Monday, March 30, 2009

Baby Name- contest

Saturday was a lovely party. Kelly worked so hard to make sure I had nothing to do except relax... it was so nice. I was really touched by the distance many of my friends came just to celebrate with me. Thank you all!
Leia had such a good time swimming with all the kids and Jason loved playing poker with the 'men', thanks Peter for bringing your shuffler.

Now on to the next task at hand, picking a baby name! So I thought we would have a contest. I am looking for more ideas for Baby Boy Miller to be named. If we use one of your suggestions you will win a prize basket full of scrap goodies.
Things to consider:
  • I would like something unusual to go with the Miller last name
  • No crazy spellings needed
FYI- Our names
Hubby's name: Jason Lee Miller
My full name: Laura Rene'e Miller
DD name: Leia Aurora Miller


Friday, March 27, 2009

CTMH April Newsletter

Desert Scrappers Newsletter
Issue No. 25 April 2009
In This Issue
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Dear Laura,
April marks the beginning of a new product club round. Make sure to sign-up and get your order in before April 15th. Ahh dreaded tax day. Also New Idea Books will be released soon.
Remember: Always use the blue "forward email" button at the bottom of the page to recieve rewards. Thank you!

  • I have 3 spot left in the new round of $25 product club. This round begins April 15th! In this program everyone commits to spending $25 each month for ONLY 6 months. Then one of the months is chosen as your personal rewards month. During this month not only do you get the min of $25 in FREE products but you have the opportunity to boost your rewards with collecting outside orders, hosting a party/workshop and/or (NEW) online orders. The rewards program has added a wonderfully new option too: Bundles and 50% off items!
  • New Summer Idea Books will go 'live' May 1st. Please be sure to email me your address by April 20th in to insure your is received by May 1st. Plus 3 luck books will have gift certificates for FREE CTMH Products.
  • Color Club will be starting again soon. This is the best way to get a sample of each of the 60 exclusive CTMH colors without an overload on supplies.
  • There is New club in town: Kit Workshop! It will be your way to complete layouts plus cards/paper crafts from each one of the New Reflections Kits (these are the kits in the front of each new Idea Book). Hand in hand the clubs work perfectly together; Kit Workshops gets you the materials and directions while product club helps build the tools for all those new techniques you will be learning!

Almost time for Baby Miller:

As many of you know a new baby takes a lot of time so please make sure to contact my local downline Kari for upcoming classes.

You may attend classes at the May 29-31st Desert Scrappers Weekend Retreat without registering for the event! Just email the teach to let them know you will be coming to their class.

Visit for more retreat class information:


April Stamp of the Month: World's Best Dad in plenty of time to make those Father's Day cards and gifts! And remember get it at a discounted price with a minimum of $25 purchase or Free with a $100 order.

NEW KIT WORKSHOP CLUB: This club is the newest way to complete layouts plus cards/paper crafts from each one of the New Reflections Kits (these are the kits in the front of each new Idea Book). Hand in hand with the product club these two work perfectly together; Kit Workshops gets you the materials and directions while product club helps build the tools for all those new techniques you will be learning!

Three levels of Kit Workshop Club
  • Basic $25 per month
  • Better $45 per month
  • Best $60 per month

* additional discounts apply with long term commitment

Constant Campaign

Tickled Pink!
April 15- May 31st

AND YOU'LL BE Tickled Pink this spring!
Our newest scrapbooking kit puts you front and center-with
everything you need to create two beautiful two-page layouts
all about the things that you love and that make you shine. And speaking of shine,
you'll also be tickled by the kiss of glitter on these fabulous papers!

To get your very own Tickled Pink scrapbooking kit:
· Place a minimum order of $60 in stamp sets (excluding K-size and SOTM) between April 15- May 31 to receive a Tickled Pink scrapbooking kit FREE!
· Purchase the Tickled Pink kit at just $34.95-well below retail value!
· Sign up as a new Consultant between May 1-May 31 and receive a kit FREE
· Host a Home Gathering between April 15-May 31 with min. sales of $400
and receive a kit FREE.

Celebrate spring, bling, and everything you love-you'll be so happy, you'll be Tickled Pink!

