Wednesday, September 22, 2010

I've Got Some 'Splainin' To Do!

Ack! I know! I haven't blogged in FOREVAH! Please don't start throwing tomatoes at me yet, . . . I'm here to explain to you where I have been and reward you with a GIVEAWAY for being so patient with my non-blogginess. :)

First of all, I went on a vacation to Lake Powell, where we stayed in a houseboat with my side of the familyfor a week. It was beautiful and inspiring . . . and completely "off the grid". I didn't have access to the internet for a week. It was nice to getaway, but I have to admit . . . I missed my computer! Ha!




My very favorite thing to do in Lake Powell (besides building sandcastles with my kids), is to explore all of the amazing canyons on a waverunner. It's truly a magical place!



While I was on that vacation, I had the worst toothache I have ever had in my life! I couldn't sleep. I couldn't function. It was terrible. Jaw aching . . . headaches, tooth sensitivity, etc. When I got home I went to the dentist. We had to wait several days to rule out bruising, but come Monday morning I had a root canal. UGH! Not happy about it, but I tell ya! I am soooooooooooooooo grateful to have that tooth fixed. I'm still a little sore, but it's NOTHING compared to the pain I was experiencing before.

On top of that, I started a new "job" (I'll tell you more about it next week) and a new calling in my church. I now work with the Young Women in my ward. Jensyn is in my class and I'm excited to have the extra time to hang out with her. :)

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Okay, so now that I've explained to you where I have been . . . I want to reward you for being patient with me and coming back for a visit! :D

You all know that I am a MAJOR FAN of the kits at NoelMignon.com . Her latest kit, "Sweet Sue" is GORGEOUS!!!!! One of my favorites I've played with in a long time! And I want to give one away to one lucky reader! Woot! Woot!



Click here to see what is included in this kit!

You will have until midnight Mountain Standard Time on Tuesday, September 28th to leave a comment on this post. In your comment, please tell me what you like most about reading blogs . . . is it the projects, the tips, the giveaways? Let me know! I will announce the winner on Wednesday, September 29th.

Happy First Day of Fall! (my favorite season!)

Jana

193 comments:

Caroline said...

For me its a couple of things. I love to check out all the products as you know in NZ we dont get all the cool products so its nice to see what i could have if i was in the USA, a reason to get NOELS fab kits of course. The other is for inspiration, i love to see what everyone else does, how awesome some are, doing things i wouldn't dream of, therefore inspiring me too.and of course i love to lift some of these fab layouts, glad to see you back. OMG that place looks amazing, wwhat a dream place,just a shame about the tootache but glad you better now :)

Jennifer Moore said...

Oh my goodness, Jana, what an incredibly generous giveaway! Wow. Your lake pictures are gorgeous too. I love reading blogs because I just love getting inspired by other scrappers. I love to see new products, sketches, and ideas. :)

Kelly Massman said...

Oh, beautiful photos!
I've definitely missed your posts!
I love to see sketches and finished layouts the most! I'd be thrilled to win that kit--I so WOULD LOVE to win! I'd be happy dancing all over the place! :-) Thanks for a chance to win!

Lori Banks said...

I missed you!!! So glad that your tooth is doing better :)

I love the inspiration that I get from blogs...EVERYTIME that I am in a creative slump, I start browsing blogs and in no time, I am inspired and ready to go.

Blogs are also an awesome place to see new products and techniques. I get so excited when I learn something new on a blog or see an upcoming product (pattern paper is my obsession).

Thanks for sharing!

Tara Orr said...

Wow - you have had a wonderful time!! Gorgeous photos!! Can't wait to hear about this new 'job'!!! Thanks so much for the chance to win a Noel kit - just love them!! My fave thing about reading blogs - definitely being inspired by new projects but also just hearing about people's 'real' lives - apart from their scrappy world. Really think it helps identify with the scrapper! Cheers!

Michelle said...

OH MY GOSH!!!! What gorgeous photos!!! Holy cow!! I love to read blogs for the inspiration, so many great ideas. I am a sketch-aholic as well. So, I love to find cool sketches. I find blogs to be so very inspiring..sometimes the push I need to get going when I need it.

Crini said...

these pictures are sooo awesome. would love to visit these places!
I love to see the pictures of los and minis on the blogs for inspiration. There is much great stuff out there in the www...
greetings and thanks for the chance to win

Deb said...

Glad to see you back! Ouch on the tooth though! What a generous giveaway! I love to visit blogs to get inspiration and ideas for my own pages, and I also like to get a peek into my online friends' everyday lives. Blogging is a great way to connect with so many people, and I need to do better at it myself! ;) Thanks for offering this giveaway, Jana!

Martine Labelle said...

oh wow!! those pictures are AMAZING! glad you had a nice vacation! (well, except the tooth...) I love tips and tutorials when I read blogs (well, a few cool giveaways never hurt either! ;)
Thanks for the chance to win this yummy kit!!

Lan said...

Beautiful vacation pictures! Glad you got that tooth fixed..i had my first root canal last year so I know how much pain it was. That giveaway kit is jam packed...wow! I love visiting blogs for the inspiration and ideas but giveaways entice me to leave a comment :)

mnms said...

Looks like a wonderful vacation!

I visit blogs for project ideas and inspiration.

Alison said...

Project ideas. I am glad you are alright, I was wondering what happened to you!

Frances said...

So glad you are back!! Hate to hear about your toothache though. :( I visit blogs for inspiration and ideas.

Can't wait to hear about your new job!

