Thursday, December 24, 2015

Merry Christmas!

Hello Ladies.  Here today to share some Christmas Cards that I made.  I am a little behind on everything this year.  But I finally got everything  I actually finished these cards yesterday.  Better late than never.  My pictures aren't the best. I had to take them on a rainy day.  I kept forgetting to take them when is was nicer out.

I hope that you and your families have a Merry Christmas.  Looking forward to having some time this week to visit blogs and catch up on craftiness!!

Happy Christmas to you and yours,

Monday, December 21, 2015

Welcome to the 2016 Design Team

I am pleased the share with you the NEW and returning members of the 2016 Design Team.  I am so happy and thrilled to be working with these wonderful and creative ladies.  Without further adieu, I introduce the ladies to you...

Crystal Schneider
Capture the Moment
I'm a stay at home mom of two girls. I have been scrapbooking for at least ten years and love meeting new people through this hobby. When I'm not scrapbooking or spending time with my girls,  I love to run.
(sketch designer)

Doreen Vasquez
Doreena's Place
Hello, hello!
I am VERY excited to be a part of The Memory Nest team!!!
I have been a follower and admirer for years so being a part of this is such a wonderful and amazing opportunity! I hope I inspire you as much as I have been inspired!

A teensy bit about me:
I am 40 years old (as of October 2015) and have been married to the love of my life, David, since 7/16/01.
We reside in sunny Southern California w/ our 2 children.
I am a Mommy to 2 Human babies: Joseph (1995) and Madison (2002), and 2 Fur-Babies: Ivanna (dog), Spotty (dog).
I am also a "Grandma" to 2 (other) Fur-Babies: Panini (cat) and Hamlet (mini pot belly pig)...they belong to my daughter.
As you can imagine, yes, I have a full house... and I love it!

Besides scrapbooking I am a lover of art, coffee, stand-up comedy, selfies, music, Netflix, napping, food, fitness, and books (not necessarily in that order).  My blog where I share all the projects I create "Doreena's Place"  Feel free to visit me any time and I promise I will return the favor! Until then... happy creating!!!

 Jane Taylor 
Hi everyone, 
I'm so delighted to be joining the Memory Nest's DT and am excited to introduce myself. I live in the UK with my husband of 39 years, Niall. I have three grown up sons and three adorable grandsons - one of them very new. I'm sure you'll be getting to know them over the coming year as they tend to be my main subjects for scrapping, although  my oldest son's greyhound, my garden and trips out to beautiful places around the UK also feature from time to time.

I think I've probably been crafting all my life, starting at primary school with a love of embroidery and knitting - girls did this while boys played sport, yes I'm that old! Building on this my Nan taught me how to sew and I made dolls clothes, aprons and then my own clothes. I studied to be a primary school teacher with craft as my main subject - this included weaving, collage and dressmaking. Over the next few years I dabbled in many crafts including cross stitch, macrame, patchwork, crochet, card making - you name it I've probably given it a go!

I discovered scrapbooking round about 2005 and made the standard family history album, then a holiday album, then a wedding album and another wedding album ..... Yes I was smitten! I found it really difficult to find shops, workshops or other scrapbookers where I live and turned to the internet for inspiration and made such an important discovery. - scrapbooking can be about the everyday and not just special occasions. I don't think I've ever looked back since and although I still find card making is more popular here in the UK,  for me it's always scrapbooking that is my total love. I never begrudge spending on supplies for my pages as I know I'm going to treasure them and hope they will be passed on for many generations yet to come.

Julie Tucker-Wolek
Life with the Tucker-Wolek Clan
My name is Julie Tucker-Wolek and I am thrilled to be joining this team!  I love sketches and can't wait to work with The Memory Nest's sketches!
I have been scrapping since my son was born, almost 19 years ago now!  I love to play with colors, the bolder, the better! I also make cards, altered art and canvases!  I also LOVE to take junk and upcycle it!

Katie Lamb
Life in a Snapshot
Hi my name is Katie and i am a mixed media artist and craft blogger from Birmingham United Kingdom.  I wanted to inspire others to try scrapbooking so I decided to design my own sketches to help inspire creativity. 
(sketch designer)


Lori Stroup
My Happy Life

Hello! My name is Lori and I live in a small SW Missouri town with my husband, Scott, and our 2 sons, Matthew and Shane. We also have a daughter, Abby, who is married to her high school sweetheart and they have a two year old little girl named Ada that I get the pleasure of babysitting through the week.  I started scrapbooking about 17 years ago and card making soon after that. Nothing relaxes me more than spending time in my scrap room. I love looking back on all that has happened and preserving those memories. I would call my scrappy style clean and simple, but lately I have been having fun adding a few more layers to my projects.  You can find me at My Happy Life any day of the week. I would love for you to stop by!

Marci Bensing 
A little about ME!-Marci Bensing from New Jersey, 59…
Love… scrapbooking, ATCs, hearts
walking, volunteering, my 2 grandsons, a nice smile, pink,
cooking, CHER, my dear husband, lunch w/friends, road trips, LIFE!,  family, etc etc  etc!

Raechelle Bellus

Saskia Orr
Green Chicken 31
I'm a stay at home mommy in Seattle, WA.  I love to scrapbook with my daughter and play trains with my little dude.  My two little ones provide me with lots of fun moments to scrap about and very little time to actually scrap.  I'm also really into playing hand bells and juggling.

