Sunday, April 30, 2023

Say Cheese for Lasting Memories #648

Over at Lasting Memories, we're starting May's challenges a day early, so here's the first one for May, a Tic-Tac-Toe board. This is right up my alley due to the flexibility it gives me to get creative with at least one of the many options of row, column, or diagonal. I picked the left column with Lace + Sequins + Circle. Using a sketch from Sketch-n-Scrap, I created a layout featuring a few of the tops I purchased for our London trip back in 2017. I seldom post selfies, but these ones I had taken and sent to my hubby for his opinion were a fun reminder of getting ready for that trip, so I'm glad I saved them. If you have a special memory you're scrapping, please join us over at Lasting Memories and play along with this challenge! Here's my layout:

And here's the board:

My Happy Place papers (Doodlebug Designs)
Color Kaleidoscope & Slice of Life papers (American Crafts)
Sangria cardstock
Juniper, Citrus Leaf & Black ink
Fineliner pen (iBayam)
DE Quotes chipboard
Lacey Trim - White (49 & Market)
Holographic flower sequins (Tree House Studio)
Color Kaleidoscope cardstock stickers (American Crafts)
Pattern: Sketch-n-Scrap #271

Challenges: Time Out Challenges #237 (not sure how fashionable I am, but this layout is about the little fashion shoot I had in a dressing room, so I went for it!)

Saturday, April 29, 2023

#1 Diner Layout

 For these pictures taken at my family's favorite diner, I started with a sketch and tweaked it to work with the photos. I added the rectangle of blue cardstock because the photos seemed to blend into the Kraft background yet were overpowered by just the blue. I'm not sure I love the look, but I decided to go with it.

Fresh Paint papers
Capri & Kraft cardstock
Capri, Candy Apple, Clover Meadow & Black ink
Black marker
License Plate (Karen Foster Designs)
Let's Wander stickers (American Crafts)
Red gingham ribbon (Offray)
Heart sequins (Tree House Studio)
Cricut Art Philosophy cartridge: tag, banners
Cricut Artiste cartridge: title
Pattern: Rochelle Spears April 2023 sketch

Challenges: Festive Friday #133 (die-cutting, numbers, black & white, gingham, food sentiment)

Sunday, April 23, 2023

Joy {December 2016} Layout

It's time for our final seasonal sketch over at Lasting Memories, and this time we were challenged to scrap winter memories. I had been saving some December photos just for this sketch (I scrapped the other ones for this event back in January), so here's the sketch:

And here's my layout:

Background Elements stamp set
Jingle papers
Olive cardstock
Tulip, Juniper & New England Ivy ink
Jingle All the Way ephemera (Simple Stories)
Great Lengths sticker (CM)
Green ribbon (Michaels)
Wooden Hearts
Christmas Noel wooden tag (Michaels)

Thursday, April 20, 2023

Sea Lions Live Layout

This must be the week to use leftovers, because this layout contains a bunch of die-cut chevrons left over from a layout I created in 2014. Although they weren't the perfect color match for my photos, they were close enough to use with the Fish Tales patterned papers and these fun photos of the sea lion show at Sea World.

Down By the Sea, Keepsake Alphabet, Authentic, Moments in Time, Make It Count & Starter Alphabet stamp sets
Fish Tales papers (Photo Play)
Glacier, Crystal Blue, Star Spangled Blue, Cranberry, Honey Butter, Goldrush, Topiary, Whisper, Black & White Daisy cardstock
Crystal Blue, Star Spangled Blue, Cranberry, Honey, Goldrush, Topiary & Black ink
Black marker
Liquid Glass
Cricut Artbooking cartridge: chevrons
Cricut Art Philosophy cartridge: title shape
Cricut Artiste cartridge: LIVE, clock hands
Pattern: EMS Sketch Challenge #105

Challenges: Park Hopping My Happy Place April Anything Goes inspired by a theme park (Sea World); Critter Crazy Challenges #73 Anything Goes with a featured animal (mine are the amazing sea lions)

Tuesday, April 18, 2023

Miscellaneous Happenings February 2017 Layout

Have you ever had the experience where you finish a project but don't get around to putting away some of your supplies, only to realize they would work beautifully for another project? That's what happened with the negative piece of black cardstock left over from my Crazy Sock Day layout. I had cut a large circle out of the middle of the cardstock and realized the negative piece would make a great frame for these random photos from February 2017. Score! The hearts and stars are also left over die cuts from my last layout, while the cloud, flowers, dragonfly, and banner die cuts were from my box of Cricut cuts, so double score on using up some stash!

