Friday, December 28, 2012

Top 10 of 2012-- Plus A Blog Hop!

Welcome back Practical Scrapper Fans!  Hope we didn't disappoint you too much with the break we took for all of us to spend time with our families.  Something Christine, Erin, and I started doing last year that we really enjoyed was before the new year, share our top 10 favorite we created for the year.  So for the next three days you get to see our administrators here favorite creations this past year.  It's a lot harder than it sounds, especially when you realize just how many projects you create in a year's time.  Also, we even threw in a twist this year!!  Christine came up with the idea for a top 10 blog hop.  You'll find a lot current and past Practical Scrappers are a part of this hop.  At the end of this post you will find the list of the full blog hop!  There's a lot of inspiration and PRIZES out there!  Hope you'll hop along!

2012 came with a lot of ups and downs for me --scrappy wise.  I've been a working mom of three for a full 15 months now. Just when I thought I had my time management skills in check, life seemed to step in and throw me for another loop.  I am hoping 2013 will bring me  a little more time to catch up on my scrapbooking, keep my personal blog up to date, and venture out the way I always intended.  While I didn't do as much scrapbooking this year as I have in the past I did manage to put out some of my favorite projects ever--the time may not have been there, but that didn't stop my mind from working.  You know what the funny thing about looking back at my favorites (the same thing happened last year), the majority of my favorites are the ones that my creativity is challenged--Frugal Finds always seems to push me more and really think out of the box!
Here's a look at my top 10 projects of 2012...

1.) Frugal Finds: Silverware (at Practical Scrappers)

 This is my favorite project of the year!!  Don't know how my brain came up with it except that I kept staring at plastic knives and all I envisioned was rainbows.

 It is a rare occasion that I scrapbook just the DH and myself without our kids, which is why this my 2nd favorite.  I also loved that I stepped away from my typical style and played around with trends I don't usually touch (misting and sewing)...however they are both on my 2013 to do more of especially since I got a brand new sewing machine :)

For those who know, they know Halloween is my favorite holiday, even more when it comes to decorating.  I made a lot of these this year and sold everyone I made at my craft fairs!

 Most of the items I made this year were either a gift for someone or I sold at a craft fair, none the less, I still love them.  There is nothing I love more that taking the time to create something special and unique for someone.  This was one of the most fun (and crazy) projects for me this year.  It is totally unique and I am still flabbergasted how I came up with the design of this mini. The fact that this baby stands on it's own to be displayed amazes me!

 This one made the top 10 for two reason: 
1.) I have fallen in love with this color combo of black, grey, and yellow.
2.) With the pressure for time and the desire to do some kind of scrapbooking, I have fallen in love with sketches all over again.  I stopped doing sketches about 2 years ago, but this year they have become my staple in getting things done.   

 This is another one of my own crazy designs that I fell in love with--again a gift for someone!
Hoping to make more of these for next year to sell at my craft fairs.

 Reminder:  Halloween is my FAVORITE  holiday!  This one makes the top 10 for another reason though--the photos!  My 12 year old isn't one who loves to have his photo taken.  Here was one of a few times where he just let loose, fell into character, and started acting/posing without mom prompting him :)

 When it comes to card making my favorite types of cards to make are shaped-shaker cards.  This one I designed for one of our feature days of sharing cards that used confetti.  I made my own circle confetti with a hole punch and filled op my shaker card.

 Frugal Finds is my favorite feature at Practical Scrappers!  I love using things in totally different ways than what they were intended.  This project makes my top ten for that very reason...I giving props to my originality on this one --painting my bobby pins and using them as the lines for my journaling.

This was one of my first projects I created in 2012 (actually was the first layout of 2012 for me).  This one make the top 10 for a number of reasons as well--I love the rolled flowers, the distressing, and that I finally took a stab at some therapeutic scrapbooking.  I never talked about it what I went through, and boy did it feel good to just see a perfect photo capturing those feelings and the writing the journaling. 

Here's that list of the full 2012 TOP 10 BLOG HOP I promised!
Liz Chidester
Marcia Dehn Nix
Monika Wright
Ivanka Lentle
Christine Meyer
Jamie Cripps
Erin Morehousehttp
Melissa Elsner
Jodi Wilton
Sarah Hill
Laurel Seabrook
Carrie Walz
Jen Matott
Jan Tatomir
Jennifer Haggerty
Kerri Yarus
Ashley Nguyen Newell
Cathy Harper
Malika Kelly
Lynn Shokoples
Kris Berc
Julie Tucker Wolek
Rhonda VanGinkel
Savannah O'Gwynn
Audrey Yeager
Katrina Hunt

Make sure you stop back tomorrow where you can check out Erin's Top 10 of 2012!
Happy Hopping and New Year!

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KrissyClarkMcKee said...

Kerri - I LOVE your top 10 projects, and I can so empathize with your quest to perfect your time management skills around life's curve balls. 2012 has been that kind of year for me, too! Anyway, looking at your Top 10 makes me want to walk right out of my office and head home so I can get crafty - RIGHT NOW!!!!

Lee-Anne Thornton said...

These are fantastic projects Kerri! I can't wait to work with you in 2013. I love the rainbow and clouds card. That is is brilliant!

Ann Cutts said...

amazing fabulous work - totally inspirational.
ann xxx

Glamotte said...

Wow, love all your layout. Great job!