Sunday, June 18, 2017

Fun in the Sun

I'm entering this in two challenges.  

First off I used the June 15th sketch and the awesome moodboard at   "COLORFUL CREATIONS"   For the mood board I was inspired by all the colors and by the watermelon plus the word sun.   I used mostly papers from Echo Park -Summer Dreams but then also the yellow paper and the sunglass paper from Echo Park - Summer Fun.   I had to use the sunglass paper to go with the sunglasses Addisyn is wearing.    This picture was taken while they were on a long weekend at Branson for a little get away.   She was enjoying hanging out at the pool having a little snack.

Next I'll enter this at the latest "LASTING MEMORIES" challenge #349.     The challenge worked great for this layout.      I have a summer themed layout and I have long stripes of patterned papers across the layout under my picture.

LM #349 - June 20 is the Summer Solstice (the longest day of the year). For this challenge use something long on your layout - like a border - or make a summer layout.

Friday, June 16, 2017


Jason took all three of his dogs out for their walk and also added one more by walking Dads dog, the smallest one of the group.     Leslie pushed Elle in the bike stroller and for part of the time Otis walked with her.  Even though this picture might look like Elle is taking Otis for a walk.

I finally broke out my only piece of specialty burlap paper for this layout.   I have had it for awhile and wondered when I would use it.    In my yahoo group that I'm in we have a challenge going on to mostly use brown on a layout.   Then there is one going on at  Paper Issues - Friends and Fans called Try It Tuesday to add texture to your layouts by using fabric, yarn, lace etc.    So this burlap paper would work for that too.     But mainly I  wanted to find a great sketch to use and that is where
"SKETCH AND SCRAP"  came in.   The newest June 15th sketch was perfect.   I got to use a big piece of my burlap but save some for another layout.

Here is the link and the sketch at  "SKETCH AND SCRAP"

Elle at Four Months

I can't believe my granddaughter is growing up so fast.   I'm actually behind on making her 4 month layout.    In 10 days she will be 5 months old.

I thought the single page sketch at  "STICK IT DOWN"  was perfect for this picture.

Here is the sketch.

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Day at the Farm

As soon as I saw the new sketch at  "LET'S SCRAP"  I knew I had a lot of pictures I had been saving from when the St. Louis grandkids went with their parents to Purina Farms for the day.  They had so much fun and they got to milk a cow and just see farm life.   So I'm glad this double page sketch would work for exactly every picture that I had.

Here is the link to the challenge  "LET'S SCRAP"  and the sketch.

I  am also entering this layout at  "PAPER ISSUES (FRIENDS & FANS)"   for the Add it Up challenge.  I have 61 points from this months Add It Up list.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

At the Park

My grandkids just had 4 days on vacation in Branson, MO and I have a lot of pictures to scrap.  
These were just while they were out on a playground playing, but I love that they got pictures of all three of them.   With Bryce getting older he is out doing something different than Addisyn and Gibson sometimes.

I used the sketch #307 at  "CREATIVE SCRAPPERS"  to make this layout.    I used mostly papers from a Recollections stack.

I am also going to enter this layout at   "USE YOUR STUFF"   for challenge #267 -
"Use Warm, Summer Colors"   I have deep yellows, orange, greens, blues and reds.   I think these colors and the patterns are all very summery.

Here is the sketch and the links are above.

Fishing in Hawaii

I was going through photos on my computer this morning and found some my brother and son had sent me via FB when the two of them along with my Dad and nephew went on a "Boys Trip" to Maui, Hawaii.     My son LOVES to fish  so he fished every spare moment they had while on their trip.   The top picture was taken of him down on the shoreline by my brother from the balcony of the condo they had rented.     He did do well and brought in fresh fish that he cooked that night for dinner.

I made this layout with three challenges in mind.     I started out with "LASTING MEMORIES"

"LASTING MEMORIES"  LM #348 - June 14th is Flag Day here in the US, for this challenge use red, white, and blue on your layout.    For this challenge and my pictures I went right to the DCWV stack - Seaside Yacht
as I knew they had both red and blue papers I could used.   the only papers not from the stack is the
white 6x6 square anchor paper.   I then used blue Thickers for my title and some red and white fishing themed embellishments and both blue and red card stock to mat one piece of patterned paper and my pictures.

