Tuesday, November 30, 2010

:SURVEY: AMOM Blog Readership Survey

It's so hard for me to believe, but my blog is nearing it's FOUR YEAR ANNIVERSARY!!

Time flies!

I feel like I know you, my readers, pretty well, but I also feel that I could always know you better.

Therefore, I have created a readership survey.

Through this survey, I am hoping to gain a better understanding of who my readers are and why they visit my blog so that I can continue to provide useful and inspiring content as well as make improvements along the way.

(I've already got some fun cosmetic changes in store for the new year!)

I hope to create an "About" Page for my blog to include some of the key demographics produced from this survey. I would also love to include a few testimonials for the comments received (along with links to the author's blog/website if provided).
I hope you will consider taking a few minutes to offer me some honest feedback. It will only take a few minutes...

As a thank you for taking the time, one responder will win a free copy of Starting Points: Creating Meaningful Scrapbook Layouts From Whatever Inspires You by Linda Harrison and Easier-than-Ever Scrapbooking 2 from Creating Keepsakes.

All you have to do is submit your survey by 5 p.m. on Thursday, December 23rd, 2010, include your email address at the end of the survey before you click submit and you'll be entered for your chance.

Random.org will choose and I'll announce the random winner on Friday, December 24th, 2010.

GOOD LUCK...and THANK YOU in advance for your input!
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Monday, November 29, 2010

:REVIEW: Remember This by Kimber McGray & Summer Fullerton

Remember This: Fresh Page Ideas to Scrapbook the YearThe authors of Remember This, Kimber McGray and Summer Fullerton, describe the purpose of their new idea book as follows:

"One of our goals in writing this book is to show you fresh ways to approach scrapbooking everyday life events that you scrap from year to year."

We all know that it can be hard to find new ways to scrap the same events over and over, but that doesn't mean we should leave them out of our scrapbooks. McGray and Fullerton offer sound advise to keep your layouts of repeat events from feeling stale.

The book is divided into four sections - one for each season:

Chapter 1 - Spring
This section focuses on 'conveying the feeling of a fresh start'.

There are 26 layouts and 1 mini-book included.

My favorite ideas included creating layouts that capture the growth of cherry blossoms with time lapse photos and your reflections on becoming a mother for a Mother's Day layout.

Chapter 2 - Summer
This section includes 39 layouts and 1 mini-book.

One thing that I found especially helpful in this section was the numerous ideas for multi-photo vacation layouts. Who takes just one or two photos on a vacation? I would guess...NO ONE!

I also liked the idea of taking the opportunity to reflect on your child's school year early in the summer by scrapping scans of favorite artwork.

Chapter 3 - Fall
There are 22 layouts included in this section.

This is my personal favorite season to scrap! I love FALL!

There are all kinds of options to consider included in this section including fresh ways to scrap back-to-school, fall, pumpkins & apples, leaves and, of course, Halloween!

Chapter 4 - Winter
There are 30 layouts included in this section.

The holidays are full of mini-moments and traditions. What I loved about the authors advice in this section was that they showed us how to avoid being overwhelmed by 'scrapping it all' and instead focusing a few layouts each year on different aspects of your families traditions and perhaps recognizing the not-so-usual Christmas traditions.

* 11 step-by-step tutorials that show you exactly how to re-create some of the wonderful techniques featured in the sample layouts
* 16 layout sketches
* 4 checklists including key topics to scrap according to season
* A customizable calendar template that is meant to be copied to help you plan out each month's scrapbooking activities

In addition to the authors artwork, there are dozens of other amazingly talented contributing scrap artists featured in this book with a wide variety of styles.

Remember This: Fresh Page Ideas to Scrapbook the Year is available at Amazon.com for only $15.63 and remember Amazon offers FREE SHIPPING on all orders over $25 (for eligible products...which almost all books are).

If you like scrapbooking idea books that focus on the seasons and/or the calendar for their inspiration, here's a few others you might want to consider:
Month by Month Scrapbooking: A Year of Scrapbook Ideas
365 Days of Scrapbooking Ideas
The Scrapbooker's Almanac
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Friday, November 26, 2010

:WORD ART: TWO Word Art Freebies for YOU!

Well, there was a tie between the Willie Nelson and Adabella Radici quotes and I couldn't choose between them to break the tie, so...you're getting TWO word art freebies today!

This is my Black Friday deal for you!

I hope you like them and that you can find a use for them...perhaps on a layout commemorating your Thanksgiving celebrations this year.


Be sure to check out my other word art downloads to make sure you haven't missed any.
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Thursday, November 25, 2010


Wishing you and yours a wonderful day of family, fellowship and good food!

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Two Peas in a Bucket has decided that a Black Friday or Cyber Monday sale just wasn't good enough for it's loyal scrapping customers...

Instead, they are running a 7-Day Holiday Sale Event!

The sale starts on Wednesday, November 24th at midnight (CST) and runs through Tuesday, November 30th at 11:59pm (CST).

