I Can’t Believe I Didn’t Post This!

Wow… Talk about behind the times!  I knew I’d been bad about keeping my blog updated, but this is beyond the pale!

What’s every scrapper’s secret dream?  (Well, some people are more overt than others.  It was my secret dream.)  To get published, of course!  Even me.  Except… I had never done anything about it.  I’d never sent anything in to anywhere for submission.  Not once.  Kind of hard to get published if you’re not submitting!

Well, in June 2012, I saw that Creating Keepsakes had a call out for “New Beginnings” for the January/February 2013 issue.  I’d recently finished a LO of my nephew’s hospital photos.  What’s a newer beginning than a baby’s birth?!?  And, this is where my neglect of my blog comes in handy…. I hadn’t got around to publishing it here yet!  So, since I’d not yet shown it off, I could submit it.  So I did.

Two weeks later, I got an email saying it had been accepted for publication.

I remember the moment vividly.  I was in my sister’s Jeep at the Petrol Station.  She was pumping petrol, and I pulled out my phone to check emails.  I saw an email from CK and didn’t even think about my LO.  (I’ve been a moderator for their ClubCK — sadly it’s closing in 2 weeks 😥 — for 3 years, now, so getting emails from them isn’t all that unusual for me.)  I opened it up and had to read it twice before my brain processed it.  Seriously.  I thought, “What?  No, wait… WHAT?!?”  THEN I squealed.  And jumped out of the car to tell my sister.  After all, it’s HER SON that was going to be famous!  (Oh, and had to get her to sign all sorts of permissions for his image to be published.)

Here’s a screen shot from the published version (Copyright Creating Keepsakes Magazine 2012)

Wait, me?  Published?

My darling nephew’s first baby photos. My first published LO.

So, that’s one thing off my bucket list, I guess.  It’s nearly a year since I submitted that LO, and I still can’t believe it.  It’s just weird.

Me! Published! *shock*


Better Digital Photos & Scrapbooking (Giveaway!)

Creating Keepsakes has just released a new magazine, Better Digital Photos & Scrapbooking (The Digital Issue is here.)

This thing is LOADED with tips for every level of photographer.  Point & Shoot?  Kiss Auto good-bye!  Learning Apertures and ISO?  This is going to be your new best friend.  An old hand?  This has some great tricks.  Even if you don’t need the camera help, there are some amazing composition helps!  Seriously, this thing is bursting with great knowledge.

Then, as if that isn’t enough, there are all sorts of Photo Editing and Digital Scrapping bits!  I’m quite an advanced Digi-Scrapper (even if I do say so myself) and I still learned loads.  And if you’re thinking about dipping your toe but are a bit intimidated and don’t know where to start?  START HERE!!!!  Seriously, it’s wonderful.

Want a Sneak Peak?  Click the link to get a peak of all the wonderfulness that is this Special Issue!  And don’t forget to check out the Additional Online Content!

Ok, so as you can tell, I’m kind of a fan of this new magazine!  I’m such a fan that I’m going to give a copy away.  Leave a comment here by 11.59 pm Pacific 8 September, and I’ll post a winner on the 9th.

Here are a few more locations to get registered for a chance to win a copy:

Joey Manwarren http://everydayimagination.blogspot.com/
Laina Lamb http://www.lifeonthelamb.blogspot.com/
Adele Beck (You’re Here!) https://dleebug.wordpress.com/
Erika Hayes http://www.thinkingthroughdesign.typepad.com
Jana Morton http://janamorton.blogspot.com/
Mou Saha http://collagecollagecollage.blogspot.com/
Gretchen McElveen http://www.gretchenmac.blogspot.com
Iris Uy http://www.irisbabaouy.typepad.com/
Ashley Harris (The Scrap Review) http://www.thescrapreview.com
Lain Ehmann http://www.layoutaday.com
Susan Mintmire http://www.designteamcalls.com
Patty Cieri http://thegreenhouseonthehill.blogspot.com/
Ashley Horton http://ashleyspaperdoll.blogspot.com/
Stacy Cohen http://stacycohen.blogspot.com/
Autumn Baldwin http://itsalwaysautumn.com

Another Free Scrapbooking Class by CK DreamTeam Kim Watson!

Hey everyone!  The super talented Kim Watson, a member of the CK DreamTeam will be giving another free class this Saturday 11.00 am Mountain over at ClubCK.  Creating Keepsakes Magazine is the sponsor for this event.  Come on over and say hi.  If you can’t make the live class, the thread will be available later, but we’d love to see you during the event.

Can’t wait to see you there!

July/August 2012 CK Magazine Giveaway

Hey everyone.  The new CK magazine is out!

July/August 2012

As always, it’s full of way awesome inspiration for scrapping.  This month there are some great ideas for those who don’t really enjoy journaling (raises hand).    Thank you, CK for giving us some awesome ideas for how to handle that chronic difficulty!

I don’t know about you, but I always have WAY more photos than I can scrap.  But… I want to scrap them all!  That’s why I really like their “Scrap-By-Number” sketches.  Makes it SO easy to just grab photos and get it done!  The LO I did based on this sketch only took me about 20 minutes!  That’s what I call effective.  Thanks, CK!


Here’s my LO from the Sketch-by-Numbers sketch. My darling nephew being adorable!

Don’t forget, there’s a LOAD more downloads available, so go check it out!

Now, as always, I’m offering a FREE copy of the July/August 2012 Magazine!  If you want to be in for the drawing, leave a comment here!  I’ll draw the winner on Sunday 17 June 2012, so make sure you comment by Saturday 11.59 pm!  Of course, if you just CAN’T WAIT that long, you could always treat yourself to a copy here.

But don’t worry… there are a bunch more bloggers out there with a chance to win.  Be sure to stop in on all of them!

Kim Watson
Autumn Baldwin
Scrapbook Society (Krystina Montemurro)
Erika Hayes
A Matter of Memories (Jill Paulson)
Paper Crafts Gals (Holly Anderson)
Piradee Talvanna
Mou Saha
Maggie Holmes
Adele Beck (YOU ARE HERE!)
Hope Smythe
The Scrap Review (Ashley Harris)
Patty Cieri
Laina Lamb
Susan Mintmire (Paper Crafters Corner)