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16 November, 2016

Special Guest Spotlight on

Hello everyone!

We are sure that you will be extremely pleased with
and greatly inspired by our November Special Guest,
so with no further ado, here she is:

Sharon Laakkonen is a very prominent name in the scrapbooking industry.
It is synonym of outstanding ambition and incredible talent
and we are thrilled to have her join us to inspire you this month!

Let's learn a bit more about Sharon, through her own words:

"Hello! First off, I am always humbled to be asked to share my work as I am so inspired by everyone else. I LOVE papercrafting, work in the industry for Prima Marketing, and have met so many wonderful people around the world 
as a result over the last 13 years. 

Alongside working full-time, I try to squeak out as much family time as possible: watching murder mysteries with my boys, shopping with my daughters, doing crafts with my granddaughters, and worshiping together on Sunday with the whole family!  Besides being a mom to 7 children, 3 daughters and 4 sons, I am also a Nana to 3 sweet little girls, Amariah, Madelyn, and brand-new baby Elizabeth 
who give me a lot of scrapbooking material.

As social media changes, you will fine me, and my latest scrapbook and planner projects, more and more on Instagram and Facebook, but I am also linking my blog as I do dust it off here and there!  I welcome you to come visit me!"


Here is a reminder of our November SPECIAL & OUR QUOTE challenge
followed by the exquisite project that it inspired Sharon to create!

Here is how Sharon describes how she was inspired by our word:

"As soon as I read this month's challenge, I knew the exact photo I was going to use: a very SPECIAL shot from my son's wedding. It fits perfectly with the quote too! The wedding was a high point in our family as we celebrated this SPECIAL love and welcomed another daughter into our crazy family!"

And this is how Sharon incorporated our creative challenge unto her project:

"'Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue'... I love symbolism in my projects so I could not wait to incorporate as  many as I could on my 'Wedded Bliss' shaker canvas. I started with a canvas (something OLD) that I had discarded because I messed up the stencil work (so don't ever throw those projects away!)  A 4 inch photo was trimmed to fit the shaker dome, then I filled the dome with glass beads (something NEW and BLUE), adhering the photo to seal it all in. Clips of lace are added around the dome while flowers, metal and wood pieces embellish it. A sweet little dove was added as a symbol of their new life together, wishing them a very SPECIAL lifetime together filled with peace and love!"

What a gorgeous romantic and elegant keepsake that Sharon has created here, absolutely perfect for our November challenge!  Let's take a closer look at all the fabulous details from the pretty beads right down to that inspirational dove.

Sharon, thank you so much for having accepted our invitation
and for sharing with us this incredibly beautiful mixed media canvas!

We hope that you will all take inspiration from Sharon and play along

Link up your project in our sidebar by November 30th.


  1. Wow this is so beautiful Sharon, and it's so lovely to see you as guest designer here! You are one of the most famous papercrafters out there, we all admire your work! Thank you for sharing xxx

  2. Oh this is such a BEAUTIFUL interpretation of our challenge Sharon & sooo innovative with that shaker dome too. Looks amazing. Thanks so much for being our special guest this month & I know your wonderful project is going to inspire lots of people.

  3. Wow gorgeous take on the challenge this is so sweet and original!!!

  4. sure know how to make a girl feel special! Thank you once again for the invitation. It is truly my honor to be among so much talent!!!

  5. Hermoso trabajo y tambien amo el simbolismo en mis layouts, bello, inspirador y original.

  6. Your canvas is gorgeous Sharon! Thank you so much for joining us as our November Special Guest!! :)

  7. Wow - this is incredible! I adore the shaker dome. So glad you could be our super-special guest this month!

  8. WOW! WOW! WOW! This looks AMAZING... Thank you for joining us as our November Special Guest! :)

  9. This is so pretty. Gorgeous canvas. Hugz


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