Monday, March 5, 2012

It's a smashing good SMASH Hop!!!

If you've just hopped here from my partner in all things colorful, Oh snap Lizzie, then you are in the right spot! My good friend, the talented artist, Krista Smith came to me and asked if I thought a Smash Blog Hop would be fun to do and of course I said yes!! I love checking out other Smash Books online (there is a really fun Smash*aholics FB group you should check out) - especially on YouTube! it's really fun to see how different and unique they can be even though we all start off with the same base. So, she rounded up 6 other girls to join in the fun and we're hoping you'll join as well! Krista has a link tool on HER blog (as well as the FULL list of everyone participating) if you'd like to share with us a smash page that YOU have made. There are PRIZES as well so make sure you check it out! Krista designed our very own smashing girl digital stamp & is very generously (as is her style)  letting each of us GIVE AWAY 1 digital stamp to TWO lucky winners! How cool is that - I bet you'd like to know what they look like - well, here they are: 



Aren't they awesome?! I literally squealed and emailed Krista saying how much I adored the short hair and she said she thought of the hair cut just for me b/c I have short hair. haha I'm telling you I big puffy heart that girl!!!

Well, I bet you want to see my smash pages, but first let me tell you I made another video of putting the pages together & I hope you will take a look:

Finally got my video uploaded - sorry YouTube was being a big pain!!! LOL





However, if you just want to look at pictures of the pages, here they are as well: 





One thing I gotta say - DON'T be afraid to journal! This page consisted of a LOT of journaling and I'm not particularly a fan of my own handwriting - it will have changed from the time I start to the time I finish but it's MINE and I'm owning it now. I did a two-page spread on Lenny Kravitz. I gotta say he's one of my FAVORITE musicians. I LITERALLY have every single album he's made EXCEPT the greatest hits b/c well, I already have them all, LOL, and his MOST recent one b/c I was living under a rock apparently and didn't realize he released another one at the end of last year. Won't be long before I get that one, just gotta save up some extra $$ and fill up my iTunes card. haha So, as I was listening to him while cleaning this weekend I started to think about how I first heard of him when my brother gave me 3 of his CDs one year when I was in high school. I loved him immediately and my brother took me to his Are You Gonna Go My Way concert shortly thereafter. It was a blast and one of my most fondest memories with my brother. I love him so much and it just conjured up all these memories as music sometimes does - it has this quality that it can transport you back in time to a specific moment and the emotion in that moment. So, I actually found the pic of my brother and me on the way to the concert as well as one from my wedding day when I had the DJ play a specific Lenny Kravitz song so I could dance with my brother. Anyway, this was a pretty emotional page for me to put together for many reasons but it's already a favorite. I've GOT to do more of these. This is only my 2nd pages EVER smashing!! I love it and I've already started a little collection of photos and memorabilia for future pages. :D While digging for these photos, I found a little collection of love notes from my hubby when we were dating that have GOT to make their way into a page, doncha thing?!

Well, I've certainly kept you long enough, not even sure you made it through, but your next stop on the hop is the lovely KIRA. She is UBER talented just like her mama Kellie Winnell! I am sure she has something most exciting for you!!!

Thanks for stopping by!


60 comments :

Yani said...

Wow, loved your Smashing... it's so cool!! Thanks for sharing!

Karen said...

These are gorgeous honey - I love them so much - I can see that these would be so addictive - And I LOVE that these are a fantastic compromise between great big scrapbooking albums and my itty bitty cardmaking passion.. smiles..
I only ever made one album (for our wedding) and was hooked, but couldn't justify getting into scrapbooking properly because of the expense and the extra space I would need.. but these smash books? The perfect answer!! Yippee! :0) xx

This N That said...

What great memories with these pages!! I want to do a page with songs that define me, but it might end up being like 5 pages, LOL You really have a knack for this stuff, missy!! and...WAAAANT that image!!!

Heather said...

What a great story and love that you used your own handwriting!! Makes it so much more personal!!!!

AngelEyes said...

Oh I love this Smash Hop!!
I got two Smash books(black & red) + a small one, but can´t seem to fill them. I do a lot of Art journaling so I would really like to create in my Smash Books. Maybe this is the time to start with all of you! Thank you for a great post! Hugs from Norway ;)

Annie Rose said...

Oh my, how fantastic! Love your pages and all the journaling. I also like to spend hours watching YouTube videos on people smashing and journal-making... so fun. :)

-Annie Rose

Maria Therese said...

