Friday, May 28, 2010

Kodak Baby Scrapbook Contest

Hey guys...just wanted to pass along this information - sounds like a fun contest AND everyone who enters receives a coupon for a free Picture Movie DVD! :o)

Here's the information I received:

Kodak Baby Scrapbook contest

Give us your best layout(s)!

Share your love for babies and scrapbooking today! Babies sure take center stage in our lives. Tell us what makes your baby special. Show off your baby with a scrapbook page dedicated to him/her. Whether it's celebrating a milestone first (meal, step, word, Holiday...) or just a smile or a wail, a bath time routine or time spent with their favorite toy -  there's plenty of reasons to design a scrapbook page just for your little one. Your baby may have grown up now, but the scrapbook page you submit must have a picture of him/her from when he/she was under two years of age.

Your creativity and passion could win you one of three prizes:

Grand Prize:      KODAK EASYSHARE M530 Digital Camera ($129.95)

                        KODAK ESP 7250 All-in-One Printer ($199.99)

                        KODAK Zx1 Pocket Video Camera

Second Prize:   KODAK ESP 5250 All-in-One Printer ($149.99)

Third Prize:        $100 Gift Certificates for KODAK Picture Kiosk*

Everyone’s a winner:

We know that baby scrapbook layouts are a labor of love. To show our appreciation for your efforts we will give all eligible entries a FREE coupon for the Picture Movie DVD ($14.99)

Contest Starts:  May 17, 2010, 9:00 am EST

Contest Ends:   June 06, 2010, 11:59 pm EST

Celebrity Judge

Celebrity scrapbooker Cathy Zielske will help Kodak pick three winners based on the following criteria:

Creativity and originality (50%)

Effective use of photography (50%)

How to Enter

Submit a baby themed scrapbook page at the Tips & Projects Exchange

All submissions must be original creations, have a baby theme and include a photograph of a baby.

            1. Visit the Tips & Projects Exchange

            2. Submit your layout under “Photo Projects”

            3. Select the category “Baby” to be entered into the contest.

today's lucky winner...

of the Vistaprint Book Giveaway is:


Comment #2:

 Missy said...

This is awesome. I do have so many pictures. My poor boys' lives are so behind in scrapbooks I am afraid I won't even remember all of it to scrapbook someday. Thanks for this great opportunity.

Tuesday, May 25, 2010 10:15:00 AM


So, Missy...please e-mail me so I can pass your information along to the generous folks at Vistaprint! :o)

Thanks to Team Mom for allowing this fun giveaway and especially to everyone who left a comment - you all had some wonderful I challenge you to go ahead and get started on recording those memories, whether it's in a journal, a scrapbook, or a photobook from Vistaprint!

Don't forget to check out some of the other fun products from Vistaprint -  such as Birthday Invitations, Custom T-shirts, and Personalized Mugs

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

vistaprint giveaway...

...because we can't have enough fun giveaways...I have another fun one just for my blog readers! 

This Vistaprint giveaway comes courtesy of Team Mom -

These days it seems we all keep our photos online. (Even we scrapbookers have way more photos that we can ever scrapbook, right?)  However, there’s nothing like having hard copies of your photos to share with your friends & family! Vistaprint is offering one of YOU an opportunity to win a personalized, 12 X 12 Photo Book.

The winner will be able choose from hard cover,


leather cover


or linen cover.


It includes 26 pages and a variety of layout and design options and free 14-day shipping.

The value of the giveaway is over $50.

The possibilities are tremendous - vacation books, family books, "all about me" books, baby books, even digital scrapbook pages, right?!?

To enter to win this fun giveaway, all you have to do is leave a comment on this post telling me what kind of photo book you'd like to make! 

I'll choose a random winner Friday morning.  Good luck!

{Just FYI, I have not been compensated in any way by Vistaprint OR Team Mom

...just asked to share this information with my readers and give YOU the opportunity to win!}

Sunday, May 23, 2010

one eskimO - {a review AND a free song for you to download}...

