12-13-2014: I won!!

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Thanks Brenda Ragsdale!!

Thanks Brenda Ragsdale for the "Private Message" on Facebook you sent me Sunday 11-30-2014.  I was surprised that you were sending me a RAK!!!

Everyone!  Brenda saw a layout I created back in September or October and was inspired!  She created sketches based on my layout for her November challenge on her blog.  This is what she posted on Facebook:

Have you had a chance to check out my November Sketch, inspired by Monique Fox? It's a double pager, BUT....if you are not into creating double page layouts, you are allowed to create a layout using either side of the sketch. Click on the link for details of my challenge as well as my two Scrappy Friends challenges: http://granddivasscrappyplace.blogspot.com/2014/11/november-sketch-challenge-and-october.html

Here is the layout that inspired her:

Did you'll participate in her challenge?  Anyway!  Thanks again for the forthcoming RAK!!

Sunday, November 9, 2014

20 Simple Scrapbooking Ideas and Tips By Monique Nicole Fox

1.  Print your pictures in color, black and white, and sephia.  You never know what kit or papers you might want to use.

2.  Make collages out of your pictures.  This is great for pictures of different sizes especially if you like to use sketches.

3.  Make sure you sign up receive coupons and newsletters from stores that have photo processing.  You wanna catch deals and sales.

4.  Save your scrapbooking scraps for making cards.

5.  Go to scrapbook crops.  You can get ideas from other scrapbookers, share tools and your stash, meet new friends and etc.  You can even take a class and learn a new technique.

6.  Read your local newspapers to find out about scrapbook yard sales.  You can get supplies cheap!!!

7.  Sign up to receive emails from craft stores in your areas.  Watch out for sales on items.

8.  Shop "clearance sections" at your local stores and scrapbooking stores online.

9.  Join some swap groups.  Swap items you don't want or use.

10.  Instead of carrying your die cut machines to crops, pre cut some designs and put them in a zip lock or scrapbook for easy access.

11.  Dollar Stores have some cute and inexpensive craft items.  Check out the ones in your area like Dollar Tree.  I once scored with some cute totes, stickers, butterflies, glue dots and etc.

12.  When you do go to a dollar store, think out of the box.  Think paper!  A banner can have a cute image on it that you can put on a layout.  A card can also have a cute image and words for a layout.

13.  Enter giveaways.  This is your chance to get some free supplies.  You can setup google alerts.  You can also setup Facebook notifications from manufacturers, stores, and blogs.  You can also follow your favorite manufacturers via blogger.com.  

14.  Recycle! Re-use!  Save those movie tickets, trip tickets, concert tickets, programs, napkins, matchbooks, and memorabilia for great scrapbook layout embellishments.

15.  Look in your area newspapers for FREE events in your area.  Libraries tend to have free crops!

16.  Find a scrapbook consultant in your area.  They will have crops at hotels, their house or a library.

17.   Organize your scrapbook stash by subject/theme in an iris 12x12 scrapbook case.  Why?  When it is time to go to a crop, you just grab that bin for the theme you are working on that day and stick it in your bag.

18.  Use some sketches to help your creativity.  Google these sketch sites or look on the side bar of my blog:  Page Drafts, Page Maps, Sketchabilities, Creative Scrappers, Brenda Ragsdale, and etc.  Stop just matting your pics and putting a title.  Get modernized!  The Creative Memories way is stale!!!!

19.  There are tons of layout inspiration on Pinterest.com.  Create a board with ideas that you can use when cropping at home or when going to crops.  If you need some ideas of what kid of boards to create, visit me on Pinterest:  http://www.pinterest.com/moniquefox/

20.  If you need some layout inspiration, check out online galleries.  My favorite is Scrapbook.com.  http://www.scrapbook.com/gallery/

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Croppin Fun In Bowie Maryland Saturday 10-11-2014

Saturday 10-11-2014, I went to a crop in Bowie, Maryland hosted by Crop Mania.  It was fun.  Good food, socializing and a free table that I kept visiting.  Someone gave away mini books, blank card packs, alpha stickers, stamps and etc.  And guess what?  My Fall layouts won a prize.  Whoohooo!  We were to put our favorite layouts on a table to be voted on by all the people at the crop.

I got a couple of challenges completed.  Here they are:

I did the October "White With 1" challenge using a sketch from Page Drafts 35.1, http://whitewith1.blogspot.com/2014/10/its-time-for-octobers-challenge.html.

I also did the October "Black With 2" challenge, http://blackwith2challenge.blogspot.com/2014/10/design-team-reveal.html:

Lastly, I did the October week 1 "Lets Get Sketchy" challenge, http://letsgetsketchy.blogspot.com/2014/10/team-october-week-1.html:

Here is a layout I created not based on a sketch or for a challenge.  I was just inspired by Echo Park's "Reflections Fall" collection.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

A Super Fun Williamsburg Scrap Retreat: 10-3-2014 to 10-5-2014

This past weekend I went to a super fun scrap retreat hosted by Meka Matthews in Williamsburg, VA at the Holiday Inn Patriot.  I got some scrapbooking done, went shopping, out to eat several times, and just hanging with some wonderful ladies.  I even won some prizes.  I won a USB pink fan.  I also won a competition where we had to design a card with our name on it; basically making a name plate.

I put my last name since Monique was too long to use.  Here is what won:

Here is my prize:

Here are some pics taken this past weekend:

This is my favorite that I created over the weekend using goodies by Heidi Swap.  It is a layout of my son and his daddy (my ex).  I took this pic after my sons graduation from elementary school back in June.

Monday, October 6, 2014

I am a winner over at Scrapbook.com.

Good news!  I am 1 of the winners over at Scrapbook.com for this challenge:  SEPTEMBER* 1 Boy LO, 1 Girl LO and 1 BOTH LO . 

Here is a link to the announcement:


I am user name "MSD".  This is what I submitted for the both category: