Sunday, December 29, 2013

Who are YOU scrapping for?

Our current challenge is still open until January 5th.
Who will you be leaving a piece of YOU behind for?

Sunday, December 15, 2013

Leave YOUr Mark!

There is still plenty of time to link up your layouts for our first challenge: Behind The Lens for a chance to win a $20 GC at The Paper Issues Store!

Saturday, December 7, 2013

Challenge #1: Behind the Lens

Welcome to our very first challenge at Challenge YOUrself!

Our DT have whipped up some AMAZING layouts to inspire YOU to create a layout with YOU in it.  Sounds easy right?!

☺ So let's get started ☺

Challenge YOUrself #1: Behind The Lens
Create a layout using a self portrait or selfie AND list a minimum of 3 random facts about YOUrself.

Here is what our creative Design Team have made to inspire YOU:

We have a wonderful generous sponsor for our first challenge!  One lucky winner will receive a $20 gift certificate to the Paper Issues Store
Isn't that sweet!! 

Please say hello when you visit the Paper Issues Blog HERE and their Facebook Page HERE.

 Don't forget to visit the "Challenge Rules" in the tab bar above for all the details.   
Have fun!  We can't wait to see what YOU create!

Friday, December 6, 2013

Introduction: Lynn L.

Hi my name is Lynn and I am so happy to have you join me and my fabulous Design Team here at Challenge YOUrself. Most people scrap about everyone else and forget to leave a little bit of themselves in their layouts.  It's time to leave your mark!  I've had this idea for a challenge blog for a long time and thanks to some encouragement from a good friend ;)  I decided to give it a try.  

I live in a small town in Northern Ontario Canada with my patient and dear husband, two busy daughters, two spoiled Siamese cats and one lucky turtle.  I was intrigued by scrapbooking about 10+ years ago when I seen Making Memories on the Shopping Channel.  I knew right then that scrapbooking was something I had to have in my life!  I have always been an artsy crafty person.  My hobby has grown dramatically in the last few years since I have been blogging.  I have a very busy lifestyle and scrapbooking is my getaway and my down time.  It's my therapy that keeps me going ;)
I am so happy that YOU can share this journey with me.

You can see my creations on my blog HERE.

♥ Please come back tomorrow for our first challenge reveal ♥

Thursday, December 5, 2013

DT Introduction: Tracy

Hello, I'm Tracy!  I'm from NW Indiana and I live a blessed life with a
great guy!  Together we've created and raised a loving/happy blended family of four.  I started scrapbooking in 2003, by taking a local class, just out of curiosity, and I've been addicted ever since.  In the last few years I
have been able to spend more time creating and its starting to become more of a lifestyle instead of a hobby.  Its hard to pinpoint my "style" since I am all over the place.  I love to try new techniques, but I do like a clean
look.  My weaknesses right now are the wooden accents, I just love them and you will probably see some type of wooden accent on my layouts.  And another are alphas, I've got TONS of alphas!  You can never have enough of them,  right?!

You can see more of Tracy's beautiful creations HERE.

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

DT Introduction: Terhi

I'm 27-year-old scrapbooker, mother, crafter, horseback-rider, employee and wonderful person from Finland.
I've been scrapping for two years now, and I couldn't imagine life without
it anymore. Every joke is a possible title for the next layout, and every
picture I take is something to play with, scrapbooking is more than hobby
for me, it's a lifestyle.
My scrap style is quite "scandinavian", lots of straight lines, harmony
color themes with good sense of humor.
I like to archive memories of my daughters growing, and also every day
life: nature, nice little details and moments I want to remember.

You can see more of Terhi's beautiful creations HERE.

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

DT Introduction: Lisa

I’ve been scrapping seriously for 11 years now.  My husband bought my first “kit” for me when our first son was born.  That kit has grown and grown requiring its own room.  When he complains of the time I spend scrapbooking, I always remind him that he was the one that got me going.  It’s nice to flip through older albums and see how my talent has progressed.  Being the family historian, I take pride in the fact that I am documenting our lives.  I try to document the everyday things that will be forgotten or overlooked.

You can see Lisa's beautiful creations HERE.

Monday, December 2, 2013

DT Introduction: Shawna

I'm Shawna and I've been scrapbooking for about 8 years, give or take.  I live in NY with my wonderful husband, our sweet and spunky 4-going-on-14 year-old daughter, her big "fur-brother", and our sketchy kitty.
I took a few years off after the birth of my daughter but dove back in head first this past spring.  I love how the hobby has morphed from simple photo memory books to such a diverse and widespread art form incorporating so much more than paper and photos.  I love working with color and texture and you will often find lots of both on my layouts. I think it's important to include ourselves in our scrapbooks so that those who will be looking at these books in generations to come can know the person behind the camera. We scrapbook to tell our stories, and we are most certainly part of our own stories.


You can view some of Shawna's beautiful creations HERE.

Sunday, December 1, 2013

Winner! Winner! Winner!

I hope that you've been enjoying getting to know some of our Design Team members last week!
Now it's time to draw for the giveaway! picked lucky number 17 which is.......

Congrats Phillis!  Please send me an email with your address, and I'll get that out to you!

If you didn't win, don't worry, there may be some other giveaways coming soon ;) 
This week we will be revealing the rest of the Design Team. 
Stay turned for your first reveal set for December 7th!!  We have an amazing and generous sponsor for our first challenge and it is taking everything for me not to spill the beans!!!
Have a fabulous week ahead :)

Friday, November 29, 2013

DT Introduction: Sharon

Hi! My name is Sharon. I am a cardiology nurse by day and an enthusiastic scrapbooker by night! I started scrapbooking about 10 years ago when my husband and I adopted our second daughter from China. I got interested in scrapbooking when I learned about "Lifebooks" and adoption, and haven't stopped since. I have enjoyed being on some wonderful design teams, most recently the Color Me Scrappy team! I feel blessed to be a part of these teams and have gotten a lot of inspiration from them! My oldest, "bio" daughter is 19 and is attending college right now.