It's been a while since I've reviewed any music on my blog - but a couple of weeks ago I received a new CD from One2One Network - just so I could listen to it and share my thoughts with you. :)

The CD I received is One EskimO.  I had never heard of this group.  However, once I started listening to the CD, I thought they sounded vaguely familiar.  They currently have the #1 adult alternative song called 'Kandi' which you may have already heard since it's the most played song on all adult rock radio 4 weeks and counting.

A couple of days after I received the CD, I had some meetings in Salt Lake that I needed to drive to.  Two days in a row.  Driving time from here to SLC is about 1 hour each way...I put in this CD and listened to it the entire time.  The entire time.  The first couple of times, I was concentrating on the music, the lyrics, etc.  But then I found my thoughts drifting.  The music is calming.  Very calming.  (Don't worry - it didn't make me drowsy.)  I felt relaxed and thoughtful.  I wasn't even stressed about driving in the city - which ALWAYS makes me this CD will mainly be living in my car, especially for times like that! 

I can also see this as a cd that I would pop in and listen to during the day - as I work and go about my normal daily stuff.  It's not distracting.  It's pleasant.  I really liked it.

One place I will not be listening to this CD is while I'm walking/running.  Not upbeat enough for that. :o)  Other than that one scenario - it's a keeper! :o)

I can't choose a favorite song - but I did hop over to their YouTube channel and found a couple of videos I thought were fun - and worth sharing.

I like this video version of the song Kandi:

And here's a link to another fun cartoon-y video: Given Up.

Here's a bit of information about the group:

  • One eskimO is a critically-acclaimed English band fronted by singer-songwriter Kristian Leontiou and includes musicians Pete Rinaldi (guitar), Jamie Sefton (bass, horns) and Adam Falkner (drums).  
  • Billboard Magazine calls One eskimO's self-titled debut album "...catchy, ambient pop." and Los Angeles Times Magazine hails the song "Kandi" a beautiful, aspirational track.”  The album is available in stores now. 
  • The album release comes in tandem with a full length animated film.  “Hometime”, one of the tracks that an animated short was first done with proved to be quite a sensation.  It received numerous honors at film festivals around the world, as well as a 2008 British Animation Award. 
  • Band is on tour May/June/July supporting Michael Franti and in addition to festivals and headlining shows.

And now for the FREEBIE:  You can download one of the songs from the CD  for free!  Go here!  Let me know what you think!  And please, if you know of any other groups with similar styles/sounds, I'd love to hear about them.  :o)

Saturday, May 22, 2010

lucky number 13...

Yep - that's the number chosen by the Random Number Generator...

So, lucky commenter #13 is:

Summer Braxton said...

I've seen a lot of giveaways for this issue. Haven't won yet, so I'll try here too :) I REALLY want it!

Tuesday, May 18, 2010 1:04:00 PM

  Scrapbooking Tips and Tricks 2Congrats Summer!  Please e-mail me with your mailing address so I can pass it along to the nice folks at Creating Keepsakes magazine so they can send your free copy of Tips & Tricks!


If you're not Summer, you can still order your copy of Scrapbooking Tips & Tricks: Paper today, and see how it helps you transform your patterned paper stash into stunning layouts you'll love.  Remember, if you place your order before May 31 , you can use this code [ TIPS-BLOG ] to get 20% off your copy! 

Thursday, May 20, 2010

speaking of ella...

Did you see Ella Publishing released a brand new e-book this week?!? 

Design Workshop: Become a design genius in 10 easy steps (by Lisa Dickinson)

I absolutely want to become a design genius - especially if I can do it in 10 easy steps! 

Anyone care to join me?!?

(Plus, I'm a big fan of Lisa Dickinson (check out her blog for LOTS of fun ideas and inspiration)!)

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

inspiration really is everywhere...'ll never guess what I used to inspire a recent layout.