Mara... said...

So glad you are back to blogging! And glad you got your tooth fixed, tooth pain is the worst!! I love reading blogs to see layouts and other projects and I LOVE when they tell me HOW they made it. So, I guess I like tutorials, too!! Thanks for the great giveaway. :-)

Krista Nash said...

So glad you're back!!!! I have missed your stunning layouts. I check out others' blogs for all the inspiration they provide ; be it creative, spiritual, etc.

Barb said...

I love the inspiration I get from blogs, whether it be scrapbook related, food related, life related...it's all good. It fills my spirit with joy so many times to read what others are doing and that they might be going through some of the same stuff I'm going through!

Leanne said...

Mmmm! I love learning about new places! Lake Powell looks absolutely amazing!!! But I also love learning about tips and techniques! Especially how other people put their pages together. Yours are so inspiring!

jennyplace2 said...

I love following the blogs for the ideals. But I also love the stories people tell, for instance your toothache. I know just how you feel, the same thing happened to me on vacation one year, and I used Rye to dull the pain. Your pictures are just beautiful of your vacation. Glad to hear you are feeling better. Take care!

Ryann Salamon said...

Welcome back to blogland! Lake Powell looks gorgeous - love the color of the water! I love to look at people's projects. I am primarily a cardmaker but I love a good scrapbook page!

StaceyL. said...

I love seeing what other crafty people are up to - scrappin', sewin', or just making our arena's a more beautiful place! Thanks for the chance to win

Jolene Pienaar said...

Wow look at those photos!! For me it is the creative inspiration on blogs that I love, in whichever form, creative photography, scrappy shares, sewing shares, food shares :) What an awesome kit!!

Lydia said...

My favorite season too, looks like an amazing kit, and such unbelievable photos of your trip. Welcome home!

Cassie said...

I love those gorgeous photos!

I love seeing projects, tips & giveaways. I just love seeing what others are up to. Thank you so much for the chance to win!

Janet Z said...

What pretty vacation photos!
I like to check out blogs for inspiration,new products,techniques for sure and a RAK is always a bonus!

AnnaMarie Ferrell said...

Love the photos. Now I want to go waverunning at Lake Powell. I'm glad you're back! I read blogs for inspiration to do my own scrapbooking. New techniques, to see what different people do with different scrapbook lines, and to follow trends in the industry. Also, I follow craft blogs to find ideas and to motivate myself to dig into other areas.

April said...

What amazing pictures! You're so sweet to offer a giveaway...thank you for the chance to win! My favorite thing about reading blogs is all the wonderful projects I get to see. Very inspiring!
- April W

Andi (RrlScrapGal) said...

What????? What a horrible experience on the tooth!
Love your photos of Lake Powell!!

All of the above! I visit blogs mostly for inspiration, motivation and challenges! And stories of others and how they approach their creativity - tutorials always help, and raks are fun too :)

Keri said...

Welcome back, Jana! :) Sorry to hear about your painful tooth, and glad to hear you had fun at Lake Powell and that you've got a new fun calling and "job"...can't wait to hear more about that! :)

I visit scrappy blogs to enjoy what people are creating, as well as be inspired and motivated by challenges and sentiments (Like Ali. Edwards...always a great life sentiment to get me on the right track though-wise with my work!)

Thanks for the chance at that luscious Noel kit!

Kim said...

I won't lie, giveaways are nice but mostly I visit blogs for inspiration. I love seeing new layouts, new designs to spark my creativity (in which I am usually sorely lacking).

Jenn said...

Looks like a great vacay! My favorite part of blog surfing/reading is getting inspired seeing others work and fun little mini tutorials on a new technique.

Summer said...

I totally missed you why you were away. I checked your blog daily. You are by far my favorite blog. I love it for the inspiration. I scraplift almost all of your layouts. I also love Noel's blog for the tips. Her kits are great.

Jennifer said...

Lovely photos and glad your tooth is feeling better! :) My favourite thing about reading blogs is connecting with people who share this passion of ours and gaining inspiration from others. :)

PollyA said...

Looks like a fabulous vacation! I read my favorite blogs on a daily basis and look forward to the tutorials and projects the most. Love to learn new techniques and see how other people are using product. Love the kit!

Julie said...

Don't apologize. I just looked at my own blog and see I haven't updated since early May.

flowerdisco said...

The vacation pale is a dream.
nothing worse than a toothache, right?

anyhow, I am not going to lie and say I do not like the giveaways but I do not chase them either, haha.

What I really enjoy is looking at the creations and how we all have a different styles but still beautiful in one way or the other. That is what I like the most when blog hopping.

whirligigdaisy said...

Welcome back. Everybody needs a vacation!

Missy Whidden said...

Yay! Jana is back! I've missed you and your beautiful work lately. I'm so happy you got to have such a wonderful vacation. The pictures are breathtaking! And I'm also glad your tooth is fixed. I can't imagine how painful that was! This giveaway is amazing...I had to pick my jaw up off the floor :) What I like most about reading blogs is the inspiration they provide. I have so many bookmarked for inspiring me. I also love to see and read about other scrappers -- I love seeing their children, spouses, pets...it gives me some insight to their lives. As a mom, it's neat to see how other moms scrap pics of their babies :)

Laura said...

Wow! Those photos are amazing! I so want to go there now :).
My favourite thing about looking at blogs is just to learn about other people's lives, way of thinking.. and of course, seeing the beautiful layouts :).

Joli said...