I'd Rather Be Reading & He Said She Said stamp sets
Black, Paprika, Sundance, Capri, Hollyhock, Glacier, Blush, Cranberry & White Daisy cardstock
Black, Capri & Whisper ink
White gel pen (Sakura)
ShinHan Touch Twin markers
Simple Scrapbooks Everyday Moments pocket card (
Freshly Baked & White enamel dots
Craft buttons
Mini flower punch (EK Success)
Cricut Art Philosophy cartridge: banner, flowers, dragonfly
Cricut Artiste cartridge: clouds
Cricut Design Space: Red Ribbon Week image (stars, hearts), cat on books image
Challenges: Time Out Challenges #236 World Book Day (I was trying to remember what book I was reading in February 2017, so I checked and "London" by Edward Rutherfurd was the first of about 12 books I read to get ideas for places I wanted to visit on our trip to London in April 2017)

Inspiration Station #48 (since I had the picture of that funny looking cloud, I decided to add cloud die cuts to the top of the layout and flowers at the bottom)

Sunday, April 16, 2023

Crazy Sock Day for Lasting Memories #646

Welcome to this Sunday's sketch from Lasting Memories, featuring two photos, a wreath or ring, and a fall theme. I didn't opt for a traditional fall theme like Halloween or Thanksgiving, but an event that comes around every October is Red Ribbon Week, where school talk to kids about the importance of not taking drugs. My photos were taken at my son's school; the kids wore crazy or mismatched socks to remind themselves that taking drugs is crazy! The Lasting Memories Design Team would love you to dig out some fall themed photos and use the sketch to scrap one of your special memories, and don't forget to link up your layout over at Lasting Memories!

Here's the sketch:

And here's my layout:

Geometric Backgrounds stamp set
Watercolor paper (Recollections)
Oh Happy Day papers (Simple Stories)
Slice of Life paper (American crafts)
Capri, Candy Apple, Sundance, Sunset, Sapphire & Black cardstock
Capri, Sapphire & Black ink
Black marker
Falling for You Shape Sprinkles (Doodlebug Designs)
Color Kaleidoscope stickers (American Crafts)
Cricut Design Space: Red Ribbon Week image (includes ribbons, hearts, stars & words), sock image, title using Favorite Fonts Collection

Thursday, April 13, 2023

Barefoot and Free with SVCC Layout

Although I meant to scrap these photos last summer, I just was never inspired to get this layout done. I'm actually glad, because I got some fun inspiration this week from a Stick It Down sketch and a Cupcake Inspirations theme that helped me create this fun layout!

Click on the picture for a closer view!

I had so much fun with the detail in the lower left corner that I had to show a close-up. I think I might be inspired to make a card as well using this idea!

Background Elements stamp set
Good Day Sunshine papers (Echo Park)
Toffee, Almond, Glacier, Peacock, Canary, Brown Bag & White Daisy cardstock
Desert Sand, Peacock, Canary & Brown Bag ink
Black marker
Good Day Sunshine stickers
These Are My People sticker
Second Avenue a la carte printed die-cuts (MME)
Dymo label
Cuttlebug Wicker Weave & Swiss Dot embossing folders
Cricut Artiste cartridge: sun, sunflowers
Cricut Artbooking cartridge: surfboard, fence
Pattern: Stick It Down April 2023 double sketch

Challenges: Cupcake Inspirations #566 Sunflowers

Update: this layout was a favorite for the Cupcake Inspirations Sunflower challenge!

Tuesday, April 11, 2023

Pit Stop Layout

This layout doesn't have a huge title that dominates the page, but the theme that really pulls it together is the little sticker that says Pit Stop. We were supposed to go to San Diego for the weekend with our two younger kids and my son's buddy Brian, but I got a text from Brian's mom the night prior to our departure saying he was feeling pretty scared about being away from home for the weekend. We decided to go to the Discovery Cube in Orange County on Thursday since it was a local venue and we could easily take Brian home afterwards if he was feeling homesick. As I mentioned in my journaling, he did great, so DCOC became our pit stop before we kept going for San Diego!

Fun Times stamp set
Watercolor paper (Recollections)
Field Trip papers & Journaling Pad (American Crafts)
Bamboo cardstock
Olive ink
Black marker
Field Notes ephemera (American Crafts)
Field Trip ephemera (American Crafts)
Illustrated Faith Go! die-cuts (Bella Blvd)
Let's Wander stickers (American Crafts)
Later Sk8r puffy stickers
Challenges: Farm Quest Challenge Blog #25 Frog/Toad and/or Mushroom/Toadstool (since DCOC is a very eclectic kids' museum with a little bit of everything, I managed to add one frog and one toadstool to my layout!)

Monday, April 10, 2023

Happy Birthday {Angel's 7th) Layout

Hope everyone had a wonderful Easter! We went to the early service at church and then out to breakfast, then I prepared our dinner in the early afternoon and I was able to spend some time scrapbooking this layout. The photos aren't the best quality, but since they were of my sweet son who passed away in 2021, I really wanted to scrap this memory.

