Saturday, January 31, 2009

Announcement - Our New So Sketchy Sistas!!

I would like to introduce you to all the lovely ladies who will be joining me here for the next 6 months.

Introducing all my So Sketchy Sistas....

My 6 So Sketchy Page Sistas....

Abbie Torroll

Abbie's blog: A Work of Heart

Hi! My name is Abbie Torroll. I am a proud Air Force wife and the mother of two adorable boys.
I am originally from Denver, CO, but we are currently living in Panama City, Florida. Other than scrapbooking, I enjoy photography, hanging out with my cute little family, running, and being outdoors. I started scrapbooking when I was in Junior High School. I immediately fell in love with everything about scrapbooking. Scrapbooking is my attempt to hold on to time, which goes by WAY too fast once you have kids. Everyday life is filled with so many little moments that I try hard not to forget. For me, there is nothing like winding down from a long day by scrapbooking. I also love the feeling of creating something beautiful with my own hands while having some "me" time in the process. Every single day I do something scrappy whether it be take and edit pictures, jot down sketch ideas, scour my favorite websites, or actually create a page! I'm obsessed:) I am truly so happy to be designing for So Sketchy! Ally's sketches are SO beautiful and inspiring and I am just thrilled to be apart of her blog!!

Cherie Nymeyer

Cherie's Blog: Cherie Ink.

Hi! My name is Cherie Nymeyer. I live in Cambridge, Ontario with my hubby. I've been scrapping since 2003 and am lucky to live my passion working at my LSS and designing for a few different places. I enjoy scrapping 12x12 pages and making cards for my friends and loved ones. I am a self-proclaimed stamp-a-holic and I try and incorporate a stamp into every design. Sketches are a fantastic way to get inspired to create and I love to see how unique each page ends up even though the starting point is the same! Happy Scrapping!

Jana Patterson

Jana's Blog: Just Jana

Hey y’all! My name is Jana Patterson and I am so excited to be a picked as a part of the So Sketchy Team!!! I am 35 years old and I have been married to my soulmate, Steve, for 8 years. Currently, we live in Waterford, Michigan, USA. By day, I am an automotive engineer, designing fluid lines for Ford vehicles. By night, I let my creative side out and scrapbook like crazy! We have one daughter, Annde, who is my constant inspiration. I have been scrapbooking for over 12 years. While I dabble in digital and hybrid, I just love to get my hands dirty with the traditional supplies. You will find that I scrapbook more than just events and occasions as I love to scrapbook who we are and what we do, feel, say… I have been following Ally’s sketches for awhile and I know that we can inspire each other through them. Thank you for this opportunity!

Julie Gagnon

Julie's Blog: Days Go By...

Hi all, I'm Julie Gagnon, I live in Clarence Creek, Ontario with my husband of 13 years and our four legged furry son, Braxxon. I work full time for a big telecommunications company in Ottawa and scrapping and volleyball are my two favorite things!!!!! I've been scrapbooking for a little over five years and it just keeps getting better and better as time goes on!!
My "style" of scrapping is constantly changing and I've gone from very busy layouts, to distressed/inked layouts, to clean and simple layouts and back...a few times! That's the fun of this wonderful hobby!!! When I'm finished a layout: a complete feeling of satisfaction, awe, joy, and whatever other good feeling I can fit in there comes over me and it just feels right no matter what!! I'm super excited to be designing for So Sketchy - what a fantastic opportunity!!!

Nicole Nowosad

Nicole's Blog: Just Nick

My name is Nicole Nowosad. I lam 35 years old, and live in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada with my husband Ian, and our 2 busy boys Noah and Lucas, with baby #3 on the way in March 2009. My boys are the main topics of my pages, and I believe that even boy pages can be pink! I started scrapbooking in 1999, but didn't get really serious about it until 2002 when our first son was born. I like to try all different things on my pages, but the one consistent is stitching. I always seek out new inspiration in art, advertising and especially sketches. I look forward to being a So Sketchy Sista and sharing my pages with all of you!

Tonya Boone

Tonya's Blog: My Crazy Life

My name is Tonya I live in Jesup, Ga (southeast GA) with my supportive husband David. We have been married 5 years and have 3 children Cole (10), Jameson (5) and Ivy (1). I have been scrapbooking for about 6 years now. By the book my style is Shabby, I really wish it was. I have a blog where you can find my layouts and more things about me and my family I feel so honored to be a So Sketchy Sista. I have used Allison's sketches in the past and find them so helpful when I am low on ideas.

My 3 So Sketchy Card Sistas....

