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Sunday, December 27, 2009

Challenge #5 - Member Lift

To complete Challenge #5 from Have Your Way With Paper's CHRISTMAS CROP Weekend.....I took my inspiration from Jenny's "My 3 Best Gifts" layout.










Everything I used was a scrap of some kind.

Friday, December 25, 2009

Work of Art, Sketch #44

I hate to brag on myself, but I have to say.....this came out awesome!!! Much better than anticipated!!! Again, I used one of my own sketches, inspired by Have Your Way With Paper's Circle Challenge #3 for our CHRISTMAS CROP!
I used S.E.I.'s Addison paper pack for all the papers. The letters are all Thickers. When I laid all the papers down and the matted photos on top, the paper just blended into the background. So, to make them kind of stand on their own, I inked some edges. I used Color Box cat's eye chalk ink pads. I used white for the striped edges, brown for the bubbly edges and darke green for the circles.

As for how I made the circles; I used my Accent Essentials Cricut cartridge. Set with a depth cut of 6, 11" and mid speed with full pressure. Totally love this cartridge. It is so versatile! I used my handy dandy old-school Dymo Label Maker for the date. And......VOILA!!!

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Sketch #10 for the CHRISTMAS CROP

Here's a sketch to get you on your way with our CHRISTMAS CROP!
Sketch #10 ties in nicely to the "Circles" challenge at Have Your Way With Paper!

Now, just because it's a CHRISTMAS CROP weekend, it doesn't mean that your layouts have to be christmas related. So, go for it and show us whatcha got!

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

CHRISTMAS CROP!!

Yup! You heard right!

Most of us will have the next few days off for the Christmas Holiday! So, we, at Have Your Way With Paper, want to take advantage of the long weekend. Our online CHRISTMAS CROP will take place from Wednesday 12/23 thru Monday 12/28.

We have some challenges set up with some great giveaways as well. Go on over and check out the challenges for this weekend crop! While you're there, please jump in to our gallery and check out all the inspiration available! Become part of our discussion board. You can share your stories, your pictures or anything. You won't be sorry!

If you join our community you can be part of something wonderful. We're not just about scrapbooking pictures. We're about life, family, love, hope and so much more!

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Nature Hike, Sketch #37

MY SKETCH #37This layout is one of my faves! It was so easy to do and so much fun! I used my own sketch for this one. I also used Crate Paper's Lemon Grass kit. Everything I needed was right there; die cut embellies, coordinating papers, journaling block....everything.

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Queen Roe


I totally love this layout! This is my dear friend, Roe, from Have Your Way With Paper. It's part of my "HYWWP Texas Retreat" book. It came out much better than I had expected!

This 8x8 layout was made with scraps and bits and pieces. I couldn't tell you who made what 'cuz I dunno.

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

HYWWP December 2009 Newsletter

December Happenings!!
I think December is, by far, the most beautiful month of the year. Its a time when everything is wrapped in sparkly splendor of silver and gold, trees glowing with tinsil and twinkle lights.

Its when darling little children are dressed in beautiful dresses and handsome suits, sitting atop the lap of the jolly man in red, whispering their deepest wants into his ear. Its snowmen and sleighrides...where red makes a striking contrast to the white snow that blankets our green winter wonderland.

It is fluffy soft or delicate heirloom stockings hanging above a crackling fire in a home just bursting with the scents of home baked
goods in the oven.

Its friends and family... near and far. A time for reflection and thankfulness for the greatest gift given in a small barn in Bethlehem. Its a time for the festival of lights... eight of them on a beautiful
candelabra and spinning the dreidel for little chocolate pieces.

Whatever December holds for you, big or small... May you be richly blessed and have a wonderful Holiday season! (Oh! ...And don't forget to clear that memory card, charge those batteries and get a tape for that video camera! Last thing you want, is
for something to go wrong during the countless photo opportunities this month! :)

Submitted by Wendi (Punkin)
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Surviving December

December. It’s busy. It’s full. Let’s face it, it can be downright stressful. We need to attempt to take some time to enjoy and embrace what this season holds….family, friends, traditions, and the everyday events. I’m hoping these simple suggestions will help you capture in words and/or pictures this season of joy.