The Tickled Pink scrapbooking kit includes:
1 - My Acrylix® I Am Stamp Set (D-size)
2 - 12" x 12" Floral B&T Duos™ Paper (1 with glitter)
2 - 12" x 12" Stripe B&T Duos™ Paper (1 with glitter)
1 - 12" x 12" Blush Textured Cardstock
1 - 12" x 12" Crystal Blue Textured Cardstock
5 - 12" x 12" White Daisy Textured Cardstock (1 sheet with die-cut shapes)
1 -Mini-Medley Accents White Daisy Collection
1- Foam Texture Tool
1- Brochure (instructions for 2 two-page layouts from brand-new patterns)
Featured Colors: Blush, Crystal Blue, Twilight, Hollyhock, Sweet Leaf

To become a consultant click here

UPDATE for former 'I Remember When' Consultants :This past special went so well! I want to extend this offer to all former 'I Remember When' consultants. So if you want to sign-up let me know.
To be clear all former IRW consultant will be eligible for the reimbursement offer.

Can you please help me? I need your help... I am wanting to double the size of my team between now and April 30th. Can you help me by sending this info out to all of your friends and family? You never know who may be interested. Thanks in advance! All team members get to attend all my events, crops and classes for FREE or greatly discounted including Desert Scrappers Weekend Retreats!

And if you are the final one who doubles my team size, I will reimburse your consultant kit fee once you have 1 active quarter.*

Things to Remember:
Potential recruits may choose from 2 add on options:
Basic kit for $99 with over $300 worth of products.

Add on kits:
The Scrapbooker Kit for $60, valued at $180
The Card Marker kit for $50, valued at $150

If you have any questions please email me.

To become a consultant click here


*Upcoming Desert Scrappers Weekend Retreats:


May 29-31, 2009 Palm Desert, CA ONLY A FEW SPOTS LEFT!
** May 28th add-on packages

July 10-12: Disney Retreat Party co-hosted w/ Sheila G! Palm Desert, CA
** July 9th add-on packages

September 11-13, 2009 Palm Desert, CA
** September 10th add-on package

All Retreats now include...
6+ feet of Scrapping Space
Welcome Goodie Bag
Unlimited Water & Iced Tea Service
Classes with Knowledgeable Teachers
Journaling computer on site
Two nights at an Embassy Suites or Hampton Inn & Suites
Three days of Scrapbooking Fun
Drawings for lots of prizes
Swap box
Prize for furthest distance traveled, most & least pages done
PJ night- Saturday
Meals Include:
Friday: Manager's reception @ Embassy Suites
Saturday: Breakfast, Lunch @ all locations
Saturday: Manager's reception @ Embassy Suites
Sunday: Breakfast @ all locations

Visit: to reserve your spot, today!

Remember, I am available to host private parties for Birthdays, Bridal and Baby showers or a fun girls night out! Book a Home Gathering for your chance to "bump up" your rewards level!

Thank you for reading and hope to hear from you soon!


Laura Miller
Desert Scrappers
Save $$
Earn Free Retreats or Close To My Heart Goodies!
By Referring NEW people!
Receieve a thank you discount!*
Offer Expires: Never! Please pass it on!

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Making room for baby... CTMH sale

Updated list with asking prices... I am willing to make deals for the more you buy the better the deal. Thanks for looking and remember shipping is extra. Flat rate boxes only $5 or $10 depending on the size & amount sending. Thank you!

Item # Name Price
A1030 Christmas Blocks $8
A1037 Baby Impressions $8
B1029 On The Beach $10
B1113 Winter Wonderland $10
2 B1194 Music of Winter $10
B1221 Little License $10
B1286 Solo "L" $10
2 C1184 Frogs $13
C1216 Heritage Caps $13
C1271 Treasures of the Heart $13
C1291 Gift of Love $13
2 C1292 Tropical Christmas $13
C1293 Wonderful Season $13
C1298 Party Invitations $13
2 C1327 Snowflakes Kisses $13
C1329 Homeward Bound $13
C1334 Season Defined $13
Friendship Alph. Small $16
3 D1051 Expecting $16
D1082 Made by Me $16
3 D1116 Be Mine $16
D1130 Random Thoughts $16
2 D1186 Rustic Flowers $16
D1218 Summertime $16
D1240 Doodle Art $16
D1243 Peace on Earth $16
2 D1245 In My Heart $16
D1255 Thoughts of You $16
D1260 Endless Love $16
5 D1262 Express Postage $16
D1283 Say it in Style $16
D1296 Choc. Alph. Small $16
2 D1307 Annotations $16
D1318 Uniquely You $16
Friendship Alph. Large $24
E1001 Essential Alph $24
E1002 Rustic Alph $24
E1004 Cobblestone Alph $24
E1006 Baroque Alph $24
X7029a Make a Wish $8
X7031a Summer Harvest $8
X7032a Nature's Treasures $8
X7035a Fairy Tale $8
X7037a Goal Girl $8
3 X7038a Wild Adventure $8
X7046a Elegant Bouquet $8
X7060a Heirloom $8
X7063a Groovy Blossom $8
X7074a Hollydays $8
X7092a Good Times $8
X7093a Sweet Pea $8
X7095a Boom-di-ada $8
X7029b Make a Wish $9
X7034b Heaven Sent $9
X7047b Flower Power $9
2 X7048b Road Trip $9
X7066b Lazy Days of Summer $9
X7085b Everlasting $9
X8520 Nature 9x9 $6
X8521 Trick or Treat 9x9 $6
3 X8522 Christmas Wishes 9x9 $6
X8010 Graduation Collection $9
3 X8011 #1 Dad Collection $9

