Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Sketch N Scrap's Monthly Challenge #4

Hello, everyone! Happy Hump Day to you! We have made it to the middle of the week and are headed for the weekend! Wednesdays are always a fun day for me because that is when Abby and Ada come over after work/school for supper and visiting.

The 4th and final challenge has been posted today in Sketch N Scrap's Monthly Facebook Challenges group and here is the card that I created for it but you'll have to head on over to the group to see which sketch I used and what the optional twist is for this challenge:

I have come to the conclusion that I really need to buy a new Christmas collection this year - especially the 6x6 paper pads! I don't have a lot of Christmas 6x6 paper pads left (I've actually used the majority of them up) but what is left...well, I'm just not feeling inspired by them and when that happens I find that if I add something new into the mix it really gets the creative juices flowing. I don't think I've bought any new Christmas 6x6 paper since 2016 so it's time to get something new!

For this card, I have used Doodlebug Design's "Here Comes Santa" paper pad. That cute little Santa is a stamp from Close To My Heart (C1746 - Oh What Fun) and I stamped him in Candy Apple ink from Close To My Heart. I do not have the dies for this set but he is really easy to fussy cut.

I stayed true to this fabulous sketch only moving the sentiment to the top of the box. This is one of my favorite sketches and I know you will be seeing it again!

Head on over to Sketch N Scrap's Monthly Facebook Challenge group and join in the fun!

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

Sunday, September 15, 2019

Selfies With Pops - Sketch N Scrap #185

Hello, hello! Happy Sunday to you! Can you believe it is already the middle of September?! The holidays will be here before we know it!

The middle of the month means it's time for a new sketch at Sketch N Scrap. Heather has created a fun sketch for us to work with:

Last Friday was Grandparent's Day at Ada's school. Our situation with Shane being what it is and someone needing to be with him at all times, we knew only Pops or I would be able to go and the other would need to stay with Shane. We gave Ada her choice and it was no surprise that she wanted Pops to be the one to come! Scott promised he would take lots of photos that afternoon, and guys did he deliver! He took so many good photos for me - I felt like I was there! The photos on this layout are two of my favorites:

The first selfie that they took they were all smiles and Ada said it looked silly, so Pops said they would make a grumpy face and she thought that was pretty funny! I think that both photos are adorable!

For my layout, I veered a little way away from the sketch. I completely ignored the circles and size of the photos, but I do think you can see the sketch!

Everything on this layout came from my September Counterfeit Kit except the ribbon, puffy hearts, and the small black letter stickers. The background paper with all the little text bubbles is the backside of one of the papers in my kit. I love having everything already together and ready to go when I sit down to scrap. I mean, these photos hadn't even been taken when I made up my kit, which leads me to a whole other point...

Since I have been scrapping I have always felt like everything needs to match - the colors in the photos should match the colors of the papers, etc. Since watching Janet at RTS Scrapbooking, I have been learning to let go of the need to have everything match and go with the mood and feel instead. Sometimes it even works out that I get my cake and eat it, too, with color matching and mood and feel. 

Take this layout for example. I had picked out a dark red to match Ada's shirt, a yellow paper, and a graph paper. It matched beautifully and it would have worked fine, but it definitely wasn't the mood and feel of a fun day for Ada and Pops. When I went back through my 'girly' papers in my kit, I came across this one with the text bubbles and knew it was going to be just what I wanted for this layout - and I LOVE how it turned out!

Here are a couple of close-ups:

I fussy cut the little word bubbles from the background paper and added a wood veneer camera for this fun little cluster. 

I included a couple of tags for my journaling. I know I have quite a bit I want to document about this and I thought the tags were the perfect solution. And I love the addition of the ribbon! I haven't used ribbon in ages!

Head on over to Sketch N Scrap to see the beautiful layouts from the rest of the design team. I can't wait to see your take on the sketch, too!

