A few weeks ago I was approached by Sara Gleason, a member of The Flock and the creative mind behind Zinnias & Swallowtails, about contributing to a charity collaboration she was putting together for the oil spill in the Gulf Coast. Sara has been living on the Gulf Coast for many years and was affected dramatically by the disaster.
She assembled 45 designers from the community and coordinated Hands Across The Gulf, a charity collaboration to raise money that will support the recovery efforts in the Gulf region.
Participating designers include: Aja Abney, Amy Martin, Biograffiti, Boutique Cute Dolls, Createwings Designs, Deena Rutter, Designs by Cindy Schneider, Designs by Crystal Livesay, Dido Designs, Dunia Designs, Emily Merritt Designs, Fiddle Dee Dee Designs, Fizzy Pop Designs, FruitLoOp Sally Designs, Laurie Ann (Heaven’s Gate Designs), Holliewood Studios, Holly Designs, Holly Spring Designs, Jazzmin Designs, Jennifer Barrette Designs, Jacque Larsen, Juliana Kneipp Designs, Kay Miller Designs, Kaye Winiecki, Kitty Designs, Kristin Aagard Designs, Lauren Grier, Leora Sanford, Loreta Labarca, Micheline Martin, Nikki Beaudreau, Paislee Press, One Little Bird Designs, Sabrina Dupre, Sahlin Studio, Sarah Cornish of My 4 Hens Photography, Shabby Miss Jenn, Studio Basic Designs, Sugarplum Paperie, Tickled Pink Studios, Tiny Toes Designs, Tracie Stroud, Vera Lim, Vinnie Pearce, and zinnias and swallowtails.
page by Kelly:
page by Sarah:
For more than 90 days, oil gushed into the Gulf of Mexico before the leak was finally “capped” in late July. It is estimated that approximately 4.9 million barrels (or 205.8 million gallons) of oil spilled into the waters. It has been one of the biggest environmental disasters in decades. Hundreds of miles of beaches, wetlands, and estuaries along the northern Gulf Coast have been impacted. The spill continues to cause extensive damage to marine and wildlife habitats as well as the Gulf’s fishing and tourism industries. Families are without work and marine and land animals continue to suffer. There are still many unknowns about the long term effects of the oil and of chemical disbursements used in attempts to curtail the flow and impact upon the regional coastline and waters.
Thank you for your support!
A little sneak peek of my upcoming kit, Abide, which will debut on Monday, August 16th at my store. This kit is a classic case of how I was struck by a single word and carried around in my head for several days. Abide – to remain stable or fixed in a place. With everything around me in constant motion, sometimes I have to resist to urge to stretch my arms out and ask everything to just slow down a little – stay awhile. What’s the hurry? Let’s remain in place just for a second and soak it all in. That’s when we discover the little things and have the chance to feel that undeniable pull in our heart towards something or someone. It’s all in the fine details.
To enter for your chance to win this digital kit, simply leave a comment below by August 15th at 11:59 PM (EST). You can improve your odds of winning by posting about this giveaway on Twitter, Facebook or your blog – or all three. Just make sure you come back here and post links in the comments section (please post as a new comment each time) so every entry counts towards your chances to win.
I will announce the winner when I announce the release of Abide on my blog on August 16th.
Remember that subscribers to my newsletter, The Cage Liner, receive an exclusive discount on new releases. So make sure you subscribe and save!
Good luck everyone!
Several weeks ago one of The Flock, Leslie Coltrain (a.k.a. 1girl1boy), had her page selected for the Weekly Layout Spotlight over at the Creating Keepsakes blog. You can imagine how we all hollered and made a spectacle of ourselves. It wasn’t the first time a member of The Flock had been featured, but we like any excuse to party. They featured her Everywhere I Look page, which appeared here on my blog in the Inspiration post for What Do You See?
Then lo and behold, a few days ago CK chose Leslie’s page again to compete for their monthly CK Reader’s Poll, and if she wins her layout will be featured in an upcoming issue of Creating Keepsakes magazine.
Ummm …. :: falls off chair ::
If you get a chance, both Leslie and I would be extremely grateful if you cast a vote (or two, or ten .. you can vote more than once) in her direction. Votes will be accepted through Monday, August 9, 2010 at 9:00 a.m.
I don’t know if Leslie has ever submitted a page for publication before – I know I haven’t, because I’m a big chicken – so for her to have the opportunity to appear in the magazine simply for posting a beautiful page to the CK gallery is the ultimate in good fortune. And it would be the first One Little Bird page to appear in CK magazine (or any magazine), as far as I know. If that’s not the case, let me know, so I can have a heart attack. That’s just good information for you all to have going forward – if you get published somewhere using my products, shoot me an email, yo! I will shower you in praise and gifts! Don’t be a stranger!
Thanks in advance for your votes, I really hope Leslie wins this!
If you read my posts via RSS feed, you’ll have to stop by and check out the newly redesigned blog. I have a lot of sneaky little plans for the future and many of them hinged on finding some Real Estate on my blog, so I was putting them off until I had a chance to redesign and insert some functionality for “future endeavors”. I’ve gone with the Field of Dreams approach, and now that I’ve built it … they will come.
I have also created a One Little Bird Flickr Group called The Birdbath (because it’s a photo “Pool” – get it?). It’s a place where you can share all of your pages and projects with me that use One Little Bird products – and if I feature your page on my blog you’ll receive a free product of your choice (excluding collaborations, of course). Over in the sidebar there’s a small gallery showing the most recent 10 submissions to The Birdbath and I hope that it will grow into a large community of scrappers, photographers and crafters who can draw upon one another for inspiration. Pages do not have to be created using only One Little Bird products, but if they’re not you should probably drop a little caption on your image posting giving credit to the other designer(s) present on the page.
If you’re new to Flickr, you can sign up for a free account and start posting your pages right away. You just have to join my group, upload photos to your account, then choose the “Add to Group” icon directly above your image on the photo page. A few of my friends have their own Flickr Groups, too, so you can enter your Paislee Press pages in the Paislee Press Group and your Kitschy Digitals pages in the Kitschy Digitals Group.
I’ve been a Flickr user for quite a while now, many of my family members subscribe to the RSS feed for my Flickr Photostream and they can see all my layouts as I upload them. It allows me to share all my creations with them without directing them to one of the scrapbooking sites or my Facebook page.
I’m still tweaking things here and there, but it will all come together one day to form my Bird Empire – and we will rule the galaxy!
Or it’ll just be pretty … which is fine, too.
She’s done it again – but then again, when doesn’t she?
Liz is releasing a new kit on Friday and you can enter to win it.
I’ve even created a page with it:
Wishing Jar Giveaway
You can enter to win this kit before it’s released! All you have to do is head over to the Paislee Press blog by Thursday, July 29th at 11:59 PM (PST) and leave your comment there. And if you can increase your chances by posting about it on your blog or social media sites. Getcha some!
Good luck everyone!