*Keep those receipts and tags. They can make great embellishments for future layouts and be wonderful keepsakes to look back on someday.

*We often take pictures of the “after the decorations are up” pictures. Why not capture a few candids of the actual decorating? Those are the memories you want to remember.

*Tis the Season of Baking. Make copies of the holiday recipes you used, take pictures of everyone helping out in the kitchen (or have someone take a pic of you in the kitchen!), and keep those grocery receipts.

*What are your favorite holiday books? Snap a picture of those books or even better yet, take a picture of reading those books as a family or an older child reading to younger child.

*Keep your child’s wishlist. Have them write down their wishes in their writing. If they can’t write, have them draw what they want. These will be PRICELESS.

*Keep a copy of your child’s letter to Santa. Even better, have him/her include why she/he deserves the items on the list. Even more fantastic…scrap a picture of them working hard on this letter.

*Make a Top 5 List of Family Traditions. Lists are easy and make for great journaling.

Submitted by Erin Bailey (aunt e)
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Sponsor of the Month
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On our web site, you'll find our innovative scoring tools and CD ROMs, plus top name brands such as Joanna Sheen, Keepsake, Flowersoft, Sakura, WS Designs and more.

Here at Crafter’s Companion we value your support and want to reward your loyalty. With this in mind we have built the Crafter’s Companion Members Club. It's free to join and gives you access to oodles of fantastic crafting content and a lively forum.

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Check out the message board and gallery to see what our Design Team creates with the wonderful Crafter's Companion products!
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NEW feature at HYWWP! Guest Design Team Member!

Guest Designer for October, November, & December is.....CHELSEA LANGWORTHY!
That's right! We have a fun new feature at HYWWP! For 3-month terms, we will be searching for new Guest Design Team Members! Our guest DT members will receive products each month during their term and will be required to make a least 2 creations a month with those products. Guest DT members will be required to be active in our forums and in our gallery. In future months, we will be holding a contest or a call for our next Guest DT member! We would love to see what you have to offer, so get those layouts and projects ready!

For October through December, Chelsea will be our Guest DT member! Chelsea is sure to inspire you all with her adorable layouts and projects.

If you are interested in being a future Guest DT Member, please join the message board today and start posting. Participation is a key factor in our decision in choosing a Guest DT!
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Ongoing Challenges for December!

There's always something fun happening at our message board! Chatty contests, RAK giveaways, and more! Come on over to the message board and check out the ongoing list of challenges.
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December Gallery Inspiration

"Oh Christmas Tree" by Jen McWhirt

"Santa's Little Helper" by Erin

"Christmas 2008" by Rita

"Oh! Christmas Tree" by Katt

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Sketch of the Month

This month's sketch is brought to you by one of our very talented members, Trisha! Trisha has shared some awesome sketches with us that she has created, and here is one she wanted to share for this month. This one was based on a recent layout upload by our Guest DT, Chelsea!

We'd love to see your creations based on this sketch...please upload to our gallery or on the message board to show us what you've done. Enjoy!
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Don't forget to check out our online gallery for lots of inspiration and great projects!

December Sketch

Give these one a shot!! Then send me your creations!!

Wordless Wednesday 12/2/09









Sunday, November 22, 2009

Positive Thought 11-22-09

Whatever you're doing inside of me
It feels like chaos, but somehow there's peace
It's hard to surrender to what I can't see
but I'm giving in to something Heavenly

-Sanctus Real "Whatever You're Doing"

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Very WORDY Wednesday!

I wish it could be "wordless Wednesday" today, but it's not possible.

PARENTS: BRUSH YOUR KIDS' TEETH! A LOT!!

Nathan has 10 cavities and will need 2 crowns w/baby root canals!!! Doc said it's not common in small children (4y) but it does happen and if he brushes everyday and I help, it's more than likely hereditary. Rich had dentures up top by 28y!! Doc said we're gonna work together to keep that from hapeneing to nathan!!!

PS>>>it's incredibly EXPENSIVE!!!

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Oh Fall

Except for the journaling, this is my favorite comleted layout for the Cream of The Crop Weekend over at Have Your Way With Paper. It's not that I don't like my handwriting, it's just that my spacing was off and I just don't like that, that's all.The About Fall (#4) Challenge wa to create a layout stating what I love about fall. I could have done a layout without pictures, but I couldn't resist using these amazing fall pictures of my son.

