Tuesday, July 29, 2014


Hello! Just a quick post to share with you a layout I created for Scrap Our Stash Sketch challenge:
This is beautiful London Lay.  She is my best friend's first grand baby.  I love scrapping her! Here is the sketch I used: 
Thank you for stopping by!

Happy Scrappin'! 

Monday, July 28, 2014

Creative Blog Tour

I am so excited to be part of the Creative Blog Tour!  Blogging has been a big part of my passion for scrapbooking.  Blogging over the years has really built up my confidence and has allowed me share my work online and inspire others. 

Thank you Cyrstal Schneider  for inviting me to be part of the Creative Blog Tour! :)  Please stop by and visit Crystal's BLOG to see what she shared in her creative blog post.  This is a fun way for us crafters to introduce our scrappy friends to other scrappy friends.  Make sure to read through the end to see the other creative bloggers I tagged!

1. What am I working on?
I mostly work on design team assignments using my 2013-2014 photos. I currently design for 4 design teams: Paper Secrets, Color Me Scrappy, The Scrap-Room Kit Club and Back Porch Memories Kit Club.   In addition to the design teams, I manage Scrap Our Stash Challenge Blog with one of my scrapbook besties, Brenda and I also host a monthly challenge right here on my blog. With all that, I keep extremely busy but love every minute of it. :)

2. How does my work differ from others of its genre?
I guess what I can say about my work is that I am not stuck in one genre.   I'm all over the place with different styles of scrapbooking.  I can create a shabby chic layout today and tomorrow something simple and clean.  I think what stays the same over the different genre's is my love for trends and bright bold colors. 

3. Why do I write/create what I do?
I started scrapbooking 11 years ago shortly after I met my husband.  My husband introduced me to a different world than I wasn't used to and I wanted to document our time together differently then I did in the past (which were just albums).  From there I just couldn’t stop touching paper! I scrapbook almost everything and everyday from baby albums, special events, vacations, everyday events to the not so pleasant events! lol  I usual say I scrap for my children and their children so that they will have memories of the family… however, over time I have realized that scrapbooking has become more therapeutic for me more than anything else! :) 

4. How does your writing/creating process work?
I usually start with a challenge and a sketch.  From there, I will pick my photos that work well with the challenge and then match up the paper.  The hardest part for me is usually the title and journaling.  I am not creative when it comes to catchy titles so my titles are usually just plain.  As far as journaling, I try to at least get the important information down such as date and place.  

I have decided to tag these 2 wonderfully creative ladies that are also my scrap-bff's!  They are very inspiring and I hope you enjoy meeting them!   They will be sharing more about themselves next Monday, August 4th on their blogs.  Make sure to stop by. :) 

Hi, my name is Brenda. I am a mom to 2 adult sons, Nana to 2 beautiful granddaughters & 2 adorable grandsons. I currently live in the state of Oregon, hoping to relocate back to the East Coast soon. I prefer creating layouts & the majority of them revolve around my grandchildren, great nieces/nephews & my travels. When I am not scrapping, I love to travel, hang out with friends or family. When the time & weather permits, I love outdoor festivals, markets & golfing.   I design for Paper Secrets, and design/admin for Scrap Our Stash. 

I am a SAHM married 14 years to my long time best friend. We have 2 boys, ages 10 & 3 plus our fur baby Duggie. All my boys keep me really busy, but I wouldn't want to use my "me time" for anything other than crafting. Arts & Crafts have been a part of my life for as long as I can remember, but I started scrapbooking in 2003. I love ribbon, flowers, bling, polka dots, my Dymo label maker, the beach, hoop earrings, happy colors, flip flops, handbags, sunglasses, TV, my Apple devices & staying up all night.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Paper Secrets ~ Sketch Challenge Reveal!

