Friday, May 14, 2010

Service Boot Camp Giveaway: The Write It Out Project

::Announcing a Service Boot Camp Giveaway::
--for the Write It Out Project--

As you know, every now and then I like to enlist you, my blog friends, in Service Boot Camp! Service Boot Camp is a call for women everywhere to come together in service to others. This Service Boot Camp is dedicated to making journals for women who are grieving the loss of their spouses to war through The Write It Out Project.

(Here is the tutorial for making these simple handmade journals.)
Update: If you "don't sew", you can still enter...see details below.

To get the word out and to thank all of you for participating in The Write It Out Project, I have put together this wonderful giveaway.

You may enter to win by doing any of the following:

(1 Entry per journal pledged) - Leave a comment indicating the number of journals that you intend to make.

(9 Entries per journal completed) - Email me when your journals are complete and ready to be mailed. I will send you the address for mailing, and you will earn an additional 9 entries per journal completed. (You can reach me at

(1 Entry) - Blog about and link to the Service Boot Camp Giveaway & Tutorial and tell others about The Write It Out Project. (You can also do this on Facebook.) You will also get an additional entry if you blog about the journals that you actually make...and link to the project website.

(1 Entry) - Display my Service Boot Camp Button on your blog.

(1 Entry total) - Visit all of the Etsy shops who donated to this giveaway. Leave a comment about the products you liked in each shop.

(1 Entry) - "Follow me" for one additional entry.

UPDATE - If you "don't sew": You can still Earn 5 Entries when you donate $5.00 to The Write It Out Project to cover the cost of shipping. Just click on the "Donate" button over at I Make Stuff. It's on the left side.

(Please leave a comment on this post for each entry that you complete.
Also, please include and email or blog address in your comment.)

Winners will be announced on June 1st, 2010.

Thanks to everyone for making journals for The Write It Out Project.
And thank you to our generous Etsy shop owners for their donations!
Please check out their shops by following the links below.

You may now proceed to drool over these lovely prizes.

Sweetheart Busy Bee on Blue Apron

Sweetheart Busy Bee Apron

Chunky Monkey Red Bead Macrame Cuff Bracelet

Chunky Monkey Red Bead Macrame Cuff Bracelet

Slim Tote with Patriotic Americana Prints

Slim Tote in Patriotic Print


Anchors Away Nautical Statement Bib Necklace
(Note from this seller: Mention this blog when you order and get free shipping. Also get a free headband when you order a necklace!)

NEW//LIBERTY Pillowcase dress//NEW Available in Sizes 0-6m to 8y LIMITED

Liberty Pillowcase Dress

Joy Mosaic

Yankee Doodle Sweetheart Patriotic Tutu SEWN

Yankee Doodle Sweetheart Tutu

Patriotic Log Cabin Table Runner

Patriotic Log Cabin Table Runner

Patriotic Cookies - Felt Play Food

Patriotic Felt Play Cookies

Americana Block Set with Star

Patriotic Block Set with Star
by Jody Leavitt at Woodn'Stitches

Funky Fireworks

Funky Fireworks Hairbow
by AddyKatesKloset at Pocket Full of Pigtails

Reserved for Write It Out Project - Whimsical Pot Holders - a Pair

Whimsical Pot Holders

LIBERTY Banner/Garland, patriotic, July 4<span class=

Liberty Garland

Unisex Americana Patriotic Wood Disc Necklace

Unisex Patriotic Wood Disc Necklace

Patriotic Red, White and Blue Quilted Ornament.

Patriotic Ornament

Stars and Stripes Large Pennants  Recycled Denim US shipping included

Stars and Stripes Pennants

SAMPLE SALE  Red, White and Blue Peace and Stars Clementine Skirt SIZE 2T - 4T

Peace & Stars Skirt

Army Wife Courage Strength Sacrifice Primitive Solid Pine Sign

Army Wife Solid Pine Sign


Patriotic Banner
Note: The winner of this prize will receive their choice of either a red-lettered banner that says "Proud" or a blue-lettered banner that says "Brave"-- similar to the "Freedom" banner shown here.

Peace, Man Shopping Bag

"Peace, Man" Shopping Bag


  1. I am working on 2 right now. Will post more later but just wanted to let you know I have 2 in the works! Thanks for the service opportunity! I have been looking for a fun service project!

  2. I have 2 made But my goal is 10 Maybe more.
    I knew there was a reason I picked up a bunch of composition books when they were on sale.

    I told my friends on face book already and a link to the write it out project site and actually I am having a get together at my house next tuesday to make some of these

    I will put a link to the giveaway on My blog too

    can't wait to browse through the Etsy shops
    thanks for organizing this Jocelyn

  3. I am going to make one, and if it goes well I will make more. I am not the best at sewing so this should be fun!

    I have already added the service boot camp button on my blog. I will be posting about your handmade journal entry.

    I am already a follower and I will be posting on facebook about this project!

