Wednesday, January 05, 2011

i-top Intensive Wednesday

Welcome!! So, are you enjoying the Imaginisce mini hop i-Top Inventive Week so far?? I sure hope so. I'm thrilled that you've stopped by and I hope you've been having fun checking out Penny's & Robyn's gorgeous projects!

I love my i-top tool! I love making the brads because they are so easy, simple & fast to make. I have found that when I use paper I like to crumple up the paper a bit or moisten a tad with a slightly damp cloth or even a baby wipe works too. This just softens up the paper in order for it to wrap around the brad top smoothly.

I also love using fabric for my brads. Below are the brad daddies that you use with the i-top tool (these are the small ones).

I don't use the punch on the fabric or the template to cut out the shape. Instead I just cut a small square shape piece of fabric (large enough that I know it will have enough fabric to hang off/over the edges. Once I've attached the fabric to the brad daddy top I then take a pair of scissors and trim away the excess material so that I have just enough to tuck inside the brad daddy top. Then I attach the brad daddy bottom section ... and voila!! Done! This is what I did on this layout. I used a black fabric to cover the brads that I used as large bullet points for my journaling.

If you'd like a visual description of what I've done you can check out Melinda's blog post as she shows how to use fabric with the brad daddies too and that's exactly what I've described here.

(Yes, I know I can't believe I'm almost 42. Only 8 more days to go!!)


Supplies used: Imaginisce (i-top tool & brad daddies, i-rock tool & rhinestones, To Love & Cherish paper, Garden Party - papers, die-cuts, flowers, ribbon), Core'dinations cardstock,
3L (Foam Squares), American Crafts Thickers, EK Success border punch, buttons

On this layout I just used my i-top to create the basic brad which I used for the center of my flowers on each tag. I then added a rhinestuds to each brad using my i-rock tool!

Supplies used: Imaginisce (Garden Party- papers & diecuts, flowers, i-rock tool & brad daddies, i-top tool and rhinestuds), 3L (foam squares),
American Crafts brown Slick Writer & Thickers, Fiskars border punch

Well, thank you SO much for stopping by my blog. I hope you've had fun doing this mini hop.

Remember that in order to have a chance at an i-top prize of your very own with accesories
(yes, they're giving away one every day!)
you must leave a comment on all the blogs today. So head on back to the Imaginisce blog and leave a final comment there. Plus stay tuned to the Imaginisce blog on Friday for a grand prize!!

So off you go .... get hopping!!!

138 comments:

  1. Your layouts are so nice.
    I like how you used the brads as bullets. Very clever idea!
    I really like the brads in the center of the flowers too. So cute. ☺
    Thanks for sharing your ideas with us!
    reneeleeak at yahoo dot com

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  2. Very nice work! I am really liking using the brad with fabric!!!
    Gaby

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  3. Adorable layouts! I love how you added the rhinestones onto your brad. And Happy early Birthday! :)

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  4. I love your LO"s, i hope that i win so i can do like you.Thank you for sharing

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  5. Great idea with the single rhinestud in the flower. Love it!

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  6. gorgeous lo's! 42 minus 20 right? u look fab! LOL I want an i top so much after hoping around these last few days! fingers crossed!

    staci
    staci412 at optonline dot net

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  7. You look fabulous, the layout is great.
    Happy early birthday.

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  8. Beautiful l/os Cari. Love your use of the I-Top

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  9. BEAUTIFUL!! Love your brad/bullets!! AWESOME Idea! TFS!! I am a follower and Happy Birthday. Have a GREAT Day,
    Me-Ma Kim

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  10. Great layouts, love the idea of using the brad as a bullet point.
    Have an amazing birthday!

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  11. Brads as bullet points - Genius! Love your layout :)

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  12. I love the brads as bullet points - I've seen it done with tiny brads but it's got major impact with the i-top brads - that's very cool!