You can view Sharon's beautiful creations HERE.

Thursday, November 28, 2013

DT Introduction: Lynne M.

Hello, my name is Lynne Mizera and I am a proudly Canadian, 51 years young, retired grandmother to four fantastic boys.  I love life, love people and LOVE to laugh.  I am blessed to live on four beautiful acres snug up against the Rocky Mountains in Water Valley, Alberta and I LOVE food in all its forms (to cook it, to eat it and to feed it to people!)  I have been a creative soul all my life and I HAVE to create something with my hands everyday or I become UNBALANCED!  It doesn't matter whether I am in my garden, in my kitchen or in my studio I spend my days creating wonderful things!  In the paper arts world I tend to gravitate toward vibrant, bright colors and bold but simple layouts.  My Eyes are blue, my hair is curly and the REST is subject to change without notice (grin), and I cannot WAIT to share my creativity with all of you! 

You can see Lynne's beautiful creations HERE.

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

DT Introduction: Kerry

Hello my name is Kerry. I am a wife and mother to three beautiful girls who are my usual subject to photograph! We live in a small village in the East of England. I have been running a scrapbook club locally for several years and I love to get together with my crafty friends.  
Scrapbooking has become such an important part of my life, not only to document the memories for my family but as an enjoyable hobby and a way to make new friends in person and worldwide via the blogging community. I love all the variety of styles, techniques and new trends that are so readily available to try, making scrapbooking such a wonderful hobby to immerse myself in. My weakness is paper, especially if the pattern can be used for making embellishments and my favourite techniques to use in my scrapbooking are hand stitching, paint splats/masking and using glitter!!  

You can see Kerry's beautiful creations HERE!

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

DT Introduction: Cindy

Hi there! My name is Cindy Alvarez I'm from Chile and I started
scrapbooking a year and a half ago when I made a birthday banner for my
little daughter and I couldn't stop! Working with papers and pictures is so
much fun and gives me the opportunity to leave my daughter beautiful
memories.  I really enjoy crafts.  I have made dolls, cross stitch, painting
and they all make me happy. I'm married with Luis and we have two sweet
daughters Sofia and Emilia and a dog name Leon.


You can see Cindy's beautiful creations HERE.

Monday, November 25, 2013

DT Introduction: Caroli

My name is Carolina, I'm 33 years old and I live in Santiago, Chile with my husband and our 5 year old little daughter.  I started scrapbooking in 2004, I took a break on 2007 after having my little girl and returned to my albums on 2010.  Through time my style has evolved a lot, but in general I would say that I like bright colors, grids, textures, layers, mist, watercolors and lots of embellishment. I love fussy cutting and layering and I use these techniques a lot in my layouts. I would define my style as colorful, simple and modern.

You can see Carolina's beautiful creations HERE!

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Are you getting ready?

Get ready to get in front of the camera!  Who will be taking YOUr picture?
The first challenge is only two weeks away :)


Starting tomorrow we will be introducing one of our Design Team Member, every day through the week.

Stay tuned!

Thursday, November 21, 2013

☼ Welcome New Design Team! ☼

Hello everyone!

The DT call was amazing!!  I was overjoyed by the response.  There were so many talented scrappers who applied, which made it a difficult decision.  I wish that there was room for everyone!  I would like to personally thank YOU for your interest in scrapping YOUrself!

If you didn't make it this time I really want you to try again at our next call.  Play along and link up and YOU may be featured on our Blog and Facebook Page!  And, there will be fabulous sponsored prizes to be won.

I am excited to share with you the very first Challenge YOUrself Design Team!  Please give them a warm welcome.


Starting Monday, I will be introducing each Design Team Member so you can get to know them a little better :)

The ladies are already working hard whipping up some creativity for our first CHALLENGE which will be revealed December 7th.

Don't forget, there is still a GIVEAWAY going on until the end of the month!!

As for me, I am Lynn and I so happy to have you join in on the fun at
♥♥♥ Challenge YOUrself ♥♥♥

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

One Week Left for DT Call

Hi everyone!

I had a wonderful response and am super excited to get started!

There is still a few spots and a week left to get your DT applications in.
Don't be shy ;) 
And don't forget about our giveaway too!  It's on until the end of this month.


Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Design Team Call & Giveaway!

Hello and welcome to the Challenge YOUrself scrapbooking blog.

This is an open call for our very first design team!  Please take a moment to read up what we're all about in the tab above.

DT call requirements:

→ Term commitment from Dec 1st, 2013 - May 31st, 2014
→ Keep an active blog and update with the new challenge on reveal day with a link back to the Challenge YOUrself blog.
→ You will be required to submit one layout a month and to comment on all submissions to the challenge.  Reveal day will be on the 7th of each month.
→ No design team experience necessary.  Everyone is welcome to apply.

How do you apply:

Send an email to with the following information:
→ Your name and blog address
→ A short bio that will be used on our blog if chosen
→ 3 samples of your work

We are accepting applications until November 20th, 2013.  New members will be informed by November 21th, 2013.  First reveal is scheduled for December 7th, 2013.

We would love if you shared this with your scrappy friends!

Want a chance to win some FREE stuff?
All you have to do is follow us and share this post on your blog and/or Facebook for a change to win!
 Leave us a comment here telling us what you did!

Giveaway is open until November 30th at midnight.  Winner will be announced December 1st.

♥ Thank YOU! ♥