Some new pics!

Hey guys!! First of all, I want to say thank you SO MUCH to each and every one of you for your sweet comments on my last post!! It means so much to me to know you guys are out there celebrating with me. :D And because you guys are my favorites in the world, I have something verrrrrry special in store for you… But first things first. :D If you’re reading this from the email or a feed reader, come on over here to the real thing and see the new theme!! :)

{ click here } to see the new theme !!!

{ click here } to see the new theme !!!

I did some updating to the comments section to make it more fun. :D You know how I usually have some kind of graphic, like a button or flower or something by your name when you comment? Well, I still have that, but now you can have your own picture there instead!! :) Have you heard of Gravatar? Basically, you just go to this site, enter in your email address, upload a picture and from then on, whenever you post on a blog that has Gravatars enabled, and you use that same email address, your picture will show up by your name. Like an avatar on a message board! Pretty cool!

kevinandamanda personal gravatars

After I updated to support Gravatars, I went back and read through some past comments, and I can now see pics from those of you who already have gravatars. I love the personal touch it gives! :) So if you don’t have one yet, head on over there and try it out! You can come back and post here to test out your new pic! Maybe I should make this my new Gravatar… It’s a new pic from this afternoon… recipes free fonts photography scrapbook blog

Or this one, since it is after all. :)

Actually, you know what I’d love to have? Have you seen these super cute, custom drawn, personal illustrations that seem to popping up on all the hippest blogs?

It’d be perfect for a Gravatar, a blog banner or About Me page, or even a Facebook profile…

That’s why, as the first ever blog giveaway… I am giving away one custom illustration from April Showers Blog Designs! Take a photo and anything can be illustrated- you, your pet, the possibilities are endless! I want one of the 4 of us: me, Kevin, Miley and Howie, so bad!! Wouldn’t that be the cutest thing? I might just have to get one and design my next theme around it! ;) But for now, this one’s for you! :)

To be entered to receive your free custom, personal illustration from April Showers Blog Designs, all you have to do is leave a comment on this post. One entry per person, please! The winner will be chosen by his or her comment number, which will be picked by‘s number generator. Contest will run until 11:59 pm CST on Wednesday, March 11.

The winner will be posted on Thursday along with…. *drum roll please*

14 new fonts!!

I have some TOTALLY awesome fonts ya’ll are going to LOVE!! (For a sneak peek, check out the font I used for my sidebar headers.) And there may even be more if I make some between now and then. ;) So don’t forget to check back then to see the new fonts and see if you won!!

Thanks for looking and GOOD LUCK!! :D

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Lori M. March 9, 2009 at 3:10 am

So cool! Pick me! Pick me! :)

Lisa March 9, 2009 at 3:18 am

Great pictures, great blog giveaway, and great paper storage! Thanks for the chance to win!

Barb :-) March 9, 2009 at 3:38 am

Congrats, Amanda. The magazine is sooooo exciting! The new look on your blog is great, too! I’ve always wanted a personalized drawing, so I’d love to win. Thanks for having such a fun site. Off to see the new fonts!!! YAY!!!!

Joy Gross March 9, 2009 at 3:41 am

Amanda & Kevin… I love the new look .. I was trying to do something with mine but I just don’t know enough. I love the pictures of you guys too.. they are great.


Sharon March 9, 2009 at 4:10 am

Love your new Theme !! Cute idea these Gravatars !!


melanie March 9, 2009 at 4:39 am

you have the best tips!

Megan March 9, 2009 at 4:54 am

hi. love the new theme and your cute pictures!!


Elizabeth March 9, 2009 at 5:43 am

Love your blog – hopefully I accomplished the Gravatars…
Thanks if it works. Eliza

Jasmine March 9, 2009 at 5:46 am

I just recently found your site and I looooove it. Thank you guys for everything you do…and congratulations on the magazine cover!

Jen@OurDailyBigTop March 9, 2009 at 6:16 am

Fun stuff. Thanks for the giveaway and thanks for the new fonts!

Debi March 9, 2009 at 6:21 am

Pick me. BTW Love your site!

sara March 9, 2009 at 6:38 am

I love the picture you took on the cover…what a cutie!! Thanks for the oppurtunity to win a great prize!

Jaime March 9, 2009 at 7:11 am

Oh, I love blog give aways! I’ve yet to win anything but that doesn’t stop me from trying.

Amy March 9, 2009 at 7:57 am

I just love your site! You inspire me every time I look at it! I love the give-away! Pick me!

