Let’s everybody take a deep breath, shall we? The Holidays are fast approaching. I don’t know about you, but I love being with my family, gathering around the table, and sharing food and memories. But all the preparing and the cleaning up after, and, well, it can be exhausting. When I have a moment. I like to pause and reflect, take stock, as it were and ask myself those important life questions and get back to gratitude.
For the scrapbookers, paper crafters, and journalers, we find ourselves wanting to capture those Holiday moments on paper. Sometimes, it’s hard to find the time to do it. But, I’m going to give you a little inspiration.
I’m having a “Pages of Thanks,” page layout contest.
One page. Any size page. It doesn’t matter.
Upload your layout (scrapbooking/journal/art journal) about gratitude. You can focus on Thanksgiving–or just being thankful. It’s up to you.
The prize? All five copies of the Cumberland Creek series, autographed, plus some scrapbooking goodies.
There are three ways to enter:
- Send them to me at firstname.lastname@example.org
- I’ve set up a Pinterest Board for you to upload your entries. The way this works is you must be invited to the group board–or ask to join. So you can send me your Pinterest name and I’ll invite you–or I’ll look for your request on Pinterest. (https://www.pinterest.com/molliecoxbryan/pages-of-thanks-contest/ )
- The other option you have is to post them to my Facebook event page.
The deadline is Dec. 10 and I’ll choose a winner by the 15th.
Here are some of the entries so far to help with inspiration:
(Want to see your work featured here? Then enter today!)
Mollie Cox Bryan is a food writer and cookbook author with a penchant for murder. Her stories have many forms: cookbooks, articles, essays, poetry and fiction. Mollie grew up near Pittsburgh, Pa., and attended Point Park University, where she received a B.A. in Journalism and Communications. In 1999, shortly after the birth of her first daughter, Emma, Mollie and her husband moved to the Shenandoah Valley of Va. (Waynesboro).
She was honored with an Agatha Award nomination for her first novel, SCRAPBOOK OF SECRETS.
Her latest novel, SCRAPBOOK OF THE DEAD, was published September 29th, 2015.
Halloween means spooky scrapbooks for the Cumberland Creek Scrapbook Crop, but what’s been happening around town is truly frightening. First a dead woman is found in the freezer at Pamela’s Pie Palace, and the next day a second woman is found murdered by the river. Reporter Annie Chamovitz learns the victims were sisters and is certain their deaths are linked. Most bizarre of all, both women were found clutching scrapbook pages.
As their Saturday night crop quickly becomes an opportunity to puzzle out the murders, the ladies begin to wonder if Pamela is hiding more than her secret recipes for delicious pies–or if the crimes are related to the startling discovery that there are gangs in Cumberland Creek. As All Hallows Eve approaches, the crafty croppers must cut and paste the clues to unmask a deadly killer.
Includes tips and a glossary of terms for the modern scrapbooker!
Praise for the Cumberland Creek Mysteries:
“Scrapbookers and hobby cozy fans will enjoy this delightful holiday escape.” —Library Journal on A Crafty Christmas
“A satisfying and surprising read.” –Sheila Connolly, New York Times bestselling author on Scrapped
“Though-provoking and well paced. . .A great story, well told!” –Juliet Blackwell, New York Times bestselling author on Scrapped
“A font of ingenuity. . .superb entertainment.” –Mystery Scene magazine on Scrapbook of Secrets