15 June 2006

freeeeestylin' babies!

freestyle is not only the first book i've ever been published in, but is the first time i've been published. period. when i first started scrapbooking in my clean and simple way back in february of 2005, i had no clue where it would take me or how much it would add to my life. in fact, i didn't even have a clue how big the industry was, or how far its arms reached. i was absolutely floored when asked to participate in a book for Autumn Leaves. again, no clue what it would be like or what "working" in the industry meant. i struggled a lot with being assigned themes/topics/colours/etc. i felt like i was pressured and didn't produce my best work. but what an amazing opportunity. what a lot of lessons i've learned. i will always treasure this as my first working experience. for these reasons and many more, i was so excited to receive my copies of the book. they were quickly given to friends and family, with some loved ones left out. this can't be! i ordered more :)

so now i have some leftovers, and i want to share.

i've met such awesome people and friends and supporters through cyberland and bloggin over the past year+ ...thank you. since there appears to be some interest in this book that's so special to me, i'm going to have some fun with you. i'm not sure yet how many books i'll have to give away, but as i figure it out, i'll let you know.

today, i would LOVE for you to share a favourite quote. i'm all about the quotations. i love em. so will you please share with me?

each person who posts a quote for me to add to my collection will get their name into a draw (i will enlist the completely unbiased and random third party services of Jaxon, Inc. for the drawing), and for this first little contest i'll give away two books.

how does that sound? wanna play?

then bring on the quotes people! you have until sunday night at midnight west coast canada time. so excited!


jamaica said...

Here's are a few of my favorites...

"Trust is not being afraid even if you are vulnerable."

"Dreams aren't perfect... they come true, not free."

"We don't see things as they are, we see them as we are." Anais Nin

Have a lovely day, jamaica

The Other Half said...

this sooooo applies to me:

"insanity is doing the same thing over and over again, and expecting different results"

The Other Half said...

i think albert einstein, but i'll have to check on that one

Funky Finds said...

Awesome! I love quotes, so here's a couple of my favorites (who can pick just one?)

Don't underestimate the value of doing nothing, of just going along, listening to all the things you can't hear, and not bothering. Winnie the Pooh

Life isn't about finding yourself, it's about creating yourself. George B. Shaw

If you don't make mistakes, you aren't really trying . Coleman Hawkings. American jazz musician, 1904-1969

Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time. Thomas Merton

"The universe is a complicated place, and if you're going to thrive, you'll need to dance to your own music." Oprah

I have so many! Sorry to post so many! Told ya I love quotes :)

Cheryl said...

Just living is not enough...one must have sunshine, freedom, and a little flower.

Tam said...

"The world is but a canvas to the imagination"
-Henry David Thoreau

I live by this!
I have written across my desk so I can always remember that we are only limited by ourselves. We are free to be, live, create anything within ourselves.

Awesome idea, Gen!

sarah said...

I already have your beautiful book . . . so don't add me to the rak. :)
I just had to say how cool that is that Freestyle was your first pub . . . that is so, so cool.

Mel G said...

Eeeek, so exciting!!

Here’s a fave: Life is a succession of moments. To live each one is to succeed. -Corita Kent

sarah.b said...

One of my faves is:Creativity requires the courage to let go of certainties. -Erich Fromm-

It just makes me feel good about myself, and where i can go creatively

Michelle W. said...

not going for the book give-away. (I have a copy already)

but my favorite is from ME (lol)

no point crying over spent money...

and it's too cool about the freestyle thing! You rock the freestyle sista!

susieq said...

Hey Gen! Great idea! And you definitely ROCK THE SCRAPPIN HOUSE!!!

Here is a quote that I found a fortune cookie. True don't you say?

"Creativity is poisoned by boredom."

Jodi said...

Ok, so I'm using two quotes because I can't decide. :)

Friendship is unnecessary, like philosophy, like art... It has no survival value; rather it is one of those things that give value to survival. - CS Lewis

Education without values, as useful as it is, seems rather to make man a more clever devil. - CS Lewis

I love CS Lewis as you can see.

I also what someone else said about it being so cool that this was your first pub. It gives hope to random people like me.

paula said...

