Sunday, September 12, 2021

My Boys - Sketch N Scrap Monthly Challenges - Challenge #4

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

Today I am sharing the layout that I created for Challenge #3 at Sketch N Scrap's Monthly Challenges Facebook group. Here is the sketch that I chose for the challenge:

And here is my layout:

For this layout I used the Photo Play - Little Boys Have Big Adventures collection - that I had included in my September Stash Bash kit. I managed to use one full patterned paper and one of the pieces of cardstock that I had included in my kit, and I used up a couple of scraps. I wish that I had cut the paper that is behind the photo bigger than 6x6 so a little more of it is showing, but I cut into the paper before I really thought it through and there was no going back. I made good use of the die-cuts that I included and I got a couple of stickers used off of the sticker sheet. I did add those thick wood stars to my layout. I am still not a fan of them but at least I got 9 on this layout. 

This is an old photo of Matthew and Shane from 2006. I may or may not have scrapped this photo before...I really can't remember! The one area I need to get better in is my photo organization and remembering what I have scrapped! It doesn't help that these photos are from back in the day when you got 2 or 3 copies of each photo in your photo order. What was I thinking getting 3 sets of the same photos??

Here are a few close-ups:

I felt like my title got a little lost when I added it directly to the background paper so I made a little box for it to sit on. Now it is much easier to read. 

Be sure to check out the Sketch N Scrap Monthly Challenges Facebook group, I would love it if you played along with us!

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

LM #565 - Floral Patterned Paper

 Hello, hello! Happy Sunday to you! I am so happy that you have stopped by today. I hope that you are having a good weekend. We have had a good weekend. We celebrated Abby and Shawn's birthdays on Friday, had a very lazy Saturday, and today we are ready for some football!

Today I am playing along with this week's challenge at Lasting Memories - which is to use a floral patterned paper on your layout. I am still working on Ada's school traveler's notebook and decided to create a layout for this challenge. It's not one of my favorites but it is done. Here is what I came up with:

I don't tend to scrap directly in my traveler's notebooks - I generally make the layout outside of the notebook and then add it in. I'm wanting to keep this notebook from getting too chunky so I thought it was a good idea...Yeah, I am rethinking that now! I find it funny that when I scrap a traditional 12x12 layout, I almost always start with white cardstock, but when I work in my traveler's notebooks - I struggle with a blank/white background. 

Anyway, this is Ada's kindergarten photo. As you can tell by the look on her face - school was not her favorite thing that first year! There's a little bit of a smile there, but not much of one! Thankfully, she has grown to really like school since then. 

I used some scraps from Cocoa Vanilla's Happiness collection. I did add a strip of floral paper to satisfy the challenge, although most of it got covered up. I thought that, since my background was a little plain, I would add a few stamped flowers around my spread. I kind of wished I would have looked for a little smaller flower stamp but it is done now.

Here are a few close-ups:

I stamped all of the small flowers directly in the notebook and one of the big flowers. The others I stamped on a piece of paper and fussy cut them out. There was too much lump and bump from the previous page to get a good image. 

As I said before, it's not my favorite layout but it is done and I'm happy enough with it that I won't be re-doing it anytime soon.

Be sure to stop by the Lasting Memories blog to see the beautiful creations from the rest of the design team. 

Thanks so much for stopping by my blog today! I will be back a little later with another project to share with you.

Friday, September 10, 2021

TN Time With Lisa & Lori - September Edition

 Hello, everyone! Happy Friday to you! We have made it to the weekend once again. It looks like it is going to be a hot one around here so maybe we will get one more swim in before the pool is put to bed until next summer.

It is time for the September edition of  TN Time With Lisa & Lori! Here is how it works - this is a just-for-fun monthly challenge that starts on the 10th of each month and ends on the 9th of the following month at midnight CST. If you complete my random challenge for the month - link your TN, bullet journal, or planner spread below. If you complete just Lisa's sketch challenge, link up over on her blog - My Creative Endeavors. If you combine both challenges - be sure to link up on both Lisa's blog and here on my blog.

Here is my September challenge:

Just use the color mint green on your spread and add a doily.

Here is the fun sketch that Lisa has created for us:

And this is what I created:


Since school just started back up a couple of weeks ago it got me to thinking that I wanted to make Ada a school traveler's notebook. I will make the same type of layout for every school year - 1st day, her school photo, spring photos (as long as they take them), and last day of school. At the most there will be four layouts for each school year. I figured I'd better get started before I get too far behind! I hope to get caught up before we get to far into this school year. She's already a second grader so I am looking at eight more layouts to get caught up.

