Catching Fireflies is generously offering a $43 gift certificate to one lucky reader. (Don't you love a company with a bit of quirk and personality? We certainly do!!) If you would like to be considered for this fun and timely giveaway, please leave us a comment telling us a favorite item that you found at the store. And if you would like a second opportunity, head on over to the Catching Fireflies facebook page and like them (don't forget to pop back here and let us know you pushed the like button). And for your third chance, follow Catching Fireflies on Pinterest (and again, don't forget to come back to tell us that you have done so!).
The lovely April McCrumb of Catching Fireflies didn't want any of you to feel left out, so they are offering all our readers a discount at catchingfireflies.com. The coupon code is
and it is worth 20% off your purchase until June 20, 2013. Please leave them a word on their blog and say thank you! And we will say thank you now, too!
Comments will remain open throughout the evening. One lucky number will be drawn at random and posted Friday morning. Please remember to check back and claim your number via email to writeclickscrapbook at gmail dot com before the clock strikes twelve on Saturday night.
Today we have two items to give away! First up is a seat in Amy Sorensen's Big Picture Workshop class, Textuality. This is a four-week workshop that will guide you in all the ways of using text-based items. Here's a breakdown of the class:
Week One discusses ways of implementing large pieces of journaling into your layouts.
Week Two includes fifty different techniques for small and medium journaling spaces.
in Week Three there are tips and tricks for titles
and Week Four includes a whole bunch of techniques for alphabet-based supplies. Including the Silhouette!
The class starts today! If you've already signed up for it (or you can't wait and you want to sign up right now!) and your name is chosen as a winner, the cost of the workshop will be reimbursed to you.
Giveaway #2 is a print and a digital copy of the newEveryday Storyteller 2. This book is full of practical (but fun!) (and brilliant!) ideas for telling your stories in scrapbooks. There are thirty contributers, each with a technique, topic, or design approach that will re-energize your scrapping mojo!
If you would like to be considered for these giveaways, please leave a comment telling us what scrapbooking layout you're working on right now. Comments will remain open throughout this evening. Two lucky numbers will be drawn at random and posted tomorrow morning. Please remember to check back and claim your number by midnight Tuesday.
It's Day four in our week of Digging Deeper as we discuss ways to dig deeper into your project life albums to help you create better scrapbook pages. We found the perfect addition to our week and our learning, and it is Thursday which means...
We are so very excited to be able to offer three copies of this new and amazing eBook to you, our favorite readers!! It is another great eBook from the Ella Publishing team (that is now under the BCP umbrella) and it is full of helpful and useful tips on how to Dig Deeper in your Project Life.
Here are a few words from the sponsor:
Project Dig Deep eBook: Becky Higgins' Project Life system, which is built around the idea of scrapbooking quickly inside divided page protectors, has revolutionized the way thousands of people approach memory keeping.
We're thrilled to unveil the first eBook to dive deep into the Project Life system, revealing seven amazing strategies that could revolutionize the way you approach Project Life!
This is your chance to join seven avid scrapbookers as they get inspired by their own recent scrapbook pages and then "dig deep" to tell seven types of expanded stories within their ongoing Project Life albums.
Whether you scrapbook chronologically or in a story-based format, you'll love these concrete strategies for discovering and sharing meaningful stories. You'll be inspired to expand on a loved one's personality, flash back to the past, show off a photo tour of a beloved place, create a tribute page to a loved one who has passed on, explore an important relationship, and more!
story-based scrapbooking has never been easier—or more fun!
And now to the easy rules of the giveaway. Comment on this post. Yes, that is it :) Leave us a comment telling us how your project life albums have helped your scrapbooks and scrapbooking! Comments will remain open throughout the evening and three lucky numbers will be drawn at random and posted tomorrow morning. Please remember that it is your responsibility to check back and claim your number before Saturday at midnight!
Thank you, Ella Publishing for sponsoring our give.away.day. and thank you, dear readers for stopping by! Bon chance!
Welcome back! Jennifer Larson sharing a few embellishment tips on two-page layouts before our giveaway.
I love embellishing. Love Love Love. The problem? On two-page layouts, there tends to be a lot of photos, so how do you do it without making the spread look too full? Here's some ways I do this on a two-page layout.
1. Visual triangle
The visual triangle is a classic, I know, but I admit, I love it. Here I used the speech bubbles to create a visual triangle that led the eye across the page, and gave some humorous side comments to the main journaling as well.
Diane Payne did a great job of creating a visual triangle with her stars, which were perfectly thematic as well!
