Where in the World is Lain… and True Scrap Giveaway!

by Lain Ehmann on March 20, 2012

Hey friend!

I’m in California visiting my family. This morning I was lucky enough to hang out with my cute dad and his band of brothers at the local McDonalds. They sit and talk politics and complain about the current state of the economy. I fit right in. :)

Now my dad and I are at the hospital, heading in every hour or so to visit my mom. Those of you who listen to my scrapbooking podcast know that she’s had some health setbacks recently. She’s in the ICU right now (which is why I am here). Thank goodness I have a portable job that allowed me to immediately come out when my family needed me. Not sure when I’ll be heading home… so I’ve set up a mobile op center in the hospital cafeteria (my eggs this morning were $.81. I think I may have been overcharged for the value. Haha!).

As always, your virtual hugs and prayers are very much appreciated. This is one of those life stages I would rather bypass. But I’m determined to keep positive and enjoy being with my dad, sister, brother-in-law, and nephew, despite the circumstances.

Now that we have the “where is Lain” question out of the way, let me share with you a little fun stuff.

We’ve announced our True Scrap make-and-take providers!

-The amazing Kerri Bradford is making her True Scrap debut by sharing some Silhouette Cameo secrets!

-The incredible Jodie McNally is coming out of semi-retirement to share her tips on creating an on-the-go hybrid journaling notebook, using digital products and Project Life journaling cards!

-The oh-so-incredible Jennifer Wilson will show us some office supply magic, turning what you find in your desk drawers into an adorbs mini-album!

-And yours truly will demonstrate easy ways to jazz up your letter stickers and alphas to create custom looks!


The one-of-a-kind Cleetus McDuffy, showing us how to make a party mug to end all party mugs!

Want to attend True Scrap but are finding yourself a tad short on the funds? Well, you can win a spot!

Here’s what I want you to do… head over here to check out the True Scrap make-and-takes. Leave me a comment here telling me which make-and-take gets your creative juices flowing. Want an extra entry or two? Then tweet the following message, and/or post it to your Facebook status update:

“AMAZING lineup for #TrueScrap! @beckyhiggins @nicholmagouirk @lainehmann + over a dozen more. Check it out! http://www.truescrap.com”

That’s it! Please leave one comment with your make and take choice, one for the tweet, and one for the FB status. So no more than three comments, one for each opportunity.

Ready? GO! :) Entries must be received by midnight, March 24, 2012.

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P.S. Fine print: The winner will be announced Monday, March 26. You MUST claim your spot by Wednesday, March 27!



  • Ellie Augustin

    I was JUST talking to my Hubs about True Scrap but sadly its not in our budget & he had asked me what about Cleefus McDuffy and I told hmm I don’t know and THERE HE IS! Ha.. I would make a party mug for my Hubs ha as for me I have a Silhouette & SUPER Love Kerri’s kits so any tips would amazing thanks for the chance. Please know I have you in my prayers as well.

  • Ellie Augustin
  • Vesta

    First, so sorry to hear about your mom.  We only get one and mine had her final illness last July.  I was very lucky to be there when she was ill.
    I would love to win.  My budget is tight right now but the make and takes look awsome!  The office supply mini album looks great.  I’d love to see the Silhouette in action.  I don’t have one but something to save for.  Having the mug would make scrapbooking a party every day.
    All the best to your mom, the handsome brothers and you.

  • Marcia F.

    Praying for you and your mom.
    Who wouldn’t want to win?! Office Supply Magic looks especially intriguing!

  • Jill Tatro

    I’m praying for you and your family… Good for you for staying positive, but there’s no shame is letting some of the emotions out when you need to!
    I just received my magnet from Past Perfect…I’m bringing it to work to show off my achievement (partially completed at work – te he).
    I would love to make office supplies into a mini book (office supplies from home of course, no borrowing from the workplace!).  
    I would super love to win this…I’ve been drooling over the classes, but can’t afford it this time.

  • Gwendolyn Dapper

    Hey!  Which Mc Donalds is that?  Everyone that I’ve been too doesn’t have the Shamrock Shake, and I want one so bad!  If you need a break, you are more than welcome to come over to my house.  :)  I’m super close to Good Sam.  I can also bring you outside food if you’d like (If you are where I think you are :) ).  I know where all the good stuff is close to there.

    That being said, I hope that everything turns out the way you want it too.  I hope you are getting lots of good dad hugs, and are enjoying your family.  Biggest hug!