I love reading the blogs of local gals to get ideas of places I need to visit and things I need to do. I also love your sketches!

Colleen said...

Looks like you had a great trip and got some fabulous pictures to scrap! Will be looking for those in future layouts!

For me, visiting blogs is about inspiration and different ways to use product! Love seeing what other people create! Fun giveaway for sure!

Daniela said...

I was thinking about you the other day, miss seeing your creations. Glad you took care of that tooth, I know how that feels. I like to see a little bit of everything...photos, layouts, cards, techniques, videos, personal info...:)

Leonie said...

Loved seeing those photos what a beautiful spot, I feel sorry for you though what a nuisance to get a toothache while on holidays. Thanks for the chance to win that beautiful kit it is gorgeous.

Jennifer said...

What great photos! My favorite thing about browsing blogs is getting inspiration for layouts and new ways to use products! And your blog is one of my favorite places to look! Your layouts are always so perfect and beautiful :)

Thanks for the chance to win!!

Jinny Newlin said...

Oh, my gracious! You are too generous! I've, always, wanted to get my hands on one of those kits, but they're a little pricey for this one-income family. Although, I'm, also, sure they're worth every penny! I'd love to win!! Thanks for the opportunity! Oh! And welcome back! We've missed your papercrafty inspiration. And I'm so sorry about your tooth. Ick! Hope your family is taking good care of you :).

Kelly said...

I love all the tips and projects. When I need inspiration or have scrapper's block, I often check our your blog and Kelly Goree's blog. That helps me:)

Diana Fisher said...

Looks like it was a great trip. Sorry about the tooth!! For me, I like the sharing of ideas and conversations that can start from visiting blogs. I have made some great friendships that all started with visiting their blog. :)

Karlyn said...

thank goodness you're back! your trip sounds fabulous.

i love to see people's photos on their blogs mostly. especially good photographers. and i love the layouts. who can't use more inspiration?

welcome back!

Debbie said...

Simply gorgeous pictures! I love to visit blogs to draw inspiration. There are so many talented people out there! Thanks for the chance to win that awesome kit!!

Rachel said...

oh so sorry about your tooth! My favorite thing about reading blogs is looking at layouts/projects for inspiration.

Liz Chidester said...

We just moved from Arizona to Utah last week and we crossed over a tip of Lake Powell. Man, its a gorgeous place! Your photos are amazing!
What a great calling! I am in the Primary now but I love working in the Yound Womens!

Brainybairn said...

Good thing you managed to fix that tooth! I know how bad it can be! Thanks for the awesome giveaway!

Anya said...

Breathtaking photos! I like to read blogs, but people who share their work regularly are the ones I visit most often. I like to get inspired. That's why I'm here all the time! Love your work!

Giveaway looks soooo good, but chances are pretty slim... Thanks anyway!

Melissa said...

Lake Powell looks gorgeous...so does the kit! Glad you are feeling better..root canals are NOT fun.

jennmom2000 said...

I would love to win this kit! It looks fantastic. I love Lake Powell too! Its so magical and beautiful. For blogs, I love projects and pictures. Lots of pictures. Sketches are awesome too with projects to show how someone used the sketch.

julie.schellin said...

good to see you back! what do I love about reading blogs? all of it! the projects, the tips, the giveaways...but most of all the inspiration! thanks for the AWESOME giveaway - these kits are GORGEOUS!

Leah said...

Holy Moly I have missed you like crazy on here. I love reading everything on blogs...the layouts, the techniques, the new products, tutorials, what insires others...everything along with just everyday life...what makes you real and what makes me feel like you are a real person just like me...with a messy house and sassy kids...sometimes! Thanks for all you do and glad you got a way for a little bit!

LisaW said...

Ok, you're forgiven ;-)
I love popping by your blog Jana. You always seem to find ways of using patterned papers that I would never have thought of myself! You are one inspiring woman! btw - those photos of that canyon make me want to jump on a plane right now! So beautiful!!

Kim said...

Looks like you had a great time away - even with the dodgy tooth! I love surfing blogs to look at layouts and tutorials are an added bonus.

Danielle Calhoun said...

wow, what a giveaway! It's great to hear from you again! I have wondered where you have been! :)

Jewelle said...

What a great giveaway! I browse blogs primarily for inspiration. I just need to see something, whether it is the color, photo placement, etc...and off I go on my own layouts. Thanks for your inspiring layouts!

ColoradoCropper said...

First of all, my sympathies on your toothache/root canal. I had one in Feb. No fun. So I guess my favorite part about blogs is seeing what people do differently with the same supplies. Your blog and sketches are VERY inspiring. Thanks for sharing!

Kat said...

wow - that's so nice of you to give a kit away...my favorite thing about blogs is the inspiration i get from others. i love checking out my favorite blogs to see if i can pick up new ideas, techniques, or maybe even just a good layout to scraplift!

Laura-Lee said...

I love reading blogs to inspire me in my creative journey, I love reading your blog because you have a perfect mix of life and scrapbooking. Your work is beautiful and your sketches are really fun! Thanks for the prize too, looks like a wonderful kit for one lucky lady to have.

Kris said...

What a fabulous giveaway! Your vacation photos are gorgeous. Sorry to hear about the unpleasant tooth difficulties! What I enjoy about reading blogs, aside from the wonderful inspiration, is getting to know the person behind the scrapbook page!

mmspiker said...

I went on a missions trip and the conclusion was a night at Lake Powell. I don't remember it looking like that. How did you take those photos? I love learning new techniques and the process of assembling and planning a page when I read a blog post. Thanks!