Really fun hop!!I have a green smash book coming in the mail soon ♥
And those smash didgi's are awesome! The girl with the long hair looks just like what my hair will look like next month when I get my extensions ♥

skated said...

I love all the smash* books and have enjoyed seeing all the different takes on them so far on the hop. Krista's smash* girls digis are amazing, and perfect for the books.
I also have lots of little notes form my hubby and kids so i shall be adding them to my smash* books once i decide on which one for which theme.
Thankyou for sahring you smash* story so far with us, off to hop again
Kate xxx

ChristinM said...

hopping along, an admiring all the great pages you girls make... thanks for even more inspiration..

early said...

yay! I love your journaling page. sometime I am afraid to journal too much because I am not fond of my handwriting but I think on some pages it adds character.

thanks for this hop!
Serena

Auror Willow said...

I'm afraid to cover an entire page with journaling. I love how it looks in your book and others. I just don't have the heart to do it in mine.

Thanks so much for the blog hop!
Kayla

nicke said...

Being new to this Smash vibe i dont have a proper smash book but a note pad i got from my son to start one and reading everything you have done on yours gets me thinking about my wonderful memories so thankyou for that and i will try and journal more now as mine only consisted of a few sentences on a scrapbook page so was in awe of all your journalling on the page lol keep enjoying it chica as know i am hooked now :0)

saturated canary said...

so awesome. i'm sure you got teary while making these pages...kinda feel a sniffle coming on myself;).

you are so good at putting elements together in a fun way! love your stuff mama!

xx

lizzie said...

OMG dude! I totally heart Cinna... urrr Lenny! hahahahahaa Yea I went there! When I was reading the hunger games I totally had Lenny Kravitz in my head whenever Cinna popped up! I love that they casted him! That movie is gonna be awesome, even tho I have already seen a flaw or two in the trailers hahaaa
Love your page, love you so much!! Ima go check out youtube to see if your video is up!!!

Gabbi said...

hi carissa, such great pages. I love the little page you used as a pocket. very cute. thanks for the chance to win kristas cute imgages.

crafty....du said...

love your ideas for smashing, thanks for sharing and giving me loads of ideas on how to start my first smash xx

kerry

Rhonda Miller said...

Wow, I love your page. I'm going to have to check out your video when I finish the hop. TFS.

Katie said...

Thanks for sharing! P.S. Your blog is Beautiful!

Kim Kelley said...

Thank you for sharing. It is fun to see how everyone does it different! HUGS

Bettina said...

ooh. Lenny Krawitz gives me a lot of memories from the past (giggle) hadnt think of those times for a very long time, so thanks for making me giggle and remember...(nope, wont tell ya what happened to a specific Lenny song...giggle...)
hugs!

Kelly said...

Great seeing how you all smash differently. Love the two pages you've done. Your handwriting's very neat , unlike mine x

Mary M. said...

Wow - I really love your smashing (and Lenny too).

Mary Brockway said...

LOVE!!! Thanks for the inspiration! I'm off to get my SMASH ON!!! xox

ScrapHappy2006 said...

Cool pages...so many great ideas! Thanks!

CRAZYCRAFTSHED said...

Fantastic pages Carisa,my first smash hop and lot's of inspiration
Hugs Dianne xx :)

Shanna Shands said...

I love your smash! Awesome creating style!

Christy said...

Love this hop! Thanks for all the great inspiration! Smash on... :D

Roxy said...

Your blog is gorgeous, and I looooove your smash pages! I gotta tell ya, I have a thing for Lenny, too, he's just beautiful! Anyway, thanks for the chance to win, I'm now your newest follower! Hugs, Roxy.

ms.espresso said...

Love your smash pages! All that journaling and the story behind it all is fabulous & will make a fab memory!

Jessica Fitzgerald (aka MommaJess) said...

Carisa this is awesome and I am s o amazed that this is only your 2nd time Smashing. I also am a LK fan and i love how you incorporated personal meaning to your LK devotion page

Melissa S. said...

I love your Lenny Pages. So much detail. I love all the other fun things on your blog. The corner book marks are fantastic. Gotta make some for my granddaughters. Great Hop today, I will drop by again soon.

Kimberly said...

Great looking pages...super cool...thanks for sharing.

Cindy said...

Carisa, luv, I think your journaling is fantastic, and the more the better (that's my kinda smash accent!) Thanks for sharing your details on the concert, and your lovely 2-pager!

crazed scrapbooker said...

how cool is that Lenny page! might even do a page of my once addiction of NKOTB ( shhhh don't tell Paris LOL)..how cute are those digis! adorableness

Sammi said...

