very pretty!

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  56. Your handwriting is lovely! I am also trying to make it more of a practice to use hand journaling. All the same, it depends on the layout. Thanks for the book tip!

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  57. Love, love your handwriting! I'm looking forward to reading the books you read and are reading. Thanks!

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  58. I am always looking for book recommendations, I will check these out. Thanks.

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  59. I am always looking for book recommendations, I will check these out. Thanks.

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  60. I am enjoying learning a bit more about each of you! Happy NSD!

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  61. I love hand written journaling. My scrapbooking process got easier once I switched to handwritten journaling only. Thanks for all of the inspiration.

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  62. So glad you were able to spend the day scrapping. I will have to jot down the story of my day and get it onto a layout. Thanks for the inspiration!

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  63. Loved learning a little more about you! Great handwriting on your pages too! floresfour@aol.com

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  64. NSD really is our Super Bowl! What a great analogy, I've really enjoyed the blog hop and have gotten so much inspiration

    Kristin P.

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  65. Thanks for the chance for goodies! Hand written journaling...can't get enough of that these days....

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  66. Thanks for the inspiration!

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  68. I love your work! May I ask what brand is the orange doodle star paper clip you used in the 9th image? :)

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  69. Love me some goodies, hope I am a lucky winner.

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  70. Just watched that Youtube clip and it was hilarious!! Loved it...thanks for the recommendation...off to check out more!

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  71. I love your work and your survey responses!

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  72. Wow great journalings!!!! Glad I found your blog :)

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  73. Thanks for the chance to win some goodies.

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  74. I’m enjoying hoping through the blogs even though I’m way too late to actually be part of the NSD. I love the quiz. Thanks for sharing.

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  75. I LOVE your handwritten journaling!!!! You will be so glad you did that!!!
    Thank you so much for the chance to win your blog candy!!!
    <3 J

    jwoolbright at gmail dot com
    HerPeacefulGarden.blogspot.com

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  76. I loved reading about you!! Happy NSD to you and all my fellow scrappers!!

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  77. The handwritten journaling is inspiring. I tend to rely on my computer for that more that I'd like.

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  78. I love your handwriting--so elegant with the lovely loops. I do family tree research and it's so exciting to find a person's handwriting. Your goal is important.

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  79. Fun pages! And I am wondering what mochi crunch is? Never heard of it!
    I had to work all NSD weekend, but I finally get a day off today! Enjoying the hop!

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  80. I really liked this part of the article, with a nice and interesting topics have helped a lot of people who do not challenge things people should know... You need more publicize this so many people who know about it are rare for people to know this... Success for you.......!!!

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  81. Loved getting to know you a bit more through today's post. I am always inspired by your layouts and your words!

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  82. Love your blog and the imparted wisdom you sprinkle about along with your scrapbooking talent. Thank you!

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  83. Jill, I wish we didn't live half a world apart. I think we'd get along famously.

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  84. Thanks for your very useful Information. I will bookmark for next reference. I really liked this part of the article. I wait for the next post :)

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