Thursday, December 30, 2010

Three Things Thursday!

1- Things around here have been CRAZY full of Christmas, snow storms, my birthday, too many cookies, and a little running, and a lot of family! It was GREAT!!!!

2- I have had many requests for more Runner's Race Bib Books and Scrapbooks. I am currently taking a little break, but will be back up and scrapbooking next week! I am looking forward to it, although I have enjoyed this little break that I gave myself. I got a new die-cut machine for Christmas which is AWESOME!!! I can cut out and personalize little "runners" to use in the books. I can't wait to start to use it!

3 - We are getting a weekend away without the little guy. My parents are watching him for the weekend while we go skiing with friends for New Years! Two nights away....very well deserved, but we will definitely miss him :)

Hope everyone is enjoying this holiday season.
Happy New Year!
Laura Elaine

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Snoopy is Snoopy

This was the conversation in the car on our way home from the library:

Stephen (as he spotted a Snoopy Xmas decoration): Look! Snoopy has the same hat like Santa!

Me: Wow! That's so cool!

S: Snoopy talk?

M: No, Snoopy doesn't talk. He's a doggie

S (laughing): No, he's not a doggie!

M: Yes, I'm pretty sure he's a doggie!

S (still laughing): No, no doggie!

M: Well, what is he then?

S: He's a Snoopy!!!!!

Love those 2-year-old minds! :)

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Runner's Race Bib Scrapbook Giveaway WINNER!

I recently completed my 100th post, which was a giveaway for one of my handmade Runner's Race Bib Books. You can see some of my past Race Bib Book designs HERE on the giveaway post, or HERE at my Etsy shop (my shop is looking pretty bare these days though, thanks to my AWESOME customers who were buying books faster than I could make them! If you click on "46 Sales" on the left hand side of the page, you will see all of the designs I have made). I plan on taking the next 2 - 3 weeks off from making any new books, so that I can concentrate on getting my family ready for the holidays. I will be up and running again the first week in January.

So, on to the good news......the winner! There were 29 entries in the giveaway and generated #29, BARBIE from Barbie Runs! Congrats Barbie!!!!! Email me at Laurak1228 {at} yahoo {dot} com and I will get the details to you!

Have a great day!
Laura Elaine

Friday, December 10, 2010

26 miles to go

**Don't forget about my current giveaway for a Runner's Race Bib Scrapbook HERE**

I only have 26 miles left to go until I achieve my goal of running 400 for the year! I find it kind of ironic because I have yet to catch the marathon bug, even as much as my husband has pestered me about running one! So today when I logged my latest miles on and saw that I only had 26 left I thought it was ironic....someday....someday....

It was another treadmill day, since it was only 8 degrees when I left the house. No, that is not a was in the single digits when I left and there was NO WAY that I was running outside! C'mon, if it's going to be THAT cold, then we at least need some snow!!!!

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Goals = Accountability

**Reminder - enter my giveaway HERE for a Runner's Race Bib Book!**

Accountability, aka guilt, is kicking in. Since my running plan of trying to maintain my miles without training for a specific race wasn't working, I decided to set the goal of completing 400 miles by the end of the year. I know this doesn't sound like a lot, but I really needed it to get my butt in gear. So far, it's working pretty well. I had a TON of stuff I could have done this morning before I went to work, and it was FREEZING outside. Great excuses, right? WRONG! I got my butt to the gym and cranked out 4 miles on the treadmill! Whoo-hoo :) If it wasn't for committing to the 400 miles, I don't know if I would have done this. Plus, it made it easier to eat those 2 cookies at work. Geez I need a lot of help this time of year!

Have a great one!
Laura Elaine

Sunday, December 5, 2010

100th Post, A Giveaway, and a Coupon Code!!!

Well here it is, my 100th post. So exciting!! I began blogging back in April about my scrapbooks, but have also ventured into running and family posts as well.
It has been a lot of fun, a great way to get the word out on my scrapbooks, and also a way to try to keep me accountable for my running! I figured that since it was the holiday season, what better way to celebrate the 100th post than a giveaway!

The giveaway is for a CUSTOM 8"x11" Runner's Race Bib Book! You can see samples of bib books that I have done on this post, as well as on my Etsy site (HERE).
The Runner's Race Bib Book is a 8"x11" chipboard album, decorated with scrapbook paper, cardstock, sticker, tags, and quotes, all with a RUNNING theme! There are 5 sets of coordinating pages, making room for a total of 10 race bibs. The bibs will attach easily with tape. What better way to preserve your race bibs that in a fun, colorful scrapbook?
One lucky winner will CUSTOM DESIGN their very own Race Bib Book. Winner will be chosen at random by
Here's how to enter (please leave a separate comment for each entry):
1)Be a follower of this blog - MANDATORY (leave me a comment)
2) Head on over to my Etsy shop (HERE) and come back and leave me some feedback - either something you like, something that needs improvement, or something else you would like to see in it! (leave me a comment)
3) "Like" Laura Elaine Designs on Facebook (HERE) (leave me a comment)
4) Spread the word - let others know about this giveaway via facebook, twitter, your blog, etc (leave me a comment)
Please enter by Sunday, December 12, 2010. Winner will be chosen on Monday, December 13.
Good luck!
Laura Elaine
PS - I am also offering a DISCOUNT CODE to all of my followers. Enter the code "BLOGGER100" at checkout on my Etsy shop to receive 15% off your order. But hurry, this code is only good through December 31, 2010.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Caution...stating the obvious...

Just got back from my run - my usual 5k around my neighborhood. I have not been as consistant w/my running as I would like to be. I had set my new goal to complete 400 miles by the end of 2010, which is TOTALLY achievable....if I can just get my butt out the door and log some miles!
So back to today's run. I am a solid 10-minute mile girl. Occasionally I am able to get a few consecutive miles sub-10. Today I looked down at my watch after my 5k and saw this:
A 9:09 pace!

The big difference.....wait for it....I run faster when I'm not pushing a 30-lb munchkin in the jogger :) I'm still excited though.

Have a good one!
Laura Elaine
PS -stay tuned for that 100th post!!!!!!