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Friday, April 1, 2011

Happy April Fool's Day - Blog Hop

Hi friends, fellow bloggers and followers!

Welcome to It's A Joy 2 Scrap's April Fool's Day Blog Hop! I hope everyone is having a fantastic Friday! If you came here from Carlene of Miss Pink Cricut, you are in the right place. However, if you happened upon my blog by accident and would like to start from the beginning of this hop, please head over to It's A Joy 2 Scrap's blog so you don't miss any of the fun.

For this hop, we were asked to create a project that “tricks the eye.” I was super excited to do this blog hop although, if I'm being completely honest, the theme scared me a little. It sounded relatively easy to think of a project that fools or tricks the eye and knowing this could be interpreted in any way we wanted, it took a lot of brainstorming on my part to come up with something I felt reflected this theme.

Initially, My thoughts were eye tricking things, such a magic tricks or those eye games that make you think something on the page is moving when it's actually not. Then I brainstormed 3-D ideas, like the the sidewalk art that is so popular. Although all of these ideas were fascinating to me, I couldn't figure out how to make any of them work for this exact project.

Don't these look awesome? They are works of art made to look 3-dimensional painted on sidewalks.

After lots of thought and brainstorming and even picking my friend's brains for ideas, here's what I came up with.

My interpretation of this theme was something that caused a double-take or something that you had to look closely at to be sure it was right. So I made a paper bag album with some pictures of my family and these "moments" that tricked my eye! Enjoy.

Title says Mind Tricks

These first few pictures: We had gone to the ocean in Southern California on a family vacation. My daughter was buried in the sand so we took advantage of it. We put pants on her and used the sand buckets to give hem...boobs (for lack of a better word! LOL) Now my thought when I saw this picture was that if she were just there alone, anyone walking by would have done a double-take. So that's how this pic made it into this album. And it was fun.

This picture was taken at California Adventures. You can see behind me is down the street scenery. It gives the impression that there is more but truthfully, that was a very detailed and very realistic backdrop. The street ended about 10 to 15 feet behind me. (I'm the one pushing the stroller). This totally plays tricks on the mind. So that's how I picked this pic.

This next picture was taken on August 20, 1999 and was in no way funny. The only reason this picture made it into this album is because in my opinion, it is absolutely unbelievable that there were 5 people in that car, 2 adults, my aunt and myself, and 3 children ages 6, 3 and 3. The 6-year-old was sleeping on top of the luggage in the very back of this Toyota 4-Runner and was not buckled in. He survived the accident. His mother, who was the driver, was not buckled in and she was thrown 78 feet from the car and died instantly. I was the passenger in the front. My side of the car hit the ground first. We rolled almost end over end 5 to 6 times before coming to rest on the top of the car. My oldest daughter and my cousin (born on the same day, both 3 years old) were in car seats. I thought this picture was good to put in this album because even to this day, 11 years later, I still can't believe that I walked away from that car with nothing more than some scratches. I had an angel watching over me and the kids in that car that day.

These pictures are of my daughter who loved to play in the balls and in the bucket of stuffed animals. Some days, she'd virtually disappear inside these things to the point where you almost couldn't see her anymore. I'd have to do a double-take to find her! LOL Good times.

This picture on the left always makes me laugh. When I saw it, I knew I had to put it in this album. If I walked by this man and the little boy, I'd definitely do a double-take. His face says it all. He's quite obviously too big to ride that carousel horse and was having the time of his life (insert sarcasm here) based on his face. But my son NEEDED his daddy there with him so it was all worth it. My husband is such a good sport when it comes to stuff like this and he may not be the best at posing for pics, but he indulges me when I try!

Last year for Halloween, my son dressed up as one of our Military soldiers. We took pictures and you almost can't see him. That's why I thought this was a good picture to place in this album as well.

Recipe for this project:
I used my Cricut Expression and the Plantin School Book cartridges for the lettering.
Hot glue
several embellishments

Basically, I took 3 lunch size bags and folded them in half. I made them face opposite directions but made them all bottom side up so they would sit comfortably together well. I punched 2 holes on the folded side and threaded the ribbon through. I then decorated with pictures and embellishments. Very simple to put together.

I hope you enjoy my interpretation of the theme and I really thank you for visiting my blog.

This wouldn't be near as much fun if I didn't offer any blog candy, right? So here it is:

To win, all you have to do is leave a comment on this post. That's it. Easy-peasy!!!

Next in line is Jenny of PaperCut creations. What I like about her blog/style is that she is very creative and inspiring. I can't wait to see what she comes up with for this hop! So hop on over and check it out!

If you get lost along the way, here is the line up of my fellow crafters:

Elaine at Expressions By Elaine
Vicki Wilson of Scrapbooking Creations By Vicki
Darlene Saucier
Lindsey Zaldivar
Tammy Jennings
Ashley Walker (via Vicki Wilson)
Tonia Solomon
Kim Martin (via Vicki Wilson)
Janice Centritto
Jillian Eberhard
Kayla Taylor
Jenny Kingham
Krystal <---THIS IS ME!!
Linette Ojeda

**NOTE**Don't forget! If you leave a comment on all the blogs by Sunday at 11:59 p.m. CST. You have a chance to win some fabulous prizes.

Thank you so much for joining us on this hop!!!

Much love and creativity,


Misty said...

1st, I love your mini album & want to try the lunchbags one day. But truely, I shudder every time I look at that car! God Bless you and your Angel!!
I am holding my 1st blog hop, please
come to my blog for more info & to join me!

Hummer Hugs,
hummingbird204 at comcast dot net

Anonymous said...

Amazing... Love the pictures and your project....

Cyndi S said...