Here's a little peek at the layout -


Any guesses as to what my inspiration was?

Hop over to the Making Memories blog to see...and be sure to let me know if you guessed it!

And if you take my challenge, I'd love to see your layout AND your inspiration piece! :o)

P.S.  If you haven't already left a comment on the post below, be sure to do it for your chance to win CK's latest Tips & Tricks book!

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

baskets of fun...

Yesterday, Cosmo Cricket teamed up with Ella Publishing for a fun little blog swap.  That meant I was able to use another awesome book by Ella Publishing - this time to inspire a layout! 

Because I'm a lover of sketches myself, I chose the book "Stretch Your Sketches" by Donna Jannuzzi.  It has 32 pages of inspiration to draw from...and more than 30 sketches!  It was hard to choose just one sketch to start with, but I ended up choosing the sketch on page 19 to inspire my layout.  I am actually planning on printing this e-book so I can use it as a reference more easily - I'm sure it will be a great resource to have!

I really am loving the DeLovely line - even more than I ever thought I would!   I love how versatile it is...once again, I didn't even think twice about using it with boy photos. :o)



To see even more ideas from Cosmo Cricket Design team members and Ella Friends - visit their blogs today! :o)


"Stretch Your Sketches" by Donna Jannuzzi for Ella Publishing

Delirious Delovely Paper

Delicious Delovely Paper

Delovely Elements

Delovely Borders

Delovely Chipboard

Turquoise Tiny Type Stickers

Flour Sack Chipboard letters (I covered them with green paint)

Green Button from The Garden Button Collection

My Favorite Pen

scrapbooking tips and tricks 2...

Creating Keepsakes has just released their newest issue of Tips &Tricks - and this time it's all about paper! :O)

Here's the information (from Club CK):

Celebrate your love for paper and learn to get the most from your paper and cardstock stash with the 230+ ideas filling the pages of Scrapbooking Tips & Tricks: Paper. Inside, you'll find a wide array of tips and techniques, including these ideas:

* Transform patterned paper with 12 hip tricks to take your papers to a new level without too much time.

* Create layouts using only cardstock, paper, and photos.

* Give your layouts an extra wow factor by using paper to create stylish photo frames on your scrapbook pages.

* Learn to do more with laser-cut and die-cut papers using five fabulous techniques.

* Try one of three new distressing techniques.

* Create paper-pieced designs with the supplies you have on hand. You'll even find patterns for all of the paper-pieced accents!

* Learn to mix patterned papers like a pro.

* Check out 15 incredible paper collections you'll love.

* Use vellum like never before with three fun techniques.

* Find budget- and time-saving tips for using your paper collection.

Check out a sneak peek of pages from the special issue by clicking in the gray box in this article.

You can order your copy of Scrapbooking Tips & Tricks: Paper today, and see how it helps you transform your patterned paper stash into stunning layouts you'll love.  And because CK loves to give you a good deal, if you order between May 17-31 , you can use this code [ TIPS-BLOG ] to get 20% off your copy! 

Once again, Creating Keepsakes is also offering a free copy to one of my fun blog readers {YOU!}.  All you have to do is a leave a comment on this post before midnight on Friday and I'll choose a random winner on Saturday morning.  Good luck! :o)

Saturday, May 15, 2010

today's winner...

CK20510Today's winner was chosen very scientifically.  My cute husband is sitting across from me working away on his laptop and I asked him to choose a number between 0 and 48.  He chose number 25.  Comment number 25 belongs to:


Pamk said...

would love to win this sounds like another great issue.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010 12:21:00 PM


So, Pamk - e-mail me your mailing information and I'll pass it along to the nice folks at Creating Keepsakes so they can send you your book!

Don't forget you can still go HERE to purchase the book and enter the code FAST-BLOG for 20% off your purchase until May 31! 

Thursday, May 13, 2010

watch and smile...

