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Friday, September 16, 2011

50 States Blog Hop -- Take a Trip Across America!! Welcome to HAWAII!!

Welcome to the 50 States Blog Hop!!
You have reached....  HAWAII!! :)

Welcome to the 50 States Blog Hop! Most of us would love to travel but are having staycations this year. What better way to travel but through a blog hop. This hop was inspired by our host Shawnee's journey across the United States as she traveled with her family to their new home. The United States is truly beautiful with many wonderful places to visit and see.

If you've hopped along from *ALASKA*, then you are in the right place!! If you are just joining me from your dashboard or happened along from somewhere else, please be sure to CLICK HERE to start with the first state in the union, Delaware, because you won't want to miss out on any of the fun (or any of the blog candy!!)...

There is an AMAZING Grand Prize Package for one LUCKY hopper (winner chosen by Rafflecopter)!!  To be entered to win, please do the following:
So what's the Grand Prize???
Cricut Cartridge - Destinations, beautiful handmade flowers from Shannon at Creative Chaos Flowers, and a $20 Gift Certificate to Scraptastical Kreations.
Now on to my state and my project....

Aloha and welcome to....  HAWAII!! :)
If you've been following along from state to state, I have good news for you -- HAWAII is the 50th state to join the Union!!  That means you have reached the LAST STOP on the hop!! :)  Yippee!! :)

On August 21, 1959, Hawaii became the 50th and final state in the Union...  Nicknamed the "Aloha State," they claim the yellow hibiscus as their state flower, the Hawaiian goose as the state bird, and the Humpback Whale as their state animal...  Known for its beautiful waterfalls and lush greenery, Hawaii is also home to the largest and most active volcano, Kilauea, in the world!!  More than 1/3 of the world's commercial supply of pineapples comes from (can you guess???)...  Hawaii!!  :)

A month or so ago when I did the Bucket List Blog Hop, one of the things I thought I might like to do is visit each and every one of our wonderful states of America, so I was awfully excited about this hop!!  I decided it would be the PERFECT way to start an album with a layout for each state!!  Then, as I make my way across the USA, I can add a few pictures and some memorabilia to each layout -- Kinda like a passport, except with a bit more character!! :)  So here is my layout for Hawaii....
This is a 12x12 layout featuring elements from the Creative Memories Simply Beautiful Power Palette...  The large circle with the "Hawaii" title was cut at 11.5" with the Destinations Cricut Cartridge (this is the cartridge in the GRAND PRIZE for today's hop!!)...  While most of the flowers are from a Creative Memories pack, the light pink ones are from the Walk In My Garden Cricut Cartridge...
When I was very little, my parents took a trip to Hawaii...  I remember my mom coming back from the trip looking so bright and tan.  Since I was just happy to have my parents home safe and sound, I don't remember too many details that they shared about the trip -- But I remember that my mom vaguely smelled like flowers and coconut!!  The circle title above reminded me of a Hawaiian Lei, so I decided to add some clusters of flowers for a simple layout...
I used my Gelly Roll Sparkle Dust pen to outline all the cuts on the Hawaii circle (can you see all the sparkle???)  I also added some doodling with the Sparkle Dust pen to the flower centers...  The circle and the flowers and leaves are all popped up with foam tape, so there's LOTS of dimension on this page!!
And there you have it!!  That's my Hawaii layout!!  I hope you've enjoyed it!! :)

I'm so thankful that you've stopped by to visit me (and HAWAII) that I am giving away a little RAK to one person who comments on this post.  The RAK has a stamp and a strip of sticker embellishments, so if you would like a chance to win, please leave a comment on this post (If you aren't sure where to comment, please ***CLICK HERE***)

If you've visited the 49 other states, your journey is now complete!!  Since you're in Hawaii, you might as well relax by the ocean and enjoy a Piña Colada!!  If you need to head back to any states you missed, the line-up is below!!  Remember to leave a comment on each state to be eligible for the GRAND PRIZE!!

