If you've hopped along from Mississippi, 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!!)...
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- Visit each state and leave a comment on each project (simply follow the links provided below)
- Like Blessed on the Bright Side and Handmade By Lisa FB Pages.
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....
I live in Illinois, and although I live in the far reaches of "Chicago land" now, most of my favorite places are in other parts of the state. One of my absolute faves for taking the kids is Starved Rock State Park in Utica, IL, and it just goes to show that the term "Prairie State" does not necessarily apply. Here's a layout of one of our trips there:
I started my layout with a sketch pattern in the Magic book from Close To My Heart, adding a couple of the tricks in the book for getting additional pictures on your layouts. Check it out:
The pattern papers, stickers, and chipboard embellishments are all by Scrapbook Customs (which I purchased from Memories & Beyond in Downers Grove - and yes, they have all 50 states!). In addition to the sketch book, all of my cardstock, brad, and the Flip Flap also came from Close To My Heart. My borders and large tags were all cut with the Cricut, using the Art Philosophy cartridge collection exclusive to Close To My Heart. FYI: bonus until the end of September, make any CTMH purchase of at least $75 and get a FREE double size stamp set with your order.
|Notice the tags attached to the outside of the left sheet protector and the Flip Flap mini protector open on the right sheet protector.|
I have some great BLOG CANDY for you myself! I am giving away three great paper crafting publications - Paper Creations (Fall 2011), Scrapbooking & Beyond (Summer 2011), and Cricut Cards - an over $30 value. It's simple to win, just be a follower (or email subscriber) and leave a comment. (Not required, but I would love it if you go "like" my Facebook page as well - I have giveaways coming up over there as well!) All comments entered before Midnight Central Time on Sunday night are eligible to win. I will announce the winner Monday. I will try to contact the winner as well if possible, so if your email is not on your Blogger profile be sure you leave it for me!
Now you can hop to the NEXT STATE IN THE UNION!! Remember to leave a comment on each state to be eligible for the GRAND PRIZE!!