Hey Crafters!  It's Hump Day! :) 

Paper Secrets July 15th sketch challenge is live!  Here's my layout:
I used Carta Bella's Beach Boardwalk collection from the Paper Secrets Store.  The twist is to use something that starts with each letter of TRAVEL.  I used :  T-thread (stitching on sunburst, R-Red, A-Anchor, V-Vellum (clouds), E-Enamel Dots, L - Line Paper (Recorded)
Sorry my photo is so bad.  Every once in a while I just can't get my camera to work right! 

Here's the awesome sketch by Kelly Holifield:

Make sure you stop by the Paper Secrets Blog and upload your take on the challenge for a chance to win a prize.  Also check out the Paper Secrets store for lots of goodies at great prices!!!

Lastly, I am also submitting this layout to Stacy's Sketches4All  Stash "Anything Goes" Challenge.  

Happy Scrappin'!

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Color Me Scrappy #66 Reveal

Hi All!  Here's another great Color challenge from Color Me Scrappy! 
I know I said this before, but I truly love how these challenges make me dig into my stash and use items that are just collecting dust!!! lol  This is what I created after digging around:

I used a couple of different manufactors and I'm so bummed that I didn't write them down! Ugh! I believe the red paper is October Afternoon But I'm not sure about the yellow and green. :(  In any case, I mixed and matched and use old stash! Yippy!!!:)

Make sure you check out this challenge and the July 1st color challenge and upload both challenges on the Color Me Scrappy Blog for a chance to win a prize!

Happy Scrappin'!

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Paper Secrets July 1st Sketch Challenge Reveal

Hello Crafters!  Today I am sharing with you my layout I created for the

The challenge is to create a layout using this sketch by Kelly Holifield:
And using an item for each letter of the word - SPLASH.  I used : S - Stars, P - Pink, L - Line paper, A - Animal Print, S - Stick Pins, H - Heidi Swapp.  The Zva bling and October afternoon mini alphas are from the 

Also Paper Secrets is teaming up with Scrap & Play challenge blog this month so much sure you link your layout up on their  blog too! :)

Happy Scrappin'! 

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Color Me Scrappy Challenge #65

Oh I LOVE color combos!!!  Here's a yummy color combo challenge from Color Me Scrappy prefect for July:

Here is my take on the challenge:
The challenge is to use the color scheme as inspiration and to highlight a celebration.  This layout is celebrating the Nate Mack Fall Festival.  I used a page maps sketch.

Now it's your turn to try this challenge.  
Click HERE for the Color Me Scrappy July Challenge! 

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

July Tic Tac Toe Challenge & June Winners

Hello Crafters!!!
As always, my Scrap Friends and I get together monthly and give you all an individual challenge and a group bonus challenge.  This month we have 3 Scappy Friends hosting challenges, so that is 4 chances to win with just 1 layout!  Woohoo!
Now it's time to reveal my
July Tic Tac Toe Challenge 2014:
My challenge for you this month is to pick 3 in a row (vertical, horizontal or diagonal) and use those items on your layout.  Remember when you post on your blog to note which row you picked. 

And here is the prize I will be giving away:

RULES (to be entered into drawing):
• Create a new layout (one entry only) following the criteria above
• You must be a FOLLOWER of my blog
• Traditional layouts only (no digital please) 
• You must link your entry below with Mr. Linky 
by July 29th 11:59 pm (PST) 
• Please add a link back to this challenge post when posting your layout on blog/galleries etc. 

Here's my layout:
I used the middle row - brads, star and tag.  I also combined my layout with the other two Scrappy Friends challenges  - sketch and color challenges (See Below).

Here are the other SCRAPPY FRIENDS CHALLENGES that you can combined with my challenge for MORE chances to win:


COMBINE any of my Scrappy Friends challenges above with my challenge OR complete 2 or more of the challenges above and you are automatically entered into the BONUS PRIZE Drawing:

~~~~~Congratulations to the~~~~~


JUNE TIC TAC TOE Challenge winner is….
Please email me your address at Rochellespears@gmail.com

JUNE Bonus Challenge winner is….
Please send email to scrapfriendschallenges@gmail.com to claim your prize 

Congratulations and happy scrappin'!