Sunday, January 24, 2021

Party Time {for Hailey} Layout

It's time for my final layout as the Lasting Memories guest designer for this month, and their theme is "Events," so I pulled out some fun photos of a birthday party we attended. The challenge is open until the 30th, so feel free to pop on over and play along!

Party Time papers & stickers
Glacier cardstock
Glacier & Cotton Candy ink
Watermelon marker
Dazzling die-cuts (scalloped border)
Capri & Rose grosgrain ribbon (MM)
Flamingo & White enamel dots
Flower punch (EK Success)
Pattern: EMS Sketch Challenge 10

Challenges: Tic Tac Toe Challenges (I chose the top row across with flowers + ribbon + pink)

Saturday, January 23, 2021

Snow Much Fun Layout

Back in fall of 2017, I started scrapping photos from a Frozen birthday party my kids attended, but I kinda ran out of steam after also scrapbooking my daughter in her Elsa costume riding in a princess carriage and enjoying several Halloween events. I put the remaining pictures on hold until now, when I was inspired to pull them out so I could play along with Bitten By the Bug's Magical Winter Snowflakes challenge. This page will face another layout I previously created, so I used some of the same supplies and dug through my box of Cricut cuts to find the snowflakes. This page is rather photo heavy, but I couldn't bear to create yet another Frozen layout, so they all had to fit on this one!

Flakey Friends stamp set
Glitter & Watercolor papers (Recollections)
Crystal Blue & White Daisy cardstock
Lagoon ink
Enamel & Glitter Duos blue dots
Cricut Art Philosophy cartridge: snowflakes
Mini snowflake punch (EK Success)
Challenges: Use Your Stuff #414 Out With the Old (I used a leftover piece of glitter paper plus snowflakes I had die-cut but not used for a previous project)

Sunday, January 17, 2021

The Mummy Cases Layout

I have long been a fan of Elizabeth Peter's novels about Amelia Peabody and her husband Emerson, intrepid Egyptologists and solvers of mysteries, so I knew exactly what I wanted to do for this week's Lasting Memories "Best Seller" challenge: create an Egypt themed layout based on the title of one of her books! There were several I could have chosen from for these photos, but "The Mummy Case" was an obvious winner. I even used the cover of the book as inspiration for some of the design features on my layout.

And here's the cover. If you haven't read any of this book series, do it now! Amazing fun.

I was really tempted to add a cat die-cut, but I thought it would detract from the theme of the layout so I resisted. Speaking of cats, did you know the Egyptians sometimes mummified cats? We saw a couple of them at the museum.

Color Kaleidoscope papers (American Crafts)
Kraft, Autumn Terracotta, Champagne & Black cardstock
Black, Sky & Cashmere ink
Black marker
Let's Wander Thickers (American Crafts)
Color Kaleidoscope cardstock stickers (American Crafts)
Black striped grosgrain ribbon
Cricut Art Philosophy cartridge: title
Cricut Artistry cartridge: pyramids
Pattern: Sketches in Thyme #451

Challenges: Tic Tac Toe Challenges #96 (I chose the bottom row with ribbon, die-cut, kraft)

Friday, January 15, 2021

This Rocks

I was so excited to see the actual Rosetta Stone when we visited the British Museum, but I wanted a title with a little more pizzazz than just "Rosetta Stone," so after a little thought, "This Rocks" just dropped into my brain. Love it when that happens!

Extreme Caps alphabet stamp set
Watercolor paper (Recollections)
Let's Wander paper (American Crafts)
Black, Twilight, Glacier & Saffron cardstock
Twilight, Glacier & Saffron ink
Black marker
Black enamel dots
Slice of Life mini puffy sticker (American Crafts)
Color Kaleidoscope puffy sticker (American Crafts)
Our Adventure epoxy sticker (MAMBI)
Pattern: Splitcoast Stampers Sketch15Dec1
Challenges: Scrap With Stacy January 2021 Tic Tac Toe (I used the middle column with puffy stickers, hearts, banner piece)

Wednesday, January 13, 2021

Thor's Thoughts Layout

I host a Daily Inspiration Challenge over on, and I try to think up fun way to use our crafting supplies by being inspired by seasonal and sometimes bizarre holidays. This month, I was inspired by several challenges as I created this layout about my cat Thor:

• January 2 is Run It Up the Flagpole and See If Anyone Salutes Day, a day to get creative with new concepts and ideas, so I finally pulled out the pen that came with my Cricut and experimented with writing my journaling using the Cricut. Only took me a year to use this pen - LOL!

