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Week Three: little steps (and giveaway).

Life isn’t easy, and that’s no joke. It’s all about the blood, sweat, and tears you put into accomplishing your goal. Sometimes, I want to just take one giant leap and be where I need to be, but I know that’s impossible. Instead, I’ve got this thought on my mind:

There is no one giant step that does it. It’s a lot of little steps.

With that in mind, I’m patting myself on the back for taking those little steps. I’ve been able to stay on track these past three weeks. It was definitely a hard task, but I have come a long way. In the past TWO WEEKS, I have lost…

8 lbs.

That makes a total loss of…

16 lbs.

When I look at the numbers, I tell myself that those little steps collectively make up a big step. šŸ˜‰

As promised, here’s a winner from last week’s giveaway:

Congratulations April W! Please shoot me an email via the Contact page, and I will get your prize out to you as soon as possible.

To celebrate my progress, it’s time for another giveaway! Who wants a really awesome Imaginisce giveaway featuring the Birthday Bash line?!

Leave a comment to this post by next Tuesday, September 27th, by 11:59 pm. By commenting, you’re automatically entered into the random draw.

I’m ready for Week Four – at least I think I am.

PS: Thank you to those who check in with me every now and then to make sure I’m still on track. I can’t express how thankful I am for all of your encouragement and support.



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september imaginisce sketch

Can you believe it — we’re in September?! I’m having a hard time thinking that the end of the year is just a few months away. As most of you know, with every beginning of the month, there’s a fun Imaginisce sketch. The sketch this month is brought to us by the talented Aida.

I decided to use the cute Birthday Bash line with some of my older birthday photos. I love how the fun busy patterned paper doesn’t take away from the overall design.

By commenting on this post, the Imaginisce blog, or the other designers’ blogs, you are automatically entered to win a prize pack. Also, if you feel like using the above sketch for inspiration, make sure to share it with us! You could be entered to win some Imaginisce goodies, and trust me, they are generous with their giveaways. šŸ˜‰

…and as promised here are some fun photos that I snapped of some of my friends at the park. We had a great time enjoying these last days of summer.

I see some projects in the near future using these park photos. šŸ˜‰

Finally, thank you so much for the support and the words of encouragement. I’m sure I can hit my goal with everyone backing me up on this one. šŸ™‚ I plan to do updates, either weekly or monthly, so stay tuned to see my progress without any help from today’s usage of fads, pills, or surgery.


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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?! šŸ˜‰

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, IĀ  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. šŸ™‚

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.


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layouts galore.

I have been creating like a mad woman this month. …but then again, what’s new?! šŸ˜‰

First up, I have been creating with the sold out July kit from My Paper Tree House. Can you believe that?! It was sold out even before it was for sale! I can totally see how that happened. Check out what I made with this super cute kit:

…and to see how I make my projects pop, feel free to head on over to My Paper Tree House. It was my day to post. šŸ˜‰

I also loved creating with the July kit from The Sampler. Have you heard of this kit club?! It’s loaded with a ton of products! Here’s what I’ve been brewing up in my creative space:

This month even has some exclusive brads created from the Imaginisce Itop! …and we all know how much I love Imaginisce, right?! šŸ˜‰

The color combination for this month is perfect for summer. It is packed with an array of bright colors to work with those summer photos, but it is versatile enough to use on other photos.

If you are interested in picking up one of these kits, please click here. Soon, I will be teaching classes specifically for these kits at Memories Live On, and I can’t wait!

Lastly, I couldn’t go without announcing a winner to the Imaginisce paper pack. …but first, I wanted to let everyone in on the release party happening over at the Imaginisce blog this week. Release?! What release?! Well, here’s a little peak into the latest line, Apple Cider:

Isn’t it adorable?! My friend designed the papers to this collection, and I absolutely love it. To see more of Apple Cider, feel free to check out the inspiration from the rest of the DT at the blog. Also, Imaginisce is doing giveaways all week for this new release over there. Don’t miss out!

…and the winner to the Birthday Bash paper pack is Ruth Tacoma!

A big congratulations! Please send an email over to redoaklines@gmail.com, so I can get you your goodies. Thank you to everyone else for participating; I know I say this all the time, but don’t be discouraged if you didn’t win. I do frequent giveaways. šŸ˜‰

That is it for now with the layouts. Hopefully, I have inspired you to get up and create something! In the meantime, I will work on uploading the THOUSANDS of pictures from this weekend. I can’t wait to share all of the craziness.


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insomnia (and imaginisce giveaway)!

It’s true. Insomnia can be a good thing when you get stuff done. In my last post, I mentioned that I was planning on staying up super late to work on a mini album for a future class I’m teaching. Well, I finished it early this morning.

Check out this Punky Sprouts book with some of the latest from Bo Bunny:

If you are in the area and interested in taking this class, it will be taught at Memories Live On some time in August. Once I find out the details on date and time, I will surely let everyone know here. Everything to make this book is included in the class fee.

For those of you not in the area that want the class kit with detailed pictures and instructions on how to make the book, please contact me at redoaklines@gmail.com. I would be more than happy to save a kit just for you.

Also, I worked on some projects for July’s My Paper Tree House kit. This month is loaded with tons of yummy products. …and because the reveal is right around the corner, I thought I’d share a quick peek into one of the layouts I finished.

Can you guess what some of the pieces are in this kit?! Last month’s kits were all sold out, so make sure to reserve your July kit as soon as possible. šŸ˜‰

It’s going to be a busy weekend, so I might not be able to post from our hotel. …but no worries because I want to take all of you with me to the happiest place on Earth! How?! Well, I thought I would celebrate here with all of you. ((I truly hope that you find my blog to be one of the happiest places online, hehe.)) How about an Imaginisce giveaway?!

If you want that paper pack from Imaginisce, here’s how to play:

1. Leave a comment to this post telling me what you think of my work and/or what you think of my blog.

2. You have until Friday, July 16th, by 11:59 pm to enter.

3. Share this giveaway somewhere else online (blog, facebook, twitter, forums, etc.) for an extra chance at winning the prize.

4. For another chance at winning, subscribe to my blog via email; this can be found on the left sidebar.

Good luck to all who play. …and now, I’m off to have another stay-up-late/insomnia nights. Yup, I still need to pack! Yikes!


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