Saturday, December 31, 2011

11 Faves (Okay, a Dozen) of 2011

Last year, I posted my top ten layouts from 2010, and I thought I'd do it again because I had so much fun looking through my work to see what I had made over the course of a year.

Here are my 11 favorites from 2011, in no particular order:

Knock-Knock: Love this one because of the funny story and how I managed to cram so many fun things on one 8 x 8 page and leave a little white space. Not to mention I completely ADORE the Sass monsters and I'm going to be extremely sad when I run out of them!

Wisteria: I love the colors (one of the many palettes I created for CCG) and used one of my favorite Webster's Pages papers (the lantern). I also used a lot of really old stash, which always makes me happy. And I'm feeling a little wistful thinking about my old backyard--I'm so happy we took these pictures in the backyard that day to have this memory of my old house that we lived in for the past 20 years.

You're a Jerk: This was my first page on the Creative Scrappers design team, and I thought the sketch was tricky because of the multiple photos (8 x 8, remember...), the ink and the grid stamped in the background (direct stamping and mist spray terrify me), but I think I pulled it off well.

Fearless: Don't know why this one tickles me so much. Maybe that I've got a little white space on here (I'm totally white space challenged). I like the way I used the curvy designs on the paper, and I finally scrapped a picture that had been in my stash for nearly a decade.

-esque: I love how this one turned out. I love the unusual colors (another palette I designed for CCG). I love the marriage between REALLY old stash and semi-new. And I love the story. It marks the beginning of my skype friendships that have become a big part of my life.

I Love Words: I love the topic. I love that almost everything on here came from a kit (Noel Mignon Office Party)--I always find that a challenge to limit myself, and everyone knows I love a challenge.

Recipe for a Statue: This picture makes me smile. I like my appraoch for journaling. I just like the combination of *stuff* I included on here, again, using some really old stuff along with a few newer things. I also opened a tub of gesso for the first time to soften the color of the star paper.

Pieces of Me: I love how this page turned out. It kind of evolved as I was building it, and I love those little Sass party animals peeking out. I thought my topic was interesting. I journaled about the bits and pieces of my body--the good, bad, ugly, as my subtitle says. I had fun using a Studio Calico kit for this one, so that made me happy (I tend to hoard my kits).

Literary Lizard: I absolutely LOVE that I had my camera the day this happened. This page will forever make me smile when I see it. And Leo is getting old and isn't doing well this week. :( I love the textures I used on this.

Rainbow Puddles: I have to admit that I didn't think I was going to be able to use these papers when Nikki Sivils was sponsoring us at CCG. I don't do "cutesy" very well. But I absolutely love how this turned out. I love that I remembered this circle paper that came in a Studio Calico kit and I turned it into a rainbow. I love that I thought of adding those pearls, and I love how I added Glossy Accents to the dots to give them that rain-glossed feel.

Just Visiting: I love this one because--well, the Sass monsters, of course. And that I scrapped a picture of my mom (she's unbelievably camera shy). And that I made a page for my Book of Silly, which I haven't done too many of lately. Gotta get on that because Lord knows I have enough silly pictures!

Sweet Freedom: I just love the colors (I made this palette up too), and this is one of my favorite pictures of me. I used all really old paper, including one of my old faves (that Making Memories branchy one), but I think I did a good job of making my page not feel dated. I love the wispy threads I left on.

It's always fun to look back at the past year's work. I had a long hiatus during my move when I couldn't scrap, so I'm just now getting back into it after a few months, and I'm looking forward to another year of scrapping. I'm especially excited about my new challenge site, CSI: Color, Stories, Inspiration. I hope you'll check it out and sign on as a member. :) We're launching in less than a week. It promises to be so much fun!

Thank you for stopping by my blog and reading about my favorite pages!


Mitralee said...

It was fun strolling through your favorites! I hadn't seen them before shall new to me!

Pam said...

Awesome layouts! I'm white space challenged, too. lol! But your layouts always look fabulous! :-)

Heather Jacob said...

oh Debbi ... what a fabulous journey ... a beautiful journey through a rainbow of glorious colors and magical creativity ..... exquisite outstanding work ... love it all, every little inch xoxoxoox

Jenny Evans said...

Debbi!! You totally rock!! Love every single one of them!! Totally inspiring and can't wait to see what you create in 2012!!!

Puzzle said...

Debby, all your layots are beutiful!
Happy new year!

FiKenward said...

Gorgeous thanks for the year in review.

Jennifer Shaw said...

Lovely faves of 2011! Your creations are always so inspiring! :)

Kelly Massman said...

How fortunate that I came over on your faves! Wonderful work!!!! and thanks for stopping by my blog, too! :-)

Cindy Fortin said...

Wow! They're all wonderful LO. I hadn't see most of them, so it is like Christmas for my eyes this morning!

I wish you all the best for 2012.

Murphy's Law said...

all your pages are always amazing and inspirational, i don't think i could pick. lol!!!

Unknown said...

Stunning top 10..uhh 11 all great work.
Have a wonderful 2012 !

Bente Fagerberg said...

I loved looking at all your beautiful pages again Debbi!!
Happy New Year!!

Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

OMYGOSH!!!! These are all GORGEOUS!! You are AMAZING!! Thanks for visiting my blog!! And I am Nikki Sivils blog coordinator and WOULD loveeeeeeeeee it if you would email me your Nikki Sivils LO to share on my monthly post on her blog "Showcase on YOU!" ... I just loveeeeeeeeeee that lo!!! I just need an email image of your lo and then a copy of your bloggy addy! Hope to hear from you!! bmwgirl@cox.net Happy New Year! :):):):):):):):):):):)

Marelize said...

Love all your gorgeous layouts for 2011 Debbi and I'm looking forward to seeing a lot more in 2012! Happy New Year! I hope it will be a wonderful year for you and your family. xx

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