Wednesday Sponsor Giveaways: Elise Blaha, ReVa, Studio Calico, & SheyB


One person will receive a spot in Elise Blaha's Get Crafty workshop.


is an online workshop led by Elise Blaha. Over two weeks, this class will explore
techniques on how to build mini books and layouts from the ground up.
We will break away from the traditional scrapbooking products and
design our own paper and embellishments. Each weekday, there will be a
lecture, a project, an idea to try that day and an idea to save for
future use. In addition, there will be photos, journaling prompts and
giveaways. Class starts on June 1st.

ReVa June Kit 

One person will receive the June kit from ReVa (click to see the full list of supplies). Read more about Rebecca on her personal blog here.

One person will receive the June Studio Calico kit called Soda Fountain.


One person will receive a camera strap and a lens bag in their choice of the fabric from *Shey*[B].


To be entered in today's drawing please leave a comment below sharing your best advice for a new scrapbooker. What did you wish someone had told you when you first started? Comments will close tonight at 8pm Pacific with the winner's posted shortly after.


Just a quick reminder from last week's giveaway post that Transparent Touches & Tag's kit subscription offer ends today.  If you sign
up for 6 months, you will receive a fun goodie bag filled with
scrapbooking products for FREE with your first kit. After you sign up,
email Monica ([email protected]) to let her know that you
heard about TTT from this giveaway. Offer ends today.

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  1. Jane

    2009-05-27 15:43:23 -0400

    Best advice: you don't have to scrapbook chronologically, nor do you have to scrapbook everything! Pick your favorite photos or events and scrapbook those. Seriously, when you take a few thousand photos a year, it is just not realistic to scrapbook everything.

  2. Gina Mcclure

    2009-05-27 15:43:51 -0400

    my advice to a new scrapper would be to use what you have.look around your everyday life and put those things into your books and pages.Also, i would tell them that all the latest and greatest products are really cute but you just dont need to keep buying in order to create meaningful pages and books.
    i wish someone would have shown me the pleasures of working with stuff from my everyday life earlier on.

  3. Debbie Rajczi

    2009-05-27 15:46:01 -0400

    I wish someone told me I didn't need a ton of stuff to start with. I bought a lot of stuff I really didn't need or like.

  4. caroline t-p

    2009-05-27 15:46:24 -0400

    i wish someone would of told me to just stock up on solid color paper and then buy patterned paper when you know what you're going to use it for!

  5. Tricia Dunstan

    2009-05-27 15:46:25 -0400

    Hi Ali-
    I hope all is well with the family. The advice I give people I meet who are new to scrapbooking, actually I will give it to anyone, is to not save supplies. When I first started I would get something really neat and I was super excited to use it, but I wouldn't, I would save it. My thinking was that I was keeping it for that perfect project, but it would never come. The item would sit there not being able to contribute to anything. What a waste.

  6. suzanne

    2009-05-27 15:46:37 -0400

    I would tell any new scrapbooker to KEEP IT SIMPLE! It's so easy to get caught up in all the "goodies". All those fun patterned papers, cool embellishments and fun gadgets and tools can be a lot of fun but they can also be a little overwhelming too, especially to a new scrapbooker. Try to remember to keep the focus on the storytelling and capturing and recording all those special moments. Remember that your journaling and your photos are really the most important part. All the other goodies are just the icing on the cake.

  7. elsa

    2009-05-27 15:48:09 -0400

    I would advise not to buy too much from the onset, it'll only confuse your senses... look through scrapbooking magazines, read blogs, look at different online galleries to figure out the styles that appeal to you most. Then rush to the store!

  8. caroline t-p

    2009-05-27 15:48:26 -0400

    adhesives adhesives adhesives...still don't know which one works best!

  9. Liz Oram

    2009-05-27 15:48:38 -0400

    Less is more...don't cut around people in pictures or cut them into odd shapes(makes it hard to copy them later if you need to)...take lots of pictures (sometimes it takes awhile to get a good one)...and lastly, don't use your own handwriting if it is not easy to read-do hidden journaling instead(I know people would disagree with me on this one, but I think it can be awfully distracting). Needless to say I started at a very young age(hence the horrid handwriting)-when scrapbooking wasn't cool and when the only products you could buy were from the drugstore.:smiles:. Then I would tell them to buy a good trimmer, nice cradstock, a great pen, and good adhesive...and let loose, you can always change what you don't like when you feel more comfortable. Thanks for the opportunity!!

