I know I mentioned this before but being one of the 9 nominees for this award is really an honor! I have been scrapbooking for as long as I can remember and even though it is a huge part of my life, I really don't talk about it a lot (besides here on my blog). Hardly any of the people that I hang out with on a day-to-day basis scrapbook and honestly I don't even think that most of my family members really "get" what its all about and why I am so into it! In fact just last month my husband picked up one of the recent Creating Keepsakes issues and he was getting all excited that I had some layouts in there. He couldn't believe I hadn't told him and I just laughed and explained that since I have been on the Dream Team the last few years, I have actually had layouts in every issue. And I thought he knew that but he had no idea! So you really can see that I just go about my business and do my thing but I don't really make a big deal of it. 

So, getting back to my point, I guess I am still really taken back when people will take the time to stop and notice all of this and when people tell me that they are inspired by what I do in the scrapbooking world. I can remember when I first got started in the industry with Making Memories, and now all these years later, I still just feel like little old me doing my thing the same as I always have been. I still look at ladies like the other award nominees and I am in awe at them and what they do and how they inspire me! I still pinch myself when I am at the Creative Escape preview day teaching a practice run of my class to other amazing and inspiring scrapbookers like Heidi Swapp, Teresa Collins, Claudine Hellmuth, and the others.

Receiving this award is a big deal to me not only because it is an honor but because it really is nice to see that what I do is making a difference and that it is inspiring to others…. we all want to feel like the things we do matter and especially things we pour our heart and soul into on a daily basis. It truly means a lot and I do want to say thanks to Ella Publishing and thanks to all of my online friends and the followers of my blog that have been hanging out here for years paying attention and joining me on this amazing journey! It feels great to be able to share this (and everything else I do) with all of you and with so many people that do "get" it and that do feel the same passion for taking photographs, creating art and preserving our memories!

Ok, I didn't mean to get all gushy… now onto the giveaways! The fun part! I am so excited to be a part of this blog tour because there are lots of amazing prizes up for grabs! When I read all of the details about the tour and the giveaways I was literally blown away! It's not very often that you get 100 chances to win…. and such great prizes too! 

I will be giving away one prize from each of the nominees, plus Ella – that's 10 prizes in all that you can win here on my blog. You can enter to win by leaving a comment on this post. The winners will be selected randomly and each winner will receive one of the listed prizes. If you are dying for a certain prize over something else you can include that with your comment as well but there are no guarantees. You will have until Friday at 10am MST to enter.

Here's a list of the prizes:

• A $20 gift certificate from Ella Publishing Co.

• Two digital-scrapbooking template packs (20 templates) from Cathy Zielske

• A six-month Paperclipping membership from Noell Hyman

• A “Play Date” product pack from Jenni Bowlin

• A place in either a beginner photo-editing class or a beginner digital-scrapbooking class from Jessica Sprague

• A spot in the “Beginner/Intermediate Online Photography Workshop” from Maggie Holmes

• “Paper Girl” and “On Holiday” product packs from Margie Romney-Aslett

• A $50 gift certificate toward any class on reneepearson.com from Renee Pearson

• A place for you and a friend in both “Love Your Pictures, Love Your Pages” and “Journal Your Christmas” from Shimelle Laine

• A place in either Elizabeth Dillow’s “Inspiration Defined” or Karen Grunberg’s “Book of Stories” from Stacy Julian

The other stop on the blog tour for today is Jessica Sprague. Be sure to head over there for more chances to win and to congratulate her!!


Also don't forget about the ebook: Time to Scrapbook! 9 busy women share 27 tricks for fitting it in which includes exclusive layouts created by each of the nominees along with lots of personalized tips and fun information! You will love it! 


And finally, if you are new here and you have no clue what I am even talking about you can go to the Ella Publishing blog here to find out all about the award, the nominees and the full prize descriptions!