For this layout, I used the kit that I made up for this month's Great Stash Bash kit. Even though this TN will be all school related photos, I did not want to go overboard with only using school themed papers and embellishments. 

I have been hoarding holding onto this multi-colored scalloped lined paper - just waiting for the perfect layout. I am so happy to get it on a layout and I still have a good chunk of the paper left. Let's see if  it shows up again before the end of the month! I also used the solid mint green paper from a Dear Lizzy paper pad. It matched the mint green in the Simple Stories paper perfectly. 

Here are a few close-ups:

This "hello" rubber embellishment has been floating around my room for a while and I had added it to my stash bash kit in hopes of using it this month. It was perfect for this layout. Since I have trouble getting these rubber embellishments to stay adhered, I stapled it in a couple of places onto the photo mat before I stuck it down to the layout. I also managed to get the last two of those  floral embellishments used on this layout.

I felt like I needed a little more yellow at the top of my layout, so I found three word stickers that worked and they were the same colors as the scalloped stripes on the opposite page. That helped me to get that little bit of yellow at the top that I wanted. 

The only things that I used on this layout that I did not include in my stash bash kit are the white enamel dots and a couple of stamps. For the lines on my layout I used the Noted stamp set from Elle's Studio and the little plus signs are from Close To My Heart's Simple Florals (Z3724) stamp set. I have got to remember to pull my stamps out more when I am working on a layout. I always love the way they look. 

I am so excited to work on this traveler's notebook and hopefully be able to stay caught up on it!

Be sure to stop by Lisa's blog to see her beautiful layout for this challenge. I hope you have some time to play along with us. I would love to see what you create!

Even though this is a just-for-fun challenge we do have a few rules:

1.Create a TRAVELER'S NOTEBOOK, PLANNER, OR BULLET JOURNAL spread based on the CHALLENGE THEME and/or our sketch. 
2.Create a new, not previously posted project.
3.You are welcome to combine with other challenges.
4.If you have a blog please include the challenge graphic & a link to our challenge in your post.
5.You can link to social media if you don't have a blog. If you show your project on Instagram, please make sure to use #TNtimewithLisaandLori 
6.You can submit multiple projects but they must be posted to InLinkz or social media separately.
7. Most importantly have FUN!

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Thursday, September 9, 2021

Sketch N Scrap Card Sketch #201

 Hello, everyone! Happy Thursday! I hope you are having a good week. It has been a fast week that is for sure!

Today I am sharing the card that I created using the September 5th sketch at Sketch N Scrap. Sketch Artist Heather created this fun card sketch and I had fun creating with it! Here is the sketch:

For this card, I used papers from the most recent Simple Stories I Am collection. I absolutely love these papers - and how this card turned out! My daughter's birthday was yesterday so I made this card for her!

The sentiment is from Close To My Heart's Winged Masterpiece (S2103) stamp set and I sprinkled some Close To My Heart Bitty Sparkles around the flowers that I fussy cut from one of the papers. 

Here is a close-up:

Be sure to check out the Sketch N Scrap blog for more inspiration from the design team using this sketch. 

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

Sunday, September 5, 2021

LM #564 - Patterned Paper Play - Plaids/Ginghams/Checks

Hello, hello! Happy Sunday to you! I hope that you are having a good weekend.  

Today I am playing along with the latest challenge at Lasting Memories #564. Our theme for September is "Patterned Paper Play" and each week we give you a pattern that you must use on your layout. This week's challenge is to use plaid, gingham, or checked patterned paper on your layout. I used a piece of yellow gingham paper on my layout:

I am finally back to playing in my traveler's notebooks. I have really missed creating in this size and I have so many different notebooks going on at once - I really need to work on them more! 

For this layout, I have used more scraps from my August kit for Lisa & Lori's Great Stash Bash. I had posted earlier this week an update post on what was left from that kit and before I put what was left back in my stash, I made this layout. Everything on this layout was in my kit except the red alphas. 

These photos are of Ada with her new puppy, Winnie. She is quite smitten with her new little friend and we are happy that they bring Winnie over to visit with Nana and Pops, too!

Here are a couple of close-ups:

I love the little flower stickers that are on the Fern & Willard sticker sheet. They were the perfect little embellishment for this layout. The phrase sticker could not be more true and is from one of the Bella Blvd sticker sheets that I had included in my kit.

