Sunday, December 31, 2023

O Come All Ye Faithful Layout

My last layout for 2023 is also the last layout I needed to complete for 2016! I started this layout in October but it was not working for me, so I put it aside and finally decided to finish it tonight. I fell ten short of my scrapping goal this year (only made it to 90) but am looking forward to a new year and hopefully more scrapping fun. Happy New Year, everyone!

A Typeface, Glory to God & Trim the tree stamp sets
Mistletoe papers
Cranberry, Black & White Daisy cardstock
Cranberry, New England Ivy & Black ink
Black marker
Sparkles Holiday Shapes
Black button brads
Red ribbon (recycled)
Cricut Art Philosophy cartridge: title, ornaments, stars, tag
Cricut Artiste cartridge: pocket
Cricut Design Space: nativity scene
Pattern: EMS Sketch Challenge 98

Sunday, December 17, 2023

Live + Laugh Layout for Lasting Memories #681

Good morning everyone, and welcome to my layout for this week's Lasting Memories challenge. This month's theme is the Design Team's Favorite challenges from 2023, and today we are revisiting a challenge from September 17 - Stash Busting: Layering - create a layout with lots and lots of layering, and use brads, buttons or bling, or even better all three if you can. I chose to use buttons with some photos of our family posing with the cardboard cut-outs at a Mexican restaurant. I took a risk with the color combo by using some colors that aren't found in my photos, so hopefully it came out okay. This is the last Lasting Memories challenge for December, so we would love to have you play along and  share your layout based on this and any other challenges from this month.
Let's Wander Mixed Media papers (American Crafts)
Nectarine, Flaxen & Black ink
Black marker
Let's Wander Thickers, Tags & Journaling Pieces (American Crafts)
Field Notes Journaling Ephemera (American Crafts)
Color Kaleidoscope cardstock stickers & Puffy Stickers (American Crafts)
Journey Color Buttons II (Fun Stampers Journey)
Embroidery floss
Teal enamel dots
Pattern: Sketches in Thyme #593

Challenges: Challenge YOUrself #120 Anything Goes; Park Hopping My Happy Place December 2023 Challenge (I was inspired by the Mexican themed photos which reminded me of Fiesta Village at Knott's Berry Farm in Southern California)

Sunday, December 10, 2023

Happy Birthday 2 U Layout for Lasting Memories #680

Greetings and happy Sunday to you all! It's time for another fun challenge from Lasting Memories, this time revisiting one of the design team's favorite challenges of the year. Since this also happened to be a challenge I hosted, that was a bit of a thrill for me! Here's the challenge: 

LM #680 - Summer Wordplay "Campers" (June 25) - use an item or technique that starts with the first letter of this summer word: CAMPERS.

Here are the items I used:
C - circle
A - arrow
M - milk bottle (bet you didn't see that one coming!)
P - patterned paper
E - epoxy stickers
R - ribbon
S - stamp

And here's my layout, another cat party one. Only one more layout and I'm all done scrapping this party - woohoo!

Happy Everything stamp set
Chloe papers (Bella Blvd)
O Happy Day papers (Simple Stories)
Ballerina & Capri cardstock
Juniper ink
Peacock Blue fineliner pen (iBayam)
White gel pen (Sakura)
Chloe chipboard sticker (Bella Blvd)
My Happy Place Shape Sprinkles (Doodlebug Designs)
Floral kit - epoxy stickers (KI Memories)
Blush ribbon
Cricut Artiste cartridge: title
Cricut Art Philosophy cartridge: arrow
Pattern: EMS Sketch Challenge #67
Challenges: Double Trouble #155 Die-cember (Thing 1 = title and arrows die-cuts + Thing 2 = play along with Use Your Stuff' #481 Wrap It up by using ribbon + Thing 3 = used ribbon); Heart's Quest Challenge #43 Hearts + music theme (didn't know what I was going to call this layout until I saw this challenge and it inspired me to use the Happy Birthday song as the title of my layout!)

Tuesday, December 5, 2023

Mom Time Layout for Lasting Memories #679

This was supposed to be posted on Sunday, but our internet stopped working Saturday night and we just got it fixed. Oh well, better late than never, and I hope you still are inspired to play along with our latest challenge from Lasting Memories!

Good morning and happy first Sunday in December to all of you! Can you believe it’s only 21 days until Christmas? Where has this year gone? Speaking of years, over at Lasting Memories, the design team is looking back over some of our favorite challenges of the year. The first challenge revisits A Walk in the Park Day from March 26, and asked us to use at least one outdoor photo. I could have continued with my daughter’s cat party photos, but I was ready for a break, so I chose photos from an outdoor event at my kids’ school to celebrate Mother’s Day. We only have three challenges for December, so I hope you join us over at Lasting Memories and show us your work. Here’s my layout! 