Love you album. Thanks for sharing your ideas with us.
cstephenson at q dot com

Amy said...

Very creative take on the hop challenge!! :) I have a picture of my son running with mud all over his legs... You can see his upper body perfectly (very clear), but the background is blurry and his legs are blurry and blend right in to the mud... So it looks like he's a torso without legs!! LOL... That would be a good picture for your book!! :) TFS!!

Thanks for participating in the HOP!! I'm your newest follower!! :)

Amy :) at

Tammy said...

I love your album! The pics are so cute and make my laugh!
otrbanks at earthlink dot net

*Star said...

Awesome Project! I love your take on this challenge. Tfs and have a great day. :)
stars paper passion at gmail dot com

iluvkatie74 said...

Cute mini album. I love it.

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Misha said...

Great interpretation of the "task". I'm amazed by the picture of your family car. Someone was looking out for you all that day.
misha_113 at yahoo dot com

Angela said...

I love how you made that mini album out of lunch bags...what a great idea!!! Definitely something to my mind churning now...
lauermaa at gmail dot com

Lillian Child said...

What delightful stories, Krystal. Love a family with a sense of humor!!
lillianchild at cox dot net

BunnyFreak said...

Love the mini book idea.

Jenn said...

Those pictures were amazing! Love your mini album too - so adorable!
smile4jenn at hotmail dot com

Scrappin Rabbit Designs said...

Love your mini book. Thanks for sharing.

Theresa said...

Love that its a paper bag, how cool is that!!!! I love the pics you posted of the street artists I swear some of them are amazing!

Sheila said...

Wow, I'm amazed at your story and your projects. You did a great job and your angel is totally looking out for you and your family. Thank you for sharing.

Lisa's Creative Niche said...

I love how you "recycled" the paper bags to make such a creative project! Thank you for sharing!

Love to scrap Lyndra said...

wow that is a great album, its amazing that you and the children walked away from that accident, you definitely had a n angel on your shoulder that day. Thanks for sharing. I am already a follower of your blog.

dbjb1519 at yahoo dot com

girlia said...

Love the pics and the projects. Wonderful and entertaining.

Tanya said...

Wow, those sidewalk pictures are amazing. They look very real!! Great job with the paperbag album!!

phenis2031 at yahoo dot com

kathlee said...

Great interpretation of tricking the eye! Such a fun project and you did so well at it! TFS

Barbara said...

Such an awesome project, i loved reading about it.
Your daughter is very creative too.

Jo said...

reading about the accident sure took me somewhere other than crafting, you are one blessed person to walk away from that.

joanieodonnell at hotmail dot com

Jo said...

thanks for sharing your project and for your personal touch with the pictures

Nana Jo said...

great album - unique pictures.
mmlmn at polarcomm dot com

Ola said...

What an amazing album! You & the kids most definitley had angels watching over you during that accident.... I can't believe the pictures of that car!

Thank you so much for sharing!!!

okj83 at live dot com

mamawcindy said...

Love your Album and thanks for sharing your personal story. I am a follower. :0)
cindymarshall63@hotmail dot com

Elaine said...

Great project & stories, you did a wonderful job on it!
thanks for sharing and for the chance to win:(

shersl84bed said...

Love your album. The photos you put in there were perfect for it.

Smiles Sher

Suzy said...

Cute mini! Happy belated April Fool's Day and thanks for the chance to win :)

scrappinC said...

I really like what you did with the lunch bags. The beach bum was really cool. You did an nice job of listing out events in your life.
Cindy Lou
endurapuppy at yahoo dot com

Tamara said...

I love those sidewalk drawings! I've seen so many of those! Love your project too! TFS!
sweetheartcopper at msn dot com

Trisha said...

Great album and such fun photos. Thanks for sharing and the chance to win. I am a follower. patnbobcuddy at gmail dot com

Tiffany said...

Great Project! I'm so glad I could be a part of this hop with you :)


Chloe and Her Clip On Koalas said...

What a creative way to look at this challenge! Thanks!

lisastuf said...

Great album! I can't believe it was made from paper lunch bags!
Lisa H.
lisastuf at gmail dot com

Wendy (aka Roo) said...

Hi Krystal, I'm on the hop with you & I love your double take on this project! Very creative! Your album looks great and I love your handwriting! :D TFS your photos!

Kristin said...

Great project. The pictures of your daughter hiding are hysterical!

ksully4597 at gmail dot com

karensk said...

Love the mini and the stories
Thanks for sharing
karenk 3 at ameritech dot net

Ashley said...

I LOVE this mini-album!! Some of the pictures are awesome!


Becky Dunham said...

Wow Krystal - this is amazing! What a great idea! Some great pages and stories and one sad one but a reason to praise God. All in all a fun little album full of memories :) Thanks for adding the pics of the sidewalk art - those always are so amazing! Wish I could draw like that :)

rebeccadunham at hotmail dot com

joydee1963 said...

Great album,love all your pics,

joydee1963 said...

Great album,great photos,

AJoy said...

Krystal, Thank you for participating in my first blog hop! I love your project. Thank you for sharing something so personal with me!

I hope you enjoyed creating and hopping!

nginerd at gmail dot com

Tonia said...

Great album!! I need to try making one too!!

toniasolomon at comcast dot net

Jessica said...

great project! TFS, a new follower...
smith52706 at gmail dot com

Darlene said...

Great job!! Love all the pictures,m even the scray one. Def makes us count our blessings

desaucier at bellsouth dot net

Anna said...

Great projects. Great Pictures.
Thanks for the chance to win.
I am a follower.
annadowdy at gmail dot com

Debican said...

Krystal, I enjoyed being in the hop with everyone. I was wowed by all the great projects.
Hugs, Debi

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