Sunday, August 13, 2017

LM 357 - All About Animals - At the Zoo

This month at Lasting Memories, our theme is "All About Animals."  This week, our challenge is to use a zoo animal - it can be in your photo, on your paper or embellishments, etc.

When I came up with this month's challenge, I knew exactly which photos I wanted to use.  In December, we went on a trip to St. Augustine, Florida.  We visited The Fountain of Youth.  There were peacocks EVERYWHERE!  And you could feed them peanuts!  I absolutely LOVE peacocks and this was the absolute highlight of my trip.  The photos worked really well with this gorgeous paper!











Paper & Embellishments by SEI
Blue & green stickers by October Afternoon



Monday, August 7, 2017

August Stick it Down Challenge

Here's the sketch for this month's challenge at Stick it Down.


In December, my husband and I went to St. Augustine for vacation with his family.  We visited the oldest wooden schoolhouse.  I used an old Webster's Pages collection and its vintage school images were PREFECT!  






Webster's Pages Wonderfall Collection
My Mind's Eye Everyday Circus Collection (Background Woodgrain Paper)
October Afternoon - Blue and Green letter stickers


Sunday, August 6, 2017

LM 356 - All About Animals - In the House

This month at Lasting Memories, our theme is "All About Animals."  This week, our challenge is to use an animal that could be in your house (dog, cat etc) - it can be in your photo, on your paper or embellishments, etc.

I was down the shore last week.  Each night, I would walk my dogs with my 14 year old nephew. The sun was setting one night and we talked down to the bay.  Rocky, my boxer, jumped up onto the wall.  I sat next to him and asked my nephew to take our photo.  I LOVED IT!  SO I asked him to have me my other dog so that she could be in the photo too.  These are two of my favorite photos of me and my dogs.  Look at that lighting!!!








Hip Kit Club
Maggie Holmes Chasing Dreams - paper, puffy hearts, chipboard
Thickers Letters
Glitz Unchartered Waters Collection



Sunday, July 30, 2017

LM 355 - All About Animals - On the Farm

This month at Lasting Memories, our theme is "All About Animals."  This week, our challenge is to use a farm animal - it can be in your photo, on your paper or embellishments, etc.

I went to an agricultural high school in Philadelphia.  I am planning to create a scrapbook with my photos from high school.  This will be the first page for the scrapbook.




October Afternoon Scaparilla Collection - paper, chipboard
Die Cut was purchased at a convention - I don't remember which store


Saturday, July 22, 2017

Sea, Sun & Fun

Here's another layout using Hip Kit Club kits.  I used some additional goodies from the Oasis collection too.  I really love how this layout came out.

My BFF lives all the way across the country in Los Angeles (I'm in Philly).  She came to visit in June and we went to Long Beach Island (LBI) in NJ.  Another friend of ours came down to the beach too.  It was a little chilly, so we went to the beach bundled up.  We brought bloody mary's to drink.  Once we finished, we left our cups and flip flops and went for a walk.  I love the photo of our flip flops and glasses all lined up.  I wrote 2017 in the sand below, it's a little hard to see.

Journaling is on the left tag behind the photo.



I was inspired by one of my favorite youtubers, Audrey Yeager.  She created a layout that used the waves in this way.  Here's a link to her video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TaVGO1Kun04

I started with this sketch by Sketches in Thyme.  I was going to put two waves above the photo and two waves below, but I ended up moving the photo up and putting all the waves below.  I also ended up adding a ton of embellishments, but I think you can see the basic sketch.



April Hip Kit Club Exclusive Letters (&)
Crate Paper Oasis Collection - 12x12 background, 6x6 paper pad, ephemera pack, puffy sticker words, chipboard elements, stickers
Wood veneers from stash - bucket & shovel
Heidi Swapp Color Shine - hot pink, black, seafoam, gold





LBI Weekend Trip

I got a couple of the Hip Kit Club kits and I have been wanting to use them.  I used some additional goodies from the Oasis collection too.  I really love how this layout came out.

