Mixed Media Winner and a little CHA update!

Sorry I'm late announcing the winner...it's taken me a few days to get back into the swing of things after coming home from Chicago. It's really almost easier for me to pack and take my family with me on a trip than prepare and plan for them to be without me for a week! Food, laundry, practices, etc. It's a lot to plan and prepare ahead of time.

The winner of the Mixed Media Special Issue is:

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Katie Bolinger said...
your pages look so fun. I need to try some new things, thanks for the chance to win the magazine.
I will send you an email very soon to get your address!!!
Now a little on my Chicago trip...
Going to the shows is a lot of work but I absolutely LOVE every single minute of it! It's the only time I get to see many of my scrapbooking friends and socialize. The Jillibean girls are my coworkers but my very, very good friends too.
This trip was unique too because instead of flying, I roadtripped with Nicole Harper all the way there and back. We seriously talked without pause the entire 5 hours there and back! Nic lives about 20 minutes away from me so it made sense for us to ride together and have some fun to boot!
All photos in this post are courtesy of my friend Summer Fullerton. (do you read her blog? You should! She's one of my FAV scrappers and one cool chick) I am absolutely HORRIBLE about taking photos at the shows...probably because it's the only trip I ever take without my kids and just feel like taking a break from being the photographer. Hopefully this will change once I get the new iphone and ditch my crummy Droid.
When I arrived at 11:30 on Monday, the girls were almost done! We have such a great team and they have setup pretty much down to a science. All I had to do was put up signs and stuff catalogs. I got off easy. Those crates are not fun to unload. We were done so early that Jill took us out for a late lunch at The Ram Brewery and to Woodfield Mall to see Magic Mike. Yep, five slap happy mommies watching Channing Tatum in the middle of the afternoon. It's hard to go to work for these company some days lol!!!Cha-03
Macho Nacho board:
Jill and Patty prepping for the 3 different make and takes! Patty works at the Jillibean office full-time and pretty much takes care of anything and everything. She is dedicated and hardworking...I love her to pieces. And she is a pretty darn talented crafter as well.
 Don't you love the way Jill displays the Unity Stamps?
 Grandma's Lima Bean Soup

This wreath by Lisa VanderVeen was the talk of the booth!
 Jill is usually swamped before the show and has very little time to create with her own products...this show was different somehow and many of the projects and cards were created by Jill herself. She is very talented and it was nice to see her get a chance to express that side this time around. The ticket board and tags are by Jill!

 Monday morning! Kimber and Jill are ready for our retailers!

The best part of our trip was the fact that we met a lot of new retailers opening stores. It was great to hear that as the economy recovers, people are still willing to invest in this hobby and keep it alive.

You can see even more pictures of the booth and a post from Jill right here!


Mixed Media Scrapbooking

Creating Keepsakes has a new special issue hitting newsstands this week! You can see a Sneak Peek into the issue right here!
When I first glanced at the cover, I was a bit intimidated....I have never thought of myself as a Mixed Media crafter. Not like the gorgeous and artistic pages my friend Shelly makes. I got to read through my copy of the issue on my way home from an out of town baseball tournament. It got me so excited to try many of the supplies I have bought and never really used. It also inspired me to use many of the supplies I already have in new and different ways. After reading the entire issue, I realized that I was already a mixed media scrapbooker, that each of us can take it to the level that we wish to achieve.

My favorite topic covered in the issue is Ready, Set, Color! (how to incorporate ink pads, spray ink, watercolors, 3-D opaque ink pens, etc.). A few years ago I made a "Book of Me" mini album. It is still one of my favorite things I have ever made. I used alot of pens, stamps and inks to create fun pages about my life at the time. I am very inspired to create a new updated version that reflects my life just 5 years later!

Here's a little information on what to find in the issue:
As scrapbookers, we know that creating scrapbooks will benefit future generations as they turn the pages and reminisce about days gone by. But we also know that creating scrapbook layouts is fun—the kind of creative fun you got with your first taste of finger painting as a little kid. Part of scrapbooking is the joy of creating something artistic and useful.
In the spirit of creative fun, this special issue from Creating Keepsakes is full of useful how-tos and inspiring ideas to maximize your fun. Play with youthful enthusiasm as you learn to use:
  • paint
  • metal
  • ink
  • thread
  • art mediums
  • clay
  • markers
  • fabric
  • beads
  • bling
  • ...and more!
Play with youthful enthusiasm as you mix mediums to add eye-catching effects to your scrapbooks. Enjoy the act of creating and playing as well as the result:showcasing your memories in unique ways.
So, are you ready to break out of the box and try some Mixed Media techniques for yourself? I am giving away a copy of this issue to one lucky reader! Just leave me a comment below by Sunday July 23 at midnight. I will announce the winner on Monday July 24.
*Please make sure to leave your email address. If you win, I need to be able to contact you!
I'm off to CHA in Chicago bright and early Monday morning! If I can catch my breath this week, I may just post some photos from the show for once!

Want more chance to win??? Stop by my CK friends blog's to enter their giveaways too!
Paper Crafters Corner http://papercrafterscorner.com/


More pages today!

I wanted to share a few more Jillibean pages from last month! I love to do 8.5x11 pages mixed in with 12x12 pages. I love how they break up the book and are great for single photo events.

Blessed was created for a the June Button challenge. I used a button from every package Jillibean has ever  produced!

Have you stopped over to the Jillibean blog today??? Lots more new goodies for CHA!