Saturday, September 07, 2013

my first AC blog hop!


Hello from Paige's blog!

I am excited to be participating in my first American Crafts blog hop.  It is such an honor to represent such an amazing company!

We were asked to create a layout/project about each of us, and this what I came up with:


I have been part of the papercrafting industry for a few years now.  For most of that time I worked part time in the health insurance industry.  It was a way to work from home and care for my girls without having to use daycare.  My career in health insurance was really a gift to my family.

I got my BA several years ago.  When Payton went to Kindergarten I knew it was time to pursue a dream I have always had for myself.  It didn't make sense to stay home and craft all day while my husband worked for the family.  I felt I had something bigger to offer the world, I guess you can say.  

I went back and got my teaching degree, my master's degree, and my Reading endorsement, and still managed the other parts of my life.  I am SO proud of myself.  I have talked myself out of this opportunity a few times, because I knew how much work would be involved.  I am so glad I finally followed through.

The best bit?  I graduated, and right away, I got a job.  Yep!  I am a first-year teacher this year.  I teach 3rd grade and I am SO excited about it.  I can't wait to make a difference in the best way I know how.  




I am obsessed with Amy Tan's Cut and Paste Collection.  It's a really smart, eclectic mix of products.  This layout started with the ONe Two Three pattern in this collection.  My eye was immediately drawn to the idea of '13 for 2013.  Because of the abstract way the numbers were created, I had fun with them and used my sewing machine to stitch a '13 amongst the pattern in the paper.  I then used my Silhouette to cut out the word "grad".

I then chose patterns from the collection that complemented the coloring and also drew out the yellow in the gray print.

In recent years, journaling has become more of a focus in my work, especially handwritten journaling.  It's faster than printing or typing something out.  It captures my handwriting.  It also often allows me to say more.  I don't pre-plan my words.  I just start writing and hope that it comes out straight.  I don't line up each line, as you can see.  I do try and offset it a bit so that it isn't just a clump of writing.  And then I often underline what I wrote.

Other products include cut out accents, bits die cut shapes, and the rotary phrase stamp.

Ultimately, scrapbooking is about capturing your memories, not creating a pretty page.  I am really focused on trying to utilize both, though.  I want to create a layout that sparks a memory later, or serves as a reminder to a great story, but also do so with products that are still interesting to look at years later.  Scrapbooking for me has also always been a creative release, so it's important to me to create pretty things too.

All products on this layout are American Crafts, of course.  The cardstock, adhesive, and even the precision pen are manufactured by American Crafts.

You can't have a blog hop without having another destination to head to!  But before I go, of course there needs to be a giveaway!  Blog hops are more fun when a giveaway is involved.  To enter, please leave a comment.  I will choose a winner September 14 and sending you a goodie bag of products from American Crafts.



Here is the full design team list.  Next is Madeline Fox!

----> Davinie Fiero  <---- p="">
American Crafts

Have a great day!  And wish me luck!  School starts Monday morning.  You should see my room!  Kraft butcher paper on the walls, chalkboards, magnetic metal sheeting, and patterned paper decor.  It's like a layout in there!  

Davinie


Pin It

139 comments:

  1. Huge congrats to you for being on the AC DT and for fulfilling your dream of becoming a teacher!!! Awesome layout to prove it! :) Thanks for the chance to win a little AC surprise! :)

    ReplyDelete
  2. Congrats! :*
    Fantastic layout :)

    ReplyDelete
  3. Congrats, Davinie! Have a wonderful school year! :)

    ReplyDelete
  4. Congrats Davinie!! I love school---wish I could go back! That's a great layout!

    ReplyDelete
  5. Congrats Davinie! And love your layout!

    ReplyDelete
  6. Congratulations! That's an amazing accomplishment! I'm so happy that you're following your dreams. Thanks for the inspiration!

    ReplyDelete
  7. Congrats!! What a wonderful feeling to do what you are meant to do!! Beautiful layout as well!

