Oh my goodness, I am sooooooooo over the moon excited about today's guest sketch designer, Jana Paddington.
It seems like an eternity ago that I approached her to see if she would like to be our first guest designer of 2011. I always have a wee bit of anxiety asking, in fear that someone will say no, but thankfully Jana said yes! You'll be thankful too when you see the amazing projects that she has created using today's steal, the American Crafts, Letterbox collection.
Of course I wasn't going to let Jana off the hook without sharing some insight on her experience with us: :)
Somebody pinch me! Am I dreaming?
When Kristy asked me to be a guest designer...I was BEYOND excited! I'm not worthy! Let's face it, I'm pretty new to these scraptastic adventures (relatively speaking)! I'm coming up on my two-year anniversary of scrapping...I just needed a "subject" to get me started (enter my 21 month old little girly)! While I've loved every minute, thank goodness for Scrapbook Steals (Kristy, Melodee and all the amazing fans) to help guide me along the way!
After I asked Kristy if she was sure...(I mean, really, you're serious?), I didn't think scrappy life could get any better! AND THEN Kristy let me in on which kit they might be sending me...I nearly passed out!
While I flipped through the awesome-ness of this kit, I was pretty sure that I was going to do a couple of layouts for Joely...I mean, it's got a pretty girly vibe. After a second look, nuh-uh, no way...I was totally going to use my sketch to do a layout for each of my little monkeys! There is some serious boy potential in this kit!
For Joely's layout, I wish, wish, wish I had put her in a pink shirt this day, but instead she's wearing her ridiculously cute Andee Lew bright RED shirt from kidsteals.com (super cute shirt, not a great match for my layout)! I could have chosen another photo (I mean, let's be serious...every little girl has a billion photos featuring pink clothing), but I'm madly in love with this photo, so black and white was my solution! I think it turned out great. The only add-ons that I used that aren't included in the kit were the two pieces of ribbon (also American Crafts), Martha Stewart inks, and the Sew Easy floss (ahem, all three were previous steals)!
Little Owen's layout...this little dude gets cuter and cuter every day (I'm not even biased...)! We were so lucky to get his coy little smile on camera...this was one photo that wasn't going to sit in my scrappy space unscrapped for long! I can't believe how well the colours all worked for this layout! For those of you looking for some neutral, un-girly pages...rejoice! It just goes to show the versatility that this collection has! The add-ons again include the AC ribbon, MS ink, Sew Easy floss and Basic Grey buttons (which I can NEVER get enough of)!
(Jana's amazing photo frame)
I have had soooooooooo much fun with this kit...a huge thanks to Kristy and Melodee for giving me this fantastic opportunity! I can't WAIT to see what all you awesome ladies come up with!
Enjoy, enjoy, enjoy this kit once you get it! It's so stinkin' cute! I might have to steal a second one! <3
Seriously Jana, thank YOU for being such a fantastic guest sketcher! I too cannot wait to see what everyone comes up with when creating. The Facebook page is going to be amazing this week!
Now for our first weekly winner of 2011.
Congratulations goes out to Charissa Miller.
What a fantastic layout that Charissa made! First off, I LOVE the fact that she actually scrapbooked Christmas...a feat I rarely accomplish, and I also love that she documented such a sweet memory for her kiddos. Charissa, please send us your address to firstname.lastname@example.org and we will get something sent out to you!
Well, there ya go girls! First MWM of the year. I know I can't wait to see your interpretations of Jana's amazing sketch, and I'm sure that she is equally as excited.
Don't forget that you have until next Monday at midnight to post your creations to our Facebook fan page with a link to this blog posting in order to be eligible for our weekly drawing. Also don't forget our challenge this year to reach 7,000 fan photos....and what better way to accomplish that than to share, share, share! I KNOW you can do it. :) The offer still stands, if we reach 100 shares in a week then we will have two weekly drawings.
Thanks again Jana! I always look forward to our guest sketchers....speaking of....you will not want to miss a fun little twist that we will be announcing along with our amazing guest that we have lined up for next month!
See you all on Friday! I know I already need my tissue box handy to wipe my tears. It's going to be an amazing project, thanks to all of YOU! :)