Saturday, June 25, 2022

Anticipation - FarmQuest Challenge Blog Challenge #6

Hello, hello! Happy Saturday to you! I hope your weekend is off to a good start. We are supposed to have our hottest day of the summer (so far) today with the high reaching the upper 90s with the heat index being well over 100 degrees. Sounds like a good day to stay inside where it is nice and cool!

Today I am sharing the traveler's notebook I made for the FarmQuest Challenge Blog Challenge #6. The theme for this challenge is to use cherries or strawberries AND a container that is not a basket - so like a bowl or plate, jam/jelly jar, a pie plate, etc.

This is what I came up with:

To satisfy the challenge, I have fussy cut a few strawberries from a patterned paper and I have a photo of some strawberries growing in our garden. For something other than a basket - I fussy cut a scale filled with strawberries.

I used all scraps for this layout. I love it when I can do that instead of cutting into a full sheet of paper. I punched a lacy scalloped border and stamped my title along the edge of the paper. I used the Journals For Life - Alex alphabet stamp for my title and you will be seeing it a lot
 more! These stamps stamp beautifully and are the perfect size to make a statement in my TN or they would be the perfect size for a title on a 12x12 layout, too. 

I based my layout on this older sketch for TN Time With Lisa and Lori from September 2019:

Here are a few close-ups:

I wanted to bring a touch of pink to my layout and the backside of the green paper had the perfect pink on it. I punched a tab to hold my date and to bring a touch of pink to the left side of my layout.

I stamped a pink label to "hold" the fussy-cut strawberries for the right page. I am trying to not add much bulk to my layouts so I added some black dots and hand-drawn hearts to each of my cluster areas.

I added a pink banner across the top of the scale for a little something extra.

My journaling reads -  Our strawberry patch has almost doubled in size this spring. It is loaded with blooms and these itty bitty berries. I cannot wait until they are ripe and ready to be picked. There's nothing sweeter than a fresh-picked berry from the garden. Yum!

Have you had a chance to check out my friend Becca's challenge blog? The challenges are always fun and you can make just about anything - a card, a TN layout, a scrapbook layout, a tag, a bookmark - the list is long! But you better hurry - this challenge ends June 27th at 12:30 AM Central Time. Just go here -

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

Saturday, June 18, 2022

TN Time With Lisa & Lori June Challenge

 Hello, hello! Happy Saturday to you! I hope your weekend is off to a great start! It's another hot one around here. It looks like summer arrived a bit early this year and I don't mind a bit! I could do with a little less humidity but I can't really change it, so I will just go with it It makes the pool a delight to jump into!

It is time for TN Time With Lisa & Lori's June challenge! We are running a little behind this month but sometimes life just gets in the way of our hobbies! And it's better late than never, right?! 

Before I get to the challenge, I want to say a big thank you to Kim for playing along with our May challenge! 

Now,if you are new here and you don't know what this challenge is all about - 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 June challenge:

Just a label or a tab to your layout.

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

And this is what I came up with:

I am back to working on Ada's School TN. My goal is to get all caught up on it before she starts 3rd grade in the fall. It's definitely doable - I just need to keep on it!

This is her last day of kindergarten picture. Kindergarten was such a hard year for her. She had never been away from her Mom and Dad or me and Pops and it was definitely an adjustment for her. Most days started with tears but more often than not they ended with smiles. She loved the work that she had to do - it was just the separation that was hard for her. And then the Pandemic hit and they went to remote learning on March 17th. I felt like she was cheated out of so many of the fun experiences a kindergartner gets to have. No field trip to the zoo, no kindergarten graduation, but I am so glad that she was safe at home!

I used Echo Park's First Day of School for this layout - I just stayed away from anything that said "First Day!" Since Ada has on a light blue shirt in the photo I picked out some of the blue papers in the collection and then accented my layout with green and red. 

Here is a better look at the left-side page:

I die cut my title from the Impression Obsession metal dies. I die cut a few heats to scatter about, as well. To satisfy my challenge to use a label or a die, I added a label and layered a sticker over the top of it. 

Here are a couple of close-ups:

The journaling on the tag is mostly what I included above. It's kind of the condensed version of everything I had to say. I figure if I have too much more to say that I can always add it to the pocket behind the tag.

