Monday, August 1, 2011

Welcome to our August Guest Designer: Rita Barakat!

Hello everyone,

This month we have a wonderful treat for you... Sketches: Creatively Yours "Hall of Fame" member Rita Barakat joins us as our August Guest Designer!!!!  Rita was a Design Team Member with Sketches: Creatively Yours in May 2009 for a 6 month term and did some BEAUTIFUL work for us back then. She's also become a friend and I just couldn't resist the pull of asking her back as a Guest Designer for August!

We are extra-blessed to have Rita with us, as she has just moved and life has been super-busy. The family is still unpacking!

Thanks for being with us this month, Rita! 
August 2011 S:CY Guest Designer
 Rita Barakat 


Rita Barakat has been married to her wonderful hubby for over 20 years. Before she had children she painted life size murals for a living. She feels blessed to be a stay at home mom to five beautiful children ages 19 down to 5. She loves everything about the creative process! She currently designs for Clear Scraps, Faber-Castell, Creative Memories, Ta Da Creative Studios, Love My Tapes, Scrap Gal and Glue Dots®. You can find her teaching at her local scrapbook store, The Crafty Scrapper in Waxahachie TX. You can find her work on her blog .

Rita told me 'way back that she was initially Mom to 2 kiddos, then she and her Dh were "blessed to adopt three more." (This is so very cool; I have 4 kids, and I personally think that this gal is a Mom-extraordinaire!) Rita has always enjoyed crafts. She says "I craft because I love it. Scrapbooking is a way to incorporate my love of crafts into an art form that others will treasure for future generations."

Rita teaches at her LSS and she has a beautiful banner tutorial on her Blog this week, too... which means online folks can benefit from her teaching as well!  Go have a look HERE.

I asked Rita to share a few of her favourite projects with us... and she did. We are SO spoiled!!!!  Love her work!

"Once upon a Springtime" layout
created by Rita Barakat

"Grateful" layout created by Rita Barakat

"Attitude is everything!" layout
created by Rita Barakat

Just for fun, I went back in the archives and found a wonderful page by Rita and an older S:CY sketch to share with ya'll today. Enjoy!

"Daughter" layout created in 2009 by
 S:CY Designer Rita Barakat

The Sketch that Rita was interpreting was the one below, by  S:CY's founder, Noella Arsenault: 
Sketch #57 created by
S:CY Sketch Designer &
Founder, Noella Arsenault

Welcome Rita!!!!!! Thank You for being  a Guest Designer with us here at S:CY this month! We are so blessed to have you with us!



  1. Big Congrtas, Rita!!
    Love all of your projects they are gorgeous!!

  2. Beautiful projects Rita, I'm so glad you joined us this month!

  3. Thanks for the welcome! ((hugs Ali!))

  4. Welcome, Welcome, Welcome Rita! So happy you're here!! This month will be super with you "in it!" :)

  5. Great to have you back again as a guest designer at SCY.
    Your a very talented artist as your layouts are beautiful!
    Kudos to you on achieving your many fullfillments as you are an extremely busy lady.

  6. So excited to have you!! You are amazing!