Monday, July 14, 2008

And so it starts! {WITH A RAK!!!!}

I had to think... what do I want to say? How do I want to start this?
(Do I add crazy color to the text? Do I ignore my shift key? So many important decisions! {wink})

Well, I just want you to join in! I just want you to tell your story!! I want to be inspired by YOU!

But I want you to tell it... get those pens out... warm up the printer... and TELL IT!

I love challenge blog sites! Sketch sites, eclectic artsey sites, challenges prompted by "one little word"... I love 'em. For two reasons. First, I love to see what everyone else comes up with.
Secondly, I want that prompt. I want that "thing" that gets me up, walkin' across the house to my scrap area, diggin' through my papers and embellishment, that spurs me to create.

So that is what we're gonna do-try to prompt YOU to create, and really tell your story!

What spurred this? Trips to vintage stores were piles and piles of pictures lay in stacks. Separated from their families by estate sales and garage sales because no one told them why this or that person was important, and what their story was! Sometimes there is a note on the back. Rarely there is a note in the margin. Even more rare, an expression of humor! No more! Let's not let the story be lost... let's not end up in that unidentified pile!!

I am not going to try to reinvest the wheel. Nope. Cuz many before me have done a great job... so I am going to take some prompts from them!!

We give ya a prompt, and some awesome examples... you take two weeks to create... post a link here... we pick a favorite (not looking forward to THAT!)... and that favorite wins a little somethin'! YAY!

SOOOOO, before we start, let's have a little RAK!!!

Comment here, and your entered for a prize!! How about some CHA-Yummies?? (that is right, I'll collect some NEW sneakie peekies, you enter to WIN!! YAY!!!) We'll report back during CHA to keep ya updated on the stash!!

Oh, and before I forget... we have some great prizes comin' up from some FANTASTIC sponsors!... AND some AWESOME guest designers lined up!! Seriously! Talent! Like "face-on-the-cover-of-a-magazine, written-a-couple-books, inspiring-so-many-already kinda talent!!

And our Design Team! THE BOMB! Click on their pictures on the right to move on over to their blogs!

Stay tuned!! First challenge will be posted on Thursday!!(And subscribe-so ya know what's up! AND excuse our dust! This, like us all, is still a work in progress!)

152 comments:

ReneeInLA said...

This is exciting! I can't wait for your first challenge!

Best,
Renee
(ReneeInLA on SiS)

Lori said...

Looking forward to your first challenge!!!

I've got ya bookmarked now!!

Cassie said...

I cannot wait!
:)
Cassie
(Cassie on Sis)

Lori W said...

The site looks fab! Looking forward to being challenged!
Lori :)
(lorwilb on SIS)

MandieGirl said...

Ooh- this sounds fun!!! Count me in!

Glenda Tkalac said...

I'm so looking forward to seeing the first challenge!! I see some familiar faces on the DT, congrats ladies! Will see you all Thursday!

Kristin said...

I have been thinking lately about joining some challenges and this must be where I am to start!

I also want to win a RAK from CHA! I am so excited about what I am seeing so far so this would be great to win something before it hits the stores!

Michelle LaPoint Rydell said...

This looks like a lot of fun - a great idea for a challenge blog! Congrats to the design team! Can't wait to see what you all come up with!

I'm bookmarkin ya too!
xo
Michelle (ravenea on SiS)

Sandy said...

i'm in love with this place already. omg, i can't wait for the first challenge. what a team too..holy moly. (-:

Amy W. said...

Yay, love the concept and can't wait to be inspired! :D

amy w.

P to the A to the T to the T to the Y said...

Oh how I love new challenge blogs:)

MandyKay said...

awesome! i can't wait for the first challenge!

Kimmy said...

let's not end up in that unidentified pile!!

This totally made me laugh because...my aunt refuses to have her picture taken becuase she doesn't want to end up in some antique store. LOL.

Mindy said...

Good for you, Penny! I'm in! I want to do more challenges -- I almost have to have deadlines in order to scrapbook otherwise time gets away from me!

Kathy said...

Well good luck with the new blog. This will definitely be a challenge for me as I am the worst journaler I think there is. I will add you to my list of blogs.

Leigh said...

This looks very cool-- can't wait to see the first prompt!

Sandie said...

Well this all sounds very exciting........I dont like to wait........LOL. But I think I can manage.
Congrats on the new site.
I luv the header by the way - its fabbo.

Look forward to Thursday.

Luv Sandie

Tagnia said...

Looking forward to your challenges

deana said...

I love a challenge! :-)

Kathy said...

How cool! I love challenge blogs. The more the merrier. Can't wait to get started.

Sassy Sasha said...

Yay..this is going to be so fun, I cannot wait to see what you ladies come up with from the first challenge..

