Thursday, April 11, 2013

Another birthday - another giveaway!

Hard to believe how fast time goes, but the calendar doesn't lie. It's April 11th again and that means it's time for another birthday. I'm turning 43 today and I couldn't be more pleased.  I feel privileged to grow older, I guess I'm funny that way. ;-)

In my almost three years of blogging it's become a kind of tradition for me to do a giveaway on my birthday, as far as one can speak of traditions when you've only done things twice before, but I do intend to keep this one up as long as I keep the blog up. So, here's another birthday giveaway, yay!

I've been thinking about what to give you and since I haven't had the time to create a special birthday gift I have decided to give you something special that's all ready to go. It's the last book I made: The Book Formerly Known As ROD Square!


You can read all about how this book came into being and why it has such a ridiculously long name over here. There's a few more pictures there as well. 


I had every intention of using this book myself sometime in the future and I must say giving it away takes some swallowing on my part. But I was thinking that it may be a while before I get to use it, since I have so many books to fill in progress right now, and then by the time I was ready for it I might already have made ten other books that I really love too. And...I wanted to really give you something that was dear to my heart and this book really is. I think because it was such a struggle to finish it, to me it's a book with a story. Precious.


The book has a fabric cover of taffeta and damask and the circles on it are surrounded by beads, which was my first endeavor in beading to fabric ever and I'm quite proud of that. The book has four signatures of beautiful double sided scrapbook paper. All the paper pages are sewn from different strips, so it's full of variety. 


The book has 120 pages (that's counting both sides) and measures about 8x8 inches (20x20 cm). The cover is a little larger than that and ties closed with a ribbon. The signatures are hand sewn into the cover. 


If you want to win this book all you have to do are two things:
  1. Leave a comment and some way to reach you (e-mail, blog, facebook, whatever works for you). Do this before April 20, because that's when I will draw a winner.
  2. Check back to see if you've won somewhere in the week after that. If I don't hear back from the winner I contacted I will select another one after April 27, so don't bother to compete if you're not going to check back.

That's all there's to it. You don't have to become a follower or praise me to kingdom come, but of course I would love it if you did, since my ego requires plenty of stroking to stay happy. ;-)

I hope you all like this giveaway and give it a try, you never know if you might be the lucky winner. Just know that these giveaways are my way of saying thank you to all of you for your continuous support and blogsy love.

I hope we will still be in this blogosphere together for many birthdays to come! Have a wonderful day!

57 comments:

  1. Wishing you a very wonderful birthday! What a sweet gift you are giving - I hope the ones you receive are just as amazing. I may not comment often, but I love your work,which is so inspirational to me. I am drooling over the lovely square deepwater blue book you've made. I will keep fingers crossed. You can reach me at cooper@swva.net.

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  2. Happy Birthday to you! Your gift is so precious and generous! I love your studio pic on your banner...thats where all the fantastic work is created! xo kim (kim.gigi@hotmail.com)

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  3. HIP... HIP... HOORAY!!
    Happy Birthday to "YOU"... ~xx

    ** what a thoughtful way to celebrate. :]

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  4. Gefeliciteerd! En wat ben je nog jong! En dat in ieder geval van geest. :-)
    Je geeft een mooi boek weg, maar ik vind het alleen al leuk genoeg om je te feliciteren.
    Fijne verjaardag.

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  5. Ik kom even langswippen om je te feliciteren Caatje - en wat een prachtige give-away, ik herinner me de blogpost met de foto's van dit boek. De cover heeft zo'n prachtige kleur! Ik wens je een hele fijne dag en veel fijne wensen/mensen/cadeaus!

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  6. happy birthday to you :) lovely giveaway too :)

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  7. Happy Birthday dear Caatje... hope you are having a beautiful day... and LOVE LOVE your gorgeous journal... such a special and gorgeous giveaway...

    Jenny ♥

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  8. Happy Birthday! May your day be filled with something gloriously new!

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  9. Happy Birthday!!!! What a wonderful journal you have to share!!!!
    Emie

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  10. Hoi Carin, van harte gefeliciteerd met jouw verjaardag! Is het alweer een jaar geleden? De tijd vliegt werkelijk. Wat een mooie giveaway heb je weer. Het is een prachtig boek. Zelf wil ik ook nog eens een journal maken met stoffen omslag, geweldig! Een fijne dag gewenst. cindygroet[at]gmail[punt]com

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  11. I love your blog and all your fabulous photos, too! I would love to win your birthday give away.
    Deborah

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  12. Happy Happy Day to you! What a wonderful giveaway you are doing here. This book is fabulous and I would so love to win it. I know whoever does win will absolutely love it! visit one of my blogs at http://bluetwigstudio.wordpress.com/

