The One with the American Crafts Blog Hop!


Thursday, March 17, 2011

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Happy St. Patrick's Day (you best be wearing green or I'm giving you a virtual pinch!) and welcome to the American Crafts blog hop! I hope you've enjoyed seeing everyone's projects so far! Here's my project:
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WATCH ME GROW

Tips & Tricks: My favorite new American Crafts product is the plastic rose brads and patterned buttons! Here's how I made this layout: I designed a fancy-edged shape in Adobe Illustrator, printed it out, cut it out, then traced it onto white cardstock and cut it out. I stitched three borders around the edge using contrasting brown thread then added a plethora of brads and buttons around the border. I cut out mini photos of my weekly pregnancy belly shots and lined them up in a 6 x 6 grid on the background and stitched straight lines between each photo using white thread. I popped some of the pictures off the page with dimensional adhesive (there's no rhyme or reason as to the ones I chose, just whatever I thought looked best). I placed chipboard border stickers on the edges, added a Thickers title, then wrote my journaling around the edges. I like that prongs from the brads made the white cardstock stick off from the background patterned paper.

Journaling says: We found out really early on that I was pregnant and so every Sunday before church took a picture of my growing belly. It was a fun challenge to try and put together a new outfit to accommodate my expanding stomach. Fox made his debut at 39 weeks and 6 days. I'll definitely do these weekly photos with every baby that we have.

Supplies: Cardstock, patterned paper, brads, buttons, vinyl dimensional flower sticker, letter stickers, chipboard border stickers, pen, adhesive: American Crafts; Paper cutter, scissors: Fiskars; Sewing machine: Brother; Thread: Coats & Clark

If you'd like to win an assortment of American Crafts Elements:
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just leave a comment on this here post by Monday March 21st and I'll pick a lucky winner and let them be known that day!

Next on the blog hop: Poki Nobeno!

185 comments

  1. Super cute! Wish I'd thought of doing this when I was pregnant with my last baby.

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  2. i love the last pic. and i love brads and buttons. they are my all time fave embellishments.

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  3. oo! I love the layout and embellishments. It'd be so cute to make the little plastic flowers into earrings by gluing them on blank posts!

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  4. what an adorable layout! thanks for the inspiration and chance to win.

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  5. LOVE!!! I saw you with your cutie patootie baby at CHA and you were just as gorgeous (and thin) as ever! Your page is fabulous!

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  6. So fun! Love all the buttons and brads. What a great giveaway!

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  7. Oh my! All the button and brad goodness! Thanks for a beautiful page and a chance to win! I am wearing green btw!! :P

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  8. Such a great layout! What a clever way to put all of those photos in one space....I die for all of those buttons and brands! LOVE IT!

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  9. OHHH HOW FUN! I love how all your layouts are so unique and colorful! I love it!

    xoxo

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  10. what an awesome idea to do a pregnancy layout!!love it!thanks for the chance to win!

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  11. super cute picture, i love the rose brads.

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  12. I LOVE this LO!!! what a good idea!! Thanks so much for sharing and thanks for the chance to win!

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  13. love the LO- I only have one bump picture from my three pregnancies ( you can tell I wasn't a scrapper then) its a view from here photo - a huge bump and tiny feet somewhere in the distance- I love those rose brads too ( But I have found some earrings that are similar but smaller that I have repurposed!

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  14. awesome layout! Wish I had taken more pregnancy photos with my kids!!

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  15. I love that layout! I especially love those rose brads too!!

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  16. what an amazing layout, really inspirational - I just love it

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  17. Lovely LO!!!! Thank you for this opportunity!
    Miky

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  18. *SWOON* this layout is just brilliant!!

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  19. totally LOVE your fun page!!!!! how cool

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  20. love how you've put together all the weekly images on one layout! super, super cute!

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  21. This layout is super cute! omg...

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  22. very very creative....love this page...great idea thanks for sharing

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  23. I love the little roses
    I'm fan

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  24. ok first love the layout and how you used the elements all around the border. adorable. second, i havent been reading your blog for very long but as a huge friends buff, i love that the titles of your posts are very "friends-esque".
    Thanks so much for the giveaway, the elements are stinkin' cute!

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  25. your layout is too cute. i wish that i had thought of doing the same thing when i was pregnant.

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  26. I love this layout, I am going to have to remember to capture a shot of my cousin weekly during her preganancy. Thanks for sharing!

