BLUFFDALE, UTAH (August 6, 2008) – Creating Keepsakes magazine announced Mandy Douglass of Page, Arizona as the 2008 “Scrapbooker of the Year” at the Creating Keepsakes University education seminar in Provo, August 6th. Douglass was awarded $10,000 in cash, as well as thousands in sponsorship prizes from Creating Keepsakes, Sizzix, and Wausau Paper.
Additionally, Douglass is invited to appear in the Creating Keepsakes, Sizzix, and Wausau Paper booths during upcoming tradeshows and will sign a two-year agreement to represent Creating Keepsakes at upcoming events.
As the third “Scrapbooker of the Year” contest, Creating Keepsakes received hundreds of scrapbook entries. Five finalists were chosen and received an all-expenses paid trip to the awards reception and the Creating Keepsakes University education seminar, August 6 – 9.
“We were delighted by the beautiful entries we received for the contest this year and it was extremely difficult to narrow them down to just five,” commented Lisa Bearnson, founding editor of Creating Keepsakes magazine and a leading spokesperson for the scrapbooking industry. “All five finalists are exceptionally talented scrapbookers—they wowed us with their amazing pages and unique article ideas. We celebrated their superb work and outstanding talent at the awards reception.
To enter the “Scrapbooker of the Year” contest, scrapbookers submitted a portfolio of their 20 best scrapbook layouts and prepared an article outline on a scrapbooking topic relevant to Creating Keepsakes readers.
Founder Lisa Bearnson, editor-in-chief Brian Tippetts, creative editor, Britney Mellen, and managing editor Brittany Beattie were among those who selected the top five finalists by judging the contestants on their scrapbook pages, as well as specified personal interviews. Finalists were selected based on showing enthusiasm for the hobby, being able to inspire other scrapbookers, and presenting a unique viewpoint to the industry.
About Creating Keepsakes
Creating Keepsakes magazine is America’s leading scrapbook magazine, providing a wide variety of scrapbook page ideas and styles for intermediate to advanced scrapbookers who are passionate about their hobby. The magazine is published 13 times a year, has a readership of approximately half a million and is available at scrapbook specialty stores, Barnes & Noble, Wal-Mart, Michael’s and Hobby Lobby stores, as well as craft retailers nationwide. For more information about Creating Keepsakes, visit www.creatingkeepsakes.com.