Tuesday, June 15, 2021

Sunny Days - Sketch N Scrap #227

 Hello, hello! Happy Tuesday to you! I hope your week is off to a good start. I can't believe that it is already the middle of June! Time flies when you're having fun has never been truer!

Since it is the middle of the month that means that Sketch N Scrap has a new sketch for us to play with. This fun sketch is courtesy of Sketch Artist Lisa and I had so much fun creating with it:

And here is my layout:

I am in love with Simple Stories' - Sunkissed - collection. It is taking everything in me to not order another round of the papers, but I didn't even have enough room in my Simple Stories bin to hold this collection, so I thought I had better put it to use! I will see how many layouts I can get done with this collection and if I'm still in love with it and wanting more, then I will see about getting more.

Now, about the layout. We had a really cool and rainy spring - almost to the point of being depressing! It felt like most of May was rainy and in the 50's and 60's - way too cool for this time of year around here. We did not even get started on getting the pool up and going until Memorial Day weekend and then the water was way too cold to get in.  Finally, on June 4th, Scott, Shane, and Ada all decided to brave the cold water and get in. The water was 73 degrees - way too cold for me! They sure didn't let it bother them - they were just happy that it was sunny enough and warm enough to finally get in! Since then the weather has turned off hot and humid and the mid-80-degree water is perfect for me to get into, too!

These photos are from the first time that Ada and Shane got in. As you can see, the cool water temperature didn't bother them a bit!

Here are a couple of close-ups:

I just love this little cluster of summertime essentials! This cluster has them all. 

I added just a bit of journaling on a label - not many details needed - just that this was the first swim of the summer. There are lots more photos that will have more details with them.

Be sure to stop by Sketch N Scrap to see the wonderful layouts from the rest of the design team. I hope you have a chance to play along with us!

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

Sunday, June 13, 2021

TN Time With Lisa & Lori June Challenge

 Hello, everyone! Happy Sunday to you and thank you so much for visiting my blog today! I do hope that you are having a good weekend. Ours has been very full with lots of family time and fun. Today is looking to be a bit quieter - which is just what we need to finish off the weekend and get ready for the week ahead.

It is time for the June TN Time With Lisa & Lori Challenge. 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. Now, on to the challenge.

Here is my June challenge:

For June, my challenge is to use the color yellow on your spread - how much or how little is up to you - and to add a circle to your spread. This could be a punched/die cut circle, circle chipboard, a sticker, enamel dots, etc. 

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

This is the layout that I created:

Let me just start this by saying that the photo I chose to use for my spread was not the best to use once I edited the photo of my spread! Abby took this photo of Ada last summer on a bright sunny day. The original looks a little washed out at the top of the photo and no matter how much I try to edit it - I just can't get it right. It's such a good photo of Ada and in person, it really isn't as bad as what it looks like in the photo above. Here's a look at just the photo:

Not nearly as bad as the layout shows. Maybe one day I'll learn how to edit better!

Now, about the spread. I used papers from a couple of different Echo Park collections - Echo Park's #selfie collection, and Teen Spirit Girl collection. I thought the bokeh background paper looked like Ada's shirt and I tried to cut my paper where there was at least a little bit of yellow showing. To get a little more yellow on my spread, I matted my photo and journaling box with yellow,  I used my yellow acetate alphas from Elle's Studio, a chipboard sun, and puffy stickers and hearts.

The journaling reads - Abby and Shawn took Ada to Nathaniel Greene park for a fun carefree day before school started. With everything still being shut down due to the pandemic - it was somewhere they could go and still social distance. I love this photo of Ada. She looks so happy and ready to conquer the world. 

Here are a couple of close-ups:

I punched a couple of circles from one of the papers to create a few more circle embellishments, and I love these acetate alphas from Elle's Studio!

All of the embellishments came from Elle's Studio. They matched so well with the Echo Park papers. 

Be sure to stop by Lisa's blog to see her beautiful spread. I hope you have some time to play along with us this month!

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!

I would love to see your take on our challenge and to leave you some love so be sure to link up below if you play along!

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

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Thursday, June 10, 2021

TN Time With Lisa & Lori

 Hello, everyone! I just wanted to pop on here and let you know that due to some unforeseen circumstances our TN Time With Lisa & Lori will be posted on Sunday, June 13th.