Dawne Ivey

Dawne's Blog: A Day in My Blog

Hi, my name is Dawne, spelled with an “e,” & I am honored & thrilled to be selected as a Card designer for So Sketchy. I am a US resident, living in sunny Florida & wouldn’t live anywhere else, unless it was Hawaii!! I started scrapbooking in 1998, when I visited my sister in Kansas. I flew home with a suitcase full of scrapbooking supplies & thus began the obsession. This is a hobby that I love & find myself continuously evolving in my own style. I didn’t start making cards until 2006 & have thoroughly enjoyed making them for friends & family. I used to be a very meticulous, clean-line scrapper, liking straight lines, typed journaling & a clean look, but my style has evolved dramatically over the past two-years. I love to scrap all sizes of layouts, look at things not for what they are, but for what I can make with them & my “must have” tools would be my ruler, cutter, a needle & thread. My main subjects have always been my family of one wonderful husband & 2 beautiful daughters, plus 3 dogs & 1 cat.

Leah Cornelius

Leah's Blog: Paper Blossoms

I am a stay at home mom to two amazing blessings and have been married 9 years to my wonderfully supportive husband. Ever since I was a little girl I've had a love affair with paper, glue and scissors and when I discovered this wonderful hobby of papercrafting I was hooked for good! I have been crafting for about 3 years now and love it more than ever. I love creating beautiful projects and especially seeing what my hands and heart have made make someone else happy.

Melanie Muenchinger

Melanie's Blog: Hands, Head and Heart

My name is Melanie Muenchinger and I live to stamp in Austin, Texas! I am an Illustrator for Gina K Designs and a Senior Design Team member for Gina K and Papercraft Planet, and very excited to now be a Sista! I Before designing my own stamps, I was an Stampin’ Up! Demo and a designer for the Original Splitcoast Dirty Dozen Team. I love teaching people to use my stamps on my blog “Hands, Head and Heart”, please come check me out! Thank you Allison for this opportunity to create with your sketches!

And a So Sketchy SURPRISE!!!

I have asked a few of senior So Sketchy Sistas to remain on as part of our So Sketchy Senior Sista Team!

Kristii Lockart

Kristii's Blog: Honestly Speaking

Hi everyone!! My name is Kristii Lockart and I am so excited to continue on as a designer for the So Sketchy Blog!! I have been scrapping for over seven years now, and I absolutely love this craft, the people, and all that is associated with the scrapbooking industry. I am very blessed to be on the Little Red Scrapbook Design Team, the Color Me Daisy Design Team, the Scrapping the Music Design Team and I also teach at my local Scrapbook Store, Keepsakes by Design. I have been married to my best friend, Ed, for nearly 25 years and we have 3 amazing children, Bethany (Matt), Heidi and Benjamin. I work at our local high school library in the mornings and I teach three learning lab classes in the afternoon. I am very blessed to have a family, a job and a craft that I love so much! Life is wonderful!

Wendy Sommers

Wendy's Blog: Everyday Moments

I am so excited to be designing for So Sketchy! My name is Wendy Sommers. I live in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada with my wonderful husband Joe and our 2 children, Brendan and Olivia. My family is my source of inspiration for most of my pages. I have been scrapbooking since 2003 and have been hooked ever since! I am more of an "everyday moments" scrapper than an events scrapper. A large portion of scrapbooking for me is finding inspiration around me in my life - and that often involves great sketches! I look forward to sharing my creations with all of you.

Congrats ladies! I'm sure the So Sketchy readers can't wait to see all your creations!


A Special Thank You!

I just wanted to take a quick moment to send out a special thanks to the 9 lovely ladies who have made So Sketchy! a great place for sketch lovers and scrapbookers and card makers alike.

Thank you to...

Alli Miles
Christine Penaflor
Jana Eubank
Jennifer Roach
Jessica Kreugel
Kristii Lockart
Savitri Wilder
Virginie Delbecq
Wendy Sommers

Thank you ladies for a wonderful 6 months! I hope you come back and visit often!

We will have one last post in the coming week revealing these ladies' last creations with So Sketchy!


Friday, January 30, 2009

Are you READY?

Are you ready to find out who your next NINE So Sketchy Sistas are??

Stay tuned for tomorrow's announcement!


Thursday, January 29, 2009

February Sketch: Rectangular Card

Another heart inspired sketch for you....

Once again, the So Sketchy Card Sista, Alli has used the beautiful "This Kiss" digital kit by Jennifer Balding at Divine Digitals to create her creation.

by Alli

I love how Alli has substituted the heart shape from the sketch and made it her own but using the digital blossom from the kit! Super cute card Alli!

Don't forget, you can win the same digital kit that Alli used to create this beautiful card! Check out the details for the "This Kiss Contest" in this post. Good luck!


Wednesday, January 28, 2009

February Sketch: Shaped Card

Another Valentine's Day themed sketch for you.....

Once again, this card was created using Jennifer Balding's digital kit, "This Kiss". See the post below this one for details on this glorious digital kit.

I *heart* U!
by Jen

I love how Jen has taken the strip of paper across the sketch and made it using layered and lacy. So fitting for Valentine's Day! Wonderful card Jen!