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

Saturday, September 14, 2019

Hello Handsome - Sketch N Scrap September Monthly Challenge #1

Hello, everyone and Happy Saturday to you! Are you glad it's the weekend? I know I sure am! My only plan for today is to scrap and then tomorrow all the kids will be here for football and I can't wait! We are all Raiders fans living in Chiefs country so when they play each other we all have to get together to cheer on our team! Here's hoping for a good game!

Today the first challenge of the month has been posted in Sketch N Scrap's Monthly Challenge Facebook group. You can join us by going here. I am hosting the first challenge but you'll have to go to the group to see which sketch I picked and what the optional twist is!

Here is the layout that I created for it:

Back in August, I was going through some older photos of the kids that I have never scrapped and I pulled out a bunch to work on. These photos of Shane just a couple a weeks before his second birthday were on the top of the pile! I had actually written on the back of the photo that he had just gotten his hair cut and the date - something I have not done nearly enough!  It was so nice to have the actual date and the reason for the photo instead of just guessing.

Everything on this layout came from my September Counterfeit Kit and I even managed to do a bit of stamping on it. Here are a few close-ups:

I fussy cut all of the ticket pieces from one of the patterned papers that I included in my kit. 

For my title I stamped the 'hello' and fussy cut around it and popped it up with some foam tape. I then die cut the letters for 'handsome'. I love the mix of the stamping with the die cut letters.

I love how this layout turned out. Of course, when you have such a cute subject to scrap it makes it easy to love the end result!

Be sure to join us in Sketch's N Scrap Monthly Challenges group for a lot of scrappy fun this month!

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

Thursday, September 12, 2019

Matt's Amazing Spiderman Collection - Counterfeit Kit Challenge #1

Hello, everyone! Happy Thursday!

It's time for the first challenge of the month at Counterfeit Kit Challenge today.

Here's a reminder of this month's inspiration kit:

For our first challenge of the month, we want you to "curate" your own project.

As you know, we are working with a curated kit this month which is rather exciting. When you look up the meaning "to curate" in the dictionary, this is the definition you will find:

verb (used with object), cu·rat·ed, cu·rat·ing.

to take charge of (a museum) or organize (an art exhibit)
to pull together, sift through, and select for presentation, as music or 
 website content

Lisa says, " I love the idea of pulling together some sort of exhibit or collection - after all, isn't that what we do with our memories all the time in this wonderful hobby of ours?"

This challenge was just the push I needed to get these photos of Matt showing off his Spiderman collection scrapped. Here is what I came up with:

Yep, these photos have been floating around my scrap room for the last 17 years and have not been scrapped. And they are so cute! Why in the world did I wait so long?! Probably because I was waiting for just the right paper or embellishment that just hadn't come along! Whatever the case may be, I'm glad now that I waited because they were just what I needed for this challenge!

Matt was so obsessed with Spiderman when he was little. Heck, he still loves to go see the movies as soon as they come out now! This shirt that he has on was by far his favorite and whenever it was clean - he was sure to have it on. He even had Spiderman sandals that he wore all summer long.

He had collected quite a few of the figures, books, the video game, and a movie. I guess I thought it would be a good idea to take a picture of his collection. I am so glad I did! I know we will probably always remember how much he loved Spiderman when he was little, but it'll be fun to look back at the toys and the books to see what he had.

Everything on my layout came from my September kit - except for the small red alpha letters. I did pull those from my stash. All of the papers - except the background - were all from the scraps the I included with my kit, and the striped paper is the only one that has anything left of it. It always feels so good to get some scraps completely used up!

Be sure to stop by the Counterfeit Kit Challenge blog to see how the other design team members took on this challenge.

Thanks so much for stopping by my blog today! I hope you have a great day!

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

TN Time With Lisa & Lori September Challenge

Hello and Happy Tuesday! I hope your week is off to a great start. It's been pretty quiet around here so far this week - which is just how I like it!

