Sunday, April 30, 2006

Last day of April - Roundup Time!

Before I go on to post the roundup, I have to tell you that Jen Wilson has a blog! And there is an awesome freebie there so be sure to visit her (after you finish here of course!)




April is ending today and I'm quite sure that it was the fastest month of my life! I know I need a roundup so I can feel ready to move on to May.


What is a roundup?

Each month I "close out" the month by answering the following questions and working on some tasks. This has been a great organizational tool for me and has really helped me with my scrapbooking and my life in general.

Also, a great tool to use to plan the coming month!

Watch this blog or my scrapbooking blog at the end of each month for roundup time!

Cowgirl


Here's the April roundup:


April events & information:

What books and/or magazines did I read this month?

What movies and/or tv shows did I watch this month?

What special days did I celebrate and how?

What illnesses or health concerns did I have in April?

What fun things did I do with my friends and/or family?

What new foods, recipes or restaurants did I try in April?

What special or unusual purchases did I make?

What were this month’s disappointments?

What were my accomplishments this month?

Any thing else noteworthy to record about April?

Cowboy

Then I am going to be sure that at the end of each month I have done the following tasks:

Pictures & layouts:

Backed up all digital pictures to a cd

Back up all digital layouts to a cd

Print out any digital layouts created during the month and put them in albums.
Uploaded all digital pictures to 2 different sites. ( I use Sony Image Station & Costco photo center)

Send email links to online photo albums to your family or friends who might enjoy them or send a picture cd, or picture attachments. Share your memories!

Get your pictures printed out and put into simple photo sleeve albums.

If you use film, be sure you get all your pictures developed and file your negatives in a safe place. If possible, I would suggest you get a picture cd along with your developing.

Put finished paper scrapbook layouts in sheet protectors and albums to enjoy.

For bloggers - print out my blog entries to keep in a binder. My blog(s) really are like a journal and I was thinking that it would be nice to have hard copy to keep. I know some people back up their blog files which is probably a good idea.

Scrapbooking Supplies:

For digital scrappers:

download, unzip, and file all kits & fonts purchased. Save a preview image of each kit and keep it in a separate file for easy browsing. Back up all new purchases to cd or dvd in case of computer crash or to maximize your hard drive space.

For paper scrappers:

put away any new purchases. Do you still have stuff in sacks sitting around? I know some of you do! Put it away in an organized system.

For all scrappers:

Look through what you have purchased recently and decide what you want to use. At the first of the month set some goals for scrapping (hint – use this same list of ideas as a goal sheet for April)

Sort through old supplies that no longer appeal to you. Donate them to a friend who can use them or a charity. My older supplies go to my daughter who happily uses them to create many fun projects. I have also donated some to charity.

Look through what supplies you did use during the month and think about what it is about them that appealed to you. This will help you make smarter purchases in the future.

Clean up your area! Whether that is getting your computer in tip top shape, or clearing off the piles on a table where you can sit and work.

So consider this a little nudge with the old spurs from Katie the Scrapbook Lady. Don’t let this sit unfinished for too long, take a few minutes and write out your answers while the month is still fresh in your mind. You will be so glad that you did!

If you want to get really ambitious, have other family members fill this out (or help them with it) for an even richer memory resource.


Remember that I will post my own personal roundup notes here on my blog tomorrow.



Now Giddy Up and Happy Scrapping!

Mechanical Bull

Katie the Scrapbook Lady

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Friday, April 28, 2006

One more thing...

I already posted my Saturday entry,(see below) but I can't believe I forgot to post about this! LOL!

Awards


My blog has been nominated for a Scrapper's Choice Award! I'm listed with some pretty big names so I don't really plan on winning, but I sure hope to get some votes so please take a minute and vote for me if you like my blog.

Here's the list of nominees


Here's the poll to vote for your favorite








Thanks for visiting my blog!

Katie the Scrapbook Lady

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Shopping stuff





Trish Jones has soooooo much stuff in her store, that there is no way you could have it all. In fact, it would be quite a feat to have even half of her amazing designs that are available. So I know you are going to find something great at her sale!

