Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Last chance on my blog RAK

Hi everyone. I just wanted to update once more in June. Whew, June flew by. And enter July and once the 4th of July hits, the summer zooms by. I know because I will blink the day after the 4th and it will be mid-September and getting cold. I need to get outside more and enjoy the great outdoors because winter starts earlier and earlier. this weekend for sure, yardwork and possibly a picnic are in our future!

About the Scrap Attack Blog hop RAK...I noticed that nobody has taken my challenge to make a little layout or card with lots of bling and linked it back to my blog so I might have to try the RAK again at another time. BUmmer on that. I thought my little bling-ature was kind of cute to send off to someone that played along. Oh well, maybe someone is holding out for midnight, when the challenge closes--tonight 6/30 at midnight--don't forget to link it to the 6/18/09 blog post!

Just a little layout about when I was a teeny-tiny baby. I loved this layout so much. I loved the soft baby colors that I got to play with...not something that happens often when you have teens I guess. Well I must move on for today. Have a good one and see you in July (teehee)! Love and hugs, Lara

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

WOW...and my June Design team reveals from SAS

Hello all, and if there are any people still stopping by my blog, thanks to all the wonderful fun comments left on my last post during the SASsy blog hop. I have not seen any links from anyone completing my bling change yet, so will keep that open until June 30th.

June is a fun and busy month for most, I would imagine, with end of the school year, graduations, weddings, and allover summer fun! I feel like I started my scrappy June off with a bang. Lauri from SAS sent me some pretty amazing papers from Collage Press Knave of Hearts and WRMK MVP Collection to work with and I was was so joyful in getting this fantastic kit to work with. I really liked the Knave of Hearts the most, but the MVP has some pretty rich colors that go well with sports, and non-sports, pages. Here is my reveal:

That is all I got for this month. TFL! Have a great week. Love and hugs! Lara

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

{SAS}sy Blog Hop


Good Morning to all. Welcome to the {SAS}sy Blog Hop!

If you my blog is the first place you visited, you might want to start at the beginning at Scrap Attack Scrapbooking so that you don't miss out on ALL the fun! The beginning will have a list of places to visit! If you found your way from Cassie Lu then you are right on track!

I made these cards and layout with LOTS of bling! I love my sparkle and shine! I made the flower card using Basic Grey Bling It and Ranger Stickles, and the butterfly card with KI glitter and Stickles. The layouts have a bit more bling on them. For the "Sweet" one, I used Stickles, Basic Grey Bling it and large rhinestone brads from the February {SAS}sy kit. I added a little bit of extra sparkle with tHE Sakura Jelly Roll Stardust pen, outlining some key areas.

They can all be found at the Scrap Attack Online Store....so check it out! and my challenge to you, is to make a layout or card with lots of bling and link it back to this post in the comments. Anyone that posts a layout link will be entered into a drawing for a tiny little RAK from me and if you HOP through all 16 {SAS}sy blogs, you will be entered into a random drawing for COOL prizes from Scrap Attack!

Hopefully you're enjoying the Scrap Attack Scrapbooking {Blog Hop} today! There's definitely a lot of inspiration showing up on everyone’s blogs. Your next stop on the hop is Janis There are 16 total blogs so make sure you hit them all!

Scrap Attack Scrapbooking will be donating prizes from all comments left on all 16 blogs so make sure and comment so you are eligible to win! Love and Hugs and Happy Blog Hopping! Lara

Friday, June 12, 2009

Hippity HOP (and it isn't even Easter)


Hey, it is time for a fun little thing called a blog HOP...through the Scrap Attack Scrapbooking online store. It is on June 18th ALL DAY...there are 18 blogs to visit and it will start with the SASblog first. If you want to tune in...there are going to be fun challenges, prizes and some pretty amazing projects posted on there sprinkled with a few tutorials and wondrous Scrappy EYE CANDY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! So don't miss out. Join us. Everyone that leaves comments on the featured blogs will be put in a drawing for some pretty fun RAKs and Gift Cards From Scrap Attack. Hope you can tune in! It is a good time to surf around other's blogs and not only see what others are doing but to get your name out there too! Love and hugs! Lara

Oh, so a hint on my part in this little shindig....just so you have it on hand...better make sure you have shiny stuff available for my little challenge/tutorial...BLING is necessary!

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Thanks everyone

I really like that all of you took the time to read my blog and comment! Thank you for the kind comments and support. Leaving the DT was a difficult thing to decide but I feel like I want to move on. Someone once said to me, nobody really ever leaves comments but you better blog anyway. I say, why bother? It is funny, those same people never leave comments so I never know if they are coming around. I am a little ticked off about that but perhaps it works better that way!