"THE SCRAPROOM GROUP    I used the Freaky Friday challenge.   It's always so much fun to work with and make your own design.   How I do it is to take a piece of white 12x12 paper and then cut out the dimensions listed in the formula and then start placing them around till I find something I like.   I usually always have my pictures printed to so I can move them around to see how they will work with my design.   Here is the formula.

"PAPER ISSUES FANS & FRIENDS"    Their Take 5 Challenge is also always fun to play with and you can enter as often as you like during the month.    Just be sure and pick at least 5 things from the list.   I used 7 this time.   Red, Blue, Date, Title, Stripes, 2 or more Photos and Patterned Paper.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Best Friend Best Dad

This last weekend was my Dad's 94th Birthday.  My brother brought him to our house in Kansas City  on Friday for the weekend.  We ate out Friday night and then Saturday we stayed home and had a big BBQ or smoked ribs, his favorite potato casserole, slaw and grilled pineapple.   Dad LOVES chocolate and ice cream so I made a chocolate cake for his birthday and had vanilla bean ice cream

Thanto go with it.  After we had Brunch Sunday at his favorite brunch place here in KC we drove to my brothers house in Columbia, Mo for the rest of the day and overnight.   We spent the time there with my daughter and son-in-law and with his #1 person his newest great granddaughter Elle.   We had a great dinner outside at a favorite restaurant in town.   Then Monday we drove him back to his home.    The pictures in my layout are from his home, the 4x6 one and the small one is at my house, both taken over the weekend.  

I made this layout with the 'SCRAPPY FRIENDS" Challenges in mind.   I used the great Rewind Sketch at "THROUGH THE EYES OF ROCHELLE SPEARS"  and then I used the June
Subway Art challenge at "GRAND DIVA'S CREATIVE CORNER"   I loved the subway art so much I printed an image of it as one of my pictures, plus used part of it as my title.   Both choices
in the challenge.

The papers I used were from an older collection.  Bella Blvd - Family Forever.    It was perfect for the sketch and for my pictures and feelings for my Dad.   The background paper was called Mom & Dad, but I thought it was perfect for picture of the Dad and I.

Here are the links to the challenges.


Thanks to both challenges for the great inspiration and the opportunity to scrap about the best Dad in the world and my best friend.

Monday, June 12, 2017

My Little Buddy

My 20 month old nephew from Sydney Australia was in Missouri with his Mom's for 3 weeks in December, so I got to meet him for the first time.   My brother was over there when he was born and also for his first birthday and I think one other time.  But this was our first in person visit even though we did watch him grow on Facebook.  

I love this picture of him out for a stroll downtown in Columbia with him Grandpa or as he calls him
his BamBam.  I've been saving it to make a layout.    The new sketch at "THE MEMORY NEST"  was perfect for this one picture.  

Here is the sketch and link to this second challenge in June at  "THE MEMORY NEST"

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Amazing Grand Canyon

We took an awesome road trip for 10 days in the spring of 2015 from Kansas City to Las Vegas.   We took the direct western route going out through the Rockies and then coming home we took the southern route through Arizona and New Mexico and one stop was at the Grand Canyon.    I had already made a lot of layouts from this trip.  But I still have so many pictures and also a lot of memorabilia so I have decided to make more for that trip album as we saw and did so much.

I didn't follow any sketch for this one, just worked on a placement of everything on my own.   But I am getting to enter it in two different challenges.  

"SCRAP OUR STASH"  June Tic-Tac-Toe    I used the left vertical row,  the color red, camera and wood.   Red card stock for the punched border on the left,  red matting on 3 of my quotes on page two, one small picture on left matted in red and I used a red pen for my journaling.   I have 3 wood veneer cameras on 2nd page and I have wood veneer title also for more wood.  I always love doing a tic-tac-toe challenge.   So many choices and ways to go with your layout.

"CHALLENGE YOURSELF"  Challenge #42 is 'Inspired by Art'     To me there is nothing
more beautiful than the beauty of nature and the Grand Canyon surely represents that.
I know beyond stand and staring out into the vastness of it all and looking at the beauty I also managed to take probably close to 100 pictures so I wanted to make the double layout and use more of it and always be able to look back on this album and see the art of nature whenever I want.
Also for the challenge you have to be sure and include a picture of yourself in your layout and I have two pictures of me.

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Mylan's Field Day

I had a lot of pictures of my granddaughter, Mylan's Field day so the new 6-1-17 sketch at
"LET'S SCRAP"  was perfect to use a large selection of them.  These pretty well cover the
majority of the events she was in, plus pictures with her friends.

