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Friday, March 2, 2012

Which Came First??? Blog Hop!! :)

Welcome to the "Which Came First???" Blog Hop!!

Who knew that a single piece of paper or a tiny rubber stamp would start an addiction that could overtake our dining rooms, living rooms, and bedrooms???   What started it for you?  Did you start by stamping cards and then progress to scrapbooking?  Were you an avid picture-taker turned cardmaker?  Or did you pick something from the start and stick with it?  Join us on our adventure as we share how we each got started in the scrapbooking and stamping craft!!  You'll find some fun stories, neat projects, and awesome folks along the way, we hope you'll enjoy each and every moment!!

Let's get hopping!!  If you've hopped over from Michele, then you are in the right place!!  If you've just popped in to visit my blog or are reading this via email and you'd like to join our FUN, then please CLICK HERE to start at the beginning with Lynda's blog...

For the hop today, I'd like to show you some of my very first "real" scrapbook pages and what it progressed into for me...

Truth be told, I was probably a stamper before I was a scrapbooker...  When I was little, little, little I received a set of tiny Hero Arts stamps and mini stamp pads...  I remember thinking that I was the cat's meow with those!!  I stamped everything in sight (paper or NOT!).  I made cards and wrapping paper and notepaper...  I even stamped little rectangles of paper and glued them into little "books" to make coloring books for my Barbie dolls (boy, do I wish I still had those to show ya!!  LOL)...

My sister received one of those magnetic photo albums when I was about ten...  She would spend hours trimming her pictures into silhouettes and making collages on those pages -- Then she would cut titles from magazines and add talk bubbles to the pictures of all the fun times she was having with friends...  A few years later, I received my first magnetic photo album and couldn't wait to use all the tips and tricks I'd learned from my sister for all of MY pictures...  I even had a Kodak DISK camera (who remembers those???), and I used that to take TONS of pictures!!  Sadly, I haven't found that album since the fire back in '99...  And what a reminder THAT is to back up your photos now...

Anywhooooo...  In 1998, I attended my first Creative Memories Workshop...  And I was HOOKED!!  It wasn't long before I started doing my own workshops (to support my habit).  Times sure have changed, because this was one of my first pages way back then (I actually think I made this one at one of the workshops I attended before signing up myself!!)....
Yep!!  THAT was the Creative Memories way back then...  A strip, a shape, a corner...  Some stickers, some markers, some journaling...  BAM!!  Done!!  :)
I quickly learned to get a little fancier...  Clusters of colorful shapes, those punch out die cut shapes, fancy marker letters and doodles, rounded corners on the photos, and TWO DIFFERENT SHAPED photos on the same layout!!  GAH!!  What was I thinking???  An oval, a circle, a bunch of triangles???  Anyone else DIZZY???  :)
I finally managed to get my hands on one of those fancy "Idea Books" that were all the rage...  I also got that fancy wavy cutter that laid over your cutting mat...  AND letter stickers were introduced to my collection...  Ahhhh...  Now that's nice!!  :)  Say what???  Can you believe I actually journaled right on the page???  Who does that???  Now we have to have journaling boxes and fancy printers!!  :)

About a year or so after I was buried in scrapbook paper, fancy tools, and adhesive, I was invited to my very first....  (insert exciting fanfare music here)...  STAMPIN' UP! PARTY  ...and life as my husband and children knew it was O-V-E-R...  I dreamed of all those magical inks and stamp sets...  I spent hours perusing the catalog and carefully checking off the sets I had, the sets I wanted, and the sets I couldn't live without...  I purged the hallway closet of coats and boots and umbrellas and filled it with organizers filled with scissors and adhesive and paper...  When that overflowed, I asked my dad to build me two 8 foot high cabinets with adjustable shelves... And he did...  And it, too, began to overflow...
For a while, my two best friends and I would congregate in my living room to stamp, punch, and color every piece of paper in sight...  We had collections of cards for every occasion, and I sincerely believed that I had to make 30 of every card we created!!  Keeping whatever I was scrapbooking in mind, I began to make cards that I could save in my scrapbook (does anyone else see the insanity here???)...  I mean, I was already taking pictures to go with the stickers that I bought, so why not make cards for the pictures I was taking???  The card shown above is the postcard that I made for each of the cheerleaders that made the midget football cheerleading team with The-Girl-Child that year....  The actual card that I really did send to The-Girl-Child is carefully preserved in her cheerleading scrapbook...  The one above is the one I preserved in my (are you ready for it?) "sample" scrapbook...  E-gads...  I'm feeling a little nutty here now.
And time marches on....  I switched to black pages and thought I was a rebel for that (GASP!! Who knew I'd use patterned paper as a background in future days???)  This is the layout opposite the page with The-Girl-Child's "Congratulations!" post card (sorry, the other layout has all the first and last names of all the cheerleaders, so I didn't feel it was appropriate to share)...

