Tuesday, May 5, 2009

National Scrapbooking Day!

National Scrapbooking Day. NSBD. The first Saturday in May is my most favorite holiday of the year. I'm aware that it's not a "real" holiday, but it's one I celebrate. I don't get vacation time from work, and desperately needed an extra day off to just goof off, so I took off NSBD. And I had a ball.

The first Saturday in May is more often than not the closest to Cinco de Mayo, so we also celebrate that, with all-Mexican food all day. Which is what we did this year. The festivities on scrapbook.com started at 10am Central time. So I got up, got the kids started with egg-and-cheese burritos, and logged in. I stayed logged in all day, participating in all challenges but for one. I stopped long enough to whip up some quesadillas for lunch, and went back to the challenges.

Most of them were easy, add so many products to my wishlist and email it to a friend or family member, find a layout in the gallery with a certain color and embellishments, and link it; stuff like that. Once we were all "warmed up," the real challenges came. Create a card, post it to the card gallery, and link it to the thread within one hour. I needed to make a Mother's Day card for my mother-in-law, so I got to work! And here is what I came up with:

I don't feel it's finished, I think it needs more bling. I cut the phrase in Bazzill Bling, and used a pale pink Skittle for the flower's center, but it needs more bling....

Supplies used for card:

White Bazzill Bling
Tattered Rose Distress Ink from Ranger
Patterend cardstock from Basic Grey's Two Scoops line
Fiskars Threading Water Punch
Flower from Target's Dollar Spot]
Cranberry and Plum Alcohol Inks, from Ranger
"Skittle" for flower center
Phrase cut with the Cricut Expression and Lyrical Letters cartridge
Glue Dots, Xyron 250, and Glue Glider Mini for adhesives

The rest of the afternoon's challenges were simple. There was an all-day challenge to scrap yourself, but I'd prefer to scrap the children, or my hubby, or other family members rather than scrap myself, so I didn't think I'd do it.

Then came the final challenge, to scraplift one of the scrapbook.com staffmembers' layouts. I just happened to have some Making Memories diecut paper in the same shape, so I figured I'd do it. I was at a loss for what to scrap, I'd done several layouts of Elizabeth and was due to do one of Jordan. However the paper I had to use had a pink border around it and was definitely feminine; I knew how Jory would feel if I scrapped pictures of him on pink paper. *gasp* The horror! He's forbidden me from using my favorite bling in his books! (Although I do sneak it in with Bazzill Bling, less noticeable.)

So I decided to give the all-day challenge a whirl and use the paper to scrap a photo of myself and Lizzie. The scraplifted page had the same shape paper and ribbon across the bottom half, but the similarities ended there. I used my Cricut to cut my name out in large letters out of Bazzill Bling. I added the journaling and only a flower for embellishment, other than the ribbon.

Products used for this layout:

Diecut paper and ribbon from Making Memories
Flowers from Prima
Gemstone center from The Beadery
Bazzill Bling from the "High Heels" collection
Cricut Expression and Lyrical Letters cartridge (I love that one!)
Glue Glider Mini, Xyron 250, and Glue Dots for adhesive

NSBD was a load of fun this year! One of my best friends was here with me for the first half of the day, and then for the last few hours of challenges I was on my own. After the last hourly challenge had finished, I whipped up a Mexican feast, and finished off the night relaxing. It was exactly the kind of day off I needed, and to make it even better, I won an hourly prize! That'll be in my mailbox by the end of this week or next, scrapbook.com has 100 prizes to send out! What a fun way to spend a Saturday!