Just wanted to share a couple of little things that made me smile recently. 

If you've got a few minutes, please watch these little video clips - I promise it will be well worth your time.

This was on the news last night - I love seeing teenagers being KIND - it always makes me smile. 

It's especially nice when the teenagers are in my very own little community. :o)


And I saw this last made me smile.  and cry.  and smile.

If you aren't familiar with Stephanie, you definitely need to visit her blog and learn about her and her amazing spirit.

Happy Thursday! :o)

{don't forget to leave a comment HERE for a chance to win a copy of FAST & FRESH SCRAPBOOKS - it will make you smile too!}

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

more delovely...

I am really loving this new Cosmo Cricket line - I love the bright colors and I think it's really versatile. 

Even though there are lots of "flowery" designs, it's not at all "girly."

So here is my latest delovely layout:cc_delovely_layout

I love the fun coordinating chipboard. cc_delovely_layout2

The little letter stickers are great too (I love the PINK and TURQUOISE)!


And now for the exciting news for those of you who have been waiting to purchase this new line...

It's finally available at Two Peas!  Yay!  If you're wanting it, I'd recommend hopping over and buying some right away...I bet it sells out fast!

Don't forget to leave a comment on the post below for an opportunity to win a free copy of CK's newest idea book, "Fast & Fresh Scrapbooks."


 Delirious paper

Delicious paper

Deluxe paper

Delovely elements

Delovely cardstock stickers

Delovely ready, set, chipboard

Delovely paper kit (includes all the papers and the stickers above - plus more!)

Pink tiny type stickers

and my Favorite American Crafts Journaling Pen, of course!

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

fast & fresh scrapbooks {another giveaway!}...


Creating Keepsakes has a brand new special issue being released today!  Here's what they have to say about this new idea book:

"Whether you just got back from a trip and are itching to get those photos into an album or you want to make a gift for a loved one, the useful ideas in Fast & Fresh Scrapbooks will help you scrapbook all of those photos in no time. Featuring hundreds of time- and budget-saving tips, product highlights, journaling solutions, design shortcuts, and more, the inspiring ideas in this issue will help you scrapbook more of your photos into beautiful albums quickly and easily."

I received a copy about a week ago, and I have to admit I've already dog-eared several pages.  There are so many fun ideas...everything from photo album scrapbooks and mini albums to digital albums!  There are lots of great ideas for organizing items, choosing a size and style, and even the actual process of putting together a scrapbook.  If you'd like to take a little sneak-peek, click here.

To celebrate the release of this book, Creating Keepsakes is offering a special discount through the end of May.  You can go HERE to purchase the book and enter the code FAST-BLOG for 20% off your purchase between May 10-31! 

Discounts are awesome...but free is better, right?  The great folks at Creating Keepsakes have also given me an extra copy of Fast & Fresh Scrapbooks to share with one of YOU!  Just leave a comment on this post for a chance to win this special issue!  I will leave the comments open all week - so you have until Friday night to leave a comment for your chance to win - be sure to check back on Saturday to see if it's your lucky day!

Monday, May 10, 2010

vintage groove designer challenge {and a chance to win}...

A couple of weeks ago, Making Memories challenged two of us (Suzonne and myself) to create a necklace with the same kit.

This is the kit we were given to use:


{you can purchase it at by clicking on THIS link}

It was so fun to open up their blog this morning and see both creations on it.  Honestly, you would never ever guess we used the same kit. 

Suzonne has such a beautiful, trendy, unique, fun style and her necklace totally reflects that! 

My style is much more conservative and simple - and you can totally tell by looking at my necklace.

Hop on over to the Making Memories Blog to see both of our necklaces.  Then be sure to visit the Making Memories Jewelry facebook page and leave a comment for a chance to win!

and the winner is...

As promised, this morning I picked a random comment to win a copy of the new Ella Book, Picture Perfect.clip_image001

Today's random winner is:

 My PhotoStefanie said...