Cathy Johnson March 9, 2009 at 8:03 am

Hi Amanda! I *love* your website & blog! Found it looking for scraproom pics, but have gotten so much more over the last several months. Love your recipes, pics and ideas. Thanks from Kentucky!

creole wisdom March 9, 2009 at 8:03 am

Amanda I would LOVE that. How cool! And cute picture of you and then you both. I’m sure you are on cloud 9, I know I would be!

Kristi March 9, 2009 at 8:04 am

Hooray! :)

juls March 9, 2009 at 8:07 am

First off what a great pic of you but the idea of having the custom illustration of your whole family sounds awesome! Thanks for the chance to win.

I’m exciting about seeing all of the new fonts! Yippy! :)

juls March 9, 2009 at 8:22 am

First off what a great pic of you but the idea of having the custom illustration of your whole family sounds awesome! Thanks for the chance to win.

I’m exciting about seeing all of the new fonts! Yippy! :)
Sorry, forgot to add great post! Can’t wait to see your next post!

Christy March 9, 2009 at 8:32 am

Just had to drop by and tell you what a great inspiration you are. I love visiting your site for ideas on scrapbooking & home decorating. You’re so talented. :) Thanks for posting your great ideas. Congrats on the magazine too!

Renee March 9, 2009 at 8:33 am

I love your site, Amanda!! I’m so inspired!! Keep up the amazing work!!

Bobbi Jo March 9, 2009 at 8:50 am

Very fun! Love the new look and can’t wait to see the new fonts. We’d LOVE to have an illustration!

Christle March 9, 2009 at 8:52 am

great post and I love the custome illustration great idea! Pick me!!!

Sarah March 9, 2009 at 9:01 am

Great job! As I was shopping with my son I wandered by the magazine racks and spotted your magazine cover photo almost immediately! I was thinking to myself! ” Man, I know that photo!” Great job and Congrats again! I love this blog and the inspiration you give me :)

Katie M March 9, 2009 at 9:14 am

Cute stuff… as usual! Oh, I want to win. And I cannot wait to see the new fonts. Especially “PeaAimee” that’s my twin sister’s!!!! She’s so proud {;

Dana T March 9, 2009 at 9:33 am

I love the new look of your site and I am so excited to see the new fonts!!

Christina G March 9, 2009 at 9:37 am

Love your blog makeover! And congrats on the CK cover! I’d love to win the illustration! Thanks for the giveaway offer!

Brooke March 9, 2009 at 9:54 am

Thank you again for your generosity. I totally want to win these custom drawings, woohoo!

Carolyn March 9, 2009 at 10:51 am

Pick me, pick me, pick me….
And, I cannot wait to see the new fonts.

Aimee March 9, 2009 at 10:59 am

What a fun idea! I love getting ideas from you, you’re so creative!

Elizabeth March 9, 2009 at 11:26 am

Pick Me! Pick Me! I love your blog and check in frequently! I too have been admiring the custom drawings on blogs for some time now! :)

jen March 9, 2009 at 11:28 am

Cute stuff as always! So excited for the new fonts. :)

Rebecca March 9, 2009 at 12:00 pm

What fun! I love those illustrations!

Gina March 9, 2009 at 12:02 pm

That is one cool theme. I love the giveaway. There’s always so much fun stuff going on, on your blog.

Emily March 9, 2009 at 12:13 pm

Those are sooo cool! Amanda I love the new layout it is the GREATEST!

Audra March 9, 2009 at 1:16 pm

What a great idea for a giveaway! And new fonts too- What a great week around here!

Traci March 9, 2009 at 1:26 pm

Love the new theme….so fun and vibrant! Hoping I am the lucky one…my blog needs a makeover. :)

Sandy March 9, 2009 at 1:32 pm

Love the new look – can’t wait to see the new fonts!

Lori M. March 9, 2009 at 1:40 pm

Okay, I just set up my new gravitar and checking to see if it works! :)

Lori M. March 9, 2009 at 1:42 pm

ROAR! It didn’t work…. :( so sad!

Lori M. March 9, 2009 at 1:42 pm

Okay, so maybe it did! :) happy again!

Michelle March 9, 2009 at 1:49 pm

I recently found your site after seeing it in Creating Keepsakes and I absolutely love your fonts and the look of your blog! SO FUN!

M March 9, 2009 at 1:53 pm

You have inspired many!