Melanie said...

Love the pics of Lake Powell!! You are lucky to get to go there. :)

Working with YW is the best--my favorite place to be at church. How fun to have Jensyn in your class!

For me, visiting blogs is all about the projects. I love seeing design ideas, inspiration for new color combos, and how to mix and match products.

What a great giveaway--you are so generous to your readers :)

Shauna said...

I love your photos of Lake Powell. It is one of my favorite places to go. I live in Utah, so we also went this summer. I love to read the blogs. I like to read about other peoples lives and the inspiration I get from this. I love going to your blog and seing all of your beautiful creations. You are an inspiration to all of us. Thank you so much for the wonderful giveaway to one lucky person.

Glynis said...

What an incredibly stunning place to vacation! Your pics are just gorgeous. I love reading blogs for inspiration and also just to hear what everyone's been up to lately.
Thank you for an opportunity to win such a generous giveaway. And it's so nice to have you back :O)

Melanie said...

Your blog is one of my favorites...your layouts are amazing!

I enjoy seeing all of your projects...giveaways are fun too :)

Britta said...

I love reading blogs, especially your blog. I can find a lot of inspiration. I love the tips, too.
The photos of Lake Powell look great.
Thanks for the chance to win.

Melisa said...

love the pics from your vacation. it looks gorgeous! Thanks for the chance at a Noel kit!!

kim said...

That looks like a wonderful place to stay. I really love your blog- often pop along for inspiration.

elke said...

Looks like you had a good time. I am happy you are back, because I love your blog for inspiration.
Thanks for the chance to win such a great giveaway!

Julie said...

I enjoy several things about reading blogs.I like having a glimpse into how someone else lives,their location and what is important to them.I also love the inspiration I get from photos,layouts etc.I love your sketches too!

Tammi said...

I like reading blogs for all of the layout inspiration! So sorry to hear about your tooth...aren't root canals the worst!!! Glad that it is feeling better and you are back!

Linda said...

Love the lake photos, what a magical place and so happy you are feeling better!

Amy Coose said...

What amazing pics, Jana! I've missed you, so I'm glad you're back. Sorry about the tooth...no fun!!

Amber said...

I love seeing the projects, layouts & cards...I guess the "eye candy" is my favorite part...those pictures are amazing, by the way!!

Laurie! said...

My favorite thing about reading blogs, especially scrappy ones, is learning new techniques and seeing layouts. If I see a layout I like, I sketch it in my inspiration notebook for future reference!

Those pictures of Lake Powell are gorgeous, by the way!!

Heather Innusa said...

WOW! Those Noel kits are totally jam packed with goodness aren't they!!! Honest answer to your question, is that I read blogs for all of the above! mainly, I'm looking for inspiration and find so much more!! Fabulous ladies, projects, tips, and chances to win! Love blogging.

Ashly said...

Ohhhh really???? a NM kit?? I didnt get the sweet sue kit yet so I would LOVE to win! I love everything about your blog. I scraplift MANY of your pages and I love getting a starting point from you or one of your page elements. THANKS!!

The Dinner Spot said...

I love reading your blog to see all your creative works of art. All the techniques you use in your layouts. I also reference your sketch blog if I am stuck with a page.

jan said...

Love the way you use materials and design beautiful works of art, not just 'scrapbook' pages. Your work is inspirational and a joy to view! That's why I regularly visit your blog! So THANK YOU! Glad you had a great vacation, Lake Powell looks like a place for the bucket list!

Lynette said...

What I love most about blogs is reading about real people and their lives...seeing beautiful creative work is an added benefit.

Jodi said...

I really love looking at the layouts and sketch ideas that you get from blogs. I love to see how to use new techniques and color choices for those layouts.

Amy said...

Oh, can I live vicariously through you!? Love the photos at the lake.

What do I love about blogs....
I love reading about how ordinary people live such extraordinary lives.
I love getting inspiration from people I have never met in real life.
I love finding out that my 'weird habits' aren't at all exclusive to me. *grin*
Most of all, I love the sense of community a blog can bring to those who live a ways outside of one.

Megan B said...

Wow..those are some FABULOUS pictures of your trip. Glad you were able to get away and spend time with your family. Hope your tooth feels better soon too! :) And that kit is amazing...wow!

Mindy said...

Hope you were having fun!!! This Kit as always is amazing. I absolutely love your blog and all the inspiration I find here! I look forward to checking it almost daily. The layouts always give me wonderful ideas and I have completed several of my own based on either your layouts or color combinations! Thank you again for sharing your wonderful talents!

Diana said...

I like reading blogs for inspiration, the giveaways are a bonus! thanks for a chance to win--and GOOD to "see" you back1 :)

Romy said...

Glad to hear from you:) I already missed you and your gorgeous layouts and cards. Sounds like you've had a wonderful time and gosh, that destination is like a paradise...so beautiful! That kit is stunning! I'd do a huge happy dance if I'd win it:) What I love about reading blogs is, first of all, that you get to 'meet' people through the digital world. Not a real meeting, but reading their postst and reading about their lifes makes it feel like you're living in their neighbourhood. I'm always the shy one, the one who shuts her mouth when someone else is talking...and in the digital world it seems like people don't judge about you at that point. I'm not shy anymore and my shames disappear. And besides that, I also love to get inspired by creations from talented artists, such as you are. Every artist has her own style and uses her own details, techniques etc. It's so nice to see how others use papers, that you've used too, it's nice to see how you can use papers in a very different way etc. etc. Let's say: I'm just a huge blog fan! And I'm just a huge fan of your work too. You rock, girl:)

Lacey said...