I used Crate Paper's Lemon Grass line for this layout. I love this line because it is so versatile. It's also a wonderful fall paper to use as well. You can create a wonderful fall page without it being too dark or dull. And THAT, I love!

For the word "fall" I used my favorite letters....Thickers! For the "Oh" I used CLoud 9's foil edged letters.

I did a little inking and sanding on this layout too. I sanded the edges of the pictures and the striped paper as well. I think it adds a little texture to it. I used my black fine tipped marker to add some doodling as well. Pop dots were used to lift the flower for some fun dimension! I layered like this: pop dot, flower, pop dot, flower. I love the effect.

Lisa 2 The Rescue

Have Your Way With Paper has some great challenges going on this weekend for their Cream Of The Crop Weekend! One of the challenges is the Had To Have You (#3) challenge and the Giggles (#8) Challenge. The following layout incorporates both challenges in one.

I used BoBunny's Flutter Butter 8x8 papers for this one. A wonderful line, if I do say so myself! I used my Cuttlebug for the embossed paper in the center. Once embossed, I sanded it and added some greenish ink for a different effect. I also sanded the edges of the photos. With some black ink my clear acrylic stamp, I stamped a flourish in the bottom right corner. Before the ink could have time to dry, I sprinkled some glitter over it and rubbed it in. This gives the effect of some minor glitter, without all the hassle. It's actually pretty fun and very easy.

Friends & Family

Another layout designed around one of the many challenges on Have Your Way With Paper. This was based on Sketch #13, from our very own, Trisha. She posted this sketch as a challenge for this weekend's Crop Weekend.

The paper is from BoBunny's Alissa collection. I didn't really want to add any other papers because I thought this was just enough for what I wanted to do.

I used a bling flourish on the top right corner and a bling arrow in the center. This was a pain in the neck to attach to the page because it is so flimsy and keeps sticking to itself. I still love it, though and will more than likely continue to use it. However, if any of you have any suggestions or tips on how to attach it easily, please let me know.

I used my handy-dandy Dymo Label Maker (from back in the day) for the journaling (click HERE for a demo). For the bottom flourish I just used one of my clear stamps and some black ink. I did a little doodling above the journaling strips for a little added touch.

Good Times

A fun layout I created for the Scrapping Challenge #6 (Fun Times 2) and #8 (Giggles) over at Have Your Way With Paper for their weekend crop this weekend.

I used BoBuny's 8x8 combo pack containing Flutter Butter, Delilah and Alissa papers. I mounted the title on pop dots for a little dimension. To adhere the flowers, I put the brad through the flowers and opened up the back. Then, I used a large glue dot and stuck it to the back of the flower then to the page (a fun technique someone taught me a while back).

Not much journaling done on this one. I figured this was one of those layouts where the pictures say it all!

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Loads of Sketches

Ok, so Scrapbooks Etc is kind enough to share TONS of sketches with us all. Here are just a few samples of what they have to offer:

Take your pick from 8.5x11, 12x12, 2-page, Single Photo, or Multi-Photo Sketches! Wow, now that's a variety of choices. Have fun!

Wordless Wednesday 11/4/09

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

HYWWP Novermber '09 Newsletter

November Happenings!!
November? Already? That can only mean one thing... the holidays are just around the corner! (eek!)

November is laced with trees in full autumn color, thankful families gathering around the table to celebrate their blessings, children bundled in warm sweaters, holiday bizarres, cornucopias, Black Friday adventures... the list could go on and on!

Aside from the obvious blessings such as family, friends and health, I encourage you to step outside yourself and evaluate where you are. What are you the most thankful for at this time in your life? What has changed in your life since last November when you last declared your list? Document it. Are you having the same traditional Thanksgiving buffet dinner or are you going to try something new? Write it down. Big or small, November is bursting with wonderful photographing and scrapbooking opportunities! How will you embrace yours?

Submitted by Wendi (Punkin)
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Turkey Day Photo Tips

Here are some photo tips to make you want to develop those Turkey Day photos on Thanksgiving evening!