My BFF lives all the way across the country in Los Angeles (I'm in Philly).  She came to visit in June and we went to Long Beach Island (LBI) in NJ.

We took photos in this adorable coffee shop.  They had FABULOUS palm tree wallpaper that we absolutely loved.  The photos went perfectly with Crate Paper's Oasis Collection.




April Hip Kit Club Exclusive Letters (LBI)
Crate Paper Oasis Collection - 12x12 background, 6x6 paper pad, ephemera pack, puffy sticker words, chipboard elements, stickers
Wood veneers from stash - shells, palm tree
Heidi Swapp Color Shine - hot pink, black, seafoam, gold



Sunday, July 16, 2017

LM 353 - Summer Adventures - Use a BIG Title

This month at Lasting Memories, our theme is "Summer Adventures."  This week's challenge is to use a BIG title to document your big adventure.

I decided to create a layout about California Adventure Park.  It's located in Anaheim California, right next to Disneyland.  My BFF and I went there last year.  Technically, it wasn't a summer adventure, but I actually travel more in the fall and winter than I do in the summer.





Background paper by Stampin Up
Polka dot & striped by Simple Stories (Say Cheese)
Anaheim Paper by Scrapbook Customs
Mickey heads, Castle, etc are Jibbitz for Crocks (I took the backs off them)
Cricut Explore - I used Clipart from the internet to make the California & title


Wednesday, July 12, 2017

A Bridal Shower Card

As I mentioned in my last post, I don't make a lot of cards.  On Saturday, I made two for the two showers I attended this weekend.

This is the bridal shower card that I made.




Paper by My Mind's Eye Follow Your Heart Collection
Basic Grey Hearts
Stampin Up Ribbon
Stampin Up Stamps Love and Laughter
Stampin Up Punches - Scalloped oval & word window


Monday, July 10, 2017

A Very Hungry Caterpillar Shower Card

I don't make cards often, but I made TWO on Saturday morning.  I had a bridal shower Saturday and a baby shower Sunday this weekend.

The baby shower was for my friend Amanda. She doesn't know what she's having, and she's doing an Eric Carle themed nursery.  The shower had a book theme and was adorable!

I got inspiration from the invitation.  I was at the CKC convention in Lancaster, PA on Friday and happened to find "A Very Hungry Caterpillar" flat backs, so I bought a two pack.  I used one for this card and I will use the other on a layout about the shower.






Inside:

Supplies:
Stampin Up Cardstock
Stampin Up Circle Punch
Stampin Up Letter Dies
A Very Hungry Catterpillar flatback (bought at convention, no brand listed)

I am entering this card into the following challenges:
A Bit More Time to Craft - anything goes
Brown Sugar - anything goes
Color Crazy - anything goes
Crafty Gals Corner - anything goes
Crafts Galore Encore - anything goes
Digi Choosday - anything goes
Inspiration Destination - anything goes
Love to Scrap - anything goes
Jo's Scrap Shack - anything goes
One Crazy Stamper - anything goes
Simon Says - summer sunshine



Sunday, July 9, 2017

LM 352 - Summer Adventures - 4th of July

At Lasting Memories, this month our theme is "Summer adventures."  This week's challenge is to scrap your 4th of July adventure.

I host an annual 4th of July picnic.  Last year, we only took one photo of my girlfriends and I.  It's one of my favorite pictures, so I had to scrapbook it!


Paper by Adorn It
Letter Stickers by October Afternoon
Star stickers by Jolees

Monday, July 3, 2017

July Stick it Down Challenge

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


I struggled with this sketch a little.  I don't normally include so many photos on one page.  It took me a while of going through photos to find ones that would fit this layout.  I ended up doing a layout for my brother's 30th surprise party last year.

There was a lot of blue in my photos.  I found an old Simple Stories collection that went perfectly!






