Team Lisa Bearnson: Update to August “Anthology” Items including Prices!

Hi there – The “soft launch” of Lisa Bearnson’s “Anthology” line begins tomorrow (08-25-15)!

I noticed on the Heritage Makers blog that there are some updates including PRICES!! I know a lot of you have been waiting for that.  We’re allowed to copy/paste anything Lisa shares into our own blogs and social media so I’m just going to do that below. (This information differs a tiny bit from what I put in my last Anthology post, which I’ve updated).  I’ll summarize the prices, etc. at the bottom.

From the Heritage Makers blog:

August Layout Kit

Each month, the Anthology by Lisa Bearnson product line will have a layout or card kit, a stamp kit, and a third kit that will vary from paper and embellishment collections (like the Rosey Posey Collection) to embellishment kits to technique kits and more. For August, we have a layout kit, stamp kit, and collection kit, which are all part of the pre-launch sale event.

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Like the CEO Layout Kit, the August Layout Kit (wholesale price: $49) comes in a folder with space on the flaps to record information. This kit creates eight two-page layouts that are packaged in sealed cellophane bags (each layout has its own bag). You’ll find recipe cards with an image of the completed layout and tips for dressing it up a bit. The thing I love about these kits are all the little extras like the chipboard accents, the Baker’s Twine, and the buttons. The kit even includes foam squares to use when adhering pieces you want lifted off the page. Scrapbooking should always be this easy!

Here are a few images of what you can create with this kit.

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Are you excited to create these layouts? Think of how quickly you can make eight layouts that record your favorite memories!

August Rosey Posey Collection

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The Rosey Posey Collection Kit (wholesale price: $42) is a modern romantic collection that includes shades of pink, gold, aqua, cream, white, and navy. The designs vary from bold to elegant, allowing you to create scrapbook pages and other paper crafts for a variety of occasions. I love the layered chipboard accents that add depth to my projects. When you get this kit, let your creativity run wild and enjoy the process of creating. Here are two examples showcasing the Rosey Posey collection.

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Are you in love? I know I am.

August Stamp Kit

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I talked earlier about the versatility of designing with acrylic stamps and, as you can see from these samples, the August Stamp Kit (wholesale price $24) will keep you busy creating for quite a while. The August Stamp Kit includes two 4×6 acrylic stamp sets (Hey Foxy and Whoo and When) that are mounted on rigid plastic and come in an envelope with a velcro enclosure for easy storage. When you’re ready to create, remove the stamp from the plastic backing, place it on an acrylic block (sold separately), apply your ink, and stamp. I love that you can stamp the design with one color for a quick and easy design or stamp the design in black and color it with markers, chalk, paint, and other media. These sets include not only images, but sentiments and words to use on cards, tags, and layout titles. Which of these designs do you think you’ll use first?

Acrylic Blocks

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When stamping with acrylic stamps, you need a block as a base for you stamp. TheAnthology Acrylic Blocks (wholesale price: $19.60) come in a set of three blocks that are 2″ x 6″, 3″ x 4″, and 2″ x 2.25″ in size. Each block has grid lines to assist you in lining up your stamps on the block and then stamping your design straight on your project. If you get ink on a block, wipe it clean with soap and water and it’s ready to go for the next time.

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Well, that concludes the look at the products available in the pre-launch sales event. I hope you are as excited as I am about these products. I want you to enjoy the creating experience and spend as much or as little time on each project as you want. I can’t wait to see what you create from these kits! And remember, these 6 items will be available on Tuesday, August 25 at 10 am MT during the pre-launch sales event for existing Youngevity distributors. See you soon!

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I Know It’s a Lot to Digest; Here’s a Summary :)

They say “6 items” because, in addition to the 4 below, there are the 2 if you join as a CEO:
Anthology CEO Kit $499
Business Builder Kit $42

Here’s a summary of the 4 items available to ANYONE come Tuesday 8/25:

August Layout Kit $49*
(8) 2-page layouts
with embellishments and foam squares
in cello bags with recipe card

August Collection: Rosey Posey $42*
Paper and embellishments

August Stamp Kit $24*
(2) 4×6 acrylic stamp sets “Hey Foxy” and “Whoo and When”
envelope with velcro closure

Anthology Acrylic Blocks $19.60*
(3) blocks – 2×6″, 3×4″, 2×2.25″
with gridlines and “hand grips” on edges

*These are wholesale prices; to get them, you need to be a Preferred Customer (free), Distributor ($25), or CEO ($499).

What I’m Planning to Buy

On this first go round, I think I’m going to purchase all 3 August items + the acrylic blocks. That comes to $134.60 plus tax and shipping. I have a $100 credit from when I signed up in March as a CEO that I’ve been holding onto – woot!

I’m not a huge stamper but I want to check out the quality of ALL the products and be able to share them with you. I know it can be hard to purchase from a brand new line when you don’t know enough about it. So hopefully I can help with that by sharing photos and my reviews.

To cash in my credits, I have to call customer service.  I predict they’re going to be overwhelmed with calls on Tuesday morning so here’s my strategy: The item I want the absolute most is the August Layout Kit; I don’t want to take any chances it sells out before I can get through on the phone. So I’m going to order that online straight from my Youngevity website the second it’s live! Meanwhile, I’ll be calling customer service and will use my credits to order Rosey Posey, the stamp kit, and the acrylic blocks.

Fingers crossed I get everything I want. Wish me luck! If you’d like to place an order, the easiest way is to sign up now as my Preferred Customer, then place your order online Tuesday 8/25 at 10am MT. If you’d like to become a consultant, hit me up: erika(at)scrapbookobsession(dot)com!

Online Scrapbook Classes: August Free Webinar & Sign-Ups for True Scrap Plannerlove

Just letting you know about a couple of fun things that Layout a Day has going on right now. One is free and the other you can save $70 if you sign up before 09-02-15 :)

Free August Scrapinar

First of all, the free monthly scrapinar is called “Zentangle for Beginners” and it’s on 08-26-15 at 10 AM Pacific/1 PM Eastern.