Here is a close-up of the right page:

I added a tab with the date above the photo. I feel like labels and tabs and TN layouts just go hand in hand!

Be sure to head on over to Lisa's beautiful blog - My Creative Endeavors - to see her take on this month's challenge. 

Now, 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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Sunday, June 12, 2022

His Name is Bob - LM #603 - Frames

Hello, everyone! Happy Sunday to you! I hope that you are having a good weekend! We have had such a good - and busy - weekend around here, starting with our trip to Incredible Pizza on Friday with Ada and Shane. I am happy to say they both loved it and I know we will be going back soon! I even had a chance to stop in at Scrapbook Generation and do a little birthday shopping. When we got home we took a walk down to the creek and saw the neighbor's horses by the fence and Ada could not have been happier about that! One of the horses was very friendly and was happy to get love pats from Ada. 

Then on Saturday, we took them to Bennett Spring to see the fish - which the hatchery was pretty empty - but the water was beautiful! We finished off the day in the pool - the first time this summer that it has been warm enough to actually get in it! Such a good way to start the weekend! And now I am hoping that today I can spend some time in my scrap room!

Today I am sharing the layout that I made for this week's challenge at Lasting Memories. The challenge for this week is to use frames in a different way on our layouts. Most of the time frames are used to showcase a photo - so this week we want you to use your frames in a different way - maybe to add layers, showcase anything other than a photo, or use it in your page design. I used a couple of Polaroid-style frames for my cluster bases:

I used this sketch from Sketch N Scrap - which is the sketch I chose for today's Challenge #3 in our monthly challenges group on Facebook:

I love all of the layers on this sketch and thought it was perfect to get some of the papers used that I put in my Lisa and Lori's Great Stash Bash kit for June. The papers that I used are from Echo Park's Fine and Dandy collection. I had intended to use the cute little turtle sticker in this collection, but then I remembered I had put the Jen Hadfield - A Kid at Heart - stamp in my kit and thought it would be perfect to stamp a little turtle for each of my clusters. 

I took these photos of Ada with a little turtle we found on a walk in our field. I was really surprised that she touched the little guy's shell! Usually, she says "no"  - but this time she was all for it. She immediately told us that his name was "Bob" and when we tried to get her to name it something else, she would say "No, his name is BOB!" It didn't take Bob long to make his way to the woods and be gone forever, but she sure enjoyed him for a little while!

Here are a few close-ups:

For that cute little turtle stamp - I used watercolors to make a few 'splotches' on a piece of cardstock. Once it was dry, I stamped the image on top of the 'splotches' and then fussy cut it out. I think it is the cutest little turtle ever! I popped up on foam tape for a little dimension.

Here is my first Polaroid-style frame. I loved the fact that it already had the hello friend banner on the bottom! I added a couple of layers of vellum behind the frame to help tone down the patterned papers and picture underneath it.  A few flower stickers and another turtle finished off this cluster.

This cluster has another Polaroid-style frame - and it says 'perfect together' on it - another fitting sentiment! I love how this cluster turned out! It took a bit of me fiddling with it, but I do love the results!

I will add a bit of journaling - I just haven't decided if I will add it directly to the layout or if I will add it to a tag to slip behind one of the photos. 

Be sure to stop by Lasting Memories to see the rest of the layouts from the design team, and check out Sketch N Scrap's June crop challenges in the Sketch N Scrap Monthly Challenges Facebook group.

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

Thursday, June 9, 2022

Sketch N Scrap Card Sketch #219

 Hello, hello! Happy Thursday to you! I hope you have had a good week and are looking forward to the weekend. We have a fun day planned for tomorrow with Miss Ada. We will be taking her to Incredible Pizza - a pizza place with a ton of games and other fun things to do - and we will see how Shane handles that before we do too much more planning out of the day. He used to love going there but it has been years...hopefully, he still likes to play skee-ball. I am sure that he and I will be camped out there for the duration of the visit. After pizza, of course! Then we will finish the day off with our first sleepover of the summer. 

