Sponsor Giveaways | Green Frog Studio, Up & Running, Claudine Hellmuth for Big Picture Classes

GIVEAWAY | Two people will each receive a spot in the Up & Running Summer 5K Beginners Course, which starts on 13 June.

Up & Running provides unique online running classes for women. If you've always thought running was reserved for sporty types with bouncing ponytails, we're here to help you discover that running is for everyone. Our 5K Beginners Course is not the usual boring "walk 5 mins, run 5 minutes" program. We offer expert coaching from renowned coach Julia Jones, unlimited support from our community forums, and a mind and body approach that has been tried and tested with thousands of women around the world. Whether you've dabbled in running before or completely new to exercise, we'll not only help you start running safely, we'll get your mind in the right place too.

"Up & Running really has been the best thing I have done for myself in years, and not just for the running. My confidence and happiness in my own skin has increased so much and I love what my body can DO, rather than obsessing about what it looks like."
- Philippa, UK, Spring 5K course

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GIVEAWAY | One person will receive a spot in Celine Navarro and Karine Cazenave-Tapie's upcoming Summer Camp 2011 online workshop.

Céline and Karine are together again to bring you inspiration, right at home, with their Summer Camp 2011 online workshop! Whether you want to follow every single class or at a self-paced rhythm, they will teach you new techniques, new color palettes, new way of designing your layouts!

As there are lots of Scrapbookers all the world that haven’t had a chance to take real classes yet, we decided on doing this class in FRENCH, ENGLISH, ITALIAN, SPANISH and PORTUGUESE. Yes! You read it well! 5 languages! Scrapbooking is universal but not our language! So, whether you speak french, english, spanish, italian or portuguese, you’ll be able to sign up for our Summer Camp class! Isn’t that cool?

Class starts on June 28th and ends on August 28th and includes:

  • 16 layouts made by Karine and Céline.

  • 2 mini albums (one with Karine and one with Céline).

  • A workshop posted every Tuesday and its inspiration posted every Friday by Céline and Karine : two different layouts to inspire you twice more! It’s up to you to choose which layout you’d like to make or if you make them two!

  • Mini album Class with Céline end of July.

  • Mini album Class with Karine end of August.

  • Techniques, ideas, color combos, design, sketches tested and approved by Céline and Karine.

Like its name says it, the SUMMER CAMP online class will be SUMMER-themed: holidays, travels, family moments, time with friends, outdoors, water, kids…

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GIVEAWAY | One person will receive a spot in Claudine Hellmuth's upcoming online workshop Composition for Collage at Big Picture Classes.

Do you ever create a project or artwork and think – this just isn’t working, but I don’t know how to fix it? This is where composition comes in! In Composition for Collage - a brand new 4-week online workshop from Claudine Hellmuth - you'll learn tricks of the trade to help you create successful compositions without creating visual overload – specifically in regards to mixed media.

Claudine has boiled down the various methods, gleaned from her art college days, and developed surefire tools for creating strong compositions in your work. Easy to learn and quick to implement, you will be making professional looking collages by the end of the first week.

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TO BE ENTERED into this giveaway please leave a comment below sharing a favorite life lesson/words of wisdom you learned from your Mom (if you are reading this post on Facebook please come to my blog to leave a comment). Comments will be closed at noon Pacific on Friday and the winners posted shortly after. Please be sure to check back or subscribe (click here to get posts delivered to your email box) to see if you are receiving one of the items this week.

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  1. Kelly R.

    2011-05-08 19:19:37 -0400

    It was always what my mom didn't say that taught me the important lessons in life.

  2. Leslie Greene

    2011-05-08 19:19:42 -0400

    My mom told me + still tells me to follow my heart. Sound advice that has never steered me wrong.

  3. Saire

    2011-05-08 19:37:04 -0400

    My Mom inspired a love of Play, art, music and theater, all of which I still enjoy today. I became a grown up first because my mom was so much like child. Then I learned to play.

  4. Marsaille

    2011-05-08 19:41:03 -0400

    My mom told me never let someone get between you and the door, and never take an already open drink from someone when I went to college. Let's just say that piece of "street-wise" advise discouraged what I found out later to be a bad man. He later told someone else not to waste his time, you can't get one over on her.