I would love to have this book.
Scrappers always need to have more beautiful photos.

Friday, May 07, 2010 12:02:00 AM

Stefanie, please e-mail me so I can give you the code to get your free copy of this fabulous book

If you didn't win this time, you're still going to want a copy of this great book (it's a great value at only $5.99!)- please visit Ella Publishing by clicking HERE to purchase your own copy!

Also, while you're there, be sure to download a copy of this book:

absolutely FREE!  It's full of fabulous ideas as well - and you absolutely can't beat the price!!  Once you peek at this book, you'll know get a taste of just how great the other books will be too - definitely worth the investment. :o)

Thanks again, to the generous folks at Ella for offering this great book to one of my blog readers!

Have a great Monday! :o)

Thursday, May 06, 2010

picture perfect {giveaway}..., I'm not talking about MY photos, although I really do enjoy taking photographs of people, places, and things I love. And though I wouldn't say any of my pictures are perfect, I will say that I'm grateful for the photos I have - when paired with a bit of journaling, they help me record the important things in my life.

Now...while I'm admitting that I am NOT (by a long shot) a great photographer, I will also admit that I WISH I was one! I love learning about my camera and the ins and outs of taking a good picture. So when I was contacted by the friendly (and oh so talented) ladies over at Ella Publishing and asked if I'd like to take a peek at their latest E-Book, Picture Perfect, I jumped at the chance! Guess what? They are letting me give away a copy to one of my blog readers as well!!

Take a peek:


As if the cover alone isn't enough to entice you...

Did you see that subtitle? 129 EXPERT TIPS! wow!

And can you see the fine print under that ...the names of the three authors?!?

Becky Novaceck

Elisha Snow

Kelly Noel

Just reading those names should be enough to convince you to buy the book! Seriously, check out their links. Amazing. Every single one of them. If you haven't already bookmarked them, you're going to want to do that now. :o)

So, a little about the book:

Organized into nine relevant sections (babies, toddlers, kids, teens, pets, adults, duos, trios, and larger groups), this eBook is packed with practical advice that will help you take your photographs to the next level.

Several of the tips are geared toward those with some experience with semi-manual or manual modes on a DSLR camera. But even if you're a DSLR beginner (or you use a point-and-shoot), you'll learn how to improve your photographs dramatically.

Oh yeah. It's FULL of good stuff. Tips, ideas, and plenty of gorgeous photos to look at. All of the photos include the technical information as well (I love that!)

You probably want to pop right over to the Ella store and pick up this book (and some of their other equally fabulous books) right now...but if you can exercise some patience, I'd love to give away a copy to one of you! Of course, I totally understand if you can't wait until Monday morning...after all, this would make for some great weekend reading material! If you are patient enough, though, please leave a comment on this post and I'll choose a random winner first thing Monday morning. You could always read some of their awesome free e-zines this weekend to occupy your time and hold you over until Monday!

ready, set, go! :o)

Wednesday, May 05, 2010

another vintage groove necklace...

I took some time this past weekend to put together some more necklaces.  Actually, I sat down to make one and ended up having so much fun I completed four necklaces and a bracelet!  I think this is my favorite necklace of the bunch:


Did you know you can purchase the Making Memories Vintage Groove Jewelry line at

I didn't know until my friend, Laura, pointed it out to me last week.  Nice!  Especially nice for those of us who aren't lucky enough to live near a Target or a Scrapbook store.  So from now on when I share jewelry pieces, I'll share a link to the supplies I used.  I like to mix and match pieces from all of the different sets.  If you'll just click on the links (below) you can see exactly which elements I used to create my pieces!



(I'll try to list each element of my pieces from left to right)

simple strand - brass large oval

ribbon wrapped piece from this set

brass and pearl flower from this set

clear glass piece from this set

wood flower pendant

rectangle shell from this set

beaded piece from this set

brass jump rings

jewelry tools kit

Tuesday, May 04, 2010

it's all good...

