Sunday, December 9, 2018

LM 425 - Holiday Traditions - Wreaths

This month at Lasting Memories, our theme is Holiday Traditions.  This week, our focus is on wreaths.  I also used the sketch I designed for December's single page at Stick it Down.

I chose some photos from last Christmas.  We were opening presents with my father in law and brothers in law.

All paper, embellishments and stickers by Crate Paper Merry Days Collection
Cricut Anna Griffin Christmas Cartridge

Guest DT at For the Love of Pretty Paper

I was asked to be a guest designer at For the Love of Pretty Paper, which is a Facebook Group for scrapbooking.  Throughout November and December, there's tons of Scrappy Winter Olympics challenges.  

Today's challenge is to use fussy cutting.  I pulled out an old October Afternoon collection and I fussy cut several birds and branches.  

Every year, my high school alma mater holds a Christmas fruit sale.  I used to work it when I was in high school and my favorite teacher still runs it.  He and I got a photo together last year.  

Papers by October Afternoon
Green letter stickers by Pinkfresh Studio
Red letter stickers by October Afternoon
Fruit Stickers by Creative Memories
Heidi Swapp Color Shine in Black
Black Fine Point Sharpie

I am entering this layout into the challenge at CSI: Color, Stories, Inspiration.  Here's the items from their list that I used: color scheme, dots, plaid, Christmas/holiday elements, numbers, animals, snowflakes/winter elements.

Monday, December 3, 2018

December Stick it Down

Here's this month's sketch at Stick it Down.  It was designed by yours truly.  I wanted to create a sketch that had room for lots of holiday photos, and I loved the idea of using the look of a gift wrap bow.

I wanted to create a layout with photos from last Christmas.  I included a photo of each of my family members opening presents, plus my brother's sweet dog Millie.  Sadly she passed away recently, so this was her last Christmas.

All papers, stickers and ephemera by Photoplay Paper Winter Meadow Collection
Black Sharpie Fine Point
Thickers Gold Glitter Letters

I am entering this layout into this month's challenge at CSI: Color, Stories, Inspiration.  I used these items from their list: dots, plaid, Christmas/holiday elements, numbers, animal, snowflake/winter elements, hearts, garland/banner, create your design using a grid, bows.

Sunday, December 2, 2018

LM 424 - Holiday Traditions - Old Time Photo

This month at Lasting Memories, our theme is Christmas traditions.  This week, we are featuring old time photos from when we were kids!

I have been wanting to scrapbook my childhood for a while.  I have tons of photos set aside for this project and I am glad to get around to doing a layout for the album.

I love this photo from Christmas 1992, when I was 9 years old.  I was really into American Girl dolls that year, as evidence by the two in my arms, lol. 

I decided to use an old Christmas collection that I've had for YEARS!  So glad to use some of my stash!

All papers and embellishments by Brenda Walton for K&Co
Red Letters by Me & My Big Ideas
Green Letters by Me & My Big Ideas

Sunday, November 25, 2018

LM 423 - Techniques - Mixed Media

This month at Lasting Memories, our theme is "techniques."  This week, our challenge is to use mixed media on your layout.  

I have had this pineapple stencil for a while and it was just BEGGING for some modeling paste.  My husband and I went to the Bahamas in May and I wore a shirt with pineapples all over it, so it fit perfectly with the stencil.  I am thrilled with how this layout turned out.  

I used some of my scraps from the Oasis collection, plus some paper and embellishments from the Wild Heart collection.

Crate Paper Wild Heart Collection (background paper, ephemera)
Crate Paper Oasis (paper scraps, stickers, ephemera)
Striped Letters by Amy Tangerine
Small blue letters by Pinkfresh
Heidi Swapp Color Shine in Black
TCW Pineapple Stencil
Heidi Swapp Texture Paste in Gold and White (with green ink added)

Sunday, November 11, 2018

LM 421 - Techniques - Watercolors

This month at Lasting Memories, our theme is Techniques.  This week, our challenge is to use watercolors, paint and/or misting on your layouts. 

When I heard this challenge, I knew exactly what I wanted to do.  I bought the Live Beautifully paper pack from Close to My Heart a couple years ago specifically because I wanted to watercolor this paper.  It is white with gold foil flowers.  

I pulled out my CTMH watercolors and colored all of the flowers and leaves.  I didn't even have a photo in mind, LOL. 
While I colored in all of the flowers, I happened to think of the quote "If friends were flowers, I'd pick you."  I remembered that I had a photo of my two BFFs and I from September.  I don't see my BFFs as often as I'd like.  We grew up in Philly and I still live their.  One of my BFFs lives in California and the other lives in New Jersey. 

I decided to print the photo in black and white so that it would stand out against the background.  I only used black, white and gold elements on the page. 

CTMH  Live Beautifully Floral Paper
CTMH Cardstock (Black and White)
Pink Paislee Auburn Lane (Houndstooth Paper and flower embellishments)
DIY Shop Glitter Heart
CTMH Sequins in Black and Gold
Heidi Swapp Gold Glitter Bow

Sunday, November 4, 2018

LM 420 - Techniques - Stitching

This month at Lasting Memories, our theme is techniques.  This week, our challenge is to use stitching on your layouts.  

I decided to scrap photos from swimming with the dolphins in the Bahamas.  I pulled out an old Cosmo Cricket collection, and it was perfect for this.  I love the whale tails, wave and bubble paper.  

I tried using my sewing machine, but it wasn't cooperating for me.  So instead, I faux stitched on this layout.

Patterned Paper and stickers by Cosmo Cricket Sea Air
Dolphin Stickers by Carta Bella
Black Fine Sharpie
Letter Chipboard by Pebbles
Enamel Dots by Eyelet Outlet
Chipboard by Recollections
Buttons by Fancy Pants

Thursday, November 1, 2018

November Stick it Down

Here's this month's sketch from Stick it Down.  Guess what?!?  It was designed by ME!

I wanted to use LOTS of leaves on this layout, so I chose photos from last Thanksgiving.  I was able to try out my new Stampin' Up leaf stamps and die cuts.  I was also able to use up some leaves from my stash.  I love fall, so I have tons of rhinestones, buttons, sequins etc. in leaf shapes.

My husband and I host Thanksgiving each year.  We invite both sets of our parents, as well as our brothers and my nephew.  I am so thankful that we are able to see so much of our family each year.

Background and Solid Color Paper by SEI
Cross Stitched Alphabet & Leaves (cut out from) Carta Bella Autumn 
Burlap by SEI
Stampin' Up Vintage Leaves Stamp & Framelits Set
Black Stampin' Up Ink
Rhinestone Leaves by Eyelet Outlet
Button Leaves by Eyelet Outlet
Gold Leaf Sequins from Target Dollar Bin
Heidi Swapp Color Shine in Black

Sunday, October 28, 2018

LM 419 - Techniques - Torn Papers

This month at Lasting Memories, our theme is Techniques.  This week, our challenge is to use torn paper on your layout.

I love this technique.  It's easy and adds a bit of texture to your layout.  I decided to scrap this photo from our trip to the Bahamas in May.  We stayed at Atlantis, and this is the big chair in the lobby by the casino.  I am wearing a dress with peacock feathers all over it (I absolutely LOVE peacocks) so I knew I had to use the Crate Paper Flourish collection.  It's my absolute favorite collection EVER!

All supplies (paper, stickers, embellishments etc) by Crate Paper Flourish Collection
Sharpie Fine Marker