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UPDATED: The winner of the 12 x 12 book is:

Congrats Kimberly! And thanks to everyone who entered.

It’s no secret that I am a huge fan of

They have printed my year-long album project for the last three years running an the quality of their lay flat books is really quite astonishing. (If you want to see my 2016 album, read this post.)

Today is giving one of my readers a free 12 x 12 20-page book in celebration of Mother’s Day. To enter, just leave me a comment and do one of two things: 1) Tell me something you admire in your own mother (or someone who is a mother figure in your life), or 2) Tell me what you most love about being a mother.

I’ll start: 1) I admire my mother’s unflappable nature and her even keel, and 2) I love being able to watch these two humans I live with grow and change. It’s truly the gift of my lifetime.

I’ll choose a winner and email them on Saturday, which also happens to be International Scrapbook Day. I should have some exciting post here to celebrate, so check back!

Until then, please enter today. These books are truly amazing!

Good luck!

Cathy ZielskeWin a 12 x 12 book from

67 Comments on “Win a 12 x 12 book from”

  1. #1
    Ingrid DeBord

    Cathy what an excellent giveaway! I would use this album to finally document my mother’s life,as she lived through a war, and to detail her now in her gracefully age. My mother is truly a Saint. She always sees the good in everyone – never faulting, never hardened by life. Always thankful and reminding us to be thankful for everything we are and have. She is truly the best mother!

  2. #2

    I love seeing the incredible people my children have become, although I had my doubts during the teen years And now I have the greatest pleasure of being a grandmother.

  3. #3

    I hope at the ripe old age of 91 I can still be as sharp as my Mom; still cooks, cleans, drive and lives independently. As for being a mom myself, I have two of the best friends I could ever ask for!

  4. #4

    Love watching my kids continue to grow. Both boys are good Daddy’s to their dogs. One is also a good husband and good Dad to my first grandchild. Watching him be a Dad is fun to watch and sometimes funny. The other son has worked hard on his work and education and is on a new adventure. Love that they continue to be good friends as adults. And my daughter is a hardworking, great mother. And of course my grandson, the best!

  5. #5
    Tracy Whitney

    My mother had been my most influential role model. She demonstrated loyalty, dedication, humor and taught me to love my community and my faith. As a social studies teacher, who loved her career of 30 years, she touched the hearts of many in our rural public school. She was taken too soon by cancer 27 years ago, but not a day goes by without a thought of her. I have 3 daughters of my own and wish they could know her.

  6. #6

    I would love to win this to make a graduation photo book for my daughter. She is the Mom of my precious 5-year-old granddaughter and is graduating with her PhD this weekend! I am in awe of how she was able to accomplish this while raising her daughter on her own.

    They both love the yearly photo books I make for them and I love the quality of Adorama books. They look so clean and tidy lined up on her bookshelf as compared to the massive 12×12 scrapbooks I used to make when my daughter was little. And, they are a lot lighter weight for my granddaughter to look through.

    Thank you for the opportunity!

  7. #7
    Jan Myhre

    1) I loved that even though my mom couldn’t really carry a tune, it never stopped her from singing.

    2) The thing I like most about being a mother is when I look at my adult children and realize that I didn’t screw up too badly.

  8. #8
    Karen Stevens

    Hi Cathy

    I admire my mom for always making life fun. She would always find the humor in even the most ordinary things.

    My boys (22 & 18) are getting ready to move out on their own. My biggest accomplishment in life is to witness the love these brothers have for each other.

  9. #9

    One of the many things I love about being a mother: Seeing my two year old learning to talk. As a language nerd, it is awesome to see and to hear, to see his pride smile when he says a difficult word or was able to get across what he wanted to say.

  10. #10
    Kim A

    I used to marvel that wherever we went, people would remember my mom from church, or school, or the neighborhood — how did so many people know and like her? They were always thrilled to see her and greet her. I now know her secret and it’s one of the things I admire most about her. When you talk to her, she actively listens and you feel like you are being heard. It makes you feel important and respected, and who doesn’t love that?

  11. #11
    Jeanne W

    I love my Mom’s energy and caring spirit. She’s losing her memory so it’s hard but she’s so positive. I love being a Mom- seeing my two girls grow into lovely young women is such a gift!

  12. #12

    Over the years I have enjoyed watching my kids experience new things. New places, new people, new books, new skills. As young adults that continues with new responsibilities, new Friends, new homes and new hobbies.

  13. #13

    What a great giveaway….because as we share, we are giving each other the opportunity to see the love that a mother embodies. The thing I love most about being a mom is that it has made me a better person, and continues to shape me. I had no idea how strong, how adaptable, how ferocious, how tender, how resilient that one’s heart is…and that the emotion that fills you not only at the beginning of becoming a mom….but that it continues forever and that it is always shaping my views.

