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May 27, 2009

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 ( to let her know that you
heard about TTT from this giveaway. Offer ends today.


  • 1.
    Kristin said…

    My advice–stay true to yourself. Scrap for yourself…do what makes you happy. Don’t get caught up in thinking that you have to “keep up with the scrapping Jones’!”

  • 2.
    dmatthews said…

    My best advice for a new scrapbooker-don’t try to do it all at once and most importantly, there is no such thing as BEING CAUGHT UP!

  • 3.
    Angie said…

    Oh wow! I could be the first poster? The early bird gets the worm? I would tell a first time scrapper, you do not need to scrap EVERY single picture and you need not scrap in order! If you can wrap your brain around that, it helps free you of all the getting behind that seems to happen.

  • 4.
    Laura said…

    Words that I still live by – if you like it, others will LOVE it! We are so critical of what we do (obsessing over our “mistakes” – awful word!) – step back and be excited about what you’ve put together!

  • 5.
    cindy mandernach said…

    my advice is that there is no “right way to scrapbook” whatever looks perfect to you is perfect for you.
    love the camera strap and lens bags. so clever.

  • 6.
    lizgleason said…

    something i wish someone had told me before i began scrapping?! organization is key! there are so many goodies and things that are neat, but unless you have a way to keep it all together and so that you know what you have and what you don’t…you’ll lose track. another key piece of advice. it may take awhile to find your style or technique, so keep trying new things.

  • 7.
    KristiGilbert said…

    My advice is don’t worry about trends or competitive scrapping. Do what you want with the supplies you like and you will be happy. This is about sharing your memories and stories with your family and loved ones, not about competition.

  • 8.
    Gayle P. said…

    My advice for a new scrapbooker is that use others for inspiration but don’t get caught up in what others do too much. You have to find your own style and it takes work and bad layouts, it’s not a perfect art, but it’s about the memories, not the pages!

  • 9.
    Kendra said…

    Great giveaways! The one thing I would tell a new scrapooker is “Be yourself. On your pages, be yourself. Don’t try to copy someone else’s style. Find inspiration from others, but create your own style. You’ll enjoy the process and end results far more if it’s truly yourself coming through the pages.”

  • 10.
    Nikki M said…

    These are some AWESOME giveaways…I think that I would HAVE to finally buy my dream camera to go with that gorgeous strap. Seriously beautiful!
    My advice would be to NOT hoard product! I have soooooooo much stuff that I wished that I had used when I “loved” it. It would have been not only fun to use at the time and mark who I was and what I liked at the time (I always date my LOs on the back so I know when and where I scrapped them, eg May 08 on retreat with sister) but it also wouldn’t be bogging me down now as I purge A LOT of stuff. I would continue to keep a stock of the things that I really use but for now, it isn’t the same stuff that I bought a ton of in 2005.

  • 11.
    tracy g said…

    Don’t be overwhelmed with paper choices. Sometimes less is more.

  • 12.
    Amy Zarrella said…

    My advice: don’t feel like you need to buy every single item you see. Start simple with cardstock, photos and words! Invest in a good paper trimmer and remember that nothing is perfect. In 100 years nobody is going to look at your layouts and say “I can’t believe she didn’t perfectly match that red in the photo to the paper” They are going to look at your layout and say “I am so glad my grandmother took the time to document her life”

  • 13.
    Heather Jarrett said…

    My best advice is don’t worry about keeping up or chronology. It’s meant to be fun, so do what you feel like doing. Tell the stories you want to tell not the next ones in line.

  • 14.
    Mabel M said…

    Reading and learning everyday… all those pages that you visit bring us something to learn and improve our hobby, and cultivate an important word ‘patience’ is a beautiful way to walk in your life like scrapper =)

  • 15.
    Cameron H said…

    My advice? Think about what kinds of projects you are doing BEFORE you shop. Buy fewer themed things, more “classics,” — your supplies will go farther, and you might actually get closer to using them up!

  • 16.
    Jill said…

    Pictures and journaling are what make your page. They are the most important things and help you to tell your story for generations to come. Don’t get caught up in all the product and techniques. Stay true to the events.

  • 17.
    Gloriak said…

    Don’t buy everything you see. I don’t care how cute it is or how sure you are that you’ll use it “someday”. Only buy products that you will use on layouts for the stories you want to tell right now. You’ll be using stuff you love and on the flip side you won’t have such a struggle to find the perfect storage system for all your stuff!

  • 18.
    Ginny said…

    My advice for new scrapbookers is to start where you are! Don’t feel like you have to go back and begin when your children were born. It’s a lot more fun to start working with pictures that you took last week, than pictures that you took 5 years ago. If you start with old pictures, you will always feel like you are behind, so start where you are and enjoy!

  • 19.
    alisa said…

    Start BASIC !! Basic tools, basic paper and remember there is no wrong way. You don’t have to spend 5 hours on a layout. Just tell your story if you get overwhelmed.

  • 20.
    Kelly H said…

    Don’t find that you have to be prefect like all the layouts in the books and your friends. Just be yourself and dont stress out about it – the hobby is to enjoy. So just enjoy it.

  • 21.
    Andrea C. in IL said…

    My advice is that there is no right way to scrap. There is also no wrong way to scrap. As long as you are pairing pictures and memories you are on the right track. I would also tell her that what every she does with her pictures and memories is perfect.

  • 22.
    Sher B. said…

    I wish someone had told me not to go crazy buying supplies! To figure out what I needed/liked and then to make wise purchases! Sher B.

