Sunday, January 1, 2012

Our January 2012 Guest Designer

Bravo!! It's 2012!!

Today I have the pleasure of not only welcoming you all to a brand new year at Sketches: Creatively Yours, but also to welcome our January Guest Designer Lois Sokolan!

January 2012 S: CY Guest Designer Lois Sokolan

Lois, who is from British Columbia, shared her bio with us...

"I have been scrapbooking since 2003 when my daughter introduced me to it via a weekend at a scrapbooking convention in Bellevue. Before that, my ‘style’ was pretty simple, glue a photo on a page, slap a sticker here and there and jot a few words and voila, it was done!!  When she said to me that I should see what was out there, I had no idea of what she was talking about but I sure found out when we also went to a few scrapbooking stores!  After that there was no turning back and now I have a huge room stuffed full of all the things I ‘need’ including little pieces of paper that I can die cut for lettering!
Yes, I am obsessed and am not good at sharing either!  But, I do like making things for people so I guess that balances out.  I have 5 grandchildren so there is always a photo to take and a page to make... their smiling faces are my inspiration.  I have always like to create and have done ceramics, made porcelain dolls, sewn clothing for my kids and have always loved to plant and move things around in the garden but scrapbooking is my salvation, my stress reliever and sometimes the only thing that keeps me sane when things are tough.
My favorite embellishment is chipboard and I am embarrassed to say that I have so much that it takes up 6 drawers 12”x 12” and 3” deep; and without my glue and tweezers I would be lost!
I am usually to be found at the Sisterhood of Scrap forum – that is where I met Ali – everyone is so friendly and kind and I have found a great bunch of friends there.... I also like the Paper Passion  – the forum is great and the store has lots of good things to dream about and it’s Canadian too ... the shipping is quick and Lacintha who is the owner is very nice!
I have a blog that I try to keep up but sometimes life gets in the way... or I get stuck on Facebook for too long!  I also do genealogy and have been tracking my family as well as my husband's and my extended and birth family... I enjoy the mystery of it all and have way too much information stashed away in filing cabinets.  I am trying to scrap my family tree but it seems to be taking forever!
I am tickled pink that Ali asked me to be January’s Guest Designer and really enjoyed all the sketches... thank you my friend!"

Here are some of Lois' favourite projects...

"Good Times" Mini-album
 created by Lois Sokolan
"2010: Proud" layout
created by Lois Sokolan

"Love" pearl encrusted mini-album
created by Lois Sokolan
"Memories" heritage-style box
created by Lois Sokolan

I am soooooo looking forward to having Lois with us here at Sketches: Creatively Yours this month. Stay tuned, everyone! 

Welcome Lois!! And, welcome 2012!! Happy and creative New Year to us all!

A little tidbit: Be sure to check out our S: CY Design Team Call!


  1. Welcome to S:CY Lois, we are so glad you can be with us this month!!

  2. Hi, Lois!!
    Congrats on the GDT for January!!
    Your projects are so pretty!!

  3. Beautiful work and welcome to SCY!!!Congrats!

  4. Welcome, welcome, your work is gorgeous!

  5. Hi Lois and welcome! I am looking forward to seeing what you have in store for us this month! I love how you described that you 'need' everything you own with scrapbooking lol. I am the same way!

  6. Three cheers for Lois!!! Congratulations, dear Lois...this is wonderful news and so well deserved. Your creations are a treasure!...xoxo...

  7. WTG Lois! Congrats on being the Guest Designer for Ali! You will have a blast, and I love your work and the inspiration it provides!! {{HUGS}}

  8. Welcome Lois! Lovely projects you shared today -- I look forward to seeing what you create for us at S:CY!