Check out the sale at Scrapbook Bytes!


Thumbs Up

I am proud of myself this month. I tried really hard to stick to the budget for groceries and miscellaneous and I actually made it! My hubby will be so happy and now because I have been a good girl and left some money for the end of the month, I get to place an amazon order for a few things I have had on my wish list. Want to know what I'm ordering?

Reading

The King's English - Adventures of an Independent Bookseller - I'm excited to read this one - my mom recommended it. The King's English is an independent bookstore in Salt Lake City, Utah and it is quite famous.




The Essential Shakespeare Handbook - We are Shakespeare fans!



The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy I think this one looks interesting.




Books to Build On
A helpful reference for picking out good books for my kids.



Can you beat Ken? - This one is for my son who thinks Ken Jennings is just about the coolest guy ever!



Speaking of the end of the month... Tomorrow is ROUND UP TIME! Then I will post my own roundup on Monday and then I will get started on the new theme for next week.

I'm still thinking organization would be a fun subject for next week. :)

Sprinkler

Have a wonderful weekend!


Katie the Scrapbook Lady

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Thursday, April 27, 2006

This is what it is all about

Kitty 1

Jen Caputo, one of my design team members, created a layout that just blew me away. She has kindly given me permission to post it here to share with my blog readers.

I just love what she had to say about this:

I was looking through Katie the Scrapbooklady's May Amazing Month of Memories and saw that there is a "No Diet Day" in May. The purpose of the day is to have people just feel good about themselves and their image for one day. It made me think of the Dove commercial for their Campaign for Real Beauty. It has moved me to the point of tears and I really needed to scrap it to let all the woman in my life know that they are beautiful. Writing is not my strong suit so even though I haven't included a ton of journaling, it was a huge stretch for me. You can see the commercial at campaignforrealbeauty.com - bring a tissue.

Here is her layout and her journaling:



Posted at Scrapbook Bytes and Scrap Artist

Journaling: During the Superbowl, Dove ran a commercial featuring little kids singing Cyndi Lauper’s ‘True Colors’. Printed on the screen while the children were singing was each child’s personal fears. They read things like “thinks she’s ugly.”, “wishes she was blonde”, “afraid she’s fat”, and “hates her freckles”. According to their website, 92% of girls want to change something about themselves - 92 percent! Everytime I watch this commercial my eyes well up with tears because I know I’m one of those statistics. And so are all the women that I love. Dove wants us to change our minds, all 92% of us. Because every girl deserves to feel good about herself.



Ok, is that powerful or what! I literally got the chills over this one and I'm in that 92% group also. I bet most of us are.


This is what scrapbooking is about for me. Being able to express your feelings so profoundly on a little square piece of paper. Sharing pictures and thoughts that make an impact on the people you love. Sometimes, even a whole bunch of people that you hardly know. A page like this becomes more than a layout; it can be a mission statement, a paradigm shift, an epiphany!

This is also what the Amazing Month of Memories is all about for me. This is what I love about it. If something I wrote can inspire someone to reach inside of themselves and produce a geniune and amazing creation, one that I believe has been inside of the artist all along... then I couldn't ask for anything better than that!

Do you know what else I love? I'm seeing layouts about the "stuff" of everyday life. People who have scrapbooked with the Amazing Month of Memories ideas have said that their scrapbooking has changed. They are looking at life with new eyes and they are enjoying the "little things" even more.

I sincerely thank those who have made this into something big, something wonderful, and something truly inspiring!

Kitty 4

Thanks Jen for letting me share your amazing layout here.


Katie the Scrapbook Lady


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Quote pack companion for May



Next month I will release everything on one date, but it didnt' work out that way this month. I now have a companion quote pack ready to go with the May issue of the Amazing Month of Memories.

Now you will have a quote (and a few quips) to go with every theme and holiday in the May issue! I think they turned out really fun and I'm going to stay with the low price of only 10 cents a quote - which I think is an amazing bargain!

But.... if you buy the pack before May 1st it will be 50% off for a total cost of $1.75 - that is only a nickel a quote!!!

