Monday, June 24, 2019

Let the time stand still

I was really stuck when I first saw the last sketch of the month at  "SKETCHES IN THYME"
But today I went back and studied it some more and came up with and idea.      I have a little bit of everything in this layout.    First off was the idea I came up with.   I have barely started making the album for my daughter and son-in-law vacation this May to Venice and Florence for their 5th wedding anniversary.    I've been waiting till they have time to really go through pictures with me and give me more info on where they took the pictures and some background.   But I do have some general pictures that they posted on FB while they were gone.    I remember when I talked to them once during the vacation they said how they wished they had more time just to sit and look and take in all the sights around them.     So with the looks of the clock in the sketch I first came up with my title... Let Time Stand Still.    Then in my scrap drawer I have been hanging on to this circle I had cut out of the middle of a piece of Tim Holtz paper that was just these 4 6x6 squares together.   I used the outside of what I had cut before ages and ages ago on a layout and just hung on to this circle thinking I would use it.    Well finally I did, it became my clock face.   I pulled out some leftover numbers from Thickers and add those and then made the hands.  The matting for the picture I actually took out of the trash because it was something I had messed up earlier trying to stamp on it.   I just tore the edges and ink all over it in brown ink and put my picture on it.   Did a little bit of journaling on the bottom left and I was finished.

Here is the link to the challenge #378 at  "SKETCHES IN THYME"  and the sketch I used made
by Nadine Carter.

The Cobbler

I had almost forgotten to scrap these pictures but I found them today on my computer and printed them.    I was looking for a sketch I could use with them and found one from the 2nd week in June
at  "SKETCHES IN THYME" This is sketch #376 and was created by Bev Code and it was
perfect for the two pictures that I had.

Here is the link to  "SKETCHES IN THYME"  and the sketch I used.    Be sure and check out every weeks sketch for the month and join the fun.

Barbara's Garden

When I saw the challenge #66 for June at "SCRAP CHALLENGE YOURSELF"  I started looking through pictures on my computer for what I could use.    The challenge was to make a layout using a Grid Pattern.  So first I went looking for series of pictures but I was having trouble finding pictures to include of me.   I found 4 pictures of me when I was potting our flowers this spring.   I thought it was going to be really boring to make a 4 picture grid of just basically the same pictures of me.   So I went outside yesterday (in between rain showers) and took some pictures of all our flowers we have around  the house, a couple planted in the ground and the rest in pots on the decks and entry way and around the house.    I decided to start and end the grid with pictures of me potting the flowers that  I had first found and then picked 10 more pictures of my flowers and I printed them all a little less than
3x3.   Then I laid them all out on black card stock so they were separated a bit.   Found a piece of floral patterned paper and put it all together.   I went with a large title sideways on both sides and then added some little flower embellishments and just journaled Summer 2019 at bottom right and I had my grid inspired layout.

Here is the link to the challenge at   "CHALLENGE YOURSELF"  and more details.

Challenge YOUrself# 66 . . . A Grid Pattern!

Hi everyone!
It's time for another challenge :) 
Challenge YOUrself# 66 opens today and closes July 4, 2019:

This month we would like you to create a page using a grid pattern.  It can be any grid that you like, it doesn't have to be the one shown here. We love creativity!!!  And as always, please remember to include a photo with YOU on your page!

Sunday, June 23, 2019

Summer Concert

I'm filling in on layouts for my son's albums to take home with him when he visits next month.
I knew I hadn't scrapped these pictures of some of the things we did last summer when we were all together.    I had this concert tag already made from a swap in my stash and I knew I could just add
Summer above it for the full title.   This was our last hooray for everyone together for one big family week of the summer, we spent time in Columbia at my brothers swimming and park time and this concert and then here at our house at the  lake for the last 3 days of week and we had a blast doing everything.

I'm using this for the "LASTING MEMORIES"  June 16th prompt "Summer in the Title"  of the Summer Fun and the Outdoors June theme.

SUNDAY, JUNE 16, 2019

LM #451- "Summer" in the Title

Hello, everyone! Good Sunday morning to you! It's Father's Day today and I hope all the Dad's out there have a great day!

