Thursday, June 19, 2008

Celebrating Friendships and RAK - Autographed Book Giveaway!


If you have two kids you sometimes may wonder if they will ever get along. With 5 years between our two, it seems they squabble plenty with the purpose of getting the attention of their parents. Babysitters and everyone else always report how sweet they are together...and I wonder whose kids they are referring to. (LOL)

However, there are times when our children really do show love and caring for one another...and this layout called "Two" celebrates one of these times. I would have loved to have heard the whole conversation, but I did hear some instruction on how to pick up your feet so you don't trip on the railroad ties. (LOL)It features Cosmo Cricket's "Get Happy" line, which is full of intense, bright colors that I just love!

(Are you still with me? Keep reading or skip below if you just want to see the book giveaway RAK - I tend to ramble a bit.)


















I love using Tim Holtz's crackle paint on Cosmo's blackboard - love the blackboard! I admit I took my knife to distress and crackle the paint a bit more as I prefer lots of crackle and distress to tie in with the distressed look of the paper line. I covered a Magistical Memories birdie shape with more Cosmo and totally grunged cool American Crafts ribbon with ink.

I also want to share one of my latest tool purchases...it's a Fiskars squeeze punch that gives a great little detail to corners.


One thing I love about the 4x6 journaling cards from Cosmo is they feed right through your printer as if you were printing a 4x6 photo. Just use your ruler to position your type, always run a test page and hold your journaling card over the top, and up to light to make sure text hits just where you want it to fall - and print again on the journaling card! Here is a tip - for the 4x3 journal cards, always seemingly paired with another of the same size - cut out both together for a 4x6 size, do the same thing and afterwards cut the cards apart. This will allow you to use the computer for journaling on at least one of your smaller cards, two if you really plan ahead! (LOL)

And now for the RAK I promised...CHA Chicago is coming up next month - and my friends Kitty Foster and Wendy McKeehan will be doing a book signing for their second book called "Fabulous Friendships: Scrapping the Relationships That Make Life Fun":

To celebrate their new book, and the layouts I happen to have in it... I want to offer a copy of their first book called "Find Your Groove - A guide to Discovering Your Scrapbook Style". I loved this book, and it allowed me to finally LABEL my scrap style. It really affirmed what I suspected...I'm an eclectic scrapper, even though my layout published in the book is categorized as journalistic. (LOL) (It just happened to be a page in which I had an emotional story to share.) I love to share this book with my scrappy friends, not only for ideas, but to help them identify with their own style.

Here is a pic of me with the authors at their book signing last year.

So yes, it is an autographed book by two fabulous scrappers and authors! I am very excited for them in having their second book now available, published through Memory Makers. All you have to do to win "Find Your Groove" is leave a comment on this post, and I will use a random number generator to pick a winner after midnight on Monday, June 23 - this gives those already gone for that Fiskars Crop in St. Paul a chance to get their name in. (LOL)

Also be sure to check out the new, and sure to be equally fabulous book available on Amazon.com. We always have photos of Fabulous Friendships to scrap - this book will be sure to light your mojo on fire! Maybe I will see you at CHA at the book signings being held at 1 p.m. on both Friday and Saturday!

102 comments:

Tona said...

The book sounds wonderful. I would love to have a chance to win it.

Carlee said...

Thanks for the chance to win Rita!

Casey said...

Wow! Your LO is amazing! I love all of the little details, and the crackle paint on blackboard - great idea!!!

marla said...

What a great blog and thanks for a chance to win a fun sounding book. Marla #3291

Michelle*G said...

The new book looks like fun! I'll be on the look out for it! Thanks for the giveaway!

(Love the details on this LO too!)

Peg said...

You have a nice blog. Love your lo's. It would be great to win the book so I could read it. I would love that. Thanks for the RAK.

Peg #3675

Kristin said...

OK I certainly want in the drawing for the RAK but I must say you are UBER talented!! I love all the details on your pages! You are magnificient!

Thanks Rita!

**Nancy** said...

Awesome, Rita!!! So good to hear from ya, girlie! You've been a busy bee!!!

Corey said...

very nice of you Rita! I love that lo - thanks for the tip on printing the cards!!

Jenni said...

I am having trouble getting this to post so i hope it doesn't show up a hundred times LOL

I just wanted to say how much I love your work! Awesome layouts. Love reading your blog! I will check back often!

java diva said...

Fab Friendships sounds awesome!! I think I will need that! And I know I need Find Your Groove. I think that would help launch me into consistent scrapping.

Stacey said...

Rita, I just love that layout of your children! Gorgeous!

momof8judy said...

WOW Rita that is a beautiful book!! Your work is awesome!!!
Have fun at CHA!!!

Dakota Barb said...

Rita, I've missed you at S4L but I can see you've been very busy! This book sounds wonderful. TFS!

Melaniestan said...

Awesome book! I flipped through it a few times-but with limited funds decided on supplies instead-I would love a chance for the rak.

elizbailey said...

Congrats on being published in the book! That is awesome! I hope you have fun at CHA.

April said...

Love you work, I would love to win the book, I really enjoy seeing what others do and create. Sparks the creativity.

Kris W said...