    ReplyDelete
  8. Way to go! You should be proud! Fantastic layout!!

    ReplyDelete
  9. I like your sewing. Thanks for the giveaway.

    ReplyDelete
  10. Congrats on your new job and thank you for taking on such an important role! I love the stitching. Welcome to the team!

    ReplyDelete
  11. all the best on your new job!

    and great layout, love the sewing on the numbers ((:

    ReplyDelete
  12. So pretty yet simple! Love the colours. Good luck with school ^___^

    ReplyDelete
  13. Congrats on the job, I hope you love it!

    ReplyDelete
  14. Great work, love the stitches.

    ReplyDelete
  15. Congratulations on achieving your dream! It is my dream to go back to school and obtain a degree. I don't have one currently. Good luck with your first day!

    ReplyDelete
  16. Congrats on your accomplishment!! Ive never been a fan of school but the older I get makes me feel I should pursue a dream! Good Luck to you and your family and your 3rd graders!! such a perfect age!!

    ReplyDelete
  17. oh my goodness, you SHOULD be proud of yourself! congrats on the new job and on DT!

    ReplyDelete
  18. congratulations! hope i could be the lucky winner!

    cheryl131091 at yahoo dot com

    ReplyDelete
  19. This is really fantastic, Dav...on so many levels! Congratulations on such an amazing achievement...that is just awesome! And congrats on your new job!! I know you will be great at it! BTW- I adore your handwriting!! :)

    ReplyDelete
  20. Congrats and Good Luck! Sounds like a fun adventure in store for you.

    ReplyDelete
  21. what a huge accomplishment! congratulations!!!

    ReplyDelete
  22. Wonderful project, and congrats on your job!

    ReplyDelete
  23. Congrats for everything!! I am in LOVE with your stitching on this layout!!

    ReplyDelete
  24. Oh, wow! That's awesome! Congratulations to you - you have lots of exciting things going on in your life!

    ReplyDelete
  25. Wow! That's awesome! Love your layout, too!

    ReplyDelete
  26. What a great story! I'm in grad school too, and I sometimes forget I'm pursuing a dream. Thanks for the positive perspective. :)

    ReplyDelete
  27. Wonderful accomplishment! Nice to be joining you on this design team getting to know you better!

    ReplyDelete
  28. LOVE this and pinned it!! Thanks for sharing!!

    ReplyDelete
  29. Looking forward to hearing about your adventures in teaching!

    ReplyDelete
  30. Congratulations! Great accomplishment!

    ReplyDelete
  31. Congrats!!
    Love the colors of your page.

    ReplyDelete
  32. Great layout! Love the new cut & paste line.

    ReplyDelete
  33. Great accomplishment Davinie!! Love the stitching and such a great use of the AT Cut & Paste!

    ReplyDelete
  34. I love this page and your philosophy on scrapping! It inspires me to do more handwritten (focused) journaling on my pages. Congrats on your accomplishment and good luck! The 3rd graders are lucky to have someone that cares so much!

    ReplyDelete
  35. Congrats on your masters!

    ReplyDelete
  36. WOW Davinie - congratulations. I did teacher training here in the UK and decided that I didn't have the dedication to do the job full time (or even part-time), so I truly admire anyone that CAN do it! Haven't been across to your blog much since I last did Project 12, but it's great to see your pages are as lovely as ever. I am a BIG fan of stitching on pages!

    ReplyDelete
  37. congrats! Love the orange and the misting and stich work here. This is really a great layout.

    ReplyDelete
  38. Congrats to you! Awesome accomplishment!

    ReplyDelete
  39. Amazing amazing accomplishment and with two little ones! And the excitement comes through on your LO! Genius with the stitching!

    ReplyDelete
  40. Wow! Busy life! Congratulations for your accomplishments!
    Your layout is fabulous! I love the stitching!

