Young Crafters Unite blog hop!

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Hi everyone, and welcome to the next stop on the Young Crafters Unite Blog Hop! If you’re following along the hop you should be arriving here from Chari Moss’ blog (She makes such adorable cards!). If you aren’t a hopper but want to join in the fun you can start at the beginning by visiting the Young Crafters Unite website.

Why do I consider myself a young crafter?

I always feel younger than the calendar says I am. I really believe that being “young” or “old” is up to us. So I act the way I want to feel. And crafting is one of the things I do that helps me stay young. Shopping for crafting supplies surely must reduce wrinkles because it makes me giddy like a little girl. And the feeling I get when I start to cut, stamp and glue things together…well, if my hair was longer I would put it up in pigtails! I suspect all crafters are young crafters. :-)

My “favorite thing” project

We were asked to create a new project using our favorite things, and I chose to create a layout using two favorite things:

  1. These photos are of my brother, Phil, and me at the baby pool in our hometown. I love everything about these photos: Phil’ls scrunchy smile, our darling bathing suits pushed low on our round bellies, our suntanned skin, our happy faces and my memories of many hours spent at that pool together with our mom. Wow, these are awesome photos!
  2. I recently created a tutorial about crocheting on your scrapbook pages, so that’s my new favorite technique! I’ve used it on this layout to create the sun element. It takes some extra time, so I’ll probably save it for more special photos/memories, but I love the even more handmade and vintage feel it gives to my layouts. :-)

At the Pool highlights a few special photos of me and my brother in the summer of 1970.

More of my personal favorites

I thought I would also share just a few more of my recent layouts and cards because they are all about being or staying young, and they make me happy to look at!

I think you are…
I made this little set of 2×3-inch cards so that I could occasionally pop a love note in my husband’s laptop bag before he leaves the house. Why does food with faces make us smile?


I think you, cool, sweet and cheesy!

I am I because my little dog knows me
I can’t help it—I love this layout. That photo of our precious family dog, Spenser, is from 1991 when he was only a few months old. We all adored him and he adored us. And I think this Gertrude Stein quote is awesome.


I think this Gertrude Stein quote is all this layout needed to capture my feeling.

He will go far
This is a photo from 2000, when our nephew Jerad was only 4. I thought this new October Afternoon line, Rocket Age, would work perfectly to highlight all the potential I see in his little face.


This outer space-themed paper just seemed like the perfect way to showcase a child's potential.

Thank you so much for hopping by today. Don’t forget to leave a comment on this post because there are prizes up for grabs for some lucky participants. Randomly selected commenters will have the opportunity to win prizes from Simon Says Stamp, Paper Smooches and Lawn Fawn! Comment by Monday, July 4th at 11:59PM CST to win; winners will be announced Wednesday, July 6th at noon CST.

The next young crafter on this hop is Kelly Latevola (This woman is a master with Distress Inks!). Thanks again for stopping by, and I do hope you’ll come back again soon.

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  1. That photo of your nephew cracks me up! Great lay out for it to.

  2. What a lovely layout! I love that you paired older photos with fresh, new patterned paper and embellishments =) Thank you so much for joining our bloghop!

  3. Great LO and card set!

  4. Great layouts! They are so nice, but the thing I liked most are the cards!!!! They are so cute!

  5. nice lo’s..I need to get back to scrapbooking…

  6. your layouts are great and the mini card the ones which are simply superb.

  7. why is smiling food so great?!?!

  8. Your layout made me think of the days at the town pool with my brother! What wonderful times and memories! Thanks for sharing!

  9. Beautiful layouts! Love the crochet around the circle. I was in fact more interested in your previous post and the template. lol

  10. Jeannie L says:

    Love your LOs and especially the one on the dog. Seriously?…Crochet on scrapbook pages? I’ll definitely be checking it out. Thanks for sharing!

  11. Love all the layouts… really nice…


  12. I love the crocheted edge on your layout. One of my other hobbies is crochet, and I’ll have to try your technique out! TFS!

  13. Love your pages, that top page is so fun and happy.

  14. Love your layouts, but that card set is just perfect!!! You’ve given me a great idea for MY husband’s laptop :) x

  15. Your pages are so cute and colorful and fun! Those mini cards are super cute too!

  16. Great layouts and adorable mini card set!

  17. auntiemaryann says:

    you inspire me to try scrapbooking. right now i only do cards.

  18. Oh Janice, first off, thank you for the sweet comment about my cards being adorable! Second…. WOW! Crocheting on scrapbook pages? Now that is cool! Your other layouts are beautiful as well. More layout inspiration to file away in my brain for later. One day I will make a scrapbook! :) Thanks so much for sharing!

  19. I love your LOs so much and crocheting on scrap LOs is such an awesome idea!

    I will now shamelessly borrow your love notes idea, I think that’s adorable. It’ll be sure to bring a smile to Mr Tania’s face 😀

  20. Nice Layout and the crocheting around the paper ~ very unique!
    Thanks for sharing,

  21. Your cards and layouts are fabulous! I love your style, thanks for sharing :)

  22. Love that first layout and those little cards are too cute!!

  23. Beautiful sketches of the scrapbook pages!! Wow! My favorites were the little cards….ADORABLE!!
    Kim Marie

  24. Your LOs are fabulous…I have never seen crocheting on a LO – how beautiful it is! AMAZING. And your cute little cards made me laugh-esp. the Cheesy one LOL! :)

  25. All your projects are so summery!

  26. Love all your projects, and the little cards with the popsicles, etc. Are darling!

  27. I adore your scrapbooking style and seeing these have really make me want to stop what I’m doing and start scrapbooking again!