Love ur lo!! The book looks awesome:)

mel said...

rita i would really love to win this book and thank for the awesome give away to cool..awesome lo too

Norma said...

Oh i just love how you got your blog set up. Also thanks for a chance to win.

Kerry McKibbins said...

I just love that layout! Love the picute and the design.

Amy said...

Thanks for the idea of cracking the paint more with the craft knife I will have to try that.

Also a big thanks for the chance to win a book - I love to read and its scrapbooking so it has to be great !!!!!!!!

GothamGal said...

Please count me in. And thanks a lot for posting at 2peas. I look forward to checking out your blog more. It looks fun!

hf52771 said...

Thanks for bringing me to your blog. It's always nice to see what other people are creating! I love your style! Also, thanks for the chance to win the book, how exciting!
~Heather

Tammy said...

A fabulous book and Kitty is such a sweet lady! I would love to win the book!

mishkismom said...

Can't wait to see the new book! I have wanted the Groove book but just haven't seen it when I have been able to buy it..
This is my first trip to your blog and I wanted to give Kudos to you for your pages! They are fantastic!!

Jenn said...

I love what you did with the crackle! and thanks for the chance to get this awesome book!

jennjenn@scrap4life

Audrey said...

Some great LOs you have there. Heard of the book but yet to see it in the stores here. Thanx for the offer!

Dettao said...

I always sign up for free stuff!:)

Shelly said...

Congrats on having layouts in both books - how fun!
Thanks for doing this giveaway with such a fabulous prize - keeping my fingers crossed that my number comes up!

Debby said...

I so love what you did with the Comos Cricket blackboard. Great Great job.

Parker and Emma's Mom said...

I'd love a chance! Thanks!

Lori W said...

the book sounds great! Saw this on SIS....thanks!

M@risk@ said...

Nice to get the chance to be in for the drawing. Beautiful layout and great to see so many details on it. Thanks for hosting this RAK.

Jenny Lilac said...

That look soooo cool!!

Suz said...

I really love that design - great layering and amazing details....

Thanks for the contest... keeping my fingers crossed would love that book

KateB said...

Sounds like a FUN read! I too am using up my Cosmo Cricket stash, and just became a Fiskateer (#4529)...

Anonymous said...

I have wanted this book! Thanks for having a contest... your LO is fabulous!
DawneC

Lynn said...

Hey Rita! Great blog. Nice to make a new friend in the blog world. Have a good day! -Lynn

Wild Smiles ;) said...

Hi Rita! The LO is so precious. We have 3 older kids and a little tyke. I love those moments when they are offering her advice :)
Thanks for the the op to win the book. It sounds teriffic!

Anonymous said...

Hello from the "other Rita!" Thanks for the chance to win. I love scrapping books.
Rita A #2797

Swede said...

Sounds like a terrific book. I'd love to win it. Fiskateer #2638

Bibi said...

Love your work! Especially all the little details you add! I haven't had a chance to look at this book. Thanks for the chance to win! So nice of you!

Donna Stevens said...

The book sounds so wonderful would love to have it, So Gl to me

Donna
Forever scrapbooking

CandyScraps said...

The book sounds awesome! :) Please enter me.

Candy

papercandy@gmail.com

jo-ann said...

i definetly enjoyed my journey through your blog! i love your scrappy style!

Laura Stewart said...

looks like a good book!

marshan said...

First off, that page is AMAZING!

Second off, I've seen that book on Amazon, and thought it looked pretty good.

Thanks for doing this.

Angela said...

Your CC layouts are lovely, Rita! Good luck with the DT app!

Jowayne said...

Seeing that I can't make it to CHA this summer, this would be a great way to receive a cool product. Thanks for the chance Rita!

Peggy #4129 said...

Well I hope the random picker is good to me because this looks like a SUPER COOL book and its Autographed.........how cool. Thanks for the chance......you Fiskateers are awesome!!!!!!!!!!
Thanks for the chance........
Blessings Peggy 4129

Ryan said...

Rita, I am so glad that you brought your blog back to my attention. I have kept up with it in the past, but it has been a while. I have missed you on scrapfriends...your wonderful layouts and your "faith support." Does that make sense.

This lo, as usual does not surprise me how awesome it is.... I LOVE photos and layouts of my children enjoying one another! Such wonderful memories.

Now, on to another note... PICK ME...lol I would love to win this book!

Deanna Kroll said...

Rita, you know I love your work, and just had to say congrats for being in the second book as well...thanks for the chance to win!

Deanna

Anonymous said...

Would love to win this book. Thanks!

Kim Flados
scrapkat@att.net

CatherineS said...

I would love a chance to win that book! :)

RobinDiane said...

WOW! That is great. thanks for the chance to win!!!

Melissa Fiskateer #2396 said...

I love the layout. The combination of lines and curves is really nice. And I should consider using a printer for journaling, too.

Francine said...

Lovely layout. I really like what you did with the distress paint!

stephanie said...

Hi Rita, your l/o is amazing. I love it. Thanks for the opportunity, this book sounds great.

Erika said...

Well this is very generous of you!

Anonymous said...

The book sounds wonderful.Thank you for giving us a chance to win one.