This sale event features:
*Free shipping on purchases of $25 or more (physical product only. domestic shipping only)
*100's of products at special pricing
*Receive a free gift with every purchase (while supplies last)

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Wednesday, November 24, 2010

:FIVE FAVES: In the kitchen...

I'm betting that many of you will be spending a good part of tomorrow in the kitchen and around food.

Am I right?

Therefore, I thought it might be fun to feature a few kitchen and food related products for the edition of FIVE FAVES.

Fabric Stickers with Ribbon Accent from the Savor Collection by Little Yellow Bicycle
The Savor collection is full of homey colors and patterns. These stickers are perfect for spicing up your Thanksgiving feast creation layouts.

Retro Recipe Cards from the Kitschy Kitchen Collection from Melissa Frances
These cards would be a great way to commemorate a favorite family recipe or just use as a journaling block.

12 x 12 Cookbookin' Page and Project Kit from PJK Designs
Here's a collection that has some of the warmer orange and brown tones that you might expect of a Thanksgiving-themed kit. Everything's included - paper, stickers, ribbon, etc - for a successfully homespun layout.

Fall Mini Bingo Cards from Jenni Bowlin
Bingo cards have been all the rage this year...here's some from JB that are perfect for Thanksgiving!

Pink & Chocolate Designer Aprons from Flirty Aprons
Okay...this one isn't exactly a scrapbook supply, but how cute would you be wearing this in the kitchen...or the craft room!? There's even a smaller version for any little cooks that you might have in your kitchen!
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Tuesday, November 23, 2010

:LAYOUT: Thankful For

The general design of the layout of this page was actually inspired by a American Express ad that I saw in a magazine.

I love the way that the photo on the right is balanced by the journaling on the right. Just as the floral transparency on the bottom left is balanced a bit by the date frame on the upper right.

For this journaling, I simply asked Kaitlin to tell me some of the things she was thankful for and she gave me quite a list! I did fill in a few extras that I know were also favorites of hers at the time the layout was created.

A fun way to break up journaling is to use a mix of fonts.

(Click to see a larger view.)

apples; great friends; turkey sandwiches; sun; all my family; good teachers; summer; macaroni & cheese; warm clothes; books; The Disney Channel; green vegetables; water; crayons & markers; vanilla ice cream; shelter; girlsgamesclub.com; SunnyD; Christmas; the colors blue, green & pink; friendly animals; Fruit Loops; art & drawing; my blankie; God, Jesus & Mary; dance; swimming pools; orange juice; juicy watermelon; school

Cardstock: Prism
Patterned Paper: My Mind’s Eye
Transparency Frame: Fancy Pants
Chipboard: Pebbles
Ink: Colorbox
Corner Rounder: Marvy
Font: Advantage, American Typewriter, Awuarelle
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Monday, November 22, 2010

:PHOTOS: In the leaves...

It's getting a little chilly for comfortable outdoor photo shoots, but we took a few shots - quickly - in our backyard the other day.

Yes, I know we'd better get to those leaves...

I love the way they look, but hate the work of dealing with them!

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Saturday, November 20, 2010

:SALES: 15% off ALL card making kits at Scrapbook.com - TODAY ONLY!

Do you create your own holiday cards?

If so, today would be a great day to do a little shopping at Scrapbook.com as they are offering 15% off ALL Card Making Kits.

You don't need a coupon code. As long as you order today, the discount will be applied automatically to all eligible items in your cart and will appear at checkout.

Hurry, this offer expires tonight at midnight PST.

Shop Card Kits Now!
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Friday, November 19, 2010

:GIVEAWAY WINNER: Simply Beautiful Photographs by Annie Griffiths

National Geographic Simply Beautiful Photographs
There certainly a lot to love about the stunning photography in National Geographic Simply Beautiful Photographs.

After all reading through all the comments from my review post, it was clear that everyone is drawn to different images for very personal reasons.

For some it's the colors, the subject matter, the memories that it inspires...

Of the votes collected, there were two obvious favorites:

While these two were the "winners" by reader's choice, I have a winner to announce as chosen by Random.org to receive their very own copy of National Geographic Simply Beautiful Photographs.

For this giveaway, what number came out on top?

Congratulations, Jean!! Please watch your inbox for further details on how to claim your prize.

Don't miss out on more great giveaways coming soon! If you haven't already, sign up for updates to the AMOM blog by email subscription or your favorite blog reader through the links in the left sidebar.
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Thursday, November 18, 2010

:QUOTES: on THANKSGIVING & GRADITUDE according to Dresser, Nelson, & Radici

“Thanksgiving is America’s national chow-down feast, the one occasion each year when gluttony becomes a patriotic duty.”

WILLIE NELSON (b. 1933; singer, songwriter, poet):
“When I started counting my blessings, my whole life turned around.”

"As each day comes to us refreshed and anew, so does my gratitude renew itself daily.”