Today I am sharing the card that I made using the June 5th sketch from Sketch N Scrap. I love this fun sketch that Lisa created and I can see myself using it again and again. Here's a look at the sketch:

I love the layers on the sketch - and I even had to add an extra layer or two on my card. I used all scraps from my May Lisa & Lori's Great Stash Bash kit. I just can't seem to stop myself from using that kit! 

The sentiment/banner die-cut is from the ephemera pack and I could not resist layering it on top of that cute little sunshine sticker. I added one of the floral die-cut pieces and this card was done! Now it is ready to go in the mail to brighten someone's day!

Have you had a chance to play along with us at Sketch N Scrap yet? I would love to see your creations, too!

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

Saturday, June 4, 2022

Mom's Day - Sketch N Scrap #250

Hello, hello! Happy Saturday to you! I hope that your weekend is off to a good start. We are having a beautiful late spring day - sunshine, 75 degrees, and all of the windows are open in the house! The yard work is done and that means I will be spending some time in my scrap room the rest of the weekend! I am so ready for that.

Today I am sharing the layout that I made using the June 1st sketch from Sketch N Scrap. Sketch #250 was created by Lisa and it will be going into my favorites folder to be used again soon! Here's a look at the sketch:

This is what I came up with:

I used my Lisa & Lori's Great Stash Bash kit from May for this layout. The photos are from Mother's Day this year. Shane is still not a fan of taking pictures so I had to sneak in a quick selfie with him so I would have a picture of me with all of the kiddos on Mom's Day!

Everything on this layout was in my kit - except for the doily. I was even able to get a couple of scraps used up on this layout!

Here are a couple of close-ups:

This collection has so many pretty flowers and I couldn't wait to use a few on this layout. I also tucked a little journaling card that was in one of the die-cut packs behind my photo. I will add what little bit of journaling I have to it. There's not a whole lot to say - just our traditional Mother's Day photos.

I loved this little sticker from the sticker book. How perfect for a Mother's Day layout! Isn't that what all of us Moms do - or at least try to do - plant smiles, grow giggles, and harvest love! I popped it up on some foam tape and layered it on top of another flower die-cut.

I added a patterned paper circle to the doily so the white letters for my title would show up. I added a few more flower die-cuts and a butterfly die-cut around my title. I am trying to use butterflies a little more often. I don't know why I never seem to use them until they are the only thing left in a collection, but I am trying hard to get them on my projects.

Head on over to Sketch N Scrap to see the sketch and I hope you have a chance to play along!

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

Thursday, June 2, 2022

Sweet - Best of 30 Days of Sketches With Christy's Beautiful Life - Day 2

Hello, everyone! Happy Thursday to you! We are getting ever closer to the weekend and I am ready! It has been a short work week but a busy one for us. 

I am so excited to be participating in Christy's Beautiful Life's Best of 30 Days of Sketches (#bestof30dscbl)! There is a Facebook group -  30 Days of Sketches With Christy's Beautiful Life - where all of the sketches for this round and the previous nine rounds are posted, so be sure to check it out! 

I was given the day two sketch which is from Series One of 30 Days of Sketches and it was created by the talented Suzanna Lee (@suzlee72 on Instagram). Here is a look at the sketch:

And this is what I came up with:

I used Bella Blvd's Squeeze the Day collection for this layout of Miss Ada. Abby took these photos of her way back in 2018 and said they were some of her favorites  - and they are some of my favorites, too! They were just spending time together in their backyard and I love the flower that Ada has in her hair.

This was such a fun sketch to work with! I distressed all of the edges of the patterned papers and outlined them with a black pen. I added a couple of extra layers behind my photo and added a border along the bottom of my layout. Other than that I stayed true to the sketch.

Here are a couple of close-ups:

I fussy cut all of the watermelon, strawberry, and rainbow pieces from one of the patterned papers. I added a couple of hearts, a word phrase sticker, and enamel dots to finish off this cluster.

I've had this "sweet" rubber word from an old Amy Tangerine collection floating around in my die-cut boxes for a while now. I am so glad that I got it on a layout!

I felt like the bottom of the layout needed a little something to ground it, so I added a couple of strips of patterned paper and created another cluster in the right-hand corner. I don't know that I would always use a form of the word 'sweet' so repetitively, but it kind of works for me on this layout of "Sweet" Ada!

