November 25, 2009

Everybody Wins! Giveaway

This is my first giveaway, so I thought I'd be a little generous. It isn't a giveaway of the traditional contest type, because I won't be randomly choosing just a few lucky winners. Think of it as more of an early non-denominational holiday gift from me to you, all my lovely readers. I was originally thinking of just posting the link, and letting all passerbyers help themselves, but I decided I did want to keep some semblance of a real giveaway, and that includes commenting. So if you want the goods, you've got to have something to say. Sorry! :)

The good news is, everybody who participates wins!

The Rules: You must be a follower, and leave me a comment with your name and email address, telling me what you'd like me to feature in my next real giveaway (like with real winners and stuff - not just this feel good crap where everybody is a "winner"). Do you like crafty stuff? Beauty products? Holiday things? Accessories? Paper good? Any guys want me to feature something less girly? This is the place to help shape my decision about what I'll choose to be giving away next time. (If you don't want to leave your email address in a public comment thread, feel free to email me your answer at As soon as you comment (and I come to know about it) I'll email you the link to download the prize.

The Prize: A Printable Rome Photos 2010 Calender, put together by moi, with photos I took myself (I know, it sounds lame, but read on...)

I spent all of last night procrastinating slaving over an awesome full-color 2010 calender featuring photos of Rome I've taken during my stay here over the last two and a half years. I know, it sounds sort of self-promotional (she's giving away her own photos?) but the idea actually came to when I was brainstorming stocking stuffer-type gifts for my family and friends, and then when I realized I'd be making it on the computer and into a PDF file, I thought that it would be super easy to share with a bunch of other people too. And the idea to feature it on my blog came when I realized that all of the photos of Rome I'd already featured here got great reviews, so I thought that the people who liked them the first time around wouldn't be too bummed about getting a nice, new collection of them for free (you may have already seen a few of them, but most I haven't posted yet).

To be clear, this isn't an actual physical paper calender. Although I totally wish I had enough time/resources to print out and snail mail each of you a paper calender. It's a PDF file composed of 12 printable calender months, each with a photo and a blank monthly template. And because it's a PDF file, you can save it, and print it out as many times as you'd like for yourself . It's cool because you can print out and use one month at a time (because they're all separate and not stapled together like a regular paper calender) without getting the other months all dusty and curled with age (don't you just hate when your calender doesn't lie flat against the wall?) You can ever print it out and give it away as a gift, or gifts. Or what the hell, give away the PDF file too for good measure. Circulate it as much as you want without ever needing to link back to me. Okay, maybe this is a little self-promotional, since I secretly included my name and url on every month, but oh well, I'm the one giving stuff away for free, I can self-promote as much as I want!

My only condition and request for sharing a personal creation of mine with all of you is that you not modify the file in any way, or use the photos individually/separately from the calender layout. Sound fair?

I thought I'd feature a little preview, so anyone who's still confused about what exactly this entails can get a visual. By the way, the size is standard 8.5 x 11, so in a pinch you can print it on regular printer paper (although I've never known anyone to be in "in a pinch" for a calender, haha). Otherwise I suggest printing it on a slightly heavier card stock - matte finish, if you have an ink jet printer, so it doesn't smudge.

Here's January:

 Do we likey? Ok, good. Now run along and get commenting, so I can send you the other eleven months!


my name is lauren. said...

what a good idea! i've been wanting to do a giveaway, but i'm not really sure what i have to give that would be exciting. hmmmmm....... i'll have to think about that.

i like crafty, cutesy stuff. i'm a total tchotchke collector, so i like small little trinkets.

p.s. the picture of the pink fiat....awesome.

classroomconfessions said...

This is so exciting! Well I like giveaways that are useful. Customized jewelry from Etsy or personalized note cards, things that aren't just frivolous.

I have to say that I am so excited about your calender!!! Looks amazing and I am eternally jealous that you are in the place I want to be most on earth :)

My email is:


De Lly Dilettante said...

Cool. I like your idea of the calender cause your pics are really nice. Perhaps for a real giveaway you can give a photobook. Cute postcards or bookmarks will be nice too.

My email address:

Julia said...

yay! great ideas everyone :) I've sent out the first round of calenders. Now I'm waiting for the rest of you!

Bindu said...

Amazing stuff, and very very thoughtful I must say.
Well for a giveaway, and I say this in capacity as girl, trinkets, perfumes, shoes might be a good idea, while books, bookmarks might be a more neutral bet.
Good going, girl ;)

J said...

What a wonderful idea, and a great way to thank the people who visit you blog. I have to confess to never having entered a giveaway, probably because the majority of popular giveaways are either something I'm not that interested in (beauty products, things that are too cutesy for my taste) or bc the are US only.

Dorkys Ramos said...

Love that shot! (And I typically hate pink.) I usually go crazy over paper goods so anything related to that has my attention.

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