happy 2nd birthday, blog!

…so today is actually quite a special day for my blog.

Today marks the 2nd year of my consistent blogging! Can you believe that?! I remember when I was still contemplating whether or not I should write. I was afraid to even get started. I was afraid of sharing my work. Even though it was written for my own personal documentation, I was frightened out of my wits to talk about my everyday life in a public space.

I started writing to pass the rough times in my life. I would have never thought that two years ago I’d be where I am today. My blog has opened up such amazing opportunities to me.

With all of that said, Happy Birthday Red Oak Lines.

In honor of this happy day, I want to do a giveaway of one of Imaginisce‘s exclusive class kits from CHA. It features products from the super cute line, Birthday Bash. Isn’t it fitting for this special occasion?! πŸ˜‰

To enter, just comment to this post sharing a link to one of your favorite blogs. It’s as simple as that! You have until next Sunday, August 15th!

Two events happened this Friday.

1) I went to the local expo and helped at The Sampler Kit Club booth. It was good to see some local familiar faces. Hi, Nancy!

2) I went to crop with a bunch of crazy gals at Scrapbook Territory that very night. It was definitely a wild and crazy time, but I still managed to get some work done, haha! Here are some of our pretend photo booth pictures:

Also at the crop, I was browsing through the August issue of CARDS Magazine. …and guess who’s in it using Imaginisce stuff?!

Yesterday was just as eventful! I headed out to Art Inspired Studios to teach my bind-it-all mini album class. It was definitely a success. I had such a great time with a wonderful group of girls. I even got to meet two of my awesome blog readers, and they were so sweet! Hi Becky and Audra!

With the trending TWO in this post, I thought I’d share two of my recent layouts that I created at the crazy crop from this past Friday. This first layout highlights some of the fun papers from Studio Calico. It’s a simple design, but I love that it shows off some of my favorite photos from my Chicago trip.

The layout posted below uses the latest from Sassafras Lass. I thought the subtle, feminine colors in this Indie Girl line were so pretty. I couldn’t resist the urge to get it down onto a layout.

…and one last time, IΒ  wanted to wish my blog a happy 2nd birthday! Don’t forget to comment to this post for your chance to win those Imaginisce goodies. πŸ™‚

PS: Thank you to everyone for the congratulations on the American Crafts DT. I really, really, really appreciate all of the support and the kind emails, messages, and comments I have been receiving all weekend. Honestly, I still can’t believe it.



Filed under giveaway, kit club, layouts, personal, publication, scrapbook

90 responses to “happy 2nd birthday, blog!

  1. Happy Birthday to your blog!!!

  2. I love to check out Jana Eubank, Melissa Phillips and Dawn McVey’s blogs.

  3. Happy Second Birthday to your blog!!! And what a great two years it has been for you:) I enjoy seeing your work and reading what you have to say…keep up the good work, you inspiring girl!!! Love, Jess

    Oh, a blog that I’m loving right now is by one of your fellow new AC DT member, http://leslieashe.blogspot.com/. She is just so positive and all of her work is gorgeous!!!

  4. Double congratulations!!!! the dt and the blog!!! wonderful.
    I like to check out http://lizqualman.blogspot.com. i just love her sketches.

  5. Happy Birthday to your blog πŸ™‚ – one of my favorite blogs to visit is Elsie Flannigan’s blog. I started following her when she started in the scrapbook industry and still find her blog full of inspiration.

  6. We had a great time too, it was great meeting you too.

    Happy 2nd Birthday to your blog, it is such a inspiration, thank you for sharing. well since I can’t put a link to your blog I guess my 2nd favorite blog would be Audra’s http://scrappinginpink.blogspot.com/ πŸ™‚

  7. We had sooo much fun at your class yesterday!! I’m so glad we went!! The mini is so super cute… I can’t wait to load it up with pics!! πŸ™‚ Happy birthday to your blog!! One of my fav blogs is Becky’s http://rebelbblog.blogspot.com/ πŸ™‚

  8. Brigid Christianson

    Happy happy happy birthday!!!!! I have sen your stuff for a while but I have only been a follower for a couple months. Thank you so much for sharing all your great work!!!! ANd congrats on the AC DT!!!!! You totally deserve it!

  9. Susan Spiers

    I luv Imaginisce & their wonderful papercrafts – when it comes to beading crafts, this one is great! http://softflexgirl.blogspot.com/

  10. Pam

    Happy birthday to your blog. Love your projects and photos! One of my new fav blogs is Dawn McVey’s at dawnsing@mindspring.com. Thanks for a chance to win some goodies!

