Welcome, April! With the everchanging seasons, we must first bid farewell to three of our designers. Carolyn Jolley is leaving us to focus on her family. Lain Ehmann is off on new adventures. And Melanie Louette is taking some time for work and family. All three began with us in June, and we are sad to see them go. Write. Click. Scrapbook. will not be the same without them. Please join us in bidding them a fond farewell.
This past month we also launched our facebook page. We are just shy of 1000 fans and can't wait to get there! Today feels like a good day to become a fan and to help us meet our goal!
Also growing is our Tumblr bulletin board. Rarely does a day pass without a new addition. Gloriously colorful and filled with inspiration of all sizes, textures, and delights, it is truly a must stop daily kind of place. Be forewarned, though, you may lose track of time, a bit. Okay, more than a bit...
And how about our Flickr group? We love our regulars (Alexandra, Monika, Moorewood, Jennifer, & Avital are our top five posters). Thank you to all those who participate in our challenges and who share their projects to help inspire us and our community! Even if the week has passed, we still love to see that you were inspired to create a page, an album, a card, a project. It is truly satisfying to see our ideas take shape in your pages.
Finally, a big shout out to our sponsors, Ali Edwards, and Renee Pearson. Please take a minute and click over to see what they are up to! Renee has some new classes posted, and a great new feature, ReneeTV. And we hope that Jen's week got you in the mood to participate in Ali's week in the life project coming up soon!
Today is Thursday, which means, yes, it is give.away.day. And today is a very special giveaway. But first, we simply must must must introduce our monthly gallery, Connections.
Our connections can be associations relationships bonds correspondences relevances tie-ins correlations interrelations communications alliances attachments liaisons affinities affiliations unions links ties contacts friends relations allies associates relatives acquaintances kin kindreds kinsmen kiths context references illustrations.
At the heart of our craft is our preservation of memories. Memories that will help bridge the gap between generations, between seasons of our lives, and between the people we once were and the people we are now. Our lives made more meaningful and more by their having been recorded.
Which brings us to our
Today's giveaway is brought to you by
Yes. PBS. The one. The only. Home of Sesame Street, Sid the Science Kid, Arthur, CyberChase, and all those other PBSKids shows that help you find the time to scrapbook. And yes, the same PBS that brings you Frontline, Nova, and the Antiques Roadshow. And now, PBS is the home of
What made America? What makes us? These two questions are at the heart of the new PBS series Faces of America with Henry Louis Gates, Jr. The Harvard scholar turns to the latest tools of genealogy and genetics to explore the family histories of 12 renowned Americans — professor and poet Elizabeth Alexander, chef Mario Batali, comedian Stephen Colbert, novelist Louise Erdrich, journalist Malcolm Gladwell, actress Eva Longoria, musician Yo-Yo Ma, director Mike Nichols, Her Majesty Queen Noor, television host/heart surgeon Dr. Mehmet Oz, actress Meryl Streep, and figure skater Kristi Yamaguchi.
If you have not seen this show, then you must find the DVD and watch it. You may buy it here or anywhere DVDs are sold. As you watch it, it will become evident to you how hungry people are for information about their ancestors--not just dates and birthplaces, either, but what their lives are like. Exactly those details we work so hard to preserve in our scrapbooks. Faces of America will reinforce to you how what we do as scrapbookers has greater meaning. Of course it's a creative outlet, and good for remembering in our own generation, but our scrapbooks are also a gift to future generations. If you need to be reenergized about this hobby of ours, Faces of America is for you to watch.
If you would like to be considered for this giveaway, all you need to do is leave us a comment telling us one connection you would like to make in your scrapbooks this month, or if you are a PBS fan, and joining us for the first time, tell us what interests you about your family history. Comments will remain open until 8:00 pm PST and one lucky number will be drawn at random and posted tomorrow. Don't forget it is your responsibility to check back before Saturday at midnight to see if you are the lucky number!