Monday, June 12, 2006

Remember to change your feeds

This blog has moved!

Movers


I have a new blog location so head on over!

http://scrapbooklady.typepad.com/



I was able to transfer my entire blog so don't worry about keeping this one bookmarked. Update all your bookmarks and feeds to go to my new location.


Cruise on over right now!

Cruising


Katie

Friday, June 09, 2006

blogger trouble

If you use blogger you know that it has been impossible to get on it for the past few days. In fact there have been a lot of problems over the last few weeks. I've always been quite happy with blogger and you certainly can't beat the price!

But I think it might be time for me to move my blog. For some reason my blog here has been targeted as a possible "spam blog" so until they have reviewed it, I have to type in a word verification with every post. So if I have been somehow spamming anyone with my scrapbook ramblings please forgive me - LOL!

And I still can't post pictures even today!

I can post smiley guys though so I will leave you with a smile and tell you to come back on Monday. I'm working on the new blog now and I will reveal all on Monday and I promise that there will something fun for you to download!

Spaceship

See you on Monday!


Katie the Scrapbook Lady

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Wednesday, June 07, 2006

Blog therapy & deep stuff

Pull up a couch because I'm needing a quick therapy session. We had a hard morning here (nothing terrible) just one of those everything goes wrong kind of mornings.

Psychologist

My hubby is out of town this week so I'm playing single Mom which is never a gig I would hope for full time. My kids are older now so this generally isn't too bad. He used to travel ALL the time when the kids were little, taking several trips a month. One month (May 1999 when Riley was 2 and Alex was 5) he was only home 2 days out of the entire month. 2 weeks of that were spent in Japan and without all the technology we have today I didn't even get emails from him. That was probably one of the lowest points in my life because the kids were both at very difficult ages, especially Alex. I remember when we went to pick my husband up at the airport that Alex wouldn't even look at him for about 2 days after he got home. He couldn't cope with the whole thing. Broke his Dad's heart.


That said...I'm feeling pretty good about how things are now. It is much easier when hubby leaves and he really only goes a couple of times a year now. In some ways we enjoy the time (no offense Jeff!) because we don't have as much of a schedule to follow. Dinners are even more casual than usual, and we try to do some fun things. It is hard though when a member of the family is missing, especially the head of the household. It doesn't feel quite right and we all miss him a lot.


We had a naughty dog incident in the middle of the night - a bad one! And it turns out the cleaner I used (and have used for years) bleached out a part of our carpet that is less than 2 years old.


That was what I woke up to at 6 a.m. as I was trying to get the kids ready for a drive up to my son's bus stop. He only has 3 more weeks of school before we start homeschooling. We have to leave here at 6:45 a.m. to make it in time so I was already a little time crunched. Then we had to put on his shoes.



What is the big deal about shoes you say? Well he is learning how to tie them. He is 12 and he can read on an adult level, but he can't tie shoes. This is what is referred to in the autism world as "Sawtooth development" - certain areas of development are normal or even advanced, while others are delayed or deficient. He has always had fine motor skill problems. He still can barely write legibly but he is very good at typing at least.



We have worked on the shoe tying several times over the years and it always ends up being such a frustration that we abandon the effort. Now he is big enough that he is wearing the smallest size in men's shoes, the issue has forced itself. I have not been able to find any velcro or slip on tennis shoes. We could probably get by with sandals and then slip on loafers in colder weather, but with the help of his teachers we decided to give it one more shot while we still have their assistance during the day.


Major meltdown this morning. Hard to explain. Hard to appreciate unless you've been through one with him. Been a long time since we have had a lot of meltdowns but we have had a couple in the last week. Makes me so grateful for how far he has come because we used to have giant sized meltdowns several times a day. Now it is very rare. He wouldn't let me help him because he said I was doing it wrong. He liked the way his teacher showed him instead but he could not do it no matter how hard he tried. I do tie my shoes a little differently than most because my Grandpa taught me his special way. They hardly ever come untied but I guess it is not the Alex approved method.