Lisa S. March 9, 2009 at 1:59 pm

love it all!! you have done a great job! now pick me LOLOL have a great day :)

Jenn March 9, 2009 at 2:15 pm

I Love this site! I have used your fonts in my wedding invites! :) Thanks so much!

Nicole March 9, 2009 at 2:20 pm

You’re just so generous and sweet… I am so happy that I happened along your blog. Thank-you for sharing all that you do. It’s above and beyond.


Nicoleigh March 9, 2009 at 2:34 pm

I love the new layout. Gotta love the Shappy Princess!
I might use a couple of your ideas with the alpha tags…if that is okay.
Thanks for sharing your talents with us!

Colleen Todd March 9, 2009 at 3:26 pm

I love your site!!! Whenever I decide to do something and need guidance- I turn to your examples. It doesn’t take a lot to inspire but it is nice to know where to go…
Come North to Guntersville, Alabama and try our scenery.
Thanks for the “Inspirations”!

Melissa March 9, 2009 at 4:04 pm

Only you could do something this sweet! Good luck to everyone! :D

You guys look great on the pictures as always and I just *LOVE* the new blog design!!!

Thank you thank you once again for the great website!

Wendy Todd March 9, 2009 at 5:31 pm

I love your site, Amanda. I don’t comment very often, but I couldn’t resist signing up for a gravatar and thanking you for putting me on to them! Not to mention, have a chance to win one of April’s animations! Thank-you SO much for sharing her site with us, her designs are exactly what I’ve been looking for to finish my blog! You rock!

Andrea March 9, 2009 at 7:03 pm

I am so inspired by your website! I love coming on here to see all of the wonderful ideas that you have! I only wish I had the time to create what you do. Thank you so much for the fonts, I love playing around with them when working. Keep up the great work and congrats on the cover of Creative keepsakes!

Jodie March 9, 2009 at 8:08 pm

You ALWAYS have such fun ideas!! LOVE IT!

Suzanne Martinson March 9, 2009 at 8:35 pm

Hi Amanda! Could she include my entire family plus our eight cats and one dog? By the way, I absolutely love visiting your site and seeing all the incredibly creative things that you do! Thank you for sharing.

Becky March 9, 2009 at 8:39 pm

Congrats on the very cute cover photo!

ps, I would love to see my photography stuff from you. You pictures always look so great! :D Any tips and tricks you can pass our way would be greatly appreciated!

Rachelv March 9, 2009 at 8:40 pm

Love your fonts, love your recipes and the rest of your site!

I’ve got to look into those gravatars!

Alberta March 9, 2009 at 8:53 pm

Like many others, I have mad love for your site. I really like the new theme. Rock on!

Liza March 9, 2009 at 11:17 pm

Hi Amanda! I can’t believe how you’re little site has grown so much! I’ve been following you since you and Kevin were first married! I can’t help but feel a little proud when your pic landed the cover of CK! Hope the random number picks me :)

demetria March 10, 2009 at 7:06 am

thanks for the opportunity to get a graphic. Can’t wait to see the new fonts on thursday! Love the pics… they are great and the new theme is awesome!

Alexes March 10, 2009 at 9:52 am

This gravitar thing sounds so cute! I’m going to go make mine right now!

Holly Poormon March 10, 2009 at 4:00 pm

Amanda, I love the new look on your blog. I don’t know where you find the time to do all this. I sure do appreciate it though. It is one of my favorite sites!

Holly Poormon March 10, 2009 at 4:02 pm

OK How did others get the really cool font for their name? I am off to try and figure this out..

Pam March 10, 2009 at 4:22 pm

I just found your website and I love it!!!!!! You are amazing and very generous. I can’t believe you share this stuff for free, but thank you! I can’t wait to see the new fonts!

Niki O2afi March 10, 2009 at 5:07 pm

Pick Me! Pick Me!!

Becca H. March 10, 2009 at 6:11 pm

As always, thanks for the wonderful SBing fonts! Good luck to all!

Stacy March 10, 2009 at 6:29 pm

Love the gravatars! so cute-can’t wait to see all the new fonts too!
Congrats on the cover shot!

Wendi March 10, 2009 at 6:41 pm

Love your site, as always!! Congrats on getting your beautiful picture on the cover of CK!!

Katy March 10, 2009 at 8:21 pm

All these new fonts…I’m struggling to keep up! But I love them!

Thanks for this fun giveaway!