    ReplyDelete
  41. What an absolutely fabulous way to celebrate and record such an important event! Love the layout!!

    ReplyDelete
  42. Thanks for sharing your wonderful talent and creativity with us!

    ReplyDelete
  43. You SHOULD be proud of yourself - your degree and your teaching are not only a gift to yourself, but I'm sure also for the kids in your classes! Best wishes on this school year. Don't know how you manage it all, and I'm glad that we can see your awesome crafty work for AC!

    ReplyDelete
  44. such a lovely layout!

    ReplyDelete
  45. totally fabulous layout..

    ReplyDelete
  46. Congrats on going back to school. I love how you captured this important time in your life so beautifully but simply . x

    http://cafeetpapier.com

    ReplyDelete
  47. Fantastic page! And congrats! (I still have to go back and finish mine too)

    ReplyDelete
  48. Congratulations! You have a right to be proud! Both of my daughters have their Masters in Ed and are teachers! So glad you found a position so quickly!

    ReplyDelete
  49. Loved getting to know you. Congrats on making the team and all you have accomplished. Love the layout!

    ReplyDelete
  50. Congratulations! As a teacher myself, I'm happy to have found another scrapbooker who is a teacher!

    ReplyDelete
  51. way to go for accomplishing your dreams! have a great 1st year teaching. you've captured the spirit of celebration on your layout too. great texture as well. :)

    ReplyDelete
  52. Wow congrats ,great layout and totally love the design ..xx

    ReplyDelete
  53. Congrats on joining the design team, can't wait to see more great LOs.
    Thanks for the chance to win

    ReplyDelete
  54. Congrats on joining the design team! Love your stitching on your layout. Can't wait to see more of your work!

    ReplyDelete
  55. I love that stitching, a great, bold layout!

    ReplyDelete
  56. Good for you, congrats! I'm sure your student will love you! Teachers are awesome!

    ReplyDelete
  57. awesome job, mrs. fiero! so proud of you for following your dreams! :)

    ReplyDelete
  58. Beautiful job! good luck!

    ReplyDelete
  59. Congrats on your graduation!! Thanks for sharing!!

    ReplyDelete
  60. OH!! I love iT!! Congrats on following your dream..x

    ReplyDelete
  61. Congratulations and good luck on your first day!

    ReplyDelete
  62. Congratulations. :o)

    ReplyDelete
  63. Be proud, you've had many challenges and come through them. Have loved your pages from the making flowers from circles tutorial. Congratulations.

    ReplyDelete
  64. Congratulations! I'm so envious that you have followed your dream! Thanks for sharing!

    ReplyDelete
  65. Great page! Love those yellow and grey papers. And, heartfelt congratulations on getting a teaching position so quickly. That's no easy feat!

    ReplyDelete
  66. Congrats on your degree! I love that layout! Good luck on your first day of school!

    ReplyDelete
  67. So fun! LOVE all your stitching!!!

    housesbuiltofcards@gmail.com
    www.housesbuiltofcards@gmail.com

    ReplyDelete
  68. love te stitching and bright yellow paper.

    ReplyDelete
  69. Such a fun layout with so much meaning!! Love it!

    ReplyDelete
  70. I love your layout. Congratulations on becoming a 3rd grade teacher. :)

    Terrie Allison
    tallison21@aol.com

    ReplyDelete
  71. Congratulations! That's not an easy road while trying to raise a family! You give others hope and courage! Enjoy your class and I wish you many happy years of teaching!

    ReplyDelete
  72. Your layout is gorgeous, and I'm so happy for you for pursing your dream. I was thrilled to see you back in the crafting world, and can't wait to hear about your first year teaching, I'll never forget my first year. You're going to do AWESOME!!

    ReplyDelete
  73. Great layout I love that it is so simple

    ReplyDelete
  74. Congrats Davinie for everything you've accomplished, it's amazing that now you have a job and begin to be a teacher. I'm sure you will have a wonderul year as a tecaher.

