Sunday, October 21, 2018

LM 418 - October Events - Halloween

This month at Lasting Memories, our theme is October Events.  This week, our challenge is to create a Halloween layout.

I love Halloween.  It's 3 days after my birthday, so I often combine my birthday party with a Halloween party.  

I love anything vintage.  Last year, I decided to dress up as Vintage Barbie.  I had a dusty rose dress that was my Grandmother's from the 50's.  I had these awesome black & white shoes, a black belt and I have TONS of vintage jewelry.  I went to my local vintage store and found the fur wrap, lace gloves and black purse.  I printed out the Barbie logo, laminated it and placed it on the purse.  I did my hair and makeup in 50's styles too.

When I was getting ready to create this layout, the colors in the photos really didn't go with traditional Orange/Black Halloween colors.  I started digging through my stash and found the Carta Bella Metropolitan Girl Collection and it was PERFECT!

Carta Bella Metropolitan Girl Collection
Letters by Webster's Pages
Black Sharpie Fine Marker

Monday, October 8, 2018

October Stick it Down

Here's this month's double page sketch at Stick it Down

This month, Stick it Down is teaming up with White..with 1.  Their challenge is to use white with gray this month.  I rarely use white for my background color, and I don't particularly like gray for a scrapbook color, so this was WAY outside my comfort zone.  

I really struggled with figuring out which pictures to use for this.  While I was searching for gray papers (I don't have many!) my dolphin pictures popped into my head.  My husband and I swam with dolphins when we went to the Bahamas in May.  These are general photos of the dolphins.  I will need to scrap the photos of my husband and I soon.

I am not thrilled with how this page turned out.  It didn't photograph well, as the grays aren't quite so monochromatic in person.  I tend to make colorful layouts, so I am debating adding some more color to this layout.

Patterned Paper by CTMH
Gray pattern (backing the dolphin) by Paige Evans for Pink Paislee
Die Cut by The Cut Shoppe
Chipboard Letters by Pebbles
Dolphin Stickers by Creative Memories
Heidi Swapp Color Shine in Black and White
My Huey's Ink Spray in Silver

Sunday, October 7, 2018

LM 416 - October Events - Thanksgiving

This month at Lasting Memories, our theme is October Events.  This week, our challenge is to create a Thanksgiving layout. 

If you're in the USA like me, you may be wondering why Thanksgiving is one of our "October Events."  In Canada, they celebrate Thanksgiving on the 2nd Monday of October.  I never knew that!

These photos are from Thanksgiving 2016.  My husband and I always host thanksgiving.  I didn't take many photos that year, so all 3 fit on this layout.

Carta Bella Fall Blessings Collection
Sharpie Fine Point Marker
Creative Memories Circle Cutter
Thickers Burlap Letters

Friday, September 28, 2018

SpiegelMom Scraps Layout with Stick it Down

This month, Stick it Down is partnering with SpiegelMom Scraps.  I received some fabulous sequins and I was asked to make a second layout this month.  I am on the double page DT at Stick it Down, so I decided to take a stab at the single page sketch for this month.

Here's the sketch from Stick it Down:

Looking at the sketch, I knew I had to get out my paints and make a mixed media background.  I love how it turned out.  

These photos are of my friend's daughter and I.  Olivia is my little buddy.  She's 4 years old and extremely spunky and opinionated.  She loves princesses, mermaids, bunnies and all things pink.  She loves taking snapchat photos with me and I thought these bunny photos would be perfect for this layout.  

I am entering this layout into the challenge at CSI: Color Stories Inspiration.  I used pink, black, white and teal from the inspiration photo, an animal, an insect, flowers and sequins.

Papers by Cocoa Vanilla Studio Bohemian Dreams Collection
Ephemera by Cocoa Vanilla Studio Bohemian Dreams Collection
Puffy Bunny & Heart Stickers by Crate Paper Willow Lane Collection
Heidi Swapp Color Shine in Black
Acrylic Paint in teal, purple and I mixed red/white to create pink
Sequins by SpiegelMom Scraps - Pick Your Plum & Grape Juice 

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Disneyland 2018

I wanted to share a quick and easy layout that I created.  This was made with a kit from Paper Wizard.  This is not my design.  

In January, my annual sales meeting for my job was in Aneheim, California.  Our meetings were over early and we had the opportunity to go to Disneyland.  Of course, I jumped at the chance.  I had so much fun visiting the park with some of my co-workers.  

Page kit from Paper Wizard using Authentique's Pastime Collection
October Afternoon Letter Stickers

I am entering this layout into this month's challenge at CSI: Color Stories Inspiration.  Here's their inspiration image:

Sunday, September 23, 2018

LM 414 - Mixed Bag - Color Challenge

This month at Lasting Memories, our theme is "mixed bag."  This week, we have a mood board with a beautiful fall color challenge.

Last year, I came home one day to a baby squirrel on my porch.  He came right over to me and CLIMBED UP MY LEG!?!  For a couple days, I fed him peanut butter and bread from my hand.  He hung out beneath my BBQ grille.  

I called a local wildlife rescue and they told me to stop feeding him, put gloves on and place him in a tree.  That's what I did, and I never saw him again.  I had to create a layout with some of the adorable pictures of my little buddy.

Paper by Adorn It
Squirrel Scalloped Sticker Strip by October Afternoon
Squirrel Embellishments by Recollections, Carta Bella and Creative Memories
Thickers Letters

Sunday, September 16, 2018

LM 413 - Mixed Bag - Three's

This month at Lasting Memories, our theme is "mixed bag."  This week, our challenge is to use three's on your layout.

