Altenew Crafty Friends Blog Hop Day 1 + Giveaway

Hey everyone, welcome to Day 1 of the Crafty Friends Blog hop for Altenew. I am so excited to be a friend and fan of the amazing company Altenew. You possibly arrived here from Kristina's blog, thanks so much for stopping by and joining in on this hop!

Here is the layout that I have created to share with you today. 

Todays layout focus' on the things I love most; gorgeous papers and embellishments and storytelling. I am a big advocate for getting my stories (however short) onto my pages. I think that is the root of my passion for scrapbooking really; documenting our everyday. I have memories of going through photos after my grandparents passed and thinking to myself; who is in those photos, what are they doing, where were they? etc. Sometimes I would be lucky enough to find a small handwritten name on the back of a photo and a year. That was like finding gold and was few and far between. I think to myself how much I would love to be able to read the stories about what things were like in those photographs of my family in the past. To me, what I am doing is special, and even if it is not appreciated by those around me now, I am sure long after I am gone and my children are older it will be. That's the hope anyway and the big drive behind why I do what I do. Can anyone else relate to this?

My kiddies are growing up so quick. These photos were taken on a recent family trip away. The town we went to was having a big festival for the weekend. We went on a 'farm hop' and visited a few of the local farms in the area who opened their doors to the public on this day. This particular farm had free range chickens and produced eggs. The kids absolutely loved the baby chicks and spent so much time with them picking them up and talking to them. It was so adorable. 

I used the Our Family scrapbook kit available in the Altenew store to document this page. I did mix it a little with the Reflections kit too as I couldnt help but add in some of it's embellishments. 

The journaling for this page is not too detailed, but detailed enough that you know the who, what and where of these photos. 

The main feature of the page is a fussy cut floral from one of the patterned papers in the kit. I decided to only incorporate part of the design and make a feature of it on my page; nestling my photos within the florals and the journaling in the negative space. The colours within this kit were the perfect match to the colours within the photos. That can sometimes be a tough feat when you are wanting to use particular products on a layout. 

I used a combination of regular tape adhesive; I use the Altenew tape runner (its so quick and easy) and a foam adhesive to add a pop of dimension. I included the wood cranes in this layout, I know they are not chickens ha - but I took some crafty licence and figured there were birds so added them to a couple of places on the page. 

You will notice that I have three main areas of embellishments on my layout. One to the top right of the page next to the photo, one on the bottom left of the left side photo and one where the journaling is. I tend to create all layouts with this 'three' clusters rule and adding them to the layout in a way that forms a triangle. This helps to guide your eyes from one spot on the layout to another and so on, giving you a reading/viewing path on my page.

Anyways enough from me, onto the amazing details of how you can join in and win!

Special Offer to you!!!

FREE U.S. shipping with code CRAFTY18 or $5 OFF international shipping with code FRIENDS18 at checkout. Offer valid from 11/29/2018 at 12:01 am EST through 12/1/2018 at 11:59 pm EST. Not valid on prior purchases. Cannot be combined with other promo codes.

Prizes for this Hop
Altenew is giving away a $50 gift certificate to 5 lucky winners and one Altenew Academy class to 5 lucky winners. There are also 12 awesome friends who are celebrating with us, and they are offering the following prizes:

My Sweet Petunia: 3 MISTI stamping tools(Memory, Original, and Mini)
Jennifer McGuire Ink: Altenew $50 gift certificate & 10 handmade cards
Online Card Classes: 3 class spots
Create and Craft TV: £50 gift certificate
Ellen Hutson LLC: $30 gift certificate
Chameleon Art Products: 1 pack of 5 Chameleon Pens
Stamp & Scrapbook Expo: $25 gift certificate
Butterfly Reflections Ink: $25 gift certificate
Simon Says Stamp: $25 gift certificate
Scrapbook & Cards Today Magazine: 2 copies of Scrapbook & Cards Today Fall 2018 issue $25 gift certificate
Tombow USA: 1 pack of 10 Dual Brush Pens

Be sure to leave comments on all the blog posts by Sunday, December 9th, 2018 for a chance to win! 37 winners will be chosen at random from the comments left on all of the blogs listed below and will be announced on the Altenew Card Blog and Altenew Scrapbook Blog on December 15th, 2018. How cool is that!!!!!

You can also win a $20 gift certificate just by commenting here on my blog. I will announce a winner by 12/9/2018.

Blog Hop Order:
Altenew Card Blog
Jennifer McGuire
May Sukyong Park
My Sweet Petunia
Kathy Racoosin
Norine Borys
Chameleon Art Products
Svitlana Shayevich
Kristina Pokazanieva
Raquel Bowman - You are here *****
Keeway Tsao
Butterfly Reflections Ink
Virginia Lu
Laura Jane
Simon Says Stamp
Lilith Eeckels
Dana Gong
Alex Syberia
Stamp & Scrapbook Expo
Zinia Redo
Jessica Frost-Ballas
Zsoka Marko
Meghann Andrew
Kay Miller
Thanks so much for popping by today, you're next stop is Keeway Tsao's blog.

Raquel xxx