Thursday, August 21, 2014

Whole Lotta Hoopla!




There's lots of good stuff happening at ForeverJoy this weekend! You can play along HERE in the Lilypad challenge forum with a fun "scavenger hunt" of my shoppe for an (easy!) chance to win a $2 gift certificate to my Shoppe (and a chance for a $10 Prize!) Come on over and play!

And-
 not only is there something NEW on the ForeverJoy Drawing Board- ALL ForeverJoy Designs are 30% off During the Lilypad Store-wide Quarterly Sale including new releases! 



artwork by mrivas

artwork by ellent

artwork by andrea 4376

artwork by 3littleks

artwork by enjoyyourpix

artwork by iowan

artwork by laluna

artwork by loni
artwork debbie
artwork by jill
artwork by roxanamdm

artwork by nietis




And just because this is such a special weekend, ForeverJoy Newsletter Subscribers will be receiving the coordinating Journal card set as a FREE download in this weekends newsletter! Not a Subscriber yet? No problem- Just sign up and you'll be sure to never miss any of the extra savings and promotions subscribers enjoy!



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Friday, August 15, 2014

Now in the Shoppe | HELLO HELLO



WooHOO!  It's Friday! Which is a great thing all on its own- but also means there is something NEW in the Lilypad Guest Shoppe from ForeverJoy! This week's design HELLO HELLO  has a touch of retro nostalgia and wit and is sure to give you a "great connection" with your storytelling! You can enjoy 20% off each piece of the collection all weekend long- or you can choose to dive right into enjoying the full kit and receive the Journal Cards FREE with your purchase! (The cards will automatically added to your cart)  *Please note- this offer expires August 17th. 











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Tuesday, August 12, 2014

One Can Not Scrap Happy With Alligator Arms


Something that I have found that works well for me when working from home is really taking the weekend off.  It's so easy to think of that time as perfect to "catch up"- but the opportunity cost of what is lost is just too great for me. So, I tune out from work about 80% on Saturdays- and really unplug from work 100% on Sundays- like, not even check social media or emails or my calendar kind of unplug. I have found more time not only to have fun with the family- but also to really get back into the rhythm of recording our stories in my scrapbooking pages and Project Life Spreads.

It's no secret that Project Life is the creative wagon I have fallen off of- and am now really determined to get back on. The process is not yet fluid for me- but the outcome- those completed pages? Those keep me coming back for more like the proverbial Engine Who Could ;)

This weekend, I set out to make a Project Life page about celebrating my Mom's birthday. I had a few photos (four?) from the mega-order I had placed when Shutterfly was having a sale- and was shuffling them around the pockets, trying to figure what would work and trying to use cards that would compliment the colors and the story I wanted to tell. And it was hard.

I stopped and tried to figure out what was making this such a downer-I listened to the inner dialog I was having with myself as I was trying to make this page- and by tuning in like this- I realized one of my biggest obstacles was my "alligator arms".

Let me let you listen in on what I mean:

inside my head as I shuffle photos and cards around , sadly trying to fill up the pockets in front of me: "this would work if I had more photos- I only had four printed out- what if I crop them- spread them out- and I could use this title card- nooo- that one is too pretty- I don't want to waste it- I could print some more photos- nooo- I only have 6 sheets of paper left in this pack- maybe I could make a confetti pocket- noo- I only have one pack of that..."

Holy Cow! I am a Scrapping Cheapskate! I was limiting my page because I only had 4 photos that were printed at 9 cents each-  and refused to add anymore photos or pretties because I didn't want to crack into my stash?! Or use up my printer parer? Who was this girl?  And why was she being so mean to herself - and settling for half baked layouts?

I  tried to talk myself down from this hoarder mentality- there are always new papers and cards to buy- and I have enough to get me though a season of scrapping to say the very least- Printer paper is meant to be printed on- and if I'm going to really celebrate the everyday in my pages- I need to use my supplies on the everyday layouts- not save them for a "special" page.  I had to let it go- let it go.. .

So, I took a deep breath and turned on my little Selphy- I was a *little* cost conscious and printed a few 2x3s on my 4x6 sheets- (That felt responsible. Baby steps, right?)  And in doing this- I found I really liked how two 2x3s looked in the 4x6 pocket. And by opening up my proverbial wallet and printing more than I had originally planned for the page, I got to tell the story of the day just as I had wanted.

So, I'll leave you with this: I am Renne, and I have Scrapping Alligator Arms. (as in: I don't like putting my hands in my pockets) But I am learning that stash is for using, that there will always be more at the craft store and that printing photos is never a waste of money- you are printing out more pieces of the story- and making your art complete. If I am going to tell a story- I cant half-bake it because I don't want to spend an extra 2 bucks on photo paper and ink. Gotta do it al the way baby! Only way to get the gold ring!

If you need Alligator Arm support- or have your own stories of battling the scrap demons- I'd love to hear them! (Just makes me feel a little better about my own issues lol!)

Here's my page- printing the four 2x3s in slipping them into the 4x6 pockets just added so much to the page- instead of being a plain old page about dinner out and birthday cake wishes, I got to add in what we actually did the whole day. This is why I keep trying at project Life- because seeing the whole page done makes me so happy! And seeing lots of these time capsules in an album? Well, that the mojo right there!



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Thursday, August 07, 2014

Now in the Shoppe | GYPSY SOUL



Hello friends! I have been SO excited to share this with you-This week's design is full of bold bright colors that celebrate the free spirit in our hearts! It also has a few new "tricks" : I added a few semi-transparent vellum styled papers to the Paper Pack- and some beautiful script veneer word art to the Pretties Pack- I know they will bring a bit of unique fun to your art!

You will enjoy 20% off each piece of the collection all weekend long- or you can choose to dive right into enjoying the full kit and receive the Journal Cards FREE with your purchase! (The cards will be part of your download of the kit)  *Please note- this offer expires August 10th. 




artwork by motherbear
artwork by tlpct sucali

artwork by kalamae
 
artwork by ellent

artwork by nietis
artwork by mrivas







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Thursday, July 31, 2014

Spreading the JOY in the Lily Pad Guest House!



I can say, without a doubt, August is going to be a GREAT JOY-full! month for ForeverJoy Fans and Newsletter Subscribers! There will be fresh new designs almost every Friday in my Lily Pad Guest Shoppe- starting with these THREE NEW PRODUCTS I have in the BYOC - and all are available at 20% off through the weekend:



artwork by iowan
artwork by jaqueline

artwork by motherbear
artwork by ellent
artwork by roxananamdm

artwork by mullemaus
artwork by marnel

artwork by sunflowersbaby
artwork by carolinascrapper



    Now, I' ll let you in on a little secret! There is a hidden Subscriber Sale available today thru Sunday night at midnight EST- and you can enjoy 50% off the ForeverJoy BYOC DANDELION DAYS Collection! Each piece is also available separately at 20% off thru the weekend as part of the BYOC sale! Not yet a subscriber? You know what to do! 
    Newsletter subscribers receive exclusive sales, promotions and a little gift every now and then! 
    Remember what I said about subscribers enjoying a gift every once in awhile? Well, here's one that is going out over the weekend! There was so much love for the July desktop- I just had to make one for August!



    Finallyeach Wednesday in August starting August 6th you will find FOUR ForeverJoy Faves exclusively at The Lily Pad for 50% off in the SOSN category! I told you! GOOD STUFF!  You can stay connected with all the hoopla by subscribing to my Blog, watching the ForeverJoy Fan Page or checking your inbox for your newsletter updates! 
    I hope to see you at my "Guest Pad" this month!



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