We have another great sketch and challenge coming your way so be sure to check back then!

Saturday, June 5, 2021

You Are So Sweet - Sketch N Scrap Card Sketch #195

Hello, hello! Happy Saturday to you! I do hope that your weekend is off to a good start. It's looking to be a quiet weekend for us, which is always a good thing.

Today Sketch N Scrap has posted the first card sketch of the month and it is a fun one - created by sketch artist Heather:

This is what I came up with:

I am going to try to send my granddaughter a card regularly this summer. She always loves to get something in the mail, so I created this card with her in mind. Maybe it will have a little "treat" in it for her to get her own sweet treat this summer.;)

I used Echo Park's - A Slice of Summer - 6x6 paper pad for this card. I have included this paper pad in my June Great Stash Bash kit and this is the first time I have used it. The sentiment piece was fussy cut out of one of the cut apart sheets and then I added foam tape to the back of it for a bit of dimension. I added a couple more popsicles to the bottom of the card - adding foam tape to the one on top. 

Card sketches like this one always make for a quick and easy card. 

Be sure to stop by the Sketch N Scrap blog to see the beautiful cards from the rest of the design team. I hope you have a chance to play along with us!

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

Friday, June 4, 2021

Whatever It Takes - Sketch N Scrap #226

Hello, everyone! Happy Friday to you! It's been a fast week around here trying to get back into the routine after the long holiday weekend. We are finally drying out after so much rain and it was good to see a bit of sunshine yesterday, and hopefully, we will see a little more sunshine today.

Today I am sharing the layout that I created using the June 1st sketch at Sketch N Scrap. This fun sketch is courtesy of sketch artist Heather:

I wasn't really feeling like a big circle for my layout so I changed things up a bit and replaced the circle with a square. I kept everything else the same except I did put my title above the photo and added journaling below:

For this layout, I have used my June stash bash kit that you can see here. When I pulled the papers and embellishments for this kit I hadn't even taken this photo yet. I can't believe how many of the puffy sticker embellishments I could have used on this layout - they were all so fitting and it made it hard to pick which ones to use. Funny how things work out like that! The only things that weren't included in my kit were the doily, the alphas, and the navy cardstock.

About the photo - I recently made my title page for my 2021 Project Life album (which you will see later this month) and realized that we did not take a single family photo last year. Not a one! I have photos of all the kids together but not a single photo with all of us in it. I am determined to change that this year! That may be easier said than done! Shane - the one who is usually pretty willing to take a photo has now decided he ain't havin' it! Anytime I pull out my phone or camera, whether it's to take a picture of him or something else, he hollers "not yet!" and runs in the opposite direction. 

All of the kids came over for a BBQ over the Memorial Day weekend and I was determined to get a family photo. As luck would have it, Shane came in and laid down for a nap. I told everyone to gather around the couch and we would get our family photo. Is it the best photo? No. None of us are big on taking selfies and when you add a selfie stick into the mix, well, it's safe to say there's a bit of blur, and in the first photo we took you could only see me from the eyes up! Shane even woke up in the middle of our picture taking but did not object. Even though it's not a great photo, it is one of my recent favorites!

Here are a couple of close-ups:

I did not have enough e's in the white alphabet so I had to use an f and cut up another letter to make it an e. You can see it in the photo above but it's not that noticeable when you're looking at it in person. 

I was so happy that this love chipboard fit perfectly inside the center of the doily. I added a little bit of foam under the puffy phrases since I layered the ends of them on top of the chipboard. 

I'm sure you will be seeing this photo again in my 52 Favorites TN. It is definitely my favorite photo from that week.

I hope you find some time to play along with us - 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 fantastic Friday!

Tuesday, June 1, 2021

Lisa & Lori's Great Stash Bash - June Kit

Hello, everyone! Happy Tuesday and Happy June 1st! How can it possibly be June already?! Our weather the past few days - or really the whole month of May - has felt nothing like late spring or early summer days. It has been so cool - let's face it, downright cold for this time of year -  and so much rain. I mean low 60's for highs and 40's for lows - no thank you! I say bring on the sunshine and summer temps!