If you already have your May issue and just want the quote pack, go to this link.




If you haven't bought the May edition yet, you can get it along with the quotes in a combo pack deal so go to this link.





Back to my regular blogging in a little while.

Elephant

Happy Thursday!

Katie the Scrapbook Lady

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Wednesday, April 26, 2006

I almost forgot!



Only about 5 hours left for the 50% off sale on the May issue! So be sure to order tonight! I am going to go to bed early so if I don't send your download link tonight, I will send it first thing in the morning!

Pillow


Visit my store and get your copy tonight!



Katie the Scrapbook Lady


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Those thieves stole my blood!

When my son was 5, life was not very easy for him. And on top of it all, his doctor wanted him to be tested for Fragile X which is sometimes present in (mainly boys) with autism. That meant a blood test and I simply couldn't see how anyone was going to get blood out of that little guy.

It was even more traumatic then I imagined and it literally took 3 full sized adults to hold the poor little guy down. (I can hardly bear to think of it even now!) Well needless to say he was VERY mad by the time we were done. I had to drag him out of the hospital kicking and screaming and the entire way out to the car he yelled this phrase at the top of his lungs..."THOSE THIEVES STOLE MY BLOOD!!!" I'm sure we got a lot of interesting looks, but I wouldn't know because it was one of those moments in life where I used my special "I can't see anyone skills" and I just plowed on toward the car.

To this day whenever I give blood (or anyone else does for that matter) this phrase goes through my head!

Now that he is 12, he can have his blood taken without much trauma at all - as long as the reward is right. He is one smart cookie so he knows how to work the system. Fortunately, we haven't had to do a lot of blood tests since then.

Why am I rambling about blood today? If you read my blog entry yesterday you know that I was "robbed" of my blood yesterday. No big deal really, just some routine tests. Turns out the glucose is a little high so they want me to retest in a few months. I guess I have some triglyceride trouble and my good cholesterol (HDL) is too low. Nothing too serious though. But for some reason I have hardly been able to function since last night. I am literally exhausted and haven't been able to do much today at all. I feel sort of wimpy admitting that, I mean it shouldn't be that big deal. I swear that "those thieves" took too much of my red stuff and they must have taken the good scrapbooking blood because I've have no creativity flowing through my veins today!

Falling Asleep

So the big organization post I had planned will have to wait until tomorrow. The good news is that my quotes were mostly done so be watching for a sale on a "Mega May" pack of quotes tomorrow!

Darn those thieves!

Hairy

Katie the Scrapbook Lady

Tuesday, April 25, 2006

doctor stuff today

Nurse

So I'm just now getting a chance to post today because I've spent the day doing a glucose test to check for diabetes and some other blood tests to follow up from my yearly physical. Not my favorite way to spend the day, but at least I finally got it done. There is nothing so draining as having something yucky like that to do on your "to do list" - you just look at it every day and thing "I don't want to do that!" Better to just get it over with. Hopefully I will have my results tomorrow.

Doctor

Just a short post today to remind everyone about the 50% off sale on my May issue of an Amazing Month of Memories. I'm thrilled to see so many repeat customers who have bought prior issues, that tells me they like what they are getting.

Thumbs Up

I also like blog surfing and finding nice things being said about me (who wouldn't like that?) so I thought I would share a few with you:

Angie Pedersen gave me such a nice review on her blog. She said "Her guide did not disappoint. I was blown away by the amount of resources she had compiled: month-long themes, daily holidays, over 100 journaling ideas, quotes, and Internet links. Total brain-candy for a journaling junkie like me. And tell me I don't know a good scrapbook journaling resource when I see one.

And at $5, how can you beat it? I know it took her more than an hour to compile all those resources, and even the kids at McDonald's get more than $5 an hour! And when was the last time you were able to buy a scrapbooking idea book for $5??"


Her post got me thinking - I bet everyone wonders how long it does take me to actually compile each month's guide. Truthfully, I have never set a timer to it, but I can tell you that it takes me about 8-10 hours per issue when you consider the research and writing time together. When you look at that, I suppose I'm really undercharging on the whole thing? But I love doing it!