  28. charlene k says:

    gorgeous los!

  29. Mubeena says:

    love the card set!

  30. Love the layouts and cards. Beautiful job.

  31. Your layouts are adorable! Thanks for sharing!

  32. Sharon Gullikson says:

    I must know which company makes the food with faces…

    • Janice Daquila-Pardo says:

      Hi Sharon: I found those stamps in the dollar bin at Michaels! They’re by Studio G.

  33. b. poteraj says:

    How adorable the little cards are!!

  34. Natasha G.P. says:

    I love the little food cards. Too adorable.

  35. Love the layouts! I think I have the same set of little stamps, too. I like your idea for using them for your husband — I might have to try that on mine, too!

  36. Love your projects.

  37. great projects ~ such fun to visit.

  38. Janice your projects are simply fabulous! The pool layout of you and your brother made me smile so big :) You can just see years of pool time, bathing suits, and little round bellies in those photos!!

  39. Great layout. i like the mix of colors and papers. I need to make more pages. Thanks for inspiring me. TFS! I am on the hop too. You can check out my project if you want. I am # 58:)

  40. I adore your layouts!

  41. wowwwwww

  42. Beautiful projects, great fun!

  43. All your projects are fantastic! Really love your style. I’m becoming a follower if I’m not already. TFS! i’m on the hop too so please swing by if you get the chance. :0)

    Be sure to stop by my blog to enter my 500 followers giveaway!

    XO ~ Amy Jo (follower)
    amyjrockstar at gmail dot com

  44. Wow! I LOVE Your Layouts and the crochet:) I am a new follower!

  45. What a delightful creative style you have … these are fabulous!

  46. I love your style! Great layouts, and i love those cards… What stamp company are the images from?

    • Janice Daquila-Pardo says:

      Thanks, Christy! Those stamps are by Studio G at Michaels. They were only a dollar. :-)

  47. love the personal touch of crochet on your layout!

  48. I love all of your layouts and the crocheting is perfect for a sun. Your little love notes are a great idea, too. DH and I just had our 30th, it wouldn’t hurt to put those in his computer case. :) Thank you for sharing your projects.

  49. Awesome layouts and cards. Thanks for sharing. :)

  50. Love the cute little cards :)

  51. Bonnie Ditto says:

    Great projects. So personal with the crochet.

  52. Jessica B. says:

    these layouts are awesome! fabulous job!! :)

  53. Loving the card set! Its so cute!

  54. Amy McVey says:

    What great projects….I love your layouts and your cards are so cute!

  55. Martine says:

    I love your projects, thanks for sharing!

  56. What a great set of projects. I LOVE the crocheted border on your scrap page! What a neat ’embellishment’. :o)

  57. Those little love notes are tooo cute! Your layouts are wonderfully inspiring!

  58. I loved the crocheting on your layout. Never thought of doing that! So cool!
    Awesome layouts!

  59. What cool creations!! And don’t you just love looking at old photos of childhood? :)

  60. You do fabulous LOs! They are so unique and look like a lot of fun to create. I really like your blog too. It is very different. I’m following now. :0)

    Be sure to stop by my blog to enter my 500 followers giveaway!

    XO ~ Amy Jo (follower)
    amyjrockstar at gmail dot com

  61. Ohhh they’re all fabulous, but the little Spencer one is soooooooooo sweet!

  62. Wanda Green says:

    Lov the crocheted elemet on the web page–it is super cute!

  63. Allison Romero says:

    Love all the layouts..especially the crocheting!

  64. Great projects! I just LOVE the idea of laptop lovenotes and I think I need to ‘borrow’ this idea as well… so sweet!

  65. Wonderful cards and layouts. All scream of fun times or time to have fun.

  66. Jordan G says:

    Cute layouts and card set! I love that i think you are… stamp set(I have it and use it all the time teehee)

  67. Oh my goodness. That the crocheting on your layout is such an awesome technique. The texture it creates is awesome! I also love all of the cute projects you’ve shared. You have an adorable style. :) Thank you so much for joining us on the Young Crafters Unite blog hop!

  68. THANKS for sharing all of your projects!! Look like you stay busy!! Have a FABULOUS WEEK!! =)

  69. All your projects are fabulous! I like your crocheted sun.

  70. Love all your projects! Great style. And super cute crocheted sun–I’m sharing your tut with a friend. :)
    -Elaine Uhl

  71. thanks for some great pages and some great ideas!!!

  72. Stephanie Y. says:

    I love those mini cards using the food stamps! I actually have that same set and now am inspired to finally use them. thanks!

  73. REbecca T says:

    Love your work. Nice colors.

  74. Beautiful layouts, TFS 8o)

  75. Hi! Looved your scrapbook pages and also the little cards!!!

  76. your layouts are wonderful, but those darling cards captured my heart!

  77. I adore the Food With Faces card series!

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