Celebrate the Everyday stamp set
Good Times papers
Chocolate, Buttercup, Twilight & Sweet Leaf cardstock
Chocolate, Buttercup, Twilight & Black ink
Twilight marker
White gel pen (Sakura)
Good Times cardstock sticker
Great Lengths sticker (CM)
Twilight brads
Heart punch (EK Success)
Cricut Artistry cartridge: balloons
Circle Double Stitched Steel die (Art Impressions)
Pattern: Got Sketch? #10 (can't post the sketch here due to copyright )

Sunday, April 9, 2023

Take Me Out to the Ball Game Layout for Lasting Memories #645

Welcome to this Sunday's Lasting Memories challenge, featuring a sketch with a twist: use summer themed photos. Although I just started scrapping my 2017 photos, I peeked ahead to July and found a cute photo of my hubby with two of our boys at a minor league baseball game, so I used that instead of two smaller photos. If you have summer photos you need to scrap, come play along with us through the end of the month. Even if you have an event where you took more than two photos, this sketch could be used as one side of a double page layout. The options are unlimited! Here's the sketch:

And here's my layout:

Cherish the Day and You & Me stamp sets
I Heart Us & Summer Vibes papers
Let's Wander Mixed-Media paper (American Crafts)
Bluebird, Candy Apple, Canary, Sweet Leaf, Black & White Daisy cardstock
Bluebird, Candy Apple, Canary, Sweet Leaf, Lagoon, Mint & Whisper ink
Black marker
Candy Apple striped grosgrain ribbon
Stars & Strips Shape Sprinkles (Doodlebug Designs)
Cricut Art Philosophy cartridge: banners, tag
Cricut A Child's Life cartridge: title (edited in Design Space)
Cricut Artbooking cartridge: baseball
Tickets (cut on my Wishblade many years ago, source unknown)
Challenges: Cut It Up Challenges #275 Starts With a B (B is for Baseball & Blue & Boys & Bunches of Banners!)

Thursday, April 6, 2023

One Awesome Kid Layout

This layout went through so many iterations that I lost count, but it looks nothing like what I originally had in mind. Can anyone relate? I had two random photos of my son that I wanted to scrap, so I chose a two photos sketch from Sketch-n-Scrap, but I decided not to use one of the photos because it was very dark. Instead I grabbed a pocket card and added it in place of one photo. I'm not sure I love the rainbow paper on here, but it had been in my stash for a while, so I am happy I used some of it.

Alphabet Solos "F", Friendship Word Puzzle, Kid Power, Notice the Details, Picture Perfect, Priceless Love Word Puzzle & This Happened stamp sets
Oh Happy Day papers (Simple Stories)
She's Magic paper (American Crafts)
Canary, Peacock & Pixie cardstock
Pixie, Juniper, Peacock & Black ink
Color Kaleidoscope stickers (American Crafts)
Field Trip Puffy Thickers (American Crafts)
Oh Happy Day chipboard stockers (Simple Stories)
Cricut Art Philosophy cartridge: heart
Cricut Artbooking cartrdige: circle heart
Pattern: Sketch-n-Scrap #270

Challenges: Double Trouble #135 Roy G Biv (used rainbow paper and a rainbow of colors)

Tuesday, April 4, 2023

Pug Party Games Layout

I finished scrapping the rest of the photos for my son's pug themed birthday party back in 2020, but for some reason that I cannot now remember, these photos never got scrapped. Here they are at last! My husband and I had a good time thinking up doggy themed games for the party, but we weren't sure the kids would appreciate them. Fortunately, they loved them and had a great time playing along.

Notice the Details stamp set
Pet Shop papers (KI Memories)
Autumn Terracotta & Vanilla Cream cardstock
Autumn Terracotta, Bluebird, Chocolate & Bamboo ink
Autumn Terracotta marker
Sienna fineliner pen (iBayam)
DE Signage & Booksmart chipboard shapes
Crisp Air enamel shapes
Slice of Life mini puffy sticker (American Crafts)
Pet Shop sticker (KI Memories)
Cricut Art Philosophy cartridge: tag
Cricut Artistry cartridge: title

Sunday, April 2, 2023

Lego Star Wars Layout

I have been working since February on scrapping photos from our 2016 visit to Legoland, so today seemed like a good day to finish it. I used some photos taken in Miniland that had a common Star Wars theme and scraplifted a layout from 

Background Elements stamp set
ProPlayer papers
Ruby, Slate & Whisper cardstock
Ruby, Whisper & Outdoor Denim ink
Grey Wool baker's twine
Durable Round Studs - Pewter
Grid washi tape (Recollections)
Cricut Artiste cartridge: title, stars
Cricut Art Philosophy cartridge: tag
Pattern: scraplift from
Challenges: Park Hopping My Happy Place Anything Goes inspired by a theme park (Legoland); Color My Heart Color Dare  #541 Greys + 2 Colors (my 2 colors are red and blue)

Saturday, April 1, 2023

Cat Nap Layout

Our cat Thor is beloved by all my children, so my daughter was thrilled to have some one on one time with him. Aren't these photos of him all wrapped up and with his head on her doll's pillow a crack up?

Purrrrific stamp set
Chloe papers (Bella Blvd)
Capri, Raspberry & White Daisy cardstock
Raspberry, Pixie, Capri & Creme Brulee ink
Baby Blue marker (Zig)
Creme Brulee baker's twine
Doohickey stickers & Ciao Chipboard (Bella Blvd)
Cricut Art Philosophy cartridge: circle border
Pattern: Splitocast Stampers Sketch16May1

Challenges: Double Trouble #134 PAWsome Pets (since I'm usually the one taking photos of our family with the pets, I couldn't find a good picture of me with Thor, so I included a picture of me and three of my kids walking our three dogs)

Festive Friday #131 (used cat + paw prints + twine)