Monday, March 23, 2009

May Retreat Update

Sorry I have been missing for a few days. I just could not catch-up with my sleep and then I had all kinds of pains and thought that perhaps I was going into labor extra early. I think I am on the road to recovery now.

Good News for you: This small labor scare sent me into overdrive for working on the May Retreat. Yeah! To the right hand side I have posted all the confirmed vendor (more maybe added) and teachers with tentative class times. Please click on their links and find out more about their products & more!

Here is some extra information about the classes all tentative until the teachers get a chance to post pictures and final details:

9am Dawn Tumelty Altered item ?Birdhouse?
10:30 Kris Compton Card class max 12 students
11:30 Crystal Deckard "All About Me" CKU 8x8 album w/ 20 pages $20
2pm Nan Paturzo "Smile" BiA mini album $20
3:30 Jennifer Priest Layout class featuring Glimmer Mist $15
4:30 Jennifer Priest BiA Basics $20 + a $10 optional add on project (bonus take this class and save $10 on your BIA purchase)

Only 20 spots left for May's Retreat!
Send your deposit in and reserve your spot today!

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Did everyone get invited?

I am back from the Scrapbook Royalty Slumber Crop. And as usual I am so tired... why do they call it a slumber party? No slumbering ever happens. My mind is still in a haze so nothing is getting done here on the home front, including uploading pictures from the event. (Those should follow soon.) But at the event I did finish my class projects plus a 2 page layout. I can not believe that I have already scrapbooked twice as many pages in 2009 than 2008. Hope this pace continues.
Thank you everyone who sat at the Desert Scrappers Weekend Retreat/CTMH table it was great chatting with you and a very special Thank You to Crystal Deckard for being such a wonderful "Fairy Godmother" to us all!

Since I have been MIA during the whole baby shower planning I thought I would step up and make sure everyone who should be invited is invited. Here is my cheater way of doing just that. Thank you Kelly for doing all the work!
There will be swimming for the kids and Jason plans to show off his new Poker Table (thanks Nan) with a game in the evening.

Sorry about the short notice on my end, hope you can still make it!

Friday, March 13, 2009

I am off: Scrapbook Royalty's Slumber Crop

I stole most, if not all of this post from Jennifer Priest... she has all the good information. Plus along with Scrapbook Royalty, she gave some goodies away earlier this week. Check the post below to see if you won.

In a couple of hours I'll be heading out to help set up for the Royal Slumber Crop down in San Marcos, CA!!! And then I'll be cropping for 2 days straight!

I am leaving, now since I still have things to make for my Flower bed and need to check into my hotel room before the final set-up this afternoon.

This will be my 4th year attending Scrapbook Royalty's big annual fundraiser (haven't been to that many) --wow, I can't even believe it has been that long. SBR has grown and grown, and just become more and more of a daily part of my life. Sometimes it is overwhelming working for "free", as all SBR volunteers do, but then I step back and look at the accomplishments of the charity and all the volunteers and I remember how I feel honored to be a part of such a great organization. And I have made some awesome friends along the way too! And attended some really awesome events (and planned them) too! AND we have raised almost $150,000 for various charities over the years! After this weekend I am sure it will be over $150,000!!!

So I am almost all packed for the event but I just wanted to share some goodies I made for my WhoGAS pals. Last year I made these cute little WhoGAS pins for every who went to our Fantasyland Crop For Kids and this year, I did it again! Only this time, the pin is attached to a mystery goodie box! I am so excited to get my goodies box... if you want to join our WhoGas group there is a link on the right hand side of my blog. We have a lot of fun on the boards as well as scrappin' together.

