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Friday, August 19, 2011

Bucket List (August Birthdays) Blog Hop -- DAY TWO

Welcome back for DAY TWO of the "Bucket List" and August Birthdays Blog Hop!!

Michelle at Crafty Chelle celebrated her birthday yesterday, and she has asked a few friends to join her in celebrating by sharing some projects and ideas all about 'Bucket Lists'!! :)  If you've hopped along from Ashley then you are in the right place!! If you are just joining me from your dashboard, or reading this via email, please be sure to CLICK HERE to start at the beginning with our FIRST Birthday Girl -- Michelle's Blog (since it's always BEST to begin at the beginning!!)...

As you hop along, please be sure to wish our friends with August Birthdays a "Happy Birthday!"...  And be sure to keep an eye out for the Blog Candy you'll find sprinkled throughout the hop... Remember, this is a TWO DAY hop, so if you missed YESTERDAY'S projects, be sure to CLICK HERE for a list of ALL the posts from yesterday!! :)

After yesterday's post and so many inspiring comments left for me, I thought even more about my "Bucket List"...  The-Girl-Child and I had a conversation about it while we hung out after The-Boy-Child left for college.  I'm a very analytical person, and having this discussion made me curious about whether or not other people felt the way I did about my Bucket List...  Of course, The-very-smart-and-reasonable-Girl-Child stuck by her statement of...  "Mom, a bucket list is just a list of things you want to do before you die.  It's just a list.  That's all." 

If you google "Bucket List", you'll find a number of links for the 2007 movie starring Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman (yes, I enjoyed the movie!)...  The basic plot of this movie is that two terminally ill men meet (in the hospital) and decide they're going to do a few things they've always wanted to do before the "kick the bucket"....  They sky-dive, ride motorcycles on the Great Wall of China, visit the Taj Mahal, and even fly over the North Pole.  Of course, if you're going to have a bucket list filled with over-the-top dreams, it's nice if you have an unlimited financial ability to do as you please...  For most of us, this isn't the case.  So...  If faced with a terminal illness, what would I really want to do?  What would I really want to have on my Bucket List?

Sometimes I feel like 'wishing' to do something else in life is like saying that life as it is isn't good enough...  That doesn't mean that I don't think that anyone should dream or strive for more...  It just means that when I sit and think about what I might really, really, really want to do in life, what I would regret NOT doing when faced with the last moment of my life, it always comes back to this...  My greatest desire is to love my kiddos as best I can, to be there for them when they need me (and sometimes when they don't), and to be as kind as I can to others...  If, at the end of the day, I've accomplished that (to the best of my ability), what could possibly trump that on my Bucket List?  Would I love to ride in a hot air balloon?  Yes.  Would I love to see the Grand Canyon?  Yes.  Would I love to learn to play the violin?  Double yes!  These are the things I would do if I had every ability and the finances were readily available (and possibly if there weren't starving people in my own community).  But would my life be incomplete if I never got to do a single one of them?  I don't think so...  I'm pleased and blessed that I've had a wonderful life, full of wonderful opportunities...  I've been to amusement parks and zoos, traveled to other countries, sailed a boat, met football heroes and famous people, and even earned a Black Belt...  All of these things have made my life fun and enjoyable, but what I would regret not having, what I would miss most in life is the relationship I have with my children...

And so, with that in mind, I created a journal so that I could continue to tell them how much they mean to me and what I wish for their lives...
I started with a 40-cent composition book from Wally-World and covered it with some Creative Memories decorative paper (coincidentally from their 'Wishes & Dreams' collection).
I used a Darice embossing folder (no other title on the packaging) for the title box (shimmer paper also from the Wishes & Dreams collection).  The title was created with alphabet stickers.
One of my handmade rosettes with stick pins seemed like a nice touch for the journal...  To make the fabric background, I took a 12" piece of 2.5" wide wired ribbon and pulled the wire to gather the ribbon (makes a little poof that you can flatten behind the rosette). 
 I love the silver embossed stars on the background paper -- It made the journal very elegant looking...
The back of the notebook has been covered as well...  The black strip on the binding is cardstock that has been embossed with my Cuttlebug Swiss Dots folder.  I used my white Signo pen to add the faux stitching.