Stephanie Johnson
The Paper Trail
I'm a mother to 2 wonderful little girls, wife, teacher. I love to scrapbook, take pictures, read, knit, and create things.

I look forward to seeing what these ladies create and sharing it all with you!!!  I hope that they inspire you all to play along with our challenges.  

Happy Meeting the 2016 Design Team,

Sunday, December 20, 2015

Featured Friday ~ Fall Frenzy

Happy Featured Friday (a little late)!!  Better late than never!?!?
I am FINALLY sharing the featured artists and announcing the winner from the Fall Frenzy!!

Thank you to all who played along!!!

Make it Monday No. 47
Barbara from Barb's Blab

Make it Monday No. 48
 Margaret from Stamps Ahead


Diana from All the Days of Our Lives

Make it Monday No. 49
Bev from Bee Cee Creativity

CONGRATULATIONS to all who were featured!!
I LOVE seeing what everyone who links up creates.

And the Fall Frenzy WINNER is...
Donna Broussard.
(I will be in touch!)

Happy Playing Along,

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

The Hustle and Bustle of the Holidays

Hello all!  Just a quick post to say that I am still here.  Life has been crazy, as I am sure it is for all of you too.  I am just not good at finding this balance of blogging as all of you.  And balance was my one little word two years ago.

My goal for the new year is to find more balance in life with my blog and visiting your blogs.  I am going to reflect on this past OLW and think of another to help me embrace my goals.

I hope all of you are enjoying the Christmas season.  I plan on sharing some of my December Daily pages this week.  And I am getting ready to visit blogs to catch up on all the wonderful things you have been posting.

For now...I leave you with the picture of my children that I used this year for our Christmas card!!!

Happy Joy to you,

Monday, December 7, 2015

Make it Monday No. 50

WOW!!  50 Challenges!!  How exciting.  Welcome back for a new make it Monday.  This is the last challenge for some of your Design Team Members.  I have enjoyed getting to know all of these wonderful ladies.  Thank you for all that you have done.  Some of the ladies will be continuing on with us ...And we will be welcoming some new people to the team.   Look for the announcement soon!!!

Today we have a sketch created by Crystal.  It is a fun with lots of photos.  Looking forward to seeing your spin on it.  The design team's interpretation is AMAZING ~ as always.

Now it is your turn to play along for your chance to WIN our monthly giveaway.
And as you can see cards and layouts are welcome!!

(international winners will be offered a 
guest design team spot)

Happy Creating,

Monday, November 30, 2015

Happy December Daily

Hello ladies.  Tomorrow is the first day of December!!  As you probably have guessed, I am doing December Daily again this year.  This will be my third year creating this fun album.  Today, I wanted to share my cover and cover page!!  I was inspired to create my cover page (something I don't necessarily do) by this Pin (see image below).  It was fun to try something different. (disclaimer ~ pics taken with iphone)

I might try this. I love the dimension that the numbers in the background give. then popping out the red star. Brilliant!:

Are you creating a December Daily album?

I will try to post images of my pages from time to time (maybe once or twice a week).  I am also going to create a link up so I can see what you are creating. So please feel free to share what you create and link up as many posts as you like.  It is such a fun way to see what others are doing and to by inspired!!!

Happy December Daily,

Wednesday, November 18, 2015


Good morning!  Sorry for the not so great picture of my layout.  I took this a while back when life was beginning to get crazy with my new job.  I am so glad to finally feel like I am in a routine that works.  

These pictures were based on an image my daughter found and then a card her friend in the picture gave her of that same image!!  These two girls posed for me just like the image!!  Love them and their friendship!!  I used the Fancy Pants collection Summer Sun, available at The Memory Nest.

And don't forget, there is still time to play along with the three challenge from September, October and November.  Link up for your chance to WIN!!!


Happy Scrapping,

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

2016 Design Team Call

Hello Ladies.  A new year is coming soon, and that means some new 
faces for our Design Team.  If you know anyone who may be interested,
please pass the word along.  

Design Team Members will be asked to create with two different 
sketches (challenges) each month.  

Here is how you apply...
1. Send all entries to 

2.  Create a layout using this sketch.  Add you own special touch - may wood pieces, flair, etc.  Something that makes your creating different from others.  AND make sure to include what you love/ what is your special touch when scrapping.

3.  Past Design Team experience, where you reside, and your blog address. 

4.  Tell me why you would make a fabulous addition to our DT.

ALL ENTRIES are DUE: November 25, 2015
New Team Members will be announced after Thanksgiving.

Good Luck and Happy Sharing,

Monday, November 16, 2015

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Hello ladies.  Hope this email finds you well.  My life is still busy but I am getting better at juggling everything.  My daughter is going to be in the Nutcracker this coming weekend.  I am so excited. Just thought I would share that tidbit of information!

Here is my take on the Make it Monday No. 49 sketch.  I was thrilled with the way the colors in these papers complimented my pretty Easter pictures!!

Happy Playing Along,

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Scraptober Fest WINNERS!!

Hello Ladies. Today we are announcing the winners of our fabulous and successful Scraptober Challenges.  

The Memory Nest Winner is Julene.  
Please email me at

Scrap Our Stash Winner is Monia.

My Scraps and More Winner is Jean.

Challenge YOUrself Winner is SKSGRANNY.

Bonus Prize Winner is Asa.

Congratulations to all!!  AND thank you so much 
for partaking in this fun Scraptober Challenge. 

Hope you will stop by and play along with 
our monthly challenges @ The Memory Nest.

Happy Creating,

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