Sunday, May 26, 2024

Sketch N Scrap Card Sketch #265

Hello, everyone! Happy Sunday to you! We are smack dab in the middle of the long holiday weekend, AND - it's the unofficial start of summer! It's been a full and busy weekend already and I am loving it!

Today I am sharing the card that I created using Sketch N Scrap's May 5th card sketch. Here is a look at the sketch:


And here is my card:


This was such a fun sketch to work with, one that I will use again and again! 

I used my Lisa & Lori's Great Stash Bash May kit for this card. I had included Echo Park's Telling Our Story 6x6 paper pad, so I put it to use, along with a sticker from the sticker book. I changed up the sketch just a little by adding my sentiment underneath the focal point block. "Congratulations" is a pretty long word and there was no way it would fit as the sketch showed. The sentiment is from an older Close To My Heart stamp of the month set - S1901 - Card Captions.

Our daughter was recently named Teacher of the Year for her school district and I thought it was the perfect time to send her a card and let her know how proud of her we are! Here is a picture of her with her plaque:


Be sure to stop by the Sketch N Scrap blog, the Sketch N Scrap Facebook page, and join the Sketch N Scrap Monthly Challenges Facebook group for more inspiration and fun!

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

Saturday, May 25, 2024

Sketch N Scrap's Birthday Bash Sketch #3

Hello, hello! Happy Saturday to you! We have made it to the weekend - and it's the long holiday weekend, too!  We have a few little projects around the house that we will be working on this weekend - as long as the rain holds off.

Today I am sharing the layout I made for Sketch N Scrap's 3rd - and final -  exclusive Birthday Bash sketch. Here is a look at the sketch, created by me:


And here is my layout:


I have had these photos of Shane lying around for 20+ years and I thought it was about time I got this story told! We were at the Christmas parade, it was a beautiful day, there were tons of people out for the parade, and lots of candy was being thrown from the floats. We had given Shane a couple of pieces of candy throughout the parade, so we didn't think anything of it when we went to leave and he had a mouthful of something that he was chewing on. When we looked closer we saw he had a big wad of bubblegum in his mouth and he was enjoying it immensely! He was only three at the time and tended to swallow gum if we gave it to him, so he rarely had it. Where he got the bubblegum is a mystery. We don't know if he found a piece that was thrown into the crowd and unwrapped it himself, or if the unthinkable happened and he found a piece of chewed gum on the ground and took it for himself. We really hope that that was not the case! Regardless, we made him spit the gum out before he could swallow it. He keeps us on our toes - and still does 20+ years later!

I pulled out the little bit of Simple Stories' So Rad collection from 2015 that I had left. The background paper with all of the stars was the only full sheet of paper from that collection I had left. I still have a few of the cut-apart pieces that I will hang onto for future boy layouts, but other than that and a few stickers, this collection is done!

Here are a few close-ups:


I always find it a bit of a challenge to embellish layouts like this one - a general "boys will be boys" type layout. Other than stars, there's not much to go by, so I did a lot of fussy cutting and punching out the circles for this layout. 


This is the only area of the sketch that I strayed from. I knew I had a lot to say, so I moved my journaling down to the bottom left corner and added embellishments - or words in this case - to the area where the journaling was to go. 

I fussy cut the camera from one of the papers and the "Dude" word, too. I really wanted an exclamation point after it because we were definitely saying "DUDE! What are you chewing?!" so I found a white exclamation point in one of my alphabet sticker books. I think it adds a little interest.


The background paper is pretty busy, which is another reason I kept my embellishing to just a few stars and circles. 

Be sure to check out the Sketch N Scrap blog and the Sketch N Scrap Facebook page for more inspiration all month long!

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

Saturday, May 11, 2024

Sketch N Scrap 12th Birthday Bash Sketch #1

 Hello, hello! Happy Saturday to you! I hope you are having a good weekend! 