Lake Powell looks AMAZING!!! WOW so cool!! That kit is gorgeous too! Congrats on the new job. I like reading blogs for the inspiration mostly and it's fun when people through in tutorials and project ideas :)

irasema said...

those pictures are amazing! I enjoy reading blogs for the inspiration and tutorials.

Kristen said...

So glad you are back - we've missed you! Sorry to hear about your tooth ache. They are not fun and to have it on a beautiful vacation is even worse. What a generous gift. I've never been able to afford Noel's kits - they are wonderful to look at and get inspiration from what you create using them.

Blogs are such a source of inspiration. They provide me with creativity during a slump moment, new techniques, photos ideas and getting to know fellow scrapbookers that share my same passion. It's a treasured part of my week when I can view other blogs. So, thank you for all your inspiration and motivation.

Kristen

Sue Sykes said...

What a beautiful kit! And Lake Powell looks incredible - hope you enjoyed your downtime with your extended family!
I love surfing blogs to keep in touch with friends and family, get inspiration and project ideas, and I find that often I will discover new sites that bloggers recommend!

Melinda AKA medialady said...

I read blogs mainly by scrapbookers. The main reason is the great ideas that these talented people, like yourself, post for others to see. . . and winning great prizes is also at the top of the list!

Jingle said...

I love to get to know people through blogging! I have made some wonderful friends and that is definitely my favorite thing about it!

Pamela said...

Wow! Great giveaway! And life gets in the way sometimes...we understand. :)

Frankie said...

I love the inspiration I get from blogs. Some bloggers give me inspiration through their photos, some through their writing, some through their projects -- I so enjoy all of it!
So glad your tooth is feeling better -- there's nothing worse than a toothache!

MamaJB said...

Welcome Back! I love your design idea's and how you always use new products :)

Vik said...

Reading blogs is such great inspiration for me...I love seeing projects and then deciding how to adapt them to fit my own creativity!!!

shellybob said...

I get SO much inspiration from blogs. I love the examples using products I mostly have. The danger is seeing something I love and having to buy all new products just to make that ONE thing. BTW, your pictures are AMAZING!!! I'm sure it is your photographer skills, but what camera do you have?

susan.white said...

Great photos! I enjoy scrapbooking blogs because of the inspiration I get from looking at other people's work. The best blogs are those written by ordinary people who don't even realize what fantastic writers they are. Some of the best writers are the unpublished ones!

Amy said...

I love the projects! They give me inspiration to start from.

Bev said...

Missed you!!! My favorite part of reading blogs is the projects and the ideas I get from them for my own layouts.

Stephanie said...

I love to read blogs that have layout ideas and tips on techniques on how to make the layout your own!

Noel said...

Holy comments Batman! :) Your photos are awesome Jana! So glad you're back!

Kristen said...

I surf blogs for a few reasons- one I really want to see the projects and use them as inspiration for my idea bank. I also like to see what and how they tackle the themes for their pages. Then in the end I go back to certain blogs because they are inspirational creatively, but also as a person I can get to know a bit of who they are and feel a bit connected like we may have something in common

loriann said...

I stop by your blog daily! needless to say I was very happy to see you back.
I visit blogs too see new lines and products, and I love reading after the kids have gone to bed. I simply love stopping by yours for inspiration! We have a monthly group who scrap together...and we love using your sketches. A friend will always say "couldnt we just lift it? it is perfect! why reinvent the wheel"
Hope the root canal continues to work as it should! and good luck with the new job.

Dalene said...

I Love to drop by your blog, your layouts are amazing and always inspire me. The photos of Lake Powell are wonderful. The prize package is great. All in all, the perfect blog.

Susan said...

I like seeing layouts on blogs ~ sometimes they spark topic ideas or help me think of supplies in a new way or just generally refresh my creativity. Thanks for the chance at the giveaway!

Michelle said...

I love many different kinds of blogs. I love reading some of the personal stories that others share, I enjoy looking at all of the homemade crafts that people make, I get great inspiration from the DIY blogs and it's always nice to see other people's vacation photos, since I never go on vacation. :)

just jennifer said...

I love blogs for the inspiration mostly. I love to see what everyone else is doing and what I'm missing out on. Giveaways are extra bonuses!

Janette said...

I love the inspiration I receive from looking at others creativity!

mimisimon said...

Glad to see you back. What awesome scenery!
I like reading blogs for the sketches, tips, and the inspiration of fresh ideas. Also, love winning great free stuff!

cantwaittocreate said...

I'm glad your back! I have to admit I look at your blog all the time! I love your style and I can't wait to see what you've created next! I was hoping everything was ok when you hadn't posted in a while! I like to look at blogs to get inspired, see what everyone else is doing, and I'm always happy to see others that enjoy the craft as much as I do.

Marlene said...

WOW! Those pictures are AMAZING! Truly Beautiful! I like reading blogs for a bit of everything - sketches, tips, finished layouts, newest products, inspiration, etc. And of course, the giveways are the cherry on top!

Grammy Gayle said...

Great pictures! Glad to hear you are feeling better and you are BACK!!
This is my first time responding to a blog. I enjoy your blog and other scrapbooking blogs for the inspiration and the ideas and much much more.

Natalie said...

