Monday, January 10, 2011

A New Word and a Giveaway

Note:  Giveaway is closed.  I'm drawing a winner. :) 

Hello!!

Anybody out there?  Was it quiet in blog land for anyone else this weekend?  Not that I thrive on comments but I usually have at least two on each post.  It doesn't have to be anything amazing.  Just nice to know that there are some lovely people out there. :)  Maybe today's post will solve that!

First, I have to share something I did.  It is totally typical of my personality too.  After the sermon at church this weekend I decided I needed to change my word for the year.  While Reflect is a perfectly wonderful word, I knew that it didn't quite equate what I wanted to focus on this year.  I still want to take moments to think and to encourage myself to not be so quick to take action.  Sometime acting before thinking isn't always the best way to go.   The sermon was called Fresh and it was focused on this verse:  He who was seated on the throne said, "I am making everything new!" Then he said, "Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true." Revelation 21:5

I loved the picture of bread.  Who doesn't love the smell of freshly baked bread??  It is my favorite smell.  We all know stale bread is gross.  Bleh.  I want fresh bread everyday.  I want a fresh focus everyday.  And I'm ready for a fresh, new start for a fresh, new year!  I want to look at the everyday things in life and see them with new perspective.  I want to get excited and look forward to what the day holds each morning.  No more dreading.  No more being a grumpy guss and I'm not going to be frustrated when things don't go my way.  Why?  Because that just means something better and, possibly, more exciting is around the corner!


Okay okay. I know that the reality of all this will be that I will wake up grumpy.  And there will be days when I feel the world is ganging up on me or that nobody likes me but I'm hoping with my new word for the year that it will remind me to think of each day as a NEW opportunity! So my word is NEW!




Supplies:  Paper, die cut: Lily Bee Design, Chipboard: Prima Marketing, Alphabet: JoAnn, Alphabet Stickers: Webster's Pages, Button: Bo Bunny Press, Bling: Kaisercraft, Twine: Jillibean Soup, Paint: Making Memories, Mist: Smooch Spritz (Clearsnap), Adhesive: Helmar, Tools: Punch: Fiskars, Electronic Cutter: Silhouette SD

For the pinwheel accents I took my border punch to the paper first.  I used my scoring board from Martha Stewart Crafts to help make the folds more even.  It goes much quicker too!   The paper strips were cut with the Silhouette and the die cut shape for the journaling is a shape from Lily Bee.

So go ahead!  Change your word if you want! :)

Ready for a giveaway now????  To celebrate my new DT gig for Sketch Support AND to celebrate the grand opening of the website, I have the brand spanking new Sketches for Scrapbooking, volume 7 by Allison Davis and Debbie Sanders! Wooooooot!!!!  I browsed through my copy and am so excited for even more awesome inspiration for my two page, multi photo layouts.  And as you will learn from Sketch Support, these sketches can be used for so much more!

So who wants a FREE copy of this fab book?  You??  Well yahoo!  I'm going to make it so easy for you.  All you have to do is leave me a comment.  That's all.  I'll come back and draw one random winner this Friday so that should give you lots of time to think about what you'd like to say!  Maybe you can share with me your word for the year if you are doing sort of thing.  Or maybe just tell me why you want to win the book.  Or maybe just tell me what you had for breakfast.  Or you could tell me about the weather.  Or you could just say "Hi!"  It's all good with me. :)

Hugs to you all!!!  
Melissa

26 comments:

Michele's Scrapy Creations said...

well this is scary as I'm first. lol I just want to say I love the flower dollie. I so need to get scoreboard.I am kicking myself for not getting it when i was at Michaels on sunday. ugh! Thanks for sharing.

Also--I really want that sketch book. I'm planning to buy it soon as it's in my budget.

Joanna said...

I actually just ordered a scoreboard last night. I'm sure there is, but is there a youtube video for the pinwheel and flower? If so what would I search for?

Vicki said...

Love your layout and your word. Once you look new is all around you. My word for the year is amazing. In each day there is always at least one amazing thing or moment to find.

Thanks for the chance to win.

Renay said...

I would love a copy of it! I'm kind of in a rut with my pages right now and could use some fresh ideas! I love that you changed your word cause it doesn't make me feel so bad about changing mine. I did start with meaning, but I changed it to balance. Have a great week!

Heather said...

I would love a copy of that book :)

Thanks for all the inspiration!