We are back with our third challenge of the month today. Our theme this month is 'Summer Fun and the Outdoors' and this week's challenge is:

LM#451 - 'Summer' in the title

Your challenge this week is to use some form of 'Summer' in your layout title.


My daughter and family live close to my brother and he has a pool, so there are lots of summer weekends spent swimming.   Elle loves getting in the pool and when her Dad throws her up in the air like this, it is beyond fun.

This picture was perfect for the latest monthly challenge for June #452 at   "LASTING MEMORIES"
This weeks prompt is -  Everyday Outdoor Activities.

LM #452 - Everyday Outdoor Activities

Hello, everyone! I hope that you are having a good weekend.

It's time for our last challenge of the month but before we get to that, I want to say a big thank you to our guest designers for June, Rona and Sharon. I have really enjoyed seeing their beautiful creations each week this month.

As a reminder - our theme for June has been "Summer Fun and the Outdoors" and our last challenge of the month is:

LM#452 - 'Everyday Outdoor Activities'

Your challenge this week is to scrap those 'everyday outdoor activities' including outside playing, relaxing, working, mowing, hiking, etc.

Saturday, June 22, 2019

Shedds Aquarium

Our grandkids went on a road trip for a quick summer vacation with their parents to Chicago for Dads work conference and also some time together for sightseeing.    One place they went was Shedds Aquarium and the kids absolutely loved it.

I will use this layout in two different challenges.

I used the challenge #450 at  "LASTING MEMORIES"  They have weekly themed challenges and the June theme is 'Summer Fun & the Outdoors'  and week of June 9th the theme was 'Vacation Photos'   So these photos and layout were perfect for the challenge.   Her is more info and the link to

LM #450 - Vacation Photos

Good Sunday morning! I hope that you are having a good weekend! It has been a beautiful one here in the middle of the US.

It's time for our second challenge of the month - are you ready? Our theme for June is "Summer Fun and the Outdoors" and this week's challenge is something I'm sure we all enjoy - vacation photos!

LM#450 - 'Vacation Photos'

Your challenge this week is to scrap those wonderful vacation photos. Anything goes and if you don't have vacation photos, then do a 'staycation' layout.


I used the June 15th Pick Your Side Sketch Challenge at   "SCRAP OUR STASH" for my 2nd challenge entry with this.
I picked the right side of the sketch that used 3 pictures and the what was also in the challenge was that you had to use polka dot patterned papers and numbers.    I have large and small polka dot
patterned paper  and I also used numbered patterned paper and then have the date in my journaling also for more numbers.

Here is the link to the challenge at  "SCRAP OUR STASH"  and more info on the challenge with the

Create a layout based on EITHER the left or the right side of the sketch.  ALSO, you must include polka dot patterned paper and numberson your layout. 
When posting your layout, please indicate what side you used.

Thursday, June 20, 2019

Father's Day

My daughter always gets a new t-shirts for Jason and Elle for each Fathers Day to wear together.
This Fathers Day when she posted all 3 years of pictures together on Facebook, I knew together they would make an awesome layout.

When I saw the 3 photo sketch at "SKETCHES IN THYME"  I knew I had the perfect cut-file for
PAPER ISSUES to use with the sketch, so I went to work on the layout this afternoon.
I'm very happy with how it  turned out.

Here is the link to  "SKETCHES IN THYME"  and the sketch challenge #377.

Camp Field Trip

Gibson and Addison are going to summer camp for a couple of weeks this summer.  One day last
week they took a field trip and their Mom took this picture before they jumped in the car to go to camp.    I just thought this picture was so cute of them in their matching shirts, along with Bo right there with them.

I used Sketch #375, the first one for June at  "SKETCHES IN THYME".     I rotated the sketch to
go with this picture and I think it turned out fine with the hexagons at the top instead of the side.

Here is the sketch created by DT member Jenessa and the link to  "SKETCHES IN THYME"  

Monday, June 17, 2019

Thinking of you card

I made this card today to have on hand to send to my youngest Granddaughter.   She is only 2 1/2 but loves opening mail and when it's for her that is even better.

