Site icon Joanna Campbell Slan

A Crafty Type of Girl

That’s what my friend Rosemary Harris calls me. You know how you meet someone and even without a lot of chatter, you recognize a “kindred spirit”? Yep. That’s how I feel about Ro. She’s very elegant, very smart and you can almost see the wheels clicking as she listens because she’s REALLY tuned in and thoughtful. (The page above is a “virtual” cupcake from me to Ro. Enjoy!)

Ro is celebrating her new book The Big Dirt Nap. Nab it now–I predict it will sell out quickly! Go to

And even though she’s incredibly busy, she found time to allow me the honor of guest blogging on at Jungle Red Writers. I wrote about our common love of dogs. Check it out at

Now that blog post initiated a response from Jan, who said she’d really like to get into scrapbooking. And Ro was a bit surprised, I think, when she saw my scrapbook layouts. I brought them to Love Is Murder where Ro and I were on a panel. I had a hunch that a lot of our audience would be unfamiliar with what modern scrapbooking looks like. I remember the first time I saw pages which had been published in Memory Makers, the scrapbook magazine. My jaw dropped. You see, the publication process flattens out pages (of course, since it’s translating them from 3-dimensions to 2), and often alters the colors. So the first time you see real pages in real life, well, it can be a bit of a shock.

So, Jan, here are some of my most recent pages. I’ve been teaching classes on doodling, and these were created specifically to show different ways to use pen marking on layouts. I hope you like them!

PS You do know you can follow me now on twitter, right? I post journaling prompts regularly. If you are a scrapbooker or a diarist or someone who needs a nudge with his/her writing, they might be useful. Go to and click FOLLOW under my name.
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