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  13. I love both of your LO's ...soo pretty. Looks like the i-top is a lot of fun to use...:)

    nicolle at nicollelovesscrapbooking dot com

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  14. Wonderful Layouts! Love flower centers :)

    TFS, Hugs from Germany, Tanja

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  15. Love the texture you've given to the brads. Yummy!

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  16. Love your layouts, espcially the black and white one. TFS

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  17. OOH those are so pretty! I LOVE the flowers with the brads in the center!!!

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  18. I love the idea of using brads as bullets for journaling the texture you give to the brads is fun too. Thanks for sharing.

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  19. Fabulous layouts!

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  20. I love your brad bullets!

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  21. Love your layouts! They are amazing :) The i-top is one of my all time favorite tools :)

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  22. Great layouts. I really like how you can bling up the brads with the iRock too. Thanks for sharing!

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  23. I love the brads with fabric and I really love that you used them as in front of the bullet sentiments! Really gorgeous layout...love the colors...my favorite! TFS!
    hugs,
    joni

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  24. Gorgeous, I love the ideal of customizing your own brads, they look fabulous on your LO!!

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  25. love it! your layouts are beautiful. love using the i-rock on the brads too! tfs!
    esigmon@cox.net

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  26. I like how you used your brads, each one makes a statement. Nice. Dawn RI
    abosoffit at hotmail dot com

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  27. Two great LOs! I am lovin the effect of putting an i-rock rhinestud in the center of an i-top brad in the flowers.

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  28. love the LO's. I love the idea of using fabric with the I-top.

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  29. Love what you have done! Thanks for sharing!!

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  30. I love the idea of using fabric with the i-top. It can bring a whole different life to the layouts.

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  31. Your layouts are awesome. Thanks for sharing =)

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  32. Beautiful layotus Cari! I love putting a little bling on my fabric brads as well. I am lovin' the hop.

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  33. Love the layouts! fantastic job, TFS!

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  34. Love the layouts! fantastic job, TFS!

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  35. Fantastic layout! Love it!

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  36. I love both of those LOs - thanks for the inspiration!

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  37. Gorgeous layouts! I think my favorite part is the flower you made from the i-top brad daddies.

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  38. Lovely work, thanks for sharing :)

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  39. I love covered buttons for garments and would love to have one of these for making them for scrapbooks using the brads!

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  40. Beautiful layouts! Love the layering with the flowers.

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  41. BEAUTIFUL!! love how you use the brads to make "points" in your journaling!

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  42. I love that you did a layout about yourself. We don't do that enough. Beautiful layouts.

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  43. Love the fabric you chose, and both layouts are fab! TFS!

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  44. I love the large brads, they are perfect! Both of your layouts are Great, thank you so much for sharing.

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  45. I love your layouts, and girl you look awesome for beng almost 42, I would never have guessed it. Happy "early" Birthday greetings.
    This was a great mini hop, I liked that it was so quick, and it gave me a chance to find 3 new blogs to follow. :)
    Thanks for the chance to win an i-top, I would love this tool.
    mkds312@hotmail.com

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  46. Something so simple as a brad, yet so beautiful as a flower center and accent. This I-Top is a must have! I can feel the creative block being unblocked! Thank you for sharing your talents!

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  47. This tool is so cool.. I love the center of the flowers

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  48. WOW!! I'd say you went above and beyond on the INSPIRATION for us!! I just LOVE your pages and the ideas for using the i-top tool!! I can't wait to use one!! =) Have a FABULOUS DAY!! =)

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  49. Happy Birthday! I'll be 42 this year too. I sure don't feel different inside. Thanks for the great ideas!

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  50. Both of your LOs are adorable but I absolutely love the flowers!! So cute!

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  51. Beautiful layout and the colors, textures are fantastic. Love your work. Thanks for sharing.
    www.canadiancraftcorner.blogspot.com

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  52. Great layouts love the colors and how the Itops work so well in two diff. settings!
    kacee

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  53. Wow love your layouts and the possibilities are endless with this tool. I love it!!