I used card sketch #147 at  "SKETCH N SCRAP"  for this card.   I wasn't sure if I was going to use the sketch but I had this colored image and it was big so I thought it would be perfect for this sketch.

Here is the link to  "SKETCH N SCRAP"  and the sketch made by Heather Hall.

Time to Cool Off

My son leases some land outside of the Fort Worth area where he lives that is reserved for hunting.
He has an RV parked up there and he and his kids go up there for weekends to hunt and check out all the wildlife in the area and also time to swim and cool off in the ponds in the area.   Just what everyone needs in the Texas heat.

I used the sketch challenge #179 at   "SKETCH N SCRAP"  for this layout.    It was perfect for my 3 pictures.

Here is the sketch I used and the link to "SKETCH N SCRAP"

Sunday, June 16, 2019

Let's Bake Dad

My son-in-law loves to bake and Elle loves to "help"   My daughter shared this picture today that she took yesterday with Jason studying the recipe of what he was making and Elle right there with him helping all the way.   I knew I wanted to scrap it right away.   I had the Tic-Tac-Toe challenge at
"SOUL SCRAPPERS"  printed to work on at some point and I thought of the title of my layout first "Let's Bake Dad" and that was 3 words so I printed the picture in the 5x7 format and matted it in white cardstock and started putting the layout together.    I added 3 wood veneer  hearts for the other Tic-Tac-Toe element for the top row across and then also added a wood veneer mixer.   Then my layout was finished.

Here is the challenge and link to  "SOUL SCRAPPERS"    (I did the top row  5x7 photo, 3 word title and hearts)

Baseball Game

I think my granddaughter has become a traitor.    Her Dad was born and raised in Kansas City and his kids were born there too.   They moved to Texas when Kai was 8 and Mylan was 5, but here they are at the Texas vs Royals baseball game with Jason's girlfriend and little boy and the family is split.
Jason and Kai are still sporting their Royals shirts but Mylan has on a Texas Rangers shirt.
I bought Kai the shirt he is wearing, it was on his Christmas wish list,  looks like I'm going to have to find one for Mylan too.   LOL

I'm entering this layout at   "SOUL SCRAPPERS"  for the June Pick 3 challenge.   From the list below I picked 4 things to use, the color blue, a Title, Journaling and Stamping (baseball stamped images on my journal box)

Here is the link to   "SOUL SCRAPPERS"   and the information for the challenge is below.

Here is the next PICK3 challenge for June.
From the list below pick 3 or more items to add to your page/card... it's that easy.
Let me know which 3 items you have added when you add your page to the gallery and title it
"Pick3, June 2019."
1. Have water in your photo
2. use the color blue
3. netting
4. insect sticker or embellishment
5. title
6. journaling
7. stamping

Happy 5th Birthday

My granddaughter in Orlando just turned 5 the first of this week.    Early I did a double page layout of the party she had the weekend before for all of her friends and now I made this layout of family celebration on her actual birthday.

I used SC134 sketch at  "SOUL SCRAPPERS"    I really like this sketch and I will be saving it to use again.    I just bought a stack of textured cardstock last week and this color was in it and matched her cake well.   That is what I started and then just went to my patterned paper scraps and found everything else I needed.  I even matted everything with cardstock scraps.   I LOVE it when I can use up scraps on a layout.

Here is the link to  "SOUL SCRAPPERS"  and the sketch for the challenge.

Friday, June 14, 2019

Fun For All

Last weekend it wasn't just the grandkids that went out tubing.   Their Mom and Dad took their turn too.   But you can tell by the picture they wanted to go a lot slower than the kids did.    Next time we are all together I'm going to take my turn out on the tube.    It is going to be so much fun.

I'm entering this layout at  "LASTING MEMORIES"  for challenge #449 - Water Photos.   It's the first of the weekly challenges for June with the theme Summer Fun and the Outdoors.

SUNDAY, JUNE 2, 2019

LM #449 - Water Photos

Hello, everyone! Good Sunday morning to you! I hope you are having a fabulous first weekend of June!

