Thursday, 15 September 2011

50 states blog hop 16 17 September

Welcome to the 50 States Blog Hop!!

Welcome to the 50 States Blog Hop! Most of us would love to travel but are having staycations this year. What better way to travel but through a blog hop. This hop was inspired by our hostess Shawnee's journey across the United States as she traveled with her family to their new home. The United States is truly beautiful with many wonderful places to visit and see.

If you've hopped along from *Michigan*, then you are in the right place!! If you are just browsing around in bloggerland and would like to hop with us then please be sure to start with the first state in the union, Delaware, because you won't want to miss out on any of the fun (or any of the blog candy!!)...

There is an AMAZING Grand Prize Package for one LUCKY hopper (winner chosen by Rafflecopter)!!
To be entered to win, please do the following:
So what's the Grand Prize???
Cricut Cartridge - Destinations, beautiful handmade flowers from Shannon at Creative Chaos Flowers, and a $20 Gift Certificate to Scraptastical Kreations.
Now on to my state and my project....

The state that i have created my projects on is the sunshine state of Florida - i hope you enjoy what i have created.

Florida is renowned for its beaches - here are 2 simple digital beachy layouts i created.

I have now created layouts depicting some of the areas of Florida that i would love to visit one day.

and now for a history lesson

Florida Facts

·         Capital: Tallahassee
·         Statehood: March 3, 1845 (27th state)
·         Population: 17,789,864 (year 2005 - ranks 4th in nation)
·         Gross State Product: $599 Billion (2004 est)
·         Land area: 53,927 square miles
·         Highest elevation: 345 feet, Walton County in the Panhandle
·         Mean elevation: 100 feet - half of Florida is less than 100 feet above sea level!
·         Coastline 1,350 miles
·         Rank among states in total area: 22nd
·         US Territory: 1821
·         Taxes: Florida state sales tax is 6 percent with counties allowed to levy up to an 
additional 1 percent.
·         Time zones: Eastern except in the western panhandle which is Central. 
Florida adopts Daylight Saving Time.
·         Dominant trees: pines, oaks, cypresses, palms and mangroves
·         Rainfall: ranges from 40 to 60 inches per year
·         State nickname: Sunshine State
·         State song: Suwannee River
·         State animal: Florida Panther
·         State bird: Mockingbird
·         State fish: Atlantic Sailfish (saltwater), Largemouth Bass (freshwater)
·         State flower: Orange blossom
·         State tree: Sabal palm

My next projects are what  i have created on Orlando as i visited there in 2001 and am returning again in 2012 to visit some of the places that we didnt get to first time around.

This is a layout i created with a postcard from my trip.
I have used this as page one of my Orlando holiday memory scrapbook

The next few pages are just some that i have created from that holiday.

I am also entering this Animal Kingdom LO into the Die Cuttin Divas Challenge #32 Zoo Crazy.

My next project is a money savings jar that i have created to start saving for our 2012n holiday.
 I have used an old coffee jar and decked it up with papers and embellishments.

Well thats all my Florida projects for this hop.

I would appreciate you leaving me some comments to tell me what you think of my creations. If you would like to see more then why not become one of my regular followers -  i run a RAK, a birthday club, bi weekly challenges and regular blog candy.

Now you can hop to the next state in the Union which is TEXAS !!
Remember to leave a comment on each state to be eligible for the GRAND PRIZE!!

50 States Hop



  1. Wow! You have been busy! So many beautiful places in Florida. I have only been there once, but I loved it.

  2. Loved your projects and I love Florida!

  3. Awesome pages. I still need to scrap our trip to Florida and we went 3 years ago!!!


  4. great hop idea very cleaver and cute project


  5. Oh my goodness where to start! all the pages where just beautiful! I have been to florida twice! However aside from the airport and WDW property we didn't travel anywhere else and from your pictures it looks like there is so much more to see. Although giving up any time at WDW would be really tough!!! this is probably why i hope to retire there someday!!!

    thanks so much!
    Have a scrap- happy day,
    Lisa G

    ps will be making one of the jars for sure!!!!

  6. Like your FL projects. Grew up E coast of FL. Worked for the Mouse at Disney World. My fav beach was not mentioned in your Top Beach list which is Playlinda near Cape Kennedy. You have to have a pass to go there and the beach is natural with everything made from natural wood and no hotels along it.
    "Sunshine HoneyBee"

  7. Beautiful projects!!
    Thank you for being a part of this fun hop!

    Co Host
    50 States Blog hop

  8. Gill,
    As always, I love your projects. They are so cool! You definitely have to visit Daytonna, it is awesome!

    Barbara B.

  9. OMG awesome projects love the money saving jars. Good idea. TFS

  10. Gill! As usual, you floor me with all your projects! Florida is the one state on the Eastern coast that I have been to :) My hubby's aunt and uncle live in Clear Water so I have been there a couple of times. We were there for our honeymoon 24 years ago - we spent a week and played on the beach and went to Disney World which was a first for me. It was in June and it was hard for me to breathe with the humidity but we went again a couples of years later in March and it was amazing! I really love Florida and I can see why you love it! LOVE all your projects - your layouts are always so beautiful!

    rebeccadunham at hotmail dot com

  11. WOW! what a fantastic group of projects. Thanks so much for sharing.

  12. Wow you been a busy girl, lots to look at on your state..All the layout pages are gorgeous. and I love the idea of the change jars, i need to do that.

  13. Great Job on your projects-Love your Money Saving Jars!
    joyfulhrt at gmail dot com

  14. We are headed to Florida next month!! We are taking our first ever Disney Cruise! This will be the first time I get to see the ocean in Florida! We usually stay on the Disney property only. So excited!!

    Love your layouts and really love your savings jar!!!

    Glad to be in this hop with you!!

  15. Some AMAZING projects you've created, Gill !!! Love stopping by your fabulous blog to see what you are creating!

  16. GREAT stuff....i feel like I have just when to Fla. lol thanks for sharing.


  17. fantastic projects. love your work. i'm now a follower. florida is one of my favorite places to visit. tfs

  18. Beautiful LOs. And the jar is so cute. Thanks for sharing.

  19. Wow! Holy projects, batman! LOL You did an amazing job on all of them!! New follower as well! :)

  20. Great projects! We too are saving for a 2012 trip... I think I will make a jar!

    It was fun to do this hop with you!
    Rebecca "Crafting Misfit"
    Stop by my blog anytime!

  21. Thank you so much for sharing all your beautiful projects with us. I love the money savings jar. I might have to make one of those. or
    racincrafts at aim dot com

  22. Wow! What great LO's. I can't believe how many pages you did. I love this idea for a blog hop. Thanks for sharing with us this week at DCD. -Yvette


    Even though I know you, a stranger could easily tell how much you love Florida.

    You've put so much thought, time and effort into each project.

    I love the saving jars too! They're such a great idea and are so versatile, you can make them for any occasion with any theme!

    Well done!

    Lisa xxx

  24. Geez Gill! You've been super duper busy and with great results! I LOVE ALL your awesome pages! Those Florida ones with the beaches are especially awesome and make me wish I was back there. *sigh* Ahhh, they do have some pretty beaches and I love the colors of the houses and condos in Fort Meyers on the Gulf side. Lovely place to visit. I went years ago and would be so happy to go back! Thanks for bringing me some good memories. :0)

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

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


Thanks for stopping by, i apprecaite your comments as they spur me on to keep creating. :-)