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I keep hearing about Zentangle but have really no idea what it is, LOL. Do you? I’ll be checking out this scrapinar so I can finally learn about it. You can sign up for free (or just get more details) HERE.

 

Sign-Ups for “True Scrap Plannerlove”

Calling all planners! Whether you’re new to the planner craze or looking for some new ideas to spruce up your planner, True Scrap Plannerlove is for you.

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Lain Ehmann of True Scrap has pulled together 6 leaders from the planning community to teach you in classes like Planner 101, Planner as Memory Keeper, Planning on the Go and more!

True Scrap Plannerlove is a 1-day, online, LIVE event on Saturday, 09-19-15. All 6 classes will come to YOU via the magic of the Internet in a state-of-the-art web room. You’ll watch the class demonstrations, chat with the instructors and other students, and leave with more planner ideas than you can shake a stick at—all without leaving your house.

Click here for more details

You’ll learn from planner experts such as Vienna Ortiz, Florence Antonette, Judy Lam, Rachel Park, Cara Vincens, and Connie Hanks.

Are you looking for something new to do with the papercrafting supplies you already have on-hand? Pull out your planner (haha!) and mark down September 19th.

What’s even better is the low, low Early Bird price is available RIGHT NOW. For a limited time, you can add yourself to the Early Bird list and get all 6 classes for only $29. That’s $70 off the regular price of $99! But it expires September 2nd, so register for your discount HERE.

Tip: If you’re wondering about the quality of Lain’s events or want to read some reviews, just do a search in the upper right corner of my blog on True Scrap and lots of entries will come up. Hope that’s helpful!

Team Lisa Bearnson: “Anthology” Release Date – Sign Up Now if Interested

I joined “Team Lisa Bearnson” to be a consultant for her new “Anthology” products back in March. It’s been 5 long months waiting for them to actually be released. So forgive my excitement that the time is finally here!

RELEASE DATE:  Tuesday, August 25, 2015 at 10am MT

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I’m giving you a heads up because – check out the products below and if you’re interested – I really suggest you sign up NOW as a Preferred Customer (free, no obligation). Tuesday is going to be CRAY-CRAY and I don’t want you to miss out. More on that below . . .

Here’s the Latest

Yesterday, we had a conference call with Lisa and our team trainer, Wendy. They shared a bunch of information including photos and details for all the products. Also, we learned how to assist customers in getting those products.

If you’re interested in these products, first please go HERE to the Heritage Makers blog entry from yesterday where a lot of information has been shared. Then please come back and I’ll give you even more.

Here’s the video from that post where Lisa talks about the pre-launch.

Starting Tuesday is the “pre-launch” period so consultants like me can let our customers know about it and help them order, along with ordering products for ourselves.

I have a $100 credit that I’ve been holding since March just so I can shop! And I know a lot of other consultants do as well. So we’re wondering about sell-outs if you’re not quick on the draw Tuesday. Just sayin’.

The “Anthology” Products That Will Be Available Starting 8/25/15

AUGUST 2015 STAMP SETS

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AUGUST LAYOUT KIT

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CEO KIT

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All of the items in the CEO kit are exclusive to the kit; it’s the only way you can get them. The exception is the Youngevity Business Builder Kit (navy blue/green) which consultants can use to make party favors, etc. for their events.

Items Exclusive to the CEO Kit

CEO BAG

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The bag accommodates 12×12 page kits and has an inside zippered pouch for smaller items – tools and embellishments. This will be a great bag for consultants to take to events and always have handy in their car to show off Anthology products to potential customers. Should I totally geek out and carry this bag while wearing my Anthology t-shirt? Hee hee . . .

 

CEO STAMP SETS

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CEO LAYOUT KIT

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MAKE AND SHAKE CARD KIT

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Plus the 2 albums, Lemon Squeezy kit, cardstock, and WRMK punch board.

So, long story short, if you’re not going to become a CEO consultant and order the huge kit, effective 8/25/15 you can order:

August Layout Kit $49*
(8) 2-page layouts
with embellishments and foam squares
in cello bags with recipe card

August Collection: Rosey Posey $42*
Paper and embellishments

August Stamp Kit $24*
(2) 4×6 acrylic stamp sets “Hey Foxy” and “Whoo and When”
envelope with velcro closure

Anthology Acrylic Blocks $19.60*
(3) blocks – 2×6″, 3×4″, 2×2.25″
with gridlines and “hand grips” on edges

They’re first come, first served and when they’re gone, they’re gone.

In the coming months, more items will be added including “staple items” like albums, page protectors, ink pads, cardstock packs, etc. You’ve seen a tease of the albums and cardstock HERE. For now, you can only get the cardstock and albums with the CEO kit – but they’ll be available individually in the future.

Lisa has built great relationships over the years with many scrapbooking companies so we’ll continue to see items like the WMRK punch board (see the CEO kit above) become available.

How to Sign Up as a Preferred Customer

It’s free, there is no obligation, and I won’t bombard you with e-mails or be pressuring in any way :)

Go to my Youngevity website: http://erikafriday.youngevity.com
On the top right, click Join (Customer, or you can be a Distributor for $25)
Enter your information
Voila!

Now you’re ready to make purchases Tuesday when the Lisa Bearnson “Anthology” items become available. If you don’t care for any of the products so far, just stay tuned. There will constantly be new things added each month. That will include digital products to use with Heritage Makers as well as cut files!

I’m sorry, I don’t have pricing info yet – I’m told it will be released Tuesday but if I have it sooner, I’ll share it via email with Preferred Customers (another reason to sign up). Lisa says it’s competitive pricing within the market :) UPDATE: Prices were released 8/23 and have been added above.

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To all who’ve signed up as Preferred Customers, Thank You!! I’ll be e-mailing you Monday with a reminder and instructions on how to order on Tuesday morning. So exciting!

Sorry for the long entry & thank for sticking with me and celebrating with me!!

If you have any questions, I have answers, LOL! Just Comment on this post or email me: erika(at)scrapbookobsession(dot)com

Scrapbook Shopping: Michaels and Target with Some Good News, Bad News

I had a great day today, did you?! Just a lot of little things that added up to a very happy total. Love me some days like that.

