Scrappy Overview of 2012!

So...it's been awhile since my last post...sorry about that, but I plan on posting at least every couple days in 2013! And this is a goal I really think I can accomplish this year because unlike last year and the year before and the year before, etc, I am finally HEALTHY! I don't want to go into too much detail, but I have been struggling with CRPS (a nerve condition that caused me to be in constant pain and a wheelchair for the last several years)...the past few months though I have miraculously gotten better (after trying tons of meds and procedures and surgeries that didn't work, I finally gave it all up to God to take care of)...I've been praying along with my family and my church to God and to Our Lady of Good Success ---otherwise known as Mary --- and I am doing so much better and it really is a miracle! I am out of the wheelchair and I still have pain sometimes but it is intermittent and much less painful than it was. I feel so blessed and plan on making the most of this new found health this year and accomplishing all kinds of fun craftiness that I had trouble doing in the past because of my pain. So here's to 2013 and hopefully a future full of more good health and a whole lot of scrappy-happiness! And in moving forward though, I thought I might look back with you at some of my favorite Scrappy projects that I made in 2012! Here they are!

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This pic is of a lot of my favorite Christmas projects from 2012. I would like to note that all of them are of my own ideas and style with the exception of the door hanger which was a "make and take" from my favorite local Scrap Store, Collective Journey (I threw it in the pic because it is way cute and if you are in the SoCal area and you want to go to a fantastic store, you should totally go there, they are so sweet and have great stuff). I also want to note that the little house project and the box were inspired by something made by a teacher named Pat at Collective Journey (who is a sweet-heart and you should totally take classes with her if you get a chance, she encourages you to be unique and creative and do your own thing, while teaching you cool techniques and giving inspiring ideas, which I really appreciate)!

 

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I love how all this Christmas Scrappy Goodness came out!

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Here is a pic of my advent calender that I made this Christmas.  It is great because I can use it every year and it has little notes on the inside of each card or envelope or the back of each tag that says what to do that day like "December 1st--decorate the house for Christmas", "December 10th -- read a Christmas Carol", etc.  I really think it came out so cute!  I used October Afternoon "Holiday Style" and "Make it Merry" (which are the Christmas collections from last year and this year) as well as some October Afternoon "Cake Walk" and a few papers and embelishments from Authentique and American Crafts,etc.  I tried to make each day special so that it could stand on its own but so that they would all work together as one cohesive peice.  I'm really glad I made it!  I love it! It's so frilly and vintage and vibrant and filled to capacity with cute...its so me! :-) heeheehee

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 And two cool close ups of some of the tags on the calendar.

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Here is a pic of a bunch of the goodies I made for Halloween.  I love Halloween!  It is my favorite Holiday!  And October is my favorite time of year because it has Halloween in it and Autumn which is my favorite season and my Anniversary is in October too!  It is also the month I met my husband!  It has so many wonderful moments and memories, October does, that every year I make an October Daily to comemorate it!  This year I used October Afternoon "Witch Hazel" along with a little big of Graphic 45's Halloween collection for 2012!

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I also made this steampunk witch hat for my Steampunk Witch costume this year and to put out for decoration every Halloween from here on.  I used some Graphic 45 Steampunk Debutante paper and Tim Holtz's gear die and some mini metal gears from Tim Holtz Ideology and some Tattered Angels glimmer glam along with other goodies like a vintage button and an actual bicycle gear my hubby found for me!

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I actually got first place for this hat in a contest at my local Scrap store, Collective Journey :-)

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Here are some pics of my travel journal that I made for our trip to New Orleans (a trip that we took while I was still in a wheel-chair...I did get to get up and walk a tiny bit during the trip which was nice but it was hard though).  It was a fun trip though because I love New Orleans!  It is one of my favorite places in the whole world!  I have been there a few times now in my life and cant wait to go again now that I'm doing better!  I used a mix of papers like Crate Paper's Emma's Shoppe and Pretty Party and Storyteller as well as some My Minds Eye Miss Caroline and some Basic Gray Whats Up? and Dear Lizzy Neopolitan. The collections all work really well together I think.

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 Here is a pic of my 2012 year in review book that I'm actually not all finished with yet, I have to fill in a few things so I will show some more pics of that later.  Oh, I used mostly prima, and simple stories, my minds eye and pink paislee for the album. For the cover I used Jodie Lee's Fairy Prima line and her Pink Paislee Butterfly line as well (I forget the exact names right now).  I think it works out to be pretty lovely all together! 

And those are some highlights of my 2012 scrapping.  I hope you liked them!  2012 was good, the last few months of it were really great because my health got so much better and I am so looking forward to all that is coming this year, 2013.  It's going to be awesome!  And I will be back with another post shortly to show what I am working on right now!