Sunday, November 10, 2019

TN Time With Lisa & Lori November Challenge

Hello, everyone!

It's time for the November Challenge at TN Time With Lisa and Lori! Here's how it works - Lisa will be providing a TN sketch on her blog for us to work with. I will be providing a random challenge here on my blog for you to use in your TN, planner, or bullet journal spread.

You can complete the challenges together or separately - it's your choice. If you complete my random challenge - link up below in this post. If you combine my challenge with Lisa's Sketch Challenge - link up your layout both here on my blog and on Lisa's blog. If you just complete the sketch challenge, then just link up on Lisa's blog. You will have a chance to win a prize from me and a prize from Lisa. 

Here is my challenge for November:
(Challenge open November 10th - December 9th at midnight)

Here is the sketch that Lisa has created for us:

Here is my TN spread based on the sketch and my challenge:

This photo of my sisters and me was taken a couple of weeks ago at our family Halloween party. I am so grateful to have these two in my life. Jenny shares my love of scrapbooking and Amy shares my love of cross-stitching and whenever we get together we always have fun. I could not have picked any better sisters.

For this spread I used Echo Park's - The Story of our Family - collection. I also used a couple of different stamp sets from Close To My Heart - Feel So Blessed (S1709) and For My Mother (CC4192).

I didn't have anything but a 6x4 photo all ready to go, so I went with it and just cut it down as much as I could to get it to fit on the page. That meant I had to move over the paper that was to go on the left side of the photo to more in the middle of the page.

Here are a few close-ups: 

Now for the rules. You can always find the rules to our challenge under the tab at the top of the page, but as a refresher, here they are again:

1. Create a TRAVELER'S NOTEBOOK, PLANNER, OR BULLET JOURNAL spread based on the CHALLENGE THEME and/or our sketch. 
2. You must be a follower of my blog.
3. Create a new, not previously posted project.
4. You are welcome to combine with other challenges.
5. If you have a blog please include the challenge graphic & a link to our challenge in your post.
6. You can link to social media if you don't have a blog. If you show your project on IG, please make sure to use #TNtimewithLisaandLori.
7. You can submit multiple projects but they must be posted to Inlinkz or social media separately.
8. If there are fewer than 3 players for our challenge, no winners will be chosen.

9. We ship only in the USA but our challenge is open to everyone so feel free to join us if you are an international player! 
10. Most importantly have FUN!

Here is November's prize:

I would love it if you played along with my challenge! Just link up your project below by December 9th at midnight! Be sure to stop by Lisa's blog to see her take on the challenge!

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

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Click here to enter

Saturday, November 9, 2019

These Are The Moments...Sketch N Scrap Monthly Challenges

Hello, everyone! Happy Saturday to you! Do you have any fun plans for the weekend? It's supposed to be a pretty weekend and I am sure we will be out trying to finish up some yard work before the cold hits on Monday. I'll also be fitting in some scrappy time this weekend, too.

Sketch N Scrap has posted the first of four challenges in our Monthly Challenges Facebook group today and I am here to share the layout that I created for it! You'll have to head on over to the group to see the sketch that I used and the optional twist. Here is the link: -

These photos of Shane when he was 10 months old are just too cute! He was such a happy little guy and now that he is 6 feet tall, full beard, a fully grown man, it is hard to believe he was ever this small.

I will be adding some journaling to this layout, but I'm sure it will be a bit lengthy and will probably need to be added to a pocket on the back of this layout. These photos were taken about 8 months before we got the autism diagnosis and now that 18+ years have passed, I think I am finally ready to do some reflective journaling on it. 

I have used various older collections from Echo Park for this layout. I also put some of my stamps to use, too. I always love the way they look and I hope to continue to remember to use them more in my scrapping. 

Here are a couple of close-ups:

Be sure to head on over to Sketch N Scrap's Monthly Facebook Challenges group and join the fun.

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

Friday, November 8, 2019

Sweet Girl - Scrap Our Stash Saturday Cartoon Sketch Challenge

Hello and Happy Friday! I hope that you have had a good week and are ready for the weekend. We're getting another taste of winter yesterday and today before it warms up for the weekend. Thank goodness we get to have a couple warmer days before the next cold blast (and maybe even a bit of snow) sets in on Monday. 

Today the second half of the design team at Scrap Our Stash is up on the blog with our take for this month's Saturday Cartoon Sketch Challenge. Along with the sketch, we are to use a fruit embellishment. Here's a look at the graphic:

I loved Strawberry Shortcake when I was a kid and I guess I had strawberries on the brain because that is the fruit that I decided to go with. I also knew I had pictures of Ada in a sleeper with strawberries on it - and I know I didn't have to go so literal with the challenge - but this is what I came up with - Ada wearing a strawberry sleeper, strawberry paper, and a couple of fussy cut strawberries for embellishments:

All of the papers that I used are from various Bella Blvd collections, with the exception of the darker pink polka dot and I believe it is from a Shimelle collection. I had the "sweet" rubber word on my desk and am so glad that I was able to make it work on this layout. 