The start of a new month means a new theme and a new set of challenges. DT Deanna is hosting the challenges this month and they are fun ones!

Our theme for June is "Summer Fun and the Outdoors" and our first challenge of the month is:

LM #449 - June 2 - 'Water Photos'
Our theme this month is 'Summer Fun and the Outdoors'.
Your challenge this week is to get those 'Water Photos' scrapped. These can be from the pool, the beach, the river. etc. 


I wasn't with my Dad on this day but his son, granddaughter and great-granddaughter were and they sent me this selfie as they were together celebrating the day before his birthday.   My brother went out of town the next day but I came in town and I got to celebrate with everyone then.    I thought it would fun to making this layout of a picture of Dad on his last day of being age 95.   I just feel like he is Ageless, thus my title.

I used the June sketch at   "LET'S GET SKETCHY"  to make this layout, I used a variety of products, the patterned papers from We R Memory Keepers Archived collection, then the textured background cardstock I just bought last week in a $5 hot buy stack at Michaels, then I pulled out old alphas for my title, and the doilies I have had in my stash forever and the blue flowers are by Recollections and the mini heart puffy stickers are also Recollections.   The & circle is something I cut out ages ago and just put in box of misc. ephermia.   I love when I get to look through all my stash and use things together, new and old.

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

Thursday, June 13, 2019

Remembering Dairy Queen

I just found this picture last week on our hometown Facebook page and I saved it because I knew it would be great for a layout for the album I'm making about my home town.

I've been out of town for a few days and today I just saw the new challenge for the week at
"USE YOUR STUFF"    I knew this picture would work perfect for the prompt challenge.

Here is the link to  "USE YOUR STUFF"  and some information about the challenge.

Challenge #362: Vintage

Hey everyone!  A new week and a new challenge!  Our theme for you is 

So this could be some vintage papers, a vintage photo, a vintage technique, use your imagination and use your stuff! :)

Friday, June 7, 2019

We Love Mom

This is my layout for the "SCRAP OUR STASH"  Saturday Cartoon Inspired Stash Challenge.

I used the sketch and then when I think of Sponge Bob Square Pants I think of my favorite color which is yellow.   Which worked out great because besides being inspired by the sketch you had to include the color yellow and add one or more square embellishments.   I have green in all my papers other than the one banner, plus a little bit of yellow card stock and then yellow Thickers in my title.
My two square embellishments are the black squares that I added a glittery gold flower too.  Then double matted one of them and a single yellow mat on the other.

I loved the sketch so will save it to use again.    So check it out at  "SCRAP OUR STASH".

Monday, June 3, 2019

Sugar Factory

I made this layout of my grandkids digging into super huge ice cream treats at the Sugar Factory in Chicago.    I'll just say, I'm glad I wasn't there because I would not have wanted to try and coral them after all those sugary treats.  WOW

I'm made this with the sketch and photo inspiration for the SCRAPPY FRIENDS bonus challenge.

I used the sketch at  "ROCHELLE SPEARS SCRAPBOOKING".    I loved that with this sketch I got to combine so many elements, different patterned papers, doilies, a tag with twine, flowers with puffy hearts and even broke out a border punch I hadn't used in a while.

Next is "SCRAP WITH STACY" and her Photo Inspiration Challenge. I was inspired by the colors and the picture of the ice cream cone and just the overall summer fun vibe to the board.


My stepson had a conference to attend in Chicago for 3 days so the family drove up with him and found some time for time together and fun out in the big city before coming home.   My daughter-in-law was raised in Chicago so she is always ready for a trip back "home"

The perfect sketch for these pictures was the new June sketch challenge #178 at  "SKETCH N SCRAP"   I had a picture of all the family together and then just the one of David and Nikki so worked out great.   Plus I've been holding on to this single sheet of paper of the city scape for awhile now and I thought it worked great here with the city skyline in the background of their pictures.
So all came together well.   Pulled out a sheet for the full background paper from an old stack and then the other papers were from my scraps, even the card stock that I matted them in were from scraps.   Always good to use some of them up.

Here is the link for  "SKETCH N SCRAP"  and the sketch #178 that I used.