I have lived in Philadelphia my entire life, so of course I am an Eagles fan.  I created this layout using photos from one of the MANY football parties we hosted this year.

I have had this football paper FOREVER.  I am pretty sure it was in a "Miss Elizabeth's" pack that I got at AC Moore 10 years ago.  To go along with the challenge, I used three photos, three patterned papers and three football players as embellishments on my layout.

Paper by Miss Elizabeth's
Thickers letters

Sunday, September 9, 2018

LM 412 - Mixed Bag - Either Or

This month at Lasting Memories, our theme is "Mixed Bag." This week is an either or challenge. You need to choose one item for the each of these 5 on this list:
Stripes or Polka Dots
Circles or Squares
Wood Veneer or Washi Tape
Enamel Dots or Sequins
Hearts or Stars

Seeing both stripes and stars on the list, I decided to create a 4th of July layout with photos from last month.  I used stripes, circles, wood veneer, enamel dots and stars.  This was a great way to use up some of my OLD patriotic stash items.

My brother hosted 4th of July this year.  He has an in-ground pool, and it was a hot day, so we spent a lot of time in the pool.  It was my nephew's first 4th of July, so we took tons of pictures of the baby!

CTMH Cardstock for background
Circle & banner embellishments by K&Co
Wood Veneer by Fancy Pants
"4th" letters by K&Co
Red letters by Bella Blvd
Enamel dots and stars by Eyelet Outlet
Star & stripe paper by The Paper Loft

Monday, September 3, 2018

September Stick it Down

Here's this months sketch for Stick it Down:

Our sponsor this month is Spiegelmom Scraps.  They are offering a lovely prize to one lucky random winner!  If you shop on their site, use the code SIDSMS for 20% off your order! 

When I saw the sketch, it took me a while to figure out which photo to use.  I ended up choosing photos from my trip to Ireland last year.

After our flights, layovers, renting a car, and checking into our hotel, we had traveled for the better past of a day.  Our first stop was Guinness storehouse in Dublin. After all that traveling, we really needed a beer!


Beer Paper by Moxxie
Patterned Paper by My Minds Eye
Yellow/Black October Afternoon Mini Market Letters
Thickers Corrugated Cardboard Letters
Rotary Date Stamp
Heidi Swapp Color Shine in Gold, Black & Tea

Sunday, September 2, 2018

LM 411 - Mixed Bag - Fun

This month at Lasting Memories, our theme is Mixed Bag.  This week, our challenge is to create a summer themed layout using the word "fun." 

I have been working on my Bahamas trip album.  On our last full day in the Bahamas, it was a bit dreary.  We spent some time at the beach, but it looked like it was going to pour.  We wanted to move closed to the hotel, in case the rain began, so we hung out by the pool.  There was a swim-up bar, so it was awesome.  

Paper and Embellishments by Carta Bella Summer Splash Collection
Ranger White Modeling Paste 
Cloud Stencil (sorry, I don't know the manufacturer)
Yellow Thickers
Pink Letters by Bella Blvd
Enamel Dots by Echo Park
Hibiscus & flourish Stickers by Me & My Big Ideas

Sunday, August 26, 2018

LM 410 - Transportation - Bicyles

This month at Lasting Memories, our theme is "Transportation."  This week, our challenge is to use bicycles on your layout.

When I was in Ireland, we stopped at a little coffee shoppe on our way to The Cliffs of Moher.  There was a bike sitting outside of it and I had to take a photo.  This is actually one of my favorite photos from Ireland.  I just love the white bike against the stone wall and the flowers in the basket.  So pretty!

I bought the Carta Bella Spring Market Collection specifically to use with this photo.  Aren't the bikes in this collection adorable?

Carta Bella Spring Market Paper, Sstickers, Chipboard
Pinkfresh Studio Puffy Letters
Crate Paper Oasis Gold "beautiful" sticker

Sunday, August 19, 2018

LM 409 - Transportation - Boats

This month at Lasting Memories, our theme is Transportation.  This week, our challenge is to use boats on your layout. 

I have been working on the scrapbook from my Bahamas trip.  There were some pirate statues in Nassau.  I had to get a photo of my husband with Captain Morgan, his beverage of choice. 

Paper by Authentique Seafarer Collection
Thickers Letters 
Jolees Pirate Treasure Stickers
Black Fine Tip Sharpie

Monday, August 6, 2018

August Stick it Down

Here's this month's sketch (designed by yours truly!) at Stick it Down:

I designed this sketch with these photos in mind.  When I was in Ireland, it rained several days while we were there.  (A hurricane hit too, but that's another story, LOL).  I told my husband I wanted him to take some photos of me with my umbrella because I had a Jolees sticker set I wanted to use.  

When I got home from my trip, these were the first photos I couldn't wait to scrap.  I pulled out my Jolees raincoat, umbrella and galoshes.   They were red and plaid, so it matched my floral sweater perfectly.  I started going through my papers and remembered that I had the Graphic 45 Raining Cats & Dogs collection.  I couldn't have been more thrilled when I realized that my floral sweater was the EXACT colors of the collection.  I couldn't have planned it better if I tried! This layout is one of my favorites in a while.  


Graphic 45 Raining Cats & Dogs Collection
October Afternoon Daily Flash Chipboard Clouds
Jolees Stickers (Umbrella, raincoat, rain boots etc)
Black/silver letter stickers by DCWV
Umbrella Cut File by Paige Evans
Amy Tan Stitch Template (to create Stitched Umbrella)
Heidi Swapp Roller Date Stamp
Black Stampin Up Ink
Ireland Sticker by Paperhouse Productions

I am entering this layout into these challenges:
The Happy Craft Challenge (anything goes)
Bimini Moose (anything goes)