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May 02, 2014

Ready, set… scrapbook!

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National Scrapbook Day is here. And oh mama, is there some stuff going on! 

FIRST: Sign up for the National Scrapbook Day event at Big Picture Classes. It's free. It's easy. And I'll be sharing a video and layout at Noon Eastern time. But it's not just me. Instructors who I adore will be sharing their videos and layouts all day long. That, and we'll be sharing layouts on Instagram all day long, as well. Plus, giveaways and scrapbook joy will ensue. Click here to register and for more information. So there's that.

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SECOND: I'll be guest posting tonight at the Scrapbook & Cards Today blog. Super honored to be invited to participate. I'm slated for the 8 p.m. Eastern hour. They too will be having posts throughout the day with giveaways by some of your favorite companies. So there's also that. 

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THIRD: Designer Digitals is celebrating NSD by offering 20% off everything in the store. Saving money is never a bad thing. Find my collection by clicking here. So there's also that.

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FOURTH: I have a set of National Scrapbok Day cards designed exclusively for you and for your printing pleasure. I'm included the layered PSD files in this package for those of you who like a little more control over your colors. Download them by clicking on the link below. So there's also that. (Oh, and there's also the ones I did earlier in the month, in case you missed them.)

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FIFTH: Just enjoy the day if in fact you get a chance to sit down and play with a little paper and glue to celebrate this pretty amazing hobby. 

Scrapbooking is cool. That's not an oxymoron.

Now hang out those NSD stockings by the chimney with care, and enjoy your Saturday.

Comments

Thanks for the all the inside scoop and keeping us on track. I have a question maybe you can answer. Is tomorrow's videos and such only available live or will it be archived in case we have some other things going on throughout the day? I would like to try to plan in case it's not. Thanks for your help!

If I get my "writing chores" done today, my reward will be some scrapping time tomorrow! Looking forward to it. Now to get off the computer and get to work.

Thanks for the info, Cathy! And the great printables.

thank you for the cards! :)

You rock. Every day. Thanks so much for the info and the cards. :)

Thanks for the great info and for just being you! I am looking forward to playing tomorrow! Patti :)

The cards are great! Love the colours!

Thank you!!!

Thank You!

Cindy, I'm guessing they will all be archived! No worries if you can't get there straight away!

I have laundry that still needs to happen on NSD! Here's to getting our stuff done!

Thanks for sharing your talent and life with us. Love reading each day!

Happy NSD Cathy, thank you for the delicious cards!

I just watched your video and have to thank you for the inspiration. But more importantly, thank you for the message! I REALLY needed to hear that today especially. The biggest thing that gets in my way of scrapbooking is comparison. I compare my stuff to others and then feel bad about my layouts because I don't feel they are good enough. I am stopping that *&%$ today!

Thanks again! You frigging rock! :)

Thank You!

Happy NSD, Cathy! Thank you for the inspiration and the lovely cards. And for your awesome, awesome BPC video. You. Rock.

Great cards! Thanks!

Glad you liked it!

Thank you for the files, it's been a fantastic day today got one layout done and kit put together for the rest of the month to scrapbook.

Thank you!

A little off topic - I just read your post about sleep issues and separate beds (I can relate - it's the one part of my life I keep a complete secret from my family and friends) - anyhow, I would just like to recommend 2 things that really help my husband and I stay asleep through the night - as in, not even waking up to pee anymore (I have a theory that we don't wake up because we have to pee, we have to pee because we wake up).

The first thing is to take Magnesium Citrate (or glycinate - any one with "ate" at the end, not Magnesium Oxide which isn't as bioavailable) at bedtime - start at around 300 mg and work your way up to 500 mg or until your stools become too soft (bonus - it keeps you very regular). Magnesium calms the neurons in your brain. When I started doing this I would fall asleep around 11 and wake up in the morning around 7 without waking up at all at night, it was beautiful.

The second thing is to eat honey before bed. I drink a cup of green tea just before bed with a tsp of honey in it. My husband just eats about a tbsp of honey right off the spoon. It really works! It has something to do with the evolutionary need for something sweet after dinner (aka dessert - we don't crave dessert after breakfast or lunch, why dinner?) - and the steady release of glucose/fructose helping the brain as we sleep. I'm completely Paleo and try not to eat sugar at all, but the honey trick has just been phenomenal. The bonus is that even if I get woken up at night, by the dog or my son or whatever, I still feel refreshed the next day, fairly energetic and not groggy. It's bizarre.

Anyway, they are 2 innocuous, cheap, and easy things to try. I was skeptical, but now I'm a believer :)

I've enjoyed your blog for years, and always appreciate your honesty.

Steph, would you believe I have a bottle of Magnesium Glycinate and Mixed Magnesium?

I had trouble with the Mag G. making my stomach upset, so I never continued trying it. I recently got the Mixed Magnesium and have not had conclusive results.

But, i've never tried honey in tea before bed. I'd just do the honey. Thanks for the tips. I really am trying to experiment with all kinds of things.

I just have to say that I loved your video yesterday. It made me giggle several times. You tell it like it is, and I love that about you. Thank you. Please don't ever stop scrapbooking.
And P.S.--- Can't you use the back side of all the cardstock that you used as test pieces?

thanks for the download! Happy NSD

You are simply wonderful. You were my favorite part of Big Picture yesterday. You made me laugh and made me feel like I could scrap it all. Thanks for your cheerfulness and amazing energy. :o)

I know some people can have trouble with Magnesium re: their digestive systems. My preference is Citrate. Maybe oxide would be a better choice for you simply because it's less bioavailable? What about starting really low and titrating up really slowly? Another thing you could do is take a bath using Epsom salts - the magnesium gets absorbed through the skin. Maybe a warm bath before bed?

Hopefully the honey will do the trick! Even if it's a placebo effect - who cares as long as it works. I got this info from a blog who got it from either Tim Ferris or The BulletProof Exec (I forget which one) - they're both big n=1 experimenters. There's even a book on the subject, apparently.

Your video at Big Picture was my absolute favorite!!! Your message was was so true and it was a great reminder to me. And - the end? I laughed so hard that I almost had an accident. I even had my husband watch the end and we couldn't stop laughing. You = amazing!

Thank you Cathy for the message on NSD! Your video was entertaining and was a much needed reminder!!!! Loved seeing your throw away pages...it's nice to see that the pro's don't just throw it down on the page in 15 minutes!!!

THANK YOU for your download Cathy :)

Good luck with your sleeping too - our family doctor has suggested 1/2 a banana before bed to my husband (he hasn't tried it yet because he is not a banana eater). Not sure about night time sleeping but I know it helps me when I get up in the middle of the night to top up my pain meds, I take my tablets with a banana, wait a while for things to kick in then head back to bed for a few hours sleep => maybe a banana with a spoon of honey will work

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