May 29, 2009

You’re FAMOUS!!!!! So proud of you~

Posted in Creatively Yours Announcements, Creatively Yours News, CY Design Team, Guest Designers at 11:30 am by alimom4

Check this out, our wonderful new DT is “up” on Scrapscene today!! !

 (Many Thanks to my friend Angie of Scrapscene. )


May 21, 2009


Posted in Creatively Yours Announcements, Creatively Yours News, CY Design Team, Guest Designers at 2:45 pm by alimom4

Let’s shout it from the rooftops! We have a brand new Design Team here at CY! Noella and I are pleased to welcome FIVE talented ladies to  Creatively Yours!

Here they are, along with bios and  photos so you can “put a face to a name!”

1. Ann Seleshanko~ 


Hi my name is Ann and I’m very pleased to be a part of the Creatively Yours team. I’ve been married for 10 years and I’m a stay at home mom of two boys almost 6 and 9. They are the subject of most of my layouts. I live in Calgary, Alberta and there is no where else I’d rather be. I love being so close the the mountains. I’m a big history buff and have a degree in History. I’ve been scrapbooking for 10 years and making cards for about 6 years. I’m totally addicted. I love sketches as a starting point for creating. I love how one sketch can take on so many different forms. I’m on the design team at Savvy ‘n’ Sassy and I also sketch/design for SheetLoad of cards . I’m starting to dabble in photography and I’m hoping to take some courses in the fall.   You can find me on my blog here.  My  Gallery is here.

 2. Misty Miller~


Hi. My name is Misty Miller. I have been married to my husband, Dan, for 18 years. We have twin boys, Jacob and Caleb, who are 12 years old. We live in Greenfield, Indiana, and I teach students with learning difficulties. When we have the opportunity, we enjoy camping and hiking. I have always been into different crafts – sewing, cross-stitching, and quilting to name a few – since I was younger. I started seriously scrapbooking about 4 years ago when I was invited to a Creative Memories workshop at our church. I enjoyed scrapbooking so much that I kept going back to their monthly workshops. My style has certainly changed over the past 4 years. I look back at my first layouts and laugh. I am looking forward to being a part of the Design Team here at Creatively Yours!

Misty’s Blog is here. Enjoy!

3. Robin Gibson~


I’ve always been a ‘crafty kind of girl’, but got hooked on Scrapping, as we now know it, about 7 years ago. I DO love my paper and glue! I love to snap photos, and I tend to go crazy, since I have a digital camera, lol. And I’m lucky enough to have a very supportive husband who understands my ‘scrap-craziness’! He even built me a scrap room when we moved into our new house, and that’s what I call a man with his priorities in order. 🙂 
When I’m not scrapping, I work as a Nurse, and I also teach Nursing Assistant students, which is not only a challenge, but also, lots of fun! I’m married to David, and together we have 3 dogs, who are our children. 🙂 They are a constant source of pictures and joy for me.
While I’ve been scrapping for awhile, I’m new to the business of being on a Design Team. I’m SO excited about this opportunity to help inspire others, meet great friends, and have lots of fun! I’ve also recently been selected to be a member of the Purple Cows Design Team; so excited to get started with that too. 
I don’t know that I have a particular style, per se, so it’s likely you’ll see about anything from me.  But I DO love to work from a good sketch, and we all know that Noella and Ali can crank out some AWESOME inspiration for us to work with! So with that, I’ll just say, THANKS for having me here, and I’m thrilled to be working with this wonderful team! I just can’t wait to get started! I look forward to getting to know all of you better! 
Robin’s blog is here .  Her Flickr Gallery is here . Enjoy!
4. Rita Barakat~
Rita (and 'baby girl')

Rita (and 'baby girl')

My name is  Rita Barakat. I have been married to my wonderful hubby for over 18 years. I am a stay at home mother of five beautiful children. We had two then were blessed to adopt three more. (Baby girl is in the pic with me.) I craft because I love it. I have always loved crafts and scrapbooking is a way to incorporate my love of crafts into an art form that others will treasure for future generations. I am so excited to be on the Design Team for Creatively Yours because I love sketches! I love looking at other people’s work, it’s so inspiring!  I can’t wait to see what you come up with! I look forward to getting to working with Ali, Noella, the new DT and getting to know all of you.

Rita’s Blog is here  and her Gallery is here . Enjoy!


5. Andi Dickson~



 I live in Washington State with my husband and 3 children, Scott (8), Sierra (6) and Venice (1).   Besides homeschooling, scrapbooking is how I choose to spend most of my time. I love the creative challenge, and I enjoy creating beautiful things. I feel like my style is often changing, and it’s usually fairly eclectic. I tend to be more modern and bold, as I don’t usually care for the vintage or romantic look. I also enjoy cooking, gardening and going to the gym! Andi’s blog is here . Her Gallery is here . Enjoy!

Thank you to ALL the scrappers who applied to our Design Team Call… your Sketch #14 entries were really super! We encourage you to apply when the next call goes out! 