I plan on really trying to keep up on my blog after my DT course is over, might even do a makeover with some fun little add-ons. I think that I will try and focus on it more. Many say that I have a knack for writing insightful stuff...Someday I will post some of my past diet blog...for an example. I do know that my life is pretty full right now...and I know myself...in order to do any few things well...I cannot be overscheduled. I know that I feel a lot of pressure from work and being on the MB makes it hard to be everywhere. And part of the other issue is that the pictures I post sometimes do not post right so I tend to ignore it (the blog) as it frustrates me.

I believe that I have been an exemplary DT member and MB member at SASover the past year and I really like the people that I have gotten to know. I won't pepper my post with links, as you can find them all in the last post. I have found that being on a DT is a lot more than making layouts with somebody else's stuff. I feel like I stepped up to the plate and did well with that, being an active member on the MB, talking to people, answering their posts, starting conversations, as well as being active during the crops and fun activities throughout the year, as well as being a positive person! NOT TO MENTION the almost 7000 (YES 7000) posts that I accumulated in the past 11 months. I am proud of that accomplishment and when I leave, I will leave with my head held high, that I was a proud member of the SAS DT, and did so with pride, kindness and encouragement for my fellow MB and DT members! Oh, and I am not leaving the SAS board either...I will still hang out, but maybe not as much time per day...giggle...giggle! So my friends, my little post-reflection, reflection is over. Love and HUGS to all my real friends! Lara

**********UPDATE--I finally figured out how to fix those @#$% pictures in my posts...I just adjust the text code to a pixel width that shows up on my screen...I do not know how I figured it out but I figured that it couldn't hurt to try! WAAAHOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! NOw I shall blgo more often, I promise! =O)

Monday, June 1, 2009

Reflections on being on a Design Team

Well, here I am again, with good intentions about keeping up on my blog. There are so many other good things to do that I just cannot seriously be interested in sitting on the computer too much but it is good to put down my thoughts over the last year while being on the Scrap Attack Scrapbooking DT.

It has been a long, but fun-filled year. I say long in the fact that there are tons of things I am doing for tons of others, as well as working...I have my hands in quite a few pots at work alone. Sometimes, I feel like they are grooming me for something much bigger than I ever expected.

So last spring, I tried out for the SAS, of which there is another call going on right now. The first time I tried out, I did not get picked but shortly after that, there was another call and I re-submitted again. I remember this because my first entry was completed in Texas with awesome directions from my sister, Jacquie. She really helped me see scrapbooking and layouts in a whole new light. So when I did not get picked, I re-submitted, armed with a little bit more knowledge about making publishable layouts. I was much less confident though as I did not have her approval on these layouts, but I felt that they were some of the best ones I had ever done.

When I got picked, I was elated. I really thought I had sent in my best work and in my heart, it felt SOOOO good to have someone recognize it for as good as I felt it was.

So in the coming months, I started getting the monthly kits from SAS. These were handpicked by Lauri, the owner. Most of the time, it was really new product and pretty awesome things too. On occasion, I would get some products that I would not usually scrap with but I made them work. I think the best thing about being on a DT is that besides the free product kit, that I get to design MY OWN LAYOUTS and keep them in MY albums, it was the challenge of working with a certain amount of products and nothing else except a few essential scrappy staples. I really think just working with a set of products that someone else picks out for me keeps me from being in a rut...I HAVE to be creative. Truthfully, it has been one of the best experiences I have had in the scrapper/creative world, and ranks right up there with teaching a full class at my local LSS. I loved it and would do it again in a heartbeat. I have very little difficulty in putting together a kit, just a grab and go now, as I have gotten very good at working with what I have instead of getting sidetracked by all the possibities in my scrap haven.

I had never really gotten involved in an online message board before either. I lurked here and there, made some comments but not really too many. I think I have less than 200 posts on 2peas in 6 years...and less than 500 on Studio Calico (where at least SC people know of me). SAS MB is pretty fun. There are some pretty amazing scrappers that hang out there, and everyone is so nice, supportive, nonjudgemental and kind, not to mention funny...oh boy, well, I won't go there today. It is easy to fit in and be part of the crowd.

So that brings me to my final news, I am not reapplying for this upcoming DT call at SAS. If you are asking why, please see the reference to my life's work as a nurse for the answer to as why. I do want to encourage your to apply. If you are a seasoned scrapper or DT member, or if you are ready for a little jump, this is a great place to start! Give it a whirl!Here's the link again: SAS DT CALL. THe call closes JUNE 30, 2009 so there is still time to put something together! GO for it!

A little mention of the layout I posted. I was going to post one from the gallery at SAS from my initial entry to the DT but the one I want is missing in the gallery, not sure why, so I guess I will share something newerr. LOVE and hugs! Lara