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Book Review & Giveaway: Crepe Factor by Laura Childs

I’m an avid reader of non-fiction, as evidenced by our Book Club selections. I love gaining new insights on personal growth, business, and wellness that I can apply to my life.

But sometimes I just want to check out, to rest my mind and get lost in another world. Whereas non-fiction stirs me up with ideas and plans, fiction forces me to pause, focus, and finally relax.

Raise your hand if you need to relax, too.

So when Laura Childs asked me if I wanted to check out her latest book with Terrie Farley Moran, Crepe Factor, I didn’t hesitate. I’d read a previous book in her scrapbooking mystery series before, Gilt Trip, and reviewed it for Simple Scrapper.

I knew this cozy mystery would be the perfect romp to celebrate the end of another Refresh retreat.

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This morning I found myself in Starbucks after dropping my daughter off at school. I just had to finish and find out who killed Martin Lash, even though I had plenty of work to do.

The book started off with a leisurely energy, but the pace really picked up as the eager and unpredictable heroine got herself into the thick of a murder investigation. She’s the scrapbooking world’s Veronica Mars, sans private investigator license.

“Carmela’s ears were still stinging from the tongue-lashing Babcock had given her last night. Her tummy was in turmoil. Not even a new shipment of handmade paper or the promise of new wax seals could lift her out of her nervous funk.”

The peppering of craft and food details gives the book a “she’s just like me” feel. Plus, having grown up outside of Houston, I was able to read the book with New Orleans accents and understand many of the local traditions mentioned.

Crepe Factor was a casual, fun read that kept me curious until the end.

Giveaway

I’ve got two hardback copies of Crepe Factor, signed by the author, to give away. To enter, leave a comment by 11:59 p.m. on Tuesday, October 11 sharing a recent fiction book you’ve enjoyed. This post will be updated with the winners, who will also be contacted directly.

The winners are #12 (Cathy) and #26 (Laura Smith).

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Simple Instagram Photo Books with Artifact Uprising

I could tell just from the name that Artifact Uprising was going to be a different kind of company. The brand has a boutique, modern feel but the prices say “This is for you, too”.

You wouldn’t know it from the quality though.

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Right before Emily’s third birthday I had that typical panic. Another year had passed and what does my scrapbooking show for it? I’ve taken a lot of photos, but I’m in progress on so much.

Normally I’m totally OK with that, but this rapidly-approaching milestone had me searching for a simple solution. I wanted to feel caught up, even if I wasn’t.

So I decided it was time to finally try that cool new company, creating two 5.5.x5.5 Instagram photo books.

Simple Photo Books with Artifact Uprising

I love how this size is so holdable, perfect for big and small hands alike. Your images are printed on 100% post-consumer page stock with a matte finish. It’s eco-elegant.

Simple Photo Books with Artifact Uprising

In this size of book there are just a few page style options, but a limitation on choice makes it so easy to create. I put together my first book in less than 30 minutes.

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I made two books, Emily at Age 1 and Emily at Age 2. I was able to import images directly from my Instagram account and select which ones I wanted to use.

Simple Photo Books with Artifact Uprising

I love the full bleed images the best and want to do a book with just those and lots of words. Swoon.

Simple Photo Books with Artifact Uprising

There are lots of options for photo books today, but Artifact Uprising gets simple right. So love that!

Photo Book Giveaway & Discount

Use the form below to enter for a chance to win a 5.5×5.5 Instagram photo book of your own. Upon entering, you’ll also receive a special discount on your next purchase at Artifact Uprising. Please enter by 11:59pm MDT on Sunday, September 28 to be eligible for the drawing. Note: Only residents of the lower 48 United States and Washington, DC are eligible.

The giveaway has closed. The winner is Carolyn Drumheller.

Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links, but I paid for my books.

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Workshop Giveaway: Quizapalooza with Angie Lucas

You love telling stories, but sometimes the act of journaling can get in the way. How can you get memories out of your head and on to paper?

Prompts can make journaling so much easier. And really good prompts, they can make it feel like the words just spill out of you.

I believe in using tools to simplify scrapbooking, so I was excited when Angie Lucas asked if I would share her latest workshop at Big Picture Classes with you.

Giveaway: Quizapalooza with Angie Lucas

Quizapalooza is a 5-week interactive workshop that makes it simple to share meaningful stories in your scrapbooks, journals, and Project Life albums—or even via your blog or social media channels.

