Sunday, August 22, 2021

Sketch N Scrap Card Sketch #200

 Hello, hello! Happy Sunday to you! I do hope that you're having a good weekend. We have had a quiet one - which has been nice after a very busy week. 

Today I am sharing the card that I created using Sketch #200 from Sketch N Scrap. This fun card sketch is courtesy of Sketch Artist Stacy:

This is what I came up with:

I am still using my August stash bash kit in hopes of getting it (almost) completely used up. 

The papers that I chose are pretty busy and the sentiment seemed to get lost, so I decided to leave the sentiment off of the front of the card and add it to the inside. I stamped a flower from Close To My Heart's Simple Florals (Z3724) stamp set to add as an embellishment. It was the closest flower to the ones in the patterned paper that I could find in my stash. I think it looks pretty cute!

My daughter will be starting her 9th year as a special education teacher tomorrow, and as if teaching 15 kids all on different grade levels - all with different needs - and all of the paperwork that has to be done in the special education department, this year she is also co-teaching with a 5th-grade teacher in the afternoons. I wanted to send her a card letting her know that I know that she can do it all!

Here's a look at the inside of the card:

I always forget how much I like it when I add a strip of patterned paper to the inside of a card. It just adds a little extra something! 

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

Wednesday, August 18, 2021

Hello, Winnie - Sketch N Scrap #231

 Hello and Happy Wednesday! I hope you are having a good week so far. We had a spur-of-the-moment sleepover with Ada last night - which is always fun! We had to sneak one more in before she starts back to school next week. 

Today I am sharing the layout that I created using the August 15th sketch from Sketch N Scrap. Stacy has created such a fun sketch for us to use and it is one that I am sure I will use again. Here's a look at the sketch:

This is what I came up with:

I was going through my recent photos, making a list of all of the layouts that I would like to make, and came across these photos of Ada on the day that they got little Winnie. I wanted to use both of the photos of Winnie and there was a lot of "space" in the photos so I cut them both down to a 2x2 square and added both in place of the one smaller photo on the sketch. 

I used more of my August stash bash kit - only adding in a piece of light blue paper and a few stickers. I am so happy with how much of my kit I have used this month! I think I only have two full sheets left and some scraps. There's still a little time and I am hoping to get one more layout made with it before the end of the month. 

Here are a couple of close-ups:

I used a bit of a larger tag in the upper right corner so I could have a place to add a bit of journaling. 

I added a bit of foam tape to the "hello" die-cut before I added it to my layout. I added the sticker under Winnie's name as a sort of shelf for it to rest on and as a little subtitle.

These stickers really say it all - Ada was so happy to be getting a puppy and it was love at first sight! They have been inseparable all summer long, so I am sure that Winnie will miss her during the day when Ada goes to school next week.

Be sure to stop by the Sketch N Scrap blog for more inspiration for this sketch.

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

Wednesday, August 11, 2021

Sketch N Scrap #230

 Hello, everyone! Happy Wednesday to you!

Today I am sharing the layout that I created using the August 1st sketch from Sketch N Scrap. Here is a look at the fun sketch that Lisa has created for us:

And this is what I came up with:

These photos are from May of 2020. The kids had all come over for Mother's Day and since we couldn't go anywhere or do anything, we headed out to take a walk. Of course, Ada was running ahead and Willie was right by her side. Whenever Ada would run, Willie would run. When Ada would stop and wait for us, Willie would sit and wait, too. It's been this way since Ada was born. I have photos of Willie looking into her playpen the first time she ever came over for a visit and I think he has taken it upon himself to be her protector. I have so many photos of Ada - inside the house and outside - and Willie is in a good amount of them, never too far from her. I do plan on adding a bit of journaling down the right side of the layout. I just need to figure out exactly what all I want to include in it. 

I used scraps from my August great stash bash kit and a few of the embellishments that were included in it, as well. 

Here are a couple of close-ups:

When I die cut the title I had quite a few of these little circles from the inside of some of the letters. Instead of tossing them in the trash, I kept out a few to act as enamel dots. 

