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Spotlight on Maggie & Jessica

Today is day three of the Most Influential Scrapbooker Awards BLOG TOUR! For your chance to win some of the 100 prizes that are up for grabs this week, pay a visit to Maggie and Jessica today. (Read more about the awards and the nominees by clicking here!)

Spotlight on... Maggie Holmes
We're definitely not the only ones to have discovered the magic of Maggie Holmes; she's everywhere! From running a family photography business (Maggie Holmes Photography) and a blog (maggieholmes.typepad.com), to teaching online photography workshops and in-person classes (such as Creative Escape), to designing for Creating Keepsakes magazine’s Dream Team and prominent manufacturer design teams, Maggie's got her finger on the pulse of the industry. Check out her full profile here, and click the banner above to visit her blog.

Some thoughts from those who know Maggie's work:

"I went to art school and have always been a painter, but never thought to incorporate that part of my life into the papercrafting side until taking a couple of classes from Maggie. She's fearless when it comes to mixing and using materials. I've taken so many of her techniques and used them in other ways. I've also started using some of her scrapbooking techniques in my painting...total cross-optimization! I think she's extremely cutting-edge and unlike any other. She has such a natural eye for choosing materials that complement each other, and continues to make things that haven't been seen before. All the while her work is pretty, exciting, new, edgy, modern, and cool."
~Jess Leggett from Irvine, California

"Maggie has changed the way I look at everyday items and how to incorporate them into my layouts and mini books. Also she has changed the way I look at colors and mixing odd color combos to get such a fun end result. Above everything else, though, Maggie has taught me that perfection is truly about telling the story how you see it. Yet somehow, she is so unaware of just how talented she really is and is appreciative of any praise or admiration she may receive from the talents she has been given. These talents have given her the opportunity to help her family in so many ways, which is what truly makes her happy. And I admire that!"
~Kelly Bird from Cave Creek, Arizona


Spotlight on... Jessica Sprague
A digital pioneer, Jessica Sprague has helped countless women become more comfortable using their computers in the memory keeping. Through her popular website, jessicasprague.com, she opens women's eyes to new digital possibilities, teaching everything form vintage-photo restoration to hybrid holiday projects. She also authored a brand new book about journaling, called Stories in Hand, to be published this year by Northridge Media. This digital dynamo blogs at spraguelab.squarespace.com.

Here's what a couple of her biggest fans had to say:

"I had been a paper scrapper exclusively, and felt confined by time. Jessica demonstrated that I do have the time to create beautiful things without having to spend hours. But I must say that the thing I admire most about Jessica is her love and commitment to the ladies in our jessicasprague.com community. And to the scrapbooking community as a whole. It is rare that someone truly knows their mission in life. Their purpose and raison d'etre. Jessica does and she lives it every day."
~Jennifer Warneke from Apex, North Carolina

"As Jessica's mother-in-law, I love her dearly and she has taught me everything I know about digital scrapbooking. I love making layouts of all my grandchildren and find it and exciting and rewarding. Thanks to Jessica, I have a way to record the history of our family."
~Carol Sprague

"When I found Jessica's blog, I suddenly realized that the Photoshop CS2 that I had only used for very minimal photo-editing work had immense promise. And Jessica, through her free Photoshop Friday tutorials on her blog, made everything seem so simple and do-able. As my journey with Jes started, I found a home and never had any desire to look elsewhere. The next time you find yourself at jessicasprague.com, scroll down to the bottom of any page on the site, and you'll see 'Jessica thinks you're awesome.' She really does. I think this sums up the reason why people feel brave enough to venture on the paths that Jessica takes us on, whether that's digital scrapbooking, photo-editing, or hybrid scrapbooking. She truly believes in the potential that lies within everyone."
~Liv Esteban from Manila, Phillippines


Note: After a day of travel mishaps and technical troubles, Jenni Bowlin was able to get her post up last night! She'll leave her comments open through Thursday, so head on over for more chances to win!

And the randomly-chosen winners from Monday are...

Comment #48: My inner sanity art (aka- the reason I scrapbook!)
Posted by: jdaloisio

Comment #58: Mostly I'm Simply Adorable (hee hee)
Posted by: dazey1050

Comment #132: 
I have to second Make It Sane Again. I am so happy to be back scrapping and a few of your ladies on your list are the reason I'm here. :)
Posted by: p7eggyc

Comment #146: 
My Incredible Scrapbook Albums
Posted by: gilroygirl

Comment #147
: My Imagination Sizzles Away! Linda
Posted by: LinaH

Comment #182: 
Mid-Illinois Sunshine Addict
Posted by: platoj

Comment #276: 
Make it Simply Artistic
Posted by: mjmarmo

Comment #302
: Most Insane Shopper Award
Posted by: Deneen03

Comment #311: 
Mission: Inspirational Scrapbooking Awareness
Posted by: luckysmom

Comment #389
: MISA...Mission InspireMe Seriously Accomplished
Posted by: kimosabescraps

Thanks everyone for commenting! How creative were those comments? Now we think "MISA" should stand for
Most Imaginative & Savvy Audience!

Winners, we'll contact you directly by email in about a week to let you know which of the ten prizes you won. Everyone else, you still have plenty chances to win today, tomorrow, and Friday if you visit the other blogs on the tour.

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