So what about NOW???
Sometimes I dabble in digital scrapbooking (see more details about this layout HERE)...
I still use black background pages from time to time (you can see more of this layout by CLICKING HERE because YES, that really is Mark Ballas with The-Girl-Child!!)...
I still have a RIDICULOUS selection of stamps -- digi, rubber, AND clear!! (you can see more about this card HERE)
I still use a LOT of Creative Memories products (you can see more of this layout HERE)...
And these kiddos are STILL a few of my favorite things!! :)  (see more details on this layout HERE)...

Thank you again for checking out my blast-from-the-past and caught-up-to-the-future projects...  I'm the LAST STOP in the hop today; however...  Please remember to visit all the stops for MAXIMUM ideas and LOTS OF FUN!!  ** Don't forget!!  There's some EXTRA SPECIAL blog candy JUST for today's hop!!  You can find all the details HERE!! :)


Memories In Tyme Blog Hop


Until next time,

22 comments:

scrapinmamaof2 said...

I love seeing layouts from past to present. Even though I only started about 5years ago it is interesting to see how far I have come. Is it bad that I started scrapping out of spite? I am glad I did because I love it. It is such a great release. I love all of your pages Amy the I love being your mother one brings tears to my eyes. It is amazing! I want something like for my kids!! Thanks for sharing your past to present with us.

Vicki said...

Ask sophisticated and complex as layouts are getting these days there is still a heart string that pulls at the simplicity of a Creative Moments type layout! When I wander through a magazine today I am sometimes discouraged by layouts that look like it is about the layout and NOT the picture. THey sometimes get lost in all the paper and embellies..I love your layouts..plain and simple or sophisticated and digital! I think the history of scrapbooking is fun..It is my goal to leave my family with fond memories of times together and even layouts about me, who I was and why I was. As always, Amy, you share incredible results in all you do..:)

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Scrappin Rabbit Designs said...

What a fun hop and a great way to get to know you a little bit better. I love your past and prescent layouts. I started with stamps and making christmas cards for my family. My SIL got me into scrapbooking and the whole world of crafting and blogging.

tami
scrappinrabbitdesigns.blogspot.com

Crafting With Blue said...

what a great hop. i enjoyed it. all of your pages are amazing. thanks for sharing with all of us.

craftingwithblue at gmail dot com

ScrapMyWay said...

AWESOME and fiery hot...that's you babe! I love the "burn the floor" l/o but WAIT!....I LOVE EVERYTHING you do and now that I see where you came from, it's no wonder you're work shines each and every time! This was an amazing hop since it brought back LOTS of memories for everyone. Thanks for sharing yours!
Creative Wishes & hugs,
Claire
www.scrapmyway.blogspot.com

craftin-dawn said...

Great great great!!! Love all your L/O's you do amazing work! I have really enjoyed this hop!! Thank you for sharing your story!
visit my Blog HERE
DawnD

CRAZY4 CHRIST said...

Wow you have come along way!! I would have to say that I was a scrapbooker before a stamper, i would cut up words from magazines and create scrapbooks of some of my favourite things, words that described me or how i felt. It is just this last year that i got into stamping!!
Kristan
GCDT-Sister

Lisa said...