  11. Well, Happy Birthday Red Oak Lines! How very cool that you’re giving away an Imaginisce kit! Love that birthday line! My current favorite blog is http://www.deardaisycottage.typepad.com. I just discovered it a week or so ago. Sent the link to a friend who said she spent two hours on i! πŸ™‚

  12. Happy 2nd blog Birthday!!!
    Congrats on making the American Crafts team.
    TFS all your lovely work. You truly inspire me.
    Here is another blog inspires me http://hydrangeahippo.blogspot.com/


  13. Julie Tucker-Wolek

    Duh….i think you know my fave blog… that’s a hint there…lol… you also work for it!! LOL!! And i am SUPERDUPERDUPERJEALOUS you met Audra!!!!!!! Loveeeeeeeeeeeee the photos and the lo’s! πŸ™‚ And CONGRATS on the pub…YOU are a ROCK STAR! :):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):)

  14. Happy 2nd blogoversary! I love the Studio Calico blog http://studiocalico.blogspot.com/2010/08/sunday-sketch_08.html because of the sketches, challenges, giveaways and techniques.

  15. HAPPY 2ND BLOG BIRTHDAY ;0) I love visiting this talented girl
    ps. posted a little link to your giveaway on my blog as well !
    Keeping my fingers and toes crossed ;0)
    Hope you have a wonderful day
    xx Tina “Downunder”

  16. Happy second bday!!! I have lots of favs, but one I’m loving right now (other than yours!) is Wendy McKee: http://wendymckee.blogspot.com/

  17. jennifer hamilton

    Happy Blogging Birthday!!
    Here is a link to one of my favorite scrapping blogs πŸ™‚

  18. kat

    happy birthday to your blog! haha…i almost share your blog’s birthday πŸ™‚

    one of my favorite places to visit is elizabeth kartchner’s blog (elizabethkartchner.blogspot.com). i love her creative posts and her hilarious husband πŸ™‚

  19. Congratulations on celebrating two years of blog writing πŸ˜€

    I love reading Amy’s blog, she creates such beautiful projects & her writing is so heartfelt.


  20. Happy 2nd Birthday! Here is a website I came across and am learning so much about copic markers. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do, hugs Mary M

  21. Karen Keiper

    hi, congrats on 2 years! love your indie girl layout. Thanks for all your inspiration and the chance to win some goodies

  22. Happy bloggy birthday – and here’s to many more! Here’s one of my fav blogs: http://lesscakemorefrosting.blogspot.com/

  23. so fun, sarah! thanks for sharing that line looks awesome!!!

    one of my fave go to blog is a former DT member I had the pleasure of getting to know and looove her work, Susan Stringfellow

  24. Congrats on your blog’s 2nd birthday! That’s amazing! I love both of your layouts, especially the Indie Girl one! As for my fave blog… there are so many, but I just love Donna Downey’s blog: http://donnadowney.typepad.com/

  25. Lisa

    On of my favorite blogs is May Flaum’s (mayflaum.wordpress.com)
    Congrats on the AC gig! You have so much going on, how do you do it?

  26. Happy Birthday to your blog Sarah! Here’s to many more years. πŸ˜‰
    – April

  27. Polly W

    Happy Happy Blog Birthday! A blog that I am love, love, loving right now is Wendy McKee’s http://wendymckee.blogspot.com/2010_08_01_archive.html and she is going to be on the American Crafts Design team also!!

  28. Oops, I forgot to link to a favorite blog!! Here’s an awesome one (which I’m sure you already know about, lol!)…


    Thanks fopr the chance to win!
    – April

  29. i enjoy the creativity and inspiration of so many blogs, but one that appeals to me for its clean style is http://www.chezlarsson.com.

    happy 2nd anniversary…can’t wait to see more!

  30. Happy anniversary!!! I have started and stopped my blog several times during the past two or three years. You have inspired me to keep on keeping on. I look at a lot of blogs. I’m always checking the blog of my LSS for any updates. I also check Allison Davis’ blog frequently.

  31. Pamk

    Happy blogoversary to you. Now I am off to get me another birthday cupcake. You 2nd blogoversary and my 44 bday.

  32. Happy Birthday!! My favorite blogs are this one, of course, my own blog (tooting my own horn) and the variety of scrapbook challenge blogs that I follow. There are too many to name!!

  33. Woo hoo! Congrats and Happy BD…. 2 is a great age. LOL!
    I love the Get Sketchy blog…. great inspiration.

  34. oh wow Sarah this is such a great give away.. thanks for the chance to win.. I have to say besides this and my blog of course that this one has to be a new favourite of mine.. I just stumbled across it one day.. and love the ideas on it.. these women are wonderful and have great inspiration….