  10. Erin B

    2009-05-27 15:49:06 -0400

    I would tell a new scrapbooker not to be so concerned with "the right way" and the "wrong way" to scrapbook. There's no such thing. Don't compare your stuff to others. Develop your own style. Do what you love and what makes you happy and stop worrying about what others pages looks like and whether or not other people like your pages. If you like them that's all that matters.

  11. Deanna

    2009-05-27 15:49:23 -0400

    I'm sure there are a bunch of ideas I could pass onto a new scrapbooker - It is okay to touch (allow others to look through your books!) - and use what you have - otherwise, it just collects dust!
    I hope I win!

  12. debby

    2009-05-27 15:49:33 -0400

    i always tell my frineds that are just starting that is ok to not be caught up and you don't have to scrap every photo you take. :-)

  13. Tracy V

    2009-05-27 15:49:45 -0400

    My best advice to a new scrapbooker is that you do not need to "buy it all" to start out. A few simple supplies can go a long way! Tracy

  14. jenn shurkus

    2009-05-27 15:50:50 -0400

    not to stress how many photos you have to scrap.. or how behind you are.... to start scrapping the here and now, and dip into the past when time allows.... to enjoy the process ;)

  15. Maegan

    2009-05-27 15:51:43 -0400

    Don't get caught up with all the products and choices. Use what you have to start with. Slowly add products that you find you can use over and over again.

  16. jenn shurkus

    2009-05-27 15:51:48 -0400

    not to stress about how many photos you have to scrap.... or how behind you are... to scrap the here and now and dip into the past when time allows.... to enjoy the process ;)

  17. Beth in WI

    2009-05-27 15:52:01 -0400

    My number one piece of advice is to not sweat the small stuff - it doesnt have to be perfect!! Get messy and enjoy the process of creation - dont be hung up on making it perfect!!

  18. Mary Austin Cox

    2009-05-27 15:52:46 -0400

    Hi! Truly... I wish someone had inspired me to take a more simple approach to my scrapbooks and capture the memories in words as well as the pictures at a much earlier time. I used to get really caught up in all the stuff I could put on a page and it would take me hours to do one page. Don't get too far that way!!

  19. Tracie VW

    2009-05-27 15:53:55 -0400

    Its not just about 12x12 paper and photos. Its also about preserving other artifacts... thoughts scribbled on a napkin, receipts, coasters from restaurants, baby id bracelets, toddler art projects, anything!!!

  20. Kris D.

    2009-05-27 15:54:14 -0400

    I would advise going to a crop at your LSS. Scrapbookers are such a sharing group of people and so willing to open their scrapbooks for anyone to see. It's such a great way to be inspired. I am constantly amazed by the great ideas I get at crops and how willing people are to share how they did it. I've never had anyone tell me no when I ask to see their books!!

  21. Kasey

    2009-05-27 15:54:19 -0400

    I would say to not buy everything you see and coupons are great at Michaels!

  22. Cassidy

    2009-05-27 15:54:55 -0400

    Don't be overwhelmed by the amount of supplies and cute things out there. Start out simple and then gradually add to what you are doing. A great foundation is the best way to go rather than overloading your pages with cute accents just because you can.

  23. julie

    2009-05-27 15:56:12 -0400

    that there is no right or wrong way... go with your heart...and have fun.

  24. Mary Kate

    2009-05-27 15:59:28 -0400

    Don't worry about scrapping in any particular order. Just grab your recent photos and go for it. Get the stories down but don't stress about chronology. If it makes you feel better. Put your pages in a three ring binder style album and rearrange as you go.

  25. Nicole Snow

    2009-05-27 16:00:17 -0400

    Advice: You don't have to be "cutesy" or "artsy" or "graphic" or any other adjective in order to be a scrapbooker, and being a scrapbooker does not necessarily make you those things. Just be yourself and pair your stories with your pictures: that's scrapbooking.

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