Saturday, May 29, 2010

Winner of Challenge #2...

The winners are...Janet M and a Splash of Sherry!! Please email me at to claim your Maya Road canvas goodies! These ladies did a great job of using only patterned paper for this challenge!!! Thanks for playing along!

Thursday, May 27, 2010

More inspiration for you.....

Here is an adorable layout by the fabulous Megan Klauer using only patterned paper for Challenge #2!! You still have time....and because it is my birthday tomorrow I am going to pick 2 people to win my Maya Road canvas prizes!!! So hurry and submit your creations to our gallery!!!!

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

There is still enough time....

There is still enough time to create your layout for challenge #2 (use only patterned paper/no cardstock) here at The Story Matters! Show us what you have done and link it to our gallery and you could win some sweet canvas goodies from Maya Road!!!

Sunday, May 23, 2010

A new week...a new challenge!

It's Shelley here to kick off a new week at The Story Matters. A new week calls for a new challenge don't you think?! For this one let's see what you can do with your kit using ONLY patterned paper....NO cardstock! Make sure you link to your challenge project with your comment and don't forget to post in the gallery!! I am going to choose a winner at the end of the week for some incredible Maya Road canvas goodies! Ready....set.....go!!

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Mid week challenge inspiration!

How are your challenge/sketch layouts coming?? :)
Just wanted to spur you on to CREATE!

WHAT a simple sketch!
Give it a try!
Turn it upside down, turn is sideways...
For ONCE I left it alone! Can ya believe??
I just wanted to say THANK YOU to all you uploading to the gallery!
I might just be back tomorrow to show off some of the AWESOME stuff out there!

See ya soon!
(You have until Sunday at 12 midnight CST to upload a sketch layout!)

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

More Free Stuff? I'm totally Serious!

So I don't about you but I LOVE FREE SCRAPPY GOODIES!

So in honour of the New Forum & Gallery I have decided to give away a Whole bunch of stuff.

So what do you got to do to enter?

I am going to give away 3 prizes...
1 prize for the most uploads between today and June 5th. (our Sneak peek day)
1 prize for getting ALL your friends signed up at the forum.

Just get them to leave a comment here and who sent them...
1 prize for the person thats leaves the most comments!
0 lets get going girls.

AND the more people that join, the more layouts and projects loaded, the more comments left mean THE BIGGER THE PRIZES!

I'm off to get the ball rolling girls!

Monday, May 17, 2010

Are you Ready for a NEW Challenge?

Hey Guys! It's Bree. I'll be helping host the challenge this week.
Do you guys love a good sketch? I know I do.
So I created this little one just for my Story Matters Girls.
Yup! I'm talking to you!
So here's the sketch!
I love my May kit so much, that I am almost completely out of it.
And this is a great sketch for using some little pieces or scraps.
So check out my interpretation of ht sketch!

I created a 12x12 Layout to share.
I am really trying to challenge myself to use more journalling,
and that's something us Story Matter Girls love to encourage.
So I not only created my own journalling box,
I also added strip journalling around the entire layout.

Tania created a beautiful card using the sketch.
I love versatility of this kit!

Here's a close - up

And Megan created this Beautiful Layout.

Bravo Ladies. I love all these projects.

So now it's your turn.
We would love to see what you can create using this sketch.
Upload your layouts to the gallery...
and then come back here and leave your link in the comments section!
I will also send one random participant a fabulous prize,
just for playing along.
Oh yeah....
Don't forget to sign up for the Forum and the Gallery.
It's a great place to get some new ideas and lots of inspiration.


You have until Sunday night at Midnight (CST)!
Can't wait to see your creations!
Be sure to post to the gallery too! Keep 'em coming!

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Please welcome our first guest designer...

And could we possibly start with anyone more fabulous than the amazing, Lisa Truesdell {aka gluestickgirl}! We're so excited, can't you tell!