Here is the sketch and the link to    "LET'S SCRAP"

I am also going to enter this layout at "PAPER ISSUES FRIENDS AND FANS"
For their Product Spotlight: Echo Park.   I used everything, except beige background card stock, from the Echo Park  Summer Fun collection that I bought a couple of weeks ago at Paper Issues.

Monday, June 5, 2017


I'm going to be making 3 different layout using family pictures I took this Memorial Day.   I finished this morning the layout I'll keep and this one will be for my daughter since baby Elle is in it.
Then I still need to make one for my son's album.

I used the June 1st sketch at  "LET'S GET SKETCHY"   This was such a fun sketch to work with.
I'll save it to use again sometime.

Other than the green card stock for my background I used all papers from a new DCWV stack I bought last week.   It's called Pocket Blossom and other than  the pattern of words and a couple that are dotted, all papers are a variety of floral prints.   It will be fun to mix and match these papers in more layouts.

Here is the link to  "LET'S GET SKETCHY"  and the sketch.

Family - Happy Together

This picture was taken this Memorial Day while my son was in town and first time all together with his sister/my daughter and my Dad.   First time since Christmas so I wanted to be sure and get some group pictures.

I made this layout combining two challenges.   I used  sketch #130  at "SKETCH N SCRAP" and also the June 1st Something Old, Something New challenge at "COLORFUL CREATIONS"

I took a little liberty with the sketch because I really wanted to use my background paper about family with this picture.

For the Something Old Something New,  all the paper is old single pieces that I had in my pile of odd and end papers, then my wood veneer butterflies are all I got just 2 weeks ago.   Plus a brand new white gel pen I bought to replace my old dry one.  First use today.  LOL''

Leaving Cancun

I'm catching up on layouts from a family vacation we took to Cancun back in 1995.    I just found some more pictures I didn't have a few weeks ago at my Dads house.   So its been fun to work with these old pictures.

This is my reveal for the June 5th sketch challenge at   "THE MEMORY NEST"    When I started working on this I had just bought Shimelle - Go Now Go collection stack so that is what I used for my background paper.  I thought it was perfect for a layout of pictures of a trip outside of the US.

Here is the Sketch and the link to the  "THE MEMORY NEST".     I hope a lot of you will play along this week.   There are always a couple of sketch challenges each month and also a chance to win a great prize from  "THE MEMORY NEST"

Sunday, June 4, 2017

First June PL page

I just finished my first PL page for June.    Not a lot going on these first few days, but will be more to document next week so wanted to get this first page made.

I used sketch #73 at   "SKETCHES IN THYME PL STYLE"   for my June title card.    It was a perfect sketch for a title.

Here is my full page using this card.

Here is the card sketch and the link to the challenge @  "SKETCHES IN THYME PL STYLE"

Friday, June 2, 2017

1st Swim

It was brief but Mom and Dad got in the pool for the first time with Elle.    She didn't mind it at all.
The water was warm enough for her but was a little windy out so didn't keep her in for long.
But the first time in the pool was documented with pictures and videos.

I used the new June sketch at  "STUCK ?! SKETCHES"    It was perfect to combine three pictures.
I'm always looking for sketches for multiple pictures so I'm sure I'll save this one and use it again.
Plus it really lets me highlight pictures through the middle and show my background paper.
As always they have multiple great prizes and also a chance to be a guest designer.  You have until
the end of June to join the two challenges for the month.

I'm also adding this over at  "PAPER ISSUES FANS & FRIENDS"  for their Product Spotlight challenge for June to any of the new releases at Echo Park.    My background paper and green matting paper is from EP - Summer Dreams and the Hello Summer tag is cut from a journal block from EP - Summer Fun collection.

This is also my entry at  "COLORFUL CREATIONS"  for their  "I Love Summer Blog Hop"
I made this layout to show what I love about summer and I am looking forward to more time in
the pool with my granddaughter.

Here is the sketch and the link to  "STUCK ?! SKETCHES"

Up a Tree

I love getting pictures of my grandkids in Texas.    Here they are just playing around with one of their friends, the boy in red in the middle.     This was one day while they were on Spring Break back in March.   They didn't go out of town but found plenty to do and have fun with in town.