So be sure to check back Thursday..

and oh yah Story Tellers..I so cannot wait to work with you fabulous juicy girls.

SS

Brandi said...

Sounds fun!

AnnaB said...

Oooo how cool! I'm soo looking forward to see the first challenge!!!

Plastic said...

Excited - this sounds fun

Colleen said...

How exciting. I know you mentioned this a while back. How fun to see it come about. You are right. I hate to see a bunch of old pictures just tossed out, because no one knows who they are. How sad.

Alison Reid said...

This site looks like fun...I will check back on Thursday.
Thanks

Yaritza said...

I love challenges. They really get my juices flowing. Can't wait till the first one is up.

connie said...

Sounds like fun! Can't wait til Thursday.

Stephanie Baxter said...

Ooooh...this is exciting! i do so love a good prompt!! Gets my creativity kick-started! Adding this blog to my faves!

angie said...

Okay, I'll add you to my list :)

Angie

Jenifer said...

This sounds fantastic I cant wait to start thanks.

polinka said...

Long life to this blog!!

Can't wait for the 1st challenge!! :)

sylv said...

An exciting new challenge blog...I love the idea! I have many stories to tell about myself, but have been VERY afraid/apprehensive about telling those stories. So, I'll definately TRY to come out of my comfort zone and give the challenges a shot.

Crystal said...

this is awesome! I actually feel guilt for those photos in the thrift stores. How sad is that. I scan the back grounds and stare deeply into the eyes of the person. Trying to understand just a little about them. Why are the photos not with the people that should value them? Im a toal nerd I know but this is awesome and Im on board for it.

Cassandra West said...

This sounds like fun!! Love challenge blogs!! Great design team too!!

Kate said...

SOOOO excited for these challenges! Totally adding it to my bloglines!

rachel whetzel said...

Great Challenge Blog!! I'll be linking you in the Gutter Girl Approved list on Gutter Girlz!! (and maybe playing along myself!) :)

Andrea said...

WOW...this just sounds very incredible!!! Can't wait!

Stephanie said...

sounds great!
can't wait to see what Thursday brings.

Stephanie aka choxiegirl

karenvonbaron said...

Looking forward to seeing what's next!!

Aimee said...

can't wait to see what the challenge will be. i've got tons of old pictures that will be perfect!

TheresaK said...

SO excited to be a part of this and to be working with such talened women!! The site looks fantastic Penny!!!! I am looking forward to Thursday!

Jan said...

Sounds like a great blog!! I'm looking forward to what your first challenge will be!
Jan

Leah C said...

oooh had to come on over and check out my girl, Theresa. Looking forward to seeing what you ladies throw our way!!

Sarah said...

I had to pop over and see what Miss Theresa was up to! What an awesome looking challenge blog! Cant wait for your first challenge

MS Maass if your nasty said...

I'm really excited to see this!!!
I just bookmarked ya!

Kristina said...

Congrats on the new blog. Looking forward to see the first challenge. =)

Kristina

(Xtina on SIS)

nancy_scraps said...

Ooooh. I love this concept!!! Looking forward to being challenged by YOU!!

FirstLady Jen said...

I can tell just by the name that I"m going to love this! I love telling stories in my scrapping.

Alisa said...

Penny, this is such a fabulous idea. Can't wait until Thursday.

Nancy said...

Wow! Looks fab! Can't wait to see what types of challenges you come up with!

Greta Adams said...

oh so exciting..i have trouble journaling ...hopefully this iwll help me...woo hooo!!!

marla said...

Oh boy nothing like new goodies to inspire a person to create. I love winning new things. I also LOVE a challenge.

Sara said...

This sounds exactly like what I need right about now! Can't wait to get started on this journey with you!

melita said...

totally subscribing! love challenges! even if i don't get to them all right away =)

Lene said...

Can't wait to see what you bring (in every way).
Will subscribe for sure!
Have fun at CHA!

JenR said...

I've never done a challenge blog, but I'm eager to try one! Can't wait to see what you come up with! :)

RobinDiane said...

Wow! Can't wait for your first challenge!!!

dr said...

Can you say "E-X-C-i-T-e-d!!!"??? I am pumped!!!!

Angela said...

sounds like FUN--yes, in CAPS!

Jilly said...

love the blog header, very cute! will be back to check out the first challenge :)

Coco said...

Cool, I lov challenges, cant wait.
Karee Sue

Elizabeth said...

So exciting!! Looking forward to Thursday :)

Christina C. said...

what a lovely idea. so excited to see what you all come up with!

Nina said...

Waaheey! I just KNOW this challenge blog is going to be fab - with such a talented DT, nothing can go wrong. Looking forward to your first challenge!

the dreamer said...

Awesome! I know what you mean of "needing" that prompt to get creating. It's the same for me sometimes, most of the time lately. Can't wait for your first challenge! =)

Nina
Philippines

stephanie said...

wow cant wait to see what challenges you come up with!