Lisa Truesdell lives in Omaha, NE, in a midtown neighborhood filled with big trees and old houses. When her mother started scrapbooking, Lisa was surprised to see how far the hobby had come, and quickly fell in love with a craft that allowed her to experiment with color & patterns, words and photographs. She's now been scrapbooking for 5 years and her pages are detailed and whimsical. She loves to mix and layer bits of patterned paper with lots of sewing. Lisa finds inspiration in quilt patterns and decor magazines, and strives to record the small moments in her family's life that would otherwise be forgotten.
Lisa has been married to Matthew for 12 years and is a stay-at-home mom to their three boys - Alex, Ben and Sam. When she's not making pages or chasing her boys, she is slowly teaching herself to use her sewing machine on fabric. She also subscribes to too many magazines and is useless from the moment she starts a new book until she finishes it.
Lisa was a Creating Keepsakes Honorable Mention winner in 2006, and has had her work featured in BHG Scrapbooks Etc, Creating Keepsakes, Simple Scrapbooks, Scrapbook Trends, Scrapbook and Cards Today and Cards Magazine. She currently designs for Studio Calico and Fiskars.

Here's a sneak from Lisa using the June kit...

Thanks Lisa!


And the winner of our first weekly challenge {ad inspiration} goes to:

Congratulations! You've won a $5 The Story Matters gift certificate!

Please contact Penny at mailto:info@thestorymatters.comfor information on redeeming your prize!

Here's a clue...

it has to do with glue...

Start guys are gonna LOVE our first guest designer!
I'll be back this evening with the winner of our first challenge.
So start guessing away!!!

Saturday, May 15, 2010

Who wants to see some sneaks!!!

Yes, it's sneak time again already! Sit back and enjoy all the lovely sneaks from our great design team...

Don't forget about the {inspiration} challenge going on! Check out the details HERE!

And come back tomorrow for some TEASING about our Guest Designer!

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

More inspiration...

How's the inspiration layouts coming? Hope you're having lots of fun with this one!

Here's another great layout from the fabulous design team member Amy Coose...

Thanks Amy!

Find more info on our fun challenge going on HERE.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Are you a winner...

...winner...chicken dinner?

{Sorry, I couldn't resist!}

Here is a recap of our Web Launch give-aways. If you're a winner and haven't claimed your prize yet, please do so by send your addy to

angiescraps: Pen & Ink set

gammonbaby: Stamp sets

ckmom78: I-top

Pat O: Little Yellow Bicycle pack

Nana Beth: Prize Pack from Amy Coose

Nitasha: Jessica Rose print

The Grounds Family: Bo Bunny Prize Pack

Sillypea: April Kit

Joyce Crick: Maya Road

Jools: GCD Studios

Kristen Summer: We R Memory Keepers

{Congrats all you lucky bums!}

Monday, May 10, 2010

I Challenge you to join me...

Hey guys! Megan here and I'm so excited to get our challenges started!
Our first challenge is going to be {magazine inspiration}.

I love to find inspiration from magazines, newspaper articles, clothing, etc. I have a box on my scrap desk that I keep them in so they are easy to sift through if I need a creative boost. {A binder would work great also...maybe someday I'll be that organized.}


So here is the magazine page I chose to use for inspiration...

...and the page I created using the May {The Very Hungry Caterpillar} kit...

And check out the layout design team member Tania created using the inspiration piece...

LOVE! us how the magazine page inspires you!
Upload your layouts to the gallery...
and then come back here and leave your link in the comments section!

I can't wait to see what you all come up with!

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Grand Prize Winners!

Winner of the Stamps sets and blog: "gammonbaby"!!!!

Winner of the "Pen and Ink" set: "angiescraps"!!!!

Winner of the the Imaginisce I-Top: "ckmom78"!!!!

THANK you everyone for your support!

Our first challenge since our website launch posts TOMORROW!

Watch for a Designer Blog Hop SOON!
(Sneak Peeks are May 15th for the June kit!! Buy a kit today and be guaranteed a June kit!)

AND another FANTASTIC prize coming VERY soon!
You do NOT want to miss it!!


Happy Mother's Day all you fantastic mothers out there!!


But we aren't drawing yet!
We'll give you some more time to ENTER to WIN! :)

Scroll down to the last entry to see all the FANTASTIC grand prizes!!

Only those registered on our website in the forum and gallery are eligible to win!
Anyone that has uploaded a layout has en extra entry!

