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catching up … and a GIVEAWAY!!

catching up … and a GIVEAWAY!!

Not even sure where to start! Lots going on, and it’s really HEATING up around here! 100 degrees F yesterday here in AZ, and we got in the pool for the first time! still a little chilly in the pool, so it felt great.

Ok, I have a story for you, and I am only sharing it because it will make you feel REALLY good about yourself! …I am such a dork.
SO, my folks are taking a little R&R in St. Geroge, and I decide to throw the kids in the car and head up for the weekend. Quick trip, but didn’t want to rain on their post-tax parade too much. Eric’s office gets wind that I am driving to St. G and ask me to pull a trailer w/ a door (all crated up) to meet a guy that will be picking it up there. I figure, no prob, and after we get all loaded, we swing by and pick up the  load- off we go.  We have the set up, so that we can play a video ipod through the TV in the car, and the kids are happy! We are all singing and dancing to Yo Gaba Gaba  and Disney Channel shows (I hate them SO bad). Ok… so, we get to the Hoover Dam- and I pull up to the ck point and the guy tells me no way is he letting me past w/ this wooden crate. (it’s all screwed closed, you can’t get in it) so, I ask for some tools- I’ll pop it open. They don’t have tools on hand. (silly me). SO, I am TICKED cause we have to turn back and go around, up through Laughlin. Well, maybe 5-6 miles back up the road, there is a road crew working and I pull off and get them to pry the box open to reveal my load. Turn back around and we breeze through security and on to wait 2 HOURS to get over the flipping HOOVER dam. So we were starving and needed a break and stopped for some play place in Vegas. I had 1/ 2 tank of gas, and figured lets just power to St. G (another 2 hours).  We are moving good, and we get to Mesquite, and I still have over ¼ tank of gas, and opt NOT to stop… had some good momentum! About this time, my phone battery starts beeping that it’s dying and I don’t have a car charger w/ me. (do you see where this is going). It’s about 9:30 at night, and we have about 45 min through the gorge to get to ST. G.  We power through the gorge which is this really winding, up hill mountain pass, and about the end… my gas light goes on, and I realize I am in trouble. I suddenly remember that in this car, when the gas light goes on, you are OUT. …and my phone dies… SO, we get a few more miles, and I feel the car kill and we coast as far as possible and die right in front of an exit sign that tells us that there is ¾ mile before the St. G exit. UGH. 10:30 at night… 5 kids in the car…phone dead.. out of gas… (see, aren’t you feeling good about yourself!)  after weighing my options, I get out and flag down a car, a couple guys stop (a little scary but super nice) I use their phone, call my folks, they come w/ gas and save the day. no worries… but still. After my dad put 2 gal of gas in, my tank registered almost ½ tank… so I guess the gauge is off a bit. NOW I know! After that everything was perfect.
We went to the park, the pool ate pizza and even got in on a great sale at Old Navy!  Smile…


sippy, blankies, grandma.. what could be better? This was the first time we had been together in almost a year! so TOTALLY WORTH THE TRIP!!

Monday I spend the day at Bazzill photographing the trunk show pieces from the Creative Escape teachers… such awesomely talented people. It was so fun to open the boxes and see each of their pieces and photograph them. Amazing work, and each so unique and reflective of the artist. Every year at CE, I am in awe of the teachers.. this year is no exception!   … this year Debbie Crouse is one of the teachers… I had the pleasure of working with her on the Designing With books, way back when… and as per usual, I LOVED pulling her projects out and just ooohing and aaahhhing. I LOVE her stuff! She and Paula Cheney are teaching together, and their projects came wrapped up like presents! Seriously! i was feeling SOO inspired.


Yesterday I was ULTRA productive and it felt great! On my to-do list was getting some photos of the House of 3 FAB new Jewel Wall Art… we are getting ready to release it on the site, and it’s SOO cute! Here is just a sneak peek! (check out the chandeliers SO CUTE!…) MORE images and ideas to come!! Get READY!!  we are also planning some GIVES so watch for that!