  • Angela Dennison

    Thanks for the chance to win a spot at this fantastic event!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1110907028 Cathy Eberhardt Holiday

    I’m always looking for new ways to use my alphabets!  The make and takes look great! Tweeting about True Scrap and Facebooking it too!  Take care!

  • Knitter Pam

    I think the Office Supplies one looks fun – and I already have all those supplies! Or maybe….the word art looks interesting….

  • Gwendolyn Dapper

    i like the alphabet make and take that you are doing…

  • Jeannett_mcgee

    I think the journaling/word art wizardry and the alphabet dress up both look awesome.  I would love, love, love to win a seat in this awesome line up.  Thanks for a chance.  

  • Gwendolyn Dapper

     https://www.facebook.com/gdapper (it’s on my facebook) & https://twitter.com/#!/daisydo/status/182179630583779329 (twitter)

  • Sheri Crowley

    They all look so amazing! The office supply mini album looks super cool!

  • Sheri Crowley
  • Cynthia B.

    No doubt Kerri Bradford’s make-and-take will be awesome! Love her designs.

  • Jeannie L

    Ooo… I’ll definitely want Kerri Bradford’s Silhouette secrets. Need it so…

    Thanks for the chance and best wishes to your mum and family.

  • Claudia

    I especially like the office supply mini album!

  • Lainehmann

    Gwendolyn! You are so sweet! It’s the McD’s on Los Gatos Blvd. in Los Gatos  (the only LG McD’s). I’ll keep your offer in mind – I so appreciate it!!!

  • Kathy T

    I have an unnatural love for office supplies, so that would be the one I pick. Sending lots of hugs and prayers, my father had alzheimers and it is such a tough disease.

  • Jenny Leonard

    I’d love to hear Kerri Bradford’s Silhouette Cameo secrets since I just got one and I haven’t figured out how to fully use it yet.  My first couple of trials have not come out very even and they   seem to curl when I try to take them off the sheet.  By the way I’ve only just started to scrapbook so I need all the help I can get.  :)

  • Jenny Leonard

    I posted it to my Facebook status.  Try to enjoy your time with your family even though it isn’t under the best circumstances.

  • Ruth B

    Looking forward to seeing cleetus’ make and take if i win!

  • http://profiles.google.com/ruth.bonser Ruth Bonser

    tweeted about this

  • Gela

    So sorry to hear about your mom. Hugs and prayers to you and your family. The Serenity Prayer comes to mind at this difficult time. 

  • DeeAnn Cummins

    that office supply mini makes my heart beat a tad faster!!!!

  • Kdgdi

    I send my hugs to you as well for this difficult time for your family! I like the descriptions of all the make and takes. The one that gets my creative juices is yours to help me with my alpha stickers and letters as I have lots of them and need some inspiration to use up supplies that I own ;). Off to try and tweet and I will post to Facebook now

  • Iceteeeeee

    I love office supplies, so the mini-album really appeals to me! I know everything will be amazing, though! Thanks for a chance to win.
    Sending you good thoughts and hugs.
    Trisha H

  • Iceteeeeee

    I tweeted!
    Trisha H

  • Julia Colli

    Well, I think Kerri Bradford’s Silhouette Secrets sounds like it will be very useful, but I’m really pretty desperate to do Cleetus’ Shake’n’Bake Make & Take, lol!

    So sorry to hear your family is going through this tough time…

  • Iceteeeeee

    I Facebooked! :)

  • Shelly Johnson

    Silhouette Secrets.  I don’t own a Silhouette yet, but I’d be interested in hearing more about it before I get one.
    You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

  • kimberly

    Wow they all look amazing..i think i like the first two that were shown…but would be great to try them all…thanks for the chance to win….
    kimbob27 at hotmail dot com

  • abalcarcel409

    Lots of hugs being sent your way!!! As for True Scrap….I can’t just pick ONE…too hard of a choice although I do REALLY love Becky Higgins. Thanks for the opportunity.

  • PatriciaD

    Thanks for the opportunity to win…I like the wordart idea!!

  • Milu Pound

    thanks for the chance to win
    I will keep u in prayer…=)

  • Crystal

    I love the office supply mini-album project – very nifty!  Thanks for sharing!

    Praying for your family too.

