Tuesday, October 16, 2012

SOC October Member of the Month

Welcome to our very first SOC "Member of the Month" feature.  Each month we will highlight a wonderful member of the SOC Family.  Someone who exhibits creativity and the wonderful principles of sistahood and support for the SOC Community.

This month we feature Mary Joyce.  She joined the SOC Family on October 13, 2009 and has spread support, kindness and encouragement, ever since.  She spreads her love through SOC by being a big advocate of SOC, participating in swaps, charitable events, hosting the Friday Night Chat, continuously leaving love in the gallery and encouraging members everywhere to enjoy their creativity.  She is the epitome of a wonderful sistah.  Join me in welcoming MJ as our first MEMBER OF THE MONTH.

Tell us a little bit about yourself and your family.
My name is Mary Joyce aka Dr.AABlackgurlsrock and I am the mother of one special daughter and one special pomerian dog.

Do you have a blog?
My blog is  http://afrocentriccreations.blogspot.com

How long have you been crafting?
I have been crafting for a very long time but really got into scrapbooking/cardmaking about 15 or 16 yrs ago.

How did you get started?
I sparked an interest after I stopped doing ceremics when my cousin told me at a family reunion that she would go home and scrap her pictures right away. I went home and went to a Creative Memories party and have not stopped.

Where do you get your ideas/inspiration? 
My ideas and inspiration are mostly spontaneous after looking at an image,  but I do love looking at gallieries.

How do you describe your style?
I would say I don't have a specific style but if I had to chose one I would say Afrocentric/eccentric.

What is your favorite tool and why?

My favorite tool, since I love to color, is my copic markers.  Along with this I would say my Big Shot to cut spellbinders.

Who are your favorite paper crafters at this time? Why? 
I have no particular crafters that I follow, but I love the work of many of the SOC sisters.

Have you ever been published?
I am very new to challenges outside of SOC and blogging.  I am a DT member of Jackson's Digital Expressions, I have been published on SOC scrapbook Magazine, Top 3 at Brown Sugar a couple of times and Featured on Outlawz several times.

This is where MJ creates!  Look at all those wonderful stamps!

MJ's creativity simply makes me smile.  Her coloring techniques and desire to feature wonderful images that represent so many wonderful shades of brown make for fabulous, uplifting creations. 

Thanks everyone for joining us and be sure to come back soon for more inspiration! And be sure to look for the next SOC Member of the Month...it could be you!


  1. Congratulations Mary!! You are the perfect choice!

  2. Congrats Mary. Perfect choice for the first feature! Love your work Mary.

  3. Yes... I agree with Kelli, you are the perfect choice as member of the month!! Congrats!!!

  4. Congrats MJ, what a great person to start this off with.

  5. Congrats MJ, what I great honor bestowed upon such a wonderful person!

  6. Congrats MJ such a great honor for a great person and friend. BTW do you have enough rubber stamps I thought I was looking at Mikes or AC Moore lol

  7. Congratulations MJ for your prestigious title of SOC October Member of the Month. What a wonderful opportunity for us to say thank you for all you do and sharing your passion.

  8. Congratulations Mary!! You are truly an inspiration to us all!

  9. A huge CONGRATS Mary!!!!! You go girl! :D

  10. Thank you ladies, I am truely touched with all the love. Life is not always easy so being part of this wonderful group has given me new meaning.
    I am truely grateful for all the friends I have made on SOC.

  11. Congratulations Mary Joyce. You are indeed an inspiring sista to us all.

  12. Mary Joyce: When I read the email and clicked the link, I was thinking - it has to be YOU. I'm not psychic, but I really wanted it to be you.

    One day I will grow up to be free and create just like you. Congrats!

  13. Congratulations MJ on being our first SOC Member of the Month. You are most deserving as one who always gives freely of herself to encourage and instructs us in this wonderful craft we share.

  14. Hey Mary you ROCK!!! Love those STAMPS! Keep on encouraging and creating!

  15. Congratulations MJ! It couldn't have happened to a nicer SOC family member! I loved getting a sneak peak into your creative space. Can't wait until I see it in person!

  16. Well deserved! The perfect choice for the first SOC Member of the Month. MJ is our Cheerleader always encouraging and praising you along the way. Her afrocentric creations totally ROCK!



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