WOW, what an amazing place...simply stunning!!! I love blog reading for inspiration...I love seeing what other people do with the products that are currently sitting on my desk...and I also love reading about their lives...on the odd occasion I have even implemented ideas and strategies from blog reading into my own life. I always enjoy your blog Jana....got a little worried you weren't doing it anymore :).

Sheila Mayden said...

Wonderful pics!

I look to blogs for inspiration and I am so inspired by your blog. You are soooooooo talented!

Shannon Hager said...

Amazing pictures! I look to blogs for inspiration. I love to see layouts, page ideas, and your wonderful photos!

Becky said...

Hi Jana,
The thing I love about blogs is seeing the amazing creativity and talent of ladies like you!! I am not very creative, so I get lots of inspiration from following creative bloggers! Thanks for sharing your creativity with us! :)

Ebony van der Starre said...

Welcome back!!! I love poppping by your blog!!! what amazing photos of our trip!!! Wow!!
I love visiting blogs not only for inspiration but to read the stories behind the people and the photos we see on scrapbook pages. Its so uplifting to read the everyday, and even the hardship stories behind the faces on the blogs. Its great when people can find the time to leave comments of encouragement for others too!! thanks for providing a great inspirational blog!

Jillian Deiling Cassity said...

you are such a busy woman, wow!! I'm so glad that you had fun on your houseboat but so sorry about the tooth ache, I'm so glad you got it fixed but yuck! I'm sorry you had to live with that pain for so long!

iluvmybugs said...

Lake Powell is amazing...been there once and can't wait to go back! Sorry you had to suffer with that toothache while you were on vacation.

The reason I enjoy visiting blogs is to see all the amazing things people create and share..love looking and being inspired.

alisa logue said...

Looks like you had an amazing trip! What a great kit! I love visiting blogs for the creative inspiration! -Alisa

Nitasha said...

I love reading blogs so much because of all of the inspiration. I learn so much from reading blogs and also challenge myself to try new techniques and ideas! Giveaways are sweet, but not one of my top reasons for reading blogs! BTW, your giveaway rocks! I think Noel should rename the kit Sweet Jana!!!!

angie gutshall said...

I've been checking your site and wondering what happen to you!! So glad you have a call from God and the best part you answered it! Love that giveaway I didn't get to get this kit but really NEED it!!! MISSED YOU!! My God bless you at your new job!

Lisa said...

For me it's about the inspiration, if I've lost my mojo a little blog hopping will definitely revive it! So glad to see you back and thanks for the chance to win such a fab prize! Love your blog!

LeahMartin said...

Your blog is BY FAR my favorite scrap blog! I stop by for a quick read everytime I have a minute to look for scrap inspiration. My favorite part about your blog is your sketches! I have used them many times! I love to look at blogs for the inspiration and tips, I'm sure the giveaways are great, but I have never won one before! It would be great to win such an amazing prize! Keep up the amazing work!

Gretchen a/k/a StampingRooster said...

Your photos are gorgeous! and that's what I love about reading blogs: seeing the beautiful things others create and being inspired by them to go out and create something myself. Thanks for sharing.

isabel scrap said...

I love your blog so much, you are such a great inspiration for me.
thanks for the chance to win

la zaz said...

I'm french and I like to read Us blogs for inspiration for my layouts, but also to see the american life and all these feelings... I found some great friends !!!

the mustik said...

Well : inspiration, tutorials, techniques and joy, happiness and love.
I love "scrap" blogs.

isa dona said...

I love reading your blog everyday, so much inspiration and awesome ideas.
I scraplift some of the layouts i found in blogs... or some sketches.
Love the giveaway too :-)

Karine R. said...

I love the ideas, I love to meet people on line and I love all the new things that I can learn and see.

Im addict to scrapbook and loved the kit

xoxo

Cheryl said...

Most of the blogs that I read are scrapbooking or cardmaking blogs and I read them for inspiration. If they are favourites, I keep them on my blog reader so that I can check them out on a regular basis. I love your blog and get lots of ideas from you, so keep up the good work!! Sorry about your tooth, I have had a few root canals myself and know that they aren't fun. Your vacation looks like it was alot of fun! Glad you are back though!

Melissa said...

Ugh, not too fun to come home from a little vacation to a root canal!
My favorite part of reading blogs is getting cool ideas, catching up on my bloggy friends and it's way more fun than the morning paper! LOL

scrappin_in_AK said...

Glad you had a break and it looks beautiful. What I love best about blogs are the inspiring projects

Rachelle said...

It depends on which blog I am reading on what I enjoy best. Some blogs I read for the inspiration and some blogs I read for the entertainment factor.

Luann said...

Glad you are back! I love to blog hop because of all the inspiration and talented people. I love it when I see something "outside the box".

juliescrapbook said...

For me it's the projects. it inspires me to create something. You are a great source of inspiration for me. Thank you.

Jennifer DeWolfe said...

Hey Jana! Good to see you back! Sounds like a wonderful time at the lake and now I want to go check it out :) Also, congratulations on the new "job" whatever it might be and your new calling at the church. Best of luck in both. I love reading your blog because I find your work so inspiring. I have often scraplifted some of your ideas :) Thanks and keep up the awesome work!

jessica_haley555 said...

Over course I love seeing your scrapbook pages. As I am a scrapbooker too that is a given. However, its not just the layouts I enjoy. I also really appreciate your perspective.

For example your comments about using your camera phone because its really the memory that matters reminded me why we love this hobby.

Damaris said...