It's time for TN Time With Lisa & Lori's September challenge and we have a special guest joining us this month! More on that in just a bit, but first, let's see how our challenge works.

HERE IS HOW OUR CHALLENGE WORKS: This is a monthly challenge that launches on the 10th of each month  You will have until the 9th at midnight CDT to link up your entries. If you complete my challenge link your spread below. If you complete Lisa's sketch challenge link your spread on her blog - My Creative Endeavors. If you combine my challenge with Lisa's challenge link up your spread here on my blog AND on Lisa's blog. You will then have a chance to win my prize as well as Lisa's prize!  That's a chance to win TWO times with ONE layout!!

You can always find the rules to our challenge under the TN Challenge Rules tab at the top of the page.

We have a special guest designer joining us! My friend, Sandi, is joining us for this challenge. Sandi is a talented scrapper and card maker and she has played along with us the last several months. I always enjoy seeing her beautiful work. Here's a little bit about Sandi:

Hi, I am Sandi Pressley from Palm Coast, Florida which is on the east coast of the state between St. Augustine and Daytona Beach. I am recently retired from selling roofing and building materials and am enjoying my retirement so far more than I even imagined. I have been a paper crafter for nearly 13 years now. I love all size canvases from cards to 12x12 traditional layouts. This year I started my personal memory keeping of life with my wonderful and crazy husband in a Traveler’s Notebook and I must say, I really love this size. The pages come together quickly especially when using one of Lisa’s awesome sketches and paired with a fun challenge from Lori.

I was born and raised in Chicago. When Dave and I were married in 2003 we moved to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina where we lived for 4 years until moving to Florida. I have two sons that still live in the Chicago area and they have given me 4 grandchildren ranging in age from 18 to 8...... Jake, Cole, Abby, and Izzy. Their pictures and activities fill the scrapbooks on my shelves.

Besides crafting, I like to read, go out to lunch with friends, go to the gym and research future home improvements to keep my husband busy on the weekends. We are soon to become dog parents to a French Bulldog puppy. This layout is the first of many I am sure I will create about our new little girl.

Thanks to Lisa and Lori for inviting me to guest design here this month. I had a lot of fun working with the sketch and challenge.

You can see more of Sandi's beautiful work on her blog - Slightly Off Center

Now, here's my challenge for September:
(September 10 - October 9th)

Pick 3 items from the list below and include them on your spread. 
You can use more than 3 items from the list and you can use other items not on the list but your spread must have 3 of the following items on it:

1. heart(s)
2. die cuts/ephemera
3. tag(s)
4. banner(s)
5. flower(s)
6. labels
7. polka dots
8. stamps
9. washi tape

Here is the awesome sketch from Lisa:

Here is Sandi's adorable take on our challenge:

And here is my layout:

I am trying to get back on track with my 52 Favorites TN. I have a lot of weeks that I need to go back and fill in and my goal is to have it all caught up and back on track by the end of October...we will see if that happens! I did make time this past weekend to figure out which photos I want to use for the missing weeks. Now I just need to go back through my photos to see what I need to get printed and just work on it! I know once the weather is cooler - and the nights are longer! - that it will be much easier for me to get to my scrap room.

For my Week 33 layout - which was the week that Ada started kindergarten - I used die cuts, hearts, banners, a date stamp, and polka dots (red paper).
I still can't believe that she is old enough to go to school! 

I used Doodlebug Designs "School Days" collection for this. Most of the papers were scraps from the 12x12 layout I made a few days ago. You can see it here

Here are a couple of close-ups:

Poor Ada looks so nervous in this photo!

We did not have 3 participants last month so there will be no winner. A big thank you to Sandi for playing along with us.

Here is what you will be playing for this month:

I am going to add a couple more goodies to this prize and will update the photo when I figure out what it will be!

Make sure you check out Lisa's blog to see her beautiful layout and stop by Sandi's blog, as well, to read all about her super cute layout!

