Sunday, August 28, 2016

This Is The Life - Lasting Memories #308

Hello, hello! Happy Sunday to you! I hope that you are having a good weekend. I know that for me this weekend seemed to just fly by!

We have our fifth and final challenge for the month up over at Lasting Memories today. Our theme for August has been "The Adult Coloring Trend", and this week our challenge is a photo color inspiration challenge. Use the photo below for color inspiration on your layout.

I love the pretty colors in that inspiration photo! The pinks, the oranges, and the greens...just so pretty. I was having trouble finding any photos that I thought went with this color scheme, so I decided to pick my papers first, then see what photos I could find to match the papers. I pulled papers from a variety of manufacturers - Dear Lizzy, Crate Paper, Amy Tangerine, and Chickaniddy Crafts.

This is not my normal process. I almost always start with my photos and then pick my papers. It was really fun to change things up this time around. I probably would have never pulled these papers if I had picked my photos first, but I kinda really like the way this layout turned out!

I searched my Pinterest boards for a two photo sketch and decided to go with this older sketch from PageMaps. I flipped the sketch to work with my photos a little better, and I moved the title to under the photos. I will add a little bit of journaling, maybe around the banner piece, or hidden behind the photos on a tag. I had taken a lot of photos from this day, so not sure which story I want these photos to tell just yet. I just know that this was a beautiful summer day spent with my family, and life can't get much better than that!

2 pic sketch

Be sure to stop by the Lasting Memories blog to see the beautiful layouts from the rest of the design team. You have until September 2nd to play along!

Thanks so much for stopping by my blog! Have a beautiful day!

Friday, August 26, 2016

PDE Linky Party Challenge #135

Hello everyone! Happy Friday!

We have a new challenge up over on the PDE Linky Party blog today! This week's challenge is:

Ch #135 - Bold, Bright Colors

When I saw the theme for this week I immediately thought of the Simple Stories DIY Boutique. I knew I had just a few pieces of the 6x6 paper pad left, so I went in search of it in my stash. I just love those bright colors! They are sure to brighten anyone's day!

I based my card on this month's card sketch from Paper Issues:

Be sure to stop by the PDE Linky Party blog  to see the projects from the rest of the team! I hope to see you playing along with us!

Thanks so much for stopping by and have a great day!

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Scrapbook Challenges SS '16 Sketch #13

Hello everyone! Happy Tuesday to you! How is your week going so far? We have been having gorgeous weather lately, so no complaints here!

Today over on the Scrapbook Challenges blog we have sketch #13 from our Sizzlin' Summer of Sketches.

I had so much trouble deciding how I was going to use this sketch! Use it as is with the four smaller photos, use one photo in place of the four...there are just so many possibilities with this sketch. I know I will be using it again!

In the end I decided to stick with the four smaller photos, but I used 4x3 photos in place of the 3x2's. Because the photos I used were a little bigger, I had to adapt the sketch just a bit to make it work. I really wanted to use the tags on this layout, but there just wasn't enough room to make them look right.

The blue paper on this layout is some of the oldest paper in my stash. I know I have had it since probably 2004! It also came out of my 100 Patterned Paper challenge stash, so that's one more sheet that has been used! I also used my Fiskars teeny tiny star hand punch to punch those little stars. I just love those little stars, but they are kind of a pain to work with!

These photos are of the kids from the 4th of July 2013. Shane was in a mood to take lots of pictures - thanks to the flags - so they all just had fun being silly and posing with the flags.

I am a little sad that this is our last week of Sizzlin' Summer of Sketches! Mostly sad because I didn't get as many done as I had wanted to. Hopefully I'll get a couple more made before the end of the week. Regardless, they will all be filed away for later use.

Check out the Scrapbook Challenges blog to see what the other design team members did with this sketch. You have until the end of the month to play along.

Thanks so much for stopping by! Have a great day!

Monday, August 22, 2016

Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge #174

Hello, hello! I am back with a quick post this evening. We have a brand new sketch posted over on the Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge blog today. This is another great sketch with lots of possibilities. I can definitely see myself turning it and using it for a project life style card.

I always seem to be in need of birthday cards, so I dug out my balloon dies and went to work! I used my favorite birthday paper once again! I just think it makes for a fun birthday card!

I am also linking this card up at Sunny Day Crafting. Their challenges are always anything goes with an optional theme. This past week's theme was carnival or balloons. They'll have a brand new challenge up tomorrow, so I'd better hurry and get this linked up today!

Be sure to stop by the Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge blog to see the sketch and read up on the rules. The design team reveal and the top 3 will be posted on Wednesday. We do hope that you find some time to play along with us!

Thanks so much for stopping by and have a good night!

Make It Monday #70 @ The Memory Nest

Hello, hello! Here we are back around to Monday again! I hope that you all had a good weekend. It was a hard weekend for us as we moved our oldest son to college. This is going to take some getting used to!

We have a new sketch up over at The Memory Nest, and this fun sketch is courtesy of Katie Lamb.

As I mentioned above, we moved Matthew to MSU this past weekend, so I guess I was feeling a little...lonesome...maybe a little sad...whatever the case, it made me not miss him quite so much working on a layout about him. Even though we still have Shane at home with us, it still feels like we are experiencing an empty nest. We know that Shane will more than likely be with us always, so Matthew is like the last of the kids that will leave the nest!

