An NSD Announcement & a Giveaway

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Have you all been thinking about National Scrapbooking Day (NSD) yet? It’s coming soon on May 1st and the entire scrapbooking world is preparing to tickle your fancy with sales, freebies & events!

Simple Scrapper, in partnership with Log Your Memory, will be kicking off the festivities in style on Wednesday, April 28th. At 10pm Eastern time, you are invited to join us for Get Organized for NSD: A Smart Scrappers Chat (Facebook invite link).

When: Wednesday, April 28
What time: 10pm Eastern / 9pm Central
Where: Simple Scrapper chat room

Kristin and I will help you get organized for a stress-free NSD weekend with a fun-filled kick off chat. During the chat, we will release our NSD gift to you, the Smart Scrapper’s NSD Planner!

Today, we’ve also got a quick giveaway from Jen Graham of Graham Like the Cracker. She’s giving away her latest kit Quentin & Emma to one lucky winner.

To enter, simply leave a comment by 11:59pm Eastern on Friday, April 23 telling us what’s on your mind or what you’re doing this week. Make sure to read each other’s comments too!

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  1. Lisa S.

    I’m going on a scrapbook retreat the weekend after NSD. So I definitely need to get organized!

  2. Abby

    Going to some garage sales! Woo-hoo! Thank you for the opportunity to win!

  3. Kimber

    what a cute kit. This week has been interesting as finding more ways to be green has been at the forefront of my thoughts. I recycle packaging for almost everything in the kitchen area, but my scrapbook station is not getting the recycle attention it deserves.

  4. Christelle L.

    Such a cute kit!
    The end of the semester is near so I have a presentation and some research papers to finish. This is what is on my mind these days!

  5. EBPitcher

    I’ve spent a lot of time this week working on organizing digiscrap supplies with much more to do.

    • Melissa

      Doesn’t organizing your digi supplies take forever?!? What system do you use? I put my elements in separate folders, but now I’m wondering if I should have separated out some of those kits . . . Good luck!

  6. Sarah B.

    I’m going on a preschool field trip to the zoo, after we got rained out last week.

  7. Laura Y

    Thinking about the fact that our trip to Disney is less than three weeks away. I’m not worried about travel arrangements and packing…I am thinking about how to best document the experience and find ways to share it throughout each day.

    • Melissa

      Hey Laura!
      Just a thought about your trip: make up a little wallet-y, bag-gy thing that you can use to collect memorabilia and what-nots while you are making your memories so you can keep them together. Perhaps consider what kinds of photos you want to make sure and take, etc. Ali Edwards has an article on her blog that gives the basics of how to do this. That way you’ll be ready to go on your scrapbook pages (paper or dig) when you get home. I’ll try to find a link to the blog page. Have fun!

  8. Sharyn

    Great idea – what better way to get the most out of supplies and NSD!

  9. BeckyR

    What a great kit. (I have a Quinton. 😉 )

    My mind is with our dear friend that is fighting leukemia and spending a month in the hospital.

    The weekend holds no special plans….Everything will depend on the weather.

  10. GrannyNKy

    I hope to make it to the chat!!!!

  11. Bewildered

    I have been thinking about this lately and I have a group of friends that agree.

    Why do sites promote events to attract new members and then allow the cliques to dominate the site.

    This happened recently to a group of us that were made to feel unwelcome with snarky comments and a generally unwelcoming vibe.

    The digital market has shrunk because of the current economy and a short term influx of dollars to a site from new members will not continue if they leave with a bad taste in their mouths.

    This closeted atmosphere is pervasive at some sites and I feel that this ia very sad and bad for the digital community on the whole.

    Digital scrapbooking is also about making friends and to share and help each other.

    It seems we didn’t leave the “mean girls” in high school.

    This is the first time I experienced this personally but digi friends have told me of at least 3 other sites where this is a common occurrence.

    Why the “look down your nose” attitude to new members that aren’t part of the regulars.

    • Jennifer

      Bewildered – While I don’t disagree that this behavior exists, I also don’t think its unique to digital scrapbooking. The internet provides a certain veil of anonymity that facilitates people acting in ways they wouldn’t in everyday life.

      I also think, though, that some sites only appear to feel cliquish and there is nothing mean-spirited going on. That feeling is simply an artifact of there being regulars and newcomers. The only way to get over that hump is to jump right in, participate and become a regular.

      In the end, you can only control your own behavior. I think its important to focus on giving, sharing, teaching and helping. It may be YOUR positivity that changes the dynamic of a place.