Picture 3

Today, it’s back to Bazzill for another CE meeting! We are like 3 weeks away from our Preview Day …which is when we do the full run through of all the projects with all the volunteers. I can’t believe it’s here already! Sneaking up on us, just like the HOT weather!
I know that there are still people waiting and wishing for a SPOT at CE…we are STILL filling spots. The Lottery process is kinda a tedious one, as we give each winner the option to take one or two spots, and give everyone a few days to decide. I know that the majority of the spots are filled, but we are still notifying people that they are in… so don’t give up hope yet!


By design

I am spending National Scrapbook Day at By Design Scrapbook Boutique!  The pinkest store anywhere I think! I will be there all weekend… but on Sat, I will be doing demos and hanging out all afternoon to say HI! So come and stop by for the party! I’ll be showing some tips and tricks with my NEW products in the ‘BISTRO’…  of course, I am coming to teach, and I am teaching 3 classes: my Energy Journal Class, a TOTAL technique class (we’ll be cranking out 5 12×12 layouts) and then a cute little House of 3 project. We offered the weekend as a package deal with Friday and Saturday night crops and Lunch on Sat… and from what Tracy told me it sold out before she knew quite what to do!! I asked her to reserve just ONE spot for me to give away right here on my blog.
This $200 value – weekend with me AND at Tracy’s FABULOUS store can be yours if you leave a comment… I will pick a number THURSDAY EVENING (april 24)  and I will post it here on my blog!!
Here is the CATCH: you HAVE to be able to COME TO THE STORE and BE THERE May 1st and 2nd.  SO… we are talking HOUSTON. W
E are NOT willing to mail th
e kits or other goodies that will be happening on that day. SO, if you enter you have to GUARANTEE that you can get there… (this is pretty much a locals only deal!)  Classes are Friday night, Sat morning and Sat afternoon. LUNCH Sat. is included! GOOD LUCK!! We will have a select number of kits to sell in the store that weekend as well.

  • Jennifer Silvertooth

    22 April, 2009 at 11:11 am Reply

    I was just coming to see if you updated your blog since I knew NSD is getting closer! I love By Design and I love your work, so I would love to win this spot! I wanted to sign up, but unfortunately with a little one on the way (due in August), it just wasn’t in the budget for me this year! Maybe I will get lucky though! Thanks for the chance to win!

  • Adrian V.

    22 April, 2009 at 11:22 am Reply

    I live in Dallas and could fly in, so I would love a chance! Thanks for the opportunity 🙂

  • Marije

    22 April, 2009 at 11:24 am Reply

    wow … that bedroom is so lovely! I love it!

  • CindyML

    22 April, 2009 at 11:27 am Reply

    Is a fat dog heavy? Yes! I can come to Houston. My sister lives there and I have been wanting to go to Tracy’s store when I visit my sis – and there is an IKEA there too. Thanks, CindyML

  • Shaylin

    22 April, 2009 at 11:37 am Reply

    This would be the most fun experience for me! I’m just starting to scrapbook, and what a better place to learn some new things, than from YOU at one of THE CUTEST scrapbook stores!! As much fun as it would be for me though, I’d have to nominate my mother as well (I’m not sure if she’ll comment on this) But she loves you, and all of your work, and she could really use a “mini vacation” from being a mother!! Debbie House is her name!! 🙂 Thanks for this opportunity!

  • hanna

    22 April, 2009 at 11:38 am Reply

    OOh I’ve been there for a class with Janet – its an amazing store. Would love to win this.