1.Don't be afraid to pose your subjects. You will NOT regret it after seeing the photos!

2.Be above eye level! Get those cups, glasses, dishes, bottles, out of the main focus.

3.What a wonderful time to get those generation photos when you have the whole family together.

4.Classic Dinner Table Photo (remember take from above and don't get anyone eating!) Ahhh...smiling faces getting ready to dive in. That's how you remember this day so get a shot of it! Just remember to NOT get people eating. NO ONE looks good eating. :)

5.The Turkey Carving - screams Thanksgiving and you can spotlight the special person carving.

6.Table settings and centerpieces. Memories come flooding back once we see these familiar decorations.

7.Home Sweet Home. Take a picture of the outside of the home where Thanksgiving is hosted - preferably with some family members!

8.Get in the kitchen. Get some prep shots of the food. Does Grandma always do the mashed potatoes? Get a shot of her with the mixer. Does Aunt Sue make some mean sweet pototoes? Get a pic of that. And, over coffee and pie, get the recipes and tuck those away to put in your scrapbooks as well.

9.While the kitchen is hopping with dinner preparations,what does the rest of the family do? Watch football, play football, play card games, geek at the parade? Snap, snap!

1.Last, but defintely not least......Turn over the camera and get in some pictures yourself!
Submitted by Erin Bailey (aunt e)

Sponsor of the Month
Jillibean Soup
From the Jillibean Soup website: So why do you scrap? I’ve asked myself this question several times and my only explanation is that I love it. I’m completely obsessed. Not only is it a creative outlet but it gives me great joy when I’m crafting. Also, I get to buy some oh-so very cute, yummy, scrumptious papers and embellishments. Yes, I’m a collector of scrapbook stuff. Plain and simple, I have way too much and keep buying more. Like you, I LOVE this hobby. I’ve never had so much passion for anything in my life – with the exception of my family.

After numerous discussions with my hubby, lots of research and lots of prayer, I decided I had the guts and gusto to try out my own line of scrapbooking materials. With the recent return of kraft paper into the craft industry I decided that my first line would be designed and printed on kraft paper and I love it. It’s different, it’s fun, and it can be used for all types of paper crafting! It was difficult to find kraft paper that is acid free and lignin free in a folio size, so we custom manufactured our kraft paper – it’s one of a kind and it’s made from 100% recycled stock.

So why “Jillibean Soup”? “Jillibean” was a nickname that a childhood neighbor called me. “Soup” just sounded good with Jillibean. It has allowed me to do some creative naming of products, packaging, and original marketing.

Jillibean Soup products are manufactured with close attention to color, detail and design. Jillibean Soup offers you fresh, innovative products of the best quality. We pride ourselves in finding the best ingredients and creating fun designs you can use forever. We hope you love them as much as we do!

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November Spotlight Member!

"Getting to Know" Elaine Lucas!!!
What is your middle name? Elaine, my first name is Deborah in case anyone would like to know.:)

What do you consider your best accomplishments to this day? Raising my 2 children, they are both amazing young adults now and I am so proud of them.

When do you scrap the most? Mornings and weekends.

Do you prefer to scrap alone or with others? Alone - because I get more done but I do like to scrap with others occasionally.

What is your favorite food indulgence? Ice cream, my favorite is Blue Bunny - Bunny Tracks.

Who is someone you admire? My sister. She has been my life mentor and my spiritual mentor, she has been through so many trials and is still going through many trials and I have watched her and learned from her my whole life. In spite of all her trials she continues to pour herself out to others and no matter how tough it gets she just pulls up her boot straps and keeps on going. She has taught me alot about giving and faith and so much more.

What scrapbookers do you find talented and more fitted to your style? Stacy Julian & Becky Higgins, both have simple style and they get alot of photos on a LO.

Describe your scrap space in 3 words: organized, small, clean. I have to keep it this way because it is located in the guest bedroom right off my kitchen.

What is on your to-do list? Short term I need to get my grandkids albums updated, do more work on my kids albums and start an album of my husband and a heritage album for his side of the family.

What is your favorite scrap store? Scrapbook Heaven in San Antonio.

What is your favorite scrap line? That's a tie - Bo Bunny/My Minds Eye.