If I could fill this book with what I wish for my children's lives, well...  I'd wish the same for you too:

(if you cannot see the video above, you can click here to enjoy it)

I hope you've enjoyed my Day Two project for the "Bucket List" Blog Hop...

Once again, I'd like to thank Michelle for including me in her "Bucket List" Birthday Celebration!!  I'd also like to thank YOU, my fabulous friends and followers, who are helping to make this such a WONDERFUL hop!!  Now....   Before I send you off to your next stop on the hop...  What's a hop without some CANDY???  I have a *package of goodies* to send out to one fabulous winner!! :) 

To be eligible for my blog candy:
  • Please become a follower of my blog and leave me a comment answering this FUN question: "What's one thing on YOUR Bucket List?"!! 
  • Receive a BONUS chance when you "Like" the Love To Crop! Facebook Page!! (Click HERE, then leave me an extra comment for your bonus chance!)
If you leave your email address (please leave it in SAFE scrapbookingwithamy at gmail dot com form), I will be happy to contact you if you are the winner; otherwise, you will need to check back after Wednesday, August 23rd to see if you are a winner.  No captcha here, so commenting is quick and easy!! :)

Thank you so much for checking out my project...  Now hop on over to Maria's blog and remember to visit all the stops, become a follower at each blog, and leave a comment at each stop along the way!!

Here's a list of all the participants in today's hop in case you get lost along the way or want to revisit anyone!!
*** Please note that the following links will take you directly to each participants post in case you're joining the hop later in the week!! ***

Bucket List Hop

  1. Michelle at Crafty Chelle <-Happy Birthday on the 18th (*no new post yet)
  2. Justina at Just My Crafts       <-Happy Birthday on the 28th (*no new post yet)
  3. Anita at Anita and Bugs
  4. Ashley at Scrappin' Pink Piglet
  5. Amy :) at Love To Crop!  <<< You are HERE!!
  6. Maria at MD Craft Corner   <<< Go here NEXT!!
  7. Tami at Tambo's Creations
  8. Sher at Patterns By Sher
  9. Gina at California Scrappin'
  10. Gill at Scrappin' Creations by Gill M   <-Happy Anniversary on the 11th
  11. Linda at Linda's Creativity
  12. Inga at MommaHobbit Creations
  13. Corrine at Celebrating Ordinary Moments (*no new post yet) 
  14. Lori at Scrappin' My Stress Away
  15. Nancy at Fancy With Nancy (*no new post yet) 
  16. Lisa at Scrapping With Lisa
  17. Wendy at Nana's World  <-Happy Birthday on the 31st  (*no new post yet)
  18. Jamie at Life in Words and Pictures  <-Happy Birthday on the 18th  (*no new post yet)
*** For QUICK LINKS to each post in DAY ONE of the "Bucket List" and August Birthdays Blog Hop, please CLICK HERE ***

Until next time,


Rhonda Emery said...

love your book how pretty. you have been busy girlfriend. All your work is a 100% perfect! love it

Vicki said...

Amy, your list of things to do and feel I think are basic instinct things..and we ALL should do that..To me a bucket list is not things that are to be done to keep my life from being a failure. If I never do anything on my bucket list I will have lived a successful life because I have dedicated it to God and doing for HIS people.. There is not much on my list because I have never been one to want to travel the world..I am a homebody and like you I love being with my family but there are a couple of things I would like to do that I think may be in reach..One is to swim with dolphins. I often wonder if there is something wrong with me because I do not have any dreams, I don't want for alot of money, just enough to pay my bills and help my family and others, clothes don't mean anything to me nor shoes as far as name brands and such..I sometimes think I need to strive for more but I am content in letting God direct and take care of me..I think your book is lovely..I love the stick pins and you did a great job!!

