Tuesday, May 1, 2012

everyday storyteller blog hop + giveaway

The giveaway is now closed- thanks to all who entered! Yara, you were selected by Random.org as the winner, and I've passed your email address on to the publisher of Everday Storyteller. They should be getting in touch with you soon!

It's almost here! The new Everyday Storyteller eBook is being released this Friday, May 4 at 10pm CST, just in time to inspire you for National Scrapbooking Day!

My section of the book covers scrapbooking ruts + personal style, but I've also got another very practical tip about printing photos to share with you today. I talked about it in this post a few weeks ago, but in case you missed it, it's something that's become very useful to me in my scrapping and may help you, as well.

Set aside a certain period of time each week, month, or quarter (however it makes sense to you) solely for editing and printing photos. Doing this step ahead of your scrapbooking time separates the process of editing and printing your photos from the rest of your scrapbooking, helping you scrap all the photos you want to include in your albums without being completely driven by product and supply choices.

How does printing photos ahead of time help, exactly? Think of it this way- when you bring a bag or box of brand new scrapbooking supplies home, you're probably itching to play with them right away, right? So which sounds easier- going to a box of already printed photos (photos that you've selected because you really want them in your album) and choosing photos from that batch that match your new goodies, or scrolling through your massive library of digital photos in search of something that will work, regardless of meaning? For me, it's definitely better to have my photos printed ahead of time, so I try to set aside an hour or so each Sunday afternoon to edit the previous week's photos. I chose Sunday because it works naturally with my Project Life printing schedule, but you can certainly choose any length of time or frequency that works for you.

Now, how would you like to not only win a copy of the Everyday Storyteller eBook, but also have it in your hands (well, on your computer, but you know what I mean) prior to the release? Yes, you say? Well, one lucky commenter on this blog post is going to get just that! This giveaway is a quickie, so go ahead and enter- comments are only eligible if they're left before midnight CST tonight! I'll randomly select one comment (and please, one comment per person) as the winner tomorrow, and you'll receive your copy of the book prior to launch.

Don't forget to sign up for your invitation to the VIP launch party on Friday night- there will be a fun chat and even more prizes from Everyday Storyteller sponsors!

Just in case you're just now discovering the hop or have gotten lost along the way, here's a complete list of blogs that are participating today. Everyone on the list is giving away a copy of the book today, so hop along for more chances to win!
  1. Cheryl Ashcraft
  2. Anna Aspnes
  3. Katie Clemons
  4. Elise Blaha
  5. Paula Gilarde
  6. Sara Gleason
  7. Michelle Hernandez
  8. Debbie Hodge
  9. Katrina Kennedy
  10. Amy Kingsford
  11. Cindy Liebel
  12. Crystal Livesay
  13. Robyn Meierotto
  14. CD Muckosky
  15. Nancy Nally
  16. Christine Newman
  17. Ashli Oliver
  18. Amanda Padgett
  19. Renee Pearson
  20. Lynnette Penacho
  21. Elle Price
  22. Heather Prins
  23. Traci Reed
  24. Lauren Reid
  25. Amber Ries
  26. Kristin Rutten
  27. Betsy Sammarco
  28. Jenn Smith-Sloane
  29. Jessica Sprague
  30. Melissa Stinson <<<<< You Are Here
  31. Amy Tan
  32. Tiffany Tillman
  33. Jennifer Wilson