My scrappie life! said...

I wish you all the best with this new Blog.
Can't wait for the first Challenge!!

Jacqueline

Dria said...

This site is going in my favorite places.. What a fantastic idea for a challenge blog!!!

scrappin{jewlz} said...

What a geat idea for a challenge blog! Will have to keep checking back to see what happens next!!

MsMad said...

sounds like fun

Jingle said...

This sounds great! I can't wait to see what you have in store for us!

Allie said...

Sounds like a lot of fun!!! Can't wait for the challenges to start.

June said...

How exciting...can hardly wait to see what you come up with...Thanks fod doing this...

Trishamaus2005 said...

Yay, I looooooove challenges, can't wait for the first one to participate in :) This looks like such a fun place to hang out :)

Trisha

Jennifer said...

I can't wait to see what you have in store for us!

Hannah said...

Way cool! Cannot wait to see the first challenge!!!! Thanks for coming up with a cool new site!

Terri said...

Oh yeah! I'm looking forward to the first challenge - looks like we're going to have lots of fun and be totally inspired! Thank you!!

Chris said...

Sounds like fun ladies!

PattiM said...

Love challenges and who doesn't need a prompt every once in a while.... Can't wait....

PattiM
(Pattie's passion)

I Scrap So All Moments Are Remembered!!!!

jessicamae3 said...

Bookmarked you and will be back often! Thanks for the chance to win some CHA yummy, scrumptios, goodness!
Thanks!

Stacy said...

Nothing like stepping out of your comfort zone! Can't wait to see what is coming up!

~Q~ said...

I've added you to my reader! Sounds exciting - I love challenges as they get my rear in gear. :)

christiv said...

How fun! I love to work on challenges!

Alecia said...

Sounds like so much fun!! Can't wait to see what you have in store for us!

Michelle said...

Wow-awesome site-can't wait to see more.

Darcy said...

Congrats Penny! This should be fun. Can't wait to see what you and the team creates to inspire us.

- Darcy

ScrapAddict21 said...

this sounds awesome! can't wait for the challenges. Bring it on!

Scrappy Doo 2 u said...

Oh wow, can't wait for the first challenge.... bring it on!

Subscribing now!

elissa said...

Love challenges and love your dt. Can't wait for the first challenge!!

Peggy said...

will be watching for the challenge!

mystyle said...

I have some of these type pictures from antique auctions. I love vintage but I haven't scrapped with them. Is you 1st challenge going to be to scrap something VINTAGE? Can't wait to find out!!

Dana said...

Yippe! Can't wait to start playing!

RobinV said...

Looks like fun. Can't wait to see the challenges.

wendipooh13 said...

love your intro!!!! sounds like tons of fun and can't wait to see what you all are coming up with. I LOVE a great challenge, esp to get me going!! can't wait for the first one!!
and congrats and how exciting!!

Carole said...

I agree that journalling is very important. I think that down the road (grandchildren) it will be important for them to know who their ancestors are and what types of things they did, etc.

Kay said...

This sounds oh so very cool! I'm so adding you to my google reader!


Have a great time at CHA!

Dorianne said...

awesome bunch of ladies-can't wait to start

Trace Geworsky said...

I am super excited for your site, and can NOT wait to start working on the challenges once you have them posted:)
Trace G

nadia said...

awesome! got here through anam and loved seeing kate on here as well! I'll be back to see what's cookin'!

Gems said...

This looks like a whole lot fun :o) Consider me subscribed! xxx

Colleen said...

I need to get journaling-I look forward to your challenges.

Christi said...

Awesome site. I can not wait for some challenges

Christi S

Marinn said...

Ooh, I am so excited to see the first challenge. I am definitely going to bookmark this site. Sometimes you just need a little spark of inspiration to start making those pages! :)

Sandy/tx-nana-scraps said...

Cool, good luck. This should be fun. Thanks!!

Marilyn said...

Congrats on the new blog and new venture. Who doesn't like a new challenge? I know I love them! I am adding you to my reader, so I can be constantly updated! I love what I am seeing so far!

Julie said...

Oh Yah! You bet the story matters! That is why we scrap book...and take millions of photos! Looking forward to seeing all that goes on over here. Challenge away!

mica said...

Congratulations on launching!! How exciting. Can't wait for Thursday to see what the first challenge reveals....

Melody said...

Can't wait to see the first challenge! :)

bgraceb said...

YIPPEEE!! Another challenge site!! I love a challenge and much like you, really need that little "something" to get me moving! Can't wait for the first one!!

Haberdawoman said...

Looking forward to see all the wonderful work created by the challenges! :D

April D said...

Sounds exciting! I'm in!!

Garsy said...

Sounds like this could be fun! Might get me moving again! I could use a good challenge!

