Friday, January 27, 2012

Brand New!! Sketch #3-12

Here is another brand new January 2012 Sketch for you today, created by 'Yours Truly.' I had so much fun developing this one!  Hope you love it as much as I do! We'd love to see what you create, so be sure to put a link to your creation here, using Mister Linky. 

We'll be by to visit and leave you some luvs. Would wouldn't enjoy that?

Sketch #3-12 created by
 S: CY Team Leader Ali MacDonald
And now, here's a fresh look at what the S: CY Design Team has come up with for Sketch #3-12! They had a ball with it, as you will see! 

First... here's a LO from our Guest Designer, Lois Sokolan... who created a LO or card with every single sketch this month! Wow Lois, you 'rocked it out,' as we say, LOL! So thankful for you and your contributions to our Blog in January!! Great stuff! MUCH appreciated. 

"Beavers" layout created by
 S: CY Guest Designer

Lois Sokolan

"Captured," "Snapshots," and "First Photo," 
all 7-4-2011 layouts created by 
S: CY Design Team Member
 Heather Bridges Topich

"Game on" layout created by
 S: CY Design Team Member

Renee Hagler

"Retired: Remembering with you" layout created by
 S: CY Design Team Member 

Maggi Harding
"Leaves" layout created by
 S: CY Design Team Member

Patchi Moussatche
"What a view: The temple of Poseidon" layout
created by S: CY Senior Designer
 Ann Seleshanko
"Outdoor Dude '[07]: Noah, age five" layout created by
 Team Leader Ali MacDonald

Notes~ All papers and inks are from CTMH. Stamp: '7Gypsies'. Lettering: 'BasicGrey'. Tiny letter stickers: Cosmo Cricket. 
Photo credit: Noah's AMAZING 2007 school Team. Thank You! 
Thanks to all our Design Team Members for their creations this week. The layouts run the gamut from fun and fanciful to artistic and vintage-- all in the name of memory keeping. How wonderful is that? We're so lucky here at S:CY to have Team Members talented in so many varied styles! It's a gift, really, and one we celebrate here.  

A huge WARM thanks to Lois Sokolan for working with us as our Guest Designer this month here at S: CY. We really appreciated your dedication and creativity, Lois.  THANK YOU.
Our S:CY Design Team Call is still going strong! Don't forget to get your application in . 
:o) S:CY DT Call Deadline: Jan 30th.

We have a beautiful new creation using last week's Card Sketch! It just came in to me this Am- and when I saw it, I thought- Why not post it? So....everyone, why not go have a peek? Thanks for sharing with us all the way from Australia, Vikki! Here is the link: Vikki's CARD 
You can leave some luvs while you're there! 
**If you try this sketch, please leave us a link up above, using Mr. Linky. Our Team members will be by to visit!** 

Have a wonderful week everyone! Be sure to become an S: CY Blog "Follower." The place to do this is on the right of your screen- check it out. See you soon!


Friday, January 20, 2012

Card Sketch #112

Our Senior Designer Ann Seleshanko has  a totebag full of  special talents and they include both sketching and creating wonderful CARDS!
Today marks the first S: CY Card Sketch of 2012. Thanks Ann!
Sit back, relax, and enjoy this beautiful sketch and our Design Team's creations...

S: CY Card Sketch #112 created by
 Senior Designer Ann Seleshanko
"Free Hug Coupon" card created by
 S: CY January 2012 Guest Designer

Lois Sokolan

"Best Wishes" card created by
 S: CY Card Crew Design Team Member

Lindy Rabenstine
"Totally Stoked" card created by
 S:CY Design Team Member Rita Barakat

"You're the Bee's Knees" card created by
 S: CY Design Team Member

Jennifer Cassista
"Wintertime" card created by
S:CY Card Crew Design Team Member
Michelle Hodges
and the final 2 cards... 

"Thank You" card by S:CY Senior Designer
 Ann Seleshanko
"Happy Birthday" card  created by
 S:CY Team Leader Ali MacDonald
That's it for this week everyone! A HUGE "Thank you" to our January 2012 Guest Designer Lois Sokolan, for her work this week. Thanks to Ann, our Senior Designer, for the great sketch. And, very warm "Thank yous" go out to all of our S: CY Designers who, once again, have created special things for us! Be sure to check out everyone's blogs, they each have such beauty and creativity to share. 
Don't forget the S: CY DT Call! Lots of applications are coming in-- be sure to send YOURS! 
Have a wonderful weekend, my friends! 

Friday, January 13, 2012

Time for Sketch #2-12

Welcome to S: CY everyone!
Hope you're having a great day so far. To make your day even better, we have another brand new scrappy Sketch allllllll ready for you... it's a multi-photo sketch created by our S: CY Senior Designer, Ann Seleshanko!

Sketch #2-12 created by
 S: CY Senior Designer 
Ann Seleshanko

First let's share the adorable creation of our January 2012 Guest Designer Lois Sokolan.
"Big Jump: 3, 2, 1" layout created by
S: CY January Guest Designer

Lois Sokolan
Lois notes: "The 'Big Jump' layout is my now 2 year old grandaughter who had just learned to jump!"
Here is a detail shot of the gorgeous title, with its' crackled look... as Lois has told us, she "loves" her chipboard!