      • Bewildered

        Your point is well taken, however how many times can you knock your head against a closed door and not recognize, it’s not going to be opened to you.

        Many of us tried to participate in the forum and were either ignored or snide comments would be posted and directed towards us. We also made it a point to comment in the gallery as a way to initiate friendship.

        I think the reason this was so disturbing was that I am active in about 4 sites that are warm and fun. and this was such a bizaare atmosphere, it was actually surreal.

        The one positive thing is that a whole group of newbies that were made to feel like “outsiders” have become friends and we help and encourage each other.

        So this cloud did have a silver lining…..

  12. Carrie

    Just going to some garage sales this weekend, I can’t wait!! Hopefully I will have time to scrap next week!

  13. Carrie

    I am spending my weekend out of town w my sister and daughters for my cousins wedding shower so no scrapping for me. Hoping to do some on NSD!

  14. Alicia Howe

    Trying to put some time together to actually get some scrapping done. Thanks for the chance to win.

  15. Reharn

    What a great idea! I think this is awesome!

  16. Rhadonda

    Well i am looking forward to this NSD because it will be my first as a digital scrapbooker. I started looking into digi in January. I have only completed 6 pages but i am loving it. (Well I haven’t gotten them printed yet but…) That is more than i probably did in 2-3 years paper scrapping. So i look forward to digi NSD and I certainly am trying to be organized up front. Thank you so much! I am learning all i can.

    • Jennifer

      A belated welcome to digi Rhadonda! I’m so glad to hear you’re loving the digital world.

      • Rhadonda

        Well thanks for the warm welcome. It is never too late!! I have simplescrapper on my lists of sites i visit usually daily. Haven’t ventured too much into many communities yet or posted any pages. Maybe some day. Thanks again.

    • Melissa

      Getting them printed is just the icing on the cake, isn’t it? I just love the satisfaction of how many digi pages I can make in such relatively short a time. We went to Yosemite last summer, and when we came home I digi-scrapbooked about 12 pages in two days and had the whole thing done! You’re going to be amazed! FUN!

  17. Rabecca Forbes

    Hmmmm, it is not letting me post my comment 🙁 so this is really just a test to see if it works

    IF it does, thanks for the chance to win this GORGEOUS kit! I love it and I love NSD!!

  18. Vicki

    I’m just wrapping up a whole bunch of legal stuff. I signed my will and other documents today. I also found out today I have been approved for intermittent FMLA and I’m through most of the process for getting my securities license. I’m also studying for two tests to obtain an industry designation and scheduled the fist test date for May 15. Is it Friday yet? 🙂

    • pinkunicorn

      Congratulations! What a fantastic accomplishment.

  19. Melissa Rhodes

    I have been working alot and in my spare time trying to get an album scrapped of when we built our house!

  20. Valerie

    I love this kit. I am in the process of putting together quickpages for a baby boy’s first year album. A good friend of my daughter’s is having her first child at the age of 38, so I wanted to do something special. Quinton and Emma would be a great kit to work with.

    Our weekends are always busy as we’re raising two grandchildren and have 5 others in addition. This weekend is no exception. My grandson who lives with me and my 5-year-old grandsons will be competing in BMX races both days. We have new bedroom furniture being delivered for him sometime on Saturday as well. Then, Saturday night is prom night for my granddaughter who lives with me. Sunday I’m volunteering at a local Earth Day event. I’ll have to go back to work just to rest up.

    I hope everyone else has a wonderful weekend.

    • Jennifer

      Keepin’ busy is definitely rewarding though! Have a great one.

  21. Amber

    I like the organizer idea, and can see multiple uses for it. Hoping to do more scrapping than downloading.

  22. Candice S. in Colorado

    This is a fabulous kit! Love it!

    I have been focusing on getting a job!!! My gosh, what a terrible time to do so, eh? But, I remain optimistic… I am hoping I might get a job for my birthday!!! It’s coming up in a few days! I am hoping the birthday wishing fairies have rec’d my wish! 🙂

    Thanks for the chance, I really look forward to NSD…it lands right after my birthday so it gives me a reason to shop!

    • Jennifer

      Good luck – sending lots of optimism your way too!

  23. Carole N.

    The chat sounds like a lot of fun. I am a new member and loving all that you have to offer. I will try to make it tot he chat.

    Quentin and Emma is a beautiful kit and will work for both boys and girls.
    I would so LOVE to win it.

    Big Hugs!

  24. Melinda Wilson

    This is such a cute kit! Love it!