  14. #14

    1) I admire and appreciate the depth and breadth of my mother’s love for her family. 2) I love getting to know my daughter in all the phases of her life and be the recipient of her love.

  15. #15

    This is such a wonderful giveaway! (1) My mom is a class act that I want to be more like in so many ways. Her concern for others is something I want to exhibit. (2) My two boys are now 22 and 17. I love the relationship I have with each one of them. I feel like they know that I have their back always and will be there for them, no matter what. I love seeing the men they are becoming…a lot like their dad. 🙂

  16. #16

    Mom has been gone for 33 years and I miss her every day. So often I wish I could pick up the phone and call her, to ask a question or to share some tidbit of my life. Her positivity and can-do attitude have been such an inspiration to me—whenever I was down or thinking negatively, she always encouraged me to look on the bright side and, rather than criticize, to find the best in others. I didn’t realize until much into my own adulthood how we can actually affect our own lives with our thoughts. She achieved so much, at times when circumstances were not in her favor, but she refused to give up or give in. She was one of 10 children and the only one to graduate from college—even though it took her many years. The importance of education was reflected in her life’s vocation: rural school teacher. “Keep trying” was her advice to me from as early as I can remember. She taught me that if I could dream it, I could achieve it. Thank you, Mom. I love you.

    Now I’m a grandmother to two beautiful little girls and I love watching my son be the most wonderful daddy. In fact, he has chosen to be a stay-at-home dad. It’s such fun hearing the pride in his voice when he talks about the girls.

  17. #17

    Great giveaway! I’ve often thought about giving this a try but have yet to commit to doing a full on book!

    My mom is the reason I am the mother I am today. She is very dedicated to her family. He ability to keep her opinions to herself until and unless she is asked for her advice is something I have witnessed in very few people. I strive to be able to hold my tongue in that way.

    Being a mom is one of the fiercest things I have ever done. I love everything about being a mom…even the hard stuff. Without the hard moments, we would not appreciate the easy ones! Watching our now 24 year old daughter grow into a kind, giving, caring, goal chasing young woman and knowing I had a part in who she is: is the most important accomplishment I have ever attained!

  18. #18

    What a wonderful give away! Thanks for the chance. My mother passed years ago but I still feel like she is with me. She was a strong, God loving woman who loved her family. I try to think what she would do with trying situations when they arise in my life.

  19. #19
    Katiusca Guzman

    Thank you for this opportunity. I love being a mom because I get the honor of sharing my life with sweet, energetic, happy, and loving kids whose potential is as infinite as our imaginations. Being a mother has been a tremendous gift!

  20. #20
    Kim Warne

    I love the evolution of being a Mom. I’ve enjoyed and treasured every moment of every stage in my children’s lives. And, even now as they navigate the ups and downs of adulthood, I continue to treasure and document their evolving lives! It is truly an honor to be their Mom!

  21. #22
    Samantha Chapman

    What a fabulous giveaway!

    I admire how my mom creates her own path. She’s an entrepreneur (graphic designer) and while she admits it would probably be easier to just be an employee somewhere, she carves her own path and creates her own destiny. She was widowed at a very young age and although she had intended to be a stay at home mom, plans changed and she went to college to learn graphic design, all while raising me. It takes a brave woman to start her own business, and even more so when she’s the sole provider. She’s an amazing woman and she has no idea how much she inspires me everyday.

  22. #23
    Kimberly Goon

    I love that my mom is energetic, fierce and supportive to a fault. She is always there for all 5 of her children. I love being a mom. I’ve loved being present and there for each stage of motherhood…babies, toddler, preteen, teenagers, young adults. I’ve loved every stage of it. I am now in a new stage, that of grandmother to a brand new three week old grandson and I am present and loving this stage too.

  23. #24
    Jessica S

    I love that my mother is so independent and self-sufficient. It seems like she can figure out any problem by herself! She’s good at everything she tries.

  24. #25
    Karen S

    What a wonderful giveaway!

    I love that my mother tries to embrace technology at 85.

    The best part about being a mother is marveling at how each stage of life brings new joys and new challenges.

  25. #26

    I loved that my Mom could always find something positive in every situation. Frequently when I begin dwelling in the negative I pull myself up by thinking “What would Mom say?”

  26. #28
    Lydia Lee

    I love being a mom to my daughter, who was and still is a God-send to me. She is one of the best things that has ever happened to me and I feel so lucky that God chose me to be her mom.

  27. #29

    My mom is tough. She basically raised 6 kids by herself. (Dad worked on the road and was home every other week for a couple days).

  28. #30

    My mother just doesn’t quit. She has taken care of my dad since his stroke without complaint. It’s amazing!

  29. #31

    1) My mum is truly the most kind and generous person I’ve ever known personally. 2) I love that they help me become a much better person. I’d never do anything about me if not my kids. They make me try harder, they make me really want to change. They teach me what unconditional love is.