What do you check out first when you come to HYWWP? I always go to the view posts since last visit - don't want to miss anything!

What are your favorite TV shows? Grey's Anatomy & LOST

What are your Top 5 Favorite movies? Where The Heart Is, Fried Green Tomatoes, You've Got Mail, The Notebook, Uncle Buck.

What are your Top 5 favorite books? The Bible, Where The Heart Is, Open House, The Year of Pleasures, The Rapture of Canaan.

Describe your fashion style. Casual, most of the time it's jeans & a top of some kind and flip-flops.

What is your favorite chore? Making my bed, it's quick, easy and I have pretty bedding so I enjoy it all made up.

What is your least favorite chore? Ironing.
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NEW feature at HYWWP! Guest Design Team Member!

Guest Designer for October, November, & December is.....CHELSEA LANGWORTHY!
That's right! We have a fun new feature at HYWWP! For 3-month terms, we will be searching for new Guest Design Team Members! Our guest DT members will receive products each month during their term and will be required to make a least 2 creations a month with those products. Guest DT members will be required to be active in our forums and in our gallery. In future months, we will be holding a contest or a call for our next Guest DT member! We would love to see what you have to offer, so get those layouts and projects ready!

For October through December, Chelsea will be our Guest DT member! Chelsea is sure to inspire you all with her adorable layouts and projects.

If you are interested in being a future Guest DT Member, please join the message board today and start posting. Participation is a key factor in our decision in choosing a Guest DT!
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Ongoing Challenges for November!

There's always something fun happening at our message board! Chatty contests, RAK giveaways, and more! Come on over to the message board and check out the ongoing list of challenges: Click Here
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November Gallery Inspiration

"Family Oct 08" by Ashley

"Harvest of Blessings" by Chelsea

"Perfect Punkin" by Josie

"Class Trip" by Krissy

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Sketch of the Month
This month's sketch is brought to you by one of our very talented members, Trisha! Trisha has shared some awesome sketches with us that she has created, and here is one she wanted to share for this month.

We'd love to see your creations based on this sketch...please upload to our gallery or on the message board to show us what you've done. Enjoy!
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Using Scraps for an Altered Project
Before the end of this newsletter, we want to show you one more fun Fall themed project made by Trisha! She made this Donations Box for her church's pumpkin patch during October. This was made with leftover supplies...what a perfect way to use up those scraps! Try it out and see what you can make from your scraps and leftovers!
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Don't forget to check out our online gallery for lots of inspiration and great projects!

November Sketch


Here's a new sketch for you to play around with. Have fun with it! Flip it! Turn it! Embellish it! Make it al your own! Then, send me your completed work with as much or little detail as you want and include your website/blog if you want. I will be sure to post it here and show it off for all to see! Have fun!

Monday, November 2, 2009

Sunday, October 18, 2009

October Sketch Challenge

Here is another sketch for you to play with this month. Don't mind the colors or embellishments. You will add your own of course.

Send your creations and link to my email address to the right and I will gladly show off your work/link right here.

Arbuckle Acres

***July 12, 2009***
This layout was inspired by one of the October Challenges on Have Your Way With Paper; the Scrap Pink Ad Challenge.

It's not exactly the same, but it gave me a great starting point.

I used Memory Keepers Scrapbook Pad "Grandma's Kitchen" for all the papers. This paper pad also includes some punch out which I used a few of here. After I tore some of the edges, I inke a bit with brown.

My letter are, of course, Thickers letters. "Acres" is actually blank cipboard letters which I prettied up. I used my water marker and pulled some green, orange, brown and yellow and layered it on there; one color ar a time. Once that was dry, I used my water marker with my pearlescence water colors and used the same colors and same technique. Once that was dry, I glued the letters on my layout and let sit for about 20 minutes (to make sure they were nice and dry). I then grabbed my black Zig maker (the fat edge) and outlined each letter.

Saturday, October 17, 2009

All Life Is An Experiment

***July 12, 2009***

This layout was based off on one of Page Maps' sketches. All the paper used came from Crate Paper's "Lemon Grass" line. Even the cutout leaf vine was included in their paper pack.

Can I say? I totally LOVE this line. It is so versatile and fun to use!