I hope you find some time to play along with us this month! Remember to link up your layouts below by October 9th.

Thanks so much for stopping by my blog today! I hope you have a great day!
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Sunday, September 8, 2019

Kindergarten - Scrap Our Stash Saturday Cartoon Sketch Challenge

I am back with my third post of the day! If you are looking for my reveal for The Studio Challenges, or for Lasting Memories, please scroll on down.

I am back to share my take on the Scrap Our Stash Saturday Cartoon Sketch Challenge. This month our inspiration cartoon is School House Rock, and with Ada just starting school you know I have to make a school layout! Along with the sketch we have the added challenge to include and educational symbol (such as a pen, paperclip, apple, books, etc.) on our layouts.

Here is my take on the challenge:

I've used Doodlebug Designs new 'School Days' collection for my layout. It is going to be the perfect collection for all of Ada's school activity pictures! I haven't added any journaling to this layout yet. If I do I will add a tag behind one of the photos. 

This was Ada's first day of kindergarten. She looks so nervous in the last two photos! It's been a big change for her but I do think she likes it so far!

To satisfy the added challenge of using an educational symbol, I have used a schoolgirl, pencil, paper, apple, and crayon die cuts. The title piece I have had in my stash for maybe 15 years! I got it at my sister's scrapbook store when she had it back in 2003 and 2004. It was one of the first "laser die cuts" that came out on the market. I have a whole collection of these still and it felt good to get at least one of them used!

Here are a couple of close-ups:

I did add a little bit of foam tape under some of the die cuts for a little extra dimension and interest.

Another layout that I love and the first of many that are sure to go into Ada's school album!

Head on over to Scrap Our Stash to see the fabulous layouts from the rest of the design team!

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

So Beautiful - LM #463 - Recipe Challenge #2

Hello again! I am back with my second post of the day. If you are looking for my reveal for The Studio Challenges, please scroll on down.

Lasting Memories has the second challenge for September posted today. Our theme for the month is 'Recipes' and today's recipe is - 1 photo, 2 mats on your photo, and 3 or more fussy cut pieces and use those pieces to create a wreath around your photo.

Here is my layout:

Back last month I was going through some older photos and picking a few to try to get scrapped this year and I just kept going back to this one of my mom. Friday it will be 6 years since she has been gone and it's crazy how much I still miss her! This photo was taken at Thanksgiving - one of the last - if not the last one - that she felt good enough to cook the majority of the meal. I'm not sure of the year, maybe 2010, I'll have to double-check with my sister, but you can just the joy on her face. She loved cooking for the whole family and all of us being together. 

I used Paige Evan's "Fancy-Free" from Pink Paislee for this layout. I fussy cut all of the flowers and leaves from one of the papers to create my wreath around my photo. I drew a circle to help me keep the shape and placed the flowers around it. I kept it pretty simple from there and just added in a few enamel dots and my title. 

While I was working on this layout Shane came into my scrap room to see what I was doing. He loves to look at photos about as much as I do! He saw this photo on my desk and said, "It's Grandma". He's not a man of many words, but those two words let me know that he does indeed remember his grandma, and I hope when he looks back at this layout and others with her on them that he will remember how much she loved him and all the fun they had when we would visit her house.

I've got a lot I would like to journal about for this layout and will either journal directly onto the back of the layout or create a pocket on the back of the layout to hold my journaling. 

Be sure to stop by Lasting Memories to see how the rest of the design took on this recipe. I hope you find some time to play along with us, too. 

Thanks so much for stopping by! I will be back soon with one more layout to share with you!

Queen Poppy - The Studio Challenges - Chevron Challenge

Hello, everyone! Happy Sunday to you! I hope you're having a good weekend. After a few cool days, it is back to feeling like the middle of summer around here. 

It's going to be a busy day here on my blog, so let's get started.

