Today is a big day!!! A new look, new teammates, an announcement, a new gallery...
But first, please help us blow out the candles because today is our
Three years ago today, Tina, Elizabeth, and Marnie posted the first post at write. click. scrapbook. how time flies. Since then, we have had 1315 posts, nearly 40 000 comments, and more than 150 giveaways. We cannot even begin to add up the number of layouts that our team has done, but the monthly galleries, alone, have showcased 977 layouts and 44 mini albums. All for you!
And while three years have seen patterns on the papers change, products come, and trends go, one thing that stands strong is our commitment to you. When we began, we carefully crafted our beliefs:
1. We believe in telling stories.
2. We believe that understanding photography and design make scrapbooking a little more fun.
3. We believe in the power of color. We also believe in the power of kraft, black, and white.
4. We believe that scrapbooking should be fun and guilt-free.
5. We believe that there is no one right way to scrapbook.
and we stand by them as much today as in days' past. We love scrapbooking. And we know you do, too. And we are here to help you make it doable, sustainable, and fun!
To help us celebrate today's birthday festivities, we have put together a team bloghop! We wanted to make it easy, so we are going in alphabetical order. As you click from blog to blog, you can collect letters that you will need to know if you are selected as the lucky number for a giveaway! Our crew is also excited to share with you their thoughts about being a part of write. click. scrapbook. and to give you a sneak peek into their layout for this month's gallery!!
Here is the list, in order:
Kelly Jeppson (this link will be to an extra place as Kelly is without a public blog!)
Teka Jo Cochonneau
and find the letter that is associated with each team member. Then return here and leave a comment telling us what you love most about write. click. scrapbook. Your comment will be considered for our first year four giveaway, an entire box filled with scrapbooking goodies. AND there are giveaways to be found all along the path...
Before you hop away...
Did you notice some new names up there? We thought you might have. We are thrilled beyond measure to announce the addition of 5 new team members. (We actually have 6 new ones, but you are going to have to wait for one whole month to meet the other! heehee!!)
Please give a warm welcome to...
We are excited for all of you to fall in love with them as we have. Not only are they talented scrapbookers, but they are kind, lovely women with a point of view, a story to tell, and some amazing creativity oozing out of them! If you click on their photo, it will take you to their bio pages so you can read a little more about them. And as you visit their blogs on the bloghop, please take a minute to say hello and introduce yourself to them. Be forewarned that you might get lost in their talented creations!
You may also have noticed a few names missing from the list. Aly, Karen, Stacy, Wendy, and Cheryl are all turning in their keys, so to speak. Stacy, Aly, and Cheryl have all been with us from the beginning. We cannot thank them enough for their kindness and hard work. And while Karen and Wendy added later, they, too, left an indelible impression on our site. We will miss them; not just their talent, but also their hearts. We look forward to seeing them in other places and wish them tremendous success and happiness.
And while you have filled some of the spaces on our team. We still have one more! And wondered if you might like it? Announcing our first ever
If you have longed to be a part of the write. click. scrapbook. team, now is your chance! We are excited to open up a team spot to one of you! We want to fill it with someone who knows us and loves us. Someone who will help make us great and will shout from the rooftops that write. click. scrapbook. is one awesome scrapbooking site.
As a write. click. scrapbook. teammate you will be responsible to provide a minimum of one layout per month for our monthly galleries, and you will host the blog for one week, and a handful of single days. Team members also help one another by providing pertinent layouts to support the other blog authors.
We love pages that are well-designed, and tell good stories. Our teammates not only scrapbook well, but also write well, as they must share their love and knowledge of scrapbooking through a week of blogging. Good photography is an asset as well.
If you would like to be considered, please put together a sample blog post, on your topic of choice. Additionally, please create a layout or project that will fit under the topic, Summer Fun. We will accept applications through June 23rd. Please know we will also browse through your blog to get a feel for your writing style and personality. The new team member will be notified prior to July 1st. Please send your application materials to firstname.lastname@example.org.
To review we need:
- a sample blog post on a topic of your choosing,
- a layout that fits the theme Summer Fun,
- a link to your blog,
- a link to your sample blog post, and
- a bit about why you want to be on our team.
Please don't forget that we are real people with real lives and are looking for real pages. Please try to be yourself. We will be impressed without you even trying. Promise.
This month, our teammates were paired up and asked to create a layout inspired by their partner. Here are the pairings. What great pairs!
Christa Paustenbaugh & Celeste Smith
Diane Payne & Francine Clouden
Donna Jannuzzi & Lisa Ottosson
Emily Pitts & Alexandra Sirugue-MacLeod
Erin Sweeney & Amy Sorensen
Katrina Simeck & Emily Spahn
Keshet Starr & Vivian Masket
Lisa Kisch & Sarah Pendergrast
Marie Taylor & Teka Cochonneau
Kelly Jeppson & Valerie O'Neall
Marnie Flores & Karen Grünberg
Monika Wright & Kathy Martin
Paula Gilarde & Deb Duty
If you follow the links found in the designer's notes, you will see the inspiration and learn how one layout or project inspired another. Be sure to look at both--some are so similar, while others are worlds apart. Isn't inspiration an amazing thing?
Thank you for stopping! We appreciate your comments, in ways you can't imagine, so please leave one telling us why you love write. click. scrapbook. Comments for the giveaway will remain open though Sunday evening. One lucky number will be selected at random and posted on Monday. Please remember it is your responsibility to check back and claim your lucky number before Wednesday.
Have fun in the gallery, on the blog hop, and we look forward to receiving your applications!
edited to add: the giveaway is now closed. thank you!