Annette March 10, 2009 at 9:14 pm

so glad I found your site and your blog. can’t wait to explore further and see what you have in store! thanks for the giveaway.

Shannon March 10, 2009 at 9:58 pm

I will look cute in cartoon! ;)

Can’t wait to see your family one, either!

kasey March 10, 2009 at 10:42 pm

i really love ur site…your pictures always come out so clear and perfect. How do you get the creases in them?? I am so excited about the fonts..thanks for the great site!!!

Denise C. March 11, 2009 at 7:13 am


nicole g. March 11, 2009 at 9:34 am

i’m quite a bit jealous of your paper storage! ;) i can’t wait to see the new fonts!

Karen March 11, 2009 at 12:59 pm

Good luck everyone!

Diane Eck March 11, 2009 at 2:01 pm

Amanda (and Kevin), I have written to you before, I’m a speech therapist from PA and I absolutely LOVE your website!!! I have been reading everything you have written, since last year, usually more than once! I have not “blogged” before and found your site while looking for scrapping rooms. Your room is the BEST I’ve found! It would be great to meet you and just feel your energy…you no doubt have been blessed with an abundance! Your husband, Miley, Howie, family, friends, scrapbooks, recipes, etc. have been showcased so beautifully by you! You sound much like the woman from Proverbs 31…the wife of noble character! I’m sure that Kevin has “full confidence in you and praises you”.
One of the things I like the best about your site is your willingness to share your knowledge with us for free and with step-by-step instructions…did you ever think about teaching?? Thanks again for sharing and sincere congratulations on your very first magazine cover–I’m sure there will be more!
Fondly, Diane Eck
P.S. As everyone else has said “pick me, pick me”!!

Olga March 11, 2009 at 2:02 pm

Girlie, You ROCK!! I can’t remember how I stumbled on to your site, but i LOVE it! Thanks for taking the time to share all your lovely talents and family with all of us.. How do you find the time? Your site is AWESOME! What a great way to show and display what you can do, and so many of us to enjoy it. Thanks for opportunity to win! Good luck everyone. Can’t wait to see the new fonts? I might even get up the courage to send you my own, lol!


Coleen March 11, 2009 at 4:34 pm

congrats on the cover!! so exciting and so deserved… YOU ROCK!

Linda March 11, 2009 at 4:50 pm

This blog is so totally cool. Just found you last night and was already going nuts at work b/c it was blocked (School district). Couldn’t wait to get home and look at the site again. So far, love the cute baby girl, the adorable Boston Terriers and the inspiration I needed to start my first rag quilt. Yessssss!

amy March 11, 2009 at 7:33 pm

i love your scrapbook room!!!

Andrea March 11, 2009 at 9:20 pm

Those are so cool! Hope I win :)

ash March 11, 2009 at 9:59 pm

Thanks for the great website! It is adorable!!!

Elizabeth March 12, 2009 at 6:41 pm

Amanda – I just ready your Valentine post and it was very
nice, sweet husband.

K March 15, 2009 at 11:08 am

Thanks for this great giveaway!

MaryEllen March 16, 2009 at 11:10 am

Too late for the contest but thanks so much for writing about the gravatar….really cool! Of course, LOVE your site and your photos of yourself and hubby are just the cutest.

Connie March 17, 2009 at 6:42 pm

Love your site!

Tammy March 24, 2009 at 1:43 pm

I love your websites– very creative stuff and your pictures are absolutely gorgeous!

Pam April 1, 2009 at 5:56 pm

I subscribe to this great magazine and saw this photo/layout and it is also where I found out about this FAB website !!! Thank you … you’ll be seeing more of me!

kimberly Knudson April 15, 2009 at 9:10 pm

Love the fonts, love your site – and I love the jewelry you have on in the new pics! So pretty!

Tiffany April 21, 2009 at 11:16 am

oooohhhh, that’s so neat! Pick me!

Lucien July 16, 2009 at 9:30 am

Firstly, I am not sure a blog is the same thing as a Website. I click on something new every time I visit your blog. As soon as we get our garden under control and do as much as we can do on siding our garage I am going to have to organize your links so as to not be such a pest The old brain is starting to cloud up a bit. I did read somewhere on your site a code to change a header title, not the description. Could you take a look at my blog url and tell me if Lucien Alta is a heaer title or it’s description? And where did I see the code to change it? Today I clicked on the link with your earlier pictures of you and Kevin. So enjoy your blog, I never thought I would say this, but I can’t wait for winter and outside work quiets down…

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