I got a little desparate and cut a deal with him. We quickly made him a chart that says if he practices tying his shoes 3 times a day for 3 days (without getting angry or crying) then we will go to Barnes and Noble. That at least got him in the car to go to the bus stop. We made it in time but he had another mini meltdown when he realized I took him to a different bus stop than dad usually does (Dad takes him to the one by his work) Somehow he made it on the bus and I'm keeping my fingers crossed that he makes it through the day.


Remember how I said he earned most of those 500+ books in his room in the layout I posted last week? You wouldn't believe the collection of fast food toys we have also! It's not bribery, it's motivation and it works. Someday I will have to do a layout about all the charts and programs we have gone through around here. Bottom line is they work. Alex can do most things for himself now like getting dressed, brushing teeth,keeping his room clean, and generally being just a delightful and wonderful guy. I will do whatever it takes to help him succeed. Always have and always will.


Ok, I feel better now. Kind of funny how blogging can be therapeutic like that. It's like there is someone out there listening.


I also felt better after making my blog rounds this morning because I saw that the funny dance guy I posted about a few weeks ago was on the Today show this morning! Can you believe his clip was viewed more than 18 million times?


Also found another cute freebie on Paula's blog


I talked to my sister in law on the phone for awhile this morning and we discussed the wonders of blogging. It helped me realize how much I enjoy having blogs to read. Somehow it makes a difference to be able to gain ideas and inspiration from others. After all, we are all just trying to be mommies, or daughters, wives or friends and for my few guy readers out there...husbands, dads, sons, brothers etc. It's just everyday life right? And we are all trying to do the best that we can at it.


This may very well be the wordiest blog post ever for me. I'm sure some of these words will make it to a layout sometime soon!


I leave you with this thought. While listening to Harry Potter Book 6 yesterday I heard something that really stuck with me. HP is very deep stuff in my opinion.

This moment of enlightenment came to Harry shortly after he and the headmaster discussed more about the prophecy and the enormity of the task ahead of Harry.


From page 512 of Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince:


But he understood at last what Dumbledore had been trying to tell him. It was, he thought, the difference between being dragged into the arena to face a battle to the death, and walking into the arena with your head held high. Some people, perhaps, would say that there was little to choose between the two ways, but Dumbledore knew
-- and so do I, thought Harry, with a rush of fierce pride, and so did my parents-- that there was all the difference in the world.



Keeping your head held high is what it is all about. That is the difference.



Katie the Scrapbook Lady

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Forgot a great font source!

Blogger has been giving me problems all morning so hopefully this will work.

Still working on the blog and I'm going to be updating it a little more today. I know my lists for things like fonts and such aren't complete yet, but I can't believe I left this one off of my FONT FUN resource!

http://www.onescrappysite.com/downloads.html

Angie has put together one of the very best font resources around for scrapbookers, and while you are there, you really need to browse her whole site - it is amazing!

Don't know who Angie is? Well she wrote Book of Me series for one thing and she runs a couple of great blogs,does podcasts (which she kindly mentioned my roundup and my Amazing Month of Memories) and she is really an industry expert in the happenings of the scrapbook world.

Birdie

Thanks Angie!


Katie the Scrapbook Lady

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Tuesday, June 06, 2006

Blog in progress

Bear with me over the next day or so as I update my blog template. I'm undergoing a little "remodeling" here on the blog so it might take a little while to get it looking just right.

Construction

I'm kind of silly this way, I know the blog was fine before but I had some ideas and decided to go for a change. There are a lot of other things I should be working on instead. I used to do this in college also - the night before finals I would get a whim to clean out my closet or something like that. LOL!

Blog remodeling is a lot more fun than cleaning my closet though!


I'll be back later on today with my regular post. In the meantime take a looksie and let me know if you have any ideas or requests for what you would like to see on my blog.


By the way, the new free kit is up at 2Peas and it is really a nice one.

Have a happy day!

Katie the Scrapbook Lady


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Monday, June 05, 2006

Amazing Month of Memories Layouts to share

I should have posted a better image of the free gift because several of you thought it was only the circle image. Hopefully you were pleasantly surprised by the quotes.
You can download it by clicking on this link.

Remember you will need to use a photo editing program such as adobe photoshop elements or microsoft digital image to open and use the quotes and images.