I so enjoyed this post, Amy!! The journey back to your crafty beginnings was so fun!! I feel like such a crafting beginner compared to you...I've only been doing this for around 10 years. Way back in the beginning, I used to make my own cards with one of those design shop programs on the computer. I thought they were so creative at the time and I look at them now and cringe!! Then I progressed to making my own stamps...I carved them with a cutting tool and rubber!! I need to dig those out and have a good laugh!! I loved all the projects you displayed today, even the beginnings!! Thanks for sharing this with us!! :)

Lisa
A Mermaid's Crafts

Carol E said...

This has been a very fun hop, loved all the stories, your layouts are amazing, thank you so much for sharing them.

Michele F. said...

You know I have to say... I love the little bit of complexity of our layouts today... but when I saw your older style CM layouts.. .I felt a breath of fresh air. Photos, stickers and yes... journaling right on the page. :-) I have friends that keep redoing their older layouts... and I just can't bring myself to do that. I think the old and the new show all of our sense of character.. then and now. I really enjoyed learning your story Amy! You are super talented!!
Michele

Brenda said...

OMGosh Amy you sure did take me back to the day!! lol I could relate to everything you said and posted! Those were the days!! I love your style now with your lo's and it looks like you dabble in everything! lol I have really enjoyed this hop and had such fun taking a walk down memory lane! I have commented on each blog as well. Thanks for such a wonderful time in this hop!!
bsl60 at embarqmail dot com

Kimberly said...

wow... loved the hop... sorry I was so late getting it up - my work computer won't allow me any outside email access :(

It was a blast going through the past!!

Michelle said...

So FUNNY!! I love how far you have come! And I'm loving your before AND after layouts, especially your daughter's last first day of school! So cute! Thank you for letting me know about this hop! So fun!

Lisa said...

Amy, your layouts are adorable as usual. You have come a long way but you had a great start with creative memories. That is some of the first layouts I ever did was with them. TFS.

Vicki said...

Wow. So cool to see how you and the others have grown. Great hop. I'm a follower of each and left love on all the blogs.

Suzanne cricutcraftingrammyblogspot.com said...

Still have all my old CM idea books. Thought they were so amazing back in the day. I remember taking my paper to District office to use the Ellison Die cut. I thought I was so lucky. Love to see the progression of all your layouts.

Karen Wilson said...

Ahhh, the CM stripes, triangles and stickers and yep, journaling on the page OR using one of those journal templates from CM!! Oh I have LOTS of stuff like that!! I love how you walked us through the stages and yes, you (along with the rest of us) have come a long way!!! Great idea for a hop, I've really enjoyed it and seeing all the different stories. Amazing how far we've all come!!!

Maria said...

Loving your before and after layouts!!! I could relate to just about everything you said. TFS

Janet said...

I love yor story Amy I thought I was the only one who needed to have a ton of stuff to use in my creative endevors. I frequently by 2 of things just so I have one just in case, LOL A little insanity must be a prerequisit for crafting!!
I truly enjoyed your tale and all the examples of your work Your first layoits were cute and sweet your more current ones ar fun exciting and beautiful. Thanks for the nice comment you left on my blog I value your opinion very much.
Big Blog Hugs Janet

Teena said...

I mentioned somewhere in this hop that it was my first hop. I'm now up way past my bedtime because I had to finish hopping. This was great fun, educational, entertaining and inspiring. Thanks to all of you for allowing me to see into your scrapping / carding / creating lives!

scrapinmamaof2 said...

Amy! You should enter one of these layouts. I found this contest and thought of these layouts !!!
http://www.scrapbooksetc.com/blogs/iscrapuscrap/2012/02/23/call-for-projects-halloween-and-teens/

let me know what ya think!
me ;)

Pam said...

Thank you so much for sharing so much of yourself with us. Your pages and adventures in scrapping tell us all about what a wonderful person you are! Your pages express your personality and your growth as a Mom too! As always you make me smile. I am so glad I have met you and I can call you friend.

Hugs, Pam
http://craftycards4u2.blogspot.com/

 
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