WOW!!! Pretty awesome giveaway. I love blogging because it's such a grand way to glimpse at a little piece of people's personal world. To see how people create, the process they go through and the willingness to share with others. That is an amazing blessing!
Thank YOU for sharing so much inspiration and allowing me plenty of scraplifts!!!! LOL
Hugs,
Damaris

Jennifer Hansen said...

I love the projects - especially those that aren't like my style.

Maggie said...

I was wondering where you were, but after seeing the amazing pics, I would disappear as well..
Great to have you back my friend,
Maggie
http://cuttingabove.blogspot.com

Natalie Elphinstone said...

What gorgeous photos!
I love reading my blogs mainly for the constant inspiration. Inspiration on how to use the stuff in my stash, as well as inspiration on all the yummy new products I need to have!
Plus, a good giveaway never hurts either ;-)

Steph Zerbe said...

What a great kit, to say the least.
I like reading blogs to see what others do witht he same products I have. The projects are what I keep going back for!

Lynn said...

Glad you're back. I love your LO's. Your work is amazing. The giveaway is incredible! Best of luck with your new jobs!

VeronicaA said...

You were deeply missed but I'm glad that you''re back. Reading blogs is a mjor source of inspiration for me. It constantly reminds me that the sky is the limit for crafting. I can't get enough of looking at the projects. That is probably my favorite of the three choices. But I certainly don't diminish the value of giveaways.lol Thanks for the opportunity to win such a fabulous giveaway. You're the best. Blessings on your new job.
Veronica

LG said...

What an amazing adventure you had! Thanks for this fabulous giveaway. So much happened to me and my family this month and seeing those photos gorgeous makes life worth living and exploring. (I just lost my FIL)

I love reading blogs mainly for inspiration but I also love reading stories about daily life and seeing some gorgeous photos. It makes me feel I was there, on another part of that world

Linh C. said...

I love to read blogs for the tips, whether scrapbooking related or otherwise. Second to that would be the GIVEAWAYS! :)

nanapatty said...

I love seeing how unique everyone's creativity is which gives me inspiration. Blogs also give us a sense of connectedness to each other.

Amy Powell said...

I enjoy reading blogs to get inspiration. I like to get ideas on fun things to do with my favorite products. And of course giveaways are great too :)

Kristen Watts said...

Glad you are feeling better. I love all the inspiration I get from surfing blogs. Gets me out of my creative slumps. I also enjoy the giveaways!

Allison Cope said...

Hope your mouth is healing and feeling better Jana! Nothing's worse that feeling yucky on vacation.

I live reading blogs... especially learning new techniques and seeing all kinds of cool inspirational pieces.

SABINA said...

Hi Jane! Thanks for this fab giveaway. I like visiting blogs to see what everyone does and to be inspired by other creations. I love tips and tutorials too.

isay said...

wow! those are some gorgeous photos! i'm glad you had a great time. thank you for your generosity and for the chance to win. what a great giveaway you have! i love visiting blogs for inspiration , i love learning new techniques and ideas. when my creative mojo is low i tend to blog hop for inspirations.

Serendipity (Christine) said...

I so enjoy being a follower of your blog - your layouts totally inspire me, your techniques and tips - all so brilliant, thank you :-)

Teresa said...

Hellooooo. Lake Powell looks like a beautiful place to visit. I think you're brave spending a whole week without a computer LOL.
I love reading blogs for the tips especially, but I love a pretty photo to look at too.

Veronica said...

What a beautiful picture. House boating is so much fun. I love reading blogs for tips, techniques and projects! Love your blog!

Dawn said...

Welcome Home Jana! Your vacation photos are simply stunning. Glad your tooth is feeling better, nothing worse than tooth pain >.<
Why do I like reading blogs? It's all about inspiration. Scrapbook blogs inpire me to create something with all my pretty papers and embellishments. Art blogs inspire me to draw. And some others offer funny or thoughtful antecdotes about life, that make me laugh or cry (in a good way). What better way to start a day than with a cup of coffee and a blogroll??!!

Teresa Loop said...

What I enjoy the most about your blog is how completely down to earth, and personable you are! I feel like I know you, and I've watched your kids grow. I also absolutely adore your scrapping style, and am always glad to see what you do with the product that I must rush right out and get!

Sorry to hear about your tooth, there really is nothing like tooth pain. Glad it's all taken care of and you can scrap pain-free!

Look forward to seeing what you post next....

Dawn Edwards said...

Jana those photos look amazing. It looks like a fabulous place to go on vacation. Great to read your tooth is no longer a pain. The thing I enjoy most about reading blogs is the fun stories everyone shares. It's amazing how much you can get to know someone (or think you know them)simple by following their blog. Techniques are always a Huge favorite too!

Darlene S. said...

I could have sworn I had left a comment before but I don't see it- weird!

I love to follow blogs because of all of the amazing inspiration- from tutorials, projects, and tips, what's not to love? Giveaways are always nice to find too. I really do love the blog world! :D

I blogged about this giveaway yesterday at scrappygolucky.blogspot.com Thanks for the chance! :)

Erica912 said...

Being that my time to scrapbook these days is very limited it is nice to still be able to take a peek into what wonderful things others are creating and honestly, I love the types of blogs that give some insight into their lives at the same time.

kymmie said...

I read blogs near daily for inspiration and motivation. Just reading/seeing all the creativity happening motivates me to create.

jennifer said...

I mostly like reading for the projects, I love seeing what other people have created, and am constantly amazed at the variety of talent out there. It always inspires me to go and get crafting! I have just become a follower so I can keep seeing your awesome pages!