First, it was Michaels . . .

I haven’t been going to Michaels all the time like I used to – a combination of being too busy and them rarely having anything new I want anyway. I read/watch all these things online about cool stuff but then rarely find them at my store. Sigh.

Today I decided to try anyway and did finally get lucky. I got two Hot Buy pads that I’ve been wanting.

Pink Paislee “Atlas” 12×12 Pad

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Sorry, my photos look a little bluish to me – do they to you? I took them in natural light so I’m not sure what happened. Speaking of color, look at the colors in my photo compared to 2 different images from Amazon:

Sheesh, between the 3 of them maybe you can figure out the actual colors, should you be interested in this product, LOL.

So I also got Shimelle “True Stories” 12×12 Pad

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Here’s the back:

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WOOT! Yeppers, Scrappy was happy. So happy that I paid full price for one of them. I had a 40% off coupon but they weren’t on sale so . . . Since I’m at Mike’s rarely these days, I didn’t want to take the chance the one I waited to buy would be gone before I could get back.

Yeah, I’m a planner ahead-er like that ;)

Speaking of Amazon, they have the Shimelle paper pad for only $13.45 with free shipping. At Michaels it was $19.99 so had I known . . . I could’ve used the coupon on the Atlas pad and gotten the Shimelle online. Oh well. There is something to be said for instant gratification. In my case, I would say, “Instant Gratification, I like you more than almost anything!”

When Duty Calls

While I was at Michaels, I did my good deed for the day. Two beautiful 20-something girls were shopping near me in the scrapping aisles. One of them really wanted a 12×12 scrapbook but commented on the cost, and they were wondering out loud about coupons, then decided (I think) to pass. As I walked near them, I said, “You can pull one up on your phone for 40% off” and they thanked me :)

“Hey, just doin’ my job, ma’am. Scrapbook Obsession’s my name, and enabling is my game.” Then I made the little gun-finger thing and tipped up my imaginary hat. Okay, no, I really didn’t. Because that would’ve been weird. More weirder than giving unsolicited coupon advice to total strangers in Michaels. Heh.

Later, at Target . . .

I’d heard online that Target had some Heidi Swapp scrappy stuff so I jumped in my car, screeched out of my driveway, and . . . erm, I mean, I waited patiently until the next time I had to go to Target ANYWAY. Which just happened to be the next day (today) to replace one of our shower heads that broke. I am not even lying. It really just happened all by itself. Yep.

At Target, I did find these little ditties – some Heidi Swapp rub-ons and enamel hearts {on top of one of my fave papers from my new Shimelle “True Stories”}.

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If you slap a heart on something, I’m buying it. {Perhaps a little hearts obsessed, too?} I love the colors – navy, rose, and gold/beige. Well, I’m lying. I don’t like gold and will probably donate those hearts to someone who DOES love gold. Like every other scrapper on the planet EXCEPT me, judging by the gold running rampant in our industry for the past 2 years (but I’m not bitter).

And of course the SWAG rub-on I can use on a layout about all my SWAG from the Scrapbook Expo I went to recently. Or the way I have so much SWAG in the way I conduct myself in daily life. {If you knew me, you’d be laughing super hard right now about how true that is NOT}.

But really, I think I’ll use Atlas, True Stories, and the HS stuff in my “Week in the Life” project – are you doing it? The colors go great with everyday photos and there are some perfect sayings and patterns as well.

So here’s the good news / bad news part . . .

I was chatting up the checker at Target, like I do (except the one guy that scares me). I told her I was so glad to see some scrapbooking stuff there again. Then SHE said that Target is phasing out all scrapbooking AND craft stuff!

To my insta-frown, she quickly replied, “But it’s okay! A lot of it’s online now!” And in my “inside-my-head, don’t-you-dare-say-this-out-loud-Erika” voice, I said, “BUT!! If you purchase scrapbooking products online, you can’t as easily hide them from your husband among the blueberries and sunscreen and stuff! I’m sorry, it’s just not the same as in-store.” Plus there’s that whole instant gratification thing we were just talking about.

She offered me a Red Card and the conversation was over. I don’t know if what she said is true but I felt it was my scrapper’s duty to share this with you. I hope you’re taking it better than I am.

With that, I must now take to my bed. What started out as a fab day has turned somewhat traumatic. Plus it’s after 1am and I have an exciting conference call in the morning. I think we’re finding out the release date for Lisa Bearnson’s “Anthology” !!!

Scrapbook Obsession: Survey Time! Help ME Help YOU

Oh my gosh, I literally LOL when I even say that line in my head. It’s from one of my Top 10 Favorite Movies of All Time: Jerry Maguire. If you don’t know the scene I’m talking about, it’s HERE on YouTube. I’d embed the video here but I can’t find a good clear clip except the one I linked above that ends with Cuba’s naked bottom, LOL.

So I’ve been talking all summer about this supposed new membership site I’m going to start, right? Well, I want to be of service and offer things you need. So will you please help ME help YOU?

One of the first offerings of the membership is probably going to be a scrapbooking-related organization class. The plan (at least for now) is for it to drip out to members via e-mail once a week until we move through all the modules. The result: Your scrap space totally organized and useable through the cold winter months (prime time scrap time!).

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Uh, NO! This is not my space. I wish. It’s Scrappy Jedi’s. I’ve tried to buy it from her but she won’t sell. Dang.

To help me best deliver what you need, please answer 2 questions:

1. Does this idea interest you, i.e., would this class entice you to join the Scrapbook Obsession Membership? (Assume the monthly cost is $10-20 and the class is included for free with a lot of other stuff). Be totally honest. If it doesn’t float your boat, no worries but let me know, k?

2. How many weeks would you want the class to run? Remember, we’re organizing your entire scrapbook space and will start somewhere around 08-31-15. For example, 6 weeks, 8 weeks, 12 weeks? Eight weeks would end before Halloween and 12 weeks would end before Thanksgiving. You’d have access to the content as long as you’re a member (or as long as you save the emails :D) if you fall behind or get busy.