These Are My People, I Heart Us & Smitten papers
Watercolor papers (Recollections)
Black, Gypsy & White Daisy cardstock
Pixie, Smoothie, Gypsy & Capri ink
Black marker
Dazzling Die-Cuts arrow
There Are My People stickers
Purple Glitter Gems
White pearls
Flower punch (EK Success)
Cricut Artbooking cartridge: scalloped frames
Cricut Artiste cartridge: mom
Cricut Art Philosophy cartridge: large curvy reactance cutout, vines
Pattern: Page Maps for Challenge YOUrself blog

Challenges: Cut It Up #292 Use more than one die-cut; Color My Heart # 577

Sunday, November 26, 2023

Pin the Bow on the Cat Layout for Lasting Memories #678

Good morning everyone, and welcome back to the latest challenge for Lasting Memories. It has been fun to be the hostess this month, and here's my last challenge. Grateful for Words - use one of the following journaling techniques on your layout: a list, 50+ words, on a journaling card, digital or hidden. I chose to go with a journaling card on this one, and after searching through my stash, I found one I thought went well with the layout. Hope you think so, too, and are inspired to hop on over to Lasting Memories to play along with any of our Scrappy Gratitude challenges before the clock runs out on Saturday, December 2!

Chloe papers (Bella Blvd)
Capri & White Daisy cardstock
Capri & Raspberry ink
Black marker
Chloe chipboard stickers (Bella Blvd)
Hopscotch PML card
Bubblegum embroidery floss
Burlap ribbon
Silver photo hanger
Base & Bling bow charm
Blue craft button
3-D foam tape
Cricut Art Philosophy cartridge: tags, butterfly
Cricut Artiste cartridge: title
Pattern: Sketch-n-Scrap #141 (Throwback sketch for their November Crop challenges)

Challenges: Festive Friday #148  - used natural ribbon (burlap) + texture + animals + animal patterns (cat paws)

Saturday, November 25, 2023

Scoop the Poop Layout

For my daughter's cat themed birthday party, we came up with a variety of the games, including this one for the kids to scoop the poop (chocolate candies) out of the kitty litter (rice). To be honest, I probably found the idea on the internet, but the kids loved it, so thanks to whoever dreamed up the idea. I found a poop emoji on the internet and traced it to create a hand made embellishment to add to my layout.

Stacy's Hand stamp set
Chloe papers
Toffee, Capri, Cotton Candy, Brown Bag & White Daisy cardstock
Toffee, Capri, Pixie & Brown Bag ink
Coffee and Black markers (Zig)
Cat Lover sticker (Photoplay)
Circle Double Stitched steel dies (Art Impressions)
Cricut Artbooking cartridge: heart

Sunday, November 19, 2023

Disorganized Fun Layout for Lasting Memories #677

Hello, everyone, and welcome back to another fun challenge from Lasting Memories. I am hosting this month, and I chose to focus on being grateful for another essential scrappy supply: enamel dots and shapes. I used six dots on my layout, and I love the extra pop it gives to my page. We would love to have you play along with the challenges this month; simply click on the link above to get the details!

Oh Happy Day papers (Simple Stories)
Toffee, Capri & Pear cardstock
Capri, Raspberry, Canary & Black ink
White gel pen (Sakura)
Grass Green fineliner pen (iBayam)
Black and White enamel dots
My Happy Place acrylic heart
Raspberry baker's twine
Metal rimmed tag
Let's Wander sticker (American Crafts)
Oh Happy Day Bits & Pieces ephemera (Simple Stories)
Cricut Artbooking cartridge: heart
Cricut Design Space: Fun (using Cookie font)
Pattern: Sketch-n-Scrap #285

Challenges: Cut It Up #291 Friends and Family (I chose to use the friends theme because I'm scrapping photos of my daughter having fun with her friends)

Thursday, November 16, 2023

EMS Sketch Challenge #111 - Everybody Wants to Be a Cat

I haven't posted a new sketch since May, but as I was working with one of my older sketches, it kept morphing until it didn't look that much like the original, so I decided to create a new sketch based on my layout! You won't need a ton of patterned paper for this one, but even with four photos there is room to get creative and have some fun. As always, feel free to change things up a bit and please post a link to your completed layouts in the comments so I can enjoy how you used the sketch.