There's a quote I'd like to share here that totally applies to how I feel:

You've achieved success in your field when you don't know whether what you're doing is work or play.

Warren Beatty


I've had this Month of Memories idea for years and it just feels so good to finally be bringing it to life. Before I decided to publish my first issue, I made a decision that it had to be something that was worth doing for myself, whether or not anyone else chose to buy it. I'm glad I took that approach because I have gained so much from this series and I can see a big difference in my own scrapbooking as a result. If you've been following my blog for awhile, I bet you've noticed also!


Another wonderful review from Tamara, another blog buddy of mine:
Qt's Creative Chronicles


and Amy Edwards (owner of Scrapbook Bytes) just posted the challenges for this week in the Month of Memories forum so be sure to check it out!


Remember that the sale will end tomorrow at midnight (mountain time) so spread the word!

I'll be back tomorrow with a post on organization - my blog theme for the week.

Hello


Katie the Scrapbook Lady


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Monday, April 24, 2006

May issue on sale 50% off



Hear Ye!


My May issue of An Amazing Month of Memories is ready! I'm really pleased with how it turned out and I think you will be blown away by the amount of ideas, links, and other good "stuff" you will find in this fun scrapbooking guide. The May issue has:

4 month long themes
31 daily holidays
108 calendar inspired ideas
and 73 links to explore.

Some of the links will take you to free downloads of related fonts,
recipes and ideas that go along with the information I've included in the guide.

You know that I reward my loyal readers each month by offering each new issue at
50% off for 2 days only - that means until midnight on April 26th the May issue is only $2.50! I think the regular price of $5.00 is a great deal for all you get with this truly amazing resource - but $2.50 is a STEAL!

So don't wait around - get your copy now at my shop.


Skateboarder

On Thursday (April 27th) I will have new quote packs for sale including a "Mega May" pack of quotes that will go along nicely with the Amazing Month of Memories series. I will do a 2 day introductory sale on Thursday and Friday for the new quote packs only so keep watching my blog this week.

Wakka Wakka

I wanted to share one more weekend layout with you - really happy with how this turned out and my brother was nice enough to let me share this with the world.



Posted at 2Peas and Scrapbook Bytes

I used Ashley Olson's new Comforting Quilt set which is available in her new AshScraps store! Love all her new stuff so be sure to check it out!

The scrabble tiles are a freebie from computerscrapbook.com so be sure to grab those as well.

So are you ready for an Amazing Month of Memories this May? You are going to love my new guide so be sure to check it out - and don't forget the 2 day sale!

Spread the word ok?

Someone Smile Today

Katie the Scrapbook Lady

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Sunday, April 23, 2006

Highly productive scrap day!



I had some nice scrapping time yesterday so I have a few layouts to share. I was on a scrapbooking roll!




Posted at 2Peas, Scrapbook Bytes & The Sweet Shoppe

I hope you can read the journaling on this (click to enlarge or visit one of the links) because I think it turned out pretty funny. At least I made myself laugh - so that's a good thing, right?

Christy Loveable kit by Mindy Terasawa (Sweet Shoppe)
2 Peas Essential, and CK Cosmopolitan fonts




Posted at 2Peas and Scrapbook Bytes

Michelle Underwoods Dream in Color Kit (SBB)

Fonts are: Monika and My type of font




Posted at 2Peas and Scrapbook Bytes
I used Gina Miller's Bulletin Board and Note this kits
Font is CK Higgins Handprint




Posted at 2Peas and Scrapbook Bytes

I used Trish Jones Elementary Eclectic Series in Green
Font is Bernie
The photo is a self portrait - it's not my favorite picture of me, but I'm trying to get in front of the camera more.


Now I'm off to do some more writing... You are going to want to check here tomorrow
wink wink!



Katie the Scrapbook Lady

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Saturday, April 22, 2006

Blog of the day!