I have been wanting to find a small alphabet die that would be good to use in my Project Life album and my traveler's notebooks (or for longer titles like this one) and I found this little alphabet die from Impression Obsessions and got both the uppercase and lowercase for under $15. The only drawback is that you have to cut the entire alphabet - they are not single letters - but I do not mind that at all. I always put the extras into a baggie to see if I can use them on a future project.

Be sure to stop by Sketch N Scrap for more inspiration using this sketch.

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

Tuesday, August 10, 2021

TN Time With Lisa & Lori - August Challenge

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

It is time for the August TN Time With Lisa & Lori challengeHere 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 August challenge:

Just use the color pink on your layout and add at least one sticker to your layout.

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

And this is what I came up with:

For my layout, I have used papers and embellishments that I included in my August stash bash kit. The papers are all from Bella Blvd. To satisfy my part of the challenge I have used the color pink throughout my layout and I have used a flower sticker and several chipboard stickers.

This photo of Ada is from just a couple of weeks ago. She and Abby had come over for a visit and they were getting ready to leave. When Ada put on her new sunglasses she just looked so cute - and so grown up!

Here are a couple of close-ups:

These little yellow alpha stickers were not in my stash bash kit. I wanted to bring a bit of the yellow over to this side of the spread and these little guys fit the bill!  They have been floating around in my stash for a while and it feels good to good a few more letters off of the sheet and on a layout!

I also punched a few hearts to scatter around my spread.

I finally got a couple of those old Gossamer Blue chipboard stickers on a layout! I have added these stickers into a number of my past kits and never managed to use them. (Mostly because I am hoarding them!) I am glad I was able to put them on this spread!

It feels good to get another layout added to my July 2021 traveler's notebook!

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

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!

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Sunday, August 8, 2021

Creek Adventures - Sketch N Scrap's August Pop-up Challenge

 Hello, everyone! Happy Sunday to you! I hope you are having a good weekend. We had a busy couple of days Friday and Saturday with all of the kids over to celebrate Scott's birthday and to get some swimming in. Today the house is much quieter and I hope to spend some time in my scrap room before the busyness of the next couple of weeks starts up.

Today I am sharing a layout that I made for the August Pop-up Layout Challenge in the Sketch N Scrap Monthly Challenges Facebook group. Here is the sketch that I chose for this pop-up challenge, Sketch #27 from way back in February 2013:

And my layout:

These photos are of one of our creek adventures in July. We had gotten a pretty good rain the day before Abby and Ada came over and the creek was up and running. Ada put on her rain boots and we headed for the creek. I should have posted a close-up of the photo of Ada and Scott together because the water was up even with the top of her boot! She loves when we get to go adventuring at the creek - unless she sees a frog - then she is headed for the house!

I used Photo Play's Fern and Willard that I had included in my August Lisa & Lori's Great Stash Bash kit which you can see here. Ada picked these papers herself for our creek photos so I am sure you will be seeing more of this collection along with more creek photos in the future!

The striped paper is not from the Fern and Willard collection - it is scrap from Bella Blvd that I had added to my kit - but it works well with these papers and I got a scrap used up, and the red paper with the hearts that I used for the background is from a different Photo Play collection.

I added a bit of distressing to this layout by way of torn paper edges and by using a distressing tool on the edges of the white cardstock.

Here are a few close-ups:

I finally got this last - lonely yellow fabric flower on a layout! It has been floating around my scrap room for a while now - I even found it on the floor at one point. This layout was perfect for it!

I had these brads on my desk from a previous project and there was just the right amount for this layout, so I added them around for my finishing touch.

I love these little blue alphas from Freckled Fawn! I had to layer them on top of each other to get them to fit this label piece but I think it helps to add to the fun vibe of the layout.

Head on over to the Sketch N Scrap Monthly Challenge Facebook group to play along with my pop-up challenge. There is a prize involved and you have until August 31st at midnight CST to play along!