Please, please, please answer these 2 questions in Comments below or shoot me an e-mail: erika(at)scrapbookobsession(dot)com

Thank you, Loves! <3

Project Life: New Line “Sweet Edition”

Becky Higgins has released a new Project Life line called “Sweet Edition.”

She did a Periscope showing it off HERE. {Video is unlisted so I can’t share it here; you have to visit YouTube}.

Honestly, I’m not a huge fan of this line – it’s cute and unique, just not my style. But the video was fun to watch. Becky is such a fun and self-deprecating person. Her videos are casual and welcoming to all.

If you’re wondering whatever happened to the Project Life card storage thingee, she addresses that and other questions straight from viewers.

Bonus: Learn how Becky does her cute hairstyle HERE.

Have a great Monday!

Team Lisa Bearnson: “Anthology” More Sneaks

We’re within 2-3 weeks of Anthology’s release, which is Lisa Bearnson’s new line with Youngevity/Heritage Makers.

I posted a couple sneak peeks HERE and will continue to post them periodically, with new ones scheduled to be released each Monday and Thursday until The Big Day.

Here are some collages of sneak peeks:

– The albums and cardstock I posted about before, along with a storage item from the Hangin’ Around card kit.



– More peeks of how kit items will be packaged and you can keep them stored on a bookshelf, if you wish. Regarding the folder, you can see a place to take notes as you work on your project – layout, photos to gather, photo sizes, special notes, etc.



A sneak of a layout kit along with a sketch. Anthology monthly kits will come pre-cut, packaged in a poly bag, and with a storage solution included as the packaging.


– A look at some of the embellishments that will come with kits along with a peek at the Anthology CEO bag (see more about CEO below).


“These cards are from the Hangin’ Around Card Kit, available in September . . . It has supplies to create 20 cards in a variety of styles (with multiples of each style), plus envelopes, foam squares, and more. Plus, many of the embellishments are self-adhesive and the card bases are sturdy like ones you’d buy from a store.”

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“The cards in this Make & Shake Card Kit are as fun to make as they are to give! This kit also makes 20 cards in several designs (with multiples of each design) and includes envelopes, foam squares, and more. And just like the Hangin’ Around card kit, you’ll find adhesive-backed embellishments and sturdy card bases.”

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“As a side note, this kit is exclusive to the CEO kit so if you want to make and shake, you’ll need to buy the Anthology CEO kit! [That’s the big kit you purchase to be a CEO; it costs $499 but you receive a kit exceeding that in value which you can use for yourself, use as a demo, or re-sell for full retail and make a profit].

. . . Remember, you’re not seeing everything, just a little peek at what you’ll find in these kits. Also, there are limited quantities of each kit, so once they are gone, they likely won’t be ordered again, so make sure you order your favorites as soon as they are available.”

On the conference call I participated in, there was a Q&A panel where it was confirmed that the:
– cardstock is 12×12 (no 8.5 x 11)
– products are acid-free, lignin-free, buffered, and archival safe
– embellishment types will vary from kit to kit
– the kits will all be around the same price point

If you want to follow along on your own, make sure to check out the HERITAGE MAKERS blog and LISA BEARNSON‘s blog. Also, you can subscribe to this blog, join my free newsletter (both in the upper right sidebar), and follow me on TWITTER and PINTEREST.

I think what I’ll do is post on Twitter/Pinterest with the sneaks from Monday 08-03-15, then post them here along with Thursday’s on 08-06-15.

So far, I’m loving the clean look, bright but not too bright colors, and included storage solutions. What are YOUR thoughts on what you’re seeing of “Anthology”?

More Scrapbook Product Typos

Have you seen my ongoing list of typos and errors in scrapbooking products? If not, check it out HERE. I have some new additions to the list.

The first one is in this WRMK Albums Made Easy journal card pack:

Wha’ HAPPEND?!?

Oh dear.

Thanks for the tip-off for that one, Liana!

The second one is from a Teresa Collins “Save the Date” 12×12 paper called “The Details.”

“Your my best friend” fer sure.

Thanks, katyscrap!

The next 2 errors are from a brand new collection by Echo Park called “Teacher’s Pet” …

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I don’t think the proofreader made the “honor role” in school :P

And this one from the same line is a misquote instead of a typo:

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As you can see from the book cover, the correct quote should include “you’ll” as opposed to “you will.”

Credit goes to Laura for finding these two.

Off to add these to the Master List, LOL.

Disclaimer: All typos in this post were intentional.

Team Lisa Bearnson: “Anthology” First Sneak Peeks Are Up!

If you’re a Scrapbook Obsession Newsletter subscriber, you’ve already heard that today is the day for sneak peeks of Lisa Bearnson’s new line called “Anthology.”

Time to See the Sneaks, Y’All

You can check them out HERE – then come right back, please :) I’ll wait patiently.
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Okay, so what do you think so far? Pretty nice start, huh? These are basics we all need in our scrapbooking – luscious textured cardstock in 7 packs with 53 colors including neutrals – and D-ring binders – woot!

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K.I.S.S.: Keep It Simple . . . Scrapper

I’m so excited about what I’ve seen so far. I know one of Lisa’s philosophies with her new line is to keep scrapbooking accessible and do-able. These basics go right along with that. Can’t wait to see more – which happens this Thursday 07-30-15 when Lisa reveals her next sneak peek. {How come every single time I type that, I write “sneek peak”??? Whyyyyy???}

Now that you’ve seen a little taste – if you think you’re going to like what Lisa will offer with Anthology, I really encourage you to sign up NOW as my Preferred Customer. Peeps like me will be the only way you can purchase Anthology products, because Lisa has signed an exclusive deal with a huge company called Youngevity. And I’m a rep, yo’.

Wanna’ Know How? It’s Super Easy (Not to Mention FREE)

Being a Preferred Customer is free and you’ll get 30% off retail of everything you purchase. You just sign up here: http://erikafriday.youngevity.com/

In the upper right, click Join, then Customer, and fill in the blanks. Easy peasy!

