Monday, May 26, 2014

A Virtual Blog Hop . . .

Good Morning Everyone and Happy Memorial Day to those of you who live in the United States. 

I would like to thank all of the men and women who are serving/have served our country, from the bottom of my heart.  We owe our freedom to you.  

At the Korean War Memorial at Washington, DC.
  ♥  ♥  

And I am very excited this morning because my talented friend, Michelle LaPoint Rydelle, asked me to participate in a virtual blog hop last week!   What fun, I thought, when I got her e-mail.  I am honored to accept her invitation.  This virtual blog hop involves something a little different from the usual blog hops that I have participated in, so naturally I was happy to think about and answer the following questions:

1)  What am I working on now?

I am working on a special page that I am making for Anne.  It involves some water color and mixed media techniques that I love working with when I have the time:

It's not done yet, but I have a good start on it . . .

I am also designing a page for the next Challenge YOUrself competition.  This challenge site involves using a photo with YOU in it! Here is the description:

 Hey you! The one who likes to snap hundreds of pictures of everyone else. Yes, you know who you are! It's time to start getting in front of the camera and scrapping memories that include YOU in the photo! Join us once a month and challenge YOUrself!"

I can't tell you how much I enjoy working on this team, not only because the owner and members are awesome, but because it challenges me every single time to use a photo with ME in it.  Hard for me to do!!  Here is a sneak peak of my latest page - not finished yet:

 . . .and I am in the process of continually working on my art journal that I started last year.

Here are some of my older pages:

I am also enjoying taking a photography class right now and am loving everything that I am learning about taking and editing photos.  Here are some of my recent shots:




Anne and Katie:

and a beautiful flower:

2) How does my work differ from others?

I think my work and pages are different because I have a unique style all my own.  I love to try different techniques on my pages, and especially love to involve music is some way - like using lyrics to a favorite song of photo that reflect music and my mood.  I also have become very interested in photography and love using a special photo as the basis for my page.

3) Why do I create what I do?

Simply because I love to!  I find myself going through "withdrawal" and getting cranky when I don't have time to get to my scrap room to create.  I also do it because I want to preserve the memories for my children and their children and so on!!!!

4) How does my creative process work?

I really have not thought about it.  I usually start with a photo and go from there.  I have an idea in my head of what I would like to create, but sometimes my page turns out completely different than what I thought it was going to be.  I also love to use sketches and challenges for inspiration!

Well, that's it!  I hope you enjoyed reading a little bit about me!

Now on to the fun part:  I asked three friends to participate with me:

She's a happily married mom to 3 adorable furry and four-legged kids. She loves to travel, create, and laugh. She's been keeping photo books with stickers and writing since she was very young, essentially "scrapbooking" before modern scrapbooking became what it is today.  She adores her 5 nephews and 1 glittery princess of a niece. She is very passionate about dog rescue, OU Football, OKC Thunder Basketball and UFC (she fully admits to being a TV yeller). Most summer weekends are spent at the lake, and her favorite vacation spot is LasVegas!

Cindy deRosier taught 4th and 5th graders for eleven years before becoming a stay-at-home mom in 2006. Now that her son is in school, she works from home during the school day as a freelance writer and designer in the craft industry. She blogs five times a week, sharing her scrapbook layouts, kids' crafts ideas, recipes, and other creative endeavors at

Lynn lives in a small town in Northern Ontario Canada. She has been scrapbooking for 12 years and most of her layouts are centered around her husband and two daughters. She recently began a scrapbooking challenge blog called "Challenge YOUrself" where the goal is to encourage scrapbookers to include themselves in their layouts.

And the virtual blog hop continues . . . 
Thanks so much, as always, for stopping by my blog today. ♥  I hope you enjoy visiting Tanya's, Cindy's and Lynn's blogs next week, too!  ♥  And visiting Michelle's blog post from last week, too! 


  1. Loved reading your post, taking a sticky at your LOs & that art journal looks fabulous!!! I must say, those photos are beyond it an online course, or RL one??? I'd LOOOVE to learn to take better photos:):)

  2. HI.. Was so very lovely to read a bit more about you! Lovely photos too... I hope things are good in your part of the world!

  3. Your layouts look super Sharon and I am sure they will be gorgeous! The colours are amazing! Super art journal colourful and bright! Loving your photo's too....they are amazing and the lighting so soft and special! Nice reading about you too....;-)

  4. I loved seeing your works in progress and your pictures of your beautiful girls! Your photographs are lovely. Photography is something I want to learn more about too! Thanks for your comments on my pop up card! I so much fun making it.
    Have a wonderful Memorial Day, Sharon!

  5. So loved reading more about you and your photos are AMAZING!!!!!!!!!

  6. I always want to know the person behind the blog. I loved reading more about you and your photos and creativity is always inspiring.

  7. Hi Sharon,what gorgeous photos.
    I love your style (I don't have one) and it was great to reading bout you ,thanks for visiting my humble blog,hugs Trish

  8. Awesome pictures of Annie and Katie!

  9. Hi Sharon! First of all I really loved so much how you thanked all the people who have or are serving our country....I totally agree that they deserve our love and thanks. I really love your photos, you are turning into a talented photographer! I think a fabulous creative photo is really the foundation of a great lo. I loved looking at your sneak peeks, love that pink watercolor piece, it looks like it will be so beautiful...have a wonderful week! hugs, Lisa

  10. I loved this! I love hearing more about you - and seeing your works in progress. I love the watercolor page you're working on and your photographs are beautiful, I especially love the one of the girls together! xoxo

  11. Hi! I hope you had a nice Memorial weekend. We had sunny, nice weather here, which made it nice.

    It was fun to learn more about you and see what you are working on these days. Your photos are spectacular! I love the quality of the light in your photos.

    Take care and have a good week!

  12. I love this post and hearing about your art thoughts!! Wonderful to see you in Michelle's blog hop and sharing new ones for us to check out. You do have a beautiful style in all that you do!!

  13. Love this! So fun to see what you're working on and to learn more about why you create and what your process is! And thanks for tagging me. :)

  14. Wonderful post, I love your photos, especially the one in the park with beautiful trees!

  15. I'm finally getting a chance to catch up on my blog friends after our trip, and this is so cool! I absolutely LOVE your photography!!!! Thank you, too, for including me in this Blog Hop adventure!!! :)

  16. Sharon, I absolutely LOVE your post! You are talented in so many ways, you are an inspiration to me! I was here on the day of your post, and I swear I left a comment, but I was having computer problems at the time, and now I see it didn't post. I'm so sorry! Thank you for participating in the blog hop! You are awesome!

  17. gorgeous work! your photos are awesome

  18. you always have the most beautiful photos. love your art journal, your layouts. so beautiful


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