  • Carmel Harrell

    22 April, 2009 at 11:53 am Reply

    I would so like a girl’s week-end in Houston and my daughter (Candi) would truely enjoy the class!!! Pick me, Pick me 🙂

  • Candi Ladwig

    22 April, 2009 at 11:56 am Reply

    Pick me, pick me, pick me!!!!!! I am in Iowa (ya know… the cold!!!) I would love an excuse to get away!! I have been on their mailing list since the grand opening! I LOVE this shop. I would be so excited to see the store in person!! I love the boutique feel with all the scrappy goodies!! I love the big chunky frames for wall displays, the chandeliers, the chairs, the pink & black… THE EVERYTHING!!! I hope this is a lucky number!!! {and yes, I have already checked into it and I will fly down for the weekend!!} I can’t imagine a better NSD than this!!!!!! (I already know what I would wear!!) 🙂

  • megan

    22 April, 2009 at 12:35 pm Reply

    I’m a local girl…I could walk to Tracy’s store and I would love nothing more than to be a part of the fabulous-ness you guys have planned!

  • Michelle

    22 April, 2009 at 12:43 pm Reply

    Live in Mesa, but have been to this fab store when I was in Houston last year! I would love the opportunity to go again!!!

  • deborah

    22 April, 2009 at 1:10 pm Reply

    Thank you for your disaster story…it really made me feel so much better after getting off the phone with my son’s bank, which he called to close the account BEFORE he deployed to Iraq and they did not do it, and they would not give me the time of day to help correct their error! Grrr. OOOOooopink flowers and chick on your blog is calming me down. Thank you for being so darn cute and talented! **blows kisses** Deborah

  • Mary S.

    22 April, 2009 at 1:10 pm Reply

    I am truly blessed being able to go to By Design whenever I need to get my scrapping inspiration. This has to be the happiest place on the planet. The store is gorgeous but it is Tracy and the staff that make it such a treasure. I did not sign-up because I thought I had to be out of town that weekend but those plans have changed. It would be such a delight to spend NSD with ya’ll.

  • Cassaundra Lala

    22 April, 2009 at 1:11 pm Reply

    Would love the chance to go. I’m a local girl and had too many things up in the air when sign ups occured. You know, things like “Is my husband about to leave me for indefinite amount of time to be on the next season of Biggest Loser?” “Am I pregnant?” Well, (un)fortunately, he did not get picked for the final interviews, but I am pregnant! I could really use an Energy journal right now…really just some energy would be nice.

  • Anette Rowzee

    22 April, 2009 at 1:30 pm Reply

    By Design is the “Most Fab” store EVER! Tracy has done an awesome job. She and her employees are so helpful and friendly. My friends and I drive to Houston about every 6 weeks to get our By Design “fix” and we work at a Scrapbook Store! Yes, we know that we really need help. But who can resist all that Pink Fabulousness!

  • Angie Hamill

    22 April, 2009 at 1:41 pm Reply

    does it count if I can be there Friday afternoon, and Saturday Morning, I am teaching a Saturday Afternoon Scrapbook class on the opposite side of town…. I really want to come. I love this store and love to be able to stop at it when I am on that side of town and would love the chance to meet you in person. Been following your blog well for a while.=O)

  • Sandy M

    22 April, 2009 at 1:41 pm Reply

    Love to be there but I live in Calgary. I hope you have a great time. Thanks for sharing the story. I have ran out of gas before…not fun but it was grat to hear that the guys helped you out. I cannot wait for the new Hof3 release:)

  • Vicki

    22 April, 2009 at 1:51 pm Reply

    You sound like you have my luck when traveling. Houston would be a fun get away, and I would love to take your classes.

  • Sandy

    22 April, 2009 at 1:59 pm Reply

    Ahhhh, Heidi!! I would love to win, but I am out of town on a job. I had so wanted to stop by and tell you hello. I miss Beijing!! I’m sure you are missing things about it too. Anyway, I’ll see you at CE in Aug.
    PS Could you find that picture you took of me (you put it on the blog) taking pictures and send it to me as a jpg file? Please, please, please!!!!

  • Julie A. Wooten

    22 April, 2009 at 2:16 pm Reply

    My husband is famous for running out of gas on vacation! I was pregnant and carrying a toddler on a highway! We took a ride from a stranger finally! All turned out good, thank goodness!
    I would love to take your classes at that fabulous store!!