I feel so honored to have had my blog chosed for "small business blog of the day" by Brian Brown and his wonderful daily Pajama Market blog. It is kind of neat to receive recognition from someone outside of the scrapbooking industry, makes me feel good about my blogging skills.

Roll

I hope you will stop by his blog and read the entry he wrote about me. I also enjoyed looking around and found some very interesting blogs to add to my daily reads - I especially enjoyed the Pitstop Cafe in Singapore.

Brian sent me a list of questions and I thought you might enjoy reading my answers also.

Studying

He asked in his post "So here's my question...has she done a scrapbook about blogging?" He was most likely joking, but I've actually thought about it! LOL! Blogging has changed my life in many ways and I do spend a lot of time and energy on my blog so I really should include it in my scrapbooks. I did do a page about blogging just a week ago if you will recall. You can view it here.

Here are the rest of the questions:


1) How has the blog impacted your company?


I’m not sure I can be called a “company” since it is just me here, the Scrapbook Lady works alone. I have run a website for about 5 years now and I have not always had items for sale. There were times that I wasn’t really sure what direction I wanted to go in, but my blog has really helped clarify that for me. Now that I have an easy way to keep in daily contact with scrapbookers everywhere, it just seems like a natural offshoot to have ideas and patterns to offer them as well. I would say that my blog is the main driving force behind the majority of my sales. My blog readers know that they will find out about my special sale days and new items by checking in with me on a regular basis. I also point them in the direction of a lot of other good deals from other sites as well, and offer a lot of free ideas and information each day.


2) What has the response been from your customers/clients?

Overwhelmingly wonderful. Scrapbookers are a fun and friendly bunch on the whole and I regularly get nice emails and comments thanking me for my efforts and time. While that isn’t why I run my blog, it sure is a nice benefit!


3) What types of things about your work day inspire you to write a post on your blog?

Everything! I’m a scrapbooker after all – I can find enough inspiration from a pair of shoes to create a whole page about them, so blogging comes naturally to me. My “work” is scrapbooking and I love to blog about the creative process, the supplies, and the subject itself. I guess I have found my calling in life, because it doesn’t feel like work to me at all – it is the way I have fun!


4) What have been the biggest surprises with your blog so far?

It would have to be the far reaching impact across the globe – truthfully, I wasn’t expecting that. I have regular readers in Saudi Arabia, Russia, Japan, New Zealand, Australia, and I’ve had visitors from all over the world. I would say that about 60% of my readership is from the United States, but the rest comes from other countries. That has truly been a fun surprise for me.


5) What blogging program do you use for the blog? Did you create this blog yourself? How do you like the program?

I use blogger which is a free service from Google. I’ve looked at other blogs that require a monthly fee and they just don’t make sense to me. I already pay a lot each month to run my website and store, so I don’t want to add that extra cost to my expenses. I’ve also been able to figure out how to add enough code to the blogger template to customize my blog the way I like it. I find blogger very easy to work with. Customizing a blog is a lot easier than building a website so I’ve had no trouble at al working the program. I am the sole creator and contributor of both my blog and my website. I do spend a lot of time blogging, but for me it is an enjoyable and rewarding activity. Plus, it gives me lots of great journaling material for my scrapbooks!


I hope you've enjoyed reading about my blogging obsession and I want to thank you all for coming here each day to be a part of my world.

Thank You!

Big Hug

Katie the Scrapbook Lady

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Friday, April 21, 2006

Scrapping for a good cause recap

I am busy working on the May issue of an Amazing Month of Memories today. I'm also helping my guys get ready for a scout camp which means the girlie and I are going to have a "girls night" tonight. There will be fingernail painting, watching movies in Mom's bed, and more than likely some junk food involved.

Mint

I wanted to share just a few of the comments I have received this week about the charity kits I've posted about.

About the Shabby Princess kit:

Thank you, thank you, thank you for posting about this!!! I am so blessed to have this little guys Mommy, Janelle, as one of my best friends and it was through The Shabby Princess that we were able to do this project to help raise money for Angel Daegen and his family for research. I have made several LO's using this kit, love it!!! They are in my profile on 2peas.