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  54. Wonderful LOs and no, you do NOT look like 42! Thanks for sharing your great work!

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  55. Such cute layouts! You don't look anywhere close to 42 - don't you love it? I love how you have added the special brads and rhinestuds to your pages - really brings them together! I have got to get me one of these things!

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  56. Love the idea of using brads to bullet journal!! These itop brads are sooo fun :O)

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  57. What gorgeous layouts. I love the brads. TFS.

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  58. Great LOS! Funny, reading your directions I though--I wish she had included pictures...then as I scrolled down, I saw the link to the details!

    You do not look like you are going to be 42---I am turing 40 in Feb... I love how you added the rhinestone to the brads in the second LO!

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  59. Great idea to use the brads for bullets points. I love it.

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  60. Thanks for the fun ideas...
    I just love the way it's so universal

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  61. I love what you did with the fabric, thanks for the great tip!

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  62. Love the layouts! very creative!

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  63. You're 42! You look great! Also, your flowers look great too! Love the ideas.

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  64. Cari! I just love these! Way to go!!! You are 42 and fabulous!

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  65. Great layouts! I love the idea of using the brads as bullet points.

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  66. Hey, 42 is fabulous girl...and 20 years younger than me!!! Love your brads.....and adding the i-rock bling on top really made them pop! Thanks for a great idea!

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  67. Your "bullet points" are perfect on your journaling, it's a beautiful layout!

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  68. your layouts are just amazing! love them!

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  69. Gorgeous LO's! Love that you added the extra bling w/another great product by imaginisce

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  70. Love your layouts. Very pretty colors in both. Thanks for sharing. Hopping back to Imaginisce....
    tabitha4cm at yahoo dot com

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  71. Beautiful layouts! I LOVE pink and black together. The bullet points are awesome! Thank you for sharing.

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  72. Love the I top look with the flower behind it- again so versatile. I can see this becoming everyone's "must have" tool.

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  73. Love the ideas for more ways we can use the I-top. Love it.

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  74. BEAUTIFUL!! Love both of the layouts! Thanks for sharing!

    amandawoodau at hotmail dot com

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  75. How Coll!

    I'm 42 also

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  76. Thanks for sharing!!! Love the brads and can see that the i-top is a must have!

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  77. I love the clever square and then clip away idea that you have! That would work so well with fabrics.

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  78. How clever to use the brads as bullet points - love it!

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  79. what a great idea to use with your journaling, the bullets. thanks

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  80. I love your layouts. they both go into my favorites file! And I've gotta say 42 never looked so good!

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  81. So pretty, love the colors of your first layout! Great design and title on the second! Great work!

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  82. Very cute LO!


    aw62101 at hotmail dot com

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  83. I love the idea of using them as bullets! So clever!

    Olivia

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  84. Such a wonderful set of layouts and the I-top brads just make it your own.
    http://craftywizard.blogspot.com/

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  85. Love the layouts and the way you used the i-Top brads. The flower centers with the i-rock gems are adorable.

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  86. I am a fan of bullets in my writing, just never thought of using them on a scrapbook page! Thanks for the idea!

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  87. Thank you for the great ideas.

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  88. What a lovely layout, Cari! (Happy early birthday, too!)

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  89. This is so cutttte

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  90. Braes for bullet points?!?!? Who would'a thunk it?!?! Brilliant!!! TFS!!!

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  91. I love the custom brads you did with the i-top!
    DeniseB

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  92. I love your first layout using the brads as bullet points,it's the first time I've seen them used this way...very cool.

    Julie
    juliemccrary at hotmail dot com
    everybodylovesaparty.blogspot.com

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  93. Wonderful layouts and ideas.

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  94. I love the flower centers and the brad "bullets". Great layouts, and great use of the itop!

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  95. Absolutely wonderful LOs.

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  96. Love what you create. Great idea using the brads as bullets in your journaling. and your dad's comments on facebook this morning...so cute!