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  27. Love your layout concept! What a great way to record your pregnancy...
    Thanks for a chance to win some goodies...

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  28. I will definitely be doing the weekly picture with me next baby :) Such a good idea!!

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  29. I wouldn't be so bold to take a weekly picture-you looked beautiful! Loving the rose brads!!

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  30. Such a smart idea to take these weekly pics. I didn't do that with any of my three children and I'm done having kids, so I guess I'll live vicariously through others. Heehee Thanks for sharing! :)

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  31. OMG what agreay idea for a layout...just beautiful, thanks for sharing =)

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  32. Aww.. your layout is SO cute! I love all the little pictures documenting your pregnancy and the buttons! I love the border of buttons- fantastic idea!!!!

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  33. Your LO is sooo cool!!! Love all the tiny pics!

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  34. SO Cute. Loving all of the belly shots and the button frame!

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  35. Love your work!! Those rose brads are so INCREDIBLE!! I would LOVE to give them a try!! Thanks for an amazing giveaway!!!

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  36. So very creative!!! And congrats on the new little one!

    And I just found your blog on this hop and am now a follower - so very nice to meet you!

    http://lillianchild.blogspot.com
    lillianchild at cox dot net

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  37. So cute!!!!!!! Love all the elements and colors you used, looks amazing!!!!

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  38. Super cute page! I love the border!!!! That is too fun!

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  39. Can I just say that I love your son's name?!

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  40. Wow, that is sucha great idea! In case I might ever get pregnant, I definitely have to scraplift this idea. Totally awesome!

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  41. Fabulous layout...LOVE all those photos one layout! Thanks so much for the chance to win!

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  42. Awwww, it's so great to see these images on one layout!! This is gorgeous Paige!! I love it!! What a great way to document a pregnancy!!

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  43. How cute! I love to see all of your super cute layouts! Great prize too!

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  44. Very cute!!! The prize is AWESOME!!!!

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  45. this has to be one of the cutest maternity LO's i have ever seen just wow is all i can say you rocked this and he is a sweetie...

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  46. What a fun idea. You'll treasure this for years. Love the buttons.

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  47. WOW. I mean really, WOW! This is such a neat idea. And gorgeous!

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  48. Amazing layout! I love the border. What a great way to showcase all your photos! AND a great giveaway! Thanks!

    P.S. My husband's birthday is 14 Oct and one of his best birthday presents ever the birth of his daughter on 14 Oct! So it's a fun birthday in our house too!

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  49. Super cute LO...you did a Fabulous Job!!!

    Thanks for sharing with us!!! :-)

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  50. Wow, I love this layout! So gorgeous!

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  51. too cute! Wish I would've done that with any of my three :)

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  52. What a fun idea! May have to steal it. :)

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  53. i'm loving this design. the chipboard border really makes it pop. thanks for the inspo.

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  54. Your layout is adorable... I love how you traced the shapes with all of those brads and flowers!

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  55. Wow i adore this layout! What a great way to document a special time in your life! TFS :)

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  56. OH WOW! what a page! love all the pictures and your border is fabulous :)

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  57. I think I'm probably your biggest fan. I mean seriously...could this page BE any cuter? LOVE.

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  58. This was such an adorable idea! thanks for sharing it with us. I agree with you - those flowers are really cute.

    smilesmoore2 atverizon dotnet

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  59. This is just lovely, thank you for the chance!

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  60. I love AC !!!! thanks for the chance to win !

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  61. Waooww !!! Great layout. I adore your idea of one picture per week. Wish I had done the same when I was pregnant.
    Thanks for the chance to win.
    I hope I'll be lucky just for once.

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  62. What a great idea and a gorgeous layout.

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  63. The Rose brads are my favorite too! Great layout - thanks for the chance to win.

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  64. Love the rose brads too!
    Thanks for the chance

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  65. Beautiful layout! I love all of the buttons and brads, so fun!

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  66. This is brilliant! I love love love that border!!!!

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  67. Ooo! How fun! Great way to document your pregnancy! ^_^

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  68. Love this page!! All the buttons make me swoon. :)

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  69. Your project is gorgeous...great hop.

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  70. Sweeeet layout! And boy do I love me some Elements! :)

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  71. Great idea! I love this! And I love the buttons too!

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  72. Love this! That border would be a fabulous way to use up my huge stash of extra buttons and brads, too... might have to try that!

