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2012 Travel Review

    We switched internet, phone and cable services last week, and "things" didn't go well.  We had no service on any of the above for over a week.  Therefore, my last challenge is very late, but I am submitting it anyway.    I was so frustrated with all the issues with the internet that my creative juices nearly dried up.  I did, however, manage to come up with a fairly good layout.

     Instead of reviewing all of the activities with our family, I decided to do a sampling of the places my husband and I visited. In the spring, we went to Fort Lauderdale, Orlando, and The Villages in Florida for one week at each location.  Then in early summer, we traveled to Branson, MO (it is just 4 hours from our home).  

     We had a trip planned to Gatlinburg, and I discovered three days before we were to leave that the CKU convention was being held in Nashville on the day we would be going through there.  I called Kevin Potter and asked if he needed any help.  He said he did, so Phil and I spent two nights at the Opryland hotel, and I worked at the Mosaic Moments booth with Kevin.  It was very tiring, but I enjoyed so much meeting other ladies who love to create mosaics (and some who were just getting started).  One lady in particular touched my heart when she told me her 19-year-old son had been killed in 2011 in the army.  She had started scrapbooking to keep her mind occupied.

     Now, back to my layout.  I created it on storm grid paper--all the pictures have lots of green in them.  On each page, I matted the focal point pictures, because they were my favorites.  I didn't journal, but I did write the names of the locations around the outside edges of the pages.

     I guess you would say I utilized a favorite saying of one of my friends, "Fancy is fun, but simple is DONE!"

     It has been great fun and lots of work being on the first Design Team.  The best part was hearing comments from my friends and those of you who have cheered me on.  Also, I did get many more mosaics done than in previous years.  In addition, the pages the other team members submitted gave me lots of new ideas.

Shared by Linda Holmes on December 22, 2012 | Memory Date: December 21, 2012
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I'm envious! To have traveled so many places in one year and be able to do a review at the end of the year! Wow! Great pictures and I love the journling around the edge. Hope you'll continue to post a page or two this coming year - we'll miss you!
Posted By: Nancy Sanders  |  December 31, 2012 at 10:11 pm   
Great pages! Sorry you had internet trouble at the very end. I hope to see your posts in 2013. Have a great 2013 :)
Posted By: Julie Oconnor  |  December 31, 2012 at 12:52 am   
I love the idea of highlighting your travels as you final layout of the year! You've been a great inspiration and look forward to seeing more of your work in 2013! Happy new year!!
Posted By: Beth Glass  |  December 26, 2012 at 9:08 pm   
A great look back at the year with pictures you've taken on your trips. Haven't made it to Branson yet, still want to see Shepherd of the Hills play there, one day, maybe! Love the Old Mill in the middle of town in Gatlinburg, that is a wonderful shot! I really like the focus on the photos and the "journaling" around the edges. It's been great to be on this team this year with you and I too, hope you will continue to post layouts and join in the challenges with us in 2013. I know the Team would love your encouragement and inspiration! Thanks for putting this layout up to share in spite of the difficulties you faced in the past week! Have a wonderful and blessed Christmas!
Posted By: Andrea Fisher  |  December 24, 2012 at 3:10 pm   
Linda, How I understand those Internet change frustrations last time we made a change we were without internet for over a month. (I was not a happy camper!) Your pages are lovely as always - this is a nice three row double page design. Adding the locations in the margins around the pages is a great detail. I am not a "fancy" kind of person. Though I enjoy looking at all styles of scrapbooking it's always the "clean & simple" ones that really show off the photos that I enjoy most. :) I have enjoyed your creativity this year. I hope you will stay in touch (and keeping posting your pages in 2013.)
Posted By: Tami Potter  |  December 22, 2012 at 1:28 pm   

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