Here's a better image:




Hope you enjoy them!

Don't forget that my June sale only lasts a few more hours so take advantage of the low price on the June issue of An Amazing Month of Memories and the companion quote pack.


I wanted to share some of my creative team's fantastic layouts using the ideas from the Amazing Month of Memories series over the past few months. It is so fun to see these ideas come to life and I think you will agree that these ladies are very talented scrappers! I will include a gallery link and name above each layout image so you can explore the details behind their creations.

I know they will inspire you!


Lindsay has been on my team from the beginning and she has had a lot of fun with the themes and ideas from my series. This layout is posted at 2Peas.




Kathy created this fun layout in honor of National Chocolate Chip Day (great holiday isn't it?) I guess I should warn everyone that there are lots of yummy ideas to try also! Here is the link to her layout at 2Peas.




Crissy used the National Sleep Month prompts to inspire this cute layout. It would have been a shame if she had missed scrapping this silly sleeping moment! You can read more on her post at 2Peas.



Amanda put together a simple yet stunning layout based on the kite theme that ended up being one of my favorites as well. Love the white space on this! This layout is posted at 2Peas.



Tracy is another long time team member and she celebrated her daughter's love of reading with this special layout posted at 2Peas.



Tracie did a wonderful layout for Customer Loyalty Month and she got me excited for when our IKEA opens here in 2007! Love the bright colors on this one! Posted at 2Peas.



I will share some more team layouts tomorrow. I just love seeing all the fun ways the Amazing Month of Memories series is inspiring others to create fun and meaningful layouts!


If you have purchased the June issue you will know that I have issued a special challenge this month. If you share 5 layouts and post them each in 2 online galleries you can earn a free issue.

I'm hoping to get a chance to do some scrapping tonight also.
Be back tomorrow.

Hamster
Katie the Scrapbook Lady

Saturday, June 03, 2006

Quote Queen

I love quotes and I used to keep a separate quote blog. It got to be too much work to keep it up with this one so I consolidated.

I have gotten away from including quotes on this blog so I am going to re-commit myself to quote keeping once more.

This post will serve as the index for all my quote entries. Be sure to check back regularly!

Free download, sale extended, reviews from customers

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I usually only run a 2 day sale when I release a new issue of the Amazing Month of Memories. I have let it run a little longer this month because I was hoping to have my products added to another site's online store by now, but there have been some delays. I've been waiting to send out my newsletter but I'm just going to go ahead and send it today. I will send another one when I have more news about the new site.


I'm going to extend the offer of the sale until midnight of June 5th and then I will go back to full price. I'm not sure when my products will be added to the other site so I can't make any promises about a sale there but I will try and do something to celebrate the grand opening.


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I have also posted my free download for the month of June so be sure to visit this link for my gift to you!




50% off sale on both the June issue of an Amazing Month of Memories and the companion Quote Pack for June.





Thanks for all the orders so far - I have had a wonderful response to each issue!

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Here's a few quotes from happy customers:

I just read through my first purchase of Amazing Month of Memories. I am thrilled with it! I will shortly be ordering the Quote Pack, also. Reading through all the ideas made me think of pictures I could scrap and lead me into inspirations all my own. This will certainly be turning me into a scrapbooking ADDICT! Thanks Katie! I read your blog everyday!

Paula


I just opened up your May month of memories (yes, I am that far behind) and just wanted to tell you again how much I love these. You have ideas for every type of person out there! Even if I scrapped every single day, I could never complete all of your great ideas in just one month. Thank you again for all the great inspiration! You know I'll be picking up your future months the day they come out.
Amy



Thanks for all the hard work on the packs! I love it and can't wait to get started on some of the fun ideas!
Amanda



I love the AMM prompts... I can’t believe that I’m actually journaling now! I wasn’t much of a “journaler” before.
Tracie



Where on earth do you come up with so many creative ideas? You should write a book!
Jen



If that isn't enough to convince you - I will be sharing some of my team's layouts over the next few days and you can see how other scrappers are using the ideas in each month's file!


Have a happy weekend.

Katie the Scrapbook Lady

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