Note: Under “User name and distributor website URL”, please choose a user name – keeping in mind that if you ever become a Distributor, it’ll be your URL. For example, mine is ErikaFriday and my site is http://erikafriday.youngevity.com. You can choose your full name, your business name, or anything else you like. If you stay a Preferred Customer forever, it functions as your user name.

Also, please ensure it says at the bottom of the form: “You are signing up under Erika Friday (101433514).” That way, you’re enrolled as a Preferred Customer under my account.

Here’s a video showing how to create a Preferred Customer account (just watch the first minute or so).

If you decide later to become a distributor ($25) or a CEO ($500, on sale through 7/31 for $400 – but you still get $500 to spend!) – then you already have this account set up and ready to upgrade. If you always stay a Preferred Customer, that’s awesome! You’ll log into your own site (the one you created above) and place your orders whenever you like.

Here’s a quick video showing how to place orders as a Preferred Customer. (It shows health products in the video but it’ll work exactly the same way for the “Anthology” scrapbooking products).

Questions? Hit me up: erika@scrapbookobsession.com or hit Reply on any of my newsletters.

EARLY REVIEWS?

What are your thoughts on the sneak peeks of the Anthology line? Underwhelmed that they’re just basics? Scrappy happy to see things you know you’ll use? Wondering what could be coming next? Would love to hear what you think so far :)

See you Thursday, if not sooner (and this is where you say, “Not if I see you first!” bwahahahaha!).

Scrapbooking in the Media: “We Are Called to Rise” and the Importance of Memory Keeping

I like to take note when our lovely hobby is in movies, TV, books, on the news, etc. Scrapbookers, memorabilia, and memory keeping were mentioned in a novel I’m reading, “We Are Called to Rise” by Laura McBride.

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Okay, I’m already going on a tangent but I was so intrigued by the title. It’s based on a quote by Emily Dickinson:

We never know how high we are
Till we are called to rise;
And then, if we are true to plan,
Our statures touch the skies —

The English major (poetry) in me just loves that <3

Anyway, it’s a great read so far. It’s made up of the stories of several different people in Las Vegas whose lives intersect in the climax of the novel.

One of those characters is Avis, a 50-something mom who is on her own when her husband leaves her for a younger woman from his office. They end up selling their long-time home where they raised two children, a daughter they lost when she was a child and a son who is now struggling with PTSD after returning from military duty in the Middle East.

As she cleans out and packs up their home, struggling with what to keep and what to let go of, she says:

I’m not a scrapbooker, not somebody who tries to organize what I will remember. After all, there are a lot of years I want to forget. Nor did I want to shape something after it happened. I didn’t even like to write things in a baby book. It seemed like my interpretation of what had happened would get in the way of the actual experience. I wanted to remember things as they were, and not as I created them, by choosing certain photos, or saving certain items, or labeling certain moments.

Of course, I had that all backward. It turns out that most of what I remember are the things that accidentally did get labeled, or pulled out, or sorted. How is it possible that I can forget the dearest moments of my life? I never wanted to forget Nate’s first word, the silly tune Jim sang when he changed either baby’s diaper, the look of the sun glinting off the lake in Idaho. I never wanted to forget those things; I never thought I could forget those things. Turns out, forgetting is easy.

At least until I come across something that brings the memory back. A lopsided teacup from the pottery shop at the lake, an overheard melody that happens to be almost the same as Jim’s jingle, a baby repeating “ball” from a nearby grocery cart. Or this house. This house as I pack it up and decide what should be tossed, what should be given, what should be kept (pp. 156-157).

Do you ever think about what she says in the first paragraph? Whether as a scrapbooker you’re arranging your memories the way you want them at the time, or think you do? By writing memories down, especially right after they happened, are you creating the memory narrative (for you AND your family) or merely recording it?

In the second paragraph, I was happy to hear her say that she had it all wrong, that she wishes she would’ve recorded those memories – those ones that were so important at the time, she was sure she’d never forget them. That’s one of the main reasons I scrapbook – because I don’t have the greatest long-term (or even short-term, lol) memory. I’m not like Avis, where a random item or tune experienced out of context will unearth a concrete memory from my past.

If I didn’t record them – with photos, journaling, or memorabilia – those special memories would go *poof* into the ether, never to be seen again, at least by my conjuring them up. So I’m very grateful to have discovered scrapbooking fairly early in my adult life and to have recorded so many times that are special to me. I feel strongly that I *want to* and *must* remember these things. It’s important to me and important to my family.

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Image courtesy of Pixabay

A little bit later, she says:

So, damn, I do have to pack up this stuff. I do have to sort it all out: the precious from the unneeded from the still useful. What am I going to do with Nate’s baseball uniform from the seventh grade? Or the box of cards his first-grade class made for him when he broke his elbow? Or the plastic bracelet the hospital attached to Emily’s newborn wrist?

If I don’t save these things, I have lost something. It’s not just that objects release memories, it’s also that they keep them in check. As long as I have Emily’s plastic band, I know the actual diameter of her wrist, not the one I’ve come to imagine. Which doesn’t matter, except that somehow it does. If I just have this one life — if I made all these mistakes in it, felt all this joy and all this pain — I want to know what it was. I want to know what it really meant (p. 161).

Both sections were so beautifully written but I especially loved the last paragraph. Avis acknowledges that all these objects from her past that create a hassle for her to deal with in the midst of all her pain are also necessary to her life. They’re proof of the life she lives and help give meaning to it all.

What do you think? What did Avis say that you most identified with? I’d love to hear everyone’s deeper thoughts on these things we spend so much time doing – scrapbooking and memory keeping. Is your “why” inside Avis’s words – or somewhere else?

Please click on Comments under the title to this post and let us know your thoughts please :)

Scrapbook Challenge: Are You a List Luvah?? Have I Got a Project For You!

Are you a list maker?

As you know, I adore Layle Koncar and all her work for one of my fave brands, SIMPLE STORIES. So I follow her blog and saw THIS POST from her recently. Since April (2015), she’s been doing the “Listers Gotta’ List” challenge – which you can find out more about HERE.