See ya later!!!

Saturday's winner of the Little Yellow Bicycle Prize Pack:

Pat O. said...

Love all the neat stuff you have had to give away. Would love to see my name listed as the winner!! You have had an awesome week but you are awesome people and store!!

Email us at with your address so Tania can get that prize pack out to you!

Saturday, May 8, 2010

Saturday Prizes!!! (And Friday's winner!)

And don't forget TOMORROW is the GRAND PRIZE DRAWINGS!!
Martha Stewart "Pens and Ink"
Deluxe 36 pen set and a set of chalk inks!!Martha Stewart: THREE Stamp sets and a Deluxe Stamp Block!
I have these butterflies and LOVE them!!!!
And the FANTASTIC I-Top brad making tools!
But those are for tomorrow... :)

TODAY, is a FANTASTIC prize pack from Tania and Little Yellow Bicycle!!
Feeling "Lucky"??

Comment here... and don't forget-to be eligible to win one of the GRAND PRIZES you have to be registered in the Gallery and the Forum!!
Friday's Winner:
NanaBeth said...

Looks wonderful. You guys rock-thank you for the chance to win.

May 7, 2010 4:12 PM

Email : and give us your address to claim your prize!!

Friday, May 7, 2010

We're not done yet!!!

It's Friday and there are still some great prizes to be won!
Up for grabs today is this fun prize pack from our talented designer Amy Coose...

{Lots of ways to enter...comment here on the blog, become a follower, join us on facebook, sign up for our forums, and/or upload your layouts, cards, etc to our gallery!}

Good luck!

And the winner of the Fabulous Jessica Rose print goes to:

Nitasha said...
This print is so cute! And she made the cutest typwriter for the logo!
May 7, 2010 2:05 AM

Congratulations! Please email your info to mailto:info@thestorymatters.comto claim your prize!


And don't forget!

The GRAND Prizes will be for those who sign up for the forum and gallery!
Extra entries for uploading something to the gallery.

The three Grand Prizes?
A Martha Stewart Stamp Collection
A Martha Stewart "Pen and Ink" pack (Deluxe Pen set and a set of Inks!)
AND the Imaginisce I-Top!!

Wow! Don't miss out on the chance to win these great prizes! Go join us at the new website today!

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Thursday's Giveaway...

...before we get to THAT!
Have you bought your May kit??
Challenges start THIS COMING Monday, so get your kit! Even if you can participate without a kit, you might just see something from the design team and wish you had one!!
So pick up your kit, and make something COLORFUL!

Today's give-away:
If you haven't already noticed... The Story Matters has a NEW logo to go along with their NEW website!
We commissioned Vol 25 artist Jessica Rose to create this typewriter specifically for The Story Matters! She even has a version on sale now in her etsy shop in yellow! Too cute, huh??

Guess what she is giving us for THIS giveaway??
THIS print!!
HELLO! Isn't this the coolest!!
Scrapbooking is art, so time to give some art away!!

Check out Jessica's website HERE and link yourself to her Etsy store and check out her stamps line too, at Stamping Bella!

Winner, winner (weds.) chicken dinner!! :)

Blogger The Grounds Family said...

Lovin' the May Kit!! I would love to have this kit...I just might have to break my rule of "no more stuff!"

May 6, 2010 7:09 AM

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

MAY KIT starts shipping TODAY!!

Normally, each months kit will be available for purchase on the 5th of the month...(we jumped the gun a little for NSD and our website's launch! )
If you subscribed, say, on the 10th, your kit will ship when your subscription pays.
Pick-up will be available on the day your subscription payment is made also...
If you are NEW to The Story Matters, you can purchase and subscribe on the 5th!

Any kit purchase is a subscription, and at the same great price-BUT the you can cancel any month by the 25th of the month (giving you 10 days after the sneak peek!) It's that easy!

