Friday, July 1, 2011

OLW Blog Hop - I Remembered Pictures... And I've Planned An Awesome Giveaway

 Welcome back friends! I am super excited about this month's One Little Words blog hop. Ali hit the ball out of the park with this month's prompt. I'm talking grand slam, out of the stadium home run.

This month we took a step back from prompts that centered around deep thoughts, letters to future selves and documenting our planning process and ventured back into the artsy, crafty side of things. Now don't get me wrong, I thoroughly enjoyed every single one of the previous prompts. The contemplation, planning, and exploring the depth of my Dreams has helped me to keep my OLW in an active place in my life. It gave me a timeline of sorts for action steps. It offered some accountability in committing to this process. And it opened my eyes to new perspective. To read more about these prompts, you can check out my previous posts on my Dream journey here.

But I was so ready for some hands-on creativity this month. In fact, I was desperately ready to express my Dreams in a more artistic way. Our prompt this month was this:

This month you’re invited to create a series of nine mini-canvases that will fit inside a divided page protector. The main encouragement I want to give to you is to simply keep your word in mind as you play.

Perfect. Just perfect.

The color scheme for my album has been turquoise, grey, red and yellow. And this month I was feeling yellow. Such a bright, sunny, cheerful, happy color...the exact right sentiment for my outlook as I move forward on this Dream quest.

Here's my collage:

I was super inspired by this stamp that Ali used to create her crossword pattern. I am a major crossword geek! And while I didn't have that stamp, I did have the amazing red + yellow crossword patterned paper that I've been  hoarding for a couple years. I used the paper, a brad and stamped my OLW to create the central canvas around which I built the others. I love how it turned out! Here's a close-up the central portion:

I also have photos to share of my completed project pages for March, April and May. Can you believe how long I've been slacking on sharing my completed pages? Yeah, I know, I can't really believe it either. But here they are anyway... If you want to see any image in a larger size, then just click on the image.

March - Folded

March - Unfolded

April - Left Side

April - Facing Pages

May - Facing Pages
May - Closeup on Quote 

May - Spreadsheets

May - Spreadsheet Detail

June - Facing Pages

Now, some of you might remember from last month that I started on embellishing my OLW album cover. It is complete! I love, love, love the butterfly accent with the flower cluster - doesn't that just evoke Dream-iness?

And here's a couple of detail shots of the cover elements...

Last but not least, I am super stoked to announce my very first giveaway! 

(cue applause)

I am doing a major de-stash of my craft room. I'm talking tons of patterned paper, sticker sheets, embellishments and even some American Crafts Thickers. I mean, who can resist Thickers?!?

No one, that's who.

I plan on filling a US Priority Mail flat rate shipping box to the brim for one lucky reader. To be eligible for this box of awesome-ness, all you have to do is leave a comment telling me one random fact about yourself. I will collect comments until 11:59pm CST on Thursday July 7th. The person with the most interesting factoid will be crowned winner by moi and announced Friday July 8, 2011. So be sure to stop back.

Thanks for hanging in there on this much-longer-than anticipated post. Next up on the OLW blog hop is Kathryn at Katlo Designs. Check out her blog here.

Happy Hopping!


  1. Hey Jenn! Great post, I too, was ready to be more creative and inky rather than writing! This month's prompt was very fun. Random fact, hmmm....I'm impulsive??? Yep, that's me!

  2. I love your cover! Beautiful job. I really like how bright your canvases turned out. My favorite is the sun flower.
    My random fact - I'm a huge Harry Potter Fan.

  3. Thanks for posting your OLW pages--I love seeing them all at once! Your mini-canvases are simply beautiful. I love the colors you chose and I love that you added the crossword! My random fact--my right ear is slightly pointed, like an elf's!

  4. So glad you caught us up with all your pages - LOVE your cover! I have the stuff and the ideas, but still need to do mine. My random fact (little known) - I participated in a teenage beauty pageant three years in a row in high school. Nobody who knows me would EVER believe that!

  5. I'm behind in my OLW album, so I love seeing yours all caught up. Hopefully I'll be rejoining the blog hop next month with mine all done, too. Yours looks great!

    Random fact.....hmmmm....I was a drum major in junior high school (even though I'm crazy quiet).

  6. Wow! Great job getting caught up! Reminds me just how much work we've done in 6 months and how far we've come. Beautiful work - love the flowers.
    I was a majorette/baton twirler in high school (wow, that really dates me!)

  7. I love the stars on your canvas! And the colors make me smile. A random fact about me? Hmmm....I keep buying books even though I have stacks I have yet to read. I can't resist :)

  8. great canvases and I love what you've done with your album cover!

  9. Everything looks amazing. I love your crossword paper with the word dream. The cover indeed looks very dreamy, thanks for sharing it! xoxo

  10. Love the cheerfulness of your canvases and your album is coming together so nicely.

    I'm a new follower on GFC :)

  11. Your canvasses are beautiful - great job. I love what you;ve done to the front cover too - I'm plucking up the courage to decorate mine also.