Closeup shot of title

Second closeup shot  of title for above LO, created by
 S: CY Guest Designer

Lois Sokolan

"Farmyard Buddies" 2-page layout created by
 S: CY Designer 

Patchi Moussatche

"Distinguished Grad" layout created by
 S: CY Designer 

Renee Hagler
"Sandy Claws" layout created by
 S: CY Designer

Cheryl Casas
Cheryl notes:  "I used 7 different pictures that I cut out to make this scene of the Nightmare Before Christmas.  Sandy Claws was featured at Disneyland in the Haunted Mansion for the month of Christmas, so that is where we saw all of this in 2011.  When I saw the 4 boxed grid from Ann's sketch, I automatically thought of a present." 
"Field Trip: Science Museum" layout created by
 S: CY Designer 
Heather Bridges Topich
 Journaling reads:  "You told me, 'It was the best field trip ever!' I’ll never forget how you WANTED me to sit beside you on the bus and held my hand at different points throughout the day. You loved the IMAX movie about forces of nature and the crime solving lab. I loved watching you explore and play and having you all to myself. I love being with you... I love being your mom. Thank you for being so sweet. I love you!"
"Our Family" layout created by
 S: CY Senior Designer 

Ann Seleshanko 
[Photo Credit~ Lisa McDonald]
"A Slurpee with my Bro' " layout created
 by S: CY Team Leader
Ali MacDonald
Journaling reads: Bryan, just look at the way your little brother is looking at you. He is so thrilled with the blue Slurpee that you brought back to him when Dad took you to the store! Noah knows how cool and delicious it tastes and how much he’s been enjoying it. The expression on Noah’s face as he looks at you says it all. He adores you… AND that Slurpee! Thank you for being such an awesome big brother. You always have been, and I know you always will be. 
Love you both~ Mom 
Photos~ Summer 2011
Journaling~ Jan. 2012

Those are all of our wonderful S:CY  Design Team interpretations for this week. A (((hug))) of thanks to my good friend and S: CY Senior Designer Ann Seleshanko for yet another USEFUL and fun-to-create-with Sketch! Special thanks to January Guest Designer Lois Sokolan for her creative and fun interpretation of Sketch #2-12. Warm Thanks to our Design Team Members as well for their work. As you can see, they've been busy!  They ALL make me so, so proud to be their Team Leader!! THANK YOU...

Wonder what can YOU create with this new S: CY sketch? We'd love to see what you come up with! Just post your link in the Comments section and our Team will be sure to go visit and leave you some "luvs."

Remember, too, that we have a DT Call out here at the Sketches: Creatively Yours Blog at this very moment... if you'd like to read all about it, please go HERE and see what it entails. We can promise you a positive experience and you'll love your time with us, so do consider applying. :)

The DT Call is open until January 30th at midnight, AST. Questions? Just email Ali at and I'll get right back to you. Promise!

Here's hoping that everyone has a wonderful day and enjoys the upcoming weekend! Chat soon!
~ and the whole S: CY Team

Friday, January 6, 2012

Our first Sketch of 2012!

Hello everyone,

Welcome to S: CY and a whole new series of sketches for a new year-- 2012!! This month we also have Lois Sokolan from British Columbia Guest Designing with us, and so January promises to be a real treat for the eyes and a BIG boost for your sense of creativity.

The first Sketch of 2012 is below. Enjoy! What will YOU create with the sketch? Be sure to share a link with us in the Comments section! We'd love to see your work and the S:CY Team will visit and leave you some love.

Sketch #1-12  created by
 S: CY Team Leader Ali MacDonald 
 "Love" layout created by
S: CY January Guest Designer Lois Sokolan 

 Lois, who loves chipboard, told me that "all the swirly parts on the 'Love' layout are covered chipboard and sanded edges... what a job that was!"

"Papa a Paris" layout created by
 S:CY Design Team Member Maggi Harding

"It's a Girl" layout created by
 S: CY Design Team Member
Jennifer Cassista

Jennifer emailed a little note to me with this LO: "I never scrap pictures of me and I really never scrap pictures of me from work, but here goes-  LOL." 
"Gateway to Love" layout created by
 S: CY Design Team Member Cheryl Casas
Cheryl notes that "Seeing the curve on the sketch for the photo gave me the idea to use this gate.  It curves and hugs the photo for interest.  The flourish in the corner is a Prima resistant canvas, as well as the scalloped border.There are a couple of pieces of Prima packaging on this LO as well.  I used a Scraps of Darkness kit to create this page of my dh and I at our local animal park in November 2011."

"Hiking in BC, August 2011" layout created by
 S: CY Senior Designer Ann Seleshanko

"Brindle" layout created by
S: CY Team Leader Ali MacDonald
(Journaling can be read on my BLOG. )
That's it for today, everyone... Please be sure to visit the S: CY Designers' Blogs to see more of their beautiful creations and to learn more about them as people and scrappers! :o)

Additionally, don't forget that we have a Design Team Call out this month for the S: CY Blog! Be sure to read all about it HERE.

Have a wonderful weekend! Chat soon!!
Be Creative!

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!