It's hard to read the word sticker above because it is a really light pink, but it simply says 'adorable', The scalloped border die that I used on the bottom of the yellow gingham paper is my new favorite find. I have always loved the wonky scalloped border stickers that are sometimes included on sticker sheets. I have been on the lookout for one and when I found this one it was the closest to what I wanted - and I got six other border dies in the package, as well. They are Avery Elle's Elle-ments Dies - Slimline Borders. I have a feeling I will be using all of these dies quite often!

Be sure to check out the Lasting Memories blog to see the beautiful layouts from the rest of the design team. I hope you have a chance to play along with us - I would love to see your take on the challenge.

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

Saturday, September 4, 2021

Sorry Not Sorry Nana - Sketch N Scrap #232

Hello, everyone! Happy Saturday to you! I do hope that your weekend is off to a good start. I woke up to some rain this morning so we will see if it lasts all day or moves out of the area a little later. 

Today I am up on the Sketch N Scrap Facebook page sharing a layout that I created using the September 1st sketch from Sketch N Scrap. Sketch Artist Heather created this fun 4-photo sketch and I had fun putting it to use! Here's the sketch:

This is what I came up with:

Ada is quite the gamer girl! Not only does she like to play video games but she loves board games and card games, as well. On this particular day, Pops decided to play Sorry with us. Ada is usually an "I want to win all of the games" kind of girl, but not this time! This time she wanted Pops to win - and she let me know this over and over and over throughout the game! "Nana, I want Pops to win." " I want Pops to win this game." It went on and on! The two of them ganged up on me - sending me back to start every chance they got. Ada got her wish and Pops won the game, and a celebration was had!

For my layout, I used 3x4 photos instead of the square 3x3's that are shown on the sketch. There was just no way to cut down a few of the photos to that size without cutting something important out of the photo. Since I used the bigger size, I also moved them closer together, overlapping in places that I could. 

I used Simple Stories' Family Fun collection for this layout. When it came out I knew I would be getting it - we play too many games not to - so I am sure you will be seeing a lot more of this collection over the next few months!

Here are a couple of close-ups:

Instead of cutting into the striped paper, I used striped washi tape for my top and bottom borders. That saved me from cutting just an inch off of the patterned paper - and I got a little washi tape used instead of throwing it in my washi tape bowl!

I love how this little cluster turned out! I just layered up one of the tag die-cuts with some stickers from the sticker book and a couple of die-cut word phrases. I added a few star die-cuts and enamel dots to finish it off. 

I love how this layout turned out!

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

Friday, September 3, 2021

Lisa & Lori's Great Stash Bash August Kit Update!

 Hello, everyone! Happy Friday to you! It's the start of the long Labor Day weekend here in the US. I am so looking forward to it! We don't have any set plans but we will see what happens!

Today I wanted to share an update on my August kit for Lisa & Lori's Great Stash Bash since I did a decent job with the papers! Here's a reminder of what my Mini Kit #1 looked like:

This is what I have left of the papers:

I just had one full sheet of paper left over. That is a big deal for me! Here are the scraps that I have from this mini kit:

I have an idea for another layout using the paper and scraps so before I put them all back into my stash, or in my scrap pile, I will see if I can get it made.

Here is a reminder of what my mini-kit two looked like:

And this is what is left of the paper:

All I had left from this kit is scraps! Like the leftovers from the first kit, I plan on trying to make another layout or card before I put them away. I would love to not put any in my scraps box - I just need to leave them out on my desk so I can use them!

I didn't use a ton of the embellishments but I did manage to get the yellow flower in the photo below on a layout. The rest of these items went untouched!

This is everything that I made with my kit last month:

I am so happy with what I got used up in August and I hope that I have success again this month! I will keep you posted!

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

Wednesday, September 1, 2021

Lisa & Lori's Great Stash Bash - September Edition


Hello, hello! I am back with my second post of the day. It's been a while since I've two posts on the same day, so if you are looking for my guest designer at Sketches In Thyme post, then scroll on down!
It is time for the September Edition of Lisa & Lori's Great Stash Bash. If you don't know what the Great Stash Bash is - it is a challenge that my good friend Lisa and I do every month. We pull items from our stash based on a "recipe" (which you will see below) in an effort to get our scrappy stash used up!

