Thursday, October 9, 2008

Newz & Reviewz

Wow! It has been a few weeks since I've been on here...life just kind of takes you by the ear and drags you along with it, doesn't it?

Well, what's new? Not so much and lots all at the same time. We've been super busy with all of the fall activities starting up again...school...piano...swimming lessons...catechism...and now hockey.

To all you hockey moms out there -- kudos to you! If you have any suggestions on how to stay sane through hockey season, please share! Curtis is starting hockey next week with a "conditioning camp" and then practises start and then games and then fundraisers and then...well, you know the drill! It's our first season ever, so I have no idea what to expect except that I am going to be doing a lot of driving and eating a lot of rink burgers. Hmmmmm...sounds like I may have to up the ol' exercise routine at the same time, hey? Oy! Do I really know what I've signed up for?

We've been also busy with a new addition to our family...my sister was married last weekend! It was a lot of fun -- my new BIL's family is so wonderful. We had a blast celebrating with them, and I am super happy that she is going to have such a warm and welcoming group of "in-laws". And as far as my new BIL goes -- I couldn't be happier. He is everything I've hoped my little sister could find. I am very fond of D. and he is a big part of our family already. :D

I said "Newz" -- and you have most of it. What about the "Reviewz"? I just feel like sending a big "toot" to some of my favorite things today and just maybe you'll find some ideas, things, or places that make your list of favorites too!

And hey -- while we are at it, let's return the favour, shall we? If you've read this, post a comment and let me know what your favorite "thing" is and after a week (Hmmmm...that is October 16th, people...let me just write that on my calendar) I'll choose one person using the random number generator and send you a RAK! Let's see...what do I have...how about a $10 gift certificate at Just Cre8? Sure! That sounds good! Then you can use it just in time for....well, I'll leave that for later!

OK...here are some of my favorite things right now!

1. A Layout:

This is a LO I did a short while back, and I don't know why, but I absolutely love the way it turned out. I meant to submit it a couple of times, but I kind of got busy and missed the deadlines so here it is. It is really simple and took a short time to do, except for the Prima "bling" frame. Between Laura at JSI and I, we managed to four-handedly apply it where I wanted. (Thanks, chicka!) I've included some closeups of the mirror -- and in case you are wondering, the large mirror isn't red -- it's pink. It's reflecting my sweater that I am wearing today.



2. Online Scrapbooking Store:

I guess this isn't "news", but I love love love the atmosphere at Just Cre8! It is THE friendliest, most happening place I have ever had the priviledge of being a part of. And we do have some news over there! Lots of it, actually.

Just Cre8 is having the "Gr8 Cre8ive Idol Contest" again! The winner gets a product package worth $100 and a Guest Designer Spot for 3 months. And the runner up and the last 10 finalists all win prizes too! This year, we have a panel of judges deciding who will win and there are no eliminations. There are only 5 challenges to complete! So if you want more details (and I know you do! This is an awesome team to be a part of!) check it out here.

Plus, we are having our second annual Revive and Rejuven8 Crop on Oct 17-18-19. Lots of challenges, free classes, and games -- and prizes by the dozen. So please come join us because it is easy and it is fun and it is free! And, trust me, Sue's prizes are awesome! There is even a set of Canadian Scrapbooker Basics volumes to be given away and you definitely don't want to miss that! You can find all of the details here on the forum.

3. A New Venture

My friend Melissa has started up a new photo-printing store! Green Pixel Printing is a Canadian (Saskatchewan, in fact!) printing store that caters specifically to scrapbookers -- digital and traditional and everything in between. You can get prints that are all different sizes, from 12"x12" to 5"x7" and even HUGE mondo prints up to 12"x36"!! Very reasonable prices and flat rate shipping. Check it out!

4. A totally unrelated blog

Have you seen this? It's CakeWrecks, and it makes me laugh every day. If you haven't checked it out before, go back and read the older posts. I like the "Poop cake" myself. LOL I think that post is called "Lost in Translation".

I hope you enjoy!

13 comments:

kristen said...

Wow, I really really love that new layout your posted! Every part of it is amazing! I'm a total fan of the colors too!

Anita said...

I absolutely love the layout. It blew me away. I recently started scrapping and this lo is such an inspiration. Thanks!

coRinne not connie said...

you're rocking chickie!!

my favourite thing? hmmm... i like too much of it. but it's gotta be friends who support ya in all times!

April D said...

Wow that layout rocks...way to go! My fav thing right now is Dibs...OMG! they are soo good. I know they are not the best for a person but who cares...they are sooo good...lol

Came here to say tag your it! Check my blog

Sheryl said...

Hey Girlie...YOu Rock. Love the LO. What's my favorite thing right now? HMMmmm....Well my favotite place to find scrap'n goodies is Value Village, my favorite scrap'n goody is all the vintage stuff I find at Value Village, my favorite people right now are the girls I scrap with, my favorite place to scrap is JSI, my favorite food when I scrap is anything chocolate..Bliss chocolate is awesome. I could keep the list going but I think you get the picture.

Josephine (jojo) said...

LOVE!!! that LO!! My favourite thing right now is Chai tea. Finally tried it and now I'm hooked. Liking it even more than coffee right now!!!!

Gaspegirl said...

OMG... you totally rocked the kit at Just Cre8!! Love the Bountiful Blessings layout too...

Now, as for my favorite things - that is easy... my family! My hubby of 10 years, my 12 yr old daughter, my 6 yr old daughter and my 3 year old son...

Make it a great day!

Jacqueline said...

Gorgeous layout Amanda. That color combination is fabulous!
One of my fav's right now is warm, cozy flannel sheets at bedtime as the temperature drops. Now that is bliss!

Anonymous said...

great layout. thanks for the chance to win something.. my favourite thing right now other than my boys would be the weather change! I love the fall.

Tania

Sandi said...

That is one STUNNING LO, Amanda!!! So COOL of you to have such a GR8 giveaway!!!

My favs right now...
In life:
My AWESOME family! My dh and best friend of 21 yrs, our 2 boys 17 and 13 and our 2 little girls, 5 and 3!

In Scrap Art:
Blog hopping because there is SOOOOOOOOOOO much eye candy out there to gaze at!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Carla said...

My favorite thing right now is Wint-o-Green Lifesavers :-) Can't get enough of them!

Love that cakewreck site! Hilarious LOL!

Jacqueline said...

My favorite thing right now is the origami christmas tree cards I learned how to make recently. They have taken over my recent blog posts. :) And I'm a different Jacqueline than the Jacqueline above. :)

Isabelle said...

i absolutely love your layout! aren't those papers great?! i made a LO with the red and black ones but haven't showned it anywhere 'cause i want to submit it too.