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  13. dag Caatje, gefeliciteerd met je geboortedag. Ik hoop dat je een stralende dag zal hebben. Volgens mij ben je wel een stralend mens als ik al je werk zo volg. Zeer recent heb ik je ook nog op levende beelden op televisie gezien, leuk om te merken dat je stem zo past bij jou en dus ook het werk wat je maakt. Ik wens je een fijne dag. Warme groet, Kiki ( ook op Creatief Contact zie ik je werk)

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  14. Happy 43rd birthday. What a great way to celebrate. Maybe I will do that on my next birthday which is Aug. 2. I'll be 69 and counting. I've been enjoying your vacation pictures, thank you so much. I am also a member of the ROD Yahoo Group, have watched most of Mary Ann's videos for the ROD, but have yet to make a book. I love books made by other people and don't use them, just look at them, fondle them, oogle them, and enjoy them. Keep up the great artwork in your lovely creative environment.

    Marrianna in Flagstaff, AZ, USA
    Email: marrianna65@gmail.com

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  15. Happy b-day! Schitterend, inspirerend boek!
    Katy.rommens@gmail.com

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  16. Dag Caatje, van harte gefeliciteerd met je verjaardag en een ongelooflijke mooie dag toegewenst en alleen maar genieten mag toch ook!
    Prachtige giveaway heb je geplaatst, maar ik hoop je toch een keer in het echie te zien en misschien wel een workshoppie bij je volgen want Vlieland kennen we nog helemaal niet.
    Lieve groetjes.

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  17. Happy Birthday! What a generous giveaway! I always enjoy your blog, especially the beautiful pictures you post of your island and more recently your visit to a nearby island.Christie cabjuhasz(at)gmail(dot)com

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  18. When I first saw your post on this book I wanted it so badly! I hope I win it - it is so beautiful and luscious!

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  19. Hartelijk gefeliciteerd, Caatje. Ik geniet altijd zo van je blogpostjes en je hebt me vaak geinspireerd. Ik herinner me het maken van dit boek nog en vind het heel speciaal dat je dit zomaar weg gaat geven. groetjes, Annet
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/28957501@N04/

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  20. Wowza Caatje! I'd be gulping! Happy Wonderful Fabulous Birthday to you! I'm heavy duty packing up the house...but I'll do my best to check back to see if I'm the super lucky winner.

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  21. Happy birthday to you Caatje...I love that you enjoy getting older, I am 63 in a few weeks and I too think it is a privilege denied to many so we better had enjoy and be grateful...besides now that my family is raised I have all the time in the world to create and do my Art Journaling. Thank you for the beautiful gift from your heart, it is truly beautiful and I would love to win..but am happy for your blog and all the beauty you share with us. You can reach me at Susan4210@gmail.com

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  22. Happy Birthday Carin! I hope you are here for many more as well. Thanks for all of the beautiful photographs you post, and thanks for sharing your lovely artwork! Your assistant is adorable!

    I can't believe you are giving that book away! The saga of it's making was enjoyable to follow, and I was so happy to see you finish it. I understand what you mean though. I have 5 journals going right now myself. It will take me a long time to finish those. lol

    If you draw me, my email is melodyscraps@yahoo.com, or you could always reach me at BlissfullyArtJournaling group. :)

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  23. Happy birthday, it's also my and my twins birthday. We are 71 and happy to celebrate. Have been following your inspiring blog since MaryAnn Moss featured. Would love to win and use your journal. Have some fun today. Peggy

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  24. I forgot to give you my email. Peggymcd@columbus.rr.com

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  25. What a fabulous giveaway! The winner will be oh so lucky. Have a wonderful birthday!

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  26. It is a truly gorgeous book, that cover is YUM!!
    Hope you have an awesome birthday!!
    ~Dawn

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  27. A very Happy Birthday to you!

    Teresa
    soarndove@yahoo.com

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  28. Happy Birthday!!!!!!
    I don't know how you can part with this amazing journal!!!! It would be an honor to receive this as a gift.
    Barb
    USA
    superb4@att.net

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  29. OP deze plek ook nog maar een keer GEFELICITEERD.
    En zo'n echte Caatje ja wie wil die nu niet winnen.
    Fijne avond nog, groetjes Carla

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  30. What a sweet way to celebrate your birthday! I hope you have a lovely day, and many more birthdays to come...

    Jackie
    jackie@jldart.com
    Alabama USA

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  31. Happy Birthday. Such a cool giftie. Great journal. art4today@gmail.com or eye-poppers.blogspot.com. I might try a giveaway too. Looks like fun.

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  32. Happy Birthday! Hope you have a great day. Thanks for a chance to win a beautiful handmade book. buglady at sonic dot net
    Aloha, Kate

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  33. Van harte gefeliciteerd en nog vele jaren en dat we nog heel lang kunnen genieten van je prachtige creaties en blog.
    Natuurlijk wil ik ook graag een gokje wagen voor dat mooie journal. Volger was ik al. :)) Groetjes Laura

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  34. O ja vergeten. L.Fonteijn@Zonnet.nl:))

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  35. Caatje, I would be proud to be the new owner of this gorgeous journal. Happy Birthday! You can reach me at trecewrites at yahoo dot com. Thanks again!!