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  73. Lovin' all the small pics! and all of the beautiful pretties!

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  74. I like how you use so many pictures in your layout! great use of buttons!and the mini flowers!

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  75. Such an awesome page! Love the weekly pics.

    Smiles,
    Wendy
    shonsmo@yahoo.com

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  76. Oh. My. Word! This is one of the BEST maternity layouts I've ever seen! What a fun way to document your growing belly! I LOVE all of the embellishments on the page! Fantastic!!

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  77. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this so much, Paige! :)

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  78. I love this! I'm so jealous! I wish I had taken a picture of my belly every week! (I can't use enough exclamations apparently.) :)

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  79. Cute layout!!! I wish I had thought of documenting my pregnancies like you did!

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  80. Wonderful page! Good for you, documenting your weekly "growth" - pregnancy is a wonderful time, no? :)
    Love the design with the stitched diecut edge and all the AC goodies!

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  81. What a great idea! I'm sure I'm not the only mom on here who's thinking, "Why didn't I think of that!"

    Thanks for the great inspiration!

    Just Julie
    juliemccrary at hotmail dot com

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  82. love your layout :)
    thanks for the chance to win
    mua mua

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  83. Love this layout! Such a great way to capture those memories! Thanks for sharing!

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  84. Amazing page and I adore that you so diligently took these pictures! Precious momento!

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  85. Oh my! This layout is fantastic! I love the border with all those elements! So striking.

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  86. What a gorgeous way to document your pregnancy!

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  87. Wow, really creative and super pretty layout!:)

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  88. wow what a neat idea. i love this.

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  89. ADORABLE!! and so is the lay out! ;)

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  90. Would I EVER love to win!!!!! Thanks

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  91. What a wonderful layout!!!! Too bad 3 kids is enough for us...;) (not really...;)) Thank so much for the chance to win!

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  92. Oh my, this is a fabulous layout. Love all the brads and buttons around the edge. Thanks for the instructions and a chance to win!

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  93. I love those brads and buttons and what you did with them!!!
    Thanks for sharing.
    Barb

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  94. LOVE all the brads!
    and i was cracking up when i read your comment thinking i wrote, "i love my legs" on my layout. too funny.

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  95. Thanks for the giveaway love the brads.

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  96. Your pregnancy pictures are so cute! Love how you used all those elements!

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  97. Love your page! Those buttons and rose brads are awesome! Cute idea to photograph yourself every week during your pregnancy...great page!

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  98. What a perfect layout! I never have enough courage to put a lot of photos on one page but your turned out beautiful.

    ckbills2000@hotmail.com

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  99. I just love all of these beautiful details!

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  100. Way cool on that layout. thanks for sharing.

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  101. Brilliant page idea!!!!!
    And how cute is that flower :)

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  102. I love, love, love how you use embellishments... can you teach me??? Amazing!

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  103. Amazing layout! I love, love, love all the buttons and brads!

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  104. love how you always have creative uses for the brads and buttons! thanks for sharing (:

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  105. What a great idea! Love it and I may steal it. ;D Thanks for the Inspiration!

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  106. These elements are just so, so cute! I especially love the ones on the lower right hand corner! Thanks for sharing!

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  107. what an inpirational LO! love the use of buttons, brads and that resin flowers..love it..thanks for the chance to win.

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  108. what a great project. I'm sure you'll all enjoy it for years to come

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  109. What a great way to document your pregnancy!

    Thanks for the chance to win!

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  110. just beautiful. I adore that cute pregnant belly and all those wonderful buttons! Thank you for the chance to win!

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  111. this is a fabulous LO, love the journaling, all the buttons and the fabulous paper

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  112. This LO is just the cutest! Great giveaway...

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  113. That layout is STUNNING, what a showcase! Thanks for the inspiration and the chance at a wonderful prize pack!

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  114. I absolutely love american craft elements!

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  115. what an awesome way to scrap the developing belly! cute cute cute and the elements all around the page are so awesome! thanks for a great hop

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  116. How adorable, love this idea and the journaling is perfect! Thanks for the chance to win!

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  117. I wish I would have thought to do this when I was pregnant with my little girlie! Love the button border - thank you for a chance to win some!

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  118. I've been wanting those fabric brads for ages. Love the layout!

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  119. your layout resonates with me, what with my little one born last year as well. Beautiful! love those roses too!

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  120. Just WOW!!! I adore buttons and the idea of the LO is Stunning!