Background Paper by My Mind's Eye Good Day Sunshine
Simple Stories Happy Day Collection
Heidi Swapp Color Shine in Gold, Navy and Green


Sunday, June 25, 2017

LM 350 - June Holiday Insights - Log Cabin Day

This month at Lasting Memories, our theme is "June Holiday Insights."  Our challenge this week is "Log Cabin Day," which is about a quieter, rustic time.

I took this prompt literally.  When I lived in Drexel Hill, PA, there was a log cabin in walking distance from my house.  My husband and I would go there often.  After a snowstorm, I brought my camera and took some photos there.  I used those photos to create this layout.







Carta Bella Winter Fun Collection


Sunday, June 18, 2017

LM 349 - June Holiday Insights - Summer Solstice

This month at Lasting Memories, our theme is "June Holiday Insights."  Our challenge for this week is about the summer solstice.  It's the day with the most sunlight all year.  Since it's such a long day, you could add something long to your page.

I have a great picture with my girlfriends at my friend Theresa's birthday last year.  I have been hoarding this paper for YEARS and it was time to finally break it out, since the teal was perfect for this photo!


I've been watching a lot of process videos lately and I have been loving the splattered pages.  I am definitely doing this more often!





Paper and embellishments by My Mind's Eye - Follow Your Heart Collection
Thickers letters
Heidi Shine in gold, navy and teal



Sunday, June 11, 2017

LM 348 - June Holiday Insights - Flag Day

This month at Lasting Memories, our theme is June Holiday Insights.  Since 6/14 is flag day here in the USA, our challenge is to use red, white and blue.

Last summer, I met up with my two besties at the beach.  My BFF's daughters came too, and I got the cutest pictures of them eating watermelon.  I used them to create this layout.  Of course, I had to include a pic of my two BFF's and I too!


Paper by AdornIt
Thickers Letter Stickers


Thursday, June 8, 2017

Some Quick & Easy Disney Layouts

I am trying to finish my Disney scrapbook.  I created a couple super simple layouts and wanted to share.  I have some more layouts to share, but I created them for specific Lasting Memories challenges, so you'll have to wait to see them :-)










Disney Patterned Paper by Sandylion
Patterned paper by CTMH
Cardstock by Stampin' Up
I love a Parade & "D" 60th by Paper Wizard
Goofy & Parade Mickey by Jolees
Plastic Pooh & Goofy heads are Jibbitz for Crock shoes with the backs cut off
Striped Mickey head by Hallmark
Disney Washi Tape (Found in the kids aisle at Michaels!)


Monday, June 5, 2017

June Stick it Down Challenge

Here's this month's double page sketch for Stick it Down:


I created a layout about the Boston Tea Party.  We went to Boston as part of our anniversary road trip through New England last fall.  It was interesting to see a reenactment of the Boston Tea Party and to learn about the key players in it.

You'll notice the black feather on the right side of the layout.  Those were given to everyone prior to the reenactment - everyone held up their feathers in agreement for throwing the tea in the harbor.







Background paper by K&Co
Black dot paper by Graphic 45
Thickers Letter Stickers


Sunday, May 14, 2017

LM 344 - Use washi tape or strips of paper in a BIG way

This month at Lasting Memories, our theme is "all about the BIG picture," which means using something small to make something BIG.  This week, the challenge is to use washi tape or strips of paper in a BIG way.

From the beginning, I knew I would create a Christmas tree for this layout, and I knew I wanted to use my xmas card as the photo.  Initially, I planned to use washi tape, but I didn't like my Christmas washi with my Christmas card.  The colors weren't right.

So I went into my Christmas paper drawer and found one of my favorite collections from October Afternoon, Make it Merry.  The colors were perfect!  I used the 8x8 pad to cut lots of strips and then I created the tree with them.  I am really happy with the way this layout turned out.







October Afternoon Make it Merry Collection - 12x12 background paper, 8x8 pad for strips, brads, Chipboard, Letter Stickers

Saturday, May 13, 2017

A Mother's Day Card

I haven't shared a card in AGES!  I still make all of my cards, but I usually forget to snap a picture!

This is the card I made for my mom for Mother's Day tomorrow.



All supplies by Close to My Heart