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Earlier this month I introducted Custom Collection Sundays.  A chance for each of you to request a Custom Collection from one of our Designers. Every week one person wins their request. Last week we had our first Custom Collection WINNER!  Congratulations Elaina!

I would love to see a piano themed collection which included sheet music, music symbols and notes, different piano elements (baby grand, upright, keyboard) and piano and music themed wordart quotes.

from: Elaina

This week we already have our very first Custom Collection in the store.  Our very own Boo, Booland Designs, worked triple time to make Elaina’s dreams come true.  Introducing the first Custom Collection: Autumn Sonnet

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Elaina has received both the Autumn Sonnet The Complete Works, including the lovely page kit, and the Autumn Sonnet One Step Beyond oversized mini FREE!

I talked to Boo, and she has given me permission to hand out an additional 10% off coupon code for all our blog readers.  Use coupon code: AUTUMNSONNET10 at checkout.

This coupon is for Autumn Sonnet The Complete Works; Autumn Sonnet One Step Beyond  and the Autumn Sonnet Page Kit. Coupon expires September 30, 2014.
Note: our shopping cart allows the use of only coupon per purchase.

Now it’s time to pick another winner! I loooooooooove picking winners!  You made it very hard for me this week.  Several of you requested collections I would love to see as well.

My wish is: Mountain Vacation: trees and forests (not autumn), lakes, rivers, gardens (peonies, hydrangeas, marigolds, roses, begonias, pansies), starry nights, maybe camping, travel to and from. Palette would be strong blues and greens, with some pink, rose, yellow-orange, and purple thrown in. Hazy landscape papers.

from: Karen Burney

I would like to see a collection on old toys, board games,dolls, etc. Also things like jump ropes, anything vintage that has to do with indoors or outdoors games. Word art would be fantastic, also. and some vintage papers with old rymes. Old children’s books, coloring and comic books. paper dolls and the list could go on and on.
Thanks for the chance to put in my 2 cents worth!!

from: Joyce Swain

I might be a “second request” again… LOL! I would like to see an “adult-themed” Pharmacy kit. It could also double as a Chemistry kit or a Science kit, or even a Doctor’s kit. I would like to see the “Rx” symbol that pharmacists use and some molecular models. An occasional “exploding experiment” would probably fit too. White lab coats, beakers and test tubes, Bunsen burners, periodic table, bottles filled with different pills, written out prescriptions… etc.
“WA” could include “drawings” of the molecular structures on a chalk board… Ideally, it would have “heritagey” colors with a touch of white and light blue.

Thanks for the chance!

from: Andie

And the winner is… Andie!  Congratulations Andie!  Our very own Diane, ADB Designs, has taken on the challenge & is already deep in the creative process.  Please check your email (that you used to register on our blog) for a note with the details from me.

Very important note: I will post a new winner every week, however, please do not expect your Custom Collection to be ready within a week.  Scrapbooking Collections take time, and that time varies by Designer.  Some of our team are full-time designers, others are part-time. Some are new mommies with littles at home, and others are Grandmothers.  Some of us are both.

I cannot wait to see the requests this week, please post away your biggest wishes in the comments below.  As Andie proved, you can post the same request this week, or mix it up with a new request.  Comments are open to everyone.  I will post a new winner next week, and if not a new collection maybe a little sneak peek from Diane!

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Way back in the dark ages, I was a high school cheerleader.  Back then I loved football! I loved the smell of fresh grass, the energy of the crowd, hot dogs, cheering. I loved night games under the bright lights, those are almost magical. I loved football.

As the years passed, and we left California shortly after Cole’s birth (and my beloved 49ers), we watched less & less football as a family.  There wasn’t enough time in a day to shuffle 4, 5, 6 kids to school and all their activities and watch football.  Maybe because of that none of my kids played.  Until now.

For two years Cole has been begging me to play football.  Don’t get me wrong, I still love football! But Cole had severe asthma when we moved to Germany.  I had fear of him rolling around on grass. It has been two years since he’s truly had an attack, after talking to his doctor, and clearing him to play, I signed on the dotted line.  Cole is on the football team!

OMG! Football is not cheerleading.  Football is a way of life.  There are daily practices, diet changes, meetings, fund raisers, emails flying left and right…. aaaaaaaaaaah! I’m dizzy from the demands of being a football mom!  Cole, on the other hand, is glowing. Usually with exhaustion, but also with pride. He loves being on the team.  I have never seen him work harder at anything in his life.