Here’s a video Layle made of her Listers Gotta’ List album so far:

Okay, now you want to do this challenge, don’t you? Seeing her awesome little album sure made me want to jump in! I’ve been too busy with work and life to do much scrapping at home these days, but this seems like a do-able project. I know I can’t do a list per day like Layle does but even if I do 1 per week, I’d be getting something done, right? Maybe I can catch up on weekends.

“Listers Gotta’ List” Challenge

The challenge is totally FREE – although the organizer The Reset Girl does have kits for sale if you like right HERE :) Super cute.

So I just went and downloaded all the challenge files that have been posted so far, April through July 2015. Here’s what the first sheet looks like, to give you an idea:

April List_Headers_2015

I love the font she uses for the list titles. You can either print her titles out on stickers or re-write or re-format/print them yourself. The sky’s the limit, really. There are some lists I won’t do (Favorite Non-Planner Instagrammers, for instance) so I’m thinking about – for continuity sake – just using her master list each month, picking out the ones I want make lists of, and handwriting them myself.

Now for the format . . . hmmmm. What should I do?

Travel Planner?

I like the little travel planners that both The Reset Girl and Layle used. They’re slim, affordable, have a non-intimidating space to fill up, etc.

Project Life Style?

I’m also thinking about doing this using Project Life supplies. Lawdy knows, I have enough cards to use, LOL! . . . and page protectors . . . and albums, both 12×12 and 6×8. That would make it easy to include photos in with my lists. Oooh! Or maybe even use one of these Project Life slim mini albums. Say what? The Cherry album is only $4.43 on Amazon right now!

cherry project life mini album

Simple Stories Sn@p Album?

Mainly ‘cuz I have this gorgeous “I Am” line to use and this project seems perfect! A little birdie told me that Simple Stories has a new line coming out in the fall that matches “I Am” very nicely. So I can keep going with the look even when I go through my “I Am” supplies.

Decisions, Decisions!

Well, I’ll be thinking about how to approach this but I don’t want to think too long or I won’t start. Which approach would you choose?

Have you done a listing challenge before? I’ve seen others and they seem like so much fun. I’ve attempted them way in the past and never stuck with them, unfortunately. Maybe all the support for this one will keep me going. Are you going to try this one? If you do, let me know!

Scrapbook Obsession: Update 07-03-15

It’s Friday night of a holiday weekend and, yes, I’m working. Sigh. But I wanted to do a quick update and say HI.

HOLLAH!

So first of all . . . HIIIIIII!!!! I miss you. I hope you’re enjoying your summer and have fun plans for the 4th of July tomorrow (those of you in America). We’re keeping it low key as usual. I think being a 9-1-1 dispatcher all those years kinda’ soured me on going out for July 4th. Lotsa’ baaadd things happen – plus I feel sorry for my doggie, LOL. Fireworks aren’t allowed in most towns around here and, especially with the severe CA drought, we have to be so careful. Do you set off fireworks, go watch a fireworks show, or what?

Where You Been, Guuuurl?

I’m still doing behind the scenes stuff when I have time between working. Everything’s headed in the right direction, even if it doesn’t seem like it when it’s so quiet here, LOL. I’ll give some specifics in a newsletter soon so sign-up if you’re interested (in the top right sidebar). Why not just share everything here on the blog, you might ask? One thing I’m loving about the newsletter is that I can get more personal and share more ‘real life’ details. Because I’m writing directly to you and just you, not to the whole world wide web. Does that make sense?

Team Lisa’s (Un)Official Song: “This is My Fight Song”

One exciting thing is that we’re gearing up big time for Lisa Bearnson’s new line, Anthology, that’s coming out later this summer.

lisa bearnson anthology

It’s getting closer and closer! If you’ve thought about – or want to know about – being a rep for her products, e-mail me, k? (address is below). The way to go BIG TIME with it is to become a CEO like I did. When I signed up in May, it cost me $500 (I’ve already made $100 of that back with very minimal work, btw). Lucky you, until 07-31-15 it’s $100 off – and you get all the same stuff I did! I’m not bitter or anything. I’m happy for you. R-E-A-L-L-Y! But seriously if you decide to do it or are just curious, please contact me. I’ll answer any questions and tell you how to sign up so I get credit and you’re on MY team! I want you to myself, girlie.

Noted: My New E-mail Address

Check it out . . . my new email is: erika@scrapbookobsession.com!

In business school this Spring, one thing I learned is that a biz lady looks more professional if she ditches the gmail address (I’ve always used scrapbookobsession@gmail.com) and gets one related to her domain. Always Sometimes one to follow directions, I did just that :) Now I’m all pro-like and stuff :P

Aw, Time to Go :(

In closing, I just wanted to say thank you to Ashley for becoming the 120th subscriber to the Scrapbook Obsession Free Newsletter! Love hitting those “tens” milestones and welcoming more peeps to the family.

PS:

I can’t leave you without sharing something scrappy so go get your FREE June 2015 printables from Simple Stories RIGHT HERE! Warning – the blog entry they’re a part of deals with loss and is sad so if you’re not feelin’ it right now, just go straight HERE.

Love you, luvs!

Online Stamping Classes: True Stamp 2015 Available a la Carte

The classes that made up “True Stamp 2015” are now available for individual purchase. Sorry, this has been going on since 06-15-15 but I forgot to post about it. I know scrappers and stampers look forward to these classes going on sale individually – and now there’s only 1 day left to purchase, ack!

From Lain Ehman @ Layout A Day.com, the organizer of True Stamp 2015:

• The classes include both the project-only video (around 30 minutes)
and the full, “Like You Were There” video (around 60 minutes).

• We’re running a kick-off sale from 6/15 through Monday, June 22,
making
these inspiring video classes only $9.95 through midnight on
6/22
. AND if people are really in love with the event, they can get
all six for only $39 (that’s $6.50 each) with the code “SUMMER” at
checkout through 6/22.

• After 6/22, the price will increase to the regular $14.95 per
class. [bolding mine]

Here are the 6 classes you can choose from – or take all 6 for the even-more-discounted price:

I’m not much of a stamper but that 2nd class about using stamps and die cuts together looks pretty cool!