Joan Fiskateer #808

Lori said...

Gorgeous lo!!!!

Sounds like an awesome book!!!

Happy Friday!!

mel said...

dang rita everyone want this book.

Sandie said...

Awesome giveaway!!! And good luck with CC's DT. You are definitely in the running!!!

Crossing my fingers for that number generator. :))))

Staci said...

Love all the Cosmo Cricket you've posted! Good luck to you!

ms.cheryl said...

always in the mood for a new book. thanks,

Michelle said...

Hey Rita- I've always enjoyed your work and LOVE how you share your faith.

Michelle

Josie0602 said...

Your LO's on your blog are wonderful!! Loved looking at them and reading about how you put them together. Thanks for the chance to win the book!

Tracy (josie0602 on CKMB)

Laura said...

I really love this LO and the book sounds wonderful.
I can relate to your lo and your children, as, mine are 5 years apart as well. And yes he is always giving wonderful brotherly advice to his younger sister.

Terry said...

The book sounds great. I love to read about your faith and your relationship with God.

Rhonda said...

I love your site, it is beautiful. Thanks for giving us a chance to win a wonderful book.

Barbara said...

Rita, thanks for offering a copy of this great book.

I had had your blog bookmarked and then we had a crash and I lost it. Never could find it again, so now I am a happy camper now that it is back in my favorites!

Love your work. Thanks for sharing it with us.

Chris Dukes said...

I would love to win a copy of the book. It sounds great. I am also glad that I went to your blog. The contest drew me there but I am adding you to my favorites list. I will be checking back often. You have some great ideas on your blog!
ThankS!

krisg said...

I'd love a chance...thanks for the kindkess and love your layout!!

MelissaC said...

Your LO's are WONDERFUL! Thanks for your posts!

Laura said...

Love your "Two" layout Rita:) and I would love a shot at winning this book.

Cindi Olson said...

Love your blog... thanks for the rak. Looks like a great book!!

Cindi

Laci J said...

Oh how fun! You have such a cute style! And great RAK!

Coco said...

u hav a great blog, wonderful projects, thanks for the change to win. its seems like a great book to have.
Karee Sue fiskateer #3609

Sassy said...

Your work continues to show just how creative you are! Thank you for sharing and for the RAK giveaway. Win or lose, just seeing your beautiful blog and your work is a WIN! (I also love the music on your slideshow).
Sandi

Sassy said...

I ALWAYS love your layouts, Rita! You are truly artistic and creative. Thank you for sharing with us and for the RAK giveway. (I also love the music on your slide show)
Sandi

Littleone's Scrapbook Journal said...

Again, wonderful page. Your kids will be so happy when they get older and have these memories-even the memories from your blog-I love your stories and am booking marking you!

Ann said...

Just discovered your blog and I love looking at your layouts.

Jen said...

I love the layout of your kids! My boys are 5 years and almost 5 months old. They get along great right now, but I'm sure that will change as they get older!

Pamela said...

Woo Hoo...great RAK!!! I love your blog too, you do great work. :)

Brenda said...

I loved your story to go along with the layout you posted! I could really relate because my two kids are also 5 years apart, but my oldest is my daughter. They have done their share of bickering too!

The book sounds wonderful, and it is so kind of you to RAK it! I would love to win it and thank you for giving me a chance.

Brenda
HappyScrapper64 from the CKMB

L #4499 said...

I am a newbie but i am lovin the lov we scrapper/carders share!! i don't think i have a style but with that book i bet they could help me to have one:):)LOV yr blog and creations!

Pnutsmum said...

I love your scrappin', it's fantastic. Thanks for the give away!

LouisvilleMC said...

I love your LO's! Thanks for the opportunity to win the book!!!

Have a great day!

Anonymous said...

I would love to win, thanks for the chance.
Brandy Baucom

arlsmom aka Lynda said...

Awesome book...thanks for the chance to win!!!

Liz said...

the book sounds lovely. never even seen it here in Germany. would love a chance to win it.

RitaS said...

this is Connie's entry - scrappinrish - she PMd me on Sat. and it would not let her comment

PattiM said...

First time I've been to your blog... You have some beautiful creations......What a great RAK!! Thanks for offering up such a great giveaway prize...

PattiM
(Pattie's passion)

I Scrap So All Moments Are Remembered!!!!

Beverley Todd said...

Wow! great layout - & I'd love a shot at winning the autographed book.

Kim Ross said...

Ooooohhhh, what wonderful blog candy! Thanks for the chance to win! :)

Ami said...

Ooooo...hoping that I am not too late. Love that book!!!! Thanks for offering up the RAK!!!

Anonymous said...

Oh how I would love a copy of the book!

Mardi
#2569

MelissaB said...

Choose me me ME!!!
Melissa

Becky said...

WooHoo lucky #100! Thank you for this contest Rita!

k-joi studios said...

Pick me! Pick Me! I'm in total MOJO meltdown right now and would love something to get me going!

I realy enjoyed visiting your blog! You are an incredible artist and memory keeper!

Kathy said...

Not sure if I am too late or not. I would love to read this book. Thank you for offereing it.
Kathy