New design team announced for Creative Scrappers

Creative Scrappers, the scrappy blog for which I am now a sketch designer, has just announced its new, larger design team. So, this is a shout out to all the talented women who will be inspiring us with their use of the CS sketches. Congratulations!

The Creative Scrappers new design team A The Creative Scrappers new design team B

New sketch designer position with Creative Scrappers!

I'm a member of the Creative Scrappers sketch team!Kristine at Creative Scrappers made the announcement last night: your votes helped me win the sketch designer position I was seeking! I’m so thrilled to have this new opportunity! So, for the next four months I will be creating one of the sketches for the Creative Scrappers design team and readers to use as inspiration! :-)

This is the official list of the new sketch design team, and I’m very happy to be working with these talented women:
The new Creative Scrappers sketch design team

Last known WWI veteran died at age 110

I just read that the last known World War I veteran died Saturday, a mere two weeks from turning 111 years old. Her name was Florence Beatrice Patterson Green, and she joined the Women’s Royal Air Force in September 1918 at the age of 17, where she was assigned to work as a waitress in the officers’ mess.

I confess that as a scrapbooker, whenever I see headlines that the world has lost the last member of an era, I pause and wonder whether that person kept scrapbooks during his/her life or had a memory keeper in the family who took on the chronicler role. (Although I don’t know the answer to this question, the rest of my post is built around the idea that Florence may not have kept a journal or scrapbook.)

Of course, as she lived her life I’m sure Florence Green had no thought of being the last surviving anything. We don’t generally think about our lives that way, do we? We’re all just simple folk living life one day at a time. What’s noteworthy about that?

But a story like Florence’s reminds me that we aren’t usually afforded the vision to see extraordinary while we’re in it. There was Florence, living her 110-year life, every day forging a place for herself in the history books. But did she know it? Of course not. Should not knowing that have stopped her from thinking of her life as remarkable and capturing her memories of it for posterity? You know my answer.

I believe that scrapbookers tend to be the portion of our population who sees every life as exceptional, which is why we spend our time and money to collect family photos and stories and create scrapbooks. Seeing as this is neither an easy nor an inexpensive process, we must believe that to invest in it the way we do.

However, I don’t think the majority of people consider their lives outstanding. I have an 81-year-old aunt, my father’s older sister, who is a nightmare for me as a scrapper. Oh, I love Aunt Bubbles with all my heart. But just try to wrest a good story about her life from her! She thinks it’s all just too boring to capture. No, no, no! I try to make her see that none of the details are meaningless…that every person’s story is worth telling. And so far I have been unsuccessful at interviewing her, but I won’t stop trying.

What I hope more people will realize is that little stories are what make up a life. So a life worth living is a life worth memorializing, no matter whether it feels out of the ordinary every day. Today I am holding Florence Green in my heart as the last member of an event that changed our history. Her story reminds me again that we have the power to preserve the memories of people who will not always be. And it’s really the story of each one of our lives that changes history.

My first sketch designer gig

I have exciting news to share. Starting in January I will be the sketch designer for a brand new scrapbook blog! It’s called Sketches with a Twist, and when I saw that their design team call included the need for a sketch designer, I had to apply for it.

I design for Sketches with a Twist

If you’ve read my blog for any time at all, you know my love for scrap sketches. I don’t create a layout without one. But I don’t always use other peoples’ sketches; sometimes I like to create my own. In fact, when I told my sweet husband about the SWAT sketch designer call he said, “You’re already a sketch artist, so you should definitely apply for that position!” He’s very supportive. :-)

Here’s a look at the new design team:

The first sketch, with design team examples, goes live on January 1, 2012. Of course, I will be pointing to their blog on the first of each month to remind you when each new sketch is revealed so you can grab it and play along. In the meantime, I’d better get sketching!

Blogtoberfest anniversary giveaway

Celebrate Blogtoberfest with me all month!

Blogtoberfest Day 25

Hello, and welcome to my first blogging anniversary celebration! Since that first post last October 25th, I have enjoyed writing 141 times this year! And as I round the bend on my second year, I’m holding a GIVEAWAY to thank my readers for their support and kindness.

In fact, I’m offering TWO giveaway packages!

To be entered into these drawings for gorgeous patterned papers and clear stamps, leave a comment (only one, please) here on this blog post by 12:00 midnight EST on Sunday, October 30th. Tell me whether or not you’re dressing up in a costume this Halloween. I will announce the winners on October 31st. (I am so sorry, but because of the cost of international shipping I will be offering this only in the United States.)

Good luck to all! And thank you so much for visiting and commenting.

Forever Fall giveaway

Forever Fall giveaway

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Autumn Splendor giveaway

Autumn Splendor giveaway

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