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Big Giveaway Celebrating The New

The Rusted Chain

GIVEAWAY : Two people will receive a $25 gift certificate to

The Rusted Chain jewelry has been featured in various parenting magazines, Law and Order Criminal Intent, on numerous celebrities, and is sold in local upscale boutiques and internationally.

The Rusted Chain is a collection of jewelry that is simple and meaningful, casual and fun. Each piece is hand made on a farm in rural America.  You can learn more about the company and owner, Beki Hastings, on her blog.

Find The Rusted Chain online: shop | blog | Twitter | Facebook

Elle's Studio

GIVEAWAY : One person will receive some 2011 calendars and a package of Mix & Match Numbers from Elle's Studio.

Elle's Studio has just released a ton of new 2011 calendars and tags, along with some really fun Mix &  Match Vintage numbers! These would be great for your December Daily projects and more. Also, if you didn't catch their amazing 3-week free journaling class, head on over to their blog to see what you missed. Bonus! They've complied all the information into a downloadable pdf booklet! Print it out and keep it handy for those times when you need an extra boost for your journaling!

And, if you’re into digital scrapbooking, Elle's Studio also just started selling their digital and hybrid items at!

SPECIAL FOR AE READERS : They also have a special for you this week! Get 20% off orders over $35, this week only, at their shop - offer expires September 4th, 2010. Use coupon code ALI2010 at checkout.

Find Elle's Studio online: shop | blog | Twitter | Facebook

Scarlet Lime

GIVEAWAY : One person will receive a September Frugal Fab kit from Scarlet Lime.

Scarlet Lime is excited to introduce you to their  NEWEST subscription kit: their Frugal FAB kit! We at Scarlet Lime know that everyone is on a tight budget, but we also still  want to nurture your creative souls with fabulous products coming to your door each month! So we decided to offer a kit that is not only FULL of FABULOUS goodies, but at a STEAL of a price! This kit retails for over $40.00 and is only $19.95 for a subscription! Our September Frugal Fab debuts on the 1st but YOU can get a sneak peek of this FAB kit and sign up early, by emailing us at, and don't forget about our good old main kit subscriptions! These kits are always chalked full of exclusive products, brand new goodies and unique finds! Check out both of our kits at

Find Scarlet Lime online: shop | blog | Facebook


GIVEAWAY : One person will receive a membership to

At Paperclipping we are into helping you to find ways to express your own style and tell your own stories. Instead of showing you layouts to copy, we share concepts, design principles and techniques so you can be a totally self-reliant and self-expressive scrapbooker.

We want to help you design your own stories. These are the ways we’re doing that right now:

Paperclipping Video Tutorials: These are pre-recorded, professional quality video tutorials, which you can watch from your MP3 player or on your computer from our website. You can watch free videos on the home page or become a Paperclipping Member to get access to all the videos, including the archives.

With a Paperclipping Membership, you receive a six-month subscription that allows you:

• Immediate access to the complete archive of over 150 past Paperclipping tutorials

• Additional content, such as members-only videos

• Higher Resolution Videos, including many in HD

Paperclipping Live: Our weekly live video show streamed over the internet includes lots of interaction. You can watch Paperclipping Live every Tuesday night at 5:30pm PST.

The Paperclipping Insider: A newsletter with scrapbook-related thoughts and announcements. Sign up for the weekly newsletter on the left-hand column of the home page.

The Crop Circle: This is our community area where audience members gather here to display their projects, participate in group activities, join the monthly Paperclipping Challenge, give feedback, and contribute to discussions.

Find Paperclipping online: website | blog | Twitter | Facebook

Persnickety Prints

GIVEAWAY : Three people will receive $25 gift certificates to Persnickety Prints.

per·snick·e·ty: Adjective a : fussy about small details b : requiring great precision is the leader in digital scrapbook printing. Their certified professional lab techs and quality control team set them apart from the rest. The best part about PP? Customer Service. They understand the time that is put into creating your layouts, and they will print your images the way you intended them to be. Check out their bleed comparison here.

  • 12x12 full bleed prints on archival fuji photo paper is always $1.99.

  • 8x8's are 99¢.

  • Flat rate shipping for US + Canada is $5. International $10.