  • michelle

    22 April, 2009 at 2:27 pm Reply

    OMG Heidi — how scary for you to be stranded like that — sounds like something that would happend to me! have a great weekend. love the picture of you mom with the kids — so tender. michelle

  • Sylvia Y.

    22 April, 2009 at 3:38 pm Reply

    I’m happy to say I’m a local girl and am blessed to be able to visit By Design any time. Thursdays are late nights at Tracy’s and a fellow scrapper and I start our girl’s night out at ‘the pink store’ with a Thursday make and take. It’s a great store — but it’s the girls that make it so special. Wished I could have signed up for the week-end but even if I’m not picked for your give-away, I have plans to come by to visit and meet you. Have a safe trip to Houston and see you for NSD at By Design!

  • Jaime Benavides

    22 April, 2009 at 4:27 pm Reply

    OMG Heidi! I’m so glad that everything worked out for you and your kids. What a scare! Have a great week;)

  • Debbie O'Neal

    22 April, 2009 at 4:32 pm Reply

    Oh Heidi – this is so super nice of you and Tracey too to offer us a chance. I am a local girl and missed getting a spot for NSD event. I love your creativity and energy and would love to spend my weekend at By Design….love all that PINK and they are the sweetest ladies who work there. So PICK ME PLEASEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE !!!!

  • Anna B.

    22 April, 2009 at 4:36 pm Reply

    Love the girl’s room! It is SUPER CUTE! I can’t wait to get my hands on some cute wall art 🙂

  • Nancy Wyatt

    22 April, 2009 at 4:40 pm Reply

    Only you Heidi would this happen to yet be so close to your destination! Glad it all turned out so well! OMG! I so want to win! I had to pass on your classes at the time of sign up but would love, love, love to win! My hubby is out of town for 14days and it includes the weekend you are here! What better way to spend it but with you and the gals at By Design! Hope to win but if not, I may have to go by there to try and meet ya! hehe, would be totally cool to meet THE Heidi Swapp! hugs from Conroe, TX!

  • kristy Anderson

    22 April, 2009 at 5:01 pm Reply

    I can get there!!!!! It would be awesome to take a class fom you. So inspiring. Just sad I can’t bring my sister should would faint upon seeing you in person..

  • Jody Hall

    22 April, 2009 at 5:14 pm Reply

    I want to win, my sister said she would pay for the hotel. Ahhh a weekend of paper and glue and friends wwhat fun. Just wish as my sister said, she could come to:)

  • Lysa Click

    22 April, 2009 at 5:28 pm Reply

    Okay Heidi, that is a hysterical story. Sounds like something I would do 🙂
    Reminds me of the time I tried to wash the engine of the car while my parents were out of town. Needless to say car engines do not like a lot of water and it is okay if they are dirty. Seemed like a good idea at the time.
    So glad it all worked out in the end.

  • Kat

    22 April, 2009 at 5:42 pm Reply

    How awful to be stranded with the kids but I am glad to hear that there are still good samaratians out there. Would love to spend the weekend with you! How cool would it be to take classes from you?!?!?!!!!!! Thanks for the sharing the spot with us.

  • Scrappincheryl

    22 April, 2009 at 6:00 pm Reply

    I would get anywhere to be able to spend time with YOU – I am so in! The store sounds fabulous, I’d love to go! Thanks so much for the chance!
    Love the wall art used in the pink girl’s room, can’t wait to see it!

  • Frances C.

    22 April, 2009 at 6:39 pm Reply

    I’ve been wanting to go to this store and now is my chance!! I used to live in Texas but can definitely make it for the weekend in May! I’ve been away from scrapbooking and this will be a great way to get back “into it”, especially if you are teaching the class! Pick me puhleeze!!

