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Monday, May 14, 2012

Abusive Relationship Awareness Blog Hop

Welcome to the Abusive Relationship Awareness Blog Hop. While this may not be your typical blog hop theme, we decided to put together this hop in order to shed light on a topic that often goes unspoken about, when the truth is many of us have either been in an abusive relationship or know of someone who has. We're here not to celebrate abusive relationships, but to bring hope to those who have been firsthand or secondhand victims and to provide awareness to help put an end to this growing problem. 

All of our projects showcased in this hop have something to do with hope, love, and encouragement. The color for domestic violence is purple, and as you'll see purple was used on many of our projects.

For my project, I created....

A "Let's Connect" journal. A place where my husband and I can leave each other messages, telling each other how we feel about whatever is going on. It's a safe place to share. We started this journal when we first got married. I decided to embellish the journal for this hop. The paper comes from the My Mind's Eye Love Nest paper stack. I used the New Testament Cricut Cartridge for the fish with the word love in it. I decided to use this as a reminder to both my husband and I how important it is to keep the Lord in our relationship. When things get tough we need to remember Who is in control and Who we need to turn to for help when we are stressed out! The tag is stamped with an Inkadinkado stamp and this reminds us that we need to date, to spend time together if we are to remain close and intimate in our marriage.
I decided to do this hop, not because I have been or am in an abusive relationship, but because I believe that is is so important to take of the marriage relationship and that it is extremely important for both people to take care of each other. Abuse in any form within a marriage is not ok!

To help promote awareness for abusive relationships, eleven sponsors have been kind enough to offer almost $200 worth of prizes to those who participate in the blog hop. Yes, you read that correctly, there will be 11 PRIZE WINNERS. Let's see what prizes are being offered...

Paper Piecings By Nikki - $15 Gift Certificate
Shelly's Images - $9 Gift Certificate

Designs on Cloud 9 - $20 Gift Certificate
Scraptastical Kreations - $20 Gift Certificate

Digital Delights - $10 Gift Certificate

The Robin's Nest - $20 Gift Certificate
Di's Digi Downloads - $10 Gift Certificate
Close To My Heart - $10 Gift Certificate
Quick Quotes - $15 Gift Certificate

Perfect Paper Crafting - $30 Gift Certificate
Erica's Craft Room - $25 Gift Certificate

Here's what you have to do to be eligible to win any of these fabulous prizes:
1.) Leave a comment on each blog in the hop
2.) Become a follower of each blog if you aren't already

Winners will be randomly chosen and announced on Made Especially For You on Friday May 20th. Comments after Thursday May 19th will NOT be eligible to win any of the prizes. 

Winners should contact Ashley at:

Your next stop is Tahi's blog! Here's the entire lineup in case you get lost along the way:

Jamie A -   YOU ARE HERE!

Thank you so much for joining us! Be sure to check out the following links for more information on how you can help to prevent and bring awareness to abusive relationships and domestic violence. 


  1. What a noble cause and the shimmer and lovely paper on your project is beautiful

  2. Very pretty!! What a great idea, I will have to remember this for my next marriage. (i was in an abusive marriage and got out 3 1/2 years ago)

  3. What an awesome idea! I have often thought of doing one of these myself! EXCELLENT! Follower #199!
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  4. What a wonderful creation! How perfect to have the word love in your fish too. It sounds like you and your husband have a great thing going - and a super attitude toward your relationship. That's fantastic!!
    Thanks for spreading awareness for this great cause too.

  5. A great idea, love the papers you have used : )

  6. What a an awesome idea and a very useful reminder! TFS

  7. great message Log book & idea for anyone to be able to log feeling..thx.. for sharin idea..:

  8. What a great idea!

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  9. very nice love the idea. I'm ur new follower #200! Thanks 4 sharing

    MCCR Dt, Lisa

  10. I love the idea of a place to keep both thoughts at! My husband works out of town often so this can help us when he arrives home to me. I also enjoy the music playing in the background! Thanks for taking time to bring an awareness hop to the net!

  11. Great idea and very supportive way to help strengthen a person.

  12. LOVE your journal idea!! and Great job on the cover..BEAUTIFUL!!

  13. The journal is a great idea for sharing thoughts and feelings. Lovely embellishing.

  14. Love your book, this is a very good idea. Thanks for sharing this idea. I love it. Also love your playlist.

  15. What a lovely & unique project. Thanks for the chance to hop for such an important cause.

  16. Beautiful journal and great idea!
    Thanks for sharing!
    <3 Pam

  17. what a wonderful idea, something you and your husband will always cherish
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  18. Beautiful!

  19. i love your idea. This is very helpful when sometimes in a relationship two people cannot really say what they feel directly but with this they can communicate then talk about it. And they can keep track their life with this journal.


  20. lovely card, and such a worthy cause for a hop!

  21. awesome hop!TFs
    Janet Royer

  22. This is such a great ideal. I like that and I want to start one. TFS & This hop is near and dear to me. Thanks so much AJ~

  23. I love the idea of a connection journal. This is a wonderful hop. I am a new follower and glad that I found you on this hop!

  24. I love this idea! The colors are so pretty and you will share many memories years from now as you re-read your personal thoughts. Thanks for the inspiration!!

  25. Fabulous journal and what an awesome idea! I may have to try this!

  26. I love how you embellished the journal. Very pretty.

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  27. What a fantastic idea! Love it! Christina

  28. Beautiful journal, Jamie! :) The embellishments are gorgeous. Thanks for participating in the hop!