2. Balance across the spread.
I learned this from Stacy Julian in her book, The Big Picture. She described a basic embellishment principle that has served me well: what you do on one side of the page, you should do on the other. I would add, with some asymmetry. On the left I added an embellishment cluster, and on the right I made the same cluster but smaller.
And here Diane Payne did the same thing: punched circles and dots on the less, the same but fewer on the right.
3. Go with very little embellishment.
You can see on some previous pages that I love embellishments; in comparison, on this page I haven't included many embellishments. I'm not crazy enough to go without--not me! Still, this page is mainly photos and strips of patterned paper, plus a stitched circle around the main subject in the big photo.
Christa Paustenbaugh was much more austere than I: just the pinked circle next to the main photo plus some tags and a button. Note the visual triangle!
This page by Marnie Flores is a perfect example of how stunning a page can be with few embellishments. Look at how beautifully the attention is drawn to the photos! Love the journaling on the photo.
And now, for the giveaway!
This week we are excited to have help for three of you!! First, one of you will receive a free copy of the Danielle Flanders' eBook from Ella Publishing, Embellishing Handbook.
Here is a little bit about Danielle's book.
When it comes to embellishing, how do you know what should go where? And how do you know when enough is enough? Get help from Danielle Flanders' timeless tips for accenting and adorning your scrapbook layouts and cards. In this eBook, you'll learn Danielle's top five strategies for WHY we embellish: ● to establish a focal point ● to set a mood ● to reinforce a style ● to add character and creativity ● to incorporate texture
You'll also delve into her top five strategies for HOW to embellish more effectively: ● vary scale ● use repetition ● choose odd numbers ● create accent clusters ● combine patterns Each embellishing secret is illustrated by two different projects—a beautiful layout and must-try card idea, all designed by Danielle herself. Get ready to embellish like a pro!
This ebook will certainly contain some strategies for finding places to embellish on your two page layouts!!
Next, another lucky reader will take home a free copy of May Flaum's new eBook from Ella Publishing, Fashionable Fast.
Here is a little bit about May's book.
You've heard of being fashionably late, but what about being fashionably FAST? Join the speediest scrapbooker on the block, May Flaum, as she joins forces with five of the fastest (and most fabulous) scrapbookers she knows in Fashionably Fast: 10 strategies for stylish, speedy scrapbook pages. This two-time author and popular instructor has compiled her 10 best time-saving strategies, which are illustrated by 20 gorgeous scrapbook pages and accompanied with 30 minutes of exclusive video instruction! See how easy it can be to accelerate your scrapbooking process without sacrificing artistry.
Lisa Day is back with another round of 28 sketches! This time, in addition to receiving 28 daily sketches accompanied by layouts from Lisa, you will also receive exclusive layouts and cards from seven fabulous guest stars! This means that you will
receive 28 brand new sketches and 56 exclusive projects to inspire you to
create beautiful layouts and cards quickly.
Another exciting new addition is that in addition to the 12" x 12" daily sketch, you
will see the sketch adapted to a double page layout and an 8 1/2" x 11" sketch. All this means MORE inspiration and MORE ideas of how to make a sketch work for you!
We hope these books and this class help your layouts come together more quickly and more beautifully. If you would like to be considered for our giveaway, please leave us a comment telling us more about your use of two page layouts. Do you love them? use them? Exclusively or never? Do you struggle with them? And if so, what part? We love gaining insight into your struggles so that we can help you resolve your issues!
Comments will remain open throughout the evening. Three lucky numbers will be selected at random and posted tomorrow morning. Please remember it is your responsibility to check back and to claim your lucky number before midnight Saturday.
Thanks again for coming! Tomorrow we'll share the lucky number and some journaling tips.
in our MiniMadness Month. We can't even believe how much fun we have had! The talent on our team is amazing and every March we are reminded just how so. Goodness.
Speaking of talent, it takes talent to create a good kit. It really does. And Christine has it, that kit creating talent. And you can tell by how quickly they all sell out!
Did you notice that the preview for the new kit is out?
Isn't it lovely? Set your watches... April 1st 12:00 midnight.
If you would like a chance to take home the Sketchbook kit that our designers had a chance to use this week, please leave us a comment telling us something you like to use a sketchbook for. Do you keep sketches in it? or journaling snippets? or starters? or color samplers?
If you would like a second and third comment opportunity, please leave Cocoa Daisy some love on their blog or facebook page, and then come back and leave us an extra comment for each morsel of love you leave.
Comments will remain open through Sunday evening and one lucky number will be posted Monday. Please remember it is your responsiblity to check back and claim your lucky number before midnight Tuesday.