Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Hip HOP.

Yep. It is me.
Hip Hopping! Be sure to start over at the Unity blog so you don't miss anything!
Can you believe it?
This is the LAST hop of 2010.
And WHAT a YEAR it has been.
I was putting together my annual layout (it is a 2 pager this year!) and thinking about how lucky I am.
I am one fortunate chica!
Pure LUCKY really....I don't deserve this life over anyone else.
And the worst part is that SOMETIMES I forget how lucky I am.
I get overwhelmed and stressed and shut out those wonderful things and thoughts some days. Most days I just sit back and enjoy it though! :)

My year consisted of tons of visits and adventures with family and friends.
teaching at CKC in Portland, OR {with some help from FAB Teri!}
going to Winter CHA in Anaheim, CA {yep. I DO remember the fountain}
visiting Unity in New London, MN {my second home?}
attending the editorial board meeting at Paper Crafts in UTAH {lots of laughs here}
doing the annual Memorial Day & 4th of July Camping trips {dirt. hikes. drinks. friends.}
visiting Loftus Hot Springs, ID for my cousin's wedding {so lovely}
attending a Seattle Sounders and Seahawks game {i luv my mom}
had a GIRLY Weekend in Seattle {who knew that basil worked in a cocktail?}
travelling to Summer CHA in Chicago {got to see my aunt and cousin for the first time in over 10 years AND play in the rain!}
going to Tom Petty and Lilith Fair with my sister {GREAT TIMES!}
learning to SKYPE {keeping connected with those I love}
visiting family in New York {including my dad & gram- whom I haven't seen in FIVE years}
going back to teaching middle school science FULL-time after a 6 year absence {AND LOVING IT!}
attending ScrapFest in the Mall of America with some AMAZING friends {with a quick trip back to Spicer--it is NEVER too cold to make a late-nite jump in a lake, right?}
lots of coffee and nights out with a TRUE friend {although NEVER enough-->btw-you are NEVER too old to climb a tree} :)

It has been a YEAR!
I can't wait to see what 2011 will bring. :)

stamps used- Play Cards Alpha, Moments to Remember, Little Me

You only have a day or so left to order the December Kit of the Month: Just Be You.

supplies- copic markers, Glitz tule, PTI cardstock & ribbon, Basic Grey Hopscotch patterned paper and element stickers, memento ink

supplies- My Mind's Eye Alphabet Soup patterned paper, copic marker, Sizzix BigShot, Spellbinders dies, Martha Stewart pearls, PTI cardstock & ribbon

Now hop on over to the TALENTED Kimber. :)


AJ said...

so funny-I remember so many of those pictures! good times!! :) here's to MANY many more!

jennifer mitten said...

Great cards!!

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Angie Blom said...

this is wonderful loving the layout of your memories and happenings of 2010. great cards.. Happy New Years Maren.. hugsxx

NoraAnne said...

Love the recap of your year, sounds like so much fun! Your projects are wonderful and I love the photos all collaged together on your layout!

Wendy ten Hove said...

Love your layouts! What a lovely idea to make a collage of the whole year this way! And your cards are really pretty, love especially the colors in that first one!

Hugs, Wendy

Jennine Chambers said...

Great pics from what looks like an amazing year of fun! Best of luck with teaching full time again, as a teacher I know how much fun it is but also know how much work it is. I've missed seeing your work but totally understand that time may be a bit less than usual! Happy New year!

Erika said...

Love your layouts. So fun!! Great idea.

stampjourney said...

Love your layout and fun cards! Hope you have a fabulous 2011 as was your 2010!

Nicolle Kramer said...

I have to do one of those layouts...a looking back LO...good idea..but i have soo many pics to go through...your cards are sweet too..:)

farmhouse-story said...

love all the pics, maren! happy new year!

Unknown said...

Beautiful layout! Love the cards to.
Fabulous year, indeed! I had the pleasure of meeting you at the dart game at CHA Supershow Paper Crafts booth and at Scrapfest. What a treat!

Becky Dunham said...

Wow, you have been busy this year! I could just look at your layouts for hours - so much fun! Love the cards too. Thanks so much for sharing your life with us.

Anonymous said...

What a fun photo collage/page PLUS fantastic cards!!! Happy 2011!!!

lisa a.

Unknown said...

I love your layout... looks like a wonderful 2010! And, your card is adorablbe!

Thanks so much for sharing!!!

Happy New Year!!!

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Savannah O'Gwynn said...

I LOVE it--I love your review on the year! I also am thankful for where I am--love my life! I often forget my blessings too--thanks for the reminder:) Always love visiting here! YOU ROCK!!!

Unknown said...

Love it all. Have a great New Year.

Carisa said...


Unknown said...

Wonderful cards and love the year in review layout.

Julie Campbell said...

So, SO happy to have you back! Love all those fun pics and your cards are as adorable as always!

Anonymous said...

Wonderful scrapping. Adore the card with the two different ribbons, the layout and the oval with the main image!
The ribbon and pearls on the second card are great and also an awesome layout.

Shemaine Smith said...

Oh Maren I am so happy you are back! I love ya like all kinds of crazy girl and you inspire me so much! Every good thing that comes your way is so well deserved. Love your layout and looking forward to seeing you in Los Angeles!!!

Janet's Joy said...

Great projects!

dclouser said...

Always love seeing what you've come up with! You are so inspiring. Love your cards and photo LOs for 2010!

stuffie said...

awesome card and pages!!! :)

StampinCathy said...

WOW Mauren! You have been one busy girl! What a year of memories to treasure. Your page and card is just amazing and so inspiring. Happy New Year!

Renee' Morris-Dezember said...

oh I LOVE your LO...I hope you are just as blessed with 2011 as your were with 2010! Happy New Year Maren!