Tuesday, September 21, 2021

Sweet - Mixing the Kits With The ScrapRoom

Hello, everyone! Happy Tuesday to you! I hope that you are having a good day. 

Today I am sharing the layout that I created for the September edition of the  Mixing the Kits post at The ScrapRoom. Here is a look at the kits that I used for my layout:

Patterned Paper Kit

Shots of Life Kit

For this month's layout, I also used the Freaky Fast Formula:

This is what I came up with:

I used a paper from Paige Evans' Bungalow Lane collection, a paper from Bella Blvd's You Are My Sunshine collection and the embellishments from Simple Stories' Simple Vintage Lemon Twist collection. These three collections worked surprisingly well with each other!

For the Freaky Fast Formula - I used a doily from my stash for the 3 1/2 inch circle and punched my 1x12 strips with a scalloped border punch. Instead of a second photo (for the 4 1/2 x 6 1/2 measurement), I used one of the cut apart cards for my journaling. The Simple Stories die cuts and foam stickers were the perfect embellishments for this layout and using this formula made this layout come together so quickly! 

Here are a couple of close ups:

I love the foam embellishments from Simple Stories that are in the embellishment kit. There's not a lot of yellow in the Bungalow Lane papers but it is there - and these embellishments were perfect to go along with my story.

Be sure to check out The ScrapRoom blog for more inspiration using the September kits.

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


Monday, September 20, 2021

The ScrapRoom September Shots of Life Kit - Week 32/2021

 Hello, everyone! Happy Monday to you! I hope that your week is off to a great start. We had a nice quiet weekend at home - which meant lots of scrappy and stitchy time for me!

Today I am sharing the layout that I created using the September portion of the Shot of Life Kit from The ScrapRoom. Here is a look at the kit:

This is what I came up with:

For my layout, I used the Bella Blvd - You Are My Sunshine - cut apart cards and epoxy stickers that were included in the kit. The fun - bright colors in those cards were perfect to document another week of summer fun. I dove into my Bella Blvd scraps bin to add a bit more color to my layout. 

Here's a closer look at each side of the layout:

I kept my title card pretty simple for this week. I used one of the 4x6 cut apart cards and fussy cut the sun from one of the 2x2 cards. I cut a ticket shape out of the backside of the Lemon Twist cut apart paper and added my week title to it. I then just stamped my dates directly on the card.

This was a pretty busy week for us. Ada stayed with us Monday-Wednesday since Abby had some training out of town those days. On Monday, we passed the time until Pops got home from work playing Uno and video games. She is very good at both! She beat me the best out of five games of Uno and was deemed the champ! She also beat her best time on one of the speed runs in Astro's Playroom on the PS5. She was pretty excited to do that, too.


We went for a walk on Monday evening and had the most beautiful view. The journaling on that photo says  - Today (8/9) would have been Kim's 59th birthday and Mom would've been 80 on Thursday (8/12) I should've known they would give me a beautiful sunset to enjoy! I added a couple of stamped word phrases and enamel hearts to finish off that photo. 

The bottom photo is showing just how tall our sunflowers grew this year. Ada was standing on top of  Scott's shoulders - and they were on a little bit higher ground than the sunflower - and it was still taller than both of them together! I think we tried to measure it and it was close to 10 feet tall! The "Have a sunny day" was punched from one of the 2x2 cards.

Ada had her first stargazing experience while she stayed with us - thanks to the Perseid meteor shower. She was lucky enough to see one pretty soon after we went out. I discovered it is almost impossible to take a selfie in the dark! It took a couple of tries but I did manage to get us all in the photo!

Here is a look at the right side of the spread:

The top photo is of Ada with her Wendy's kids meal toys. This girl can have fun with just about anything! We'd told her before she came over that Pops would bring home supper one night after work. She chose Wendys and she brought two of the cars she's gotten in previous kid's meals to play with - and she was hoping she would add a new one to her collection. She got the unicorn car - which made her happy as can be. For the embellishment on that photo, I used a stamp that said - the simple joys of life - and added one of the epoxy flowers to it. 

 I really liked the multi-colored hearts card from the cut apart sheet. I added one of the 2x2 squares to it with a polaroid style frame around it and added a few more enamel hearts to finish it off. 

The next photo is of Ada and Aunt Amy - her birthday buddy. Aunt Amy came over for a visit one of the days she was over and she brought her a few fun goodies, too. Ada played with them the rest of the afternoon. 

Ada and I always try to take a "sleepover selfie" when she spends the night and she was a good sport - posing for a photo by our flowers.

Ada could not wait until Pops would get home so they could go out to the pool. It's crazy the things these two think up to do in the pool! The crazier the idea is - the better it is! I added a chipboard sticker from my stash and a couple of stamped phrases to this photo. 

Once again I added a sort of - week in review - journaling card. I used a 4x6 index card - just cutting it down a bit so it could be matted on a piece of patterned paper. I stamped the words 'This week' and added a few more epoxy flowers to it. I had one little green epoxy heart left and turned it sideways so it looked like a flower leaf. 

I have just a couple more photos from this week that I would like to have added...I may add an insert - like maybe a 6x8 page protector size for those last few photos and stories.

The only things I used on this layout from my stash are - white cardstock, stamps, chipboard stickers, small enamel hearts, and some patterned paper scraps.

It feels great to get another week documented!

Be sure to check out The ScrapRoom blog for more inspiration using the September kits!

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

Sunday, September 19, 2021

You Are One Of A Kind

Hello, everyone! Happy Sunday to you! I hope that you are having a good weekend. We are still hanging onto those summertime temperatures but it looks like we may see some fall-like weather a little later this week. That is quite fitting since fall officially arrives on Wednesday!

Today I am sharing the layout that I created using the September 15 sketch from Sketch N Scrap. I am also playing along with this week's challenge from Lasting Memories which is to use striped patterned paper on your layout.

Here is a look at the sketch:

I love this sketch and will be using it again, I am sure! This is what I came up with:

These photos are of Shane when he was just 10 months old. Wow - 21 years have gone by so fast! He loved this little plane swing at my sister's house and the higher you would swing him - the more he loved it! I love to see that sweet - happy - baby face!

I stuck close to the sketch - only adding in an extra tag and an embellishment cluster around my title. I added in a couple of thin strips of striped patterned paper to satisfy the challenge at Lasting Memories.

I bashed some older stash on this layout - using the Little Man patterned papers from Echo Park from 2015, and some stickers from the Little Boy collection from Echo Park from 2010. I also used the last of those large wood veneer stars that I had. I am a little sad to see them go but I always have a metal die that looks just like them.

Here are a couple of close-ups:

I wasn't sure what I was going to title this layout but on the backside of the blue graph paper are border strips and I found this "you are one of a kind" on it. I cut it out of the paper -which you can see below - and I was able to cover it up with the airplane paper:

I felt like this bottom cluster was lacking a bit with just the journaling box and stars so I added in several enamel dots and star stickers to beef it up. I might have gone a touch overboard with all of those enamel dots - but I like how it turned out.

Be sure to stop by Sketch N Scrap to see more inspiration using the September 15th sketch and stop by Lasting Memories to see how the rest of the design team took on the striped patterned paper challenge. I hope you have a chance to play along with both of these challenges this month!

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

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!

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

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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!