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)

Sunday, July 23, 2023

Offline Fun Layout for Lasting Memories #660

Welcome to a new week and a new challenge from Lasting Memories. It's the last one this month, so you only have a week left to play with any of the July challenges. I hope you are inspired and play along. In line with her "Things Learned in Preschool" theme, this time Brandi asked us to select any group of 3 consecutive letters (ABC or LMN, etc.) and use an item on our layout for each letter, plus use 1, 2 and 3 of an item.  There was so much scope with the whole alphabet to play with, but I still ended up using letters right at the beginning. Here's my list and my layout:

B - Blue skies and Brushed paper packs
C - circles and chipboard alphas
D - die-cuts
1 - sticker and bow
2 - word phrases
3 - butterflies

Recipe (all supplies CTMH except where noted):
Bee Mine stamp set
Blue Skies & Brushed papers
Candy Apple, Canary & White Daisy cardstock
Candy Apple, Canary, Flamingo, Lagoon, Green Apple & Black ink
Black & Buttercup markers
Summer Daydreams sticker (Photoplay)
DE Chipboard F,U,N
Maize grosgrain ribbon (Offray)
Star Dust Stickles (Ranger)
Cricut Art Philosophy cartridge: butterflies, tag
Pattern: EMS Sketch Challenge #10 (using this again for the 5 for 5 challenge over at

Challenges: Cut It Up Challenges #282 Look Up in the Sky (I looked up and saw butterflies and bees)

Saturday, July 15, 2023

Under the Wrappings Layout

I missed last week's Christmas in July challenge from Double Trouble, so I was excited to see they had a new Christmas challenge, this time asking us to include a Santa hat. While I was trying to figure out how to add the hat, I noticed Farm Quest Challenges had a bear challenge and, in one of photos, my son was reading from a Christmas book called Little Cub. What could be more perfect than to add the bear die-cut I found over on Cricut Design Space and give him a Santa hat and a present to hold? Great inspiration from these challenge blogs!

And here's a close-up of the cute little die-cut bear:

Recipe (all products CTMH unless stated):
Friendship Alphabet Small stamp set
Sparkle & Shine papers
Ruby, Scarlet, Almond, Chocolate, Black & White Daisy cardstock
Ruby, Juniper, Almond, Chocolate & Slate ink
Sienna fineliner marker (iBayam)
Sparkle & Shine Complements chipboard
DE Tags chipboard
Ruby glitter buttons
White Daisy embroidery floss
Grey and white twine (Recollections)
Xmas Red Stickles (Ranger)
Clear shimmer brush
Cricut Design Space: bear using Digital Gems cut file
Cricut You Are Here cartridge: gift
Cricut Artistry cartridge: Santa hat (modified in Design Space)
Pattern: Splitcoast Stampers Sketch15Feb3

Challenges: Double Trouble #143 Christmas in July (Thing 1 = Christmas project + Thing 2 = enter your project at  Jingle Belles' Santa's Hat challenge + Thing 3 = include a Santa hat; Farm Quest Challenges #32 Bears; The Crafter's Cafe #299 Christmas in July

Sunday, July 9, 2023

Christmas Is a Time for Sharing Layout for Lasting Memories #658 - Sharing Is Caring

Happy Sunday, and welcome to another Lasting Memories challenges! Today Brandi is challenging us to scraplift a layout from one of the design team members, so I chose a layout that Lori created last month. I loved the simple multi-photo style with the fun torn edge and the circle element, so I adapted them for my layout. This whole week in Southern California we have finally experienced summer temperatures, so I decided to cool off by scrapbooking some Christmas photos.  I would love to have you join us over at Lasting Memories before July 29th for this and any of the other challenges!

Jingle All the Way papers (Simple Stories)
Pear & Partridge and July/August 2021 Mix-In papers
New England Ivy & Scarlet cardstock
Desert Sand & New England Ivy ink
Black & Cranberry markers
Jingle All the Way puffy stickers & Journal Bits ephemera (Simple Stories)
Everyday Moments journaling card (
3-D foam tape
Cricut Art Philosophy cartridge: banners
Pattern: Scraplift of Lori's layout

Challenges: Double Trouble #142 Christmas in July (I didn't do the optional twist of stars and stripes this time, but I might play along again so I can do that!); Let's Craft and Create #197 Anything Goes with optional twist of flowers

Friday, July 7, 2023

Walk {Adrian's Walk-a-Thon} Layout

I've scrapped quite a few walk-a-thon layouts over the years, but this is my first purple one! Until I started looking at cardstock colors to use, I didn't realize quite how many shades of purple I had. It took a while and some digging through my stash but I think I finally found some papers that worked; hope everyone else thinks do, too!

Life's a Hoot papers
Periwinkle, Lagoon & Wisteria cardstock
Miscellaneous SU cardstock (from my stash but long retired)
Lagoon, Wisteria & Flamingo ink
Lovely Lilac ink (SU)
Violet fineliner pen (iBayam)
DE Chipboard heart, W, A , L, K
Great Lengths stickers (CM)
Thistle striped ribbon
Teen Spirit Boy ephemera (Echo Park)
Gold Stickles (Ranger)
Cricut Art Philosophy cartridge: hearts, postage stamp
Pattern: EMS Sketch Challenge #10

Challenges: Use Your Stuff #487 Hearts