The Studio Challenges has a new challenge today and for this challenge we want you to create a layout with chevrons on it.

Chevrons have always been one of my favorite patterns but it's been a while since I used chevron pattern paper on a layout so it was fun to work with them again.

Here is what I came up with:

Even though I love chevrons, they can be a little on the busy side for me, so I like to use them in small doses. I cut the chevron paper at 5 1/2 inches and ran a narrow piece of washi tape along the edge. I fussy cut all of the flowers from a piece of patterned paper to cluster up at the bottom left of the photo and the top right. Everything on this layout came from my September Counterfeit Kit.

About the photo - Ada and I were shopping one day and she caught sight of these Poppy sunglasses and thought that she needed them. Of course, when she tried them on and looked so cute, I thought she needed them, too! I've never watched the Trolls movie to know much about Poppy but when I looked up a description of Poppy it said she is the happiest troll ever, and I thought, yep, that sounds just like Ada. Not so much the troll part but she is the happiest kid ever!

Here are a couple of close-ups:


It took a while to fussy cut all of those flowers but it was totally worth it! I love how this layout turned out!

Be sure to stop by The Studio Challenges to see the beautiful creations from the rest of the design team. I hope you're able to play along with us!

Thanks so much for stopping by my blog today! I will be back in a bit with another layout to share with you.

Thursday, September 5, 2019

Sketch N Scrap Card Sketch #153

Hello, everyone! Happy Thursday to you! This week seems to be moving right along. 

It's time for the first card sketch of the month at Sketch N Scrap today. Heather has created our first card sketch of the month and I can see myself using this one again!

Here is my card based on the sketch:

When I saw the main panel on the sketch I knew I would be using a pretty floral paper and this paper from Jen Hadfield's "Everyday" 6x6 paper pad was exactly what I was looking for. Those pretty little pink flowers just make me happy!

How lucky that my sentiment was the perfect size for the front panel! It is from my favorite go-to set from Hero Arts. I can't find a name for this set but it has so many good sentiments in it and I use it all the time.

Head on over to Sketch N Scrap to see the beautiful cards from the rest of the design team. I hope you have some time to play along with us this month!

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

Sunday, September 1, 2019

Let's Blow This Popsicle Stand - Sketch N Scrap #184

Hello, again! I am back with my second post of the day. If you are looking for my Counterfeit Kit Challenge reveal and blog hop, please scroll on down.

Sketch N Scrap has a great new sketch to start off September. Lisa has created a fun one photo sketch, but you could always change it up and add another photo. Here's a look at the sketch:

And here is my layout:

I got the idea for this layout from a Youtube video that I saw recently.  The talented Becky Bitting posted a process video a while back for a layout about her granddaughter in her car seat and had titled it "Let's blow this popsicle stand" and I immediately thought of this photo of Ada and I knew I would be using the same title.

Ada used to love to play in her car seat. If I left it on the floor she was constantly crawling into it and just setting and playing. Some mornings she just wasn't ready to get out of it, either. I just love that she has her little toy keys in her hand and it really looks like she is ready to go!

I've used my September Counterfeit Kit that I posted earlier today. These papers were part of my "girly" kit and I thought they would go well with this photo. 

Here are a couple of close-ups:

I just love this little rubber popsicle piece! It was a paper clip that I had received in one of my swag bags from Paper Issues back last year - I think. I used my craft knife to cut it off of the paper clip and to use it for an embellishment. Chances are if I had left it as a paper clip I would never have used it.  

On my layout I have added three little banner pieces in the lower right hand corner. They were not called for on the sketch but I had a mishap with my date stamp. I thought I could fix it but I wound up making it worse. If I'd just left it alone I would have been all right! I needed some way to cover up my boo-boo,  so a few banner pieces did the trick!

Be sure to stop by Sketch N Scrap to see the beautiful layouts from the rest of the design team. I would love to see your take on this sketch, too!

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