Tuesday, August 01, 2006

Never hurts to try...

I am a new firm believer in that statement, "It never hurts to try." Guess what trying earned me? (Is that correct English?) Anyway, it just earned me a spot in the top 10 finalists for Creating Keepsake's Magazine Scrapbooker of the Year contest. Can you believe it?!
I did it thinking it would be totally cool to have my pages completed and in an album- for me and my family. I did it thinking it would be cool to submit pages to a contest- having neither scrapped pages nor entered a scrap contest. What did I have to lose? Well, besides a certain amount of money invested and for postage...and some sleep, because I was cramming when I found out I was headed to Minnesota before my pages were all done.
I have to say that I am surprised to be chosen as a finalist, just a bit. I mean, I totally wanted to give it my best shot, and I learned a lot about going after something you really want. I am happy that I went for it and I didn't give myself excuses and that I didn't care who else was entering, or how my stuff would compare. I did it for me- just to see what could happen.
Now I'm one of 10 really great scrapbookers who gets to wait until October when the winner is chosen. I'll be headed out to Las Vegas for a Memory Trends covention...and I get to meet some great people and hang around some major scrap inspiration. This is what I'm doing as a thirty-something middle-class mom who has just started realizing her passion and decided she should look into it. And now my new passion is kicking into high-gear and I am imagining my "Never hurts to try" page layout.
Remember my buttercream obsession after my gourmet cake class last year? Maybe not, because that was a couple of months prior to the birth of this Nitty.Gritty. blog. Let me just tell you, I couldn't get enough of the stuff, and I worked it into daily conversation just because it made me happy. Get ready for some major doses of scrapbook talk around here. I'm a little bit fired up, all because I tried. And that's my personal 'Nitty.Gritty. press release' today. Not formally written, but a glowing report nonetheless!

27 comments:

Laura said...

OH MY GOSH!!! congratulations jody! that is SO exciting!

dede said...

i am so happy for you!!! you've got it completely!!! follow your passion, feed your soul, crativly as well as spiritually!

you go girl!!

http://dreamcreateshare.blogspot.com/

Suzelle said...

Oh my goodness.....CONGRATS !!!!!!!!!! You are so amazing, inspiring, creative......YIPEE Jody !!!!!!!

nicoleq said...

Jody!!!
That is so awesome! I am really excited for you. I hope to see some of the pages soon. :)

annette said...

Good for you...maybe I can learn something since I don't scrapebook...

eek said...

Congrats! That's amazing!

stephanie said...

congrats...and I will be at Memory Trends too...soooo we need to meet up... I need a Nitty Gritty shirt to wear....

Valerie said...

that is totally cool!!! i'm so excited for you! good luck, cuz it really IS an honor to be nominated!

Adrienne said...

Congrats!!!!!!!! Best of luck to you!!!!

shawnna said...

OH MY GOODNESS
I AM SO EXCITED FOR YOU

WAY TO GO GIRL

Crafty P said...

That ROCKS, Jody! Wow...congrats to you!!!! Good things happen at just the right times, don't they?
I could go for some October weather around here...

deene said...

That is so AWESOME!!!!!!!!!! Your journaling was FABULOUS, I'm sure of it! I'm thrilled to say . . . I knew you when the pink Kitchen Aid with was just a thought! (Scraps Etc. event just to joggle your memory!)Congrats again and I'm pulling for ya!

Anonymous said...

Congrats Jody!! This is Beth of the purple Teagan layout - I love it when I am so right about something, like when I wrote on that layout,"I believe she is going to be a famous scrapbook and inspire lots of people with her faith in God." And here you are now, a famous scrapbooker! Couldn't have happened to a nicer person!

aggiebonfire00 said...

If the people could take part in voting for our favorite...you would be mine. You are a truly amazing woman, and know that you are far more than Scrapbooker of the Year. Just reading a few of your journal entries (directed to by another blog)...especially the ones about your precious Teagan...you are Mother of the Year in my book. God bless.

karen said...

jody you are amazing.

I really, really hope you win!!!

Moriah said...

You've got my vote :)

Love your blog

Elizabeth said...

with the move and life in general i haven't been around here much in the last four months... but wanted to make sure you heard me yelling CONGRATULATIONS!!!!! i'm so excited for you, jody. what an accomplishment!! : )

Kirsty said...

Congratulations Jody. Hope you'll be posting some of your pages soon.

Julia said...

Would LOVE to hear about the buttercream obsession!

Heather H. said...

WoW! Jodi, good for you! I didn't enter for the very same reasons that you said. I compared myself to all the fabulous talent out there and figured I didn't have a shot. You are an ispiration of what trying and giving it your all can do. I don't even know you IRL and I'm proud of you! Good job. :) Heather

Jenny said...

CONGRATS!!!! And what do you mean you will get to "hang around some major scrap inspiration." YOU are major scrap inspiration Jody!!!! I can't wait to see the photo Chip will take when they call to tell you you've won in October!

rhonda said...

that is just tooooo coool!!!!!

Cathy K. said...

Congratulations Jody!!

Cris said...

How exciting! Congratulations!!!

KathyG said...

Congrats Jody!!!!! I am so happy for you. Best of luck!

Kathy

stefani said...

Congratulations! That is very exciting!

cindy b said...

How exciting!! Good luck!!