Tuesday, December 28, 2010

My Top 10 "Non-Layout" Projects of 2010

Here are my favorites, in no particular order.


Other projects:

2011 is almost here!  I can't wait to see what I create this coming year. :)


Monday, December 27, 2010

My Top 10 Layouts of 2010

Here they are, in no particular order:

Yes, that's 11, but who's counting?  :)

By the way, if you are interested... you can see my favorites from 2009 HERE.

Happy New Year!


Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Another Year-In-Review Post

In 2010...

This gallery post received the most comments:

And this one was a close second:

This layout for The Color Room had the most comments:
This was my favorite layout made for Prima Marketing:
My favorite layout for Your Scrapbook Stash:
My year according to Facebook:

And my most commented on Facebook Status:

Alyssa McGrew Today I am 29... for the very first time. Next year, I plan to be 29 again. :)

14 June at 08:56  ·  · 
    • Vicki Smith Parker Happy Birthday Alyssa xx
      14 June at 09:06 · 
    • Cheryl Fisher Happy Birthday! Hope your day is "Primo"!
      14 June at 09:27 · 
    • Alyssa McGrew Thanks, ladies!
      14 June at 09:30 · 
    • Teressa Kerr Happy Birthday!!
      14 June at 09:33 · 
    • Dana Hess Happy Birthday Alyssa!
      14 June at 09:39 · 
    • Melinda Kash Radojcsics Happy Birthday.
      14 June at 10:05 · 
    • Heidi Heikkinen Kelley Happy birthday Alyssa, find time for yourself!!
      14 June at 10:17 · 
    • Heidi Heikkinen Kelley Oh, and I celebrated my 29th in December (for the 4th time)
      14 June at 10:19 · 
    • Nola McGrew Compton We'll have to have a big party next year to celebrate the 1st anniversary of your 29th birthday. Actually the 30s are fun. I think you will like them.
      14 June at 10:46 · 
    • Carey Anthrop Harris My sister has been 29 for about 11 years now..:)
      14 June at 11:13 · 
    • Katrina Lofgren Carnes Happy Birthday Alyssa! I am approaching 30 here in August. :( Enjoying these last few months of my 20s. I think I need to do what you are doing and be 29 each year. :)
      14 June at 11:22 · 
    • Erica Benson Weinstock My dad has been 29 for a very long time. I just stopped celebrating at 29.
      14 June at 11:23 · 
    • Karen Pittenger Fawcett Happy Birthday to you!!!! 29 looks good on you!
      14 June at 18:16 · 
    • Broni Hines Holcombe LOL! I know how that is! I've been 39 for QUITE a while now! Happy birthday, Alyssa!!!
      14 June at 19:15 · 
    • Judy Taylor Happy, Happy Birthday! Hope is was great! Sounds like a great plan for next year. Let me know how it works out. I might need such a trick.
      14 June at 21:50 · 

In 2010, I launched 2 businesses, one alone and one with a partner.  Both are doing well!

I taught my first class in 2010, at Stash to Treasure:

There is so much more I could say, but I'll leave it there for now.  Looking forward to 2011!

PS- Coming next week, my top 10 personal favorite layouts of 2010. :)

Monday, December 20, 2010

There Are A Few Things Going On...

Besides Christmas, that is!

First up, there is a new Your Scrapbook Stash Team!  I was invited by Erica to be the DT Coordinator, and I happily accepted the chance to work with this wonderful team:

US Stash Girls

Audrey Yeager
Lynette Davis
Michelle Magana

International Stash Girls

Bente Fagerberg
Jessy Christopher
Danielle Aubroeck

For links to their blogs and more info about the items on sale in the Your Scrapbook Stash Store, click HERE.

In January, I will be teaching at Stash to Treasure!  I was scheduled to teach again in March, but I made a switch to help out a friend and I am so excited about how this class is coming together!  We are going "Green for Spring" and making 3 projects out of packaging.  We are creating a garland, a layout, and a table centerpiece (my favorite... it's kind of a 3-D Panoramic style!) So, start saving your packaging, and join me for this class, starting 1-1-11 at Stash to Treasure!

A few sneaks:

Along with that... we are also unveiling a brand new site, that has been completely redesigned to make your class experience even better.  Our archives will be completed, and each class, going back to our opening (October) will be posted there, so as a subscriber you will have access to each class for 6 months.  Also, we are having our GRAND OPENING PARTY all month long in January, so join us HERE for prizes and contests every day (Mon-Fri) in January for the big bash!

See you at the party!


Monday, December 13, 2010

Walking Along...

I was in a reflective sort of mood last night, and I created this layout using more beautiful Webster's Pages papers, trims, and letters.

My daughter is 5 now (she was 3 in this photo), and growing so fast.  It's incredible to me how much she changes every single day.

Journaling Reads;
It struck me today, while looking at this photo, that we raise our kids to walk away from us.  We raise them to know how to live their lives without us.  From the moment they are born, they move farther away, little by little.  So many times I wish that I could take them back to the baby days, to bring them closer again, and yet, that’s not how it’s supposed to work.  They are supposed to walk away, and I am supposed to let them.  Looking at this photo reminds me that my time is NOW.  Now is my chance to teach them, to train them, to prepare them to live their lives.  If I miss today, I’ll never get it back…. So I am determined to enjoy every moment and make sure that when the day comes, they are fully prepared to walk away and live their best lives, the lives God has planned for them.  The walking away, the letting go, is the beginning of their story, and I get to help write it.

For me this layout is all about the memories and the feelings I was trying to express, not about the technical elements of it's creation.  Sometimes, art is like that, you know?  It's about what comes out when you put your emotions on the page.   And that's what this is for me.

Thanks for coming over!