in a long while, but my email inbox only has 7 messages in it (this has NEVER happened) and I am officially ready to Have More FUN!
I was basically down to the wire and had to GET MY WORK done, so I could PLAY (Yeah!!)
I just want you all to know that I will NEVER (I'm clearly on a superlative kick today) be teaching this class again. Not that it isn't a great class — it is. I've just learned for myself that I am not able to do back to back workshops that are 12 weeks long– and maintain a life that I can endure. I am absolutely committed to teaching Library of Memories every year and so that comes first. We might at some point re-purpose some of the More FUN content — say the photo album scrapbooking stuff, but just so you know, if you are sitting on the fence about this class, we are going to have a BLAST and I will not be one of the experts next year. This is your one and only chance to take Have More FUN the way I envisioned it.
As a side NOTE: You will be glad to know that both Allison Tyler Jones and Wendy Smedley are considering a second run in 2009. If there are other "experts" you want to learn from, please email us and let us know!
So … in case you hadn't heard, CKMedia is working on a brand new super-cool website that will be launching next week. This is such GREAT news because there is so much wonderful content to be explored between the four magazines and so much opportunity for community and connection that I'm just really excited to see it happen! For those of you, like me, that primarily visit and use SimpleScrapbooksmag.com you will still be able to, but you will also have access to a brand new community site at CreatingKeepsakes.com: A community for scrapbookers and paper crafters. Here's a short list of things we'll be able to do on the new CK site:
Connect with other scrapbookers and paper crafters in a community dedicated to your hobbies.
Be inspired by beautiful galleries and projects.
Join groups that speak to your individual interests.
Create your own blogs.
Access the widest variety of project inspiration available.
Learn from the experts at all four CKMedia titles.
Upload your own video and share them in our video gallery.
Enter contests for your chance to win fabulous prizes.
Learn what the magazines are looking to publish and submit your own work.
Find exactly what you’re looking for using our enhanced search capabilities.
Sounds good to me — watch your inbox for the announcement!
Now, all of these changes mean that my little summer gallery challenge that we announced in the July/August issue isn't unfolding quite as we had planned. I've had a few emails about this and I am so sorry if you have been looking for it! I'm going to start posting my layouts here and will keep you posted as to where you can upload your pages once the new galleries are up and running.
Stacy's Simple Summer Gallery Challenge #1
Make a layout using the color combination on page 52.
As you may or may not know, we in Spokane waited a LONG time for Spring to come this year and so it was with great enthusiasm that I greeted the frog pond chorus as soon as the weather warmed. I used these great colors from my color column again on this layout …
I fall asleep every night listening to what has got to be at least 327 frogs (and I LOVE it)
This page should have been posted on June 23, so you can see we are a bit behind. No worries, I'm going to make it up to you. My friend Layle at Scenic Route has given me some brand spankin NEW product to give away right here on the blog. My layout for …
Stacy's Simple Summer Gallery Challenge #2
Scrapbook a summer 2007 highlight
uses this awesome LIBERTY line. If you want to win it, tell me one thing you love about America and I'll select from all the comments Friday at 8:00 am — right after I make my family say the Pledge of Allegience to our flag in the front yard.
I love the way SR does patterns. I love the lined paper, their tone-on-tone solids the
size and variety of their themes — everything. The cool fabric flower is Making Memories and the jewel center is Doodlebug. This page should have been posted on the Simple site on June 30th, so see we are catching up FAST.
Want to see more?
Stacy's Simple Summer Gallery Challenge #3
Dedicated your journaling to someone you love.
I love pages like this one. A single photo I love and the chance to say
what is not said enough. From the three challenges so far, this is the most important!
I'll post weekly challenge layout #4 Monday, July 7th. If you have NO idea what I'm talking about, pick up a July/August issue of Simple Scrapbooks on the newstand and read my "second to last" editor's note on page 17. I'd love to see as many people as possible play along!
NOW, in other news …
I made a very bad mistake and I'm very sorry.
My dear, sweet, hilarious friend Lain Ehman created a cool Piggy Tales album along with the other BPS gals and I forgot to link to her! Sad. You must go take a look at Lain's album. It's awesome.
I was privileged to write the forward to Lain's NEW BOOK coming just in time for the holiday gift giving season this year — I'll keep you posted on that too!
and I can't go without sharing quick pics from Addie's birthday — can you believe my baby is two?
Threw a little rainbow themed party — totally got the idea for the cake at FamilyFUN.com and
then built the party around it. Nothing too fancy at our house, but if you ever need to pull together a quick party for toddlers, this was delightfully entertaining (for the two, two year olds at least.)
RED was Balloons — we danced around and batted balloons to an upbeat song (3 minutes)
ORANGE was Play Doh — we all molded a "gift" for the birthday girl (4 minutes)
YELLOW was Popcorn — we all sang "Popcorn Popping on the Apricot Tree (1 minute)
note: Addie and friend Lizzy did not sang, but chose rather to shove popcorn in their little mouths as fast as humanly possible (at two.)
BLUE was Bubbles (6 minutes)
INDIGO was Jumping on the Trampoline (5 minutes)
HAPPY BIRTHDAY Sweet Baby Girl!!