You can see more information on these classes and order them if you like RIGHT HERE.

Scrapbook Obsession Weekly Round-Up 06-21-15

Hiya! Hope you’re able to enjoy and honor your fathers, brothers, husbands, and other men in your life on this Father’s Day.

– If you need a last-minute printable card, check out Etsy:

fathers day printable card

– Have you seen that Layle Koncar is offering a new monthly Class Kit on her blog? The first one is super cute and uses the new Simple Stories “Summer Vibes” line. My newsletter subscribers received a coupon code good until 06-22-15 (tomorrow!). If you’re interested, hurry and sign up for my newsletter, then email me so I can send you the discount code (scrapbookobsession@gmail.com). She only has a few kits left.

– Say what you want about Studio Calico but they give away some massively cute free printables.

studio calico free printables

studio calico free printable

– I made some small changes to my blog sidebar on the right. I condensed some titles to make more room and used a new Bloglovin’ icon they just offered. I also changed the little ad for Scrapbook Steals. Now instead of a static ad, it’s a text ad that automatically updates every day with their new deal. I thought you might find that helpful – you can just click if it’s something that intrigues you :)

miss your daddy

I lost my dad many years ago – we were both way too young. So this is always a bittersweet holiday for me. He was not a perfect man but he was mine and I miss the adult relationship we never got to have. As crazy as your Pops drive you at times, please give him a big ‘ol hug, breathe in his Dad smell, and cherish the moments you have left together.

Scrapbook Obsession Weekly Round-Up 06-14-15

Here’s a round-up of some cool scrappy things I saw this week and thought you might like:

– Isn’t this a super fun card by Emily Spahn for October Afternoon??

october afternoon card

Love, love, love the color combos and happy feel.  She uses the “Summertime” line – which reminds me that I need to snap some of that up!  I can’t find it many places and nowhere on sale.  I might wait and see if Scrapbook Steals gets it.

– Are you looking for some new blogs get addicted to? Check out this list by Ali Edwards of ‘blogs that fill her up.’ But if you’re going to check out those blogs, I just have a little message for you:

– Father’s Day is coming up next weekend (6/21). If you need some ideas for a handmade papercrafted gift, check out my Father’s Day Pinterest board.  Hope you find some fun inspiration there!


*LAYOUT BY BLUE STAR DESIGN via SCRAPBOOK.COM

– Call me late to the party (just don’t forget to call me! LOL) but I just noticed there’s something called “self-adhesive sequins“. Uh, game changer! They’re by WRMK:

The main reason I’ve never used sequins on my pages is because I just don’t have the patience! Pick one out of the baggie or jar, flip it backside up, put liquid glue on the back, c-a-r-e-f-u-l-l-y put it on your page, somehow deal with the excess glue, and pray the sequin stays glued down. Okay, now you’ve got 1 done. Repeat 15 times. Yeah, um, NO. But I could get into these!

– Need some journaling tips or inspiration? Love this from Emily Pitts for Scrapbook and Cards Today magazine.

Have a great week!

Scrapbook Obsession Blog: Newsletter Update

What’s the saying . . . better late than never?

Yeah, that would be me. After all my excitement about reaching 100 subscribers for my new free newsletter in May 2015, I followed it up immediately with !!! A bunch of nothin’.

My sad story is that my work website was hacked so, while doing my usual freelance work gigs and starting a new one, I had to deal with that whole mess. Aye yie yie. However, I have a fabulous web host and all is right with the world again – with even more precautions in place.

So then what happened?

Well, today I finally had time to finish the Welcome to the Newsletter e-mail for all the lovely subscribers AND figure out how to send it … uh, kinda’ backdated … to everyone who signed up. Feels so good to have that signed, sealed, and delivered.

Annnnd what’s next?

I’m nervous, that’s what. What do I send out first? What if I have typos? What if y’all don’t like it? Just being honest – it’s nerve-wracking for a non-pro like me.

Then God spoke to me . . .

Well, sorta’. I get a daily e-mail and this is what today’s said:

On this day of your life,
Erika, I believe God wants you to know…

…that the next step is the most important step. Take it
now. Do not wait.

Life is not going to come down there and sprinkle
glitter dust on your shoulders to let you know that you
are Good…or that you are walking the Right Path…or
that you are making the Best Decision.

Take the next step. Right now. Stop waiting for a “sign”
from the “gods.” Your sign is your intuition, wrapped
in your desire.

Hesitation is not a stopping place on the road to heaven.

And since I always listen to God when he takes the time to speak to me, BLADOW! Another newsletter will go out soon. I have a cool coupon code lined up for you on a brand new product by someone you lurve. It won’t be posted on the blog so – if you want it – you gotta’ get the newsletter, chick!

PS: I have to say I *am* disappointed there will be no glitter dust sprinkles. Shoot.  I was looking forward to those.

Where, oh, where is that sign-up form?!?!

Oh, HELLO.

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First name
Email

 

Talk to ya’ soon.

Scrapbook Deals & Steals: WRMK 12×12 Leather Albums TODAY ONLY

Wow, I can’t believe my scrappy eyes! Today only, Scrapbook Steals has WMRK Leather 12×12 albums for only $12.99 each!! They’re regularly $29.99.

These are the 4 colors they have – Turquoise Blue, Black, Cherry Red, and Brown.

Here’s a close look at the red.

I have a story about red WRMK albums actually :) I bought a “red” WRMK album in person once way back and was using it for my Disney pages. When that was full, I wanted another and couldn’t find red in any local stores so I purchased one online. However, I failed to notice they had more than 1 shade of red. So what showed up in the mail was a bright cherry red, not the muted dark red I was looking for. Oh well, there’s a happy ending . . . I loved the bright red color so much, I kept it. Now I use dark red albums for one of my kids’ school albums and the cherry red for Disney pages.

Moral of the story: Make sure you’re ordering the right version of the color you want. They also have more than 1 version of brown.