  25. Sandra

    ANZAC Day is on Sunday. I have one son already a Soldier and another starting basic training in June. So whats on my mind, my children, in fact they’re always on my mind and are a constant source of scrapbooking inspiration. Lest We Forget.

    • Melissa

      I also have a son in the army–he’s in Korea learning to drive a tank! I have saved all of his basic training memorabilia and now I just have to do his book. Then I’ll give it to him to keep up. We’ll keep your kids in our prayers as well!

  26. Melissa

    I am just trying to get through one more week of teaching school. WE just had spring break, and now I’m even more itchy for summer–and tons of scrapbooking.
    Sandra–I also have a son in the army. So, yes, he’s on our mind as well.

  27. Crystal

    I’m going to play with my new dslr…and scrap some photos! My family and I are heading up to the mountains so I can take lots of photos!

  28. SparrowApril

    I’m leaving for a scapbook retreat, tomorrow to celebrate my 40th Birthday. I have been madly trying to implement a new organizational system for my digital files… I will find out if I am on the right track this weekend!

  29. Dana

    I love the idea of being more organized on NSD!!!

    And I love that kit. It is too cute!! Right now, I have getting my kids to bed on my mind!! 🙂

  30. Clare

    I’m going away on a weekend scrapbooking retreat, woohoo, looking forward to it!

  31. kimmyscraps

    I’m going to be scrapping this weekend and also spending time with my daughters 4 & 2 planting some flowers. Thanks for the opportunity to win!

  32. Amy

    I’ve been cooking freezer meals since I have a baby on the way and due VERY soon. Hopefully, he’ll stay in long enough that I can participate in NSD!

  33. mskinsey

    I’ll be celebrating the birth of my brand-new granddaughter, Kerrigan Rose, by scrapping up the newborn photos my son sent! I can’t wait to go home in May to meet this new bundle of joy!

  34. Kristy

    I’m going to create a LO for the finals of Sole Survivor at GingerScraps! I love this kit. Thank you for the opportunity to win it.

  35. Marg VP

    ….very adorable kit! I happen to be at a retreat center with 9 friends and we’re ‘a scrapp’in away! Some paper, some digi and a TON of fun going on all weekend here at Cedar Ridge!

  36. Rebecca

    Honestly I keep wondering why we have been almost 15 months of unemployment. I keep wondering what God’s plan is. Last year at this time (NSD) I was debating on whether I should open a scrapbooking store in the town I live in. Financially it would have been impossible but here I am another NSD coming up trying to figure out where and what we are supposed to be doing.

    Sorry to be so “heavy” this morning in thought… with another child on the way that seems to happening a lot lately. Love the kit, especially since it can be used for either sex since we drive our families nuts by waiting until the baby is born to find out what we are having. 🙂

    • Jennifer

      Hi Rebecca, my best advice is to come up with three next steps you can take to move forward. The questions you need to answer may be hard, but its a lot harder to feel stuck.

      Also, I recommend Pema Chodron’s “Getting Unstuck” as well as watching any videos on Marie Forleo’s site!

  37. Jennifer

    Wow — so many of you are cropping with others today and this weekend! Can I say pretty please and ask if you would mention the great tips you find here at Simple Scrapper to your friends, new and old?

    This giveaway is open until 11:59pm tonight, so keep those comments coming. Thank you all for being so generous with your words, I love seeing that you’re talking to each other and supporting each other!

  38. Kendi

    Pain is on my mind as I deal with a kidney stone … adorable kit, thanks for the chanve to win

  39. Karyn A.

    I am going to be working in the garden this weekend if the rain stops….hope it does because my hands are yearning to get a little dirty.

    The NDS stuff looks great – CAN’T wait! Thanks for all the great ideas.

  40. MARY

    We are returning from a trip to the Smokey I have to get organized once we arrive back home!

    Thanks for the chance to win Quentin & Emma!


  41. gwen

    I’m getting ready for NSD, making kits and getting my pictures ready. 🙂

    thanks for the opportunity!

  42. Amie

    We’re Celebrating CINCO DE MAYO!! Mmmm…my mom makes the best homemade tortillas!

    I LOVE this kit- thanks for the chance to win!!

  43. Andrea MacDonald

    That kit looks fabulous!!!
    I am really looking forward to NSD! I will be scrapping solo this Saturday and just participating with a bunch of online crops. Should be fun.

  44. Donna U

    This week we are finishing with a cross country move. I look forward to going to a crop on Saturday and still need to get sorted for that.

  45. Denise

    I’m trying to organize my house and scrapbooking stuff so I can be ready to go on Saturday!

  46. Sue

    Love the kit! So looking forward to NSD!



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