Here's the sketch:

Scrapping photos from my daughter's cat themed birthday party has been a rather hodgepodge affair, so this layout actually goes before the one I posted on Sunday and after the one I posted in August. I think I am now in chronological order, though, so it's all good. The title for this layout was based on the song from the Aristocats, but I decided to keep the second "e" in "Ev'rybody" since it looked better on my layout. Anyway, here's my layout:

Stacy's Hand Alphabet stamp set
Chloe papers (Bella Blvd)
Toffee and Pear cardstock
Chocolate, Pear, Orange & Lagoon ink
Burnt Sienna fineliner pen (iBayam)
Chloe chipboard Icon stickers (Bella Blvd)
Chloe stickers (Bella Blvd)
Cat Lover stickers (Photoplay)
Orange embroidery floss
My Happy Place Shape Sprinkles (Doodlebug Designs)
Cats & Bats enamel dots
Cricut Artbooking cartridge: large heart
Challenges: Let's Craft and Create #201 Stitching; Scrap With Stacy November Tic-Tac-Toe (used the left column with stickers + ink + enamel shapes)

Sunday, November 12, 2023

Posing Layout for Lasting Memories #676

Happy Sunday, everyone. It's time for another challenge over at Lasting Memories, and this time I asked everyone to show their appreciation for stamps and stickers by including two or more of either on a layout. I usually am all about the stamps, but I had purchased a cute cat themed kit for scrapping my daughter's cat birthday party, so I decided to use the stickers from that. Feel free to hop on over to Lasting Memories and join us for any of the November challenges before December 2!

Chloe papers (Bella Blvd)
Capri, Canary & White Daisy cardstock
Capri, Canary, Pixie & Whisper ink
Peacock Blue fineliner pen (iBayam)
Chloe & Molly stickers (Bella Blvd)
Oh Happy Day sticker (Simple Stories)
Blue Jean Heart puffy shapes (Doodlebug)
Striped ribbon (American Crafts)
Pattern: Sketches in Thyme #588 (rotated right)

Challenges: Festive Friday #147 (I chose alphabet + patterned paper + Hello sentiment - the blue sticker at bottom right)

Sunday, November 5, 2023

Enjoy the Presents Layout for Lasting Memories #675

Good morning, and happy Sunday to everyone. I'm hosting the challenges over at Lasting Memories this month and went with a theme of Gratitude List with a Scrappy Twist. Today's thing I'm grateful for is die-cuts! I used lots of die-cuts to decorate this layout of my son opening presents on his birthday. We would love to have you join us over at Lasting Memories for this challenge before it closes on December 2!

Sweet Safari papers and stickers
Sundance, Lagoon, Bluebird & White Daisy cardstock
Honey, Lagoon, and Candy Apple ink
White gel pen (Sakura)
Teal Dots
Cricut Artbooking cartridge: hearts, presents, postage stamp mat, buddies
Cricut Art Philosophy cartridge: tab, postage stamp frame
Cricut Artiste cartridge: title
Pattern: SCS Sketch April 17

Sunday, October 29, 2023

H Is For Happy Layout for Lasting Memories #674

It's time for our last October challenge over at Lasting Memories, and  Maureen challenged us to create a Celebration themed layout (Christmas, New Years, Easter, or Birthday), so I grabbed some photos from my son's birthday party at Scandia - a local amusement park - and pulled together this layout. The month is almost over, so please hurry over to Lasting Memories to play along with this or any of our other October challenge!

This layout will have a facing photo storage page, so here are a few of the other fun things the kids did!

Party Invitation & Artiste Birthday stamp sets
March - April 2021 Mix In papers
Lagoon, Black & White Daisy cardstock
Candy Apple, Honey & Black ink
Childhood PML card
White acrylic hearts
Red enamel hearts
Lagoon washi tape
Cricut Artiste cartridge: Happy birthday pennant
Challenges: Cut It Up #289 Add a sentiment (mine is happy birthday on the die-cut banner at the top); Park Hopping My Happy Place Anything Goes with theme park inspiration (I was inspired by the local fun park where my son had his birthday party)

Sunday, October 22, 2023

Hello Easter Layout for Lasting Memories #673

The latest Lasting Memories challenge is posted, and it's one that is probably dear to every scrapbooker's heart: use new scrapbooking supplies! Yes, that's right, whether you just purchased something recently or are looking for a good excuse to go shopping, pull that new product out of the package and get to work (or play, depending on your point of view). I chose some papers from CTMH's Dream Maker paper pack that I had purchased in May but never used because I was looking for just the right layout to start with. This one was it, and I love how the beautiful papers enhance my photos. You have until November 4th to play along with any of this month's challenges from Lasting Memories: hope to see you over there!