Amanda said...

Love the Wish Journal! I'm all about journals & notebooks, etc. I keep poetry journals & decorate them w/ stickers & stuff! thanx~prhmangel at gmail dot com

Amanda said...

I'm also a fan on fb & another thing on my bucket list would be 2 bungee jump or fly in a plane! thanx~prhmangel at gmail dot com

Melinda said...

Great work. While there are many items on my Bucket List, one that I would like to cross off is to go skydiving. To see the world from a totally different view. What a rush. Hope everyone has a great day.

Unknown said...

Love your journal!!! The embossing and the rosette are just gorgeous!!

Glad to be in this hop with you!!

Unknown said...

Your journal is so pretty. I love that paper and of course your rosette and the stick pins are WONDERFUL. This is a great idea. I think I will try this also.
I would be honored if you came to see my blog here

scrappin2babygirls said...

love your book!! im a follower. One thing on my bucket list is to.. swim with a dolphin. :) thanks for the chance to win.
babyblueangel_30 at yahoo dot com

scrappin2babygirls said...

I like Love To Crop! on facebook. thanks for the extra chance!
babyblueangel_30 at yahoo dot com

smyiow said...

I love your book! It is beautiful! Thanks for sharing!

Shannon Myiow

Dawn, RI said...

The one thing I want is to enjoy my Grandchildren and to instill important lessons in life, while I can.
Dawn RI
abosoffit at hotmail dot com

Judy said...

If it has one of your rosettes and stick pins, then I am in love with it!!! Most of my bucket list includes travel, but my hubby's list is not the same:-)
jejaeb at cfl dot rr dot com

Peggy Sue said...

Another awesome project!

Audrey Frelx said...

Great job on the journal!!! It's so pretty, and love the rose!

ShersL84bed said...

Lovely book, amazing what you can do to an ordinary composition book.
I feel a lot the way you do on your outlook of the bucket list. Whether I do most of the things on my list or not, I still am happy to have had the life I have had, with the family that I do have.
I have already signed up to be on the organ donor list, so my next big thing on my bucket list for this year would be to donate blood. Wish me luck.

Smiles Sher
ShersL84bed at aol dot com

abusybee - DoubleClick Connections said...

Great journal! Love the pins and details!
On my bucket list is to take my kids back to NY and show them where I grew up!


Gill McCall said...

what fantastic project i adore the rossette flower and your colours are so beautiful. TFS

Tambo said...

Hi Amy, I love love your book. I just bought some of these during the BTS sale for 25 cents. Wasn't sure what i was going to use them for though LOL, but had to have them. I love the idea of this wish book. I would love to start a journal for both of my grandsons with little thoughts and things that they say and do, for them to look back on. I think I will have to be inspired by you and do this. One thing on my bucket list, is for me to enjoy my grandsons and watch grow. I could incorporate this idea right into that. Great job!!!! tfs Tami


Tambo's Creations

Unknown said...

I dont know how I missed this post!! love the book!

littlen said...

very pretty journal. nice work. tfs. i've always wanted to try skydiving!

Unknown said...

Wow I missed this post, I am being a real slacker lately. Please my dear friend forgive me. The journal is so pretty. I love your stick pins! They are so lovely. I read your whole post and I love your spirit, and you have such a pure soul. I too believe how we love our family, especially our children, is an eternal journey we will forever be on. I personally did not get much love as a child or young person, if it had not been that Jesus had called me to the protection of His arms when I was 8 yrs old I would not have survived. But that was the most precious time in my life, because that is when I experienced the true love and protection of a Father. Jesus taught me about family! Because He did, I was able to love my children a little bit like He loved me. My bucket list is empty. My (list) goal was to raise independent, loving, loyal, intelligent, integral, moral, children who love God the Father, believes and accepts the work of the cross that our precious Jesus did, and listens to and follows the leading of the Holy Spirit. Well this comment is a little longer than planned! Anyway, love you Amy:)) you are the best! Hugs, Pam at

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