Sunday, May 27, 2018

LM 397 - Variety of Shapes - Circles

This month at Lasting Memories, our theme is "variety of shapes."  This week, our challenge is to use circles on your layout.

I have been meaning to scrap these photos.  I work from home and my work bestie lives in Minnesota.  She came to visit me in Philly last March.  We walked around downtown and we took these photos with the game pieces in a park. 

Simple Stories Urban Traveler (patterned paper)
Stampin' Up Cardstock (I think it's Pacific Point)
Bella Blvd Family Frenzy (Domino Paper)
Carta Bella Well Played (stickers)

Friday, May 25, 2018

Hello Paradise - CSI Challenge

I recently discovered CSI Challenge and this is the first time I am entering.  I love their inspiration photos.  They give a list of ideas of things in the photo too, so it was helpful.  From their list of ideas, I used similar colors, florals, leaves, solid background, stripes, dots, circles.  

Here's their case file:

I was in the Bahamas about two weeks ago and I could not wait to start scrapping the photos.  We stayed at Atlantis Resort on Paradise Island.  It was absolutely incredible and I have some beautiful photos to scrap in the next couple months!  

The colors of the CSI Challenge were perfect for this layout and I am really happy with how it turned out.

Kit by Embellish It
Simple Stories You are Here Collection (paper and stickers)
White American Crafts Cardstock

Sunday, May 20, 2018

LM 396 - Variety of Shapes - Hexagons

This month at Lasting Memories, our theme is a variety of shapes.  This week, our challenge is to use hexagons on your layout. 

I love hexagons and I use them on my layouts often.  I was looking through my stash and I came across a 12x12 hexagon overlay by Studio Calico.  I also found hexagon chipboard pieces by Pink Paislee.  I knew I had to use them to scrap a photo of my trip to the Bahamas last weekend!

Studio Calico 12x12 Kraft Hexagon Overlay
Pink Paislee Nantucket Collection (Hexagon Chipboard)
Patterned Paper by CTMH No Worries Collection
Crate Paper Oasis (Vacay Highlights sticker)
Hip Kit Club Exclusive Letters (LOVE)
Crate Paper Oasis Word Stickers (This Place)

Sunday, May 13, 2018

LM 395 - Variety of Shapes - Triangles

This month at Lasting Memories, our theme is "variety of shapes."  This week, our challenge is to use triangles on your layout. 

I wanted to scrap these adorable photos of my nephew.  He was less than a week old when these were taken at the beginning of April. 

I punched a bunch of 2" squares and then cut them in half.  I played around for a while before deciding to make a triangle out of the triangles.

Echo Park Sweet Baby Boy (Paper, stickers, chipboard)
Doodlebug Designs Letter Stickers
EK Success 2" Square Punch (I cut them in half to make the triangles)

Monday, May 7, 2018

May Stick it Down

Here's this month's sketch at Stick it Down:

I thought this sketch was a great way to use a whole piece of paper on a layout without covering too much up.  Carta Bella makes these beautiful full page scenes. However, I find them hard to use, since I don't want to cover too much.

I bought this beautiful city park paper recently, specifically to scrapbook photos from Boston Common.  There's a carousel, playground, ponds and trees on the paper, so it was perfect for my photos.

My photos are a little dark, but there's photos of some of the monuments, plus the playground/frog statues and the carousel.  I loved walking around this park.


Crate Paper Carousel Collection (hearts & kites chipboard, banner sticker, patterned paper)
Thickers Letters
Carta Bella Practically Perfect (City Park Paper)
MME Jack & Jill (Carousel horse sticker)
Creative Memories Frog Sticker
Cosmo Cricket Tea for Two (label)
Heidi Swapp Color Shine (Gold & Black)

Sunday, May 6, 2018

LM 394 - Variety of Shapes - Hearts

This month at Lasting Memories, our theme is "variety of shapes."  This week, our challenge is to use hearts on your layout.  

When I think of hearts, I always think of Valentine's Day.  My girlfriends and I have a tradition of going out for a girls night on Valentine's Day weekend. We call it "GALENTINE'S."  This year, we went out to an Italian restaurant and drank LOTS of wine.

Paper by MME Love Me & Making Memories Je T'Adore
Recollections Wine Shaker Stickers (Aren't they adorable?!?)
Doodlebug Letter Stickers
Heart Puffy Stickers from Target Dollar Bin
Cupid Die Cut by K&Co

Sunday, April 29, 2018

LM 393 - Variety of Shapes - Stars

This month at Lasting Memories, our theme is "variety of shapes."  This week's challenge is to use stars.

I had photos from the Hollywood Walk of Fame, so they were perfect for a layout full of stars.  My BFF lives in Los Angeles, so I have visited her several times.  We spent a day walking around the city and I took photos of some of the stars.  I didn't realize that there's a huge silver statue at the beginning of the walk of fame.  It was just getting dark, and I love how my photo came out, so I used it as a dominant photo on my layout.

Paper and some stars by Pink Paislee Paige Evans Turn the Page Collection (I cut some out of the paper)
Gold Glitter Thickers
Paper House Production Stickers (walk of fame word and statue sticker)
Doodlebug Blue & White Star Stickers
Jolees Stickers (stars)

Sunday, April 22, 2018

LM 392 - Use only 6x6 papers

This month at Lasting Memories, our theme is "All About the Paper" and this week's challenge is to use at least only 6x6 papers.

I LOVE 6x6 PAPERS!  I use them all the time.  I love the smaller scale of the 6x6 pads.  If I like a scrapbook collection, I buy the 6x6, chipboard and ephemera.  Sometimes I don't even buy 12x12 papers, lol.

