March 17, 2011

St. Paddy's Day Giveaway

Happy St. Patrick's Day!  In my lifetime I have been blessed with the opportunity to live in two different foreign countries.  Japan was one of them and Ireland is the other.  Whenever St. Patrick's Day comes around it always brings back happy memories of my time there.  To celebrate I'm having a giveaway.  Ella has generously given me a copy of two of their latest eBooks:

Join the fun as Sara and Margaret tackle 12 unique scrapbooking challenges, sharing dozens of ideas for freshening up birthday layouts, Christmas pages, and Halloween designs—not to mention layouts about the first day of school, Valentine's Day, Disneyland vacations, and more!
Get ready to get inspired.


Delve into your childhood memories and family legacy with the help of veteran authors Wendy Smedley and Aby Garvey! Wendy and Aby gathered 12 exciting and fun challenges to help you capture memories from your childhood and beyond—with emphasis on the values, pasttimes, and ideals inherited from your family and that you hope to pass on. From layouts to mini-albums, the vintage photos and enticing designs in this eBook are sure to inspire.

Each eBook contains 12 scrapbooking challenges to help you scrapbook your most important memories.  In challenge #12 of Creative Ideas for Events & Holidays Sara and Margaret challenge readers to decorate a holiday page using themed products.  This one might seem like a no-brainer, but I do think that a lot of scrapbookers are afraid of using products that are too themey.  We want for our pages to stand the test of time and so sometimes we shy away from using event-specific papers and embellishments.  Here is a page I made last year:

I used papers from a few different Halloween collections, but there are no specifically Halloween themed embellishments - other than the bingo card which doubled as my title.

Next up is another page that I made last fall (for Write.Click.Scrapbook.'s November gallery), but it fits with challenge #3 of How to Scrapbook Your Personal Heritage.  The challenge that Aby and Wendy set forth is this, find and narrate a photo that is very nostalgic to you:

When I first made this page I didn't include any journaling, because I'll be honest, I didn't know what to say.  But then I thought about what stood out most to me about the older photo and what I would tell someone else about that picture, and that was my dress, so that is what I wrote about.  And, I just realized that both of these pages have a very similar design!  I didn't plan it what way, I promise. =)

So do you want to win your own copy of one of these eBooks?  Leave a comment telling me which book you'd like to win and what, if anything, you do to celebrate St. Patrick's Day.  I'll leave the comments open until Saturday March 19th, 11:59 pm PST.  The winner will be announced on Sunday.

I have yet to start any special traditions with my family to celebrate this feast day, but I'd like to start.  I just need to decide what to do!  If you'd like to learn more about this great saint and why we have a feast day to celebrate his witness of Christ you can visit Catholic Culture's page on St. Patrick.

I want to also mention that the comments on my blog are moderated.  But, I will be checking-in often to update the comment thread.  Don't worry.  As long as your comment is entered before 11:59 pm on Saturday you'll be included in the drawing.  Thanks! =)


  1. both of these look great! i think i would probably use the one about events and holidays the most right now! all of the ella e-books are good though! i live in charleston, sc and today we always have a huge st. patty's day celebration downtown! and a parade! let the green beer flow!!

  2. I love to win either one! I am part Irish, but I don't have any big St. Pat's traditions. I usually read my boys the story of St. Patrick, and we wear green. This year, I bought a green and white polka dot plate at Target to use for a special St. Pat's dessert (that I have yet to make).

  3. wow...great giveaway! i would love to win the personal heritage one. now for st. patty's day...we don't really do anything. just so happens that this year it falls on the opening round of the ncaa tournament so lots and lots of basketball for us!! :) an internet friend of mine said that she left gold coins in a trail to her kids' lucky charms for breakfast-thought that was a cute idea. maybe will do that and make some shamrocks and cute little pranks as my kids get older.

  4. So cool! Both books look great. I am pretty Irish so we usually go out to dinner with my mom's Irish family. When I was little, we used to make soda bread and corned beef/potatoes (not cabbage, though).

  5. That's such a great giveaway. I would love either of the books. We don't celebrate St Patrick's Day.

  6. I would love events and holidays. nothing special for St. Patrick's Day-just made cupcakes with green frosting. :)

  7. I would love the events and holidays book, thanks for the chance to win. We've never had set traditions for St. Paddy's day other than wearing green. Some years I make green tinted sugar cookies and this year the leprechaun came and pee'd green in the kids toilet. Love the layouts you included in today's post!

  8. My daughter's birthday is on St. Patrick's Day so we always celebrate with a cake and a little party. My dad's birthday is the 16th and so he's usually included in the fun too!
    I'd love the events and holidays book ~ thanks for the chance to win it!

  9. I think I would like the heritage one more, as I have lots of older pictures and memories to scrap! :D St Patrick's Day is always a fun day, but with my two little ones still so little, they don't really understand any of it yet. So I spent this last St Patrick's Day (yesterday :P) looking up some fun activities and crafts for next year when they will both be big enough to do them! :D So next March 17th I have lots of fun planned! Thanks so much for a chance to win!

  10. Both books look fantastic! I really don't do anything special for St. Patricks day except wear green :)

  11. Oh my! These BOTH look like amazing books! Thanks for the chance at winning one! your layouts!
    My girls dress head to toe in green and we usually have some sort of green treat, like sugar cookies or rice krispy treats! No corned beef for us...ick!

  12. I'd enjoy either book and could use either to prompt me to make a layout about St. Patrick's Day. When I was little, we celebrated with my Irish great-grandparents. Now I make silly leprechaun mischief for my 2 boys -- like green milk, green marker messages on the mirrors and they try to make leprechaun traps.

  13. I would LOVE the Events & Holidays book. We were gonna go to a friend's party & kiss the blarney stone but DH had to work. Bummer! ~ Alaska_laci from SC

  14. both books look great! Now that my kids are grown and gone, we don't do anything special for St. Patrick's Day. Do love to have me some good Irish Soda Bread and corned beef and cabbage though!
    Thanks for the chance to win!
    Patty G. in NJ

  15. Hey Donna- cute pages! We had a little visit from a leprechaun this year and boy did my boys get a kick out of the tricks he played on us! He turned our milk green and turned chairs, books, games, pictures upside down! We, of course, talked about the fact that the day was really to celebrate St. Patrick and how he taught the Irish about God being three persons in one- using the shamrock. Sadly, none of them wanted to color my awesome paper dali dot com St Patrick picture. They did eat all their corned beef, tried the cabbage and feasted on mint chocolate chip ice cream, though!

    oh and they got to eat Lucky Charms for breakfast!

    we celebrated St. Joseph's day with Sloppy joe's! ;)

    ps I think both books look really great! I need to clean out my scrapbook space to find all my scrap supplies!


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