I also go to blogs for the mix of things though, if a blog is just about projects it doesn't necessarily have much life in it, so I like it when a blog includes lots of stories and photos too. xx

Debbi Tehrani said...

So happy to see you back, Jana! I was getting a little worried, LOL! Glad you were away doing happy things!

My favorite thing about blogs is to look at the scrapbook pages people make. I always love seeing yours!

Jeannie from PolkaCabana.wordpress.com said...

Oh wow! It would make my DAY, my YEAR to win this prize package!! How wonderful!!!

Leigh said...

My favourite thing about reading blogs is getting inspired by the beautiful layouts and photos people share.

KellyG said...

Love your most recent sketch! I am always inspired by your sketches and your work! I go to different blogs for different things, some have good tutorials, some have good ideas and I just like to see what others are doing. Very generous giveaway, thanks for the chance to win!

KimR said...

I love reading blogs for several reasons. Like for instance, I totally want to show DH this post tomorrow and see about going there for our next vacation! I love going to blogs for inspiration in scrapping, in life, in fasion...sometimes it is just to relax!

Mystica said...

I love reading snippets on how people live! I must be a curious person because I do enjoy the photographs, the bits of information about children, the cookery - everything in fact!
The giveaways are the bonus.

If this is open for overseas readers I would like to be entered.

Tanis said...

OMG Jana, your vacation spot looked absolutely breathtaking!! (well deserved)
I love checking out blogs for ideas and just to see what my favorites are up to around the world! Nice to see you are back blogging.
Thanks for the opportunity to win this amazing prize...I'm crossing my fingers!

Candace H said...

Oh, wow, those photos of your vactaion spot are amazing! Without a doubt, my #1 reason for reading blogs is INSPRIRATION! Sometimes for layouts, other times for projects, sometimes home decor or organizing, but I always come away learning something new and creative after a nice long time "in the blogs."

Keshet said...

Well, this more than makes up for any tardiness,hee!

irene said...

Hello Jana, what a beautiful photo's you took on your vacation. Seems like your the only people on teh world there. Thanks for this huge giveaway and the change for us to take part in it. What I look for in a blog is inspiration. The more lo's I can see, the happier I am. So your blog is great the way it is. Love to see your work. Bye Irene

Arjanne said...

I love give-aways, naturally, but I visit blogs for the layouts. I always hope to find something interesting and new!

Debi said...

I love the lay-out ideas and different uses of products. I love blogs with sketches. And I love blogs with tutorials.

Jackie Pocock said...

I love to read blogs as it gives me a lot of inspiration for my own layouts and also a great way to see so many varieties of crafts.

Sorry to hear about your toothache, having had root canal treatment this past week myself I really sympathise.

Tarren said...

Giveaways are always a plus on blogs, but the reason I keep returning is for the layout inspiration! A scrapbooking blog wouldn't be a scrapbooking blog without at least one picture of a layout per post or at the least every other post!

Wendy said...

wow! that is an amazing kit...can people outside the USA join in? Well anyway i love blogs...love them...on your blog i love the sketches the most i always use them as a starting point!

Jamie said...

I'm glad to see you had a good time & I'm even more glad that you're finally back. I don't visit very many blogs on a regular basis, but I LOVE visiting yours & for soooo many reasons. I LOVE your ideas, tips, tutorials, and especially your sketches (I've REALLY missed you on that blog & I was super excited to see recent posts there). That Noel Mignon kit is absolutely amazing! Thanks for the chance to win!

Just Us said...

They inspire me to get out and get creative...I love eyecandy!!

Sandy said...

I love the tips given on blogs. Especially ones that show how to make embellishments. I just love making my own for my pages. I also like the inspiration I get from the beautiful layouts created by these talented ladies. Thanks for the chance to win this beautiful kit by Noel Mignon. I just love her kits they are packed with such wonderful goodies!

Tina said...

How fabulous that you got to have some time away with your family!! That's what it's all about eh?
When surfing blogs, I love to look at the projects. I find so much inspiration in other people's work! i alsolove getting to know people thru their work and their writings... it really makes me feel like I "know" some of them, ya know?
So keep bloggin' Jana, and I'll keep reading! :)

Smita said...

The vacation pics are stunning!! What a lovely place. Hope you are doing better now...

I blog surf to read about the lives and lifestyles of people around the world , to see their projects and I also love tutorials. I love love trying out tutorials that I can work on with my limited supplies.

Tarida said...

Hey Jana, what a great , wonderful giveaway! I love reading blogs getting inspired by other scrappers and I love giveaways because here where I live there are not so many shops for scrappers.
So , thanks for this fantastic opportunity to win!!
Tarida

P.S. I love autumn too

Melissa Miller said...

I love reading blogs to get ideas for projects, pages, and just general good ideas. If feel like it is a network of "friends" just sharing good information and I love it!
Melissa in Draper

Helen Tilbury said...

Oooh just popped in in time for the giveaway! Holiday time for the kids means busy times for mums...hard to squeeze in the blogging at times ;-D I like to read blogs to get an idea about what life is like in other parts of the world to braoden my horizons & because it's the intelligent thing to do, rather than just think that all that exists is within our borders. I have learnt so much about the worl & people this way!

Rita said...

thanks for this chance... I like the projetc but also tip and tutorial!

Rebecca Kvenvolden said...

awesome! i love getting ideas of different techniques to try but especially sketches!

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