Enough about the weather around here, let's talk about something fun - a new kit for Lisa and 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!

Here is the June recipe:

Our "recipe" is to pull 10 patterned papers, 5-7 scraps, 3-4 embellishments, and for June our focus item is 6x6 paper pads.

For June I decided to make up two mini kits - one geared more towards masculine layouts and one that's a little more girlie, although I have an idea for a family layout with it, as well. Here's a look at my kit:

I have a stack of papers in my scrap room from past kits that I have put together or that didn't make the cut for a past kit and I decided to go through those to pick my kit for June. Let's take a closer look at each kit. 

First up is the "boy" kit:

I have been going through photos lately and I still have so many of my boys that I haven't scrapped - all the way from toddler to their teen years. So I wanted papers that would work for them.

Here are the papers:


I have papers from Fancy Pants, Pink Paislee, Crate Paper, Echo Park, and Crate Paper from left to right. 

Here are the embellishments that I have pulled:


I went through my stickers and found several that I thought would work with the papers. I also pulled my die-cut book since it has a couple of Simple Stories sets in it. I should have plenty to choose from here!

So, I did a thing earlier in May and tossed a bunch of my scraps. I had been working with the same scraps for a couple of years and just decided it was time to get rid of them. I have enough paper that I could not save another scrap and I wouldn't go wanting! Luckily, I had kept some scraps from a few different collections/manufacturers and I was able to find scraps for both of my mini-kits. Here are the "boy" scraps:

Now for my "girlie" mini-kit:

Lots of corally pinks, mint, teal, and navy in these papers. I was intending to use them for photos of my girls, and I more than likely still will, but we just took some family photos over the weekend that I would really like to get scrapped, too.

Here's a better look at the papers:

I have papers from Maggie Holmes and Dear Lizzy in this mini-kit.

I don't have any specific embellishments from the collections that go with these papers so I went back to my stickers and found several that will work:

I picked several different sticker sheets that had the same colors that were in my papers - and a few could be used with the boy kit, too.

Here are the "girl" scraps that I picked:

I feel like the paper with the circles could always be used for embellishments if I need something more.

I had pulled out these papers, too, but they didn't make the original cut for my ten papers. I am going to keep them with my kit just in case I "need" them!

I also found these two papers that will be great to fussy cut and use as embellishments:

I can't wait to use those little frames on a layout!

Our focus item for June is 6x6 paper pads - which I have a ton of! Here are just  a few of what I have:

I have four of these bins on the top of my cube organizer and two more below those. Each one can hold up to 40 paper pads depending on how full that they are. That means that I have well over 200 6x6 paper pads and these aren't even all of them. Most of my newer 6x6 and 6x8 paper pads are all in another bin across the room. And this doesn't even include my Elle's Studio (both 6x6 and 6x8 which I think I have every single one that they have ever made). They are all currently housed in one of my 3-tier carts. I think it's safe to say that I need to definitely "focus" on my 6x6 paper pads!

I did pull out a few to keep with my kit - mostly as a reminder to use them! I have a few of the newer ones that I have picked up recently ( all of the top row) and a few older pads that I thought would work with my kit:

I also have some 6x6 papers that were about all used up so I put them in a plastic 6x6 case - and I don't think I have opened the container since! I pulled those in hopes that I can use them for layering, cards, or maybe even their own layout:

I am also playing along with the Allison Davis Sketches for 6x6 Paper Pads class (for one-page sketches and I am still working on the double-page sketch class, too) so I am hoping I can get at least some 6x6 paper pads put to use this month!

Now to get scrappy and create a few things this month!

Be sure to stop by Lisa's blog to see the beautiful kit that she has pulled together for this month. This is a just-for-fun challenge, but if you 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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Friday, May 21, 2021

Mixing the Kits with The ScrapRoom

 Hello, everyone! Today I am sharing the layout I created for the "Mixing the Kits" post for The ScrapRoom. Here's a look at the kits that I have used:

Shots of Life Kit

Here is the layout that I created using the kits:

I mixed papers from Amy Tangerine's Brave and Bold collection and PhotoPlay's Crafting with my Gnomies from the patterned paper add-on kit. Both of these collections have such a fun feel to them and they were perfect to document these photos of Ada's new friend for the day - a turtle. She caught sight of this little guy traveling across our front yard and wouldn't let him out of her sight! I ran in and got my camera because she was just curious about him. I tried to get here to touch its shell but she was not about to do that! She was content to just watch it until it burrowed down in some leaves at the edge of the yard. It was a fun little afternoon adventure!