Thank you to everyone who has purchased this kit from The Shabby Princess, is is the absolute best!!!

Check out Daegan's website for more info. www.dmanhero.com

And the really cool thing, is Daegen's mommy wrote the poems in the kit and the rainbow paper in the kit is a the picture of a rainbow that I took on the day of his funeral, it was awesome.

He always told his mommy and daddy that when he went to heaven he was going to slide down the rainbows and make flowers out of the clouds, so the sky, in all it's majesty, is very meaningful to the family.

Thanks again girl, you are so great to post this.

Kay :)



Thank you so much for posting this comment Kay - I visited Daegen's website and signed his guestbook. Seeing his sweet little face touched me and brought tears to my eyes. I can't imagine the grief of losing a child and I'm so impressed with the way this family has dealt with this by helping others.

I'm going to have to do something special using that rainbow paper now that I know the story behind it.

Remember that you can purchase the Bluebell Road kit from the Shabby Princess Shoppe and she is donating 100% of the proceeds until May 14th. Thank you Shabby Princess!


About the Eternal Hope Kit:


Katie, thank you so much for highlighting this kit again.
It is a cause near and dear to my heart. A sad anniversary is coming up on May 21, which is the day I will donate 100% of the gross sales to Alex's Lemonade stand in loving memory of the inspiration for this kit, Lorenzo Bela Rissolo.

Theresa Hernandez


Thanks for your note Theresa. I am so glad you brought up Alex's Lemonade Stand because this is such a wonderful website that offers so many great ways to help fight childhood cancer. I hope everyone will take a minute to visit this site. I've marked my calendar for May 21st to post a reminder here so we can all help Theresa in her effort to donate to this wonderful cause.

Remember that you can buy the Eternal Hope kit at Dani Mogstad's store and all proceeds go to Alex's Lemonade stand. Thank you so much for this inspiring kit!


About the Strength kit:

I received a lot of nice notes about this one, it's so nice that people want to help each other - no matter how far away we live. Australia is pretty far from Utah, but I have friends in Australia because of the wonderful digital scrapbooking community. I've seen their pictures, and the damage from Cyclone Larry was devastating! My friend Trish Jones is one of the creators of this kit and she has thanked me several times for posting about it here. Thanks to everyone who purchased this kit and if you haven't picked it up yet you still can at Clik Chic designs.

About the Autism Kit:

Between posting about this wonderful kit and having my layout featured on the Digi Pick of the Day blog, I've had a ton of emails about this one. I'm always amazed at how many scrapbookers out there have a child with autism. I guess I shouldn't be surprised at that anymore since there has been such a huge increase in the population of autism - but for some reason it does still blow me away sometimes.

Here's one of my favorite comments:

thanks SO MUCH for sharing your layout over at DigiPickoftheDay - it gives me a lot of hope for my son, just as I figured I should give up! THANKS!

That is one of the main reasons I did that layout of my son - I wanted others to realize their is hope. I remember so vividly the feeling that there wasn't going to be a future for my son. When you are dealing with a 3 or 4 year old who has autism and a lot of severe delays, it is so hard to see that it will get better. It does take a lot of hard work, but life does get easier. I've been around a lot of kids with autism and have been able to see their progress over several years. Even those who were quite severe in their autism, have made progress. Some more than others, but all of them have progressed. So don't ever give up hope!

You can still purchase this wonderful kit to benefit autism research at Scrapdish.

also, if you are a Build a Bear fan - they have a special bear available right now to benefit autism speaks and they are also running their purple heart promotion at the same time. Go to the Build a Bear website for more details.



What a week it has been! I'm so glad I picked the topic of "Scrapping for a Good Cause" because it has inspired me to use some wonderful kits that also help others. I've also been thrilled to receive all the wonderful comments and emails and hear how these kits have touched others lives.

Hope you will take the opportunity to support at least one of these great causes!

This weekend I will answer some questions in my posts so don't forget to stop by. If you have any questions for the Scrapbook Lady feel free to email me at kt@scrapbooklady.org or leave a comment here on the blog.

Students

Katie the Scrapbook Lady

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