Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Samantha Walker Design Team Blog Hop and Giveaway

It is time again for Samantha Walker's Creative Team Blog Hop and giveaway. Samantha Walker will be having a blog hop once a month where her Design Team will be sharing their creations with her brilliant products! If you are coming from the creative genius, Angi Barr welcome! If not, you can start the hop here. I am so excited about this because Spellbinders is again the sponsor for this month's give away! Read on to see which set and how to win.

Spring is a great time to be refreshed. The trees are starting to bloom; flower buds are showing; and the old is thrown away so the new can grow. It is this time of year that I go out into the garden and prune the branches of my shrubs or roses that have no new growth. If you don't cut the dead branches the nutrients try and feed those branches and the part of the plant that needs it the most doesn't get fed like it should. 

At 34, I am still reminding myself that I was created unique for a purpose. Last week I was able to spend the weekend at a creative retreat and I met other women - just like me. They all have a creative spirit and have to be artistic. 

It was during this time I was reminded that each of us could go with a little pruning in our lives so we can grow creatively. Here are five ways that help me stay focused so I do not burn out artistically.

1. Remove distractions from your life. 

This could be different for everyone, but, for me it is over commitment. There are times when I need to say no to doing that extra scrapbook for a family member, free of charge. ;) Big projects take time. So I limit my work load to what I can handle in only an hour or less.

2. Get connected.

There is nothing better than getting together with other women that craft. It could be an online Facebook group, scrap club, or even at a crop once a month. I found that if it is the right group, I come away refreshed and inspired.

3. Stay accountable. 

Find a friend that you can talk to or bounce ideas off of. Not only will they encourage your artistic gifts, but they will also understand. I talked with a fellow Design Team member via Skype a couple of weeks ago and I came away feeling loved! She just talked about the projects she was working on and I realized, as she was talking, that she thinks the same way I do. It is nice to have friends who "get you."

4. Challenge yourself.

Challenging yourself might mean you take a class or use product in a new way. For me, I challenged myself to use Samantha Walker's Orchard Harvest digital kit for a spring time "about me" layout.

You could also have a friend play "The Bossy Scrapper" with you. I just learned this game from a friend. She listed 10 items that all had to be on your page. Sometimes she gave a time limit, cause let's admit it, we do better with a deadline. ;)

5. Keep at it!

I am in my craft room at least once a week. When I am in a rut, I get inspired in places like Samantha's blog, Pinterest, designer's blogs, or magazines (my favorites are Flea Market Style Magazine, Better Homes and Gardens, Martha Stewart magazines, catalogs from Pottery Barn and Anthropologie).

To enter to win this Spellbinders Cukoo Clock die cut set,  just leave a comment on my blog between 12:00am April 11th and 11:59 pm April 15th, 2012. Winner will be announced on Samantha's Facebook page on Monday April 16th..

For additional entries to win:

1. Receive an additional entry for commenting on each of the other blogs in the blog hop.

2. Go here and follow Samantha Walker's blog.

3. Follow her on Facebook.

4. Sign up for an e-mail subscription to Samantha's blog and you will automatically receive a link to a free SVG cutting file that you can download and use on your personal electronic cutter. Link will be e-mailed early next week.

To receive the additional entries, and get the link to the free SVG file, mention in your comment on Samantha's blog that you have done so!  (If you are already signed up, you need to give us the first part of your e-mail address that is on the subscribe list…so that we can find it and send you the SVG.)
WOW, that is 13 chances to win!


  1. Beautiful Layout and I love-love the journaling!

  2. What a fabulous page. Love the journaling too!

  3. Jennifer...what an inspirational post and that layout is beautiful! Thanks for sharing!

  4. Thanks for sharing how you keep going creatively! Great reminders! LOVE this layout...beautiful. Love how you layered your embellishments.

  5. Great layout and great advice!

  6. Beautiful Layout. love the colors and the papers look Awesome.
    Love the Layering and the flowers are supper cute. thanks for sharing.
    Love the sentiment

  7. Love the layout, but even more, I love the inspiration your post has given me today.

  8. Awesome digital layout. What great journaling and colors. Love your comments on your blog, also. Very inspirational. Thanks for sharing and the chance to win. patnbobcuddy at gmail dot com

  9. thanks for participating in the blog hop. Really nice layout!

  10. wonderful layout and great kind words!!

  11. Fun hop, thanks for the inspiration!

    Carol B

  12. loved the layout! Beautiful journaling.

  13. I love the layout! And thanks for the advise and reminders. Life does have many distractions. I hope your distractions are fun ones! Thanks for sharing:)

  14. Thank you, Jennifer, for not only sharing your terrific layout but your wonderful words of wisdom! I love this new release set!

    1. Wonderful layout and beautiful sentiments.
      Thank you.

  15. Thanks for sharing your wisdom, and your lo, we should definetly scrapbook more about ourselves and our own journey!

  16. Truly beautiful Jennifer in every way!!

  17. beautiful layout. the sentiments are my favorite

  18. What a beautiful layout. Thanks for sharing.


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