  • Vanlikethecar

    Oh no – sending hugs and prayer to your family. Re the MNT, I’m super stoked about jidy’s word art one. Looks super fab! Thanks for the chance to win!

  • Derv

    Ooohhh the word art journaling! I’ve been very inspired by words!

    Thoughts and good wishes to you and your family.

  • Marie-Pierre

    The word art journaling! :) 

  • Marie-Pierre

    Ye!! I tweeted!! :)

  • Marie-Pierre

    Ye!!! I facebooked!! :)
    Thoughts and prayers for you and your family Lain. Sincerely.

  • Tinybitof

    liked on facebook

  • Tinybitof

    office supply mini album and CRAFTING WITH CLETUS

  • Amy K

    Of course the whole line up looks fantastic – I’m particularly interested in the office supply mini & alphabet dress up.

  • Patty

    I am looking forward to the office supply mini album.  Sending good thoughts to your family.

  • Karen F

    I posted to facebook

  • Karen F

    Silhouette Secrets and office supply but really anyof them would be awesome.

  • karennarelle

    Sorry to hear things arent going so well for your mum. My pick is definitely word art wizardry.

  • karennarelle

    posted on FB

  • Laura Pinto-Nguyen

    Oh Lain all these make-n-takes look fabulous but I must admit that the one that gets my juices flowing is the Word Art Wizardry simply because I am in need of help in the creative writing department.

  • Scrapalajen aka Jen

    Alphabet Dress-Ups! Your class is tickling me! Would really love to win one spot. Thanks for the chance.

  • Kathyh28

    silhoutte secrets is mine!  Need to use mine more!

  • Terry

    I would so love to win this giveaway, I attended the True Scrap last year and loved it. This year, money is very tight and I don’t dare ask my hubby if I can spend money for this…even though I oohhed and aahhed about it so much last year…thank you for the opportunity! Sending you hugs for your family!

  • Mmdewit

    O Lain touch times for you! I hope things get beter and you can really enjoy true scrap 3!!!!
    And I would love to join! It seems to be a dream come true to join such a scrap event from the netherlands

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/44ZJOYFPXJ4B7WSC4KKXM3LN5A a

    Word Art by Jody is something that would be great!!!

  • MaryS.

    First… HUGS for you during this time…. you know there are so many that have you in their thoughts and prayers.

    Second, anything that uses office supplies would be marvelous!! 
    :) mary

  • Melissa

    Praying for your family!  But go take all the time you need, we’ll all be here waiting! :) 

    Thanks for the giveaway opportunity, I”d love to get a chance at this as Wordart Wizardry sounds really awesome!!

  • Cindy F

    Keeping your family in my prayers.  The office supply mini sounds interesting. Thanks for the opportunity.

  • Jeanne Carver

    Love the Kerri B. make & take!

  • Jeanne Carver

    I posted in my FB!

  • Jennifer

    I could definitely use some information on how to Dress-Up my Alphabets. My title do tend to be rather drab and are in need of some flair.  Thanks Lain.  Posted about TrueScrap3 on my facebook status as well.

  • Gail E.

    Well, I have always been an office supply junkie, so thats the one I am most looking forward to! (Even though they all look great (even though I don’t have a cameo). Thanks for the chance to win!

  • Gail E.

    I posted on Facebook too!

  • Gail E.

    I tweeted too!

  • Kelly Boettcher

    Posted on Facebook!

  • Kelly Boettcher

    The office supply mini!

  • Sue C

    Oh I can’t narrow down my favorite.  But simply dressing up my alphas sounds like a good start

  • http://www.cherylane.wordpress.com/ Cheryl

    Tweet = Done!

  • http://www.cherylane.wordpress.com/ Cheryl

    Facebook = Done!

  • http://www.cherylane.wordpress.com/ Cheryl

    I can’t believe Cletus is doing a make and take ;) Other than that for comedic value alone, I think the hybird journaling books sounds like fun. 

  • http://mightycrafty.blogspot.com CraftyLissa

    I’m so excited for this event! I’m really looking forward to Kerri’s Silhouette Secrets but they all look amazing. Can’t wait!

  • recjbrandon

    You had me at office supply mini. Thanks for the chance to win!

  • Janet

    Alphabets Dress Ups looks fun! Sorry to hear about your Mom. Will be praying here in PA. Lain- you made TS2 such a FUN event. I have to say the BEST scrapping event I ever attended. And I have been scrapping for over 14 years. But then again- I didn’t have to leave my home or get out of my pj’s either….how cool is that. Again- will be praying for you, your family and your Mom! Hugs from PA!