I used Fiskar's "Threading Water" punch on the bottom of the striped paper strip and EK Success's "Dotted Scallop Edger Punch" at the top of the striped paper. I thought that would make a nice contrast.

I used some tarnished silver brads to attach my vellum quote, which I decided to use as the title.

LASIK

Yup, I got it done. so worth it! I went to Price Vision Group. It cost about $2,000 with Dr. Pereira. Had I gone with Dr. Price, It would've been about 2.5 times more. Now, although, Dr. Price is the doctor who founded and perfected this procedure, Dr. Pereira is studying under Dr. Price. What's more, Dr. Price would NEVER have allowed Dr. Pereira to do the procedure if he didn't think he could get the same results.

The nurse asked me to take a look at the clock before we got started. I did, but couldn't really make out any of the numbers. I knew what they were, but couldn't actually see them. After it was all done, I looked at the clock again and it was like I was looking through watery eyes. but, I could actually see the numbers!

The first part of the surgery was very uncomfortable! But, it really only lasted about 1-2 minutes, tops.

After that was the laser part. It was pretty quick. The nurse counted down from 7 seconds.

Doc said the redness was like a hickey on my eye from the suction and should dissipate over the next 2 weeks.

So the ride home was painful. my right eye was stinging so badly. It wouldn't stop watering. Dad took me to McDonald's for some food and a drink. I took my pain pill and my sleeping pill. I came home, I took the other pain pill and went straight to bed. I slept from about 11am to roughly 540pm. I went pick up m son, Nathan got dinner and came back home.

Yes, there was some pain involved, but it was so totally worth it!

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Breast Cancer Awareness

As most of ou know, Ocotober is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. To make sure we are all up to date and do what we each need to do to prevent or catch Breast Cancer, Have Your Way With Paper is sponsoring a whole section of the boards for this most important disease. The thread is called "2009 Scrap Pink for the Girls!" Please visit Have Your Way With Paper today!

Saturday, October 3, 2009

Jumping Around

A typical day for us!

World Card Making Day

Yes! World Card Making Day has come upon us yet again!

WHAT: World Card Making Day is a holiday especially for card makers around the world to:
Celebrate the creativity of handmade cards and the personal connection that they create between friends and family
Kick off (and get a head start on) the holiday card-making season

WHEN: The first Saturday of each October, kicking off the holiday card-making season, the most popular time for creating and sharing handmade greetings.

WHO: The card-making community worldwide, including hobbyists, beginning card makers, manufacturers of card-making products, retail sellers of products, educators, and press are invited to come together to celebrate this holiday and creative passion.

WHY: It is a day to connect with fellow card makers both near and far, to applaud the creativity that powers the craft, and to provide an opportunity for card makers to connect and find resources that will empower, inspire, and encourage them in their card making.

A little history on today: World Card Making Day began in 2006 as National Card Making Day. Founded by Paper Crafts magazine to bring card makers together at the beginning of the busiest card-making season of the year, it was first held on October 7, 2006. The initial celebration involved the Paper Crafts magazine audience only; however, due to the positive response it received and the worldwide popularity of card making, the holiday became known as World Card Making Day from then on.

Now in its fourth year, World Card Making Day is celebrated annually on the first Saturday in October. It's a day for the card-making community -- hobbyists, retailers, and manufacturers -- to unite and celebrate the connection and creativity that is the heart of card making.

The origin of exchanging handmade greeting cards can be traced all the way back to ancient Chinese culture.

Today, card making is a worldwide hobby, especially popular in Australia, Canada, the United Kingdom, and the United States.
1 in 6 U.S. households participates making cards
86% of scrapbookers also create handmade cards
92% of paper crafters create cards more than any other type of project
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Creating a handmade card brings a special kind of joy. There’s joy in the process of creating, as well as in giving and receiving handmade cards.

Handmade cards are:
GIFTS. It is a little sliver of energy, time, and love that says, "I really care about you" in a world of impersonal communications such as e-mails.

CREATIVE EXPRESSIONS. Beneath the cardstock and embellishments is emotion from the card maker--encouragement, celebration, commemoration, and love.