Here are a couple of close-ups:

I used my metal circle die to cut out the 'so fun' circle from one of the cut apart cards from the Shots of Life kit, The 'hello there' strip was cut from one of the Maggie Holmes papers in the patterned paper kit.

I let the 'little moment big memories' foam sticker serve as my title for my layout. Everything on this layout came from the kits, except the black cardstock for the background and the doily.

I love how quickly this layout came together!

Be sure to check out The ScrapRoom blog for more inspiration using the May kits,

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

Tuesday, May 18, 2021

Week 33/2018 - The ScrapRoom May Shots of Life Kit

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

 Today I am sharing the layout that I created using the May portion of the Shots of Life Kit from The ScrapRoom. I just checked and it looks like there are still a few of the May/June Shots of Life kits still available. Here's a look at the kit:

For my layout today, I have used the cut apart cards from Amy Tangerine's Brave & 
Bold collection, a couple of cards from PhotoPlay's Crafting With My Gnomies, and bits and pieces of the Maggie Holmes Garden Party paper to document Week 33 of 2018. That's right, we are going back a few years for this one!

Here's a look at the layout:

Here is the left side of the layout:

This week Abby headed back to work for the new school year and that meant Ada was back with me during the day. Ada wasn't quite sure she was ready to be back into the old routine of getting up so early to come to Nana's house, but it didn't take her long to get back into the swing of things! Here are a few close-ups: 

For my title card, I used the 'B' side of the cut apart paper to bring a little more of the blue into my spread. I added a 'hello' sticker from the sticker sheet and one of those pretty resin glitter hearts that was included in the kit. 

Since all of the cut apart cards on the Amy Tangerine sheet are 3x3's, I had to get creative in making them work for me on my spread. On the above light pink card, I added it to the top of a 3x4 card that I cut out of white cardstock. I then added another one of the gold glitter resin hearts to it. 
The photo to the left of this card is Ada on one of the little rides at Wal-Mart - her reward for being so good while we shopped for groceries. 

The two cards that I used from PhotoPlay's cut apart paper are shown above. The bright colors in this collection work so well with the colors in the Amy Tangerine collection. I also punched a circle out of the Maggie Holmes paper for my cluster base above.

The last card on this page is of Matthew hanging out before he headed back to MSU for his junior year of college. I carefully planned out which 3x3 cut aparts I wanted to use for cards or embellishments and the rest I was able to cut into 3x4's and use the 'B' side for more pops of blue. 

Here is the right side of the layout:

These photos are all about Matthew's move-in day at MSU. He's a minimalist when it comes to moving, that is for sure! As long as he had his tv, Playstation 4, and some clothes and food, he was good! His reasoning is that we're not even an hour away and he'll be coming home every other weekend so he can get whatever he needs then! Scott got Matthew up there and moved in early and he said it was the easiest move-in yet! Then he had to drive the hour-plus home and on into Lebanon to pick up his new glasses. He had quite a busy day!

Ada was a little sad to see Pops taking Uncle Matt back to college, so we played some My Little Pony to get her mind off it! She is so cute in her mask! 

It's hard to see but I added another one of the gold glitter resin hearts to the 'smile' card. 

For this photo, I cut down one of the Maggie Holmes cut apart cards for my journaling and added a few stickers to it. Scott and I found a bunch of broken eggs in our field right along our walking path. We weren't sure what kind they were, we thought maybe some turtle eggs, but after a little investigating we found out they were snake eggs! Yuck, yuck, yuck! If we'd known that we sure wouldn't have been poking around them so much! They still gross me out just thinking about it!

For this last card, I fussy cut one of the 3x3 cards for an embellishment and added a couple of stickers to finish off the little cluster.

I am so happy to have another spread in my 2018 album done! This album is slowly getting filled up!

Be sure to stop by The ScrapRoom blog for more May kit inspiration.

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