Heather said...

Can't wait for the 1st challenge. And I totally understand what you are saying about stacks of photos at the antique stores. I feel so bad for the families that are alive and missing out on that piece of their family history.

believe_in_magic said...

waaaaaHOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!! I'm so super excited for this site!! (In case I haven't made that obvious.) I love hearing stories about everybody's life, whether I know them or not, and getting just a little glimpse into someone else for a moment. It makes me so happy to feel like I understand the world a little bit better because I heard about LuLu's entrepreneurial efforts or the time Petunia dropped a mayonaise jar on her toe.
So I am just really really excited to get to chill out over here and read peoples' stories. w00t! Thanks for getting this rolling, ladies.

sohpiasmom said...

This looks awesome...hope to get a lot of inspiration here! :)

Beth Perry said...

I love it! Can't wait to get started on the first challenge. I like, too, that this will be a site that I can say I started the challenges from the very first one!!
So cool!! I have seen lots of Theresa's work. Love her!!!

Can't wait to see the rest of the teams!

Have a great and creative afternoon! B

STepahanie said...

This is great. I can't wait to play.

stephanie said...

just found the site - love the idea! :)

Roo said...

This is exactly the challenge site I am looking for - I want my scrapping to 'get real'. Yay excited now!!

Krista Stussy said...

How exciting, I love challenge sites. I can't wait to see everyones work!

ChloeJN said...

favorited! ^^
I never actually followed along with a challenge site before but I guess this is a good start ^^

Erin said...

I am allllll over this! I need some inspiration please!!!

eek said...

Looks great!

Crystal said...

It's nice to see you! Looking forward to the prompts and following along with everyone here. Best wishes for much success - and many subscribers!

*kim* said...

Love the idea!
Love telling a story!
Love knowing who and what is going on in old pictures!

Love this DT! WOWZA

Great job on this challenge site!

Misty said...

Looking good! I always love to see what everyone does with the same challenge!

Louise said...

I was sat this morning giving my baby a huggle thinking I really need to get more photos of me with the kids... then I find this blog through a link... perfect timing.

I will be playing along, and hope to get the first challenge done tonight :)

Vel said...

How exciting for you and for us. I just love Theresa's work, found the link and here I am. I might just try that first challenge (I'm so not a BOM person). :)

Heather said...

Hi there! Theresa sent me over to check you out! I'm very interested in the story behind the photos so this blog is very interesting!!!! =0) Heather

ALLY said...

Oooo.... lovin' the first challenge ladies!!! Hope you're having fun at CHA! Have a great weekend!

LAURA said...

its time for me to tell my story. and who better to read it than myself.

latisha said...

looking forward to the challenges. i'm a story lover.

Tania said...

OK, This sounds like so much fun. Can't wait to get going on it!

TracyW said...

This looks like great fun, can't wait to get started on the first prompt. Thanks.

Jess said...

this sounds so fun! count me in!

Charlene E. said...

I've looked here a couple of times now, and I've finally worked up enough guts to comment. Love this blog. Love the idea of it. My mom has an album that is now just a pile of pictures that no one knows. All the family that would know is now gone. We're really heartbroken over it. SO I'm ready for some prompts to tell my story so I won't end up in a pile of "Who's that?"

Kim said...

Love this ~ already playing along and bookmarked!

jo_annie said...

I love challenge blogs too! Sounds fun...and inspiring!

Jill said...

I have to say, this is a fabulous idea for a challenge blog! The story really is so important!

TamRod said...

The "Me" Challenge pages are awesome. I don't envy having to just pick one winner!

kyanea said...

how exciting!! it sounds fun!!

elizabeth said...

big congrats to y'all!
this is going to be awesome. thank you sasha for pointing it out to me :)
yay!

Nicole P said...

I am really looking forward to seeing what challenges you offer.

Love a good challenge.

Fiona Y said...

can't wait to see what lovely challenges this blog comes up with !! :P

Leah said...

love this blog! bookmarking now

Jill said...

I'm so glad that I came across this blog. I'm going to work on the first challenge today :D

Nichol said...

Awesome design team! Can't wait to join the fun!

DEBDOODLE said...

I am excited about getting involved in a site other than sb.com. I was prompted here by the ever artistic and my fav artist, Theresa. Now if I can just figure out how to manuver around here we'll be fine. I am a computer dummie.

DEBDOODLE said...

I am such a computer dummy. took 3 trys to leave a comment. lol!!! I am looking forward to playing along with you girls. this is my first time off of sb.com. I was led here by me fav artist, Teresa. Now let's see if I can keep up. ha!

scrappygal said...

h wow..this sounds like a lot of fun! Let's see what I can get together here :) Good luck to all !

Victoria said...

I am so happy I found this site. It's just what I needed!!

Thank you!!!!