Friday, November 12, 2010

celebrate friendship with ella friends

If this is your first time stopping by, don't be shy, check out the ELLA ebook I am giving away . . . comment on this past post by Sunday at 7pm PST for your chance to win!

Today, my ELLA friends and I are hosting a blog hop all about friendship. What is a blog hop you say? It's a chance to check out other gals creative blogs and have fun picking up a few ideas revolving around friendship. Come on, it will be fun! (Links are at the end of this post.)

Who are your "go to" girls? Everyone needs them. They lift us up when we are down and celebrate with us when times are good. Two years ago my favorite scrapbook store, Green Tangerines, held a "Designer's Challenge" on friendship. First up, we had to create a snapshot of seven important friends we'd had throughout our lifetime. I picked friends from high school to present day. The above pictures were all recent pictures (2 years ago recent) that I asked my friends to email me.

Most of the product was from Making Memories and of course a little American Crafts ribbon. I know I saw this "patchwork" idea in a magazine . . . no idea which one. Today I don't love the messy paint that I did in the background, but it does show a trend of the time!

I pulled this quote out of one of my many quote books . . . and I still love it today! Isn't this what friendship is all about?


After we made the title page for our friendship album, we had to highlight each gal in our life and answer some random questions about that particular friendship. I made one layout for each friend . . . but this layout was my favorite. I was completely in love with this line from October Afternoon. I did this layout right after this picture was taken 2 years ago at my 10-year college reunion in Minnesota. One month after this picture was taken of my friend Sarah and I, she and her husband were hit by a drunk driver. She had major injuries including a fractured skull--she almost died.  It made me remember to be thankful for the times I have with my friends . . . life is short. Send one of your friends an encouragement card today! : )

I love looking back in my albums and seeing what I was into at the time. This layout was done shortly after I had gotten into handstitching on my pages. I still do it today and love it! Though I don't do it on every page . . . a bit too time consuming with three kids running around.

Rumor has it that some of these girls are doing giveaways on their blogs as well . . . you'll have to hop around to find which ones! Good luck!



I'll end with one of my favorite verses in the Bible.
"I thank my God every time I remember you." Philippians 1:3.
What friend are you thankful for today?

15 comments:

Lee Currie said...

GREAT layouts. LOVE the quotes :) So nice to get to know you better through your art and blog.

Keshet said...

These layouts are just beautiful! I'm also a big fan of quotes;)

The Kitch Family said...

What a great idea! Thanks for sharing! Dana

Laura T. said...

Great pages ... love the hand stitched stems on the flowers.

Rita said...

So beautiful the flower... thanks for the quote!

Ginny said...

Love it! I just subscribed to you as well :)

Jody said...

Great layouts!

Diana said...

Brenda these are both incredible. Just fabulous. You are one seriously talented scrapper. And what a story about your friend! Made my blood go cold... .

stamphappy2001 said...

That quote is wonderful. I will have to use it.

Mary Jo said...

I love that layout and the "patchwork" title, so clever and so gorgeous!! =)

Valerie said...

Beautiful Brenda - love your projects!!

Cassie_lu said...

great patchwork on the first layout

Donna Jannuzzi said...

Both of those layouts are beautiful. The designs, the stories, everything. :)

Jenni said...

I LOVE what you wrote Brenda! Wow, i can not believe that story about your friend! I love how you highlighted each friend, such a neat idea!!!

KathleenB said...

Love that friendship quote and I love those handstitched flowers!