Friday, February 1, 2013

Oh How I LOVE a Challenge!!!

Hi Scrappy Peeps!! 

Can you believe it is FEBRUARY 1st already!!  WOWZERS!  Another year is just going to fly by again!!

If you are like me - you are SO BEHIND on your scrapping, that you will never "catch up!" - I know I won't, and I've come to terms with it.  I started scrapping late in life - after my BOYS were no longer little guys - so I have TONS of photos which will probably never get scrapped.  I find that I am OKAY with that - because I've decided that I will scrap what I WANT to scrap, WHEN I feel like it, and now ENJOY this hobby more and put LESS STRESS on myself because I know it is unrealistic to even think that I might get "caught up!" I am just HAPPY to know that photos that I treasure most will be honored with a place on a page, in a scrapbook, instead of in a box or a drawer in the basement.

BUT - sometimes I get "stuck in a rut" - or need some INSPIRATION to get my "MO-JO" flowing -or sometimes, I just don't want to "think" to much about how I'm going to glue those photos down - and I could use some guidance. I've found that is where SKETCHES come in!    AND - they are usually attached to a CONTEST with a GIVE-A-WAY - so that makes them even more FUN!!

If you've never participated in a SKETCH CHALLENGE - here is your chance!   Scrap-a-Doodle Doo, my favorite Local Scrapbook Store is going to be sponsoring one every month.  There are THREE WAYS to enter AND you can win a $10.00 (on line entry) or a $15.00 (in store entry) Gift Certificate from SCRAP-A-DOODLE-DOO!!   Head on over to THE DOO's BLOG for all the DETAILS on how you can play along!  

Basically, for your ON LINE entries - you can:
(1) Become a FOLLOWER of the Scrap-a-Doodle Doo BLOG add a photo of your Layout Entry through "Mr. Linky" or the Add a Link button on the bottom of the Blog post, OR (2) - if you are more of a FACEBOOK FAN - you can click on their Facebook page - LIKE Scrap-a-Doodle Doo - then CLICK on the EVENTS box on the upper right side (under Message) Find the event post for this month's challenge and click JOIN - you will then be able to comment and ADD your PHOTO of your layout entry.

For those who are near the store - We have a SPECIAL THIRD OPTION  - you can Go to THE DOO, and pick up a SPECIALLY PRICED FEBRUARY Sketch Challenge Kit (I'm told that you will have a "BLAST" with this month's product included in the kit!) The sketch below will be printed and included in your kit and you can get your creative juices flowing while using specially selected products from the Doo Crew.  Then return your creations to the Doo by no later than February 28th and your page(s) will be displayed at the store for the rest of the month!!

Winners for both versions of the challenge will be randomly chosen and announced by March 15th.



So... without further "A-DOO!" ......Here is the FEBRUARY 2013 Sketch -  *Created by my very talented friend Adina Medina - a fellow Design Team Member with me at Scrap-a-Doodle Doo:







and - HERE is my "interpretation" of the design:


This is a layout of my youngest son Jake, holding our new puppy Maggie on the day we picked her up at the breeder to bring her home.  She is soo little and sweet in these photos. ( Jake is pretty cute too!)   I had TONS of FUN using stuff from my STASH to create this layout - although all of the goodies that I used were purchased at THE DOO!   I used papers, tags and brads from the We R Memory Keepers "Friends Furever" Collection.  They DOO have a few items from this line left - you can check them out  HERE   Also - I used this COOL May Arts Weave Ribbon -- it comes in LOTS of colors and can be used in so many different ways! I used Sweet Pea for this layout!  Just CLICK on the name of the ribbon to see all of the colors that THE DOO carries!  

And finally, I had lots of fun just DOODLING on this layout using a black sharpie marker! I ran lines around the 8 point star (which I cut out on my cricut) and around the edge of the green paper, and around the BoBunny Chipboard letters, as well as the small journaling on the bottom right of the page and on the tag on the top right. 

I REALLY hope that you play along with us - we hope to hold this challenge on the first of every month - they really are FUN - so please join in!!

((HUGS)) ~ Sherri