I actually pulled out my sewing machine and stitched around all of the edges of the papers. After they were attached to the background, I distressed all of the edges. I also used some messy thread in my clusters. Here are a couple of close-ups:

Head on over to Scrap Our Stash to see the rest of the design team's take on this challenge. I would love to see what you create, too. 

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

Tuesday, November 5, 2019

Sketch N Scrap Card Sketch #157

Hello, hello! Good Tuesday morning to you! I hope your week is off to a good start. This time change is always hard on me! Trying to get used to it getting dark so early takes some time for me. 

It's time for our first card sketch of the month at Sketch N Scrap today. Sketch Artist Heather has created a fun sketch to get us started:

Since it's November I figured I'd better get serious about making a few Christmas cards and this is what I came up with:

I feel like I struggle with making Christmas cards in non-traditional colors - I love my reds and greens - but I have this 6x6 paper pad from Fancy Pants, and I really do love the patterns and colors, I just find that they are a little harder for me to work with. I am going to try and see just how much of this paper pad I can get used up this year.

To add a little more interest to the plain pink piece of paper, I use a snowflake embossing folder on it. I also added a couple of die cut trees to my card. As it turns out, I really like how this card turned out!

Head on over to Sketch N Scrap to see the beautiful cards from the rest of the design team. I would love to see your take on the sketch, too!

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

Monday, November 4, 2019

Forgery on the Fourth - Counterfeit Kit Challenge

Hello, everyone! Happy Monday to you! I hope that you are ready to get this new week started.

It is the 4th of November and that means it is time for Forgery on the Fourth at Counterfeit Kit Challenges.  Today I am sharing a few quick and easy forgeries that I made based on a few of the items I saw in the inspiration kit. These did not take long at all to make - maybe about a half an hour - and I now have a few little embellishments ready to go when I sit down to scrap.

Here's a reminder of our beautiful inspiration kit:

All that I used for these forgeries were my computer and a few dies, but most of the items I created can easily be made with just a trimmer or scissors:

One of the items in the inspiration kit that caught my eye was a sheet of word/phrase stickers in a variety of colors. I found a font that I liked and that I thought resembled the one on the stickers and printed out a sheet of my own. I also really liked the circle embellishments with the single word on them that is in the inspiration kit. I haven't added a mat to mine yet, I figured that I could match it to my layout when I was ready to use them. Here is a close-up of the words and phrases:

I used two of the banner dies, the tag die, and the coffee cup die that I included in my kit to make a few more embellishments. The banners and tags could easily be made with a trimmer and some scissors. 

A few quick and easy embellishments all ready to go! 

Head on over to Counterfeit Kit Challenges to see the fabulous forgeries from the rest of the design team. 

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

Sunday, November 3, 2019

The Studio Challenges - Autumn Mood Board

Hello, everyone! Good Sunday morning to you! I hope that you are having a good weekend. It's been pretty quiet around here and I have enjoyed some scrappy time. 

It's time for a new challenge at The Studio Challenges. Today we have a beautiful Autumn mood board to draw your inspiration from:

Isn't that a beautiful mood board? So many things to choose from here! Since we had just taken some family photos in front of our beautiful trees last weekend, I decided to go with the fall theme to create my layout.

I have used a variety of fall papers from Echo Park for this layout. I fussy cut the flowers from the backside of the cut apart paper for my embellishments and scattered a few gold and orange glitter dots around my layout. I based my layout on this sketch from Sketch Savvy that I have on one of my Pinterest boards.

Here are a couple of close-ups:

Be sure to stop by The Studio Challenges to see the beautiful layouts from the rest of the design team. I would love to see your take on the mood board, too!

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

Friday, November 1, 2019

Counterfeit Kit Challenge November Kit Reveal and Blog Hop

Hello, everyone! Happy November to you all! I can't believe that we are already so close to the end of the year. I thought as I grew older - and my kids grew older - that time would seem to slow down, but I think, if anything, it is going even faster!

It is time for our final inspiration kit reveals of 2019 at Counterfeit Kit Challenge. Master Forger Lisa has chosen our inspiration kit and it is a fun one! She has chosen a kit from a Dutch online shop called Scrapdelight Scrapbookwinkel. She was inspired by the beautiful colors and paper designs - which seem to be wintry and seasonal without being all about snow and Christmas. Here's a look at the kit:

Here is my kit - Wishing For Winter and More:

Now, when I first saw the inspiration kit I fell in love with the colors - pink, gold, grey - or maybe it's a blue - it depends on which computer - my desktop or my laptop - that I am looking at! When I saw the snowflake die cuts and the cute little coffee cup it made me think of the Snow and Cocoa collection from Crate Paper. I knew I had the 6x6 paper pad and that is where my kit started. Once I pulled the Snow and Cocoa paper pad I didn't really look at the inspiration kit again - I just went my own way! My kit turned out a little brighter and with a little more minty/aqua/teal greens in it, but I think you can see how the inspiration kit inspired me!

