March 3, 2015

"Beautiful" Layout by DT Elena

Hello Everyone!
Today's adorable inspiration was created by Design Team member, Elena
and inspired by our
 and a close-up
 Elena shared this about her reveal:
"A few day ago I found this beautiful old picture of my daughter 
(she was 9 months, and is now 6 years old!!!) and decided to use it to make a layout.
   I wanted to create a simple page so I used the color palette in the photo to select the items from my stash.
Stars (I put in a sort of shaker box under the photo)
Enamel dots
Neon colors
Confetti (I put in a sort of shaker box under the photo)
Liquid pearl"

Take a look at this month's awesome prize from our
March Sponsor ~ Clique Kits

How would you like to be entered into the drawing for this fabulous prize?

All you have to do is create a layout inspired by our challenge and link it up by
March 29th, 11:59 PM (PST)
to be entered into our random monthly prize drawing!

We are looking forward to seeing what you create!
Have a great day and return tomorrow for more design team inspiration!

March 2, 2015

"So Strong" Layout by DT Steffanie

Today's inspiration is a super fun layout created by talented SOS Designer, Steffanie:
Steffanie shared this with us about her reveal:
Another page for the Disney book---Yay!!

Here is what I used to spell out the word STENCIL:
S - star (yellow, with the Mickey head next to my focal photo)
T - Thickers (in black for the word "strong!")
E - epemera (camera and chalkboard sentiments)
N - numbers (printed on the reel and handwritten for the year)
C - circles (on the patterned paper), cardstock (behind focal photo)
I - ink (inked edges, as always!)
L - letters (the word "so" in my title)

Now it's your turn to get creative with this challenge! I can't wait to see what you do!"

Steffanie's layout was inspired by our March Stash Challenge:
How does this challenge inspire you?   Create a layout and link it up with us by March 29th for a chance to win this month's prize, generously donated by our sponsor:
Click HERE for complete challenge details!

Have a great day and return tomorrow for more Design Team inspiration!

February Winners Announced

Hello Everyone, 
Time to announce the February winners!
 Thank you everyone for joining in!
There were so many beautiful interpretations linked up for both challenges, it makes it hard for the team to just pick three.  
As always, it is wonderful seeing such diversity!

Our Design Team has voted and here's our February
Top 3 Picks
(In order of linkup)

#8 ~ Sue Smith

#41 ~ Tone K

Congratulations ladies!!!!
One of you will be contacted and invited to be our Guest Designer for the month of April!
Please grab our new TOP 3 blinkie below so that you can BRAG on your own blog ;)

And now for our February randomly drawn winner…

#46 ~ Kathy Major

Congratulations Kathy!!!
You have won a $20 gift certificate generously donated from our sponsor
Please leave a comment below AND...
email us at with February Winner
 in the subject line and we will get your prize sent out to you!!!!

Here's our WINNERS blinkie below to add to your blog:

Return later this morning to check out what Design Team member, Steffanie has created to share with you inspired by our March Stash Challenge!

Enjoy the rest of your day!

March 1, 2015

March Stash Challenge #24 ~ Guest Designer Lauren Colless

Its the first of the month so that means time to reveal our March Stash Challenge!

First a BIG THANK YOU to our March Sponsor

About Clique Kits:
"Like our tag line says, "Click. Connect. Create." our mission is to inspire and nurture a passion for memory keeping, one layout, one kit, and one friendship at a time. We honor the accomplishments of those who design the products we use (“designers in the spotlight”) and provide the human elements of belonging, connection, and acceptance to our peers by nurturing a diverse, global online community of like-minded crafters. Our all-in-one-kit philosophy allows for you to decide how to use products and maximizes creativity without limits. Our kits work for any format and style so that it is not necessary to subscribe to multiple kits for layouts, project life style scrapbooking, or card making and other paper-crafts. We make our kits good to the very last scrap with never-ending print as-many-as-you-want digital products like printables and cut files. We can help you use up your hoards of supplies and be a more productive scrapbooker. There are certain things we think you probably don’t need to add to your stash-we call it the filler and fluff (like solid cardstock). But we keep a school store just in case there’s something extra you ‘need’ to add to your kit. We support and are purveyors of other small businesses, indie designers, handmade products by other creatives, and eco-conscious and fair trade partners. Finally, we offer many opportunities to earn rewards for free product to save our subscribers money. Loyalty rewards for subscribing for 3 months, 6 months, and lifetime rewards are given and subscribers who blog can participate in our monthly Pep Rally (blog hops) and earn free product for doing what they love! 

Here are good resources to get to know us better:"

Clique Kits is generously providing the following prize our March random drawn winner a fabulous
March Kit
More photos of the prize may be found here:
Please take some time out and visit Clique Kits! 

Now on to the March Stash Challenge:
Create a layout and include an item from your stash for each letter in the word 
Please remember to list what items you used for each letter when posting your entry.
Entries linked up without a list will not be eligible for the prize drawing. 
Entries are due: March 29th, 11:59 PM (PST)
Click HERE for our challenge guidelines

Meet our 
March Guest Designer
Lauren Colless
"Hi, I'm Lauren Colless, and I was super excited to be asked to be SOS's guest designer in March! I'm a working mum to The Boy (9), two furbabies, and married to The Man. We live in tropical north Queensland, Australia. I have been creating things my entire life! I have dabbled in most arts and crafts, and some of my earliest memories are of stitching, painting, potting and drawing with my mum and grandma. I have been scrapbooking since about 2002 and making cards since 2008 My style is detailed but flat - I like to focus on the photo and the memory in most cases, although I do like to do the odd flowery, heavily embellished layout or project *wink*. I am an amateur genealogist and I so I know the importance of preserving memories, I journal on most of my layouts - even if it's on the back so that our stories are not lost to time like so many of the day-to-day stories of our ancestors. My biggest project to date is an ongoing album of The Boy's hearing journey - from the initial concerns through to diagnosis, hearing aids, cochlear implants, therapy and doing the things we never thought he'd do.... like play guitar!"