Dream Maker papers & cardstock
Flamingo, Lagoon, Wisteria & Sunflower ink
Turquoise marker (iBayam)
Color Kaleidoscope cardstock stickers (American Crafts)
Pink grosgrain ribbon (Michaels)
Blue Jean & Cupcake Hearts puffy shapes (Doodlebug Designs)
Cricut Art Philosophy cartridge: tag, eggs
Cricut Artiste cartridge: Hello
Cricut Design Space: Easter
Scalloped border punch (Fiskars)
Pattern: EMS Sketch Challenge #68

Challenges: Colorful Options Neon or Rainbow colors  (I chose rainbow)

Sunday, September 24, 2023

Siblings Layout for Lasting Memories #669

Good morning, and happy Sunday to everyone! This month over at Lasting Memories, Sandy challenged us to use up some of our stash, and today's challenge is to create a layout with a title starting with F, M, or S, and use at least three pieces of patterned paper. I chose to scrapbook a photo of my kids hanging out with their bio-sibs as we celebrated my daughter's birthday. We at Lasting Memories would love to have you play along with this or any of our September challenges using a newly created layout, so click here to come check it out. But hurry, because a new round of challenges start next Sunday! Here's my layout:

Besties - Zoey, Buddies - Ian & Buddies - Joey stamp sets
Dotty for You & Party Time papers
Lagoon, Green Apple, Chocolate, Honey & White Daisy cardstock
Lagoon, Green Apple, Chocolate, Sapphire & Buttercup ink
White gel pen (Sakura)
Party Time stickers
Later Sk8r PML card
Cricut Art Philosophy cartridge: scalloped circles, banner
Cricut You Are Here cartridge: title
Cricut Artbooking cartridge: overlay
Cricut Artiste cartridge: happy
Pattern: Rochelle Spears September 2023 sketch

Challenges: Crafter's Cafe #300 Children Clothes (I had so much fun finding stamps that represented three of my kids, and then adapting one to be a girl - can you guess which one?); Use Your Stuff #493 Hand Drawn Lines (faux stitching around one of the stamped images and lines + hearts around the outside of the large circle)

Friday, September 22, 2023

Recover{y} Layout

Lasting Memories posted a challenge on September 3rd asking us to use a weaving technique, and I started a layout for it two weeks ago, but was not feeling inspired at all until last night. Today I have slowly been working at getting my layout finished and posted, so here it is!

May-June 2022 & October-December 2022 Mix-In papers
Black, Candy Apple, Scarlet, Sage & White Daisy cardstock
Candy Apple ink
White gel pen (Sakura)
Heartfelt Whimsy felt shapes
Red & white pearls
Red baker's twine and hearts (source unknown)
Black check ribbon (recycled off of a gift)
Cricut Artisty cartridge: title, circles border
Pattern: Posted on but possibly originally from Let's Scrap

Challenges: Let's Craft and Create #199 Paper Strips instead of ribbon (not sure this is what they had in mind, but I used lots of paper strips in my weaving!)

Sunday, September 10, 2023

Brianna's 9th Birthday Layout for Lasting Memories #667

It's time for another challenge from Lasting Memories, and hopefully this one will kickstart your creativity like it did mine! Design team member Sandy is celebrating her birthday today, so she challenged us to create a layout using numbers and tags plus three or more patterned papers. We could also play along with the optional birthday theme, which I did by using photos from my daughter's 9th birthday. All of Lasting Memories' September challenges will be open until the 30th, so hop on over and join in the fun!

Happy Birthday stamp set
Jan - March 2023 Mix In papers
Black, Sorbet, Honey Butter, Glacier & White Daisy cardstock
Black ink
White gel pen (Sakura)
Sorbet ribbon
Love Letters rub-on
Freshly Baked, Red & Teal enamel dots
Cricut Art Philosophy cartridge: title, tags
Corner rounder
Pattern: Stick It Down September double page sketch (found on their Facebook page)
Challenges: Color My Heart Color Dare #565 - used Melon + yellow, blue, black, and white.

Sunday, August 20, 2023

Its All Good Layout for Lasting Memories #664

My scrappy mojo is slowly returning, so I whipped up a layout for Lasting Memories Challenge #664 using the sketch picked out by Design Team member Lori. I had two photos of the cupcakes I decorated for my daughter's cat party showing the very rough design and the much better final design of the cupcakes, so I used them with some cat themed papers and embellishments. If you would like to join in the fun over at Lasting Memories for this or any of our other sketches, click on the link above to see the sketches and link up your layouts by September 2nd.