  • 23.
    Dawn H said…

    Scrap what makes you happy and don’t worry if they are in “order”. Also remember that you are never behind! Dawn H

  • 24.
    Vicky said…

    I would tell a new scrapper that you do not need to buy every product available. When it all comes down to it, all you need are your photos and words. I really wish someone would have told me this.

  • 25.
    katie said…

    My best advice for new scrapbookers is that every page doesn’t have to be perfect. Don’t think too hard about it. In the end, it’s not about the paper and the embellishments, it’s about the photos, the story you want to tell and the memories. Spend more time making the memories rather than spending all of your time making perfect pages.

  • 26.
    carrie said…

    Best advise: do what you want to do and don’t sweat the small stuff.

  • 27.
    Tami said…

    Don’t be overwhelmed…it’s easy for a new scrapbooker to think that they have “so much catching up to do”. Start with the current stuff and pick up things from the past when time allows…there’s no rush….enjoy the process!

  • 28.
    Liz said…

    Two bits of advice:
    1. take a lot of pictures.
    2. it’s about the story
    great giveaways

  • 29.
    Kelly said…

    Keep it simple and don’t forget..
    journal, journal, journal!!

  • 30.
    Erin said…

    Don’t let yourself get overwhelmed – just start with what’s current in your life and enjoy the process!

  • 31.
    Cara said…

    There is no right or wrong way to scrapbook!

  • 32.
    Therese said…

    I wish I would have understood how important the little stories were and that I would have recorded more of my kid’s funny sayings and everyday antics. Unfortunately these are easily forgotten if not recorded quickly.

  • 33.
    Susan D. said…

    My best advice… start out with a few supplies (don’t buy the store), find mags/blogs/sites for inspiration, and as long as your happy with it that’s all that matters.

  • 34.
    Joanne said…

    Fantastic giveaways Ali! I have to agree with just about all the posts so far….but definitely keep it simple, enjoy yourself and don’t forget to include meaningful journaling!

  • 35.
    Melanie said…

    Just scrap what you love. It doesn’t have to be in order, doesn’t have to be a great photo, it just has to be from the heart.

  • 36.
    sheena richmond said…

    I wish someone had told me that I didn’t have to scap EVERYTHING! Just because you have the picture, doesn’t mean it has to go in the book! Scrap simple…only use what you love!

  • 37.
    Marty said…

    I wish I had been told it’s not about the “stuff” but about the memories and pictures. And don’t use shape scissors to cut heritage pictures :(

  • 38.
    Scrapbug said…

    Just because there is some sort of supply or product out there that says “scrapbook” on it, does not mean that you have to buy it. I spent so much money in my early years of scrapping on things that I will never use, just because it was there.

  • 39.
    kathyb said…

    My advice would be to keep it simple. Focus on the photos and stories. When I started out I couldn’t understand how people could have too much stash, that they’d give it away or sell it on. I find excess inhibits my creativity. Less really is more. Thank yo for the chance to enter your giveaway.

  • 40.
    Lisa S. said…

    Ditto to what everyone said. I really, really wish I had not purchased soooo much. Now that my style has evolved, I’ve really simplified. And I have so much stuff.

  • 41.
    Adrienne said…

    Go slowly at first when it comes to supplies. Buy only for specific projects until you really get a sense of your style and the things you know you will use. Don’t feel like you have to scrapbook chronologically. Scrapbook what inspires you at the moment. Enjoy the process!! Scrapbooking is such a wonderful creative outlet.

  • 42.
    Cindy D said…

    What I tell new scrapbokers is to just do what you like. There is no right or wrong way to scrap your pics or stories. Just make them mean something to you and your family.

  • 43.
    Joan said…

    I would tell a new scrapbooker to remember that more than anything it is about the stories. You don’t have to wait to have a perfect photo or the perfect supplies or the perfect idea for a layout. Just get those stories told…because that is what you will be so grateful for when you look back at what you have done.

  • 44.
    Judy Lucas said…

    My best advice was: You don’t need the latest and greatest products everytime they are realeased- there is so much you can do with just one piece of cardstock- and- make sure you have backups of your photos- just in case- and to remember- you are preserving and telling the story- the illustration is just a bonus to the words.

  • 45.
    Elizabeth said…

    Don’t try to scrap in chronological order! Not only will it drive you crazy but it will seem like you will never get done! Scrap what you want when you want! Thanks Ali for your awesome blog!

  • 46.
    Kristen Fischer said…

    Advice for new scrapbookers: Play around with the layout a little before you glue anything down. And when you do, work around that for a truly unique look!
    Thanks, Ali!

  • 47.
    Catherine said…

    Ali, I mean this in all seriousness…I would tell a new scrapper to visit your blog and go back to your archives. You have helped me immensely and inspired me as well. Keep It Simple as a beginner is often what I advise friends. Your pages can become cluttered quickly and the focus can move away from the photos to the products.
    Keeping my fingers and toes crossed would luv to be picked, Catherine A

  • 48.
    Elizabeth said…

    My advice to new scrappers is not to buy everything you see. Same goes for digi scrappers–don’t download all the free stuff available. You will eventually ask yourself “what was I thinking?”

  • 49.
    Rhonda H said…

    Use ring binder albums.

  • 50.
    Samantha said…

    My advice is to get your basic supplies and start scrapping! I spent so much time buying things when I could have been creating during that time.