    You are awesome! I love how you come up with ways to "enlist" us to serve. It really makes me think about the "things" I should be doing for others.


  4. OK I made 2 of journals.

    I posted about it on my blog.

    I checked out the stores for the giveaway prizes and I really love the wooden patriotic blocks. They are super cute. I also really like the peace and stars skirt.

    Let's see what else to enter in the giveaway? I follow your blog.

    Also, I am going to see if my neighbor wants to make some too.

    I think that's all the things to get entries.

    Thanks J for such a great service project! Email me where to mail them and I will get them out right away.

  5. PS I also added your service button!

  6. Thanks again for wanting to include me in this.. now, I am off to promote it on my blog! :D


    This is where I went to change the posting font for my blog and

    this is where I went to change the font for my sidebars and posting title. I actually had to have my husband help me with the sidebar font, he's a techy.

    I am so excited to work on these journals!

  8. I'll commit to one and see how it goes.
    I blogged about this and put up your service bootcamp button.
    Thanks for inspiring this Jocelyn!

  9. I'll commit to 5, but am hoping to make more.

    I shared on my facebook.

    I blogged about it here:

    I've put the button on my blog.

    I'm a follower.

  10. I have visited all of the etsy shops and I have to say that I really really like Pretty Little Pearl and all of the super cute aprons!

    I also love the finger blankie.

    The tote diaper bags are really cute as well.

    i am going to be posting about the service project on my blog and will be making the journal(s) in the next week.

  11. I put your button up on my blog!

    I blogged about it here

    I'm a follower!

    I'm committing to make 2 journals

  12. We are going to make 120+ journals at Girls camp this year. I have blogged about this project on my blog:; I am following your blog! I commented on 17 of the Etsy shops. They are all adorable! I have added your button to my blog! So that’s 136 entries until the journals are done!

  13. I just made 4 of them for examples and we'll get some more made before June 1!

  14. What a fantastic idea! I'm going to make five. I'll blog about it @ and I follow your blog. Cute prizes too.

  15. I love everything!! I now follow your lovely blog.


  16. i love the army wife plague and the patriotic banner so cool

  17. I blogged about this project, and can't wait to try my hand at making them... I am just learning to sew.

  18. Added the Service BootCamp button to my blog

  19. I follow!

  20. I added your button :o)

  21. Hi Jocelyn I am upping my pledge from 10 to 20

    I have your button on my blog with my blog post
    I also have a message and link on Facebook

    I'm already a follower

    So many great prizes from some very talented people love the peace tote bag that was added over the weekend.
    I am so addicted to making these have 7 finished and the rest cut out Love these.
    can't wait till tomorrow to get together and make some more.

  22. such cute prizes! thanks for stopping by my blog!! I'm going to check out more about the service opportunities on here. Thanks!

  23. I pledge to make 6 journals for the Service Project.

  24. I have also blogged about the giveaway on my blog and linked it back to this post and the tutorial post.

  25. Oh. And I am also a follower of your blog.

  26. I also added your button to my sidebar.

  27. Just picked up the supplies to make a journal!

  28. Hey I will Make 4 Journals

    I also will blog about it @

    and I am a follower and I added your button to my blog!!

  29. i found u on MMB and i'm loving this blog majorly! i'm going to try out a few of these, totally awesome!

  30. I have your button on my blog, I left a comment for you on "Or so she says," and I'm a follower! I'm donating money for shipping because my sewing machine is buried under other projects I am currently finishing :) Thank you for leaving a comment on my blog!

  31. My girls (that can sew) and I pledge to make one each, so a total of 5 to begin with. Such a fabulous idea!

  32. I can't figure out how/where to donate the money for shipping (my brain doesn't seem to be working today - maybe it was the hemp bread...Help! I went to Miami University too and was teaching English Lit there until 3 years ago :)

  33. I'm pledging to make 5 at least! I have your button added to my blog too! A former high school classmate was killed in Afghanistan on Christmas day last year. I want to send one to his widow, Patty.

  34. I wish I had joined your blog a long time ago because I would have been done with these journals already :D. I know I won't have time to finish these on time because of my crazy busy life SO I donated $5 instead. I hope you have more projects like this soon so I can get right back on the train with ya'll. Good luck!

  35. I made my 5 pledged journals!

  36. I don't know what my hold up has been about commiting to my 10 journals. I think I was hoping to commit to more. I officially commit to 10. :) I've fb'd you, and I already follow you. Time to get sewing!

  37. I finished my 1 pledged journal

  38. I would be honored to make 10 journals. What a great cause.

    (I'll blog about them when I finish, too, but I'll comment again when that happens.)

  39. I added your button to my blog!

  40. I pledge three and I have them ready to send.

  41. I blogged about it it over at

  42. I have our button on my blog

  43. I follow all your entrys!

  44. I pledge an additional 2 journals for a total of 8. I pledged 6 earlier and I have material for an additional 2. :-)

  45. Five journals done! I'll mail them off as soon as the post office is open.