I soooo don't have this book and I'm dying to get it...well, here's a couple of quotes I love:

"To the world you may be one person but, to one person you may be the world"

"Age is merely the number of years the world has been enjoying you."

"How does one become a butterfly?" she asked pensively. "You must want to fly so much that you are willing to give up being a caterpillar"--Trina Paulus

"When an old man dies, a library burns"--An African proverb

"I'd give up chocolate, but I'm no quitter"--Theresa Cheung

"How can God direct our steps if we're not taking any?"--Sarah Leah Goldstein

I love quotes too...I could go on seeing that I have a book full of them but I just realized how late it is...let me know if you'd like more!

Anonymous said...

my fave quote is actually a lyric... "I don't pretend to know what you want, but I offer Love", by Crowded House from Distant Sun. Just found your blog (thru a link on another blog - isn't that always the way) and I luv the look of some of those LO's below!
(Justine) jg425 at msn dot com

Alison said...

They sicken of the calm that know the storm.

Dorothy Parker

GloriaRose said...

My fav...
"I tell you life is sweet
In spite of the misery
There's so much more
Be grateful." Natalie Merchant

Chandra said...

One of my favorites:
Don't cry because it's over. Smile because it happened.
- Dr. Seuss

Anonymous said...

I love Freestyle too!!!

where ever you go, go with all your heart.
- cnfucius

Step said...

Opps - I forgot to put my username!

where ever you go, go with all your heart.


cheryl m said...

hmmm, my all time fav: "On ne voit bien qu'avec le coeur. L'essentiel est invisible pour les yeux." Le Petit Prince - and my interpretation of the translation "One can only see truely with the heart. What is essential cannot be seen with the eyes."

and BIG congrats on the book... i love your style, and i can't wait to see it in stores up here.

cheryl m

Sarah said...

I have and LOVE the book.

I have and love this quote:

Ring the bells that still can ring
Forget your perfect offering
There is a crack in everything
That's how the light gets in.
-Leonard Cohen

Anonymous said...

"Allein durch seine Liebe kann der Mensch der Gleichgültigkeit des Universums etwas engegensetzen."
Losely translates to : only through his love can man have something with which to stand up against the oblivion of the universe.
By the way, really love your blog. Your kid looks amazing and I think you, rock girlfriend! I read the whole blog last night and I almost peed in my pants about the half a brain, whole brain, no brain. I think you must be an amazing wife and great mother. Peace out.

Caroline said...

"the essentials of life are color, music and the freedom to express ourselves through our creations." -Jivio

64zulane aka Jody :) said...

here are a few favs:
LUV your style girl!
"too bad the only people who know how to run the country are busy driving cabs and cutting hair"~ George Burns

~you can fool some of the people all of the time, and all of the people some of the time, but you can NEVER fool MOM! annon.

~have you ever noticed? Anybody going slower than you is an idiot, and anyone going faster than you is a maniac! george carlin

twosweetkids said...

Seek the wisdom of the ages, but look at the world through the eyes of a child - Ron Wild

Alissa said...

Lovin' the quote idea!
you've got quite a list here!

Here's one of my favorites...

"Whether you think you can or you think you can't, you're right."

I think it's from Henry Ford


Randell said...

Wow what a cool story of getting published and in a book for your first time!!! Awesome!!
"Your happiness is intertwined with your outlook on life"-fortune cookie (that I ate minutes ago, but I love it and agree that it is soo true!)

Anonymous said...


Love the freestyle blog & all the pages.

Here are a few of my favourite quotes ~

Dance like there's nobody watching
Love like you'll never get hurt
Sing like there's nobody listening
Live like it's heaven on earth
And speak from the heart to be heard.

- William W. Purkey -

...and these two are from Eleanor Roosevelt :

"The purpose of life is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experience."

"No one can make you feel inferior without your consent."

have a great day :)


Kirsten said...

Okay - this might be too late for the drawing, but that's okay - I'll hunt down the book eventually anyway:)

My fave quote is

"If you can dream it, you can do it."
-Walt Disney

Yes, I'm a geeky Dis fan, but I really love this for completely non-Disney reasons!


Tracy said...

Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind. ~ Dr. Seuss

Love your work!!