I've also got surprises for a couple of special people, Donna and Cheryl (i won't share last names so you'll have to be guessing if it is you or not --hehe). AND I will be sponsoring tea time with Girl Scout cookies!! And finally, I am doing Fairy Fly Bys to help promote my classes and etsy shop. Katie and Xaver packed them all for me last night--wow! 150 FFBs ain't no joke! Katie is coming with me--this will be an adventure for sure!

I feel for Jennifer! I made 150 FFBs for Desert Scrappers Weekend Retreats and 150 FFBs for Close To My Heart plus all the goodies bags and decorations for my Flower Bed. Thank goodness for my "Fairy Godmother" helper Crystal Deckard. Who so nicely volunteered to help me with my table, setup and many other duties. And of of course YEAH for strong and helpful hubbys who load all of our heavy scrap goodies. Hopefully you have someone at home to help you unload, you sure are going to need it after this weekend of scrapbooking, fun, give-a-ways, classes and charity!


I (Jennifer) will get the email on my Blackberry letting me know you donated via Paypal so I can cut a check right then to give to SBR. My friend Maria Getz is still trying to reach her goal of $500 in donations--we can help her EXCEED that!! Just click the button below and Paypal will walk you through the process.

If you donate through this link please let me know 760-791-6304... so I can help Jennifer cut some of the checks. Thank you for all your kind donations and support.

One last thing: I have a small goodie for everyone who finds me at this event... so be sure to ask!

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Winner, Winner Chicken Dinner...

If you are a winner please make sure I have your mailing address so I can get your winnings out, as soon as I get back from the Scrapbook Royalty Slumber Crop.

Blogoversary Winners:

Give-a-way #1: $15 off the May Retreat
Denise Griff


Give-a-way #2: Gifts of Plenty
Candice Barnhoorn
Laura Jackson

Give-a-way #3: 9 ribbon rounds Kari J.

Give-a-way #4: Scrap Goodies
Candice Barnhoorn for referrals

Colleen, random winner

Jennifer C., creative sharing

Give-a-way #5: Something For Everyone
Melodie Jones
Candice Barnhoorn
Joy Kuoha
Dawn T.

Give-a-way #6: Guess For Goods
Jennifer C. guessed 110 spot with 29 left
She was so close we have 112 spots and at that time 29 spots were left.

Give-a-way #7: CTMH Bling

Give-a-way #8: CTMH stamp set
Candice Barnhoorn

Give-away #9: Zutter Goodie
Candice Barnhoorn



SoBay Scrapbook (marie g.)

Give-a-way #10: Scrapbook Royalty Goodies (please contact Jennifer P. for your prize)
Candice Barnhoorn
Lisa Macomber

Give-a-way #11 Blogoversary
- Green Tea Glimmer Mist
Candice Barnhoorn

- Making Memories Apron


Give-a-way #12: Extra Goodies
Take a picture with your winnings or if you have won anything from Desert Scrappers Weekend Retreats. Make sure to include your mailing address and I will send out more goodies.

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Blogoversary is here!! Part II

It's Here! It's Here!

All winners will be posted tomorrow, Thursday March 12th.
But until then let's give away some more things.

Green with envy day... give-a-ways all day long.

Post what makes others green with envy (of you) for a chance to win a limited addition Making Memories Apron.

But hurry once the next give-away is posted you have lost your chance to win this prize.

Blogoversary #10 Winner!

It's everyone who posted yesterday! Sorry for the html woes. I tied posting the code here and it just kept translating it and making it an image. Thanks for playing! Please send your address to and I will send a little goodie to you. Please allow 2 weeks for delivery. Thanks!!

Blogoversary is here!!

It's Here! It's Here!

All winners will be posted tomorrow, Thursday March 12th.
But until then let's give away some more things.

Green with envy day... give-a-ways all day long.

Post what makes you green with envy for a chance to win the limited addition CHA Glimmer Mist in Green Tea.

But hurry once the next give-away is posted you have lost your chance to win this prize.

Monday, March 9, 2009

Blogoversary Giveaway #10 - Guest Blogger - Scrapbook Royalty

Happy Blogoversary Laura!!!

Scrapbook Royalty is happy to be a part of Desert Scrappers' Retreats. Laura has partnered with us, holding a raffle at every retreat to help benefit us and other worthy causes, such as the Cancer Coping Center. Laura is also hosting a table at our upcoming Royal Slumber Crop, this Saturday and Sunday March 14-15 in San Marcos, CA. Also, I regularly teach at Laura's retreats--check out my classes at the May Retreat and at the July Disney Charity Retreat (details coming soon!).