So don't miss a kit! Subscribe TODAY!!!
Here are the contents of May's Kit:

SneakPeekMayAll Kits

“The Very Hungry Caterpillar”

1-sheet Lily Bee chipboard flowers
1-Vintage “Buckle”
Assortment Prima Flowers
4 Custom buttons from The Button Box
1-Yard yellow grosgrain
2-Maya Road Scarlet hat pins
1-sheet Jillibean Soup “baked brown” Alphabeans stickers
1-Jillibean Soup Old World Cabbage “Spring Onions”
1-Sassafrass Cherry Delicious “Sapphire”
1-October Afternoon Thrift Shop “One of a Kind”
1-Prima Blooming Retro “Origami Gardens”
1-Jillibean Soup Old World Cabbage Stew “Brown Rice”
1-Lily Bee Hello Sunshine “Twirl”
1-lily Bee Hello Sunshine “Posies”
2-Bazzill cardstock “Kraft”
1-Bazzill cardstock “Desert Marigold”
1-Bazzill cardstock “Truffle”

And from our designers:
(LOOK all you can create with the FABULOUS May kit!!)

Today's prize (followers, comment-ers, and forum and gallery members)
Bo Bunny Persuasion Prize Pack!!

Ya got until tomorrow at about noon CST!
Tuesday's winner (of the April Kit):
sillypea said...
Would love to play with this extra kit and get a taste of your kit club! Thanks for the chance!

Email: and give us your address!!

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Tuesday Prize!!

This is fun, isn't it?? :)

OK, the prize for today? How about a April Kit??
(found one hiddin'... better find it a good home!)
There is a LOT of inspiration to be had from the April kit...
Not a "The Story Matters" subscriber yet?
This is your chance to try out a kit.
Get "The Story Matters?"
Your can add some of those layouts you didn't get a chance to create with this extra kit!!

So comment here, and JOIN US on the website!!

We have a gallery!
Extra entries to those that register and upload to the gallery!!
Let us be your destination for your gallery needs!
Interested in apply for design teams?
They want to see your work in one place!
How about "The Story Matters" gallery!
Members are joining daily!
Come join the fun!!
Monday winner: Joyce Crick!
Email us to we can get your prize out to you!!

Monday, May 3, 2010

Another day, another pirze-but.....

THIS time, you REALLY SHOULD to go and sign up and post on the forum! :)

SOOO...... followers, entered. Comment here, another entry. Forum sign up and comment TWO extra entries!
(BE AWARE-you can use the same password and sign in, but you must register to both the gallery and forum separately!)

MAYA ROAD! Shelley is providing this AWESOME prize!!
Ya KNOW ya want those banners!! :)

Winner of yesterday's GCD prize??

Jools said...

OOOOOOOH! This is some pretty stuff - some I haven't seen before. PICK ME!

May 2, 2010 9:16 PM

email and we will get that prize out to you!!


The GRAND Prizes will be for those who sign up for the forum and gallery!

Extra entries for uploading something to the gallery.

The three Grand Prizes?

A Martha Stewart Stamp Collection (photo coming soon)

A Martha Stewart "Pen and Ink" pack (Deluxe Pen set and a set of Inks!)(photo coming soon)

AND the Imaginisce I-Top!!

Sunday, May 2, 2010

...and now for another giveaway!!!

Wanna win this GCD Studios yumminess?

Just leave us a comment for your chance to win!
{And remember-followers are automatically entered in all prize drawings!!}
Hurry you have until noon tomorrow!
Go register at to be entered for the Imaginisce I-top and MORE (in the week long prize giveaways)!
And now for the lucky winner of the paper pack by We R Memory Keepers...
Kristin Summer said...
Congrats on launch Day! Love the design of the new site, and this paper pack!!
May 1, 2010 6:00 PM
Congratulations Kristin! Send your snail mail info to mailto:info@thestorymatters.comand we'll get that send out to you asap!

Saturday, May 1, 2010


Enter to win today!
(Since we are getting started a little late today, how about we take entries until noon tomorrow, an then start a new give-away!!)

How about a paper pack by We R Memory Keepers!!
Over 500 pieces in this pack!! It includes 2 letter sets and an embellishment sheet, in addition to all the fabulous papers-including clouds, and stripes... PERFECT for all your summer layouts!

Just comment! And remember-followers are automatically entered in all prize drawings!!

Go register at to be intered for the Imaginisce I-top and MORE (in the week long prize giveaways)!