Saturday, June 27, 2009

Server Problems for SNR postpone June Issue and Spring into Summer Event.

"Site Unavailable Until Monday Morning

As you can see by the present state of our site, we’re no longer online. Our site is completely inaccessible and will not be available until Monday morning, at the very earliest and the June issue as well as the Spring into Summer Event are now being rescheduled due to this unfortunate turn of events.

In our desire to be proactive and ensure nothing went wrong on the event date, it all spiraled out of control. Ever since our site was hacked a few months ago, it has experienced minor problems here and there. Since anytime we experience traffic of more than 40,000 unique daily visitors to the site, we experience “blips” or “surges” which essentially kicks off people who are 40,000 + 1 in line, and knowing our last event garnered roughly 46,000 visitors we decided it was best to switch to a larger server. Our hosting service advised it would take no longer than 8 hours to transfer all content and then another 4 for the DNS switch. I laugh at that because it was about as far from the truth as you can get. 16 hours later the transfer was still hobbling along. With unforeseen problems leftover from the hacker, the over 12,000 images and 1,300 articles we had to transfer moved at a ridiculously low speed and then eventually just stopped.

At this point, our site is completely shut down and displays a not-so-attractive “down for scheduled maintenance” sign that was certainly not scheduled. To say we’re disappointed would be putting it mildly. With countless man hours and above and beyond efforts made by staff members, the hardest part was telling them we were unable to hold the event as scheduled, but, as we’ve always believed, there’s always a silver lining in every cloud.To that end, we have some major announcements and incredible stuff headed your way.

Over the next two weeks you'll discover and fall in love with all of the amazing changes we're putting into effect and now that we'll soon be on a server with almost unlimited capabilities, we'll now be able to ensure you never have a problem getting to all the scrappy goodness on our site.

We're deeply sorry for any confusion or trouble this may have caused and please know we do not take any of this lightly. As a whole, SNR magazine stands together as a family and we stand by our word and our commitment to the scrapbooking community and this weighs heavily on our hearts, but there's always a silver lining in every cloud and we refuse to see this as anything but a positive. All good things come to those who wait and for your patience, we assure you, it will be worth the wait.

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to e-mail us. Fortunately, our e-mail accounts are on a different server so we still have access to you. Thank you for your patience and understanding and have an amazing weekend." ~ SNR

I will keep you all informed and updated. The event is to be rescheduled as far as I know.

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Teaching a Class, Creating, and playing with the kids

Don't tell me OMGosh it has been over a week since my last post... bad blogger bad! Well I have quite a bit to tell you about so please go grab a nice drink, sit back and relax I hope you enjoy this informative, hopefully inspirational and hilarious video in my post.

Fist and foremost... Inka Dinka Do! Everyone, get ready to get your hands dirty. Come play with me and Clearsnap! We will enjoy creating a layout with some distressing and inking techniques with a touch of a stamping. You will not want to miss this!

I am announcing to you all that I am going to be teaching a class on Clearsnap products at Scrapbook News and Review's Spring into Summer Event this Saturday!!! I am so EXCITED! This will be my first ever online class to teach and above all things it is about an ink company!!! I am one of seven SNR staffers that are teaching each of the classes below. I we have been sharing tid bits of our classes with each other and OMGosh... so excited to be a part of this event! Note mine is at 5:00 EST on Saturday.

Class Event Hours (EST):
1:00 Cosmo Cricket
2:00 Lizzie Anne Designs
3:00 Teresa Collins
4:00 Prism
5:00 Clearsnap - Taught by ME!!!
6:00 Magenta
7:00 Prima
8:00 Crate Paper

EST - 1 p.m. to 9 p.m.
CST - 12:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
MST - 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
PST - 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Hawaii - 7:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Second - Here is my newest layout for The Scrappiest Blog. I loved Liz's sketch this week it got me thinking about these cute photos of my son and his first Science fair. I am so proud of him and this wonderful project. He selected the topic, tested all ten toys and typed up his report. All of that from a first grader. He did all the coloring on the board I just assembled it.

Will A Magnet Help Clean My Room?

By the way the conclusion is: "A magnet will not help me clean because most of my toys are plastic and wood." His words not mine. I had some fun getting more along the cartoon style of paper and elements on this layout. A bit out of my box but I enjoyed it.

Last but not least... Now that my kids are out of school we do a little bit of school work every day. Reading, writing and Crafts... of course... LOL you all thought I was going to say arithmetic. I mean ... look who is the teacher! LOL! This also is one of the reasons for lack of time to post. Okay, so anyway, Wednesday is our craft day and last Tuesday I found on clearance for One yes ONE dollar, these adorable little paper bag puppets. I bought them among many other crafts for a buck and the kids made these puppets for their craft day. Now my Hubby was out of town all last week so we turned it into a project for Father's Day. My oldest , Tristan, wrote up a story all by himself and him and my youngest, Trinity, drew the set and created the title pages. Now they made these puppets, the story and the setting all by them selves. All I did was tape up the houses and grass. I hope you enjoy our puppet show. I thought is was really cute when they performed it for Daddy on Father's Day afternoon.

I hope you all enjoyed today's post and that you have a wonderful rest of the week. Don't forget to come on Saturday for my class at Please, come it would be great support to have familiar faces in the crowd. I would love to know if you could make it!