Kelly R said...

Fresh is a great motivational word. I hope you continue to be motivated by it. Plus I love the pinwheel flowers. Great job!

Sandi said...

Love that you changed your word to meet your needs!!! My word this year is BALANCE! What a great way to remember your word and why you chose it! Beautiful flower!

Connie said...

I havn't told anyone my word ~so you will be the first~ my word is "move" as in a new direction , as in move my body more ( 5th day on treadmill)!! Thanks for the chance to win the book~I love sketches also!!!

Sandi Cl~ said...

Who wouldn't love a copy of that book? I haven't chosen my word yet .. still contemplating. I thought I had it but wanted something more upbeat! Love your flowers!

Tanya said...

Wonderful layout! I haven't chosen a word.. Thanks for the chance to win the book :)

Tanya
phenis2031 at yahoo dot com

Anonymous said...

My word is merge. I am merging lives, merging households...Love Allison's sketch books! i own 2 of them.

Kristan G.

Kat said...

pretty layout! i especially love your handmade flower.

for breakfast: eggs and a blueberry muffin. lol :-)

Jenny B said...

U r crackin me up! I don't need to be in on the giveaway just wanted to say hey and yeah there are stretches for weeks with no comments then kaboom a ton...I was out of commission this weekend and totally missed some of the great things that apparently happened in blogland while i was caring for sick children...

K said...

Hmm your "Bread" story has got me thinking, I havnt got a word yet but maybe it should be something like renew, reuse or recycle (I think I'm liking the re part at the mo :) Times are tight so I need to make everything count/last, or get as cheap as possible so restyling would help this out...... As for your metaphorical yucky stale bread, its fab for soaking up fat which the birds would then love, renew the yucky stale bread ;)

Rach H said...

I love the new word!! The photoless layout with all of the different boarders is AMAZING!!!

Casey Wright said...

What a great new word! Love the layout too :) Those accents are beautiful! Thanks for the opportunity to win :)

Jeanette T. said...

Wow, you are very entertaining. I love your blog. Well let's see my word is Happiness. I plan on making myself happier this year. My last year was not so hot. Thanks for a chance to win great candy. TFS P.S. I know what you mean about comments I myself don't get many but when I do it makes me feel HAPPY!

Shawnsgirl315 said...

Thanks for the chance to win that great book. My word this year is going to be time- I need to make time, find time, spend time, and appreciate mine and other's time. I love the pinwheels, I may have to try my hand at some of those later.
Thanks,
Michelle

Anonymous said...

I would love the get their newest sketch book. I already have some of their other books but just don't have the new one. I have to say my word would be "me". I know it sounds selfish, but this year I need to focus more on myself and taking care of myself. It's been for so long the kids, husband, taking care of the house, errands, etc.... I just need to take care of "me" and be a better and healthier mommy and wife.

Janette H.

Charlene Sue said...

Love, love the use of the punch on the outside of the flower.

Suzanne said...

Congrats on the DT spot! This is my first time on your blog (followed your link from the Pea board), but I've bookmarked it to come back! Thanks for the giveaway!

debbi said...

I found your blog at 2 Peas and followed your link because I am an Allison Davis sketches fan. I would love to win Sketches #7. I am excited for you that you made the Creative Team and look forward to seeing your work on Sketch Support!

Janice D-P said...

Hi Melissa. Great word and great layout to celebrate it! Your new outlook should make this a great year. Thanks for the giveaway. New sketches really give me the itch to scrap. Have a great week. Oo, and congrats on your DT position for Sketch Support!

Laura J said...

Hmmm, what to say, what to say...well, my one little word for 2011 is RENEW...as in renew my scrapping mojo/creative energy, which feeds the soul, thus renewing me, renew my focus on organization and fitness and renew old friendships that I haven't done a great job of keeping up with.

I wanna win the book cause I LOVE Allison Davis sketches (just got Vol. 6 for Christmas) and am so enjoying the new Sketch Support site. I had cereal for breakfast and the weather is cold and windy. Now I've covered all my bases, lol ;-)

charli said...

mmmm...fresh bread. absolutely my favorite thing in the whole world! Warm and drippy with butter. Thanks, Melissa, for the craving!

Joanna said...

I've already commented, but I now have my word and wanted to share. My word is connect. I feel that I have become disconnected with some of the people I care most about so this year my goal is to meaningfully and intentionally connect with people.