Wednesday, March 7, 2012

March Happiness & a Giveaway!

The month of March pretty much rocks!
First off, it is my birthday month. Which I celebrate all month. Honestly.
I like to make a big deal out of it. I am just always so grateful to be on this earth for another year. Why not celebrate?!? I try to do little things throughout the month that are special. A new candle that I've tucked away, breaking open a new bath soap, taking a leisurely bath instead of a quick shower, etc. are just some of the things that make my March a little more special.

This year is a big one. A really big one. A new decade. Somewhere between the 30th and 50th decades; ) I can honestly say that my feeling toward this one is, "Bring it on baby"!  I am lucky to have some friends that are older than I am and they have done a wonderful job of preparing me well! Most of all, I am so grateful to be in the best shape of my life. Not being dramatic either people. I have never worked this hard on me...ever! And I am so glad that I have. I can go into this decade with a healthier lifestyle as well as a more fit self. (Side note: I am thinking that perhaps I should post a before and after photo as some point. Not sure if I am ready for that yet. Let me know if you want to see. That may be a little outside of my comfort zone, lol!) But, I am hoping to bring in this decade with a deeper appreciation for all of the things I have as well as an even more positive outlook than I currently have. Some days are just a drag, I just need to recover more quickly from them sometimes. At any rate, I am ready!

Hopefully you have found my blog today via Scrapbook Steals! If you have WELCOME! So happy to have you stop by. And to my three, new, recent followers...HI! I truly get a little bit of giddiness when I see my follower number increase. I know my blog isn't the most exciting thing ever but I do love sharing what I make and hopefully make even just one of you more inspired, or cheerier or hungrier (see some of my baking posts!)

Anyway, you know when something happens that just makes you so happy that you have to share it? That's how I feel today! I am honored to be the guest designer on the Scrapbook Steals Blog today. Kristy Lee was kind enough to ask me to design and I got to do so with It's the Little Things by Fancy Pants. What a gorgeous kit! I won't do a rewrite of what I said on the Scrapbook Steals blog but let's just say that crafting with this kit was so fun! I love the colors and the tones. Here are the projects that I made for the blog:

It was so fun to be able to do this! It is really fun to create for others and for a bigger audience. I hope to get the chance to do it again sometime!

Well, since it is my birthday month I want to give away a gift to ONE OF YOU! Hooray! I've been wanting to do a giveaway for a while and these seems like the perfect opportunity.

Would you like to win this?
Hopefully you know what it is but if not, check out this link (<<---click there) 

Essentially it is a handy-dandy little tool that easily adds adhesive to the back of pretty much anything for you to stick on to your crafts. I love mine and I want you to love one too! All you have to do is leave a comment on this post along with a contact email address and I will pick a random winner! Please leave your comment no later than 11:59CST on Sunday, March 11th. I'd wait all the way until my birthday (on the 27th) but that is just too long to wait! If there is room in the shipping envelope, I may add some other goodies as well! I will see what I can fit! 

Thank you so much for stopping by today! I am truly grateful to anyone who takes the time to read all of my exciting, interesting, really cool, infrequent blog posts! Good luck on the give away as well! Please do check back soon. I have some fun ideas that I will be sharing this month and hope that you can be a part of it.

Scrap Happy~Melissa


  1. great blog post Melissa! congrats on being the guest designer and also to a happy and healthy new you. your kids are adorable.

    although I have two xyron X's I would love to win this for a friend who is just getting into scrapping.

    emai is girliemish at yahoo dot com

  2. From your picture, I wouldn't guess you are almost "over the hill." You don't look a day over 30 :)
    And I would love another X - then I could give one to the kids and not worry about them taking mine.

  3. Love all of your projects!! Great sketches! Hopefully I will be able to get to them soon! I actually don't have an X yet! Thanks for the chance to win!!
    Ra6352 (at) gmail (dot) com

  4. Love the sketches and fabulous job on all the projects you created!

  5. Great projects, Melissa! You did an awesome job as the guest sketcher!

  6. Hi Melissa- I came from scrapbook steals. Love the heart card the most. Happy Birthday!! I love your outlook, I agree we are so fortunate & lucky. And to have spent so much time getting yourself healthy as you go into the new year is sure something to celebrate! I am sure it was a lot of work. Good job!

  7. Happy Birthday, Melissa!!!! I love your sketches on, I can't wait to try to incorporate those into my albums. Your layouts are beautiful too :)
    Thanks for the chance to win the X! Enjoy your month :)

  8. Wonderful sketches! I love your work Melissa!

  9. You did so great and YES I WANT to see a before and after ;) Hope your birthday is the bestest.

  10. Great work, Melissa! Happy Birthday!!! March is a special month here too. Four of the six people in my house have a March birthday! The other two are April and May. We have a very busy Spring!

  11. Happy Birthday month! And congrats on being the guest designer this month! Your layouts are gorgeous and being a card-maker I LOVE your super cute cards! Beautiful work as always! I love that you celebrate all month long! And can you believe I don't even own an X yet? Thanks for the chance to win one! akwilliams76 (at) gmail (dot) com

    Happy early Birthday!

  12. Melissa, I am so thrilled to be your "follower" and friend! Your blog is amazing, your crafty work is outstanding, and your friendship is cherished. Congrats on your "new decade" and your personal accomplishments. I'd love to see before/after pics to help motivate me on my path to a healthier me.

  13. Happy Birthday! I am so glad I found you at scrapbook steals. Your layout is soo cute and I especially like the heart card. Do you have a button so that I can share your link on my blog? Good Luck to everyone and happy birthday once more.
    Loriann (blossom9283 at gmail dot com)

  14. Happy Birthday!
    I was so excited to see you were the guest designer for this week's MWM! Gorgeous layouts and now I can see so much more of what you do via your blog, yay.
    And aren't Xs fantastic!?! I've been meaning to get a second - one for repositionable and one for permanent, so now I'll just wait a hot minute. Good luck to everyone!
    -- jessdarrant at --

  15. HAPPY BIRTHDAY MELISSA!! I was totally inspired by your "getting healthy for the new decade" plan. BTW: you look fabulous & not a day over 29!! ;) I'm not far behind (1-1/2 yrs) & because of a car accident that has disabled me I have gained a bunch of weight. It's hard to work out when you can't even walk a Hobby lobby without almost collapsing. But, there are so many more was to get healthy than working out. Because of you, I have decided to stop fighting my Dr. get my blood work done & finally figure out if I need to lower the cholesterol & sugar! On a more positive note, because of the accident I have embraced the world of scrapping! What a wonderful community of such talented people, such as yourself! Your work is gorgeous & your designs for this week are amazing! I WOULD LOVE TO OWN A XYRON!! A week ago I was working on a vacation souvenir paper bag album for my parents trip to Hawaii (40 yr. Anniversary gift to one another!!) & I ran out of adhesive, my ATG broke, and I had finish most of the project with Elmer's glue. What a mess!! BTW: Elmer's+ribbon=disaster! So..Please, pretty please choose me for a Xyron. It would be the answer to my scrappy prayers!! *hanging head in shame for begging* :)

  16. Oops...sorry forgot my email ::
    Bonus: I do have pretty cool initials: SLY ! -at least I think they are-

  17. I hit the big 4-0 in October. It is much better than it sounds. I loved your ideass on Scrapbook Steals and decided to check out your blog. A Xyron X is an awesome giveaway. I have just about worn mine out.

  18. Love, love love your sketches! you are such an inspiration! Yeah for birthday months!