  • kathy northup

    22 April, 2009 at 7:04 pm Reply

    i am NOT local……however planes fly in and out of that area….and i wouls LOVE TO come and play……see the signts of texas…..are the bugs REALLY THAT BIG?????
    hope to see you soon,
    kathy & jose’

  • bettyann

    22 April, 2009 at 7:14 pm Reply

    oh girl I want to come right now to az and make sure you don’t have anymore car disasters…take care

  • Krystin

    22 April, 2009 at 8:03 pm Reply

    Okay, so I cannot be there cause Houston is sooooo not close to me, but I still want to leave a comment.
    I loved your story…it really did make me giggle…lol
    Sadly, had those darn guys at the Hoover Dam just let you through, you wouldn’t have had to turn around and waste 10-12 mi. worth of gas…you mighta actually made it all the way.
    I also LOVE LOVE LOVE the picture of that bedroom…most gorgeous girl’s room ever…I adore the letters in the frame…I just may have to do that.
    I love reading your posts…you are fantastic.

  • Susan M.

    22 April, 2009 at 8:23 pm Reply

    Given the chance, you bet I’ll be there!

  • Mary Austin Cox

    22 April, 2009 at 8:29 pm Reply

    Pick me!!! I’m literally down the street from Tracy’s great pink store and was just not on the ball enough (i.e. had to check the home calendars/work calendars, etc.) and before I knew it…. the class filled up!!!
    Can’t wait to show my daughter the cute pink room – she’s been drooling over this stuff. She’s 15 and really thinks she’s a diva.
    Mary-Austin in Friendswood, TX

  • Deborah

    22 April, 2009 at 8:37 pm Reply

    I can’t say enough great things about your products. I love By Design Scrapbook boutique because they carry so much of your stuff. I live in Houston and I would love to take a class from you. I enjoy reading your blog. You are such an inspriation!

  • Arcalee Gautier

    22 April, 2009 at 8:48 pm Reply

    Just an hour away. I can definitely be there. Heidi I would love to meet you and be included in your drawing.
    Kreating in Katy.

  • Rozette

    22 April, 2009 at 9:04 pm Reply

    Oh pick me!! pick me!! I love this store… they are my wall paper on my Iphone.

  • Tina C

    22 April, 2009 at 9:40 pm Reply

    Oh my goodness – I tried to sign up the day after it registration went live and it was all booked up – I love the girls at By Design and the store is to die for cute!!! I hope you pick me, what a great break that would be!!! If not I will be stopping by for a couple of the demos

  • Robin Buscher

    22 April, 2009 at 10:05 pm Reply

    I would love to spend NSD with you, my favorite scrapbooker/designer, at my favorite scrapbooking store! I really need a weekend to get my mind off of things. My oldest daughter has been in the hospital since March 7. She had a staff infection that got into her blood stream, hit her heart and brain, and has been on life support. She was in a coma most of this time and has a trach now. She has permanent brain damage and is married with a two year old boy. The doctors tell us that a blood clot could take her at any time. She did code two weeks ago but they were able to revive her after spending 15 minutes on her and putting her three chest tubes in her. Needless to say, this is constantly on my mind and I would love a chance to scrapbook and have some relief from the stress! Thanks, Heidi (and Tracy) for offering this chance!

  • Kat

    22 April, 2009 at 10:11 pm Reply

    That would be awesome to spend the day with you! I am in the Houston area so it is no problem to be there. Great products, great store and a great teacher, makes for one great weekend!!

  • Josiane

    22 April, 2009 at 11:46 pm Reply

    So glad everything turned out well! Whew! So generous of you to give away a spot. Thanks!

  • Connie Gilbert

    23 April, 2009 at 5:44 am Reply

    I would love to take one of your classes. I have been following your blog and would love to meet you in person. Sounds so exciting and fun. I know that the classes will be awesome. Can’t wait to see and meet you.

  • Amanda VanDyke

    23 April, 2009 at 5:55 am Reply

    Heidi this is so generous of you!
    I would LOVE a chance to be a part of this class, I am a fulltime nursing student with 2 kids at home so needless to say, scrapbook classes have not found their way into the budget, but I adore your products and the inspiration behind them. I live 15 min away from the store and love the gals there, even attend church with some of them! Amazingly, I have that weekend open and would be so excited to spend it with you!!
    Thank you for the chance!!