KEEPSAKES. Instead of being thrown away, they are cherished and displayed

RELATIONSHIP BUILDERS. They spark deep connections, express feelings, evoke laughter, and warm the hearts of friends, relatives, and co-workers.

The top occasions/themes for making cards are:

Birthdays
Winter Holidays (Christmas, New Year’s, etc.)
Thank You
Valentine’s Day
Mother’s Day

Card makers prefer stamps and rub-ons for use on their holiday handmade cards
73% of card makers use their computer in part or all of their design
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Retailers participating in this Holiday can be found HERE! See if there's a retailer near you which you can visit today!

Information provided by: World Card Making

Here is a sketch provided by BoBunny

Jump right in and see what you can come up with! Then, send me your creations, and i will be happy to share your card and link to your blog/website too.

Lighthouse - Everything

Still gives me chills and makes me cry every time!
Lifehouse Everything Drama

Friday, October 2, 2009

HYWWP October '09 Newsletter



Hello and happy October everyone!
October is one of my most favorite months of the year, taking a very
close second to December. I love how, with October, comes crisp air that officially begins "sweater weather", piles of colorful leaves, football season, pumpkins with faces and children getting ready for Halloween night! Its also the time that we scrapbookers seem to nest in more and settle into some crop time! If you are looking for inspiration or a challenge, HYWWP is the place to be! We have our traditional monthly challenges as well as our annual Scrap Pink for the month of October in our effort to endorse breast cancer awareness. More details below!

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October is Breast Cancer Awareness month. Breast Cancer affects 1 in 8 women and thousands of new cases are diagnosed each year. However, studies have shown that with some good information and a solid awareness about this disease, early detection is the key! Please join us for the entire month as we host our annual Scrap Pink event at HYWWP. There are some fantastic scrappy and non scrappy challenges, games and times of just celebrating friends, courage, survival and reminding eachother to "make time for the girls."

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Top 5 Hints for Great Halloween Photos

5. Jack-O-Lantern Jive
Light your jack-o-lantern with two or three candles and turn your flash off to capture the perfect pumpkin picture. Because the jack-o-lanterns are less antsy than your little ghosts and ghouls, you can use a longer shutter speed and set your camera on a still surface.

4. Eerie Effects
Remember holding flashlights under your face when telling a scary story when you were a kid? The lighting can be terribly effective and fun so pull out those flashlights!

3. Spooky silhouettes
Use the natural outdoor dusk light to create spooky silhouettes! This is also the time to get those photos of the costumes. Using the flash will wash out those little goblin faces. Use the natural light to your advantage.

2. Awesome Idea
Capture the transformation of your kiddo into whatever character they are turning into! Take the pictures from the same angle to keep consistency. Putting on the costume, putting on the make up, mask, etc.

1. Top 10
Want some more ideas for fantastic photos? Click on the following link to find Kodak's Top 10 Tips

Take loads and loads of pictures, have a great time scrapping them and don’t forget to share them in our gallery!

Submitted by: Erin Bailey (aunt e)

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Sponsor of the Month

From the Just Rite Stampers website:

JustRite® has over a 100 year history in making product for the commercial stamping industry. It was acquired by Millennium Marking Company in 2004. JustRite began using its knowledge of stamp products to introduce stamp making technology to crafters.

A deep appreciation of scrapbookers and card makers led us to introduce a growing line of products to serve their needs starting in 2005. We are using our experience in making quality stamps and knowledge of ink chemistry to bring products to market that bring out your creativity energy in the projects you create.

Today we are expanding our company and the products we offer by creating a design team and product development team to bring market ideas and products to inspire you.

Our goal is to provide retailers with products and programs that put the fun back in retailing. Our products are easy to buy, easy to sell and give the retailer a Big Advantage!

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Check out the message board and gallery to see what our Design Team creates with the wonderful Just Rite products!

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October Spotlight Member!
"Getting to Know" Marcee Rodgers!!!

View Marcee's Blog here!
1. What is your middle name? Elisabeth. It is of Hebrew origin, meaning oath of God.

2. What do you consider your best accomplishments to this day? Getting help to get healthy, my marriage, my ability to change and grow.

3. When do you scrap the most? In the morning when both of my kids are in school.

4. Do you prefer to scrap alone or with others? Definitely alone.

5. What is your favorite food indulgence? My husbands guacamole

6. Who is someone you admire? My mother! Having children of my own, I now realize how much time, energy and love she put into raising me.