...especially when there is cotton candy to be had! :o)  As soon as I saw that two-toned pink patterned paper in this new line from Cosmo Cricket, I immediately thought of cotton candy.  Good thing we had Cotton Candy at Disneyland last year so I could scrapbook the pictures! :o)

Have you had a chance to see Cosmo Cricket's brand new line, Delovely?  If not, hop right over to their blog to take a peek.  It's bright and fun and summery!

This is my first layout with the new line - but I've already got a couple more projects done (but not photographed) that I'll be sharing soon.


I used some green paint to change these chipboard letters (on sale HERE). 

They are black chipboard (blackboard) and they are seriously some of my favorite letters ever.


I had to add machine stitching, of course...and I used foam squares to attach this element to the center of the layout.


And yes - I used my favorite pen (ever!) to add a little bit of journaling to a trimmed-out piece from the elements page.


I couldn't resist cutting out this turtle - he's my favorite little guy in this set!  I cut him out with little precision scissors and added him with more foam squares.


I also used a scallop border punch (on sale HERE) for the bottom piece.

Also, be sure to visit the Cosmo Cricket Blog today to see what the other design team members created with this fun line AND enter for a chance to win your own set of Delovely!

Saturday, May 01, 2010

happy national scrapbooking day...

I hope you're enjoying your day - and finding time to do whatever it is that makes your heart smile...whether it's scrapbooking or something else! :o)

I have a few fun things to share with you today.  First of all, if you haven't already been visiting the Creating Keepsakes site this week, you're definitely going to want to check it out today.  They are doing sketch challenges every hour today - check it out here.  Two lucky winners will be randomly selected from all entries to receive a $100 gift certificate to Two Peas in a Bucket

You can also check out videos created by all of this years CK Dream Team members.  We were asked to share our favorite scrapbook page with all of you.  I thought it was fun watching videos by the other girls and hearing about what made a layout special to each of them.  You can watch the videos by clicking here. (scroll down to the bottom and you'll see our pictures.  click on a picture to watch a video.)

Speaking of Two Peas, you should definitely visit their site today - they are hosting lots of great challenges and there are tons of fun things going on over there (click here and scroll down a bit for a list of challenges)!

Before you get too busy working on the above-mentioned challenges, you need to hop over to the Cosmo Cricket blog to see what's going on there today.  :)  Here's a peek at one of the projects I'm sharing over there today - this is for the COLOR CHALLENGE


This is definitely one that's worth participating lucky winner will receive a prize including the BRAND NEW, NOT YET RELEASED, SUPER FUN line called DELOVELY.  Really.  You want to win this. :o)

Be sure to visit Heather over at the Scrapbook Bakery Blog today as well.  She's been sharing several different inspiration pieces over the last few weeks...and there is more to come.  Take a peek at all of the inspiration pieces to get your wheels turning...then create something fun, post a link (on her blog) to a project inspired by any of the day's inspiration pieces, and you could win a prize from her! 

Heather asked me to share a project and an inspiration piece - you can check it out in full here.


And I just took a peek and it looks like she is having an AMAZING sale at her store today only!  Seriously - we're talking 45% off your entire purchase!  Holy cow! Now that's a sale! Check it out!

Finally, you're going to want to visit the Moxie Fab World blog, where my friend, and Paper Crafts Magazine editor, Cath lives. :)  Oh, it's always a great place to visit, so full of fun and inspiration (and giveaways galore), but this weekend it's ESPECIALLY FUN because she invited all of the Dream Team members to  visit her blog yesterday - she chose a layout from each of our blogs to share.  She's giving away a fun surprise too - so be sure to visit and leave her a comment for a chance to win something fun!

eta:  One more thing I just saw...Making Memories is giving away a SLICE to TWO lucky winners in honor of NSD! 

Picture 13

Just go here and leave a comment to be entered to win! :o)