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  97. Great layouts! Love the flower centers!

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  98. Gorgeous layouts, I just love the material brads, they are sooooo fun and very cute!

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  99. Love both of your layouts, they are very pretty!
    Very creative using the i-top on both pages.

    thanks for sharing

    ExpressionsByElaine.blogspot.com

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  100. gosh, cari! i just love all of your creations. the black fabric brads are beautiful! so simple and gorgeous.

    and so are you!!!! Happy New Year and thanks for the inspiration.

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  101. Love the layouts. Happy Birthday!

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  102. Cari, I love how you used the brads for bullets! I'm so loving all the great ideas today, TFS!

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  103. Happy 42nd birthday to you. If it makes you feel better, I will be 46 before you are 42.

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  104. Anonymous7:35 PM

    Great inspiration!
    Kristy

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  105. Gorgeous LOs. Love them

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  106. Beautiful layouts! I love the dimension that the i-Top gives! Thanks for sharing!

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  107. I love the look of fabric buttons...and your layouts are wonderful. Thanks for all the great ideas!

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  108. Very nice.

    Happy almost birthday. I too will be 42 on the 19th. A win here would be an AWESOME birthday present. :)

    VinDeeLoo
    vndlewis at rocketmail dot com

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  109. love thos flowers. very cute.

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  110. Your layouts are gorgeous!

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  111. This is such a FABULOUS layout!! And happy early birthday to you!

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  112. I love the extra texture and dimension you added to the layouts with the i-top. Happy (early) Birthday!!

    Hugs,
    Amy ♥

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  113. WOW! These look so elegant! I love that blue flowery cluster! Awesome Ideas!!!

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  114. Just adore your layouts!
    Thanks for the tip about using paper with the iTop.....and the fabric tips too!
    I'm off to try them out......oops...after I have left my comment on Imaginisce!
    Mel:)xx
    melfield.blogspot.com

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  115. Love your layout! I find I use more fabric than paper with my I-Top.

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  116. I love the ideas you shared today!

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  117. Lovin' the bulleted list. simple n sweet :)

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  118. Love the material covered brads - great idea to use them as bullets for your list. I'll have to try that when my lss restocks the small brads. I love the sequined flower, too!

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  119. Great layouts! I especially love the idea of using the brads as bulletpoints. Such great ideas!

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  120. Great ideas! Love how much dimension the brads give your pages.

    anne

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  121. Thanks for the great tip with the fabric. I love your LO...thanks for sharing.

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  122. LOVE LOVE LOVE the big bullet points!! And the black fabric looks amazing!! thanks for sharing

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  123. Your layouts are so beautiful. Love how you used the brads as bullet points on the first layout and I think they always look pretty as flower centres.
    Kim xXx

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  124. Cari I loved your almost 42 layout...because I'm almost 42 too. Will you just make one for me too. Sooooo cute!!

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  125. Beautiful LO's!! I will be turning 42 on Sunday, so that LO especially stood out for me!! Happy Birthday to you! TFS.
    Lori
    http://got2bcrafting.blogspot.com/
    got2bcrafting at gmail dotcom

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  126. I love you layouts, the colors are awesome and the brad accent them perfectly.
    Susan shanna13@frontiernet.net

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  127. Brads as bullets, very cleaver. Your layouts are lovely! TFS

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  128. absolutely beautiful LOs. love the flowers with the iTop. tfs

    stacy at mycraftingtime dot com
    www.mycraftingtime.com

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  129. I love to layer my florals and have always used buttons but the way you did it is so cute, another great idea to file away in my idea book, thanks!

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  130. Great layouts. Love how you used the ITop for it.

    spunkycrayon at yahoo dot com

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  131. Love those flowers and the rhinestones are the perfect finishing touch!
    Thanks!

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  132. Love the I-top. Great layouts. My favorite is the flower made of brads. Great idea!

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  133. those LOs are so pretty! love your brads!

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