Today I am sharing my layout for Sketch N Scrap's Birthday Bash Sketch #1. Here is the first of three new sketches celebrating Sketch N Scrap's 12th birthday:


And here is my layout:


I used Echo Park's Farmer's Market collection for my layout. A lot of the stickers didn't really go with my garden layout, but there is a paper filled with seed packets that I cut out and used for embellishments.

These photos are of Ada in the spring of 2021. We had gotten her gardening tools for Easter and she was really looking forward to helping us plant the garden. On this day we were finally putting some seeds in the ground - and she loved helping us! She put those tools to good use! She was so careful working up the dirt and making sure the seeds were just right.

Here are a couple of close-ups:


I wasn't sure what I was going to title this layout, but then I saw the 'Making Memories' sticker on the sticker sheet and thought it was perfect. That is just what we were doing on this day. I made sure to cut out all of the seed packets that we planted that day


There was so much empty space on the right side of the photos, so I decided to add a few more seed packets down the side of the photos.

Be sure to stop by the Sketch N Scrap blog for more inspiration for this sketch. I hope you have some time to play along with us!

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

Friday, May 10, 2024

Stay Cool - Sketch N Scrap #296

 Hello, everyone! Happy Friday to you! Are you ready for the weekend? I sure am. The stormy weather has finally moved out of our area and the weather is supposed to be beautiful this weekend. I can't wait!

Today I am sharing the layout I made for Sketch N Scrap's May 1st sketch. Here's a look at the sketch:


And my layout:


For this layout, I have used the Simple Stories Boho Sunshine collection. It was a little tricky because I only had the 6x8 paper pad for my papers, but I made it work with some piecing together!

This was a fun sketch to work with and would be perfect if you needed to use up some scraps. It's going into my favorites folder for that purpose!

The photo is of Miss Ada who looked so cute with her hair up in a clip and her sunglasses on, ready for a fun shopping day with her Mom. I just couldn't resist snapping a photo!

Here are a few close-ups:


Ada was over at our house while I was working on this layout and I got her input on the embellishments. I originally had a sun where the butterfly is, but wanted the pink butterfly to go there. I think she made a good choice!


I got the idea for the title from one of the cut-apart papers in the 6x8 paper pad. I would have just cut it out to use, but it was a little too small for the area it was to go in. Thank goodness the sticker book had an alphabet in it! I added a couple of banners - mostly because it gave my title something to "sit" on and not look as if it was floating on my page. They were a perfect fit to connect one side of the layout to the other, and I didn't even plan that out ahead of time!


I finished the bottom cluster with the camera, smiley face, and sunglasses. 

I love how this layout turned out!

For more inspiration be sure to check out the Sketch N Scrap blog, the Sketch N Scrap Facebook page, and the Sketch N Scrap Monthly Challenges Facebook group. Our 12th Birthday Bash is going on all month long and there are a ton of fun challenges being posted in the group. Come on over and play along!

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

Thursday, May 2, 2024

Summer Vibes - Sketch N Scrap's May Challenge #1


Hello, hello! Happy Thursday to you! I hope that you are having a good day. 

 If you haven't heard - Sketch N Scrap is turning 12 this month and we are celebrating all month long. Every Tuesday and Thursday of the month, the design team will be providing a challenge for you to try over in our private Facebook group, and today is the first one! I was tasked with the first challenge. My challenge to you is to use the following sketch to create your layout - AND - you must add at least one heart to your layout. Here is the sketch that I chose:


This sketch is from May 2018 and it is one of my favorites! Here is my layout:


For this layout, I have used photos of Miss Ada when they went to Florida a couple of years ago and my Lisa & Lori's Great Stash Bash kit for May. The colors in my kit were a good match to the colors in Ada's swimsuit. I didn't have any beachy-themed items in my kit, but I didn't worry about that and I just used what I did have in my kit that would work. These pictures will be documented elsewhere and I can use all the beach things then.