We also heartily congratulate Alison Thorne (June’s CY Guest Designer) and Jenifer Cowles (July’s CY Guest Designer). These upcoming guests were chosen through the recent CY-DT Call. 

We have a BIG surprise in store for you regarding the identity of our August CY-Guest Designer, so STAY TUNED! You will NOT want to miss this!  Very soon,  we will be on a hunt for more Guest Designers, and we value a good level of participation when making those choices!  So, please stay with  us here at CY, & share your LO links in the Comments section below so we can go visit your Gallery or blog, leave comments and keep you in mind as we make our next CY-GDT choices!!
Continue on with us as we  gain some (and share some) inspiration for the wonderful craft we call “scrapbooking.”
Have a super day! AGAIN:  A Warm Welcome to the new CY Design Team!
~Ali and Noella 
 Creatively Yours: Sketches by Noella and Ali

April 5, 2009

Noella’s News!!

Posted in Creatively Yours News, Misc at 5:07 pm by alimom4

I am so excited to share with you some wonderful news from Noella. As you know she has been “sewing up a storm” in her recent  “No-No’s Sew Hip Creations “ venture. Our very own multi-talented “Creatively Yours” sketch artist, card-maker and scrapbooker has now been  featured on the Sew Mama Sew Blog site– with her recent  fabric flower tutorial (taught at a scrappy Technique Crop over at SBCH!!)

Come see the feature!  And be sure to check out Noella’s gorgeous handmade totes, handbags and more! She’s QUITE the sewing aficionado!


March 1, 2009

Creatively Yours Site Featured!!!

Posted in Creatively Yours News at 8:23 am by Noella

Everyone I am so excited to share this news now that the Canadian Scrapbooker Spring Issue has come out!

One of our past Designers Lisanne Cote has been published using one of my sketches!  She has listed in her list of supplies that she used Sketch # 17 from Creatively Yours…

If you have your issue it is on page 25!  Whaa hoo!! So exciting!!

February 26, 2009

Day 2 (Feb 27th) of 50th Sketch Event at CY has been Postponed

Posted in Creatively Yours News, Misc at 11:57 pm by alimom4

Due to a health issue, and necessity of travelling out of town, the 2nd day of the Fabulous Fifties event, scheduled for Feb 27th, 2009  has had to be postponed.

We are sorry for any inconvenience this may cause. Please feel free to try the sketches on the site and post them in the comments section below! Noella or I will be sure to visit and comment on your work  ASAP once things are under control.

Dates of  the 2 remaining planned posts: TBA.

Take care everyone! Thank you for your patience.

With Sincere Thanks- Ali MacDonald, CY DT coordinator, sketch artist

February 4, 2009

Scrapscene… and our RAK Winner!

Posted in Contests, Creatively Yours News, CY Design Team at 7:26 pm by alimom4

mentioned Creatively Yours today! Check it out girls!

You’re all famous!  Congratulations!

And now for the draw for the winner of the Ribbon RAK…

 I was assisted by my son Bryan, who drew the name….. are you ready?…

And the winner is…


Jana, you’ve won  the CY Ribbon RAK! I will mail it as soon as you email me your snail mail addy!

YAY! CONGRATS!  A big thanks to ALL who played along!  ~ Ali

January 31, 2009

Guest Designers “Announcement” Redo

Posted in Contests, Creatively Yours Announcements, Creatively Yours News at 6:58 pm by Noella

Hi everyone, I have decided to delete the original post that Ali and I have tried to fix..there were just too many errors.. So without further Ado:

Noella and I are pleased and very proud to present to you our four new Guest Design Team Members for the months of February and March 2009:

Ching Phillips

Lindsay Gannon

Karen Aldrin

and… Rowee Ortile!

Now let’s have a look at the “beauties” these ladies created for the CY-GDT member Contest, and learn a little bit more about each of them. Links to their Blogs are also provided! Be sure to check them out: a worthwhile activity if you like ideas galore!!
Without further ado, I introduce to you:


"Love is Forever"
Feb-Mar2009CY Contest Entry: “Love is Forever”


Ching’s Bio:

Hi, I’m Ching Phillips, a stay-at-home-mom, married to a wonderful man for 10 years. I have a 16 year old boy, who loves to attend weightlifting and wrestling at school. We live in the central part of Florida, USA where we enjoy the warm weather. I have been scrapbooking since 2004, when my sister introduced me to it. I became addicted when I started to join challenges in 2008 and won several prizes. I made mini-albums, designed greeting cards and altered projects for my family and friends. I love to make spread layouts with 2 to 4 photos per page. This is my first time as a Guest Designer and I am excited and honored to be a part of Creatively Yours as a Guest Design team member. Thank you for the opportunity!

Ching’s Blog can be found here.