    Thanks for the chance to win some AC goodies.

    ReplyDelete
  75. You are an inspiration- thank you for inspiring me!! I am so impressed with you and I love all the yellow you used on your layout!! Way to go on all you have accomplished!! You, Go Girl!!

    ReplyDelete
  76. Congrats on graduating!!! :)

    ReplyDelete
  77. Lovely layout! And congrats on getting both your degree and the new job!

    ReplyDelete
  78. Very nice. Thanks for the chance to win.

    ReplyDelete
  79. love your layout - and congratulations on such a wonderful accomplishment!!
    Thanks so much!

    ReplyDelete
  80. Congrats and thanks for the chance to win!

    ReplyDelete
  81. I love love love your sewing. And Congratulations! well done.

    ReplyDelete
  82. Awesome layout & Congratulations on finishing your degree....great accomplishment!

    ReplyDelete
  83. congrats to you!!! fabulous! best wishes teaching! post pics of your classroom!

    ReplyDelete
  84. Congratulations!!!! So excited for you! Fabulous layout!

    ReplyDelete
  85. The BIGGEST of Congrats to you darling! That is so amazing & wonderful news indeed.

    ReplyDelete
  86. Congrats! and great layout, I love the stitching to highlight the numbers.
    Erica

    ReplyDelete
  87. What an achievement and good luck on the year ahead, I'm sure you'll do great!

    ReplyDelete
  88. Congratulations!

    ReplyDelete
  89. congratulations and good luck!!

    ReplyDelete
  90. Great layout - congratulations - very inspiring

    ReplyDelete
  91. Congratulations!! I love the stitching on your fabulous page :)

    ReplyDelete
  92. How wonderful to go back to school! Congrats!

    ReplyDelete
  93. elegant layout! Congrats on going for your dream and following through! It can be a tough but ultimately amazing decision to make and you did it...well done!

    ReplyDelete
  94. Wow, you should be pround of yourself. Congrats on your accomplishments.
    Your layout is fabulous.

    ReplyDelete
  95. Love your page! Congratulations on making your dream come true!

    ReplyDelete
  96. This comment has been removed by the author.

    ReplyDelete
  97. Love it! Great layout!

    ReplyDelete
  98. Congratulations on your teaching job! Third grade is truly a joy to teach :-)
    Wonderful layout!

    ReplyDelete
  99. Dagmar1:20 AM

    Beautiful layout!

    ReplyDelete
  100. great layout and I love your sewing.

    ReplyDelete
  101. Congratulations! Love your layout.

    ReplyDelete
  102. Such a fun dun dun page! love your sketch and your sewing! too cute ;)

    ReplyDelete
  103. AWESOMENESS--and CONGRATS to you!!

    ReplyDelete
  104. That is fabulous! Congrats!

    ReplyDelete
  105. Congratulations on your degree and your new job!!! This is amazing!

    ReplyDelete
  106. Congrats on all that you have accomplished that is amazing! Beautiful work and thank you!

    ReplyDelete
  107. Congratulations on graduating and your new job!! I love how you stitched the 13. Beautiful work!!

    ReplyDelete
  108. Congrats to you! A great layout to celebrate your accomplishment!

    ReplyDelete
  109. Congrats on all you accomplished and getting a new job -- you should be very proud! Your layout was wonderful!

    ReplyDelete
  110. Congratulations! You are one amazing woman and your school is so lucky to have you! I cant wait to see what you have in store for this year.

    ReplyDelete
  111. Congrats to you! What an awesome goal and accomplishment of it.

    ReplyDelete
  112. I think it is really awesome that you have accomplished so much and realized your dream. I really admire you for it! Congratulations!!
    ~Natalie (QSOgirl)
    qsogirl at yahoo dot com

    ReplyDelete
  113. Wow! Congrats on your Masters Degree!

    ReplyDelete
  114. Congratulations! That's quite an accomplishment!

    ReplyDelete
  115. Great graduation layout--congrats. I like the stitching.
    slrdowney at hotmail dot com

    ReplyDelete
  116. Congrats on your graduation! What an accomplishment! I love how you stitched on the numbers, great layout!

    ReplyDelete
  117. wow! masters degree and now a teacher. congrats!

    ReplyDelete
  118. Huge congrats! I didn't realize you were DONE done, I thought you were doing student teaching! How exciting!!

    ReplyDelete
  119. Congrats! That's a huge accomplishment! Love your page and I love Amy's new line too!!

    ReplyDelete
  120. Love your Lo and the stitching adds a great dimension to it...♥

    ReplyDelete
  121. Such a great page! And loved reading the background information! Congrats on becoming a AC DT member! And thanks for a chance to win!

    ReplyDelete
  122. great layout - The colors are perfect for the theme

    ReplyDelete
  123. Congrats!!! Love ur LO and the colors perfect for graduation. The stitching is lovely!!!

    ReplyDelete
  124. Wow....Congratulations!! You deserve to be very proud of yourself. You worked hard and accomplished your goals. Have a wonderful school year. Your students are blessed to have you for their teacher. Wonderful LO celebrating your feat.

    How lovely of you to offer blog candy goodies. You did not require us to follow to be eligible (which is beyond sweet of you), but I have opted to become a brand-new follower by Google, nonetheless. Yippee!!!
    <3 J

    ReplyDelete
  125. Love the bright base paper. Thanks for the chance to win.

    ReplyDelete
  126. Great layout, good luck with the new job :)

    ReplyDelete
  127. Hello? Is anyone there? Are you ever coming back?

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Hi Davinie, just stopping by to say how delightful your blog is. Thanks so much for sharing. I have recently found your blog and am now following you, and will visit often. Please stop by my blog and perhaps you would like to follow me also. Have a wonderful day. Hugs, Chris
      http://chelencarter-retiredandlovingit.blogspot.ca/

      Delete
  128. Make Money Online Without any work, You can Invest as low as 1$ Dollar to 100$ Dollars and Get Daily profit of 2.50% for 90 Days.
    Minimum Withdraw 1 and Instant Payout with PayPal, EgoPay and Perfect Money
    Join Now
    http://www.hotfxearnings.com/

    ReplyDelete
  129. In Internet system we have now best earning system without any work, Just Invest some Money into your Business and Make Perfect Life time Earnings with this Business.
    Join Now for Make Perfect Business and Earn Money online from home.
    HotFxEarnings.Com

    ReplyDelete
  130. Lol n Troll Network with the Name of Lols Gag where you can find Videos, Gif Images, Troll Images, Prank Peoples, Funny Peoples, funny planet, funny facts, funny cartoons, funny movies pics, iphone funny, funny jokes, Prank Images, Fail Pictures, Epic Pictures, Lols and Gags.
    LolsGag.Blogspot.Com

    ReplyDelete
  131. Lols Gag is the the Best Lol Network Ever, where you can every thing is lol and Funny, Troll Images, Prank Peoples, Funny Peoples, funny planet, funny facts, funny cartoons, funny movies pics, iphone funny, funny jokes, Prank Images, Fail Pictures, Epic Pictures, Lols and Gags, Lol Pictures.
    lolsgag.blogspot.com

    ReplyDelete
  132. World Latest vehicles, Super Cars, Super Latest Speed Cars, Expensive Cars, Latest Mazda Models, Racing Cars, International Sport Cars, Concept Cars, PS-Pod, Strange Vehicles, Nissan, Royce Corniche, Ford Concept Cars, Strange Vehicles, Mercedes and More Sport Cars and Vehicles with Pictures and Info
    WorldLatestVehicles.com

    ReplyDelete
  133. Earn Money with PayPal, Now you can earn 300% profit of your investment on every week, Join Now
    AllTimeProfit.com

    ReplyDelete