  • 100% Guaranteed

Persnickety's new Online Calendar & Card Building System is simple enough for anyone to create the most unique & custom Holiday Gifts this season.

Now is a great time to get all of those summer photos off of that camera! Start backing up those photo's with Persnickety's Free Unlimited online photo storage by uploading your images here. (No purchase necessary to retrieve them. Download them back to your computer anytime!)

SPECIAL FOR AE READERS : To Celebrate the launch of Ali's new site, PersnicketyPrints is giving 10% OFF to all of Ali's readers! Use coupon code: aliedwards (expires: 9.12.10)

Do you like freebies, promotions, and giveaways? Sign up for Persnickety News AND visit Persnickety's facebook page.

Find Persnickity Prints online: shop | blog | Twitter | Facebook

Epiphanie Bags

GIVEAWAY : One person will receive a beautiful camera bag of your choice from Epiphanie Bags.

Epiphanie Bags is a designer camera bag company, created by Maile Wilson. Their mission is to save cameras from being banged around in purses, while liberating stylish women photographers from the Manbag.

SPECIAL DISCOUNT CODE : It also happens to be Epiphanie's first birthday! In order to celebrate, they're offering a one-time-this-year discount code of 15% off your purchase for all orders placed by September 15th! In addition, THEY'RE ALSO GIVING AWAY A CANON 5D MARK II!! Visit their blog for details!

Find Epiphanie Bags online: shop | blog | Twitter | Facebook

Apron Strings Designs

GIVEAWAY : One person will receive the Smaller Than A Breadbox August 2010 kit and one person will receive a Bigger Than A Breadbox August 2010 kit from Apron Strings.

Apron Strings is a monthly kit club offering up three delicious kits each month: A page kit, a bigger scrapbook kit and a card kit.  Each of the kits are filled with scrumptious papers and embellishments; the only thing they need is you. Starting at just $16 (on the commitment-free autoship) the club is a wallet-friendly way to get samplings of all the newest treats on the market, stay within budget,  and still enjoy your craft. Members enjoy unlimited, penalty-free skips, flips or substitutions so that your Autoship works for you. You'll gather inspiration from other scrapbookers at the Apron Strings blog where you can participate in weekly challenges, contests and cyber-crops with enticing Cookie Jar Treats (fat free of course) for playing along. You can swing by the Apron Strings Group to chit-chat.  And there’s the monthly online, full color newsletter with wonderful examples by the design team. Joining Apron Strings is much more than just great kits, it's about keeping you inspired to use your kits.

With summer breaks winding down, schedules will start to get crazy again. Apron Strings kits are the perfect way to make the most of the time you do carve out; no last minute runs to the store necessary. No scrounging and sorting out items. Just grab your kit, your photos and sit down to enjoy some creative time. This month’s kits feature the paper lines of Jillibean-Soup’s Old World Cabbage Stew and Echo Park’s Sweet Summertime (that’s the Bigger kit), as well as American Craft’s Heat Wave, Jenni Bowlin’s Playdate and We R Memory Keeper’s Show & Tell (that’s the Smaller kit.)

I used to think a kit club was limiting, I mean I wanted to shop for my papers. Then I bought an Apron Strings kit and my mind was changed. I’m getting papers I can’t find at my local stores and some of my favorites are from companies I didn’t know about.  The kits keep me on budget and I’m having a ball, and actually creating layouts. I love the thrill of getting a line I may have passed over if I was shopping on my own – those sometimes become some of my favorite layouts. Thanks for the inspiration.

Find Apron Strings online: shop | blog | Yahoo Group

eclectic Paperie

GIVEAWAY : Two people will receive a $25 gift certificate to eclectic Paperie.

eclectic Paperie is an online boutique for all who love paper crafts. We have an eclectic assortment of product, supplies, tools, and materials to assist you on your journey of creative expression. Our focus is to find unique crafting tools and supplies for our customers. Take the next step into artistic expression and unleash your imagination.

We carry a wide assortment of inks, products, and supplies from Copic, Ranger & Maya Road. We also have stamps from Stampers Anonymous including Tim Holtz, Wendy Vecchi (Studio 490), Hero Arts, and Lawn Fawn.  Come visit us at and "feed your creativity".

