Saturday, November 29, 2008

Post-Thanksgiving Craze

So I had a crazy and wild Black Friday. I had to work. In fact, it was my 11th consecutive day-after-Thanksgiving at work! I've never taken this day off since I joined the workforce! I really don't mind! Many people have families and traditions, and I can't take a day off for the sake of taking a day off! I must save my vacation days for big trips! Would I ever escape China? I now realize the answer is no, the food lures me back, LOL!

Back to my crazy and wild Black Friday. Though I had to go to work, I did get up and went to Walmart! At 5:10 a.m., it had already sold out of the Cricut Expression Bundle at the $199 price! I foolishly stood around for over 45 minutes hoping someone would find another one in the famed "back"! A part of me was glad that I didn't have to wait in the lines. There were more people at Walmart than on the Great Wall of China! It was UNREAL!

I never really wanted the Cricut but the ladies at Scrapbook Obsessions talked me into it!!! So after disappointment at Walmart, I went to Michael's and bought the Cricut Create. They were having $29.99 catridge sale, so I bought a whole basketful. Then I talked to various people and realized that I ought to get the Cricut Expression after all!! I also found out that the catridges "Graphically speaking" and "Storybook" are for sale at Walmart but not at M's but Walmart does price matching! I rushed to M's again after work to pick up an advertisement and then only this morning went back to Walmart to get the catridges at the incredible price of $29.99 each!!

Now I'm all set, all I need is the ACTUAL CRICUT MACHINE!!! Is this crazy or what? I'm not even convinced that I need a diecut machine and yet I've come undone by some enabling and good deals!!! sigh...

I do have a Graphic 45 layout to show! I love it. I always love layouts that capture a moment and has a story to tell, even if it is a very short little story like this one.

Monday, November 24, 2008

Anyone Out There Still?

Indeed I've been missing. I haven't done much scrapping for so long now, so I don't quite know what to blog...

I am back in my real life and as usual, depression after vacation has set in. This time, it is accompanied by a screaming toddler from 10 pm - 2 a.m. every day. So I'm jetlagged, overwhelmed, and without parental help. I wonder if I will ever scrap again...

Here is an unloved layout that I submitted to Memory Makers birthday pages call. I must share a bit of good news, another one of the layouts I submitted did get picked up, my first ever, my goal to see my page in print in two years have been accomplished. Yay :)

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Graphic45 Contest Time

Graphic45 Contest: We invite you to celebrate this wonderful time of year with us at Graphic 45 by joining in our "Winter Wonderland" ScrapOFF! We are looking for beautiful original scrapbook or paper crafting projects that celebrate your fondest holiday memories. Submit your holiday greeting cards, scrapbook layouts, mini books, altered items, or whatever else you choose using paper from any of our collections. Entries will be judged on overall appeal as well as creativity. One grand prize will be awarded as well as 5 runner up prizes. The grand prize winner will receive a set of all 7 collections, which includes the 3 new lines that won't be released until CHA in January! The 5 runners up will receive a set of 2 of our collections.
We are excited to see what Wonderful Winter creations you come up with!

How to Enter: Upload a photo(s) of your project into our gallery. ** Please do not submit anymore than 3 photos of your project and please try to keep photos under 150 kb each.** IMPORTANT! All submissions must have "Winter Wonderland ScrapOFF" under products used on G45's gallery to be considered for the contest. As well, please in the Extended Description/Instructions section include a little information about your project. i.e. what is inspiration for the project, what is the project (a layout, mini book, an altered ?what?), and the approximate size. Also, please include your state/province and country of residence and your blog address if you have one. Please feel free to publish your projects (i.e. photos includes) and details of this contest on your personal blog. (All entries will be acknowledged via email within a few days of receipt. Please also give us a couple of days to approve the upload of your photos into the gallery).

Rules: Anyone residing in any country. You are welcome to use products other than Graphic 45, however we ask that 75% of the product used is ours. No more than 3 photos per project please. By submitting, you agree to Graphic 45 displaying your entry on our website. If you require us to take it down for a future submission elsewhere, please let us know and we will do so.

Deadline: Deadline for all entries is Wednesday, December 10th, 2008 at 11:59 p.m. Mountain Time. Once the deadline has been reached, we will select one winner based on creativity and overall appeal. Entries will be judged by Graphic 45. Winners will be announced on G45 blog on Monday, December 15th, 2008 one grand prize winner plus 5 runners up.