Here are a couple of close-ups:


I am so glad that our focus item this month for Lisa & Lori's Great Stash Bash was flowers, and I am so glad that I found these paper flowers from Close To My Heart in my stash. I probably would have never thought to use flowers on this layout otherwise. I thought the yellow flowers were giving out a sunshine vibe.


My challenge was to use at least one heart on your layout and I added a few stamped hearts around my layout. The heart stamp is from the Simple Stories Life Captured stamp set. It's always scary to stamp directly on your layout, and I did have a little oopsie, but I just added a couple more flowers to cover it up!


For part of my title, I used the alpha stickers that I had in my kit. I wanted to use different font styles for the two words so I dug in my stash and found the perfect smaller black alphas. It always feels good to show some of those older supplies some love.

Head on over to the Sketch N Scrap Monthly Challenges group on Facebook to check out all of the fun that is going on this month.

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


Wednesday, May 1, 2024

Lisa & Lori's Great Stash Bash May Kit Challenge


Hello, hello! Happy May 1st! This year is moving right along! Summer is almost here and I am so ready for it!

** Before we get down to business, I just want to give a big shout-out to Brandi for playing along with us! Brandi creates such fun kits and her layouts are so cute! Check her out on Instagram - scrappy.boymama **

The new month means it is time for a new Lisa & Lori's Great Stash Bash kit challenge. What does that mean, you ask? Here is a little info on this challenge -  on the 1st of each month, we will post a challenge prompt and the stash kit we have created using that prompt. During the month we will try to use as much of our stash kit as possible on different projects. 

This will be a just-for-fun challenge so there is no monthly prize - but the real prize is using up our stash! We hope you will join us in our quest to bash our stash! If you play along - link up on either my blog or Lisa's blog (or both if you choose) so that we can see who is joining us each month.

Here is May's recipe:


To create your kit, pull 10 papers, 3-4 embellishments, 5-7 scrap papers. Our focus item for May is flowers.

Here is my kit for May:


My kit for May is filled with pieces of the newer Echo Park 'Telling Our Story' collection and papers from Simple Stories 'Hey Crafty Girl' collection from 2019. The colors, and even the flowers, in these two collections work perfectly together.

Here's a look at the papers:


Since our focus item this month is flowers - I picked quite a few floral papers for my kit. Some of the larger flowers could be fussy cut if I need more flowers. I love the colors in these papers and the overall theme of the Telling Our Story collection.

The "b" sides are equally pretty and there's a good chance I will use some of the "b" sides, as well. Here is a look at the "b" sides:


I added the cut-apart papers so I can finally get the title page made for my 2024 Project Life album. Here are the cut-apart papers:


Here are the embellishments:


I added in all of the embellishments that I have from the Telling Our Story collection. I moved the puffy word stickers, wood veneer, and word stickers from last month's kit to this month's. Surely I will get some of it used this month! I added another 12x12 sticker sheet for the alphabet. I came across it when I was looking for the 12x12 Hey Crafty Girl sticker sheet and it was the right shade of pink, so I tossed it in my kit. I never did find the Hey Crafty Girl stickers. I will have to dig deeper or go through old kits to find them. When I do, I will add them to my kit.

Here are the scraps that I pulled:


Our focus item for May is flowers. I found a few of these old guys hanging out in my stash. I don't use these types of flowers on my layouts much anymore, so it will be fun to see if I can get a few of them used:


This year one of my goals is to use my stamps more and here are the stamps I pulled for May:


I chose these stamps mainly for the florals but if I can use a sentiment or saying - even better!

I am ready to dive in and play with my kit this month! With National Scrapbooking Day and Sketch N Scrap's 12th Birthday Celebration happening this month, I am sure to get some good use out of this kit!

Be sure to stop by Lisa's blog - My Creative Endeavors - to see the beautiful kit that she has put together. I always love to see her kits!

