Welcome Guest Sketcher, Brenda Smith! (MWM #29)

I LOVE guest sketcher week. Not only do my brain cells get a much needed rest, but we all get treated to a fresh set of ideas. I was beyond thrilled when Brenda Smith agreed to be the guest Mojo sketcher for February. I think you will love seeing how Brenda put the perfect twist on today's Steal, the Out and About collection by We R Memory Keepers. I know we are all treated each week by seeing Brenda's girly girl layouts so what an added bonus it is to see her step out of her "norm" and use a more boy-ish collection.

Brenda....take it away. :)

To say that I was thrilled to be asked by Kristy to be a guest sketcher would be a vast understatement. I was ecstatic, downright giddy. I marked the very beginning of my scrapbooking journey with Scrapbook Steals and MWM #1 and 28 weeks later, I have done a total of 48 layouts, 7 cards, 1 mini book, and 3 altered projects (a printer's tray, a notebook, and an embroidery hoop)! How lucky I am that I get to guest design for the blog that has meant so much to me and my development as a scrapbooker!

I must admit, when I was given the choice to work with either Out and About or another kit, I was a little intimidated by the idea of using a travel-themed/boyish line on layouts about my daughter. In the end, I decided the challenge would be good for me, and so Out and About it was. Once I saw the papers in person, I realized this line is so much more than just travel-themed. A lot of the patterns have sort of a 60s/70s retro feel, which I completely love.

The layout I chose as my sketch was inspired by the fabulous layered and flocked stickers included in today's kit. When I saw the "Let's Go" sticker, I knew it would be perfect for the pictures I have of my daughter standing up.

I cut out the car portion of the sticker to make it more appropriate for the subject matter. I also felt inspired to use the two different kinds of die cuts. The first one is the bracket-shaped one at the top, and the second one, I cut the scalloped edges off to use as borders on the top and bottom. Behind the picture on the right, there is an envelope which contains a hidden letter to my daughter.

I simply glued the underside of the envelope to my photo, and then glued the photo to the layout.

Another thing I love about WRMK? Their tiny brads, and in this case, glitter brads! They add the perfect, subtle touch to any layout.

I did a couple additional projects with Out and About because it was just so fun to work with. This layout, "We Laugh in the Face of M.S.R.P." is about how I hope to teach my daughter to never full price for anything, prompted by the clearance stickers on the scrapbook supplies in the background of the photo. I am an expert bargain-hunter, and with any luck, my daughter will be too! I stitched a pocket into the cardstock and have hidden journaling on a tag.

I also did an altered embroidery hoop.

I cut the orange dotted paper into a circle and glued it to the inner hoop. Then I inked the outer hoop with Martha Stewart pigment ink and attached Fancy Pants pom pom trim. I put the hoops together, put my picture, papers, and other embellishments on, and tied a ribbon to the top to make a wall hanging. Done in 20 minutes, very easy!

Lastly, I made a card for my 9 year old nephew.

I really love how versatile this line is. It really works with all sorts of themes and projects

I am so excited to see what you girls make this week!

Brenda, I can't thank you enough for being our Guest Sketcher for this month. You are truly gifted and amaze all of us with everything you create!

I'm also amazed with this weeks Random.Org winner.

Melanie Carey

Not only am I amazed at how lovely of a job she did with this page, but I cannot get over how FANTASTIC she looks for being on the way home from just having had a baby!

Congrats Melanie. :) Please send your address to orders@scrapbooksteals.com and we will get something scrappy sent out to you.

We want to thank We R Memory Keepers for their generosity in providing us with an amazing Cinch package for a giveaway. The contest is now closed, but be sure to check in Monday morning to see who the lucky winner is!

Do you think you can handle one more *amazing* thing? How about a little twist on our monthly Guest Designer? Would *you* like to be featured? Well if you're feeling the urge to create a sketch for us, and you're feeling lucky, simply add a comment to the blog post following this one. I will select a random winner using my favorite, Random.Org, and we will announce the winner of the random guest spot on St. Patrick's Day! Our random designer will be featured on the first Wednesday in April, since our guest for March is already busy designing away. Hurry though! You only have until tomorrow morning to let me know that you're interested.

Be sure to share your amazing takes on Brenda's sketch. Remember to post your creations to our Facebook Fan Page or personal blog with a link provided here in the comments in order to be eligible for our weekly drawing. Also next week will be the last sketch in the "Ruby Club" series. I'm so positively in love with the prize that Melodee wrangled up for this milestone. Just a referesher that if you have completed layouts 21 - 30 you are eligible for the Ruby Club drawing. If you are also a member of the the Diamond Club (sketches 1 - 10) and Emerald Club (sketches 11 - 20) you are eligible for one additional entry in the Ruby Club drawing for each "club" you are a member of. So in short, if you've done all 30 sketches, you will have 3 entries into the drawing. Just be sure to start gathering either names of your previous layouts or links to them to provide as a part of your entry.

Well, that's probably an information overload so that's enough from me today. :)

Now it's time to be happy and get scrappy.

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