  35. My goodness girl! This post is FULL of eye candy! LOVE the layouts, congrats on the two years and being featured in cards! Looks like you’ve been having fun playing. One of my favorite blogs: my buddy Jennifer Yates, she just made the Pebbles team!

    Thanks for a chance to win Sarah!

  36. happy 2nd birthday to you, congrates, my second favorite blog might be GCD Studios http://gcdstudios.blogspot.com/

  37. Hey Sar! Congrats on the CARDS pub! I think it was the fabulous bakers twine that won them over! πŸ˜‰

    Your LO’s & cards ALWAYS inspire!

    Maybe you already know about this one… http://www.hostessblog.com ? You will be totally inspired to throw a party! πŸ™‚

  38. Happy second blog birthday!!! Hmmm… I read lots of blogs… One of my favorite scrappy blogs is thedailydigi.com. Read it everyday!! πŸ™‚

  39. Heather L.

    Huge congrats on your American Crafts DT spot! You totally rock Sarah! That’s AWESOME!

    Hmmmm…. a favorite blog? How about our mutual friend Nancy!


  40. Lisa D(pdrnc)

    Happy Birthday to Red Oak Lines!! Other than this blog I regularly check out Helen Croft here: http://www.scrap-a-little.com/

  41. Misty

    HAPPY BDAY TO YOU!!! One of my fave blogs to visit is that of Kelly Goree…*heart* her! You can find her blog at http://www.kellygoree.blogspot.com/. Thanks for the fun giveaway!!!

  42. There are so many great blogs – where to begin! I love yours – really. Always gives me wonderful ideas and inspiration. Pretty much any blog having to do with scrapping is on my list.

  43. DeniseB

    Happy 2nd birthday to your blog! I enjoy looking in often to see what’s new. And a big congrats to you for the AC DT!

  44. Carolina

    aside from you? this one!:http://thescrapfarm.blogspot.com/
    happy 2nd birthday!

  45. Happy Birthday to your blog. Love your layouts, love your photos. looks like we had a great time after I saw you. You know I love that Imaginese line. totally love the sassy lil sketches blog. hee hee

  46. Su C.

    Happy 2nd birthday to your blog! I enjoy your projects! One of my favorite blogs is http://jennifermcguireink.typepad.com/
    Thank you for a chance to win!

  47. Happy 2nd birthday to your blog!
    I’m so glad i found your blog. You make awesome creations and i love that you share your personal life with us =)

    One of my all-time blogs that i read is not a crafting blog, but an inspirational blog. its called Enjoying the Small Things by Kelle Hampton. Maybe you’ve heard of her. =) http://www.kellehampton.com/2010/08/new-road.html


  48. Melissa

    Congrats on your 2nd birthday for your blog! πŸ™‚ One of my favourite blogs would have to be http://elizabethkartchner.blogspot.com where I can get so much inspiration on scrapbooking & more! πŸ™‚ Thanks for the chance to win & hope you have many many years of blogging ahead of you!! πŸ™‚

  49. Deb Long

    I really like Lisa Spiegel’s blog:http://www.lisaspiegel.typepad.com/ (I’m assuming I’m not allowed to pick yours?).

  50. Happy 2nd Blog-birthday!!!! Looks like you had a great time @ those events. My fav blogthese days aside from your of course is…http://ideasforscrapbookers.blogspot.com, they have some great tuts and inspiration on there among some other things. Thanks for the chance to win this totally awesome birthday celebration candy. xxx, Staci

  51. Michel E

    Here is one of my favorite blogs. She has the most beautiful cards-
    http://jacquesmagnolias.blogspot.com/. I enjoy yours also.

  52. happy 2nd anniversary to your blog..time flies but milestone achieved. That’s what made the journey sweet.
    Thank you for the chance to win the lovely goodies.

  53. NanaBeth

    Happy 2nd Birthday! Here’s one of very favorite blogs-http://cherrysjubileehome.blogspot.com/ .Cherry’s creations always make me smile! This is wonderful-now I have some new creative blogs to explore.

  54. Jacque

    Sarah we as followers are so thrilled you started this journey two years ago and have included us! You are such an inspiration both with creative things and as a person! You are the best and we thank you!!!

  55. Jocy

    Happy Second Anniversary Sarah!!!!!! It’s hard for me to pick a blog that I follow because there are soooo many but the one that I actually follow the most right now is yours. I even get the emails telling me when you have a new post. lol
    The other blog I like to follow is Tim Holtz blog.