  30. #32
    Andrea Johnson

    My mother is the best mother and grandmother. She is the most supportive woman in my life. I can always count on her. What I love most about being a mother is just watching them grow and become such amazing young adults. They take on so much and do it so well. I am beyond proud and so blessed to be their mother. ~ Andrea

  31. #33

    My faith in God came from my mother’s sharing of what He had done in her life, so thanks to her, I am equipped to handle whatever life throws at me. Thanks to her, I am never alone. (Mom went to heaven this past summer, so this will be my first Mother’s Day without her. Oh, how I miss her!)

    As the mother of three sons, I love hearing them laugh together. It makes my heart happy.

  32. #34
    Missus Wookie

    What a wonderful prize – and a fun competition too.

    1) I love my mother’s willingness to work hard and help others. I try to do the same.
    2) I love seeing these two people grow and develop into the amazing adults that they are turning into.

  33. #35

    I was going to write about my amazing 91 year old Mom, and my two beautiful daughters that I am so close to. Then I was reading some of the other comments. Read another about a 91 year old Mother, and her being a Mom to her two best friends….then I realized the person that posted that comment is my Sister!!! We’re both very lucky.

  34. #36
    Cynthia B.

    My mother is amazingly patient and giving. I don’t think I realized how much until my dad started having health problems some years back. She’s the best caregiver!
    And with my own kids – I love that they’re a part of my tribe. They’re teenagers now so we sometimes butt heads, but we rely on each other and they get me.

  35. #37

    My mom is amazing. She raised two of us as a single mom working 3 jobs (one being a teacher). Now, she lives just a few miles from us and we couldn’t function without all of her help with our kids. This has really hit home lately after she was in a car accident and broke her shoulder. No driving for up to 6 weeks! I can’t just call and say “Hey mom! Would you pick the kids up? We’re running late…” or “Hey mom! Can you run out to my house and make sure I turned the crockpot on when I left for work?”

    As for being a mom (because I’ll answer both – I always was a first-born over-achiever): I cannot believe I get to help raise two of the most awesome people I’ve ever met. Watching these little humans grow and develop and become their own persons is incredible. They are only 10 and 7 and yet their personalities, the way they approach life, seeing their joy in life and new discoveries really grounds me and reminds me of what is truly important in life.

  36. #38
    Sarah Lim

    The best part of being a mom is watching my son grow and learn new things. He constantly amazes me and makes me laugh.

  37. #39

    My mother is one of the most compassionate and giving human beings on this earth. Despite suffering a traumatic brain injury and almost daily seizures (as a result of the injury), she is always thinking of others and what she can do to help them.

  38. #40

    I have been coveting these books for ages!

    I have always loved my mom’s curiosity about the world and the people in it and I was definitely showered with her creative energy. I love being a mom because it has taught me so much about life – from the simple joys of re-reading beloved books with my daughter to watching her bound past big milestones to talking and thinking about big issues with being human. I feel like I’ve been able to get a glimpse now and then of the infinite.

  39. #41
    Lori Hudson

    My mother passed away three years ago and I miss her so much everyday. Her loss taught me to appreciate everything I have in the moment, because tomorrow is not guaranteed.

    I love watching my boys work toward a goal and feel that great feeling you get when you finally make that accomplishment. I don’t know who is happier about it, me or them. ❤️

  40. #42

    I love that my Mom was crafty and encouraged my artistic life, and still does—purchasing some of my greeting cards while I staff the gallery today! I’ve loved so much about being a Mom myself, from that first week just marveling over this amazing being that was so brand new (for a time anyway…!) to watching them as adults as they forge their way through life and all that it brings to them. I feel so blessed to have strong women daughters that are independent, loving and very, very unique! Thank you Cathy for this opportunity!

  41. #43

    My mother has lost 2 sons (I’m the only remaining child) yet she has an amazing spirit and is always smiling! She is my very best friend. Bonus…at 78 she has bright blue hair! I’m talking peacock blue!

  42. #44

    In her early 30s my mother demonstrated her strength when my father was seriously injured in a car accident. She supported our family, parented my brother and I, and arranged for the car my father needed. After her death last summer, I told the story of her keeping a list of the kindnesses shown to us during the 18 months or so that followed and, due to her sense of propriety, writing thank you notes to each person who was on that list. I found her lust as I was sorting her belongings after she needed to be moved to a memory care unit. I cannot imagine…

  43. #45

    Thanks for the opportunity! What I love about my mum is that she is always thinking of me. Everytime I visit he she has a pile of “things” for me, normally articles cut out of papers that she thinks are relevant to my life, magazines, books or anything really! It just makes me feel special and important to at least one person in this world and everyone should be made to feel like that! Thanks mum. X

  44. #46

    Wonderful giveaway – thank you! I love that my Mom sees the best in me and my son. We are so blessed to have someone who always stands in our corner, no matter what. I love being sharing adventures with my son. Our travels together are one of my most cherished gifts and memories that we will share forever.