Friday is his first game.  It is a night game.  I can’t wait!

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Custom Collection Sundays

Last week I introducted Custom Collection Sundays.  A chance for each of you to request a Custom Collection from one of our Designers. Every week one person wins their request.

I’ve got to tell you, this was hard! Some great requests were posted:

I’d love to see a collection devoted to the Rainbow Loom/rubber band craze! My daughter (and grandkids too) have been very involved with this new craft & have made all kinds of amazing things, not just bracelets, but all kinds of cute objects. Yet I’ve not seen one single kit anywhere related to this worldwide craze! PLEASE!!!???!!!!

from: Stash Empress

I would love to see a State Fair collection with rides, tickets, corn dogs, cotton candy and carousel. That would be a great kit. Thanks.

from: Teresa Bishop

I would love to see a piano themed collection which included sheet music, music symbols and notes, different piano elements (baby grand, upright, keyboard) and piano and music themed wordart quotes.

from: Elaina

I am so dying to see a Quinceanera Collection – I have never found one, and it is such a beautiful ceremony and celebration. I would love it in brilliant blues, white, and silver.

from: Alice

Then a 2nd request for a music collection came through and my choice was made. I knew just the Designer to bring this to life.  Congratulations Elaina!  Our very own Boo, Booland Designs, is already hard at work making your dream come true.  Please check your email (that you used to register on our blog) for a note with the details from me.

Very important note: I will post a new winner every week, however, please do not expect your Custom Collection to be ready within a week.  Scrapbooking Collections take time, and that time varies by Designer.  Some of our team are full-time designers, others are part-time. Some are new mommies with littles at home, and others are Grandmothers.  Some of us are both.

I know some of you are sad, honestly, I’m sad right along with you.  Those were fabulous requests!  You can post the same request this week, or mix it up with a new request.  Comments are open to everyone.  I will post a new winner next week, and maybe, just maybe, Boo will have the first Custom Collection done for Elaina!

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Custom Collection Sunday

by Toiny Westberry 31 August 2014
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Who’s ready to try something new?  Me! I’m always ready to try something new LOL!  One of the things that has frustrated me is trying to find the absolute perfect scrapkit for my photo’s.  It used to be I could just make what I need.  Now, with a full-time job, three kids still at home […]

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DUDE! YOU EXIST!

by Toiny Westberry 30 August 2014
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We have 1-2 years left in Germany.  I can’t believe how fast our time here has gone. I can’t believe how much my kids have grown.  I really can’t believe how much of my bucket list I haven’t seen! I love travel.  I love new places, new sights, new smells, new foods!  When I realized […]

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Progressive Labor Day Sale!

by Toiny Westberry 29 August 2014

Happy Long Weekend! The timing couldn’t be better.  I still need to decompress from my vacation… and our house has a couple Honey Do chores for us as well.  I think, maybe, the weather is cooperating and we’ll get to grill too.  I’m ready! Have I mentioned “grillfackeln“? This is bacon-on-a-stick. But so much better […]

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Vacation on Texel

by Toiny Westberry 27 August 2014
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I have decided I am now 90% German.  Living here for five years, it’s just seeped into my being. I blame osmosis.  We finally went on vacation-vacation last week.  For one week.  I totally get why Germans take such long vacations (Germans have on average 34 paid vacation days).  It took me till Sunday to […]

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Round Robin II: Family Dinner

by Toiny Westberry 26 August 2014
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Hello all! Round Robin II: Manu Scraps Week 03 has gorgeous layouts, all radiating with that beautiful, vibrant color from the fantabulous Tuscan Summer collection! Coupons will go out tomorrow; Wednesday, August 27. This week we have a beautiful, perfect, end-of-summer collection. I think you will all love the Family Dinner collection! Please ask questions […]

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Round Robin III: Tuscan Summer

by Toiny Westberry 19 August 2014

  We have a another round of Round Robin!  What is a Round Robin? A Round Robin is One Month, One Designer, Four Collabs. How do you come in, and more importantly, how can you save extra? Answer: Create a LO! The LO rules are simple: Use only the current week Round Robin Collab Properly […]

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The Most Gold Hair

by Toiny Westberry 16 August 2014
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My packages to Christian have been taking forever to reach him.  Poor kid is going to think I don’t love him.  That is the last thing he needs.  Afghanistan is no picnic, and it’s been hard for him. Yesterday I drove all the way to Kelly, the furthest local base from me, to mail him […]

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