Find eclectic Paperie online: shop | Twitter | Facebook


GIVEAWAY : Three people will receive a 12x12 Cafe Mount Art Print (excludes custom art) from RedLetterWords.

These pieces are timeless, beautiful and inspiring.  Here is a statement from Dee, the artist behind the designs of RedLetterWords:

"I believe that art should be meaningful. I started to create things for my own house with scriptures that had personal significance to me and my family. I needed something bolder, more in your face, you can read it from across the room kind of look. I believe that thoughts and words are so powerful and I am thrilled to be able to offer my favorite scriptures as artwork in your home as well.

My family loves to travel so my travel/subway style/destination art prints represent our favorite cities and places. I make custom designs so if you have a favorite scripture, poem, travel destination or something that really speaks to your heart, I would Love to create something special for you!"

Check out our custom art prints.

RedLetterWords' modern uber chic pieces are beautiful for not only your home, but are perfect gifts for weddings and baby showers, birthdays, anniversaries, housewarmings!  You are sure to find something you just can't live without and will make you smile every time you walk by it.

Go and pick out your new piece at!

Find RedLetterWords online: shop | blog | Twitter | Facebook


GIVEAWAY : One person will receive a 20x30 gallery wrapped canvas from ColorInc.

A Gallery Wrapped Canvas is the perfect solution to capturing life's precious moments, whether it's a  family portrait, a new addition to the family or simply a memorable, fun filled vacation. A Gallery Wrapped Canvas will add texture, shape and style to all your favorite irreplaceable images!

When you order a Gallery Wrapped Canvas from ColorInc, your image is printed on our lightly textured canvas and hand-stretched around the sides of a wooden frame. The canvas is coated with our Hahnemuhle spray which protects your images from harmful UV light, moisture and scratches. This high-quality, finished product will come ready to hang with a wire hanger, bumpers, and Tyvek backing. For more info on gallery wrapped canvas, check out our website.

ColorInc is a full service professional photo lab. We specialize in gallery wrapped canvas, fine art printing, press printed cards and books, professional photo printing and mounting, spiral bound photo books and much more! Have any questions? Feel free to contact our friendly customer service representatives at 1-800-475-8340!

Check out all the great products at ColorInc!

Find ColorInc online: shop | blog | Twitter | Facebook

Willette Designs

GIVEAWAY : Two people will receive the Keepin' It Real Workshop Workbook from Willette Designs ($200 value).

Do you LOVE taking photos with your camera? Have you dreamed of starting your own children’s portrait business to earn extra income while doing what you love on your own time? Well, Willette is happy to share all of her secrets of how she went from being a stay at home momma six years ago to now running a lucrative children’s portrait business that won Nickelodeon’s Parent’s Choice Best Children’s Photographer for 2009 and was voted one of the Top 40 Under 40 Business Owners in Hampton Roads, Virginia for 2008.

For more information on what the workbook includes, be sure to visit here. To order, visit here.

What are you waiting for?….take the next step to your own photography business! Visit willette’s blogsite for more information on this workshop workbook and for other photography business and hobby related posts and information. On the site are several free templates and downloads and tutorials to get you started, along with other photographers tools such as the photographer’s bag o’tricks and the posing guide series. Also be sure to check out willette’s facebook fan page for fun daily posts and tips. Willette also has on-line photo courses for parents including finding the joy and finding your joy.

Find Kelly Willette online: blogsite | Twitter | Facebook

TO ENTER this giveaway please leave a comment below sharing something you are celebrating in your life right now. Comments will remain open until Friday, September 3rd at 8pm Pacific with winners posted shortly after. One comment per person please.

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2422 thoughts

  1. Theresa says…

    I am celebrating my health. I am training for a half marathon and though it's hard, I appreciate the fact that I am healthy enough to do it!

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    1. Jessa says…

      I am celebrating my first preganacy. My husband and I are looking foward to growing our family!

    2. Deena says…

      I love to God's unexpected little blessings and surprises He never fails to bestow when we aren't expecting them - especially during harder days. Celebrating His goodness and provision for our daily bread!

    3. Shelley says…

      I am celebrating my initiative. I have tried so many times to eat right and exercise. This time, I am looking at it differently. I am not trying to lose anything but instead gain something - gain my self, gain my ability to play with my kids, gain my sexiness back, gain my life.