I’m a WRMK album junkie and have … erm … SEVERAL? Okay, that’s a big fat lie. I just did an inventory to see if I needed to order any of these colors and I have . . . coughcoughover30coughcough WRMK albums. I’m sorry. I know that’s excessive. Well, for most scrappers it might be but I do pretty much exclusively pocket pages these days and they gotta’ be housed somewhere, people! Plus I’m using pocket pages to “store” ALL my photos in divided page protectors so we can enjoy them before I have time to scrap them all – which ain’t gonna’ happen until I retire years down the road. When there are sales, I stock up. I don’t think I’ve ever paid the full price for a WRMK album. {Gah, Erika, defensive much??}

I love using WRMK albums because . . .

– they are very good quality from cover to spine label to D-rings

– they come with page protectors

– they come in so many colors and I use different colors for different themes (black for weddings, turquoise for Project Life/year in review, kiwi green for family albums, etc.)

– all my albums look so pretty lined up on my shelf and that makes me happy {eat your heart out, Stacy Julian!}

Anyhow, ScrapbookSteals tends to sell out quickly and, especially with this great of a price, I’m shocked that as of 1pm PST today they still have all 4 colors in stock. But if you want any of these albums, I wouldn’t wait any longer.

Do you use WRMK albums & are you planning to take advantage of this amazing deal?

Scrapbook Obsession Blog: Almost to Goal . . . Just a Little More

Hey peeps! Hope you’re having a wonderful Sunday fun day. Around here, it’s catching up on work and housework after a crazy week.

In this post, I talked about setting a goal to reach 100 subscribers to my new Scrapbook Obsession Free Newsletter. As of that post on Wednesday 05-27, we were at 80 subscribers and I asked for your help in getting to my goal by the end of today. Boy, did you come through! As of now (Sunday noon PST), we’re at 88 subscribers – whoo hoo!

Y’all were kind enough to sign up and/or spread the word via social media and it worked. Thank you, thank you! Thanks Donna, Tracey, Teri, Gail, Kat, Machelle, Sherrie, and Kathy for signing up :) Newsletter goodness coming your way soon . . .

Just 12 more . . . can we do it today by midnight? Would creating fake e-mail addresses myself and signing them up count?? Nahhh, that would be cheating. I want real friends not fakies, LOL. And talking to myself would be no fun. I want to reach out and connect with YOU.

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So if you haven’t signed up yet, I hope you’ll do so today. And please share this post via social media, too, using those handy share buttons at the bottom. Or hover your cursor over the image above to easily Pin it!

Talk soon!

ETA 05-31-15 1:55pm: Monica and Hollie, thanks for signing up!
ETA 05-31-15 6:45pm: Terri, Kelli, Cathy, and Linda, you rock! Just 6 more to go . . .
ETA 05-31-15 8:00pm: OMG, you guys – we’re at 97!! Thanks so much Ilene, Maria, and Shirley :)

ETA 05-31-15 8:43pm: Yep, we did it!! Reached 100 newsletter subscribers before midnight PST. YAHOO!! Don’t you just love when you set a goal and meet it?!?! Me too! I “literally” could not have done it without you. Wow. I’m so stoked. Thank you, friends ❤️ Now keep your eyes peeled for some newsletter fun :)

Online Scrapbook Classes: “True Scrap 2” is Being Retired 05-31-15

So this weekend is your last chance to grab it!

TRUE SCRAP 2 is the second in a very successful series of online scrapbooking events held by Lain Ehmann.

Miss Lain says …

This event, from October 2011, includes an incredible lineup of
classes from papercrafting luminaries such as:

-Jennifer McGuire
-Nic Howard
-Shimelle Laine
…and a dozen more!

Over 20 hours of video instruction all at a very special price.

Here’s the scoop:
-True Scrap II classes will no longer be for sale after May 31,
2015.
-They can be purchased in a bundle for only $47.

In addition to all the cool classes, there are virtual make-n-takes with Maggie Holmes & Kelley Purkey – and a fun interview with Cathy Zielske. Love them!

For the scrappy business-minded like me, check this out:

All this for over $100 off the original price. I think I’m going to get this one! You?

You can get all the details here.

October Afternoon, #TeamLisa, and a Quick Favor :)

Hey, checking in from the front lines of “OH MY GOSH, is school over yet??” Every year, I seem to have blocked out how stinkin’ busy it gets as school winds down. Sheesh. I work from home so summertime can be a mixed blessing (keeping the kiddos busy while I work) but at this point, I’m ready. Stick a fork in me, I’m DUN.

As for scrapbooking, I wish I’d seen this layout from the October Afternoon blog in time to share it for Memorial Day:

It’s a beautifully done page and the journaling breaks your heart :( So many veterans deal with these issues and I love the honesty.

Speaking of OA, if you’re lucky enough to live near them, don’t forget that their warehouse sale goes today through Saturday!

Someday when I’m rich, I’ll charter a private jet just to attend this event, LOL. Hey, a girl can dream . . . If you get to go, have super fun!!

Thought I’d share these fun photos posted today by Lisa of her and her grandbaby in their new “Anthology by Lisa Bearnson” tees.

I love the #TeamLisa hashtags they’re both sporting and how the baby’s says Anthology “by my nana.” Too stinkin’ cute. I scored me one of these tees, too! “Late summer 2015” is getting closer and closer . . .

You know I have all these crazy new plans for this blog, right? Well, step one was getting the Scrapbook Obsession Free Newsletter started and getting sign-ups so I can keep y’all in the loop. Well, I noticed that as of Wednesday there are now 80 subscribers, whoo hoo! I’m kinda’ goal-oriented and I dig round numbers (don’t you?) so I thought I’d ask a favor. I’d love to reach a milestone by getting 100 newsletter sign-ups by 05-31-15, which would be within the first month. Please sign up if you haven’t already, up there in the top right sidebar :) If you’d please share on social media, that would be so sweet! In case it helps, there are share buttons at the bottom of this post. Thank U 🌸

Well, that’s all I got for now. Back to Crazyville for me. Why, yes, I AM the mayor! Who’s askin’?

Update 05-28-15 1:42pm: We’re up to 84 now! Thanks Donna, Tracey, Teri, and Gail :)

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