Thursday, October 8, 2009

My 1-Year Blogging Anniversary & Give-Away!!!


Image from Country Living Magazine

I feel like I should be singing the Carpenter’s song Rainy Days and Mondays Always Get Me Down except that I am so excited to be celebrating my 1-year anniversary of blogging that even today’s rain can’t dampen my spirits!

It’s hard to believe that a year ago, today,  I started our family blog to keep out of town family and friends apprised of our doings, and ended up meeting so many wonderful people and learning so much about HTML code!  LOL  When I first started blogging, I don’t think anyone (including FAMILY!) read my posts.  Now, not only have I made some wonderful friends through the blogging world, but I actually have some followers and  I have even been able to convince some close friends and family members to create their own blogs!!!  I *heart* blogging!

So to celebrate this fun occasion and  say thank you to all of my followers, readers, (I know you’re out there even if you are not an official follower!), and regular commenters, I have decided to do a little give-away!

Nothing homemade…I’m not quite that crafty (YET!), but I think you will enjoy this just the same.  While perusing through the latest issues of  my favorite scrapbooking magazine, creating Keepsakes, I saw several ads for a creating Keepsakes publication called Get Creative With Type, Fun typography ideas and tips for scrapbooking.  I thought that this would be the perfect give-away from moi!  (I love the written language if you haven’t noticed!!!)

Get Creative

This 160-page scrapbooking publication has got the most beautiful color photos of scrapbooking layouts that focus on the typography. It also includes tips and tricks for traditional, digital, and hybrid scrapbookers including favorite fonts of some the best scrapbookers in the industry such as Jessica Sprague, Amanda Probst, and Heidi Swapp.

So, how do you win…just leave me a comment!  I will close the give-away contest at 5 PM CST on Sunday, October 11th and announce the winner on Monday, October 12th.  Since I’m new to this give-away stuff, I’m not going to make this too complicated…I’m still trying to figure out the Random Number Generator widget!!!  ;)  (I never professed to be good at mathematics.)  And by the way, there is a cool bonus CD that comes with the publication.  I tried it out tested it to make sure it works…because I’m a nice blogging buddy that way.

And if you want to see two of the cutest little faces from my very first blogging post, click here.  Good luck and happy blogging!


  1. Happy 1 year anniversary Val! That's very generous of you to do a giveaway! : )

  2. Happy Anniversary. You know I would dearly love that give away. I just adore picking out different fonts to use with my digital scrapbooking.

    BTW, every time I go to your blog it wants me to log in to my Twitter account. Has anyone else had this happen. I just ignore it, and all is well. Just wondering.

  3. Congrats on a year of blogging!! It's the best isn't it?

  4. Kathy,

    It does that to me too...but I thought it was just me...b/c it was my blog page!

    Hmmm....gonna have to try and fix that!

    It's annoying to say the least!

    Thanks for telling me and good luck with the drawing!


  5. Happy anniversary!! What a great giveaway....I'm a total scrapbookaholic, so I hope I win!! :-)

  6. Val, Happy 1 year anniversary. Thanks for being such a dear friend. I really cherish our talks and our friendship.

    Love you.

  7. Oh goodness...such kind well-wishes for so many dear blogging (and REAL LIFE) friends!

    I wish I had a copy to give away to all of you!!!

  8. Hi Valerie--

    Happy, happy anniversary! I really enjoy your blog and your visits to
    Please enter ME in the wonderful drawing you are having.



  9. Happy Anniversary!!! I'm so thankful for the friend I have made in your! Blogging has been a big blessing in my life! Congratulations!

    Hugs and Blessings,

  10. Congratulations on your anniversary! Hi! I'm visiting from This Blessed Nest. Nice blog. I will be back!

  11. happy anniversary. I love the give away, thats so nice of you. definitely put me in the drawing please. Oh and by the way Adorable little faces from your first post.

  12. congrats on your one-year blogiversary....i'm almost to mine as well~i need to go back and check the date on that.
    isn't it amazing how many wonderful people are out here in blogland?!
    it is so much fun.
    i'd love to be entered in your wonderful giveaway.
    have a great weekend.

  13. Happy one year! I just posted 100 - so we're both at milestones -- I love to make cards and would love to win this drawing.

    Happy blogaversary!

  14. Happy 1 Year Valerie! That is so exciting! I love to scrapbook, and need to find creative ways to carve out more time to do my favorite hobby! There are so many neat products out there! One of my co-workers and I have taken a couple stamping classes at Stamper's Ink on Shawnee Mission parkway which have been real fun. I'll have to do show-n-tell!




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