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

Sunday, August 1, 2021

Lisa & Lori's Great Stash Bash - August Edition


Hello, hello! Happy August 1st! Wowzers this year is flying by! The new month means that it is time for a new stash bash kit! 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 get to my new kit - how about a little update on my July stash bash kit. I did manage to get two layouts made using my kit - that seems to be the magic number around here lately...maybe this month I will get more than two made! I still have last month's kit sitting on the side of my desk because I am making Ada's Summer Fun album a priority this month and most of July's kit was pulled for that 6x8 album. I will keep you posted!

Now, onto my August kit. Here is the August recipe:

Our "recipe" is to pull 10 patterned papers, 5-7 scraps, 3-4 embellishments, and for August our focus item is stickers - and you will see that I have quite the variety in my kit! You'll see cardstock stickers, puffy stickers, sticker sheets, chipboard stickers...all the different kinds of stickers!

Once again I have made two mini kits. I really like doing it this way and will probably continue making two mini kits this year. Here's a look at Mini-kit #1:

For my first mini-kit, I have pulled a few papers from Photo Play's Fern and Willard collection and the red with white hearts paper is from the Birds of a Feather collection. I hadn't really given this collection a second thought but when Abby and Ada took me shopping for my birthday Ada saw this collection and told me it would be perfect for her creek pictures. Once I really looked it over I fell in love with it. I mean it's one of my favorite color schemes and I am all about the more generic patterns - checks, dots, florals...yes, please! Ada knows her stuff!

Here's a better look at the papers:

I cannot wait to play with these papers! Not only do I have plans for Ada's creek photos, but I also think I could maybe get a layout of the boys when they were little made from this kit. 

Here are the embellishments:

I have pulled the 12x12 sticker sheet and the die-cut pack from the same collection. Since our focus item this month is stickers - I also pulled the Summer Farmhouse sticker book from Simple Stories, a navy alphabet from Freckled Fawn, and a few label stickers, and red and blue gems that I received several years ago in a swap. I figured it was about time for me to get them used!

Here are the scraps that I pulled for this kit:

I kept in mind that I would also like to do a layout, or two, of my boys so I pulled more navy, red, green, and yellow so I would have plenty to work with. 

Here is mini-kit #2:

I guess you could say this kit has a more "girlie" feel to it with the pinks and aqua...

Here's a look at the papers:

All of these papers except the light pink are from Bella Blvd. The light pink paper is from Close To My Heart. I have something specific in mind for this kit that you will be seeing a little later this month!

Here are the embellishments for mini-kit #2:

Since I really didn't have any specific stickers or die-cuts, etc. for these papers, I dug around in my stash and came up with these - chipboard stickers from Freckled Fawn, chipboard and paper stickers from an old Gossamer Blue kit, puffy word stickers, a foam sticker sheet from Momenta, and the Good Vibes sticker book from Simple Stories. Some of these stickers - like anything yellow or pink - could always work with mini-kit #1, also. I would really like to make a dent in some of these older embellishments!

Here are the scraps for this mini-kit:

I threw in a couple of yellow scraps because, well, number one there is a tiny bit of yellow in the floral print in kit #2, and number two - I thought maybe I could use the black and yellow - and maybe even the aqua - on a layout or card...we will see!

While I was picking my embellishments, I came across these stickers from a previous stash bash kit. Since our focus is on stickers I went ahead and included them in my kit. They will all work with both of my kits and I hope I can put some of them to use!

Here are a few more sticker sheets I would like to get used up:

I am actually including some alpha stickers! I don't normally pull these because I always have them at the ready, but I tend to hoard my Bella Blvd alphas because I LOVE them! It's time to get them on layouts instead of sitting in my stash!

And one last set of items that have been floating around my room - being shuffled from place to place, dropped on the floor, put in a bin to be forgotten about...

The washi tape sheet has been in my stash for I don't even know how long and the same goes for that yellow fabric flower. It is the last fabric flower that I have and I am going to make it my mission to get it on a layout this month! The die-cuts and enamel hearts have been floating from kit to kit and I am anxious to try to get some of them used up this month.

I cannot wait to dig into my kit this month and see what I can get made! I hope that you get a chance to play along with us this month!

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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