Monday, August 13, 2012

How Do I Say Thank You? With a Prize!

***Edit: I neglected to mention just how a person can enter in my draw! Can you tell this is my first time?! In order to enter, leave a comment here on this post. Also, help me spread the word about my giveaway by leaving a short post in your own blog, with a link back here, so people can start following here, too! Sorry and thank you!!***

People often tell me that they love that I scrap every day events. I have to admit, I quite love it, too. But, I never imagined that some of the subjects I've scrapped would resonate so much- or even so deeply- with people. Its left me quite humbled, and I'm pleased that through my own creative process, and effort to preserve our past, its bringing back memories (fond) for the people that have dropped by my gallery and seen my work. I never thought that something as simple as going for a hair appointment, or the sweet, goofy things the twins do, would touch someone. Its incredibly satisfying to know that I'm touching the lives of (one day) not only my children, but also those of 'friends' (though, who are still complete strangers, other than sharing the same love of a particular craft, and meeting at an online community).

So, for that, thank you! Thank you for the encouragement to keep going, though I'm finding it hard these days to stay creatively minded when it comes to my picture taking! I'm finding there's gaps in between days I actually take pictures. But, I'm not worried. On those days, I take the time to look back over time and choose pictures that I haven't scrapped yet. Its win-win no matter how I look at it! And, I don't look on it as cheating, because everything I'm doing is for memory keeping- so it shouldn't matter, in the grand scheme of things, when something occurred. As long as it gets preserved.

And, on the topic of thankfulness, I am honoured and blown away that so many people enjoy dropping by my humble little blog. 42 followers is pretty amazing! I never thought I'd reach such a high number! (I know, pretty humble considering some of the blogs I--we--follow reach into the hundreds, if not thousands!) So, thank you to all of you for your loyalty and support; your presence here is such an encouragement to me. You're all wonderful, and it means the world to me that you're sharing this tiny little space on the world wide web with me.

The best way (I think) I know how to properly thank everyone is by doing something special. Its gotten me to thinking that I'd like to throw together a RAK or a giveaway of some kind, but I'm not sure what or even if the goodies I have around here are even good enough for one. Then I thought, why not make something and give it away?

Actually, I may have an idea, now that I've sat and thought on it for a little bit. But, why stop at just thanking the readers I already have? Why not attempt to generate more interest in my blog, too? So, let your scrappy, crafty friends know about me and my humble little place, too. Even one more follower is a score (though more than that wouldn't be a bad thing, either!) I hope you like challenges!

(Clarification): Oh, and by the way, in order to win the prize, you must already be a follower. If not, all you have to do is become one! Super simple.

I'll leave this open until midnight MST Sunday, September 2. I'll make the draw on the following Monday morning (the 3rd).

On a totally new note, I came across another super simple and crazy awesome way to organize my scrap room and create better harmony. What is it? A new method to store ribbon! Actually, I think I've seen this method before, but never thought to try it until now. (Because I'd always wanted the fancier hang-on-the-wall type of gadget. I can still have that- one day. But for now, I think this will work brilliantly!)

So what is it, you ask again. Ok, its super simple: take a plastic container, and thread the loose ends of your ribbon through little holes on the sides (of course, assuming you find little top open containers that have holes in them. The Dollar Store is a great place to look. That's where I got mine). If you follow the link above, you'll find yourself at my Pinterest board, All Things Scrappy, and if you follow the link from there, you'll find the original source.

I just think its great because its so simple. I've got some of my ribbon in one container already, and I see that I need more. So, more organizing needs to be done before I can finish this project! (Which is ok, because I'm still searching for the awesomest way to store rubber and cling- mounted stamps. When I come across one that I really like, of course I'll share!) I also want to put my ribbon in a rainbow-type assortment of colour, so it may take a while until I've got it to the way I like it. Pictures will follow when completed! So, until then, that's all I've got for now!

Oh, and one more thing: how about storing your cricut cartridges in an over the door shoe storage system? I think its brilliant. I'm finding that there's so many uses for them-other than for the traditional way to store your shoes- that its becoming necessary to go out and buy one! Because, sooner or later, there WILL be a use for it! LOL (You can find that also on my All Things Scrappy Pinterest board. If you follow the link, you'll find the original source).

Take care,



  1. How fun! I'll enter your drawing, and share on my blog as well. :) And I want to see pics of the ribbon organizer thingy you did!

  2. Me too! Lets see pictures!!!!!
    I will let people know on my blog about your giveaway, Ali!

  3. Oh, and I posted a link to your blog on my blog, too!!! WOOHOO!!!

  4. Alison, that ribbon storage solution sounds easy!!! I'll have to try it. My ribbon was on wire hung inside a file cabinet, but my stash outgrew the drawer! Thanks for the tip!

  5. I just added your link to my blog. Love your pinterest board!

  6. How sweet of you to have a giveaway!!! I love the over the door shoe organizer, for all kinds of bits and pieces, and even punches!! Take care!