  • Cheryl

    23 April, 2009 at 5:57 am Reply

    OMG it sounds like a day from my calendar!! Glad you are all safe!! I would love to come and spend the day!!

  • Lisa E

    23 April, 2009 at 6:13 am Reply

    OMG! I couldn’t get in to NSD at By Design my favorite store in all of Houston. Would absolutely love to go. I have participated in NSD for the last 5 years at different places in Houston and this is the first year that I have missed getting signed up somewhere! Please make my year….pick me. (OK I’m groveling…)

  • Jeanne

    23 April, 2009 at 6:33 am Reply

    I would love to go!!!!! And I am only 45 minutes away!!!! By Design is a fabulous store! So lucky that we get to have you in Houston!

  • Mechiel

    23 April, 2009 at 6:37 am Reply

    Ooh!!! Yes please enter me!! I live in Houston and will be there with bells on!!

  • Michelle

    23 April, 2009 at 6:48 am Reply

    I’m a local girl who loves By Design. Just walking in makes the creative juices flow.
    My cell phone is constantly dying…I totally understand your feeling. I’m glad you had a great visit with family after the ordeal was over.

  • Melanie Patterson

    23 April, 2009 at 8:01 am Reply

    This event is like crack to the scrapper!!! I would love to be picked to get my next fix BUT if I did get chosen, could I give the classes to my mom for an early Mother’s Day gift and win the all time daughter of the year award??? She deserves it and needs a break to scrap her two newly adopted grandchildren! Either way, we are going to swing by to meet you and pick up your kits! Have a safe trip and thank you for offering such an awesome prize!

  • kara s.

    23 April, 2009 at 8:07 am Reply

    wow!! what a story! glad that you were able to get to your parents house safe!
    i am in the houston area and would LOVE to come!


    23 April, 2009 at 8:09 am Reply

    This would be a dream come true…What a great giveaway! I am so glad you are back in the USA amd hope to get a chance to meet you. You are a true inspiration to many.

  • Tammy R

    23 April, 2009 at 8:12 am Reply

    I missed out on a spot and would love to take your classes. I am local and could soooo be there!

  • Katie

    23 April, 2009 at 8:33 am Reply

    Oh how fun! I miss being able to shop at By Design on a more regular basis. I moved to Katy (suburb of Houston) from Clear Lake so I only get to go when I go home to visit my parents. I would love to spend the weekend creating and learning from you at a fabulous store.

  • amber381

    23 April, 2009 at 8:37 am Reply

    This is a wonderful opportunity!!
    I live like an intersection away from the store & always drool when someone special comes into town to teach, but with a college-kids budget it’s something I always have to say “someday” to, but nevermore!
    Thank you for being so generous for even offering this! 🙂

  • Jackie Swaney

    23 April, 2009 at 8:39 am Reply

    Hi Heidi-
    My name is Jackie and My parents house burnt down last june. So right now i am trying to get back into scrapbook, because we lost all of our scrapbook stuff. My mom and sister made it in time for the class and i was too late. I would love a chance to win the class so i can do it with my mom and sister:) Hope to see you next weekend!!
    Jackie Swaney- League City, TX

  • Sandie Martin

    23 April, 2009 at 8:42 am Reply

    I would love the change to meet you and take your classes. I live about 10 miles away form By Design and could certainly be there. It is a very nice store and you will enjoy the folks in Texas. Thanks for coming.

