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Sunday, July 3, 2011

Our last intros

I have two more people to introduce you to and then we can get this party started!

First up, another new member of the team. Please welcome Cheryl Even who will now be our new scrapbook sketch artist!  I am very excited about this as I was just not able to keep up and add sketches on a regular basis. But I have so much scrapbooking to get caught up on!! Well, Cheryl offered to help out and I took one look at her work (both sketches and layouts) and asked her to join the team. And she said YES! So Cheryl will be providing a sketch once a month for all the scrapbook lovers and we hope you will play along. Look for Cheryl's first post on July 15th. But for now, let's get to know Cheryl a little bit:


"My name is Cheryl Even, and I have been married to my wonderful hubby Greg for 19 years. I’m a SAHM to two very active boys, ages 9 and 6. We live in Southern California. I’ve been scrapbooking since a friend dragged me to a scrapbooking party back in 1998, and, 41 albums later, I guess you could say I’m hooked. We recently had to move to make room for more albums! My albums are mostly chronological, and I scrap as many photos as I can on each layout, so the challenge is always to keep the page from being overwhelming. I was introduced to CTMH at a gathering in 2004, and I loved the idea of being able to see through the stamps. I now stamp on almost every layout; the versatility of stamping keeps me coming back again and again. After using CTMH’s products for several years, I decided to join this great company myself, and I became a consultant in 2008. Jeanette’s how-to books are one of my go-to tools, and I use the patterns in them all the time in my scrapbooking and card-making, but I also like to create and share sketches of my own. I love to teach scrapbooking and cardmaking at workshops and home gatherings. On National Scrapbook Day 2009, I started blogging about scrapbooking, and I really enjoy sharing my layouts with others and seeing what everyone else has posted. My other hobbies include reading, singing, and writing music. If I’m not busy with those or crafting, I’m probably working on women’s ministry events for my church or driving my kids somewhere – school, karate lessons, soccer practice, play dates, you name it! Thanks, Mary, for the opportunity to share my sketches with everyone."
You are welcome, Cheryl - thanks for joining us! You can check out Cheryl's blog at Even More Scrapping.

And last but not least, allow me to introduce our Guest DT for July, Tracy Oleksak:


"My name is Tracy Oleksak and I live in Western Massachusetts with my husband, our two children (ages 9 & 11) and our chocolate lab puppy. I count my blessings every day for the opportunity to be home with my children, and take care of our home. I hold a degree in Criminal Psychology but left the corporate world 6 years ago to be home and never looked back! Although I loved my job, I love being a mom and a wife more.

I have been scrapbooking for as long as I can remember starting with cutting out pictures and words from magazines to add to my pictures in the magnetic albums (before we knew better!). I became a CTMH Independent Consultant in January 2003 because I fell in love with their papers and the variety of products that they offer. I currently use "a little bit of everything" and my pages and cards are a mix match of designers and manufacturers. I truly enjoy the creative process of recording my families history and preserving our everyday memories for years to come.

When I am not creating you can find me reading a good historical fiction novel, running, volunteering in my children's school, spending time with my family or rehabing our house to make it a home (a long and daunting process). Oh, and I am slightly addicted to reading blogs and Pinterest. I also recently bought a sewing machine and really want to teach myself to sew (because I don't have enough on my agenda!)

Thank you so much for the opportunity to be a GDT member...it is truly an honor."

You will be seeing more from Tracy through the month but for now, drop by her blog at Mama Olie's Musings.

We have a great challenge for you coming Monday so I hope you will take a moment during your 4th of July festivities to check it out! Plus, we will be welcoming 2 new sponsors so we hope to see you then!

2 comments:

Haley D. said...

Tracy, glad you're joining us this month! Cheryl, I can't wait to see your sketches since I am a scrapper at heart. Welcome to H2H!

Patty said...

What a fun challenge!