Don't forget - this is a just-for-fun challenge, but if you do play along and put together your own stash bash kit - add it to the linky below and we will be sure to check it out and cheer you on! Here are the rules:

1. Follow the challenge prompt to create a kit to work with throughout the month. You may use other items, but please concentrate on using your kit, and link it below.
2. Create new, not previously posted projects using your stash kit.
3. If you have a blog - please include the challenge graphic and a link to our challenge in your posts. 
4. You may link to social media if you don't have a blog. If you share on Instagram, please make sure to use - #lisaandlorisgreatstashbash2024

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Saturday, April 27, 2024

Little Joys - Sketch N Scrap Smaller Format Sketch

Happy Saturday! I hope your weekend is off to a good start. We are having a much-needed break from the rain today and crossing our fingers that the storms that are supposed to move in tonight weaken before they get here!

Today I am sharing the layout I made for Sketch N Scrap's Challenge #5. This is a smaller format sketch that is shared in Sketch N Scrap Monthly Challenges private Facebook group. Here is a look at the sketch:


And here is my layout:


I used this sketch to make a traveler's notebook layout. Well, I guess this could be considered a traveler's notebook layout. The dimensions are a tad bigger than the traditional size. This one measures 5.75x8.25, so almost 6x8. I found this notebook at Walmart for $1 and wanted to give it a try. The bigger size allowed me to use a little bit bigger photos than I would have used on a smaller size. 

For this layout, I used my Lisa & Lori's Great Stash Bash kit for April! I am so happy that I finally used this kit! Most of this layout was made using Echo Park's Our Story Matters collection.

The photos are of Ada flying a kite that I picked up for her on spring break. It was hard for us to find a day when the wind was just right. It's been so windy this spring. Like 30-40 mph winds consistently for days. We finally got a not-to-windy day and took advantage of it. We all went out - even Shane - and took a turn at flying the kites. There is something so relaxing about flying a kite!

Here are a few close-ups:


The title came from the sticker book from this collection. 


I used a view master reel that I die-cut from one of the papers in the collection as my cluster base. I added a couple of die-cuts and a sticker to finish this cluster off.


I added the date to this small cluster to bring a bit of black to the cluster.


I'm still sticking with my goal of using at least one stamp on my layouts. I stamped 'Best Day Ever' in black at the bottom of the page to add another punch of black to the layout. I finished off the area with a couple of enamel dots. 


I added hidden journaling behind the photo on the left side of the layout. 

Be sure to stop by Sketch N Scrap for more inspiration using our sketches. Stop by and visit our private Facebook group, too! We would love to see your beautiful creations!


Don't forget - we are getting ready to celebrate Sketch N Scrap's 12th Birthday in May! 12 years of free sketches for your enjoyment! I do hope you join us all month long for the celebration. We will have our regular sketches on the 1st, 5th, 15th, and 20th, a new - exclusive sketch to celebrate National Scrapbooking Day, 3 new - exclusive birthday bash sketches every Saturday starting on the 11th, and we will be having challenges every Tuesday and Thursday throughout the month! Be sure to join our Sketch N Scrap Monthly Challenges Facebook group so you don't miss out on the fun!

Sunday, April 14, 2024

Sketch N Scrap Card Sketch #263

Hello, hello! Happy Sunday to you! I hope that you are having a good weekend. We have had a beautiful weekend with lots of sunshine and warm - upper 70s - temperatures. I am so ready for summer!

Today I am sharing the card that I created for Sketch N Scrap's April 5th card sketch. Here's a look at the fun sketch that Lisa created for us to use:



I needed a birthday card for later in the week, so that is what I used this sketch for. I went searching in my stash for some birthday papers and stickers and realized that I did not have much in the way of those. I did find Echo Park's Birthday Wishes (Girl) collection, so I pulled it out and went to work. I opted to use the tag sticker from the sticker sheet instead of a circular element. I went ahead and stamped "Happy Birthday" using Echo Park's A Birthday Wish stamp set, even though the tag has a sentiment on it. I outlined all of the papers with Tim Holtz Black Soot distress ink to give them a bit of definition.

