I adore Paper Coterie. I have ordered many personalized memory items from them and they all have been beautiful. I made Addie an ABC book and she especially loves a coil bound photo book I made for her. It has really sturdy pages that she loves to look through. I made a Memory Keeper for our wedding keepsakes (my veil, our invitations, ring boxes, etc.) I've been meaning to make one for Addie's baby keepsakes as well (hospital bracelets, newborn outfit, etc.) I made a photo book of my husband's family reunion for his parents for Christmas. Honestly, I've tried most of their products and they are all stellar.
My favorite items at Paper Coterie right now are the new Documenting series. I made a Documentine Dailies book that I use to make notes for Project Life. It is the perfect size, the quality is wonderful, and it is absolutely darling.
One lucky winner will win a $75 gift certificate to Paper Coterie. Enter the giveaway using the rafflecopter widget below. If it doesn't load, click the link.
P.S. Paper Coterie often offers special deals on their products. To help keep you informed, I created a page where you can find all the Paper Coterie deals in one place. You can book mark it or pin it and come back to check the deals any time you want to order something.
Today's giveaway is a real treat. Playful Learning is one of our favorite sites, and one of the first blogs I started reading. You will find amazing educational ideas and beautiful inspiration there. In addition to their great site content, Playful Learning offers incredible eCourses and Mariah recently wrote an amazing book as well! You will want to add this blog to your reading list right away if you haven't already!
Mariah at Playful Learning is generously offering one of our readers free admission to the Learning Space eCourse ($97 value) as well as a complimentary copy of her book Playful Learning: Develop You Child's Sense of Joy and Wonder.
And as an extra bonus for all of you lovely readers, she's giving 30% off any courses in the Playful Learning Ecademy. Just use code giveaway30 at checkout.
Enter the giveaway for Playful Learning Spaces eCourse + the Playful Learning book using the rafflecopter below. Giveaway ends Friday 8/31.a Rafflecopter giveaway
You may recall that Peekaboo Barn was Addie's very first favorite app. And Peekaboo Forest is a new favorite, the Charley Harper illustrations are stunning. So it is a real treat for me to get to give away copies of Peekaboo Barn and Peekaboo Forest to you, our wonderful readers! Thank you, Night & Day Studios.
We get to give away 10 codes for Peekaboo Barn for iPhone, 10 codes for Peekaboo Barn for iPad, and 10 codes for Peekaboo Forest (a universal app for iPhone and iPad.) That's 30 winners! This giveaway will only run until Sunday, August 26, 2012 at 10PM PST so enter quickly. Enter the giveaway using the rafflecopter widget below. Your odds are great! (If you have trouble getting the widget to load, please click the "a Rafflecopter giveaway" link. Sorry!)
In order for us to send out the codes quickly to you, please specify in your comment your preference for apps if you win, for example: 1st choice: Peekaboo Barn for iPad, 2nd choice: Peekaboo Forest, 3rd choice: Peekaboo Barn for iPhone.
THIS GIVEAWAY HAS ENDED. All winners have been e-mailed.
Recently, Heidi and I were given the chance to take a class at Nicole's Clases. Nicole's Classes offers online courses in photography, Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign and more. For ages we've had it on our list to take an Illustrator class and this was just the perfect opportunity to do it.
Alma, our instructor, is an insanely talented illustrator and designer. She is one of the designers of our favorite app, Make it Pop! Her work is so inspiring that I found myself wanting to learn everything about Illustrator as quickly as I possibly could.
The reason we wanted to learn Illustrator is because it's one of the best programs (maybe THE best program) for creating vector graphics. You can do lots of things in Photoshop, but it is not the best program for making your own graphics. If you've ever wanted to design graphics, Illustrator is the way to go
Illustrator 101 covers all the basics of the program. In 4 weeks we covered so much information, yet I never felt like it was too much information to tackle. Alma gave us assignments to practice the tools we learned each week. That pen tool started out as my enemy but has quickly become my best friend! Heidi had no Illustrator experience when we started and I had only a small amount. We both were amazed at what we were able to create with the tools Alma taught us. Illustrator can be intimidating but I promise you that if you dive in, you will be amazed at what you can learn. I have a long way to go but with Alma's help (and maybe some more of her classes!) I will be an Illustrator pro before long.
One more thing, I highly recommend picking up the textbook as well. I found it a useful reference while working and now refer to it often. It is an incredibly useful and organized book with a ton of information packed in its covers.
Also, be sure to follow the Nicole's Classes Blog. They have amazing tutorials over there and tons of inspiration.
Now that the kids are back in school, it's your turn to take the time to learn something new! Nicole's Classes has generously offered a spot for TWO of you to take one of their amazing classes. You can choose any class from this list. Enter the giveaway using the rafflecopter widget below. (If you have trouble getting the widget to load, please click the "a Rafflecopter giveaway" link. Sorry!)
Disclosure: Heidi and I were given complimentary access to the Illustrator 101 class. All opinions, as always, are our own. We only share what we love!
This giveaway is closed. The winner are Cassity and Ali!