  • Nicole Letizia

    Lain, I’m so sorry to read that your family is going through such a tough times.  Sending positive thoughts your way.  The make and take that I would benefit from the most would be the Silhouette Cameo secrets.  I love my Cameo, but I’m sure I’m not using it to it’s full potential.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/ZG5OESHFQLFKUZIWGD36S7CEBI DoreenP

    I’m intregued by the Office Supply Mini-Album with Jennifer Wilson.  I love making mini-albums, so I know this make and take will be great for me.

  • Lilola

    Kerri Bradford’s Silhouette Secrets – I love my Silhouette!  Thanks for the chance to win, Lain.  Also, I’m sorry to hear your family is going through a bad time right now.  I’ll be praying for all of you.

  • Mball64

    Happy Wednesday! Sorry to hear about your mom, Lain, prayers are with you and your family!
    I am very new to the virtual scrap world and love the webinar on Sunday, thanks!
    I would love to try Jennifer Wilson’s mini albums. As a new grandma mini albums are my best friend!

  • Ruth G

    Lain, hope your mom’s condition improves. Take care of yourself and your family.
    Thanks so much for the link to all the instructor’s blogs! I’ve entered all the giveaways and posted on facebook already, so I don’t want to drive all my friends and family too crazy…
    I’d love to see what Cleetus has up his sleeve (also, he looks like the type you wouldn’t want to insult by not choosing his Make ‘n Take!)
    Thanks again for the chance(s) to win!

  • Louann7

    Love the office supply mini album idea.  the whole line up sounds like such fun.  thanks

  • mary

    Yes I like the office mini idea too thanks

  • Rosalie

    I am really interested in the mini album using office supplies.    

  • Renee L.

    My Fav is Office Supply Mini Album by Jennifer Wilson, because I have office supplies coming out of my drawers.  LOL!!

  • Nancy Johnson

    As a new user, Silhouette Secrets with Kerri Bradford looks great plus, of course, Cletus and the mug! ;-) 

  • catedoerr

    I just got a Silhouette last week, so I am intrigued by Kerry Bradford’s Silhoutte Secrets make and take, although Jennifer Wilson’s make and take with office supplies is a close second. 

  • Peggy Durst

    I love the idea of the office supply mini album.  How cute!

  • Kathy R

    I like the office supply mini album. I’d love to win a spot!

  • gladdie

    OH! Please!  Absolutely fantastic line up!  Looks like such fun!  I would love Nichol and Kerri’s make  and takes!!!
    Good job Lain!  and all the best with your Mum x

  • Chris

    I’m looking forward to the office supply mini album. 

  • s_cleong

    Silhouette Cameo secrets and the party mug look awesome but any make and take would be awesome to do!  Many thanks for the chance to win a spot! And all the best with your mother.

  • s_cleong

    I’ve just put it on Facebook.

  • Karen

     I”m really jazzed about the photo mug and the dressing up my ABC’s!  Thanks Lain!

  • Karen Siegel Fitting

    It’s on my facebook!

  • Karen

    And I’ve tweeted!  @photoskeptalive:twitter 

  • Margareta Carlsson

    I’m sorry Lain. I was going to choose your own Make and Take spot as my favorite. But then I scrolled down a little and… I’m so sorry but your Alphabet Dress-Up just got beaten by Cleetus’s Party Mug. ;D

  • Candy Levy

    Oh, it would have to be Silhouette Secrets.  I am the Queen of keeping secrets….What????  Thanks for all you do Lain.

  • Yanina

    Love the office supply mini album idea.  Thanks.

  • Yanina

     I’ve tweeted!

  • Lzepponi

    I have to say I am intrigued about Cletus’ project!

  • Lzepponi

    I just posted on Facebook

  • Caroleajordan

    I like the party mug!

  • Caroleajordan

    I tweeted!

  • Caroleajordan

    I posted on FB and actually got comments!

  • http://profiles.google.com/mayfieldhj Heather Mayfield

    The office supply magic sounds cool.

  • http://profiles.google.com/mayfieldhj Heather Mayfield

    I tweeted (buckeyecub)

  • Lydia J

    I would love to see the office supply mini-album make& take.