50 States Hop



Unknown said...

Gorgeous, gorgeous. I love the circle idea and your flowers are perfect for this layout. I hope to someday visit Hawaii since my grandson lives there it would be double fun. Isn't it funny how we can still "smell" certain memories. Great job as usual
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ScrappinT said...

Love your layout! You will love Hawaii!

Cathie w said...

great hop idea very cleaver and cute project


Bunnyfreak said...

Love all those flowers on the layout.

Lisa said...

Awesome page! love the colors!!!

Have a scrap- happy day,
Lisa G

Sunshine HoneyBee said...

Like the colors in your layout. Have visited Maui Hawaii.
"Sunshine HoneyBee"

littlen said...

what a beautiful lo. i'd love to be able to visit hawaii some day.

mjblahnik56 said...

such a beautiful layout. I love the color scheme. TFS

Becky Dunham said...

What a beautiful layout Amy! So bright and beautiful just like I picture Hawaii to be - no I have never been there. My mom and grandmother went when I was about 12 and she brought us back macadamia nuts, one of which I probably still have somewhere because I could never crack the darn thing, and some amazing pictures! I remember I stole one of the pictures of a cute curly blond hottie who took them out on a boat - that was many many years ago but I still remember that picture :) Love this idea for a layout- thanks for the inspiration! And someday we will have to meet on the beach for a pina colada!

rebeccadunham at hotmail dot com

Nana Jo said...

That is so pretty - love it.

mmlmn at polarcomm dot com

Cathy said...

woo hoo...I made it. That is a lot of hopping!! very informational though. Love the Hawaiian layout..gorgeous.

Barbara B said...

Absolutely without a doubt, GORGEOUS! The colors are so vibrant too! Flowers are beautiful.
Barbara B.

Unknown said...

Absolutely Gorgeous!
The State I always want to visit-someday :)
joyfulhrt at gmail dot com

Lillian Child said...

Lucky you to be living in paradise!! Fabulous page!!!

Crafty and Green said...

I love Hawaii! I have been there twice. My parents lived there after they were married and my mom graduated from the University of Hawaii!! Beautiful Project! Love the colors!

Many Blessings,

Ashley Nicole said...

What a gorgeous LO. I've always wanted to visit Hawaii. Nice being in the hop with you.
glamoroussideofscrapping at gmail dot com

Unknown said...

Gorgeous layout! Love that circle!! My husband and I honeymooned in Maui in 1992. We had an uninvited guest (hurricane Iniki) but we were safe from her! It is such a beautiful place. We are planning a return trip with our children in 2 years!!!

So glad to be in this hop with you!!! My head is swarming with information!!!!

Robin said...

Love your layout! Makes you feel like you are in Hawaii with the bright colors and flowers!


Colleen said...

Beautiful!!! LOVE all the flowers, perfect for Hawaii! :)

Cely said...

yay! you got my state! :D very nice!

Crafting Misfit said...

Just loving the colors!!!!

It was fun to do this hop with you!
Rebecca "Crafting Misfit"
Stop by my blog anytime!

ScrappingJUDY said...

very pretty i love your it all
thanks for sharing.


Carla said...

Thank you for sharing your beautiful lay out. I love the flowers and all the bright colors. You did a beautiful job. or
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Kate said...

BEAUTIFUL! I just love all those flowers. I so need a hawaiian vacation.


AmyJRockstar said...

I am so gonna scraplift your awesome idea of creating a layout for each state bc it is my goal to visit every one as well. I think I've hit about 30 or so, but unfortunately, don't have pics of them all. :( Well, I guess I'll just have to go back then, huh? I did get to Maui and it is amazing! Your layout is PERFECT. So beautiful and I love all the dimension and the lei idea. You always amaze me with your work that is why I have a little award for you on my blog. :0) TFS and for the chance to win (if it's not too late to enter). Be sure to stop by my blog for your award!

XO ~ Amy Jo - follower
amyjrockstar at gmail dot com

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