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Saturday, August 20, 2011

Hawaii Theme Blog Hop Aug. 20 & 21st

Hawaii ThemeHi Everyone and Good Morning!  Today is the day of many hops. LOL  I am actually only in TWO, but there are a TON more going on that I am aware of.  First of all if you just happened upon my blog then you should start at the very beginning... a very good place to start... ahem, (every time I type that I think of the Sound of Music :p) at the lovely Nicolette's blog since she is the one who is hosting this great hop.  If you arrived here from Ellen - The Card Monkey's Paper Jungle, then you are in the correct spot!
When I heard Nicolette was doing a Hawaiian themed blog hop I just had to be in on it!  I have been dying to do a scrapbook layout and also to use my Luau cartridge that I won in a blog hop from Anita Chavez.  I'm sorry, but I can't remember her blog! :(  (Anita, if you read this and remember that I won this from you, please post your blog address so I can add it here!)  Anyways, this was my first time using that adorable cartridge and I just LOVE it!!!  It's easy and perfect if you ever take an island vacation. :0)  Now onto my project!  (Picture heavy and wish the pics would have shown the true saturation of the bold colors I used.  They look washed out, but trust me, they are bright!)
My sweet husband took me to Maui (before we were in a relationship) in 2009 when I started getting really sick with Fibro and had just gotten my diagnosis. I have been dying to work on these pics and put them into an album, but I have obviously been years behind!  Here's my very first Maui layout.  We attended a pig roast/Luau and these are some pics of that experience!  
Closeup of accents - Luau is coated in Glossy Accents, I used Stickles to outline some of the letters and tips of the leaves.

 Stickles and inked edges - Luau cartridge (2 layers)
 Punchout letters from Colorbok Scrap Pack (Bright).  I punched holes in the tops and bottoms of the letters and strung raffia through them.  Then I Stickled the circular letters.
 Another full view from a bit of a distance to better see raffia frame.
 This flower was layered and created with the Luau cartridge (4 layers total) and Colorbok papers, along with green cardstock.  I Stickled and inked edges.  The leaves are part of the palm tree image.
 Closeup of the ceremonial pig and men in full Luau wear.

Well there it is!  I listed most of my supplies in the captions, but if there is something in particular you have a question about, please feel free to ask.  I'd love to hear your comments too!  This is a two day hop and I'm attending a crop tonight for the first time in years so I'm hoping to have a different layout for tomorrow.  Please stop by for that and the Interactive Blog Hop!

Thanks for joining us today!  Hope you had a blast!

XO ~ Amy Jo


Vicki said...

Love your layout. Thanks for sharing. Have fun at the crop. I'll be back to see what you made.

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Theresa said...

Gorgeous Lo. I love all the details. TFS!

Cathie w said...

fun project....TFS!!!!


Gill McCall said...

Amy firstly i hope you are feeling better today. I LOVE the layout and wow Pig Roast how cool! TFS and have a great weekend. x

Sunshine HoneyBee said...

Nice layout. Visited Maui Hawaii couple yrs ago. We did not get to go to a Luau. Highlight of our trip was a helicopter ride from Maui to Molokai ands back. Saw & photographed the waterfalls where Jurassic Park movie was filmed. Also saw & photographed a family of whales.
"Sunshine HoneyBee"

Dawnica said...

Your layout is beautiful! Love all the extra details!

Kris Dietz said...

What a beautiful layout! I love all the detail on your page. TFS.

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Vicki said...

That cartridge is definitely a keeper! Those trees and flowers are so cool..

VinDeeLoo said...

Very nice!

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Creative Diva said...

Beautiful LO! Love the blue paper.

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Gina said...

Love your layout! Love the die cuts!

Ellen ♥ CardMonkey said...

Really sweet layout, Amy ... love the use of raffia around the edges and joining the letters in the words "PIG ROAST". We didn't go to a pig roast while in Maui, but did get to snorkle with the giant turtles. We looked like big bright blue sea whales ourselves in our wet suits, LOL, so funny! My hubby John couldn't get a good seal on his snorkle mask because of his mustache, and thought he was drowning with all the water in his mask. Thanks for the memories!!!

Ellen ♥ CardMonkey

abusybee - DoubleClick Connections said...

Super lay-out!


Judy said...

I love your layout, especially how you used the raffia -- I know -- what a little thing to notice, but it is very effective:-) The overall lo is just beautiful!

Anniebee said...

Fabulous layout, Amy Jo! How wonderful to be able to experience a real Hawaiian luau! I have never even been to the islands. You did a great job on this and I love the way you strung the title on rafia ribbon! Very creative!


Vicki said...

Just stopping by for day 2..Thanks for participating in this blog hop

WAM Family said...

Great Layout!!! What a great experience that you had with the Luau. TFS


Jess B. said...

Oh what wonderful memories. Your layout is wonderful. Hope you feel better. TFs

Jess B.

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