  5. Jennifer L.

    2011-05-08 19:50:08 -0400

    My mother always told me to treat others as you would like to be treated. It works! She also has a saying, "Take the high road." When a difficult situation arises, I take the high road!

  6. Wendy WendtVanGuilder

    2011-05-08 20:42:32 -0400

    My mom has always said "if it isn't important 100 years from now, it's not worth getting upset over" and she was right! Happy Mothers Day Ali.

  7. Melissa C.

    2011-05-08 21:02:45 -0400

    My momma always tells me to take one step at a time, no one gets it all at once, you have to build up!!

  8. Shannon Mc

    2011-05-08 21:02:54 -0400

    My mom taught me so many life lessons they are too innumerable to list here. But the best lesson was to love the Lord with all my heart and to trust Him to deliver what I need not necessarily what I want...

  9. Michele Holzhauser

    2011-05-08 21:04:57 -0400

    My always told me to be kind to others no matter their attitude towards me - love her forever!

  10. Corbi

    2011-05-08 21:05:23 -0400

    My mom taught me that when it comes to emotions and relationships that people can only give what they are capable of giving and this has helped me immensely in dealing with certain relationships in my life.

  11. Leanne W.

    2011-05-08 21:19:16 -0400

    Kids are only little once so enjoy them - the dishes will wait.

  12. Nickolette

    2011-05-08 21:22:58 -0400

    What I learned from my Mother is to laugh...laugh at the ridiculous and laugh at yourself and then laugh some more! A good sense of humor will get you through so much in this life!

  13. Joyce Miller

    2011-05-08 21:33:14 -0400

    Unfortunately, the one thing I have learned from my mother is how not to treat my children. That is something I am grateful for.

  14. Sue

    2011-05-08 21:34:35 -0400

    The online running class looks interesting!!! My Mum - a very quiet , unasuming but very funny lady was not one to get angry easily - something I am now trying to copy ( after years of letting anger rule my life) - so I am doing more of what my Mum did rather than said...

  15. Mandy

    2011-05-08 21:44:00 -0400

    My mom didn't say this too much, but she taught me by putting these true and wonderful words on my bathroom wall. "Contentment is not the fulfillment of what you want, but the realization of what you already have." Definitely words to live by! (It's now in my kids bathroom!)

  16. Jodee

    2011-05-08 21:56:59 -0400

    Just to be yourself!

  17. ML

    2011-05-08 22:03:49 -0400

    My beloved mother is no longer on earth but she was my greatest teacher and soul mate. She would say many lovely, wise things to me but here's the best one I can think of: "You never know what might be going on behind the scenes. Maybe all you know isn't all there is to know."

    She was positive and self-contained and wonderfully nurturing. My sweet mother.

  18. KimD

    2011-05-08 22:12:33 -0400

    Go after what you want! I could definitely use the "Up & Coming" course as I'm doing a 1/2 marathon in October!

  19. Vanessa B

    2011-05-08 22:13:01 -0400

    My mom taught me all the usual stuff: respect, love ... but the one thing I really appreciated that she taught me was the love of reading and history. It seems like she was always reading. She also shared her love of history to me and my siblings by tell us about historical events, and going to historical places. I think my love for scrapbooking and documenting my family's life is from the lessons mom taught me.

  20. Mellie J

    2011-05-08 22:23:08 -0400

    My mum taught me about strength, being happy with what you have and about finding joy everyday. Thanks Mum!! Love you.
    What a mix of cool giveaways!

  21. Stacey H

    2011-05-08 22:23:59 -0400

    The life lesson I learned from my mother was never to look outside myself for validation. It is very freeing not to need approval all the time!

  22. kathy

    2011-05-08 22:26:56 -0400

    To hope for the best, but prepare for the worst. Sounds a little grim, but totally positive and empowering.

  23. Manda

    2011-05-08 22:27:27 -0400

    Oh...the lessons - there are many and I am still learning! Here is a good one, "If you can say something nice then don't say anything at all."

  24. CourtneyG

    2011-05-08 22:58:52 -0400

    Ohh I would love to win a spot in the online running class....Ive just started running so this would be perfect! Thanks for the chance!!

  25. pegg

    2011-05-08 23:12:44 -0400

    Happy Mother's Day! My Mom has shown me that kindness and helping others is one of the most important parts of life. She is giving of her time and energy. She's has an unlimited amount of energy!

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