Monna Lainson Designs

Sunday, February 24, 2008

Some Layouts I've Done

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

My Newest Kit! Serendipity

I have had so many nice comments on my blog header, and now the kit used to make it is finally in the store! It's called "Serendipity" and has lots of cardboard bits and rich neutrals sparked with rose, blue, burgundy and green. I hope you like it! You can find Serendipity HERE


To celebrate the release of Serendipity, there WILL be coordinating freebies available ONLY here on my blog. Please keep checking back - I can't wait to share them with you!

I'm hoping to update by this weekend because it's gonna be a busy one for me. We have bought a new house! YES! We close on it this Friday, and so Saturday will find me painting closets, putting new shelf paper in the kitchen and all the other FUN things we do when we move. LOL We are very, very excited about our new home! Lots of work in store for us - moving is never fun, but thank goodness we have not one, but TWO big strong sons to help out. So if I'm a little absent in the next couple of weeks, you'll know why!

MORE exciting news! I was pleased and honored when Karen at 3Scrapateers asked to use Call Me Pink & Black for this week's Crop 'Em & Swap 'Em. This is such a FUN challenge! It works like this - you buy the featured kit if you don't already have it, create a scraplet (or quick page, whatever you want to call them), submit to the special gallery and at the end of the week, you get ALL the scraplets submitted! Voila! An instant brag book or album! You can find all the details HERE

And as a special GIFT for posting your scraplets, I have created some more pieces that coordinate with Call Me Pink & Black. Take a peek at the ad - you will get the pretties featured in it! Remember - you can only get these by posting your scraplet to the challenge.

Call Me Pink & Black is on sale for $3.00 during this Crop 'Em & Swap 'Em week - you can find it

I got a frantic call from the Dude when I got home from work yesterday - he is encased in ICE (yikes!) and had no internet. So for those of you who showed up for his special monthly challenge last night and the Dude was not there, trust me...he was very distressed that the chat was to be cancelled, but there is no controlling Mother Nature! I know it was to be a FAB chat with lots of information and goodies, and the Dude and Bon worked hard on it. Let's hope it is rescheduled soon - you won't want to miss it!

I hope the rest of your week is WONDERFUL! Till later....

Sunday, February 3, 2008

Another AWESOME layout!!

There have been so many wonderful layouts in my Half-n-Half gallery, that I have decided to create a slide show of them for those that only visit blogs. You won't BELIEVE what our wonderful readers have done! And most of them were done with only half the kit, or freebies. KUDOS, ladies!

fl_connie did this one, called Mommy and Me. I was so touched by it, I had to share it with everyone. For those that know me, you know my first love is heritage photos. And although I'm SURE connie's photo doesn't quite qualify as heritage - she's not that old! - it reminds us once again how important family photos are, and how treasured they will be for future generations.

Outstand job, Connie! THANK YOU!!


Linda and Dude tease me unmercifully about how early I go to bed. Yep..I'm one of those that my eyelids start drooping at 8 p.m. and my bed whispers my name. By 8:30 -it's yelling. LOL BUT... I am usually up at 3:30 a.m., and that is when I am most creative. After a couple cups of coffee, that is.

This morning was no exception. And lo and behold... Linda Walton's IM light was on! So..I took a chance and messaged her. She was hard at work on "Love Actually", and had been working all night!! Then, after wondering where the Dude was (Osten), I find out on HIS blog that he worked until 3 a.m. on his new kit!

And this got me to thinking. I wonder if scrappers know about the all-nighters and the many, many hours that go into creating a kit? Do they know how many papers and elements are created, and then tossed out because they just don't quite "go"? Do they know how many emails are sent saying "look at this and tell me what you think"? I'm a very, very new designer. But something tells me it will be a long, long time before I can create kit and not chew my fingernails or agonize over every detail.

Be that as it may, I also know that scrapkit designing is a labor of love. For me..for Linda..and for Osten. And I know I speak for many, many other designers as well. So, I just want to add a HUGE thank you to designers like Linda and Osten for their many sleepless nights and long hours creating the beautiful kits that grace our scrapbook pages. You guys RAWK!