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Saturday, December 4, 2010

SST Christmas and Countdown to the New Year Blog Hop!

Christmas is coming and so is the new year! To get you in the spirit of the season, the divas of Sistas Scrap Too! have come together for a Christmas and Countdown to the New Year blog hop! There are 17 blogs in the hop, so make sure you use the links below this post to hop to all of the participating blogs. No worries if you miss one, you can always go back! These 17 divas have a lot in store for you. From exquisite creations to offers of blog candy, you will enjoy hopping your way to all of the blogs involved! Don't forget to leave some blog love for the creators -- they love getting feedback on their designs!

I decided to make a few treat bags for Christmas & a journal for the New Year - gotta cover all the bases right!










For the treat bags, I used K. I. Memories & DCWV papers from "Christmases Past" LOL! I was also blessed by the HR Director of my agency with some Making Memories embellishments and I thought they would be the perfect addition to the bags! I learned about these really easy to make bags from Dawn Griffith's video on Youtube and I fell in love with it! These bags will probably be filled with some holiday candy & sent to school with my daughter to give as gifts to her friends, but you can make them with any paper or cardstock and use them for any occasion.


Front of Journal

Inside of Journal

Back of Journal

YourStory Binding


For the journal, I also found my way to my DCWV papers (yes, I am M.M. DeZigns & I am a paperholic!). This time, I took a standard spiral bound notebook and removed the spiral. Being sure to keep the paper and the back cover lined up, I removed the front cover. I cut a piece of black chipboard to about 3.25" and scored it the long way at 1.5", flipped it horizontally and scored it again at 1.5" (leaving about a quarter-inch as the spine - the perfect size for the notebook to fit). I took my hot glue gun & applied a line (or two) of glue down the chipboard (in the spine area). As I let the glue dry, I turned on my YourStory Book Binding Machine. Once the YourStory was ready - it beeped - I added the "notebook" to my "spine", lined it all up just right, and placed it in the YourStory machine. In about a minute, the machine beeped again to let me know it was all done - it had remelted the glue to allow the pages to settle in to the spine, forming my "book". I sat the "book" into the cooling rack, and after a few minutes, I was ready to decorate it! I plan to use this journal to track my goals (or what some may call resolutions) and progress towards those goals in 2011. I am a list maker, so I see this journal as a supercute place for me to keep my many lists of goals & thoughts & ideas for the New Year!

Thank you for participating in the Sistas Scrap Too! first ever blog hop! Remember to visit all of the blogs and leave blog love -- you never know where you'll find candy!! Here is a linked list of all the participating blogs:

1. Treva's Craft Corner
2. Stampin' Dymonz Creative Space
3. Nubian Crafter NC
4. My {Life}, My {Blog}
5. Step Into Nita's World
6. Sweet Lil Scrapper
7. P-Kaysunshine Creations
8. Sharing My Stuff
9. Yaya Philly Craft World
10. Cassie's Crop Corner
11. M. M. DeZigns
12. Made By Dee
13. Riley's Custom Creations
14. It's A Family Affair!
15. Cuttin' Up
16. Stamping On The Road
17. In Shelly's World

I'll be giving away a personalized version of my New Year's journal to someone... could that be you? Want a chance to win?

Simply (1) become a follower of my blog AND (2) leave a comment on my blog letting me know one of your goals for 2011.

Want extra chances to win? Leave a separate comment letting me know which other blog on the hop has a project that you love.

You can enter until 11:59pm EST today. I will use random.org to pick a winner.

36 comments:

  1. I am a new follower on your blog and facebook. I am loving your work. My goal for 2010 is not to spend so much on scraps but to use what I have and not just go out and purchase the latest thing (hopefully)

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  2. I love the bags. Thanks for the idea. In 2011, I will train for and run a 10k. I've already run a few 5k's, but now it's time to step up my game in the new year. I love all of your designs.

    Ziggyb62

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  3. M. M. DeZigns, great job on the journal and treat bags... the bags are an awesome way to send a personalized gift!

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  4. LOVE the projects, especially the journal. Not going to buy a yourstory though!

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  5. Cute and festive treat bags....TFS

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  6. You did it again, another b.a.d. (beautiful,astonishing and decorative) creation. Love the gift bags and jornal. thanks for sharing my sista!!

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  7. Those bags are really pretty! I'll be "borrowing" your idea to make some of those altered notebooks. Great job.

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  8. The bags are really nice. Great way to use up all this Christmas paper. I'll have to try a few.

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  9. I love your projects MM. I want to try to make the notebook.

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  10. Ok, now I gotta search for the video link. You did a great job.

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  11. @Renee - I wasn't going to buy a YourStory either because I wasn't paying all that money for the machine & then buying all their binders... but when I found it at OhMyCrafts.com for under $25 with all kinds of extras AND found out I never had to buy their albums if I didn't want to, I was sold!

    Thansk everyone for the love!

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  12. Love those gift bags! Very festive. And I really like the idea of making your own personalized journals. I didn't really understand all of the instructions, but it appears that I will be researching a new toy...the YourStory! *sigh*

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  13. Beautiful bags and journal. My goal for 2011 is to find balance in my life. After viewing your journal I may get a small journal to keep track of my progress. I love the gift bags as well. That would be a great treat bag to give away at school.

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  14. love your creations,I may have to scraplift the bags. very cute.

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  15. Very nice project you did a great job tfs!!!

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  16. Man, now I have to make these bags! Thanks a lot! LOL They are cute, and I really am going to try them out.

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  17. Cute bags and awesome idea on the notebook. I am gonna have to make one. TFS!

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  18. I love the bags - great for a quick gift! Journal is a great idea too!

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  19. The bags are great I like the journal also
    Ann

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  20. Those are really cute bags. Great paper choices too.

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  21. So cute! U rock the treat bags as always!

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  22. I am a follower and I love your projects.
    Pam

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  23. I have become a follower of everyone's blog and I believe I am in love with everything posted. I hope to one day be just as good.
    Pam

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  24. Love your gift bags, great idea for the journal!
    I hope to use more of my unused tools and stash in 2011!

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  25. I love altering the books for journals but the gift bags I've never tried. They turned out so adorable.

    There's something on my blog I'd like to give you. Come check it out!

    www.simplyshaddock.blogspot.com

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  26. Lovey treat bags.
    My goal is to be employed.

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  27. The bags came out very nice! And the journal is a nice project. It kind of makes me want a yourstory

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  28. Great projects! I have to do another journal for 2011 for myself.

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  29. MM--The bags are adorable. I like the idea of a journal for the year.

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  30. Of course MM, I had to rush on over to see your creations. Love your bags and the teachers will as well. TFS and I will be trying these bags out for my GDs teachers.
    One goal that I will set for myself is to journal daily, even if I don't craft.

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  31. Very nice bags. I have lots of paper to try this with.

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Thank you so much for posting!