Thursday, September 04, 2014

Unity Blog Hop 09.04.14!

It’s the beginning of the month which means new kits at Unity!

AND because it’s THURSDAY, there’s NEW releases, a new SALE, a blog hop, and I’ve got a NEW video for you, too!

Today I’m sharing an 8-1/2-x-11-inch scrapbook layout I completed about a strong, loving, and funny lady I know—our Grandma Jeffa.  In the beginning of my story, she was my (then) husband’s mother. Unfortunately, that relationship didn’t work out BUT that didn’t change OUR relationship. She continued to love me and my children and even took the time and energy to get to know my youngest two children that I had when I remarried. Sadly, she passed away around seven years ago from ALS. Her spirit lives in the fond memories we have of her and by which I mother and care for my own children. She was a big role model in our family and gave me motherly advice WHEN I wanted it, sometimes when I didn’t want it, but the advice always came from her heart and with good intention. She had an awesome sense of humor and we all loved to see her smile and hear her laugh. I hope she knew how much she was appreciated and loved.

Thank You, Jeffa, For That Thing You Did—Mentoring a young mother to become a mother and showing unconditional love.

Look! Wasn’t she a beauty?

Grandma Jeffa

In the above layout, I used a couple of stamps (that beautiful heart—perfect for this layout--and the awesome sentiment) from this month’s Kit of the Month, Happy, Thankful, & Blessed.

SEPTEMBER-2014-KOM-HAPPY-THANKFUL-BLESSEDIn the layout, I used a PageMaps sketch to get me started.  Most of the time when I use sketches, I retrieve them into Silhouette Studio software and trace the shapes, etc., that’s on the sketch. Before cutting the shapes, I place the Silhouette Sketch Pen into my machine and it draws the sketch onto the patterned paper I choose to use—kind of like a sketch “cheat sheet”. I will also use the Silhouette Pen to add dashed lines to my layouts, just like I did in this one. This is usually the time I add stamping to the base of my layout. Then I fill the shapes with pictures, patterned paper, etc, and then cut the shapes/embellishments and add them to my layout. Lastly, I will add any sewing that needs to be done and embellishments made from stamping on patterned paper, etc, usually attached with some sort of dimensional adhesive.

Below is the video where I assemble the above layout. It’s less than five minutes long AND it’s a very stable video, I promise!

I hope you watch and enjoy it.

Thank You For that Thing You Did

NOW onto the really good stuff . . .

Here’s a peek at one of the NEW RELEASES by Tracey Malnofski! I’m so GIDDY over this release!

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We have TWO amazing Unity filled prize packages to giveaway (Unity sign not included). Leave a comment on EACH blog in the hop (including the Unity blog) for your chance to win.  The winners will be announced Saturday night on the Unity blog:http://theunitystampco.blogspot.com/

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Good luck to you ALL!

Be sure you take advantage of Unity’s latest promotion by clicking the graphics below which are just like magical portals that will take you away to Unity Stamp Company where you can SHOP—SHOP--SHOP!

SALE STARTS AT NOON CENTRAL TIME

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PLEASE share your lovely creations on Facebook with the Unity {show & tell) Facebook group. Lots of us check-in there daily (I check in several times daily—I’m addicted to inspiration).

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Thank you all so much for hopping along with us and leaving positive comments. They are MUCH appreciated. If you ever have questions regarding my creative process or crafty items or tools that I use along the journey, PLEASE leave me your questions in the comments.

Click on the next picture below to be taken to the next blog in the hop for some Unity inspiration!

44 comments:

Iris said...

What a lovely layout for a very special person.
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Beth F. said...

Your layout is so beautiful!

Beth
Beth's Beauties

Janis said...

Beautiful LO for this wonderful woman. Your tale brought tears to my eyes. How blessed you were to have her in your life and the lives of your children!!
<3 J
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Last day for DOUBLE GIVEAWAY at:
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Gaylynn said...

What a beautiful tribute to her. That is one special lady.

Ruby said...

Lovely layout. Great use of the kit.

Deborah345 said...

wonderful layout - love the greeting on this

Carmen Sebeny said...

wound.ful tribute I love how we used the vertical thank you Stamp. thanks for sharing your personal thoughts. Carm26@aol.com

Kim Rippere said...

What a great way to remember her.

Denise Smart said...

Very nice tribute to your mother mentor

Miwa said...

What a beautiful layout and love the story behind it - she sounds like she was an amazing and wonderful woman!

Denise Bryant said...

Nice tribute to Jeffa. Beautiful page!

cal8007 said...

Great video and project!! You've inspired me to start working on my pictures!!

Berina RGA said...

beautiful LO... for a very lovely person... you are blessed to have her n your life and she is blessed to have you too...
-Berina
Moxie Craftie

Donna K said...

Sounds like your Grandma was the perfect definition of "family" I love hearing stories like this and your project speaks volumes, Camille! Very beautiful!

ionabunny said...

Gorgeous LO. Love the new KOTM

Paula-Scrap Addict said...

wonderful scrapbook page! I adore that picture

Linda said...

I love you heart That so cute.

Sue D said...


Great story behind this wonderful layout.

Lyn Wallan-Smith said...

Awesome layout paying a lovely tribute to a special woman.

Terri Burson said...

I saw this pop up in my news feed earlier. I love it! Love old pics of family....

jules said...

What a beautiful tribute to a piece of you heart❤️

Christina's Creations said...

VERY pretty! Had to watch that video and I need to find out more about this PageMaps thing. Great work!

mlady012 said...

Great layout...beautiful Gramma...I also loved the vid...I'm a big fan of Unity vids!! Great job!

mylittlecraftblog said...

You were so lucky to have that woman in your life, and you honored her with an amazing layout!
Evelyn

mylittlecraftblog said...

You were so lucky to have that woman in your life, and you honored her with an amazing layout!
Evelyn

Rebecca Wong said...

The story behind the card make the card special and beautiful, and the video is great!

Cathy Pearl said...

Nice video, you do such inspiring work. One suggestion, tho. If you make the background on your blog lighter it will be easier to read.

Carol said...

Love the new stamp sets! Thanks for all the inspiring crafting ideas!

Carol B
ciaoitalia2007(at)gmail(dot)com

Beth Mullett said...

I love your layout!

2suns said...

Pretty layout.

Cybil Hart said...

Sweet layout for what sounds like a sweet lady! Thanks for sharing your story!

Classy and Fabulous said...

Love reading the story of Grandma Jeffa! The layout its perfect for this beautiful picture! Thanks for sharing!

Kathy Smith said...

I thought the owl was going to be my favorite stamp in the kit th his month but now I am really excited about the beautiful heart. This may be the month I subscribe.

Tanya/Nonna said...

What a wonderful tribute for a wonderful lady. Your layout is just beautiful and I love the photo!

Scrapper Myra said...

Very cool and love the purpose and feeling.

TangledBlueRose said...

Wonderful layout. I really like the colors and adore the heart!~kim

Dawn LL said...

What a wonderful layout and fabulous woman to have had in your life. Thanks so much for sharing with us.

Kris B said...

Beautiful layout! Grandma Jeffa was an amazing woman! How blessed your were to have her in your life!

Cynthia said...

Lovely layout, Camille.

arlsmom aka Lynda said...

Beautiful layout!!! She sounds like she was an amazing woman!

jennifer mitten said...

What a wonderfuo layout and a beautiful lesson for us all!

Ruby N said...

so beautiful!!!

Angie said...

Such a lovely layout :)

Toni K said...

Beautiful picture and beautiful layout.