Hello April

I'm welcoming April with very open arms. Saying hello to warmer weather (even just a few degrees), time outside in the yard (even if it still rains), and forward movement in my personal life. Let the new chapter begin!

Here's a few updates as we begin the month:

WELCOME NEW BLOG SPONSORS | A very warm welcome to my newest blog sponsor Freckled Fawn. Check out their great selection of washi tape, doilies, lace & ribbons and more.

ONE LITTLE WORD | A new prompt is now available in the classroom. Also a reminder that there is a chat this Saturday (April 7th) in the classroom at 9am Pacific - I'd love to have you participate. Enrollment is still open for this year long workshop - learn more here. Each month includes a prompt to help you keep your word visible throughout the year. You can begin at any time.

THANK YOU GUESTS | A big thank you to my guest posters last week: Kolette Hall, Kelly Purkey, May Flaum, Elizabeth Kartchner, Julie Fei-Fan Balzer, The Daily Digi, and Amy Tangerine.

WEEK IN THE LIFE | Title Sponsor and Giveaway Spots are now available for businesses interested in sponsoring Week In The Life 2012. Send me an email if you are interested in more information.

52 CREATIVE LIFTS | My newsletter took a little hiatus last week while I was on vacation. Look for Week 13 in your inbox today and Week 14 to follow later this week. You can sign up to receive my free weekly newsletter focused on creativity here or check out the archives here.

Lots of work ahead for me as I play catch up with Project Life, finish up content for my new Big Picture class (details coming soon), and get ready for Week In The Life. Hoping to share some photos and words from our spring break adventure tomorrow.

19 thoughts

  1. dawn

    2012-04-03 06:22:25 -0400

    Welcome home and Happy April!! So many good things here to share, can't wait to see what your new class at BPS will be!!! Thanks so much for the double newsletter this week, what a treat that will be. Thanks again for these awesome guests during your break, each one was fun and I learned some new things!

    Enjoy getting back into your routine and being HOME!

  2. Lisa W.

    2012-04-03 08:15:10 -0400

    SO good to hear from you:) Happy Spring!!!

  3. Ilona

    2012-04-03 09:22:41 -0400

    Nice to see you back Ali!
    Can't wait to see your pictures and read your stories :-)
    Take it easy back to routine!

  4. Pauline

    2012-04-03 09:23:08 -0400

    You sound very positive which is contagious and just what I needed!

  5. Queen Mary

    2012-04-03 09:58:55 -0400

    Scene: wherever you are - nothing special
    Action: you, doing whatever you are doing wherever you are.
    Voice over: Gentle voice, sing songy tone: "Organized, you sound organized."

    Next comment posted online:
    We are getting ready to drive to Buffalo to visit our baby who turns 24 tomorrow! Yea!

  6. Susan C

    2012-04-03 09:59:49 -0400

    "Not all who wander are lost."
    J.R.R. Tolkien

  7. Queen Mary

    2012-04-03 10:05:12 -0400

    Ali, can't find how to leave comments to 52 Creative Lifts! Ack!
    I love the idea of a wandering day - a whole day dedicated to communing with nature, God, Higher Power, bugs, birds, worms, slugs maybe. The thing is, we used to do this as kids! We'd take PBJs and be gone until mom rang the cowbell. There was this day camp I remember only as a place we'd hang or not, it was probably a good 2 miles from home, we'd walk and play with gimp -- that's all I remember, that and the baseball fields. Across the street behind the houses there was a creek and at high tides there'd be a swamp and we'd go "island hopping" -- jumping from tree to tree (the tree roots held dirt, even in higher tides - low tides were easy, hence our "islands." We'd search for treasures from Indians and George Washington. It really was a great way to be a kid.

  8. Suz

    2012-04-03 10:06:37 -0400

    Welcome home Ali! Here's to spring and new beginnings.

    One year ago yesterday was my sister Linny's memorial. Hard to believe that much time has passed and yet simultaneously it seems like it was only yesterday. I, too, am ready to begin a new chapter of finding j.o.y. in my life again after losing it in her death and in the grieving process. I know she'd want me to live life to the fullest, so I am going to do my best to do so, and to cherish the blessings ( both little + big) in my life. Thank you for the blessing your are Ali. To sooo many! Have a beautiful day! Here's to turning the page and to a new chapter unfolding.
    Take care you.

  9. Queen Mary

    2012-04-03 10:17:58 -0400

    Ali, one more thing - in the vein of "information junkie" apropos of wandering, daydreaming, etc. Charlie (son, neuroscience for education guy) - daydreaming is essential to sanity -- apparently. Neuroscientists are research this very thing.

  10. Paula G

    2012-04-03 11:34:43 -0400

    Hope vacation was filled with love and fun! So glad to be reading your posts again and thanks for leaving us in the wonderfully creative hands of your guest posters!

  11. {leah}

    2012-04-03 11:56:47 -0400

    Moving forward is good. :) Here's to a great month! Looking forward to the news letter.

  12. Jessica @ The Mom Creative

    2012-04-03 12:18:31 -0400

    Looking forward to seeing your Project Life layouts on PL Tuesday this week. Hope you had a great break.

  13. sharon

    2012-04-03 12:57:38 -0400

    Hi Ali,

    hope your spring break was enjoyable! Looking forward to Holy Days of Easter, Spring renewal and grateful for the love of family and community and friends!


    Sharon DryJanski Phoenix AZ

  14. sUSAN Z

    2012-04-03 14:07:18 -0400

    So glad you are back!! I know there were guests and they were all great but I MISSED YOU! :)

  15. KSW

    2012-04-03 14:30:41 -0400

    Lovely to welcome you back, Ali. Your flowers are lovely. I missed you. (Would you believe my creative muscle atrophied in your albeit rather brief absence?). XOXO.

  16. Heidi

    2012-04-03 14:38:58 -0400

    Welcome back and happy April!

  17. Melissa Y

    2012-04-03 15:53:09 -0400

    Hi Ali,
    Just wondering if you are planning to come out with a stamp set for 2012?


  18. Christine

    2012-04-03 17:31:44 -0400

    Welcome back! I really enjoyed your guests last we. They were awesome. I want to wish you all the moving forward in the new chaper of your life.

  19. Sandra Richardson

    2012-05-13 21:30:08 -0400

    I would love to win the Silhouette Cameo to assist me in scrapebooking hundred's of pictures etc. and I know that friends and family would jump on this when they see what the Silhouette is capable of doing on all this craft fun!

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