Since I only had the 6x6 paper pad to start with, I knew I needed to check out my 12x12 papers to see what would match it. I found the Simple Stories Freezin' Season collection in my stash that I had only used a couple of sheets from. It was the same color palette as Snow and Cocoa so it was definitely going in my kit! Here are my 12x12 papers:

I know I will not be wanting to scrap all snow pages - for one thing - I don't have that many snow photos left to scrap - so I pulled some basic patterns to round out my kit. I have papers from Echo Park, Fancy Pants, Crate Paper, Basic Grey, Pink Paislee, American Crafts, and The Paper Studio here.

Here is what I have from Snow and Cocoa:

Simple Stories "Freezin' Season" stickers, cut aparts, and scraps:

 I don't really know what I want to scrap over the next couple of months so I went a little crazy in the embellishments department and pulled a little bit of everything in gold, pinks, mint greens, grey, etc. that I could find:

I also pulled a couple of sticker sheets and my sticker books. Not everything will match but it's giving me a great variety with what will!

Lately, I have been adding at least one stamp set to my kit, mostly to remind me to use them, so I not only added a couple of sets from Elle's Studio for the labels and phrases but I also pulled an old set from Close To My Heart. The little half-circle stamps on it match a paper in the Snow and Cocoa paper pad perfectly. I also added in a few dies to maybe "forge" a couple of items:

I didn't pull a lot of alphas but I think these will work nicely with my papers:

And my die-cut boxes are making an appearance again, as well! There are lots of pinks and greens in here so surely I can get some of them used up!

Last, but not least, is my paper add-on. I've already pulled them, I might as well leave them out for a while! 

Plenty of pretty paper to keep me busy until we have a new inspiration kit in the new year!

And, that is my kit to finish out the year! Be sure to hop along with us and visit all of the design team's blogs to see their beautiful kits. Here is the complete blog hop list:

Counterfeit Kit Challenge -

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

Thursday, October 31, 2019

Some Exciting News...

Hello, everyone! Happy Halloween to you! It is a very cold Halloween here - highs only in the 30's today and the wind is terrible. We even had a few snow flurries last night!

I am super excited to let you all know that I am now a part of The ScrapRoom Design Team! I will be sharing my pocket page spreads that I have created with the Shots of Life Kit each month. I will mostly be sharing my weekly pocket page spreads each month, but on occasion, I may share a themed spread with you, too. 

I love working in my Project Life albums but I have not given them priority like I should. I am hoping that with designing with the Shots of Life kit each month that I will change this and be able to share even more of my albums and maybe, dare I say, make a little progress on catching up on them!

I will be sharing my first layout around the middle of November so be on the lookout!

Thanks so much for stopping by my blog today! Have a Happy Halloween!

Monday, October 21, 2019

Storytime With Grandma - Scrap Our Stash Pick Your Side October Challenge

Hello, hello! Happy Monday to you! I hope your week is off to a good start. 

It's time to share my take on this month's Pick A Side Sketch Challenge at Scrap Our Stash! Here's a look at the sketch that we had to choose from:

Along with picking either the left or right side of the sketch, we are also required to include twine, at least one tag, and one tab on our layout. Here is what I came up with:

I used one of my October Counterfeit Kit add-on kits along with one of the papers in my main kit for this layout. 

I came across these photos of my mom reading a story to Matthew when he was maybe 2 years old. My mom has been gone for 6 years now and I still find it a little hard to scrap photos of her, but it is getting easier. She loved spending time with all of her grandkids and a quiet moment like this one was always her favorite.

I used the left side of the sketch for my layout. I added a tag with twine behind the photo. I left the tag blank for now. I think I will journal just the basics on the tag and then write more detailed journaling on the back of the layout. I also included a tab on the right side of the photos.

Here are a couple of close-ups:

Be sure to stop by Scrap Our Stash to see how the rest of the design team took on this fun challenge. 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, October 20, 2019

Fabulous - The Studio Challenges - One Patterned Paper

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

We have a new challenge at The Studio Challenges today. This week we are challenging you to use one piece of patterned paper on your layout. It sounds hard but your paper can be double-sided - so it's like you're using two pieces! You can cut it up, change it up somehow, it's up to you as long as you only use one piece of paper. 

I was afraid this challenge might be a little, well, challenging! But really the hardest part was deciding which pretty patterned paper to pick! Here is the one I chose from Simple Stories "Oh Happy Day" collection:

And here is my layout:

Of course, I had to go with a "happy horizontal" for this one! I pulled out the stickers, die-cuts, and enamel dots that I had left with this collection and challenged myself to use only those to finish out my layout. 

The title and little banner piece at the top of the photos are from the sticker sheet and all of the flowers are from the die-cut pack. I love how this turned out! I was pretty limited on what enamel dots I used because the pack was mostly gone, but I was able to make it work.

Here are a couple of close-ups:

This was such a fun challenge and one that I think I will try again!

Be sure to stop by The Studio Challenges blog to see how Helen and Michelle took on the challenge, too.

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