I liked making this reveal using Bev Code's sketch for the first week of June challenge here at
"SKETCHES IN THYME"     I used a couple of individual pieces of paper I had laying around.  Added some washi tape down the right side and a little bit of faux stitching on both sides of.   Some flowers for embellishments and brown thickers for my title.   I also matted the center  patterned paper and then double matted my pictures, pulling colors from the trees and the leggings that Mylan was wearing.

Here is the sketch and be sure and check back every day for more reveals using the sketch and also every week for a new sketch challenge.   Have fun and enjoy our weekly challenges.

Here is the link to    "SKETCHES IN THYME"

Thursday, June 1, 2017

2017 Mothers Day

I took these pictures off of Facebook of my step-daughter and the Mothers Day breakfast her girls made for her and her Mother-in-Law for their special day.     Looks like they had a lot of fun at the table the girls set up.

I make these layouts of their pictures and then when we visit I take a stack of layouts to them.

For this layout I used the May sketch at  "MY CREATIVE SKETCHES"   I love having layers on my layouts and mixing patterns and this sketch let me do both.

Here is the link to  "MY CREATIVE SKETCHES"   and the sketch.

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

A Family Smile

I made this layout using the "SCRAP OUR STASH" May sketch and word challenge.
Create a layout using the sketch and add a stash item for each letter in the word: MOTHER

I had so much fun doing this challenge.   I first went to my closet and picked up my stack of single pages, the stack of single sheets I have bought or the one or two full page left overs from my collections.    I really put a lot of things together in this one.    Here is how I used the letters.

M = My Minds Eye - the patterned paper I cut out in a scallop shape behind my picture plus another
        M is the double Matting I did on my picture.
O = October Afternoon - the two pieced of Green floral paper behind center and right side.
T = Tim Holtz inks - I used 4 different colors plus T for Twine.
H = Heidi Swapp - the full sheet of background paper is Heidi Swaps plus I also have 2 Hearts for
       more for the letter H
E = Echo Park  - the pale green lattice paper that is in middle of layout.
R = Recollections - the heart paper flags are that paper, plus for more R I used Red ink and the color
       Red in the paper.

Here is the sketch and the link for this challenge.   Just a few more hours to enter.  Oops just updated this because I thought it said 11 hour left to enter, but it said linky closed 11 hours ago.  Oh well, I still had fun making the layout.


Summer season has begun

The whole family plus friends were together over  Memorial Day weekend and our treat on Saturday evening was a stop at Andy's Custard, a favorite of our families.   My Dad would eat ice cream/custard every day so he is always ready to go to Andy's when we are all together.

I made this layout with the idea of the summer time blog hop going on at  "USE YOUR STUFF"
There are still a few days to join in.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Big Fish !!!

I've had these pictures of my granddaughter for a couple of months but hadn't found a sketch to use with them.    But today I saw the sketch at  "ELLE'S STUDIO"    It's perfect for two pictures.  
I just had to rotate it to go with my vertical pictures.   But I think it worked fine that way.
My background paper is from Elle's - Little Moment Collection  and the center green graph paper is
from Elle's - Penelope collection.  The strip with the arrows and hearts is the tear strip from the
green paper.   I love it when I can make that extra strip work on a layout.   No waste there.

Here is the sketch and the link to  "ELLE'S STUDIO"

Monday, May 22, 2017

Sketch N Scrap Card

I'm determined this month to make all of the  May challenges at   "SKETCH-N-SCRAP"
along with the challenges for their Birthday Bash.   So far I'm keeping up.

This card was for their card sketch #98 that was revealed on the 20th.  You have till the end of the month to enter.

I like the simplicity of this card and stamped image so decided to keep my card base white and not to add a sentiment.   Just some light inking on all the edges and on top of the pale green card stock I used to the left of the image.    I did rotate the sketch to work with my image.

Here is the sketch and link to all the challenges at  "SKETCH - N - SCRAP"

Another May PL page

I had a lot of my PL page made, just a few pockets to fill, including the 4x6 top pocket.
I was just waiting till today for the new sketch to come out at  "SKETCHES IN THYME PL STYLE"   I was hoping to be able to incorporate it on this page.   It worked out perfect because I
already had the Clematis and Wisteria pictures printed for my page, so just went with more perennial pictures like my roses and then printed two other perennial flower pictures to use on my 4x6 pocket card using this weeks sketch.   It just turned out to be the perfect sketch for me this week.
Here is my complete PL page too.

Here is the sketch #72  and also the link to   "SKETCHES IN THYME PL STYLE"