Ali Edwards Capture life. Create art.

May 7, 2011

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.


  • 1.
    Heather said…

    My momma taught me that I was a “keeper.” She completely believes in me – no matter what – all the time. I believed her, and that confidence has been an incredible gift.

  • 2.
    Electa said…

    My mom is the best! She always has a heart for others. She is such an encourager! She sends cards via snail mail,calls people as well as cooking meals or a homemade goodie (cinnamon rolls are a favorite) to make someone’s day. She always puts other first! She is so selfless. She is truly an inspiration….Her name….Rosia Lee Weber!

    Thanks for the chance to win. Happy National Scrapbooking Day!

  • 3.
    Clare said…

    My mum told me this one that she got from her own mother:
    “What every woman needs most is another woman”
    It’s so true – we can’t do without our mothers, sisters, daughters, friends and neighbours. When you’re up against it at times in your life it’s usually another woman who comes to the rescue, and when you can offer help to someone else, do it.

  • 4.
    Tami said…

    “If you don’t have anything nice to say don’t say anything at all”

  • 5.
    Gina said…

    My mom taught me that one of the most empowering things you can do is to forgive.

  • 6.
    Jill D said…

    My mom taught me not to worry about what the neighbors think and that life can be really, really funny.

  • 7.

    My mother taught me that before you marry someone you should be involved in their life for at least a year – all four seasons… I waited 11 years – seems to have been good advice :)

  • 8.
    Deb said…

    I remember my Mum always saying, “There’s no point worrying about it because it may never happen.”

  • 9.
    Kristine said…

    My mom was full of sayings growing up… being…. if you cant say anything nice dont say anything at all.

  • 10.
    Be(e) said…

    oh my! I would love to win a spot for Summer Camp! That would be a Mother’s day present!
    My mother thaught me to respect others!

  • 11.
    Lisa Russell said…

    My mom always showed me to work hard and not be lazy. When I am lazy, I think of her! Just get the job done!

    Happy Mother’s Day, Ali!

  • 12.
    Cheri said…

    Two things my Mom firmly believed in and passed on to me – 1) you should never rely on a man to meet your needs. She was big on self-sufficiency. That didn’t stop her from being happily married her second go-round. and 2) you can do anything you put your mind to.

  • 13.
    Diane said…

    My mom always quoted the Bible when it came to life lessons.
    Number one being, Love the Lord God with all your heart, soul and mind. I thank you for allowing me this time to remember things that were important to my mom. She has been gone from this earth for 20 years, this year. I miss her, and the inspiration she was to my life.
    Happy Mothers Day!!!

  • 14.
    nerdgrl said…

    My mom gave me lots of advice over the years, but I think her best was “Never go to bed angry with your spouse.” She’s been gone ten years now, free of pain to be sure, but I miss her every day.

  • 15.
    Margaret said…

    I have to laugh reading this…..the motherly advice that comes to mind has something to do with a cow and milk-you know the one! Anyway……happy Mother’s Day everyone!

    • ….
      Michelle Elaine said…

      My mom’s was similar, except it was ice cream cones and the ice cream truck. haha

  • 16.

    My mom used to tell me, “Kindness is always in style.” When my now husband and I first started talking he told me that the first thing that sttracted him to me was my kindness towards him.

  • 17.
    MonicaB said…

    My mom taught me so much. The biggest lesson was that you can caught more bee with honey than vinegar. Happy Mother’s Day!

  • 18.
    Claire said…

    My mother was always very big on my sisters and I being our own people – “if XYZ jumped off a cliff would you do it..”. In our teenage years clearly the cliff was the best option! I am an individual as a result of this though. My one regret is my Mum died before I started my family. She would really have enjoyed my little girl.

  • 19.
    Elliottsurf said…

    My mom taught me to always be nice. She didn’t just say it with words, but she lived it true in real life. She always has a kind word to say. She is an incredible mother/grandmother and example of how to live life to her children and grandchildren. I love you Mom! xoxo

  • 20.
    Phyllis said…

    My mom is the most patient person I know. She always taught me
    that this too shall pass. If it was something bad or sad, it would pass, and the good things go quickly so you need to enjoy life every moment. She got her driver’s license at age 67 and her ears pierced for her 76th birthday. She’s still enjoying every minute!

  • 21.
    jennybean said…

    my mom taught me how to use coupons and make a dollar stretch!

  • 22.
    Theresa Grdina said…

    My mom taught me that life will pass you by if you do not grab it and live it to the fullest. Life is very short and you need to fully experience every moment of it…good or bad.
    I would love to win a spot in one of the online courses.

  • 23.
    Cheri said…

    I would love, love, love a spot in Claudine’s
    class!!! Thanks for the chance!

  • 24.
    Carolyn said…

    I love the idea of an on-line running course- awesome!

    My mother fostered a love of the creative in me- she was always willing to try new projects with me and my sister when we were growing up, and she still does all these years later!