    4. Ellen Coker says…

      I am celebrating the beginning of another semester of teaching an infant and toddler course. It is always a delight to meet a wonderful group of people and support their important work with infants and toddlers.
      Our son began law school two weeks ago and I am celebrating his new adventure.

  2. Debbie says…

    My husband's birthday was yesterday, August 31st, and on Sept. 20th we will celebrate our 35th wedding anniversary. I met him on his birthday and married him three weeks later.

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    1. Gina Crowley says…

      This is just so cool!

    2. Nikolett says…

      Three weeks later? OMG!

    3. Marina D-K says…

      Love at first sight is the real deal. Congrats on 35 years! We just celebrated our 2nd =)

  3. Lisa says…

    I am about to celebrate the birth of another daughter in about 3 weeks! So i am enjoying getting all the baby stuff ready for her arrival.

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  4. Michelle C says…

    I'm celebrating my son's first week at a new school. New routine, new uniform - a lot of excitement.

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  5. LorraineN says…

    OMG, such great giveaways. Thank you for the chance to win.
    I am celebrating a new job - started on Monday, yeah! I am hoping this life change will provide new inspiration & motivation to my "creative" after-work side, too!

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  6. Jennifer Smith-Sloane says…

    Right now I am celebrating another great school year. I have 75 wonderful Eighth Graders who are destined to do great this year! :) I am thankful for each of them being in my life and being able to show me many new things.

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  7. Sarah Jones says…

    I am celebrating the launch of my business! Scary and exciting all at the same time!!

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  8. Karen Walker says…

    I'm celebrating that my two boys have become little fish in the water this year. We'll be doing as much swimming as we can before the end of summer.

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  9. colleen F says…

    We are celebrating the return of a schedule and hopefully cooler weather. It is so nice to be back on a schedule and the girls don't fight near as much now that they are back in school.

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  10. jill says…

    i am celebrating our new baby boy. his two big brothers have been wonderful with him!

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  11. Jennifer L says…

    I am celebrating my daughter's return to school today. Fourth grade and I just can't believe where the time is gone!

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  12. pen says…

    Congratulations on the amazing new site, Ali.
    Personally I am celebrating a leap into the unknown and going self employed with my photography business. I am terrified, but today, today I am celebrating the fear :)

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  13. Sarah Barton says…

    I am celebrating my children's first weeks in first grade. This is their first time in public school and it has been awesome to see them blossom.

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  14. Heather says…

    This weekend I will be celebrating the seasons! College Football starting, a canning party to save as much as summer as possible (without the heat, please) and PUMPKIN SPICE LATTES. HOORAY!

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    1. Ali says…

      Oh what a great reminder about the pumpkin spice lattes!!!! AWESOME.

  15. Mary S. says…

    I'm celebrating my 4 year olds first week of pre-school. He is special needs and has been doing so well!!

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  16. Laura says…

    I'm celebrating change: a daughter off to college, a son about to launch into new school & driving adventures, another son entering homeschool high school with new curriculum. Hello, change!

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  17. laurie@livelaughlove says…

    I'm celebrating a new arrival. My "baby" (aka the Nikon) is getting a new lens! I'm getting more and more excited as I watch it track across the U.S. getting ever closer to it's forever home.

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  18. Alison Snow says…

    My son just turned six and we just moved to a new house, so lots to celebrate. what an awesome giveaway - thanks!

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  19. sandra m. says…

    I am celebrating life!

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  20. Susan says…

    I am celebrating that my husband only broke his leg and not his neck when he was tumbled in the ocean yesterday.

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  21. Katie says…

    Celebrating family!

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  22. JillT says…

    A new baby joining the family in one week! Thanks for the chance at all these giveaways Ali!

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  23. stephanie says…

    Celebrating so many things right now - a good start to our school year, that we are about 5 weeks away from a new baby, cooler temperatures bringing fall, a wedding of dear friends in about 3 weeks. Too much to mention. : )

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  24. Tammy says…

    I am celebrating 18 years of marriage and 3 wonderful children who bring such joy and blessing to my life!

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  25. Jeni Barbas says…

    We are celebrating the upcoming arrival of our second son in the next month!! So very exciting!!

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