Before I share my September kit with you, I want to let you know that I am so pleased with how much of my August kit that I got used up - at least the papers!  I am planning on doing an update post tomorrow sharing what I made and what I have left. 

Now onto my September kit. Here is the September recipe:

Our "recipe" is to pull 10 patterned papers, 5-7 scraps, 3-4 embellishments, and our focus item for September is tags.

I have pulled two mini kits again for this month. It seems like I have more success doing it this way than when I tried to make one kit. Here is a look at my first kit:

For my first mini-kit, I will be using Photo Play's  Little Boys Have Big Adventures collection. I loved using part of this collection for a layout earlier this year and I have so many photos of my boys from when they were little that I want to scrap. This mini-kit will be perfect to get some of those old photos on a layout. Here's a closer look at the papers:

This is showing which side of the paper I am likely to use, but I do like some of the patterns on the back, so I included a photo of those, as well:

I'm sure those stars and that green paper will make an appearance!

Here are the embellishments that I have picked:

I pulled what was left of the sticker sheet and die cut pack, a few random die cuts that are the right color, a partial pack of brad/chipboard pieces, a package of star stickers, and some wood veneer. I'm not too sure about that wood veneer - it is so thick! I thought I would throw a few pieces of it in my kit and if I don't even attempt to use it, I will pass it on or get rid of it. Bulk in my scrapbooks used to not matter much to me but lately, well, I like my pages a bit on the flatter side! We will see.

Here are my measly scraps:

I included a coule of pieces of cardstock with my scraps. If I don't use it for a background, I may use it for matting. The patterned paper scraps are what were left over from my previous page. I didn't bother to pull in anything more as I figure I will have scraps from the full papers that I would like to use up instead. 

And, of course, while looking through  my supplies to find things to include in this month's kit, I came across a few things that I thought would be good to include:

I added in a cut apart sheet from the collection to use as maybe titles or embellishments,  and then I pulled out a few alphas that I thougth might work. Those small white, black, and red alphas have been in my stash probably since the early 2000's. I would love it if I could get some of them on a layout and if not they will go on my desk for future Project Life or traveler's notebook spreads!

Here is a look at my second mini-kit:

Yeah. This kit in the photo above is not that inspiring...These are all of the full sheets of paper from the Simple Stories - Oh Happy Day and Dream Big - collections that I have left. There's a reason they are still in my stash - they are not my favorite! So, you may be asking why in the world would I make a kit of papers that are not my favorite. Surely I have papers in my stash that are...The answer is - I want to get these papers and stickers and diecuts out of my stash! Hopefully, that means they will end up on a layout, and if not, they will be out the door at the end of the month, too. And when they are paired with the scraps they really aren't bad at all! Let's take a closer look at the papers:

I have to say the extra solid mint paper is an extra from a Dear Lizzy collection. It kind of made its way into my kit by accident, but it's in there now and I will try to get it used! These are the sides that I will more than likely use, but here is a photo of  what is on the other side:

Here are all of the colorful scraps:

This is all of the scraps from these two collections and I would love to get them all used up this month - very doable if I just set my mind to it. Here's a look at the full sheets of paper and the scraps together:

Now it all makes sense!

Here is what I included for embellishments:

I am sticking with the stickers, puffy stickers, and die cuts that are left from these two collection. I did add in a couple of random stickers and enamel shapes, too. There's a pretty good variety there but the stickers and die cuts are pretty specific, so I added in a few more goodies in case I need them:

I have been reorganizing my scrap room all year - trying to get like things together - and I have been coming across a lot of random embellishments. Embellishments that came in a kit from The Scrap Room that didn't get used, or die cuts that I picked up at Tuesday Morning that I don't have any of the collection to go with get the idea. As I came across these things - anything that was the right color got thrown in my kit! I even added a few alpha stickers to this kit, too, in hopes that I won't have to go looking for those when I sit down to scrap.

Our focus item this month is tags. I don't have a ton of tags in my stash. I usually make my own when I need one. I did round up what I had and picked ones that I thought would work with my kit and added them in:

I'm not gonna lie - there's a few in there that I am not crazy about.  I will see if I can make them work. Sometimes I'm surpriesed by what I like when it actually gets on a layout!

I am excited to work with this kit and have high hopes of killing this kit! Is it possible for me to do that two months in a row? I have plans for several layouts, so it's looking good!

Be sure to stop by Lisa's blog to see the fabulous kit that she has pulled together for this month. 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. 
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 - #lisaandlorisgreatstashbash2021

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