  • 25.
    donna goar said…

    My mother is 94 years old and she is the most amazing and positive woman. She has many wonderful words of wisdom, but the greatest words she ever spoke to me were while sitting with her one day in the ICU of a hospital waiting for word on my sister who was already battling cancer and had now been hit by a drunk driver. As my mother sat quietly in thought, I asked her if she was worried and these were the powerful words she spoke, “I never worry. If you have time to worry, then you have time to PRAY”……………words to live by.

  • 26.
    Corene said…

    My mom taught me to clean up the kitchen right after supper so it was DONE. My family doesn’t always like this guideline, but it’s nice to not have the dishes staring in my face for hours.

    Would love to take an online summer class :)

  • 27.

    My mom has taught me so much. One of the things that stick to my mind all the time are the words that she says to me over and over again that family is the most important and that all the work to make it a good one is all so worth it.

  • 28.
    Joy Anderson said…

    My mom always seemed to find something to be happy about no matter what was going on. I carry that tradition on in my family and I see evidence in my son that her legacy will continue. Happy Mother’s Day! and thanks for the chance to win.

  • 29.
    Theresa said…

    My mom and I both loved making music. We learned how to play the organ, she as an adult, me as a teenager. I can remember many concert nights with other music making friends over to play and/or sing a long. One of my many paths into creativity.

  • 30.
    Kelly Toth said…

    She always said “Do a job, big or small, do it right or not at all”

  • 31.
    Yvonne said…

    Mom always worked hard but made time for fun and laughing too! I hope I am making her proud :)

  • 32.
    Raquel said…

    My mom taught me by example not to engage in gossip and nasty talk about other people. I never heard her say a bad word about anyone. I love that about her. Happy Mother’s Day, Ali!

  • 33.
    LynneB said…

    2 things that have always stuck with me from my mom were Family is the most important thing and Don’t worry about what others think – if they love you they will think you are great and if they don’t they aren’t worth worrying about.

    Happy Mother’s Day!

  • 34.
    kelley said…

    That collage class looks so fun! One thing my mom always said which has worked for me is to go with your gut.

  • 35.
    Lola said…

    My Mom has always inspired me to create. She now lives with me. She made all of my dresses when I was a little girl.

    Happy National Scrapbook Day Ali

    Thanks for the chance to WIN

    Creative Hugs

  • 36.
    Kelly T. said…

    My mom taught me to be just be myself. Simple as that!

  • 37.
    beth said…

    My mom taught me many things but the first thing that comes to mind is “if you can’t say something nice, don’t say anything at all”. This has saved me more times than I can remember! She’s been gone for many years now but she’s in my heart always!

  • 38.
    madeline St onge said…

    My mom always told me to “treat people the way I want them to treat me” and I have lived that all my life, not always with good results.

    Happy Mother’s Day Ali

  • 39.
    sharolyn said…

    Time is the most important “thing” you can give..

  • 40.
    Pamela Dabrowa said…

    My Mom always said “You don’t have to tell everything you know.” I’ve lived by that many, many times.

  • 41.
    Jayhawk Jen said…

    “You can catch more flies with honey than with vinegar” ~ my mom never met a stranger and she always had time and a genuine interest in talking with people anywhere and everywhere. Miss you mama!

  • 42.
    Ellen Coker said…

    My mother served with the WACS in England and France during World War II and after returning to the US she earned her pilots’s license. This sense of adventure and following your heart has long been an inspiration to me.

  • 43.
    Penny said…

    My Mom taught me that Life can be to short so enjoy every moment with the ones you love. I beleive this is where my love of scrapbooking come from. I can relive those moments and memories.

  • 44.
    Sara Padgett said…

    My mom taught me that you can do anything that you put your mind to it. I hope to pass that wisdom on to my daughter.

  • 45.
    Tonya Dieterlen said…

    I would always ask my mom, “How do you do all that you do?” Her reply, “You do what you have to do!” I have always referenced that phrase when I need to get through something I’m not so fond of doing. It has kept me going and helped me finish well!

  • 46.
    Linda said…

    To be self-reliant–and to follow your dreams.

  • 47.
    Vicki said…

    Manners, my mother taught me to have manners. If you hold yourself like a lady you will feel strong and confident. At 83 she still eludes that quality in all she does. My children understand the need for manners as it shows in their politeness and curtsey towards others.

  • 48.
    jill said…

    a life lesson i’ve learned from my mom is to respect the earth. thanks for the giveaway!

  • 49.
    christy a said…

    A life lesson my mom taught me is that “tone” matters – how you talk, all the way down to your tone makes a difference to people around you. My mom taught me SO many life lessons and I am so very grateful to have her, even today, so that she can continue to be a woman of influence in not only my life – but the life of my children.

  • 50.
    Kathy said…

    My mom always believed in my abilities and encouraged my love of art.