AWESOME!! LOVE your smash pages!! thanks so much for sharing your process with us! Great vid girl!!
Sammi
xxx

Caz said...

Carisa, your Lenny Kravitz page is awesome...I love how busy it is and also all your journalling.
Caz
x

Karyn S said...

wowee, what an amazing page - it is such a great idea to SMASH* your fav singer/band. we often dont recorn info like that. I love all the journalling and the pics - love love love it!!

Angie Delarie said...

Lenny Krazits is da bomb!
Love this blog!

Kellie said...

Lenny Kravits is amazing and I am so glad that you shared something so special to you with us all. Amazing journalling and your right, like we both realised it for the hop, that regardless of our handwriting we have to write things down to treasure the moments even more! Loved hopping with you xo

bharsch said...

Thanks for the video turorial...love your pages. This is great idea...smashing.

Thanks again!

Emma said...

Oooh Carisa, what a Fantastic Page! Isn't it funny how music can bring so many memories back to us! I love how you have put so much journalling into this page and the photos bring it all together, LOVE it!

KatieLady said...

I love how completely filled the pages are, and the huge amount if journaling! SO CUTE!
insane.poptarts13@gmail.com

Tanya said...

Cool smash!!

Tanya
phenis2031 at yahoo dot com

My messy corner said...

I've visited your blog before and just loved the video tutorials. Now I see your amazing smash pages and all that journaling. Love, love, love it even more.

Thank you for the inspiration and more ideas for my first smash.

Michelle

*Alison* said...

super cute! love all the fun details you have in it.. great video too :) hugs

Amy E said...

AWESOME video! (and great music too!!) Your pages came out SO great!!!

What video editing program do you use? I have a camera and want to start making my own videos for my blog, but I'm not really sure where to start!!

amyis300 AT hotmail DOT com
scrapthissavethat.blogspot.com

Mónika said...

Cute, cute, cute Smashing!

Shazza said...

love this, I am scared of journalling but love the idea of it x

Kerri said...

love it..going to have to get me one..

LaJanette said...

Absolutely amazing! Love it and the video too!

You ladies are just going to make me take the plunge into Smashing!

Hugs;
Janette

Casper said...

Hiya there Carisa,

How are you?

I love your Smash pages,the content,the overflow of information and the cluttered collage elements are great.

Thanks to you I did my first Handwritten Journalling - Ilooked at all the pages on the hop and when I read what you said about handwritten journalling and not to be afraid - I took the plunge - Thank you (I have always hated my own hand writing)!

Take care
Big Hugs
Casper
xxx

Sprytebyrd said...

Carisa, this is just STUNNING! The journaling is just amazing and such an inspiration to get my own done, too! There's always so much to say, and with smash*ing, you can just say it and it doesn't have to be pretty or perfect or poetically correct. It can just *be*, if you know what I mean! Gorgeous job, my sweet friend! <3 You!
Hugs,
Dee

Stampin Mindy said...

Lovely pages. Thanks for the inspiration and ideas.

Hugs, Mindy

Trista said...

Great pages! I like how you journaled so much, since I tend to be afraid of journaling...something I need to slowly start doing more with on my pages. Great ideas!!

Kristin said...

Carissa,
Your Lenny Kravitz Smash is Beautiful!! Love Love Love it and as soon as I saw this, guess who was on Ellen.....Lenny!!!!
Thanks for sharing the video.
Love your blog(:
oxoxo,
Kristin

Kristin said...

My bad, so sorry I misspelled your name.
"Carisa" BTW, love your name!!!

Kristin said...

BTW, I love how you made the video go on speed, because me and my kids are totally ADHD-ing and that was such an awesome way to really see all your ideas and creations but quick enough for me to sit still for it. Absolutely Amazing!!!
Do you color for SC as well as create and sell your own cards? I love your work and would love to purchase one from you!!
Let me know.
Thanks so much, Carisa!!

kimhoay said...

Wow! This is such an inspiring page. I am also not a fan of my own handwriting, but I am working on journaling more in my book. Happy smashing! :)

Maga said...

Ok, so I dont feel that bad. I began mine today, after much thinking about it. Got the black one and will fill it with my travels done and want to go destinations. Thanks for this opportunity. You can see me at http://vamosacrear.blogspot.com/

Carol said...

Love you SMASH*ing pages!

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