I use 6x6 papers to mat photos, for layering, to cut up for backing cut files, etc.  I also use them to create backgrounds, as I did in this layout.

I used photos from my friend's daughter's 6th birthday.

Paper and embellishments by Pebbles Happy Hooray Collection

Sunday, April 15, 2018

LM 391 - Use at least 4 different papers

This month at Lasting Memories, our theme is "All About the Paper" and this week's challenge is to use at least 4 different papers.

I had these photos of my dad's 63rd birthday.  These photos are the last photos I have of my grandfather before he passed.  I love the photo on the left of my dad with his brother, sister and his father. 

Paper by CTMH Swan Lake Collection
Stickers by Carta Bella It's a Celebration Collection

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

My Nephew & Cards

My nephew was born on March 31st, the night before Easter.  His name is Spencer Alexander and I am so in love with him.  I am honored that my brother and sister in law asked me to be Spencer's godmother. 

Here's the baby card that I made for him:

Here's his Easter card: 

Baby Card:
Stampin' Up Cardstock
My Minds Eye Patterned Paper
Stampin' Up Moon Baby Stamp Set
Paper trey ink cloud dies

Easter Card
Stampin' Up Cardstock
Authentique Patterned Paper
Stampin' Up Easter Blossoms Stamp Set (Sentiment)
Stampin' Up Heaven Blessed Stamp Set
Paper Trey Ink Egg dies

Sunday, April 8, 2018

LM 390 - Make Your Own Background

This month at Lasting Memories, our theme is "all about paper."  This week, our challenge is to create your own background paper.

I got a white sheet of cardstock, covered it with white gesso and went to town with my sprays.  I used the packaging technique, then dripped additional splatters.

I have TONS of project life cards and I never use them.  I saw a layout on pinterest that used 6 cards similarly to how I did.  I really like this, and I definitely think I will be doing this again.

These photos are from my friend's birthday a couple months ago.  We went to a Mexican restaurant called Lucha Cartel in downtown Philly.  The food was delicious and after dinner, they move the tables against the walls and turn the space into a dance club.  It was SOOOO fun!

Simple Stories Project Life Cards and embellishments
Gold thickers
White Gesso
Heidi Swapp Gold texture paste and plus sign stencil (not sure where it's from)
Heidi Swapp Color Shine - Navy, Green, Blue, Pink

Sunday, April 1, 2018

April Stick it Down

HAPPY EASTER!  Here's our awesome sketch for this month at Stick it Down

I really loved this month's sketch.  I have been really digging triangles recently.

I had some photos of my work BFF and I.  We work remotely and she lives in Minnesota.  She came to visit me last summer and we spent the weekend at my parent's beach house in Longport, NJ.  I took Kristin to see "Lucy the Margate Elephant."  It's a landmark that was once a hotel (for more info visit  

I got the awesome vintage postcard that you see on the left side of the layout.  I chose to stick to the colors from the postcard.  My photos had such bright colors in them, and they clashed, so I decided to turn them black and white. I am so glad I did, because it gives the pages a vintage feel.  I am thrilled with how it turned out.

Jolees Elephant Stickers
Paper by Echo Park Times & Seasons Collection
Stickers from Echo Park Times & Seasons
Heidi Swapp Color Shine (Black, red, mint)
Elephant Chipboard by Recollections

Sunday, March 18, 2018

LM 387 - National Month of Frozen Food/Nutrition

This month at Lasting Memories, our theme is "National Month of" and we are doing challenges based on things March is the month of.  March is the National Month of Frozen Food/Nutrition, so we are doing layouts that feature food in the photos, paper or embellishments.

I went to brunch with some co-workers, so these photos are from that.  We went to Sabrina's Cafe in downtown Philadelphia, so that's the title I used.

Papers, tags and tea cup ephemera by Pink Paislee Paige Evans Turn the Page Collection
Scrabble Letters by Thickers
Pancake, egg, and breakfast stickers from October Afternoon Saturday Morning Collection

Sunday, March 11, 2018

LM 386 - National Craft Month

This month at Lasting Memories, our theme is "National Month of" and we are doing challenges based on things March is the month of.  March is the National Craft Month, so we are doing layouts about crafting or craft rooms.

I had some photos of my friends and I at a scrapbook weekend last April.  I bought this "I'd Rather be Crafting" collection from Echo Park and it was PERFECT for these photos!

Paper, stickers, ephemera by Echo Park I'd Rather be Crafting Collection

Monday, March 5, 2018

March Stick it Down

This is our March double page sketch at Stick it Down:

I have to be honest.  This sketch was VERY hard for me.  I am really not a fan of white space in scrapbook layouts.  When I create a layout, I like to use as many of the photos from the day as possible.  Most of the time, I take so many photos that I struggle to limit it.  

I tried making the layout with no photos on the left page.  I hated it.  I tried moving things around.  I even came back to the layout a different day, but I couldn't get the layout to work as sketched.  So I added more photos and I love how it ended up.  

I am still scrapping Christmas photos.  I have tons more.  About half of my scrapbook each year is taken up by Christmas events.  I don't do a separate December Daily.  

These photos are from my annual pollyanna with my sorority sisters.  

Papers, Chipboard, Enamel Stickers, Stickers, Ephemera by Crate Paper Falala Collection
Enamel Dots by My Mind's Eye
We R Memory Keepers Mini Letter Punch Board

Sunday, March 4, 2018

LM 385 - Music in Our Schools

This month at Lasting Memories, our theme is "National Month of" and we are doing challenges based on things March is the month of.  March is the National Month of Music in our schools, so we are doing layouts about music, kids and music or schools.

I don't have children and I didn't have any photos of anything music related.  However, my nephew graduated from 8th grade last spring, so I had these photos from his graduation.