The sketch:

My Layout: 

Chloe patterned papers & cardstock stickers (Bella Blvd)
Molly patterned papers (Bella Blvd)
Raspberry, Toffee & White Daisy cardstock
Raspberry, Pixie, Capri, Sapphire, Canary & Toffee ink
Fineliner pens (IBayam)
Cupcake Hearts puffy shapes (Doodlebug Designs)
Emoji sticker (American Greetings)
Cricut Simply Sweet cartridge: title (its all)
Challenges: Time Out Challenges #245 Colorful; Let's Craft and Create #198 Polka dots and/or stripes; Double Trouble #145 Scrapbooker's GORP (I used stripes, flowers & polka dots)

Thursday, August 17, 2023

March Madness Layout

 August has been a busy month for me with a family vacation and getting ready for another year of homeschooling, so I have had a hard time getting creative with my scrapbooking. The same photos have been lying on my desk for several weeks, waiting to be scrapped, but I finally found some mojo this week thanks to a few scrappy challenges, so here is my layout at last! Fittingly, the title reflects the topic of the layout: the busyness of March 2017.

All the butterflies and some of the flowers started out white, and since I had lots of fun coloring them, I wanted to share a few extra shots of them so you can see how pretty the colors are:

Laughing Lola, Splendor & March/April Mix-Ins paper packs
Goldrush, Thistle cardstock
Goldrush, Thistle, Topiary & Whisper ink
Black marker
White gel pen (Sakura)
Summer Vibes PML card
Just Blooms Paper Shapes - Spring Blossom (flowers) & Flutter (butterflies)
Small paper flowers (Recollections)
Craft buttons
Embroidery floss
Licorice Opaques pearls
Pattern: Rochelle Spears August 2023 sketch

Challenges: Scrap With Stacy August 2023 Tic Tac Toe board (diagonal with faux stitching + circle + journal spot

Inspiration Station #52 (inspired by colors, flowers, butterflies)

Wednesday, July 26, 2023

Happiness Is Homemade Layout

I wasn't sure I was going to scrap these photos of assembling my daughter's new dresser from IKEA, but when I saw the current challenge from Time Out Challenges, the sign "Make and Create" inspired me to share about our experience. After all, it was part of everyday life that I shouldn't skip, even if it isn't as glamorous as birthday parties or amusement parks!  

Recipe (all products CTMH except where noted):
My Happy Place papers & stickers (Doodlebug Designs)
Kraft, Cotton Candy & Crystal Blue cardstock
Cotton Candy, Crystal Blue, Buttercup & Sweet Leaf ink
White gel pen (Sakura)
Kraft Color-Ready border
Irresistible Frames chipboard
My Happy Place Shape Sprinkles (Doodlebug Designs)
Pattern: Scraplift from
Challenges: Time Out Challenges #243 (inspired by the make & create sign plus the white furniture)

Scrap With Stacy July Tic-Tac-Toe board (used dots + frame + chipboard)

Tuesday, July 25, 2023

{You} Made It Layout

To scrap these photos of a friend's new baby, I played along with several challenges, including the Heart's Quest challenge to use hearts and a congratulations theme. The song lyrics, "Looks like we made it" kept running through my mind, so I shortened and adapted it to {You} Made It, with a special note of congratulations to the new parents as my journaling.

Parents' and baby's names blanked out to protect privacy.

Recipe (all supplies CTMH except where noted):
Chocolate Alphabet Small, Background Elements & Live Inspired stamp sets
March/April 2022 Mix-In & Skylark papers
Sage, Toffee, Chocolate & White Daisy cardstock
Sage, Desert Sand, Chocolate & Lagoon ink
Sienna fineliner pen (iBayam)
Lagoon ribbon
Silver heart brads (from my stash, source unknown)
Cricut Wall Decor & More cartridge: You
Cricut Art Philosophy cartridge: tag, heart, brackets
Cricut Artbooking cartridge: heart banner
Scalloped border punch (Fiskars)
Pattern: Stick It Down July 2023 single page sketch

Challenges: Heart's Quest Challenge #34 Congratulations theme + hearts; Use Your Stuff  #489 Three Item Cluster (cluster on tag using multiple stamps, cardstock circle, silver heart brad & bow); Color My Heart Color Dare #558 (used diagonal with lagoon + silver + sage)