Monday, November 30, 2020

Eat, Drink and Be Merry !


It's that time of year and I'm starting making some Christmas layouts for this years Christmas album.    I have always loved collecting coffee mugs from travel, but for lack of storage space in the kitchen I have gotten rid of a lot of mugs.   But my Christmas mugs are alway in the cabinet and ready to get out and use for the entire season.   A few years ago I found this kitchen them Santa and added it to my Santa collection so that I could add a few things in the kitchen at Christmas for decorating for the season.     Today I got out my mugs, and hung my Christmas dish towel on the rack and my kitchen is ready for Christmas.    I should probably bake something to add to go with my coffee or hot chocolate but that will have to wait.

I'm entering this at two different challenges, USE YOUR STUFF & LASTING MEMORIES.

First I used the mood board at "USE YOUR STUFF"   I loved this great seasonal mood board and I was inspired by the red, green and cold color swatches and the the picture of the cup of hot cocoa.

Next I played along with the Pick 3 challenge at "LASTING MEMORIES" where I am also a guest design team member for the month.   I actually picked 4 items, a Doily, the color Green, the color Gold and a Tag.

LM #526 - Mixed Bag - Pick 3

Hello, hello! Welcome back to Lasting Memories. We are so happy that you are joining us today. I can't believe that it is (almost) December and time for a new theme and a new set of challenges.  

For December our theme will be "Mixed Bag" and the challenges will be a little bit of everything. Our first challenge of the month is:

 LM #526 - Pick 3 - Pick 3 items from the list below and add them to your layout. You can use more than 3 items and you can use items that are not on the list, but you must you at least 3 items from the list:

The color gold
The color green
Washi Tape

Sunday, November 29, 2020



This is going to be the year of inflatables for my granddaughter.   They had one big dragon up for Halloween, now Tom the Turkey for Thanksgiving and my brother is passing on a lot of inflatables for Christmas.   So I'm sure there will be a couple different ones for sure if not more.

I was asked to be a Guest Designer at   "LASTING MEMORIES"  for the December challenges.   For this first challenges starting today is Pick 3.     You can use more than 3 and anything else you want but be sure and include 3 from the following list on your layout.


Wednesday, November 25, 2020

Being Safe


I wanted to enter the Nov. 1st challenge to use Hexagons at  "THE STUDIO CHALLENGES"  so I used this hexagon cut-file.   I got it all cut and put it on a piece of white card stock.   I always pick my pictures first to use in a layout and then go the design and papers but I had no idea what picture to use now.   So I looked through some of the pictures I already had printed and found this picture of my granddaughter hiding in the dog cage.    Her Mom sent it to me saying that they turned around and saw her in there and asked her why she was sitting there.   She said she was hiding from the dogs so they would leave her alone while she had her snacks.    So I though that the hexagon cut file could semi look like a cage and I went with that picture to scrap.

Here is the link  to  "THE STUDIO CHALLENGES"  

Sunday, 1 November 2020

1st Nov - Hexagons

Good morning! Welcome to a new month and a new challenge!

Today's challenge is ...  

 Hexagons; focus on the shape of Hexagons, maybe you want to use one big one or lots of small ones, it's up to you!

Here are the design teams Hexagon inspired layouts...

Tuesday, November 24, 2020

Christmas 1956

I found some slides my Grandmother had kept and we scanned them and I was able to print as photos.   Of course I was thrilled to find some pictures from when my brother and I were young at Christmas.   I'm guessing this is 1956, my brother would be 3 in 2 months and I would be 5 1/2 at this time.     I can also see a little bit of my Mom sitting at the dining room table and also both of my grandmothers.   That's my Dad on the floor and even though only his arm is showing that is my paternal grandfather sitting on the couch as he always wore a white shirt and my other grandfather was always the photographer.

I'm entering this at "CHALLENGE YOURSELF"   I was inspired by the gold in the mood board and that goes with my gold stars in my background paper.

This month, we are asking you to use the "Home for the Holidays" mood board
. And it doesn't have to be about Christmas . . . you get to pick the holiday you would to scrap about. 

Monday, November 23, 2020

Retro Ornaments


I made this layout for the Nov. 15th challenge at "SCRAP YOUR STASH",   The challenge was to use the sketch and include watercolor papers and chipboard.   I used all watercolor papers and then added to chipboard ornaments.    I'm glad I decided to use all watercolor papers and combine the colors.

Friday, November 20, 2020


 The house next door to my Dads always has seasonal flowers and decorations all over their front yard.   This is what it looked like in early October and I got a few pictures of my granddaughter there in all the fall color.

I used the Color Color Inspiration #3 at  "LASTING MEMORIES" for this layout.

Thursday, November 19, 2020

Happy Birthday Mylan


This is my oldest granddaughter, Mylan.   She turned 11 earlier this month and this surprise is what her Mom had ready for her the morning of here birthday.  Special donuts.

I sued sketch #213 at   "SKETCH N SCRAP"   to make this layout.   I changed it about with using a large cut-file at the top for a title.    It's a great sketch to work with and I'll be using it again I'm sure.

Check out all this months challenges here at  "SKETCH N SCRAP".    Here is the sketch below.