Vote for your favorite quote and I'll create a word art freebie with the 'winning' quote to share with you sometime next week. In the meantime, check out my other word art downloads.
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Wednesday, November 17, 2010

:LAYOUT: Grateful for You

It's often this time of year that our thoughts seem to gravitate a little more towards the things that we are thankful for.

I don't have to think very hard. :-)

On this layout featuring a favorite photo of Kaitlin, I created my own scalloped border on the right by using a group of punched circles and this element creates a visual triangle with the other blue elements on the page.

I didn't have specific journaling to include and sometimes using a favorite quote as I did here can be the perfect solution to add a few meaningful words to your page.

"At times, our own light goes out, and is rekindled by a spark from another person."
– Albert Schweitzer

Cardstock: Bazzill
Patterned Paper: Bo Bunny
Tag: Little Yellow Bicycle
Ribbon: Offray
Ink: Colorbox
Photo Corner Punch: EK Success
Corner Rounder: Marvy
Circle Punch: Fiskars
Decorative Edge Punch: Fiskars
Scallop Trimmer: Fiskars
Font: Aquarelle
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Tuesday, November 16, 2010

:REVIEW & GIVEAWAY: Simply Beautiful Photographs by Annie Griffiths [CONTEST CLOSED]

National Geographic Simply Beautiful PhotographsSimply Beautiful Photographs might seem like a simplistic title for a book featuring a collection of photography from the National Geographic archives, but a flashy title simply wasn't necessary.

All you have to do is crack open the book to any random page and allow the photos to speak for themselves.

In the forward, Maura Mulvihill says, "Our archive holds images dating back to the late 1800s and is an amazing visual repository in size, subject matter, and , and range of photographic mediums. But what sets the collection apart as the most valuable in the world is the artistry, personal vision, and skill that National Geographic photographers have brought to the photographic art form for more than a century."

Annie Griffiths, the editor or this stunning volume, goes on to state in the introduction, "Photos are evidence that we have lived and traveled and experienced and loved."

Isn't this why we, as scrapbookers, have all decided to honor our photos by giving them cherished homes in our scrapbooks.

#1 - Richnava, Slovakia. Roma children look out the window of their shanty. (p. 185, James L. Stanfield)

#2 - Bayan-Olgiy, Mongolian People's Republic. A Kazakh hunter shies slightly as his golden eagle spreads its wings. (p. 440, David Edwards)

#3 - Sarand, Hungary. A bee-eater bird takes flight, while another keeps its perch. (p. 341, Joe Petersburger)

#4 - Pantanal, Brazil. The setting sun silhouettes gauchos as they relax at the end of the day. (p. 104, Joel Sartore)

Griffiths explains her six divisions for the book in the following:
"Light, composition, and moment are the basic elements in any beautiful photograph. But there are three other elements that draw the viewer in and encourage an emotional response. These are palette, time and wonder."

While there is some beautiful and insightful editorial content included in this book, its 504 pages are really a feast for the eyes. With a majority of the photographs featured as full-bleed, double-page spreads.

#5 - Asheville, North Carolina. Orange leaves cover a Japanese maple at the Biltmore Estate. (p. 364, Melissa Farlow)

#6 - Near Wismar, Germany. Women share a laugh while harvesting sugar beets. (p. 225, Gordon Gahan)

On every 2-3 spreads, photo specs are included such as the name of the photographer, the location in which the photograph was taken and a short caption to help give some context to the photo.

As anyone who follows this blogs knows, I am a lover of quotes.

Sprinkled throughout the book are wonderful quotes regarding photography in general or the aesthetic concept which that particular chapter of photographs give example of.

Not only did I discover some amazing photographs in this book, but also some new favorite quotes as well.

#7 - Bioko Island, Equatorial Guinea. Tail feathers of a little greenbul bird fan out behind closed wings. (p. 461, Joel Sartore)

#8 - Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming. A trumpeter swan glides across Yellowstone River. (p. 370-371, James P. Blair)

I'll be honest, some of the photos in the collection do have a bit a grainy consistency (the older, pre-digital photos??), but still it is generally easy to recognize the quality for which they were chosen.

One thing that I did wish had been included in the photo details was the date (at least the year) that the photo was taken. Perhaps it shouldn't matter, but I kept having that question in my mind as I enjoyed many of the photos within the book.

Also, many of the photos were clearly more modern and I can understand why the editors might have gravitated more towards these for a collection such as this (more clarity, more color, etc.). However, I couldn't stop wishing that they had included more of those vintage, late-1800's photos mentioned in the forward. I've always had a certain fascination with old photographs.

Regardless, if you are a lover of photography, Simply Beautiful Photographs might be something you will want to add to your Christmas wish list. Or, if you've got a photography lover on your list, this might just be the perfect gift.

I've have one free copy of Simply Beautiful Photographs to give away to one lucky AMOM reader.

To enter, simply answer the following question in a comment to this post by 5 p.m. (CST) on Thursday, November 18th, 2010:

Each sample photograph featured in this review is numbered in the caption. Which number is your favorite and why?

Random.org will choose the winner and I'll make the announcement on Friday.

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