HAPPY NEW YEAR! I always love a new start to a new year.  It give us a time for a fresh start and a time to set new goals.  Personally I don’t often set ‘resolutions’ for myself, as truth be told, I’m good at keeping them for all of 2.4 seconds and then I settle back into my routine.  I do, however, love setting goals.  I know it’s basically the same thing, but the fact that it seems so much more lasting to set a goal and strive to accomplish it seems so much more tangible to me.

So what may you ask, are my goals for this New Year?  Not too many….

#1 – Love my husband as if it were our last day together….every day.

#2 - Be the best mother I can be.

#3 – Run 1,000 miles.

#4 – Continue to inspire you. <3

I’ll be honest, my brain is EXPLODING with ideas to share with you!  There are soooooooooooooo many things I want to do and soooooooooooooooo many ideas I want to try.  Here’s hoping that 2011 will provide me with the chances to realize these ideas!

To begin this new year I want to touch briefly on what inspires me.  Inspiration is EVER-Y-WHERE.  It’s in an advertisement, your clothing, words, textures, photos, magazines, and each of YOU!  I have taken to carrying a sketch book with me wherever I go, because you never know when inspiration will hit, and it’s nice to have somewhere to jot it all down.

So here is my challenge for you this week.  Rather than having a typical Monday Card Madness sketch to start off the year, I want to offer you an inspiration piece.

Paint and printing companies are often the leaders in color trends.  According to Pantone, this is what we will be seeing more of this year, and I would expect that these color palates will be surfacing not only in your kiddo’s clothing, but at the upcoming CHA (Craft and Hobby Association) show happening at the end of this month which means we should be seeing these colors fill the scrapbooking world!

After a little more surfing, I found this swatch as anticipated colors for weddings this year, and this is what I want you to challenge you to use as your inspiration piece for this weeks card creations.

The sky is your limit for creativity…..simply use this color palate to inspire you!  You know the drill…create your cards sometime before the beginning of February and post your creations to the blog with a link and you will be eligible to win all of the cards that I create in the month of January.

Now how about one more challenge for you…Did you know at the beginning of 2010, we had maybe 15 layouts posted to our Facebook Fan Page? Here is my challenge for you…  Let’s see if we can all bring someone new into the world of scrapbooking and welcome them to our wonderful ScrapbookSteals family.  Lets see if by the end of 2011 we can have 7,000 photos posted!  After all there is nothing more inspiring to me than simply taking a stroll through our fan page to see what you have all created.  If we can hit that 7,000 mark I will see to it that we come up with a fantastic giveaway!

And now for the winner of the December cards, and a big stack of my 6×6 scraps to use for making cards…….

Heather Gray!

Congrats Heather!  Please send us your address to orders@scrapbooksteals.com and we will get your cards and paper sent out!

Happy creating!  Be sure to check in on Wednesday for our first Mid Week Mojo of the year brought to you by an amazing guest sketcher!