  • Jamie H

    23 April, 2009 at 8:50 am Reply

    Pretty in Pink
    Coming soon to Boutique is a scrapbook crop!
    Sweet Heidi, I would love to win your fabulous weekend spot!
    I couldn’t sign up because of a financial woe,
    But I live close, so a win means I can definitely go!
    Heidi, I have followed your blog for years,
    And have seen you through some smiles and tears.
    I know that in your classes we will get so much done,
    Plus I bet we will have a ton of pink scrappy fun!
    So, dear Heidi, please pick me to win!
    I see the start of a new friendship about to begin!
    Jamie H

  • Jill Bushart

    23 April, 2009 at 9:09 am Reply

    Your story brought back memories of taking my children and their friends to see all the Christmas decorations in a neighborhood across town. First time I ever ran out of gas! I had a car full of kids (no cell phones at that time), it was bumper to bumper traffic, and everyone had to go to the bathroom at the same time. Good people came to our rescue! The first time I visited Tracy’s store I thought it must have been designed by you…all that pink, the mirrors, chandeliers, and at first glance I thought Tracy was you! I did not think anything of driving from Baton Rouge, LA to Houston to shop at Tracy’s store. The girls are so talented and creative. I cannot make it to CE this year and it will be my first time not to be there and see all the fabulous girls I have met. Hopefully, you will pick me and it will help not being able to attend this year.

  • Jamie Pyles

    23 April, 2009 at 9:28 am Reply

    Wahoo!!! I live in Houston and would LOVE LOVE LOVE to come to your class!!!!
    Your work is amazing:):) What a wonderful opportunity:):):)


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  • Traci S.

    23 April, 2009 at 9:47 am Reply

    Oh gasp! A spot for the ultimate weekend at By Design – I have never been there and would love to visit and create with you as my teacher. I can’t think of a better way to spend national scrapbooking day and it’s just a short trip so I could bring my family and we could have a weekend escape – something we have never done! We so totally need to do that. Oh the possibilities!


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  • LenaS

    23 April, 2009 at 10:02 am Reply

    I do feel better after reading your story. LOL! We’ve all had days like that. I would definitely drive to attend this fun event but i think there are others that need it more. Maybe you could do this at Scrapbooks, Etc. someday for all of your locals??? Best wishes for a great NSD.

  • Trisha M

    23 April, 2009 at 10:38 am Reply

    I live in Dallas, but my sister is in Houston and would LOVE another excuse to go see her! We went to Tracy’s store when Janet was there…I fell in LOVE!!! Thanks for the chance Heidi and I look forward to attending CE ’09!!!

  • KaitlynK

    23 April, 2009 at 11:29 am Reply

    My husband has a break from school that weekend, so it would be the perfect time for me to get away for a little while. I would love nothing more than to leave our little kiddos with him while I scrapped with the amazing Heidi Swapp!!!!
    Thanks so much for the awesome giveaway!!

  • denise kerut

    23 April, 2009 at 11:48 am Reply

    wow! whata story! so glad you all were safe! sounds like something i might do. scary! i would love to go crop with you in houston! I have always wanted to go to that store. i get their emails. it is the cutest (from the pics) lss that i have ever seen! just our style! anyway i live in new orleans and could zip over!

  • Cindy D

    23 April, 2009 at 12:45 pm Reply

    How sweet would that be….would love to take your classes!

  • Debbie O'Neal

    23 April, 2009 at 12:52 pm Reply

    Oh Heidi – your Hoover Dam story reminded me of a car trip in our old rambler station wagon with my family in the late 60’s…we got stuck on the dam road on a hot mid-August in horrible grid locked traffic due to an accident up ahead, no air conditioner, ran out of gas and all four of us little kids had to go to the bathroom. I thought my parents were going to jump off the dam to escape us! We laugh about this story every few years now….. Life is an adventure…you just made a memory for your family that will last forever 🙂
    I would love a chance to come to NSD event and hang out with you. I am a local girl and can definitley come to Tracey’s lovely store. I can finally see again since my eyelid cancer surgery so scrapping for two straight days sounds like heaven to me !!

  • Brenda :D

    23 April, 2009 at 1:03 pm Reply

    Love the happy disaster story. 🙂 Sure brings back memories! Now that my kids are teens, there are cell phones to spare and plenty of “rescue professionals” to save the day when I pull something like that!