7. What scrapbookers do you find talented and more fitted to your style?
Janine Koczwara
Jennifer Yates
Lynn Ghahary

8. Describe your scrap space in 3 words: Organized, needing more light, minimal workspace

9. What is on your to-do list? Daily: housework, chauffeuring, meals, coffee, computer time, me time

10. What is your favorite scrap store? Scrapbook Fever in Salem, Oregon

11. What is your favorite scrap line? Cosmo Cricket

12. What do you check out first when you come to HYWWP? I just click "view new posts since your last visit" and go from top to bottom.

13. What are your favorite TV shows? CSI, The Mentalist and pretty much anything crime/forensic related.

14. What are your Top 5 Favorite movies? Green Mile, The Notebook, Harry Potter Series, Underworld Series and Steel Magnolias

15. What are your Top 5 favorite books? Memoirs of a Geisha, Joy Luck Club, The Kitchen Gods Wife, The 13th Tale and Into the Woods

16. Describe your fashion style. I like simple (dark jeans, solid tops) with some color added in and neat shoes. I rarely wear any jewelry except my wedding ring. I won't wear shirts with collars, 3/4 sleeves, mock turtle necks, button downs and prefer scoop necks or v-necks. No high waist mom jeans of tapered ankles.

17. What is your favorite chore? I like the before and after of vacuuming and a clean kitchen.

18. What is your least favorite chore? My kids rooms! I'm refusing to help anymore. If they can take it out, I'm pretty sure they can put it away at ages 8 and and 5.5.

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NEW feature at HYWWP! Guest Design Team Member!


Guest Designer for October, November, & December is.....CHELSEA LANGWORTHY!
That's right! We have a fun new feature at HYWWP! For 3-month terms, we will be searching for new Guest Design Team Members! Our guest DT members will receive products each month during their term and will be required to make a least 2 creations a month with those products. Guest DT members will be required to be active in our forums and in our gallery. In future months, we will be holding a contest or a call for our next Guest DT member! We would love to see what you have to offer, so get those layouts and projects ready!

For October through December, Chelsea will be our Guest DT member! Chelsea is sure to inspire you all with her adorable layouts and projects.

If you are interested in being a future Guest DT Member, please join the message board today and start posting. Participation is a key factor in our decision in choosing a Guest DT!

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Ongoing Challenges for October!

There's always something fun happening at our message board! Chatty contests, RAK giveaways, and more! Come on over to the message board and check out the ongoing list of challenges: Click Here

Special Challenge Additions for October:

ATC Reminders
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and what better time to remind others to get that mammogram!!

Here is what I want you to do, make at least 5 ATCs that express the message to get your exam. Post these in your doctor’s office, bathroom mirror at work, stop in your grocery store ladies room and don’t forget our favorite scrap stores!! Be creative; I’m sure you can think of other places!!

If you can show us a photo proving you have displayed your cards, you will be entered in a drawing for a RAK!!

You have until October 31st to get this done!!!

Card Challenge-Girlfriend Card
What better way to show a friend you are thinking of her than with a card and a note somewhere on it saying October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month?

You can make as many cards as you like but will only be entered once for a RAK!!!

Please post your card in this post and the gallery by October 31st.

Submitted by Roe (vellumx)




October Gallery Inspiration
"Halloween Cards for 2009" by Paula

"Orlando Halloween" by Robin

"Halloween 2007" by Jenny

"BOOtiful Spooks!" by Grammy

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Sketch of the Month

This month's sketch is brought to you by one of our very talented members, Trisha! Trisha has shared some awesome sketches with us that she has created, and here is one she wanted to share for this month.

We'd love to see your creations based on this sketch...please upload to our gallery or on the message board to show us what you've done. Enjoy!

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A SPOOKtacular Mini Album!

Before the end of this newsletter, we want to show you one more fun Halloween project made by Trisha! This cute Halloween mini album was made with leftover supplies...what a perfect way to use up those scraps! Try it out and see what you can make from your scraps and leftovers!


Don't forget to check out our online gallery for lots of inspiration and great projects!