Please head on over to Instagram to see how the others in my group took on this sketch. Just look for me - 

 @lori_670 and 

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Wednesday, June 1, 2022

Lisa & Lori's Great Stash Bash June Kit Reveal

Hello, hello! Happy Wednesday and June 1st! I hope you are having a good week so far. I am still messed up on what day it is from the long weekend! The new month means it is time for a new Lisa & Lori's Great Stash Bash Kit reveal!

Before I get to this month's kit I'll give a quick update on my May kit. I once again only managed to get two layouts made with my kit. That seems like the running theme here lately! I would still like to get a couple more layouts from my May kit so it will stay beside my desk for a little while longer!

If you are new here or haven't heard about Lisa & Lori's Great Stash Bash Kit - here is all you need to know about it! Lisa & Lori's Great Stash Bash is a challenge that my good friend Lisa and I do every month in an attempt to get our stash used up. We pull items from our stash based on a "recipe" (which you will see below) and use those items throughout the month.

Now, onto my June kit!

Here is our "recipe" for June:

Our "recipe" is to pull 10 patterned papers from our stash, 5-7 scraps, 3-4 embellishments, and we always have a focus item for the month, and this month that item is tags.

It is very rare that I strictly stick to that recipe - and this month is no exception! I think I have a total of 15 patterned papers, a "few" more scraps, and my embellishments...well, let's just say I couldn't settle on just 3-4! 

Here's a look at my kit:

I know I am going to be scrapping summer photos this month so my kit is full of summertime goodness. I have plans to work on Ada's 2019 Summer Bucket List TN, Ada's 2021 Summer Memories 6x8 flipbook, Ada's School TN, and whatever other summertime photos I want to scrap. I am in full summer mode right now!

I've gone ahead and broken my kit into two separate mini-kit even though the papers and embellishments will all work together. Here are all of the papers together:

I have pulled papers from the new Simple Stories Summer Lovin' collection and a few papers from Simple Stories' Sunkissed collection, and there are a few papers from Simple Stories' Sunshine and Happiness collection from 2016. Those are all on the back row. The front row is all Echo Park - Fine and Dandy collection from 2014. 

Here is a closer look at the Simple Stories summer kit papers:

I cannot wait to use that lightning bug paper! I have been waiting to do a layout of Ada catching lightning bugs for her in 2019 Summer Bucket List TN and my patience - or maybe it's more my procrastination - has finally paid off! That will be one of the first projects I do this month!

Here are the cut apart papers and embellishments that I have included: 

I have the sticker sheet, sticker book, and ephemera packs from the new Summer Lovin' collection. Since I will be working on Ada's 6x8 album, I included as many cut apart papers as I could. I may even get a project life layout done this month. 

Here is a look at the Echo Park kit:

I love the papers/colors in this collections and when I saw that cute little turtle I thought of two layouts that I need to get made - one of Ada befriending a turtle in our field, which she named Bob, and a tiny little turtle that Scott saved from getting hit by the lawn mower. These papers are basic enough that they can be used for just about anything else I mgith want to scrap.

Here are the papers:

And the embellishments:

I have the cut apart paper and stickers from the Fine and Dandy collection  and I pulled a few alphabet sticker sheets thatI thought might work with both collections. 

I also included a few random embellishments that I would like to see if I could get used this month:

I have included a few doilies, a piece of wax paper wtih some random summer stickers left on it that I would like to use up, some Pink Fresh puffy hearts, some old Jillibean Soup circle labels, and then I threw in some washi tape and stamps. All of these stamp sets are relatively new and never been used (except my label stamps - they get used a lot!) and I am hoping to get a few of them inked up this month.

I also found these sticker sheets and thought they would mostly go with my kit, so I pulled them instead of putting them back in my sticker bin:

I have included some scraps that I had all together in a page protector:

There's mostly scraps from Simple Stories' Sunkissed collection but there are a few random scraps in there that will work with my kit, too. 

I have not forgotten about our focus item - tags. I don't have a ton of tags in my stash - I usually just make my own as I need them, but I did include a couple of tag papers from Simple Stories to try to use up this month:

And that does it for my June kit! I am looking forward to digging into it and getting started!

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 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 - #lisaandlorisgreatstashbash2022

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