  • Jackie, Pearland, TX

    23 April, 2009 at 2:05 pm Reply

    OMG – Tracy and By Design are one my favorite people and stores! I couldn’t go because of a graduation, so I never registered – now Graduation is another day and I can make it, but no room for me because all sold out! Until now! your give-away. That would be the coolest thing ever! ME! THERE! WITH HEIDI!!!!!!!!

  • Jackie, TX

    23 April, 2009 at 2:08 pm Reply

    OMG got so excited about the “GIVE” that I didn’t make comment about your ‘event’ – sorry about all that, but all turned out well is the main thing! But what a story! I can’t say I am having a bad day now. LOL. Hope to see you on Nat’l scrap day!

  • Tracie

    23 April, 2009 at 2:11 pm Reply

    I’m a local Houston girl who just visited By Design this week for the first time! Love it! Would love the opportunity to meet you and get great ideas!

  • Margie Rowles

    23 April, 2009 at 4:56 pm Reply

    I love your classes. I’d be there with bells on if I was lucky enough to win.

  • anneinca

    23 April, 2009 at 5:03 pm Reply

    Heidi – I am glad that the end of your story was a happy one!! I think that it is only fitting that you are with Tracey in Houston on National Scrapbook Day. Her store looks like it came out of your catalog!!! Thanks for the chance to win.

  • Anna

    23 April, 2009 at 6:39 pm Reply

    Oooh Ooh!! I live in Baytown, just 25 miles from by Design, and it’s AWESOME! I about had a heart attack the first time I walked in there, it has Heidi Swapp all over it! You are going to love it. I would LOVE to win a class with you!! Thanks for coming to Houston!!

  • Carmel Harrell

    23 April, 2009 at 6:55 pm Reply

    Just checking back to add another post to see if I can win the trip to Houston!!!

  • Katherine

    23 April, 2009 at 7:09 pm Reply

    Some of my friends are going. It would be so much to spend the weekend with them and Heidi. What great picture opportunities.

  • Adriana Chicken

    23 April, 2009 at 7:27 pm Reply

    Well, I might be too late, since you are picking a winner tonight. But thought it was worth trying. I was lucky enough to meet you last year when we were all at the Nashville Scrap Etc. weekend. Tracy and her gang was there (okay, yes, I’m name dropping….does it help).
    Would also love to come to the classes! The one time I’ve run out of gas was completely embarassing, as I was in the school car line, but your experience is definitely a scary one. Glad it all turned out good!

  • Lori Smithers

    23 April, 2009 at 7:37 pm Reply

    hi Heidi!
    Wow, what a nightmare trip! At least you were close to St. G when you ran out of gas. We were in St. George last year while on vacation. We went to Zion and Bryce Canyon and spent the night in St. G. It’s beautiful there. Well, maybe I’ll win the giveaway! If so, I’ll see you then. By Design is my favorite store. Isn’t it beautiful? Thanks!

  • MNScrapbookmom

    24 April, 2009 at 9:31 am Reply

    So glad that you are safe… I take those “chances” once in awhile, but they are few and far between. Way to live wildly.. Lol… Glad to see you are back in the US – have a lovely weekend. ¥

  • Cheyenne Antrim

    26 April, 2009 at 8:18 pm Reply

    Dearest Heidi, Wow you are a super LDS woman We live in Henderson Nv near a In and Out that closes at 2 am on weekends so if you ever need help we have tons of tools and a mechanic and food and gas. Did i mention In and Out so dont hesitate to call us for help Im so glad your on US soil Love to all Have a great week Love Cheyenne

  • othermother

    4 May, 2009 at 7:36 pm Reply

    everything on your blog is cute…the best is the picture of sippy, blankies, grandma.. I can really have a heart for that…no great love then the love of a grandma. The girls room is very cute out here where I live, it would be in 417 magazine.Pink is my color…am a summer girl, I have a grandbaby due in Oct. am hoping for pink! alot of blue all ready.Sorry am late for your give away..but I love this blog no matter.

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