• January 6 is Cuddle Up Day, so I added journaling about my cat cuddling up to Cinderella.

• January 19 is Tin Can Day, and since the tin can was invented in the early 1800 but can openers didn't come along until 1858, I challenged everyone to use a tool they wish had been around when they started crafting. My tool was my Cricut, which I used to cut out the speech bubbles.

• January 22 is National Answer Your Cat's Questions Day, so I added the speech bubbles as if my cat was talking/thinking about life.

The Daily Inspiration Challenge is open all month, so come on over to to check it out and play along!

Blue Skies papers & stickers
Canary cardstock
Canary, Green Apple, Candy Apple, Lagoon & Sapphire ink
ShinHan Touch Twin marker
Black marker (Cricut)
Stargazer & Seas the Day enamel dots
Ric-rac (JoAnn's Craft Essentials & Wrights)
Cricut Design Space: speech bubbles and journaling
Pattern: Sketch-n-Scrap #216 (reversed to work with my background paper)

Challenges: 2 Crafty Critter Crazies anything goes with a critter (my cat); Heart 2 Heart Out With the Old, In With the New (I used the Blue Skies papers and stickers that I got for Christmas, plus a new technique using my Cricut).

Tuesday, January 12, 2021

EMS Sketch Challenge 97 + Fun @ CCV Layout

It's a new year and here's my first scrapbook sketch for 2021! There are lots of photos on it, but the mats help separate them a little and give the pages definition. I stuck pretty close to the sketch for my layout, but feel free change it up as needed, and don't forget to post a link to your completed layout in the comments section below. Happy scrapping!

The sketch:

My layout:

I Love Halloween papers (Echo Park)
Paprika, Garden Green, Black & White Daisy cardstock
Sunset, Garden Green & Black ink
Black marker
Heartfelt Whimsy felt die cuts
Hodge Podge Color-Ready alphabet stickers
Garden Green brads
Cricut Artbooking cartridge: journaling frame
Challenges: Use Your Stuff #413 All About the New (used my new Echo Park Halloween papers!); The Studio Challenges Old and New (used new Halloween papers plus old felt die-cuts and alphabet stickers)

Sunday, January 10, 2021

British Museum Layout

It's Sunday and time for another challenge from Lasting Memories. As their guest designer for January, I got to find out about the challenges early, and this one is really fun: create a layout about a favorite place you've visited. I knew I wanted to create a layout about my trip to London with my hubby in 2017, so I pulled out photos from one of our favorite spots, the British Museum. It's a must-see for anyone who loves ancient history, and I sincerely envy those who live in London and can access it any time they want! This layout was a little challenging for me because the photos seemed to call for a heritage look and that's not my strong point, but I did my best. Come join in the fun at Lasting Memories; the challenges run until January 30! 

Bingo Alphabet & Eclectic Edges stamp sets
Yesterday & Today papers
Espresso & Cocoa cardstock
Espresso, Cocoa & Toffee ink
Brown marker (Zig)
Let's Wander Tag Journal Pieces & sticker (American Crafts)
Adornaments Beige fibers (EK Success)
Square ribbon slide (MM)
Metal Love Charms (MM)
Pewter brad
Grey polka dot washi tape
Opaque Matte texture paste (Ranger)
3-D foam tape
Tim Holtz Dot Fade stencil (Stampers Anonymous)
Cricut Art Philosophy cartridge: title
Pattern: EMS Sketch Challenge 70 (turned upside down)

Sunday, January 3, 2021

Before & After Layout

I was asked to be a guest designer over at Lasting Memories challenge blog for the month of January, so here we go with their first challenge: Before & After. I had a couple of sets of photos in mind for this, but these seemed like a perfect match. I even used the challenge theme as my title. The challenge runs until January 30th, so feel free to put on your thinking caps and get creative!

Color Kaleidoscope & Let's Wander papers (American Crafts)
Kraft, Bluebird & White Daisy cardstock
Desert Sand, Bluebird & Lagoon ink
Brown marker (Zig)
Yellow ric-rac (Craft Essentials)
Color Kaleidoscope puffy sticker (American Crafts)
Wooden Hearts & Arrows
Let's Wander sticker (American Crafts)
Lagoon washi tape
Cricut Wall Decor & More cartrdige: title
Challenges: Scrap Our Stash January 2021 Remix (scraplift)