Don't forget, you can win the same digital kit that Jen used to create this beautiful card! Check out the details for the "This Kiss Contest" in this post. Good luck!


Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Some Special February Sketches!

This month I had the honour of working with a dear friend, Jennifer Balding and her beautiful digital kit "This Kiss - Scraps by Jen".

You can purchase Jenn's gorgeous digital kit at Divine Digital, right here.

Each of the three So Sketchy Card Sistas received Jen's beautiful Valentine's themed kit to create a hybrid card with for this month.

Here's the first sketch....

Kiss Me
by Jess

This is a wonderfully simple card using today's sketch. Jess' creation just has that simple kiss of elegance with her adhesive pearls. Beautiful card Jess!

Would like to win your very own copy of Jennifer's beautiful kit, "This Kiss"?
All you have to do is create a card using any one of the 3 card sketches (sketches posted Jan. 28, 29, 30) posted that my wonderful card designers used.

Send your card creations to me at with the subject line "This Kiss Contest".
Deadline for entries: Fri. February 6th.

EDITED: Deadline EXTENDED to Wed. Feb. 11th.

The winner will receive a FREE download of the digital kit, "This Kiss - Scraps by Jenn" from Divine Digitals.

Good luck!!!


Saturday, January 24, 2009

January Sketch: 12 x 12

Here's another page with some circles in it....

Daddy's Girls
by Kristii

Even though this sketch doesn't include an area for journaling, Kristii has adapted her layout and included a pull out tag with her journaling on it! I love the scalloped strip that runs across the entire page to add that pop of red to her final page! Wonderful page Kristii!


Friday, January 23, 2009

January Sketch: 8.5 x 11

Here's a very simple 8.5x11 sketch today for you....

Say a Prayer For Us
by Christine

For this sketch, Christine has stretched the 8.5x11 image out to use a 12x12 page. I love that she has taken the large dark strip from the sketch and made it into a beautiful stretch of lacy felt. Gorgeous page Christine!


January Sketch: Circular Sketch

Here's a shaped sketch for you.....

by Jana

For this sketch Jana has taken the circular sketch and placed it right on top of a 12x12 piece of paper. I love how she has taken the 4 smaller photos on the sketch and made them into 3 decorative aspects of her page! Adorable page Jana!


Thursday, January 15, 2009

A Special Sketch

I was asked by Catherine of Scrapbook & Cards Today magazine to host a "Sketchy Saturday" on the Scrapbook & Cards today blog once a month.

Here's the very first sketch for the SCT blog.....

And my example...

Winter Grin
by Allison Cope

I sure hope you stop over on the SCT blog for all the amazingly talented designers' challenges and projects, along with their Freebie Friday's!


Poll Contest Winner

And the lucky winner of the Poll Blog Candy is commenter number...

Random Integer Generator

Here are your random numbers:


Timestamp: 2009-01-15 22:29:30 UTC

And lucky commenter #7 is.... Linda!!!

Congrats Linda! Please contact me with your mailing information at Thanks!

Thanks to everyone who submitted an answer to the poll.


Wednesday, January 14, 2009

January Sketch: 12 x 12

Here a page sketch using LOTS of stitching....

Juste Moi (Just Me)
by Virginie

All I can say is WOW! Isn't this page that Virginie created GORGEOUS??? I love her use of black, pink and kraft papers mixed with the simple stitching! An absolute stunning page Virginie!


Monday, January 12, 2009

January Sketch: 12 x 12

Here's a very simple 12x12 for you today.

One Serious Leaf Collector
by Wendy

Wow... loook at all the cool things on Wendy's layout... some stickers, a cardboard base and lots of patterned papers! I love how Wendy has flip flopped the top 3 photos from the sketch to her page. Wonderful page Wendy!

Don't forget to submit a vote on the poll to your right and then post your name and contact info for your chance to win a prize of a one year FREE membership to weScrap. Deadline is tomorrow at noon! See details here!


Sunday, January 11, 2009

January Sketch: 8.5 x 11

Here's a simple 8.5x11 sketch today...

1st Date Love
by Savitri

Isn't this digital page gorgeous? I love all the distressed elements Savitri has used on this page. She's even used the stitching detail on the sketch and used a threaded ribbon on her page. Stunning page Savitri.

Don't forget to check out your chance to win a FREE one year membership to the International Scrapbooking Association. See the post below. Good luck!


Christmas Contest Winner!

And without further adieu, here are the Christmas Contest entries I received.

Great job ladies!

And our lucky winner is...

Random Integer Generator

Here are your random numbers:


Timestamp: 2009-01-11 15:30:17 UTC

Congrats to entry #3 by Melanie!

Congrats Melanie! Please email me at with your mailing details. Thanks everyone for your entries.

Don't forget to check out the draw for a FREE membership to weScrap. See the post below. Good luck!

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