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  121. First... I LOVE LOVE LOVE your layout! Second... I LOVE LOVE LOVE this giveaway! Thank You!

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  122. What a great idea! I wish I have more photos of myself pregnant. Lovely layout in every way!

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  123. such a great layout! i love those plastic roses too!

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  124. Love, love, love your layout! So adorable :)

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  125. Such a great idea...luv ur layout!

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  126. Wow - love the buttons on the frame! Thanks for sharing your lovely layout =)

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  127. cute, cite layout! thanks for the giveaway!

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  128. so stinkin cute!!!! great idea!!! Pick me pick me!

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  129. What a great idea! I loooove all the elements and buttons around the page!

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  130. omgoodness super cute! Love the little pics and all the embellishments!

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  131. Super cute LO! I'd love to win. :)

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  132. Your LO is so cute! And clever! What a great idea!

    Thanks so much for a chance to win!

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  133. I hadn't seen those new brads and buttons yet, but I am LOVIN' them.

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  134. What a great idea. I wish I would have thought of it when I was pregnant, but I practically ran from the camera at that time! I also love those rose brads! Gayleandmike@charter.net

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  135. Love the use of the buttons! What a great layout!!!

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  136. oh wow Paige, that layout is fantastic. Makes me wish I had done something similar!!! You rocked this layout.

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  137. Ohhh gosh! I so LUV the page! What a great idea! And that button border is a wowee!

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  138. Love your layout and love AC! TGIF! Thanks for the chance to win ;)
    -Suzy suzyq28024@gmail.com

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  139. I would love to win some Am. Crafts Elements!! Thanks for a chance to win, Paige!

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  140. LOve your sweet page!! Great to remember that special time in your life!!
    mariacastillov@hotmail.com

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  141. I think the way you used those buttons is super cute! I always wished I would have documented each week with my pregnancies!

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  142. I love your page! It so colorful. Love how you embellish it.

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  143. Wonderful Layout!!!
    And very beautiful givaway :)

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  144. I love the idea of your page ! I also love these elements !

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  145. I wish I had enough commitment to have done something like that for my pregnancies... It's beautiful.

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  146. Your page is so unique! I adore the products you used! Totally rad!

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  147. I LOVE the weekly layout...wish I had been that good about pics so I could replicate it.

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  148. Lovely layout!! such a sweet memory (:

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  149. I love AC elements, they're so versatile! I totally understand your love for the rose brads!

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  150. Great LO idea! What fun embellishments! Thx!

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  151. Love the layout, this is such a great idea, love all of the buttons and brads!

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  152. oh my goodness this is so super cute! Thanks for a chance to win!

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  153. we hung out with chris last night when we were in LA. i'm still SOOOOOO sad you had to be in utah during our visit. and abigail was totally crushed that she couldn't hang out with fox! i hope you're having a fun trip!

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  154. Really cute layout!! Thanks for sharing :)

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  155. what a fun way to show off those photos, love all the buttons & brads

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  156. I am drooling over the plastic rose brads.

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  157. I absolutely LOVE buttons and little embellishments, I design cards, layouts on scrapbooking and jewellery with them. Love the die cut frame you made with Watch Me Grow layout, simply stunning well done :)

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  158. What a fab layout! Wish I had thought of having my photo taken each week or even each month during my pregnancies. Lovely goodies!

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  159. This is one seriously cool layout!! I LOVE all the buttons and brads and all of the pictures showing the progression of your pregnancy!!!

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  160. Your project is very special and exciting! I love it!

    Thanks so much for sharing!

    :)

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  161. Love the way you outlined the LO with all the goodies. So eye catching! Thanks for a chance to win the pretties!!

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  162. What a colorful page!!! love those buttons and elements, great!

    and thanks for the chance!

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  163. fabulous LO and LOVE the giveaway!

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  164. OMGoodness, this is simply fabulous!!!!!!

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  165. What fun photos! Great layout too. :)

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  166. What a great way to document your pregnancy!Beautiful layout!thanks for the chance to win!!!

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  167. I love those rose brads. and I'm so jealous you have a picture from every week of your pregnancy, I'm definitely going to have to do that the next time.

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  168. Ooo your layout is awesome! So love how you used index prints & the button border. so creative!

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  169. Your layouts are always so cute and inspiring!

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  170. Fabulous layout! Wish I did the same for my pregnancy.

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