  • rebecca.k

    One word—Cleetus!  Need I say more?  :)

  • rebecca.k

    I also tweeted about TS.  (@rebeccakettner)

  • J3SS1C4

    I love the sound of the office supply mini… I have a thing for office supplies!

  • Gab

    OMG I have to see more of Cleetus.
    Sending good thoughts and virtual hugs to you and your family

  • Donna

    Hugs to you and your family!  I took a peek at the make and takes and I love the idea of using office supplies in my albums and making a mini album from supplies – fun!  Thanks so much for the chance to win a spot at True scrap 3!

  • Donna

    I also posted on Facebook!  Thanks again and enjoy the time with your family – I will be thinking of you and your mom!

  • http://twitter.com/SusanB722 SusanB722

    They all look great but the one that intrigues me the most is the office supply mini. Thanks for the chance to win!

  • tonysfrenchgirl

    Definitely the office supply mini album. I love mini albums and i love incorporating stuff you find around the house into my layouts.  And who doesn’t love playing with office supplies?!

    My thoughts and prayers are with you. I was where you are now only 8 months ago.

  • Rebecca Lovell

    Okay, let’s just be honest.  I have such a crush on Cleetus, I wouldn’t want to take anyone’s class but his!!!  Cleetus me all day, baby! ;)   I hope you mama is better very, very soon!!!

  • AntoinetteNaude

    Hi Lain… Good luck in LA
    I would choose Jodie’s class. Really hoping to win!! :)

  • AntoinetteNaude
  • Benessi

    Nichol’s and Shimelle’s classes will be fantastic!
    Positive thoughts coming your way!

  • SheriE

    Squeal! This is the first I’ve heard that Cleetus is going to be a part. Oh my beating heart! I’m leaning toward his class, but also am always interested in more ways to use my Silhouette. They all look so great. I really can’t choose! 

  • fancyscrapper

    While I love watching Cleetus (I just discovered him last week!), I really really want to make an office supplies journal. I loooooove office supplies!

  • Kimberly Kalil

    I tweeted about TS3 (kimberly_kalil).

  • Leehintze

    I am so happy Jodie McNally is coming out of semi-retirement.    I really want an on the go hybrid journaling notebook.

  • Jennifer Gerwig-Dively

    I’d say the office supply mini sounds like my first choice but Cleetus’ party cup… it’s tight.  :)

  • Jennifer Gerwig-Dively

    I tweeted this (@jengd1)

  • Klgregg

    I am opting for the office supply magic make and take. I would love to have some mini albums made from my office supplies stash!

  • Luz Maria Martin del Campo

    Oh Lain I am sorry to hear about your mom, I will pray for her prompt recovery. Definetely the party mug would be awesome, I follow Cleetus closely since I have this huge crush for him, but please do not tell, I don’ want to make Cathy Zielske jealous! :)

  • Luz Maria Martin del Campo

    Oh and I already shared True Scrap like 5 times on face and tweeter today, so I let it be or my friends will get annoyed by my obsession!

  • KMorinBZmom

    Wow, all the make and takes sound great! I especially like the Office Supply Mini Album and the Dress Up Alphabet ones.

  • KMorinBZmom

    I’m posting the link on FB:)

  • KMorinBZmom

    So sorry to hear about your mom. I’m praying for you and your family. I know what you’re going through, it’s hard when our parents get old. {{{HUGS}}}

  • Melinda T

    Hope your mom is doing much better! I’ll be keeping you all in my prayers! And the make and takes look amazing. Can’t wait to see what Jennifer does with office supplies and Cleetus is hilarious! 

  • Melinda T

    I tweeted.

  • Melinda T

    I shared on fb.

  • scrappychic67

    I lLOVE office supplies- well collecting them. What a great way to use some in another love-mini books! So wishing I could be part of it! Thanks for the chance!

  • Heaneyh1

    love to win a spot on this fab class.

  • Lori IL

    Silhouette secrets! I’ve been thinking about getting a machine but I’ve hesitated because it means a whole new learning curve for me! If Kerri shows me how easy it is – I just might succumb to a new Silhouette!
    Thanks for the chance to win.

  • sharonf

    posted to my FB account

  • sharonf

    tweeted this to my twitter account

  • sharonf

    the party mug is intriguing, but the on the go journaling has me very excited to hear more about.

  • Lilbearhugz

    Hi Lain,
    I’d have to say the Word Art and your Alphbet Dress up are what peak my interests.

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