I love this sketch and I know I will be using it again soon! Next time I will definitely use a circular element!

Just a quick FYI - we are getting ready to celebrate Sketch N Scrap's 12th Birthday in May! 12 years of free sketches for your enjoyment! I do hope you join us all month long for the celebration. We will have our regular sketches on the 1st, 5th, 15th, and 20th, a new - exclusive sketch to celebrate National Scrapbooking Day, 3 new - exclusive birthday bash sketches every Saturday starting on the 11th, and we will be having challenges every Tuesday and Thursday throughout the month! Be sure to join our Sketch N Scrap Monthly Challenges Facebook group so you don't miss out on the fun!


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

Monday, April 1, 2024

Lisa & Lori's Great Stash Bash April Kit Reveal


Hello, everyone! Happy April 1st to you! I hope that all who celebrate Easter had a good holiday weekend. We had a busy week leading up to the holiday with everyone being on spring break. We worked on clearing out the fence row, cleaning out our shed, and working on Abby and Ada's yard. I love spending time with my family.

The first of the month means it is time for a new Lisa & Lori's Great Stash challenge. Once again, I did not get much of anything made with last month's kit. Here's hoping this month will be better. I am working on a list of projects that I want to work on/complete in hopes that it will help to get my scrappy mojo back.

 If you don't know what this challenge is, here is a little about it:

 On the 1st of each month, we will post a challenge prompt and the stash kit we have created using that prompt. During the month we will try to use as much of our stash kit as possible on different projects. 

This will be a just-for-fun challenge so there is no monthly prize - but isn't the real prize using up our stash?  We hope you will join us in our quest to bash our stash! If you play along - link up on either my blog or Lisa's blog (or both if you choose) so that we can see who is joining us each month.

Here is April's recipe:


To create your kit, pull 10 papers, 3-4 embellishments, 5-7 scrap papers. Our focus item for April is tags.

Here is my kit for April:


For this month's kit, I have pulled Echo Park's Our Story Matters collection. I thought the colors in this collection would work well with spring/easter/everyday photos. 

Here's a closer look at the papers in my kit:


And since I love both sides of all of the papers, here is a look at the "B" side of the papers:


Here are the embellishments that I have pulled:


I have pulled the 12x12 sticker sheet, the sticker book, ephemera packs, and enamel dots from the collection, puffy word stickers from Felicity Jane, word stickers from Jillibean Soup, and wood veneer pieces from Elle's Studio and Recollections. 


I am keeping the same batch of scraps that I included in my March kit. Most of the colors match well with this month's kit and since I didn't touch them last month, I am giving them another chance this month.

Our focus item for April is tags and here is what I pulled:


This collection has a few different tags in it, and then I also pulled four tags from Simple Stories that have been hanging out since I pulled them for my bashket last year. I would love to get them used his month.

In keeping with my goal to use my stamps this year, here are the stamps that I pulled for this month:


 Most I pulled for the sentiments/phrases and I did include a tag stamp set, too. Maybe I can get it inked up this month!

That's it for my kit this month. Now if I can just get scrappy this month!

Be sure to stop by Lisa's blog - My Creative Endeavors - to see the beautiful kit that she has put together. I always love to see her kits!

Don't forget - this is a just-for-fun challenge, but if you do play along and put together your own stash bash kit - add it to the linky below and we will be sure to check it out and cheer you on! Here are the rules:

1. Follow the challenge prompt to create a kit to work with throughout the month. You may use other items, but please concentrate on using your kit, and link it below.
2. Create new, not previously posted projects using your stash kit.
3. If you have a blog - please include the challenge graphic and a link to our challenge in your posts. 
4. You may link to social media if you don't have a blog. If you share on Instagram, please make sure to use - #lisaandlorisgreatstashbash2024

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