  45. #47
    Bernice J

    My mom is turning 86 and is celebrating 63 years of marriage next week. She is such an excellent example of perserverence in the face of some immense hurdles. She has so much determination and has taught all six of her children to be tough when we need to.

  46. #48

    My mother is calm and steady. She has a wonderful patience. Her love for us and desire to see us for who we are is one of my biggest blessings in life.
    I love the people my kids are, and love just being with them and watching them tackle life. They are really great humans.

  47. #49
    Mel H

    I love watching my kids become their own people and seeing them find their own talents and their own dreams is wonderful.

  48. #50

    I have always admired my mother’s strength and determination to be a single mom with a career and raising 2 out of control kids. Being a mom gives my life true meaning. I love watching my daughter grow and become an awesome adult!

  49. #51

    I adore Adorama books. My Mom is truly a remarkable woman. She lives on a ranch and gives and gives to her community and neighbors. She also volunteers all over town. The world is a better place for her heart. If I win the book, I’ll use it to give her a book of the heritage family photos I just scanned in. She would love that.

  50. #52
    Sue Ogden

    I love being a mother. My child is now 31 and I have to say he is a great human being. But you know what is better than being a mother? Being a GRANDMOTHER! My son and daughter-in-law made me a grandmother 18 months ago and I am head over heels in love with that kid.

  51. #53

    My mother was quietly strong and wonderfully loving, with the curiosity of a child. Family was her number one priority, and she taught her children to appreciate and value family bonds. The loving relationships I share with my siblings and their children are truly her legacy.

  52. #54

    I would love to try out an Adoramapix photo album. It would give me incentive to finish at least one of my ongoing projects.

    I admire the fact that my mother left her home country in her mid-twenties to come to a completely foreign country to seek better opportunities for herself. What an adventure! If she hadn’t, she would have never met my father and I wouldn’t exist!

  53. #55
    Tess R

    I’m a new mother and it’s the most amazing experience of my life. I never knew how much I could love someone until he came in to my life. It’s hard to choose one favorite thing, but he has the most infectious laugh and I’ve never been happier than spending time with my baby boy.

  54. #56
    Omayra Ortiz

    My mom is second to none as a role model of tenacity and strength. As a mom, I just stand in awe in front of three strong, happy and amazing human beings that I called son, daughter, son.

  55. #57

    My mom was the sweetest lady and lived to a ripe old age of 97! I think about her everyday. She just makes me smile when I think of her.

    As a mom, I am going through the teen years with my girls but they bring me so much joy and watching them grow independently ready to leave the nest. I am so proud of them!

  56. #58

    My mom is awesome. Growing up, she worked full time and went to college for her BS full time and still managed to be at all of our things… sports, musicals, chorus. Whatever. Even now, she is always available for anything.

  57. #59

    I love that my mother was a smart independant woman who always encouraged me in whatever I did. As a mother I strived to encourage my children to be the people they were meant to be. I love watching them encourage their children in the same way. Seeing the circle of life in it’s glory.

  58. #60

    i love that my mother is a survivor – and she has taught me to be strong.

    i love that being a mother has made me a better person and how much i have learned by loving those 3 beings with all my heart.

  59. #61
    Audrey McBride

    My mom is incredibly supportive. She is always there to cheer all the accomplishments but more importantly, she’s there in the rough times too. As a mom of two myself, I find that I strive to be just like her in so many ways!

  60. #62
    Judi Church

    My Mom has always been patient and calm. I love being best friends with my adult daughter and I love that she gave me a gorgeous grandson. ❤️

  61. #63
    theresa grdina

    I absolutely love spending time with my 3 adult daughters who have become my best buddies in the world!! They are fun and gracious….intelligent and kind….funny and enchanting. What more could a mom ask for????

  62. #64
    Bonnie Potter

    My mom is so nurturing. All she ever wanted was to be a mother. Even with 5 kids, she still spent her life ‘adopting’ all of our friends, loved ones and most people she had any relationship with. She just naturally takes care of people.

  63. #65
    Mary Myers

    Unfortunately, my mom passed away 35 years ago, but I remember her sweet smile and the love she showed all 4 of us children. I have 6 kids of my own, and I can think of no greater joy than to spend time with them, and their families–they are a delight and have grown and matured in their own way, and three out of the six kids are amazing parents as well. I am very blessed!!
    Thanks so much for the chance to win! 🙂

  64. #66
    Breon Randon

    I don’t have a relationship with my mother, but my favorite thing about being a mom is the smell of my toddler’s neck when she buries her face into my shoulder to sing our nighttime nursery rhymes. That closeness, that trust, that companionship is everything to me.

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