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  36. Congratulations Caatje!
    I saw a picture of the filled basked you got and it looks so great. So much fun stuff to work with. Can't wait to see what you'll turn it into.
    And I'd love to win the book, looks amazing!

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  37. I would give your book a wonderful home! Happy Birthday!
    email is: obragg@gmail.com
    Thanks!

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  38. That, my dear Aries girl, is a lovely book, and how you manage to part with it is beyond me.

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  39. Happy birthday, Caatje! April 11 was also my grandfather's birthday, so I have always considered this a special day. You are offering such an amazingly generous giveaway with this gorgeous book, and I would love to be entered into the drawing. It would find a creative, enthusiastic home here in Pennsylvania! aleakaskey@yahoo.com

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  40. I found you thru Mary Ann. I love every picture on your blog. I live in Wisconsin (US)and I am finding each picture very similar to the nature that surrounds me. I love what you create. Joan Coats

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  41. Happy Birthday! What a wonderful way to spend a birthday, to give a gift! Hope you have a happy day! Scrufydawg@aol.com

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  42. A very Happy Birthday to you Caatje. This book/journal is a wonderful give-a-way, and what an unselfish way to celebrate your birthday. I would find it an honor to win such a lovely gift. I hope your birthday, today, was fabulous. Linda E.
    linep48@aol.com

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  43. Happy Birthday to you! We were born the same year. :) This book is fantastic! Maybe I'll be lucky. My email is Tracy@TracyAndersonDesign.com.

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  44. Hi Caatje-First of all, Happy, Happy Birthday-may all your dreams come true! How kind of you to want to give US a gift! I do love the blog and visit it about 2-3 times a week and also enjoy your teaching how you make the journals-I've gotten so many ideas from you. I hope your birthday is great!
    Sandy Guderyon
    Dublin, California (San Francisco)
    sandycoaches@comcast.net

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  45. Happy Birthday!!! I hope it's a fantastic one! I loved this book when you first blogged about it. i am inspired to sew the scrapbook pages together like you did. But if I win your book that would be even better! atgbooks@q.com

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  46. What a lovely way to celebrate your birthday -- so generous of you! It's a beautiful book. Hope your day was fun!

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  47. Happy Birthday Caatje! What a generous gift to give on you day! Hey isn't it suppose to be the other way around? ;)

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  48. Happy birthday Caatje, I hope it was a wonderful day for you! I hope it will be a wonderful gift for me too...the book is just gorgeous and I am sure it was a labor or love. You are so very kind to offer it as a gift, thank you for your kindness.

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  49. I am enjoying watching you grow as an artist. You are an inspiration. Love your recent pics of your vacation island. Hope you had a wonderful birthday.

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  50. Hallo Caatje,
    Eerst en vooral nog van harte gefeliciteerd met je verjaardag!
    Ik weet het, een beetje laat maar welgemeend hoor!
    Ben nog een beginner in art journaling en doe altijd veel inspiratie op als ik je blog bezoek.
    Natuurlijk wil ook ik dat mooie journal winnen!
    Wie weet........
    In ieder geval super lief van je dat je zoiets dierbaars weg wil geven!
    Hartelijke groeten, Petra

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  51. happy birthday and love the blog
    -joanne

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  52. Happy Birthday. What a beautiful gift for whoever wins

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  53. Happy Birthday Catje! Weeks ago when I first saw this journal I loooved it. Since I have some very considerable shoulder issues, I don't think I can make my own journals, and have wanted one for a long time. This one would be a great treasure to me and I would love to fill it!
    Lee from sunny south Florida

    (morningstar14(at)gmaildotcom)

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  54. Hi Caatje, I'm sorry I'm a few days late in wishing you a happy birthday. You're the same exact age as my oldest son, born in 1970. It warms my heart to follow your work, see the amazing places you visit, the 'romantic' travel by ferry, and your amazing art. I already am a follower, and you deserve "praise to kingdom come". Not kissing up here, just wanting to let you know how much you are valued by your artsy-bloggy friends.
    hugs, Chris

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  55. OMG, did I congratulate you on FB or not? I get confused, there are so many people celebrating their birthdays these days... Anyway, now we're the same age again - YAY! \0/\0/\0/ Did you do something special? Excdept for the giveaway I mean! ;) I love that book, the colour is perfect for me so I'd love to enter. :)

    You know how to reach me, if I get to be the lucky grrl! ;)

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  56. Happiest of Birthdays to you!! The books is beautiful. I'm undergoing some major life changes and it would be perfect to journal through the experience with.
    You can reach me at Lhianon1012 (at) yahoo (dot) com

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