I used an older Echo Park collection - Note To Self - for this layout. I have been hanging onto it for a long time, and since I went and bought more paper when we took Matthew to college (hey, it made me feel a tiny bit better!) I figured I better use up some older stuff! This one will have hidden journaling on it - probably on the back since I have so much to say - I just don't think a tag behind the photo will cut it this time!

Be sure to stop by The Memory Nest to see the layouts from the rest of the design team. This is the last sketch in our weekly summer sketch series. There's still time to play along with all of the sketches from July and August, so get those layouts linked up for a chance at the grand prize!

Thanks so much for stopping by today! I hope that you have a fantastic start to the week!

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Sketch N Scrap Card Sketch #80

Happy Saturday! I hope your weekend is off to a good start! We are still having some really nice weather, so I'm hoping to get out and enjoy some of it this weekend.

We have a new card sketch up at Sketch N Scrap today! This fabulous sketch is courtesy of Heather.

I just love everything about this sketch, and I know I will be using it again and again! When I first saw it I wanted to do a Christmas card, but when I was looking for papers I came across this Crate Paper Bundled Up paper pad and decided to go for a winter time card instead. The colors in this collection are just so pretty and just a little different than the normal blues for winter. To finish off my card I added in a few die cut and punched snowflakes with a little pink bling.

Check out the Sketch N Scrap blog to see the fun cards from the rest of the team. You have until the end of the month to link up to any or all of our sketches. I hope to see you playing along!

Thanks so much for stopping by! Have a great day!

Thursday, August 18, 2016

PDE Linky Party Ch #134 - Tags

Hello everyone! Happy Friday to you! We have a new challenge for you over on the PDE Linky Party blog today.  This week's challenge is:

Ch# 134 - Tags

 I love homemade tags, but I rarely make them. At least not "fancy" tags! I cut tags for my layouts all the time, but they are usually tucked behind a layer and a lot of it is not even seen, so it was fun to make a pretty tag!

I made this tag to attach to some goodies for my daughter on her first day of school. I also took a picture of her when I picked up Ada, because hey, you normally don't get a chance to take a photo of your (almost) 26 year old daughter on her first day of school! With being a special education teacher her first few days are filled with not a lot of students, but a lot of scheduling and trying to figure out when those students are going to be in her classroom. I thought she might need a little pick me up to help get her through!

Stop by the PDE Linky Party blog to see the beautiful tags from the rest of the design team. I hope you play along with this fun challenge! I can't wait to see what you create!

Thanks so much for stopping by today! I hope you have a fantastic Friday!

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Such A Cutie - Sketches In Thyme #214

Hello everyone! Happy hump day to you! This week just seems to be flying right on by and before you know it we will be back to the weekend.

Today is my day to be featured over at Sketches In  Thyme. This week we are working with the talented Sara Mishler's sketch.

I used a couple of pieces of paper from Shimelle's Star Shine collection along with her "Shimelle" 6x6 paper pad. I just love it when collections from the same designer match so well together! All of my embellishments, with the exception of the enamel dots, came from the Star Shine collection as well. The turquoise background piece is from my 100 Patterned Paper challenge stack. It looks like it's a little brighter than the other colors, but it really does match very well.

Check out the Sketches In Thyme blog any day of the week for new inspiration. We have 3 sketches posted so far for August, and a couple more to follow. I hope you have time to play along with us. Every layout you enter gets you a chance to win this beautiful paper pack:

Thanks so much for stopping by today! I hope you have a wonderful day!

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

My Guys - Scrapbook Challenges SS '16 #09

Hello again! I am back with another post! If you are looking for my Try Stampin' - Or Not -On Tuesday reveal, please scroll down or go here.

Sizzlin' Summer sketch #09 is up today on the Scrapbook Challenges blog, and I finally had a little time to play along! This month has been crazy busy with going back to school for Shane last week, and this week we are getting ready to move Matthew in to his dorm. I'll be glad for things to slow down and get settled back into a routine!

Anyway, here's a look at today's sketch:

I really should have turned my photo to black and white - I struggled finding paper to match the red and maroon! I did find this piece from Shimelle's Star Shine line and thought that it actually worked really well. 

I kept this layout very simple - I didn't want to go overboard with the hearts, but really wasn't feeling anything else. There really isn't a big story behind this photo - it was just one of those times that I got a good photo of Matthew and Scott together. Like I said in my journaling - the only thing that would have made this photo better is if Shane was in it!

Check out the Scrapbook Challenges blog to see the layouts from the rest of the design team. 

Thanks so much for stopping by! Have a great day!

Try Stampin' - Or Not - On Tuesday #284

Hello everyone! I hope that your week is off to a good start! If you're looking for something fun to do, why don't you check out this week's sketch at Try Stampin' - Or Not - On Tuesday and play along with us!

The optional challenge for this week is - paper tearing.

I did tear the edge of my paper strip, and I had planned to do more, but then I decided that since I was in need of an anniversary card I would go with hearts instead of boxes.

Head on over to the Try Stampin' blog to see the fun cards from the rest of the design team. You have 2 weeks to play along with this sketch, and you can link up on the blog or on our Facebook page.

I do hope you play along with us!

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!