  56. scrappininak

    happy birthday to your blog. I love to check out Liz Qualman’s blog

  57. conniemelancon

    Happy Blog birthday! Congrats on the AC DT. One of my favorite blogs is Allison Davis – http://allisonrdavis.blogspot.com/.

  58. Happy birthday πŸ™‚ Looks like you had a blast!!!! My favorite blog is definitely Tim Holtz’s blog. I just love it!!!

  59. Happy Blog Birthday!!! I have quite a few blogs that I’ve been reading lately… and I’ve seen several of them listed by others… my FAVORITE has to be Pinky’s blog http://blueyecicle.blogspot.com she is one creative pink haired chick πŸ™‚

  60. Happy bloggie birthday!!! How exciting….2 years!!! My fave blog is a challenge blog. http://www.designdollies.blogspot.com

  61. Happy Happy Birthday Red Oak Lines!

    Love all the eye candy and fun you offer me each week. πŸ™‚

  62. Happy blogiversary!

    I love sketches, and one of my favorite blogs right now is http://nutsaboutsketches.blogspot.com.

  63. Melinda Wilson

    Happy 2nd Blog Anniversary! I love reading your blog and a couple other favorite blogs are http://www.jennifermcguireink.typepad.com and http://www.stephaniehowell.typepad.com

  64. stephanie b

    Happiest of blog birthdays to you! How very brave of you to take such a giant leap into the great unknown! You should be very proud of your blog and yourself!
    PS Love The City layout!

  65. Happy Blog Birthday!

    There is a design team call out on a brand new blog – http://scrapbookingau.blogspot.com/

  66. Happy birthday Red Oak Lines!! It’s amazing huh?! Glad that u stayed on or else I will never find a talented scrapper like u in time πŸ™‚ What else I have to say on ur layouts, BEAUTIFUL as always!!

  67. Happy Blog Birthday!! And congrats on the DT’s! All of them! I really love all your projects.
    One of my favorite blogs is from Sandi Clarkson. She is one of the nicest people I have met online and she has amazing works of art.
    Have a great birthday! eat lots of cake!


  68. Silvia

    Congratulations!!!! I am happy to have the oportunity to participate. This is my favourite blog http://thegreenfrogstudio.typepad.com/
    ItΒ΄s the blog from Celine Navarro, a French designer

  69. Sandra Y.

    Congrats on making the AC DT and Happy Birthday to your blog!!

  70. Jen

    Happy Birthday Blog!!!! One of my favorite blogs is: http://livelifecreateart.blogspot.com/

    My girlfriend Jen is Awesome πŸ™‚

  71. Melissa

    You do some awesome work!!
    Thats for a chance at winning an awesome prize!
    Good Luck Everyone!!

  72. Mary T

    Happy Birthday and congratulations on DT appointments! One of my favorite blogs is http://downrightcrafty.blogspot.com/.

  73. Happy Bloggy Birthday Sarah!
    I LOVE your layouts…I so love your style!Love that one with the SC paper…beautiful design..have to steal that one some day πŸ˜‰ Can I?
    You have to come over to Holland to teach us your gorgeous work Sarah!!You really must …

  74. Well, I would, but you already know your blog’s address. LOL amylapi.typepad.com is one of my faves. Happy birthday to your blog!

  75. Mustangkayla

    Congrats! Happy blog birthday!

  76. Theresa Felts

    I only recently stumbled across your blog, and can’t for the life of me remember where I linked to it from, but I am so happy that I did. Congratulations on your “blogiversary”. I’ve so enjoyed going back through your older posts; keep up the great work.

  77. Yippee! I can’t believe that we both started our blogs on the same exact date 2years ago – Happy Blog-iversary to you too!!! How exciting πŸ™‚ and congrats to all of your wonderful new ventures! Your creations are truly amazing and your are a beautiful and well deserving persons – I’m happy for you πŸ™‚
    It’s been a while since I’ve stopped by to say HI, so please don’t enter me into your candy, but I’m happy I did! and I look forward to following much closely again!
    hugs to you!, margie

  78. Sherry Murphy

    Happy Happy Birthday to the best BLOG around!!

  79. Keesha

    Happy Happy Birthday!

  80. J. Jones

    So glad you decided to share your life and art with us!! Looking foward to another 2 years of scrappy goodness!!

  81. Laurie

    Happy birthday to a beautiful blog! Happy and bright blessings!

    http://scrapyourlifeart.blogspot.com/ is a lovely blog with loads of links to other great spaces like yours!

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