For this giveaway, you'll need to paste our blinkie onto your blog:

SBR Blinkie

Post a comment here linking back to your blog. Tomorrow night I will pick FIVE WINNERS winners to receive a goodie from the Scrapbook Royalty Vault!! So check back tomorrow night to see if you have won.

Thanks for playing!

Blogoversary Giveaway #9 - Winners

Candice, Mariah, Pam and SoBay Scrapbook - thanks for playing along! Please email Laura at with your address to get your Zutter goodie. Have a great week.

Sunday, March 8, 2009

Blogoversary Giveaway #9 - Guest Blogger: Nan from Zutter

Smile...Be Happy 6X6 Mini Book - Being Taught at May Desert Scrappers Retreat

Anniversaries are usually something to smile about. They signify accomplishments, remembrances of joyous events, memories of days we want to remember. So SMILE about this "blogoversary" ....because we get to celebrate Desert Scrappers! We LOVE Desert Scrappers. We love to scrap. We love to get together and scrap!

For this giveaway, you have to work a little bit. In the comments, post a link to a project you have recently completed that makes you SMILE. It can be a layout, a card, a mini book, a home decor project....anything paper crafty. We will pick 5 recipients to get a little something-something from the Zutter stash. Make a note if you are attending the retreat in May and ONE winner will get to take my SMILE class for FREE!!!!!!

Get posting...we will select winners for this post 5pm 3/9/09!

Saturday, March 7, 2009

Blogoversary Give-a-way #8

On the 4th day before the blogoversary...
it's time to "Celebrate" the first post.

In the first post I promised a few things, name at least two of these (try not to copy from the poster before you) and include your favorite post information since for a chance to win one of two CTMH My Acrylix stamp sets: Celebrate Life or Celebration Bouquet

Do it soon since you only have until the next blogoversary give-a-away is posted.

Thursday, March 5, 2009

Blogoversary Give-a-way #7

On the 5th day before the blogoversary...
I have to take care of the hubby.

Yes, that's right hubby needs me. He is having his wisdom teeth taken out. Poor him or maybe poor me.
Share with us your best tooth story or layout for a chance to win some CTMH bling.

Do it soon since you only have until the next blogoversary give-a-away is posted.

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Blogoversary Give-a-way #6

On the 6th day before the blogoversary...
Guess for goods.

Guess the number of people May's Retreat can hold with still making sure everyone gets a six foot table. Or guess the number of spots that are still available for May's Retreat. You may win the prize for either or both guesses.

Do it soon since you only have until the next blogoversary give-a-away is posted.

Blogoversary Give-a-way #5

On the 5th day of blogoversary give-a-ways...
We want 5 more winners.

The first 5 to leave any comment, will win a small gift. So now I'm going to pay it forward. The first five people to respond to this post will get something! My choice. For you! This offer does have a few “rules of play”:
1- I make no guarantees what it will be!
2- What you win will be a one of a kind prize!
3- It'll be done after the blogoversary give-a-ways end.
4- You have no clue what it's going to be.
5-The catch? Oh, the catch is that you must repost this and invite more people to be winners!
The first 5 people to leave a comment will win! Oh, and be sure to post a picture of what you win when you get it! So....who will be the first 5 people?
Even if you aren't in my first five, why not start this on your blog, too? Spread more love FASTER! Ready, set, go.....who will the first five be??

Those who report once that they pay it forward will get an additional prize.

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Blogoversary Give-a-way #4

Sadly, these give-a-ways are all going to just a few readers.

On the 8th days before the blogoversary...
We want to give more scrap goodies away.

Share that we are having give-a-ways and win prizes... lots to be given!
Including a random drawing, getting referrals, most creative sharing and much more.

Simply post on your blog, website etc that there are lots of chances to win especially between now and March 10th. Then post in the comment section how I can view you sharing the 'love'. If you don't have a blog etc send your friends here to comment and mention your name. (Don't forget to comment yourself)

Please help me I have to give lots of goodies away to make room for baby!

Sunday, March 1, 2009

Blogoversary #3

With Nine days left.....
Nine CTMH Ribbon Rounds were given to 1 lucky person.

All you have to do is comment before the next blogoversary post on when the next batch of CTMH clearance items go on sale. Then from the correct answers 1 random person will be chosen.