"Preschool" layout for the CY Feb-Mar 2009 Guest Design Team Contest


Lindsay’s Bio:

I am so excited to be a Guest Designer for Creatively Yours! I am a SAHM and live in Maryland with my husband of six years, my four year old son, and twins – a boy and a girl, who are 18 months old. I started scrapbooking in high school, after I could fill my bedroom with not one more photo collage! I have been scrapping as a serious hobby for about 14 months now. I love having a creative outlet to turn to throughout my day. As a child, I loved reading journal entries my mom wrote about me. I see each LO as a little gift I am tucking away for my children to open someday – something that will help them see themselves through my eyes. My favorite supplies to use are ribbon, baker’s twine, Thickers, tiny alphas, pretty patterned paper, and Hambly screenprints. Here’s a link to my BLOG (still a work in progress).


"Water Playmate"

Feb-Mar 2009 CY Contest Entry: "Water Playmate"

Karen’s Bio:

Hi my name is Karen, I am 45, married with 2 grown up children. I live in England as a SAHM and we are renovating a large Edwardian house.

 I have thousands of photos, going back

over a hundred years. My parents recently passed away and I found that a lot of our family history to go with them is lost. To ensure this doesn’t happen for my children, I am retying to catch up on decades of photographs.

I first saw scrapbooking in America. For many years I would go to Archivers and look in awe. Two years ago, I saw a scrapbook with embellishments in a shop, reduced. I bought it and have never looked back. (Particularly to that scrapbook! Ergh!) My style is very eclectic.. I love bright layouts with lots going on.

Everyone is amazed that all of my scrapbook stash is carried in a wheelie tote bag and a box. Check out my layouts on my Flickr site.


"Mom's Reading Glasses"

Feb-Mar 2009 CY Contest Entry: "Mom's Reading Glasses"

Rowee’s Bio:

 Hi, my name is Rowee Ortile from the Philipines. I’m 7 years married with a very loving and supportive husband, named Terence. We are blessed with the prettiest, smartest, sweetest 6-year old gal who lights up our lives in ways we never thought possible. She was the reason I started scrapping, and she is also the reason I continue doing so. My sister Cel introduced me to this hobby. She provides me with the latest materials & scrapbooking mags. For the record, I can finish 5 LOs a day and still crave to do more! LOL! I love to use my dependable trimmers, scissors and Zip-E-Mate (Thanks Abby!) on my creations. My dream is to be published in a magazine. I also enjoy baking, cooking and blog hopping. My family is my inspiration. You can check out my creations here.


Thanks to all the wonderful entrants! Aren’t these pages beautiful?

We had many layouts entered in the Contest but of course could only choose four.

The above represent a variety of gorgeous styles and strengths, and we are thrilled to showcase these winning CY-Guest Design Team layout entries. Thanks for checking them out.

Look for their beautiful work in the next months right here at CY!

If you entered the GDT Contest, you know how much fun it was! Please feel free to enter next time, when we will host a contest seeking CY-Guest Designers for April and May 2009!

And now, for a little celebratory Ribbon RAK our wonderful visitors!

Leave a note for our new Guest Designers in the Comments section, and your name will be placed in a draw for a Ribbon RAK from Ali, delivered right to your door via the mail!

January 10, 2009

Flippin’ February & March Madness Guest Designer Contest!

Posted in 12" x 12" Sketches, Challenges, Contests, Creatively Yours News at 2:58 pm by alimom4

Sketch #10

for the CY Guest Designer Contest!

Sketch # 10: for the CY Guest Designer Contest!

CY is running a contest to locate FOUR talented scrapbookers to become CY Guest Design Team Members for a 1-month period. We are seeking 2 designers for February and 2 for March, 2009.
Everyone, including international scrappers and previous CY designers is invited to apply.
Below are the contest rules.

To enter, you must flip, turn, or “mirror image” (reverse) the contest sketch that we have posted above for the CY Guest Designer Contest.  You can even turn it upside-down! 

Then, create your layout based on the way that you turned/flipped/mirror-imaged the sketch. The interpretation of the sketch MUST remain a 12×12″ layout size, however.

 Use any colours, photos, papers, cardstock, and embellies you like. Creative FREEDOM!

 DUE DATE FOR ENTRIES: Midnight, AST Thursday January 29th 2009. One entry per person please.

 Email your well-photographed contest entry to us at AND

 ***Please type: CY GDT CONTEST Feb/Mar 2009 in the subject line of your email!*** Thanks!

 We will choose 4 CY Guest Designers from the pool of entries received. Winners will be notified by email on January 30-31, 2009. Winning entries will be posted on the CY blog with a mini-bio of each Guest Design Team position winner!

 Please join in the fun!

December 28, 2008

With Sad Hearts

Posted in Creatively Yours News, CY Design Team at 3:00 pm by alimom4


A Fun and Festive Christmas Layout by Beverley Todd

With sad hearts, Noella and I must announce to you the passing of one of our valued Design Team Members, Beverley Todd. Beverley passed away during the Christmas season. Her family and friends will need your caring thoughts and prayers as they endeavour to cope with this very great loss.  Beverley’s talented work here & elsewhere has been admired and enjoyed by many. I am privileged to share with you the last layout that Beverley created for this site.  I am sure that Beverley would have wanted us to share it with you.