Angie has carefully curated more than 180 questions to help you capture fascinating tidbits about all areas of your life. Class begins this Thursday, September 18!

Free Sample Quizzes

Would you like a taste of Quizapalooza? Angie has a free set of five printable quizzes for you. Use these ideas to uncover story ideas for your next scrapbook layout.

Click here to download.

Workshop Giveaway

For a chance to win a seat in Quizapalooza with Angie Lucas, leave a comment on this post by 5pm CDT on Wednesday, September 17. One participant will be randomly selected and contacted directly with prize claim instructions. This post will also be updated with the winner’s name.

The giveaway has closed. The winner is #22, Carmelle Landreville.

Note: This post contains affiliate links. If you register using a link in this post, a portion of your payment supports the free content here at Simple Scrapper. If you are the winner and have already registered for Quizapalooza, your payment will be refunded.

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Win a Year of Membership

Stash Bash is one of our biggest events of the year, so there had to be a big giveaway to go along with it! I’m excited to announce that the “Help, I need Stash Bash!” contest is now accepting entries.

Win a Year of Membership

Six winners will receive free registration for the event plus one grand prize winner will also receive a free year of membership at Simple Scrapper, a $168 retail value!

How to Participate

Step 1. RVSP to the contest’s Facebook* event.

Step 2. Upload a video or photo of your messy creative workspace (or your computer’s cluttered hard drive) directly to the event wall by 9am CT on Monday, September 8th.

A panel of judges will review the entries and select the winner most in need of clutter-busting to receive our grand prize. (Don’t stress about video quality.) Five additional participants will be randomly-selected to receive seats in the Stash Bash event. Winners will be announced at 1pm. Current members are eligible to participate.

The contest has ended. 

Congratulations to Tinka Rote, who won our grand prize.

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Beautifully Simple Wall Art from Minted | Stash Bash Sponsor

I’ve long admired Minted‘s gorgeous art marketplace, full of beautiful modern artwork from artists around the country. In fact, I had been eyeing one special spot in my office for some new art.

Beautifully Simple Wall Art from Minted | Stash Bash Sponsor

When I was contacted by Minted, I knew this was a great opportunity to not only fill that spot but to share a beautifully simple product with you. (And there’s another special surprise below!)

I chose a beautiful abstract print by Yao Cheng of Columbus, Ohio that yes, coordinated with my albums.

Beautifully Simple Wall Art from Minted | Stash Bash Sponsor

What I love most is that you can have Minted frame your prints. If you’re like me, you might order a print from somewhere else and then it sits for months until you get around to framing it.

All I needed was a hammer and a nail to go from box to wall!

Beautifully Simple Wall Art from Minted | Stash Bash Sponsor

I ordered the standard level of print and framing. The quality was beautiful, so I can only imagine what the greater investment would offer! It came professionally framed with a gallery wire on the back.

Beautifully Simple Wall Art from Minted | Stash Bash Sponsor

Living in a small town in can be difficult to find wall art locally that I love. I’m no hipster, but am far from a traditionalist. I was excited to see so much artwork in my favorite styles – and from a trusted seller.

The only thing I wish was offered was matting service. I prefer the look of prints in a mat, but the option of a white frame is a nice substitute.

Living in a small town in can be difficult to find wall art locally that I love. I'm no hipster, but am far from a traditionalist.

Did you know that Minted even has prints of this popular drawing from Studio Calico’s Matthew Taylor Wilson?

Beautifully Simple Wall Art from Minted | Stash Bash Sponsor

I will definitely shop at Minted again.

Stash Bash Sponsor Announcement

While the Stash Bash event would be fun all by itself, there will be some great prizes to sweeten the deal. In fact, Minted is giving one lucky participant $250 in artwork credit! Make to sure to watch for more Stash Bash sponsor announcements over the next two weeks.

Special Offer for Readers

If you can’t wait to get your hands on a piece of indie artwork from the Minted shop, for a limited time you can follow this link to get free shipping on any large-scale prints sized 18×24 and up. This offer is valid until 11:59pm PT on September 5, 2014.

Beautifully Simple Wall Art from Minted | Stash Bash Sponsor

Disclosure: I was provided an art print by Minted. Opinions are my own. This post contains affiliate links.

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