Lauren's Blog:  One Messy Mamma

And for today's March Stash Challenge inspiration, Lauren has created the fabulous layout below to share with us:
Lauren shared this with us about her layout:
"My layout this month celebrates the close relationship between my son and hubby, but the journalling is about our son's first triathlon - he was so excited to participate (training wheels and all), and finished with a huge smile on his face. He was just so proud of himself, and we couldn't have been prouder of him either. I have used a combination of Kaisercraft (Garage Days), DCWV and Stampin' Up! paper, with lots of fussy cutting, inking and hand stitching! 
 This month's SOS challenge is STENCIL:"

S - SU! paper, stitching

T - tape, tags, twine

E - edging, embossing

N - numbers, "N01-D4D"

C - circles, cotton

I - ink

L - lemon twine

Thank you so much Lauren for agreeing to be our guest this month!!!

We have provided the challenge and beautiful inspiration to get you started!
Your turn to create a layout inspired by the challenge and link up with us for a chance to win this month's sponsored prize!!!

Thank you for stopping by today and make sure you return tomorrow for more
Design Team inspiration!!!

February 28, 2015

Sketch #23 Inspiration and a Reminder!!!

Hello, Happy Saturday!!!
Just sharing a couple of layouts Rochelle and I created inspired by our

First up is Rochelle with a beautiful "girly" layout...
"Love This"
Rochelle shared this about her layout:
"This layout is about my daughter and the love she has for swimming. I used an older Ecko Park paper collection that I hadn't used. The colors were perfect… except the blue is a lot darker. I also flipped the sketch and used 3 photos instead of 2 photos."

And here is my take on this month's sketch challenge:
"Puppy Love"
"I loved working with Lisa's sketch! 
I completed my layout using Simple Stories "Hugs & Kisses" collection, which combined with the sketch was perfect for these photos of my granddaughter and her first puppy, which she absolutely adores."

Here is the sketch, created by our February Guest Sketch Artist
Lisa Hidy
and the color palette that we were required to use:

Now for a few shout outs.....

To our 
February Guest Designer
Giorgia “Jo” Rossini

and our
February Guest Sketch Artist
Lisa Hidy

Thank you so much for being our guest and the awesome inspiration you created to share with us.
We appreciate your contribution and support!!!

SOS followers. please visit their blogs, to check out more of their creative work!

Also, a big thanks to our February Sponsor, we appreciate your support and generosity!
The ScrapRoom
Click on the links below to check out The ScrapRoom:

The ScrapRoom Store
The ScrapRoom Blog
The ScrapRoom Facebook Page

Just as a reminder...
Since this was a short month, we will be posting the February winners on
Monday, March 2nd!!

Stop in tomorrow to check out our new Stash Challenge, meet our March Guest Designer and see the beautiful inspiration she has created to share with us!

Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

February 27, 2015

"Our Love Story" Layout by DT Tracy

It's Friday and to start your weekend off our talented designer, Tracy has created a beautiful layout inspired by our 
Tracy shared this about the challenge and her reveal:
"This was such a fun sketch to work with and it has so many possibilities! Besides adding only one photo, I stayed pretty true to it. I chose an older collection by Echo Park called Beautiful Life. The colors are just perfect for the color palette. And, of course, with Valentines Day being upon us I found this to be the perfect photo as well.

This man is the love of my life and he will forever be mine Valentine heart!"

Just a reminder, you have until 11:56 PM (PST) tonight to link up your entries for either or both of our February challenges.
Our sponsor this month
The ScrapRoom
is offering one lucky randomly drawn winner a $20 gift card.

Have a great weekend and make sure you stop in and check out our
March Stash Challenge on the 1st!

February 26, 2015

"Your Smile" Layout by DT Kate

Thank you for stopping by today to check out today's design team reveal!  
 DT Kate has created a fantastic layout inspired by our
to inspired you:
Kate shared this with us about her reveal:
"Took this photo for Aleidas Challenge sometime back in the summer (I can tell by my super tan)-it's important to get IN the pictures so we try and take a picture (or two) once a month -no matter what we look like! Used a lot of Maggie Holmes for the color palette since I am addicted to her collections! Used it all with some Teresa Collins paper against a kraft polka dotted background."

Here is the sketch by Lisa Hidy and the color palette that inspired Kate's layout:

Remember, you must link up your entries by Feb 27th to be entered into our monthly prize drawing.
This month's prize is a $20 gift card from our sponsor

Click HERE for complete details on both of our February Challenges!!!

Have a wonderful day and return tomorrow for more Design Team inspiration!!!!

February 25, 2015

"Seriously {Heart} You" Layout by DT Becky

Hi Everyone!
Today's fabulous Sketch Challenge inspiration was created by talented designer Becky:
Becky shared this with us about her reveal:
'Inspired by this fantastic sketch, Valentine's Day, and a whole lot of pink, I created this layout. I only used one photo instead of two, but otherwise, I stuck to the sketch pretty closely and used all of the palette colors. One of my favorite things about living in Portland, Oregon is our proximitiy to the coast. It's our happy place and we return as often as possible, even if it's cold and rainy. Given that we're in the Pacific Northwest, that's most of the time!'

I hope Becky's beautiful layout inspires you to create a layout based on this month' s sketch and color palette.
You still have a few more days to link up your take on our Stash or Sketch Challenge for a chance to win a $20 gift card from our sponsor:
Click HERE  for details on both February Challenges!
Have a fabulous day!