Thursday, June 10, 2021

Island Pets

 I made this layout for the challenge #551 at  "LASTING MEMORIES" . 

LM #551 - All About the Photos - Picture Frames

 Hello, hello! Welcome back to Lasting Memories - we are so happy that you have stopped by today. 

It's time for another fun challenge - courtesy of DT member Lauren. Our theme for June is 'All About the Photos' and this week's challenge is:

 LM #551 - All about the photos - Picture frames - Create a layout with a frame(s) around your photo(s).

Monday, June 7, 2021

Enjoy Today

 My granddaughter is on vacation in NY with her Mom and Dad and grandparents on her Dads' side.    They got there mid day yesterday and already they are having adventures.   My daughter sent these pictures to there time to Great Chazy River close to their home in upstate NY.    Looks like jet lag from Missouri is not effecting her one bit with a plane ride that left at 6:30 a.m. here.

I was inspired to do my take on the double page sketch at  "STICK IT DOWN" .

Friday, June 4, 2021

Happiness is Homemade


The strawberries have started growing at our grandkids house and they are happy,  after the first big picking they were able to make a strawberry pie and some strawberry jelly.

I used the prompt at   "LASTING MEMORIES"   for this layout.

LM #550 - All About the Photos - Multi-Photo Layout

Hello, everyone! Happy Sunday to you! We are smack dab in the middle of the long holiday weekend here in the US. I hope if you are lucky enough to have a little extra time off that you can find some time to get scrappy!

Today we kick off a new theme and a new set of challenges, courtesy of DT member Lauren. It's going to be a month full of challenges that are "All About the Photos." Let's get started with the first challenge.

LM #550 -  All about the photos - Multi-photo - Create a layout using at least 3 photos.  

Thursday, June 3, 2021



I saw this picture of my Dad and his dog Precious last week when I was looking for trip pictures from 2007.   This picture was taken right after we got home from our road trip.    My brother and I had just
surprised Dad with this puppy 2 weeks before we took a road trip to Texas to visit my daughter.
They became best buddies and inseparable from the first moment Dad held her.   He slept with Dad under the covers for Precious entire life.    When I saw the picture I printed it because I knew I had to scrap it.

Today I used the June 2021 Remix challenge at  "SCRAP OUR STASH"  there was a scrap lift to use and you had to use polka dots on the layout.  I had it all put together except for title and embellishments and realized I had forgotten the polka dots so found some polka dot paper to use, did some more tearing and added it in two places on the layout.

Wednesday, June 2, 2021

Let's Go


I think my granddaughter could live on a bicycle.   She still uses her bike with training wheels some, but also has a bike she pedals and balances attached to the back of her Dads bike and they go on long rides and she has a bike without training wheels too, that she rides on.    She has goals to be a professional rider when she grows up and watches bike races on TV with her Dad and has her favorite cyclists.

I used the sketch challenge #226 at  "SKETCH N SCRAP" .

Friday, May 28, 2021

Fried Chicken


I'm making layouts from an old trip to Memphis and filling in my album.   I made this layout using the May sketch from "ROCHELLE SPEARS" and it was perfect for my two pictures from our fantastic fried chicken lunch at Gus's.   We were told we had to eat there during our trip and we weren't steered wrong, it was so good.   Best fried chicken ever.

Thursday, May 27, 2021

Memphis City Park


I got another layout made today from our trip to Memphis back in 2012.   I love filling in old vacations with more layouts.   I get to scrap and revisit trips all at the same time.

I used the "SCRAP OUR STASH"  sketch challenge for May.    I fussy cut some flowers from some patterned paper and added them with pop dots to the corner of my layout.

Wednesday, May 26, 2021

Mud Island


I'm back again catching up with extra pages on old vacation/road trips.   I was looking through one album that had pages in it from the road trip my brother and I took our Dad on bak in 2012 and realized I really didn't have that many pages so I started going through the pictures from the trip to see what I could scrap.

I knew I was looking for trip photos for the Remix challenge for May at   "SCRAP OUR STASH"  so I knew that this would be perfect.    I had also pulled out the color Inspiration challenge #3 at "LASTING MEMORIES" to work on today so I put them together for this layout.

"SCRAP OUR STASH"    (I have travel title signs and another sticker about travel and a compass for embellishments on the layout.)

"LASTING MEMORIES"  I pulled out papers and card stock to go with the colors in the challenge.

Tuesday, May 25, 2021



My granddaughter has been spending time at the barn and working with this pony named Lucky.
She is so happy getting to do so much for him.   This week she got to wash him and come out his mane.

I'm catching up on challenges and sketches I saved to do this month so I have two challenges to enter with this layout.   Had several days I couldn't scrap at all so today has been a big scrappy day for me.  First  I used the NSD sketch from "SKETCH N SCRAP"

and then my paper choices were inspired but the color challenge at "LASTING MEMORIES".  It's challenge #549 and Color Inspiration #4 for May.

Male Thank you card


I wanted to send a thank you card to my son for the beautiful flowers he sent me on Mothers Day, so I went with shades of brown and green to make this card.

I used card sketch #193 at  "SKETCH N SCRAP" 

Charming Hotel


I've had this old vacation album out on my desk for over two months, slowly adding in more pages from a 2010 vacation/work trip to Mackinaw Island.   My husband had a work conference every morning for 3 days but afternoons and evenings were ours to just have fun.   For a small island there was so much to see and do and enjoy.      We stayed in this awesome hotel right on the main street, front rooms overlooking the cobblestone streets and all the activity and the back room overlooking the water front.   We had a corner room in back, the best of both worlds, could sit on the balcony and enjoy the water and then glance to our right and see some of the store fronts on Main St.

I used sketch #225 at  "SKETCH N SCRAP"  for this layout.   They have had the best challenges all month.   I hope you have had a chance to play along.

Monday, May 17, 2021

Pet Friends


My granddaughter loves seeing our cats when she comes to visit, we have 4.    But two totally run and hide and only the two Black cats Rose and Spot will come out and be semi close to her.   She has learned now not to chase them and not to be too loud and they will let her pet them, but the easiest time is when she goes and gets their treats and gives them a few, then they are her best friends.

I used the May 1st sketch #224 at  "SKETCH N SCRAP" for this layout and also the NSD-SCRAP challenge at  "THE STUDIO CHALLENGES".

"THE STUDIO CHALLENGE"    (I)NSD to celebrate National Scrapbooking Day yesterday we would like you to use items on your layout which start with each letter of the word SCRAP.   Here is what I did   S=Stripes    C=Cardstock   R=Red   A=Alphas    P=Photoplay collection Patterned Paper

Thursday, May 13, 2021

Virtual Birthday Party


My granddaughter turned 4 in January and we were still being safe from Covid and they had a virtual family party for her over portal.   I was online for it, her Meme & Pepe' in New York,  great Uncle Bruce who lived in the same town as here but still attended virtual, her Uncle Jason and cousins Kai & Mylan in Texas all joined in.    She loved it and if someone disappeared from their screen for a moment she noticed and wanted to know where they were.    We got to see her open all the gifts we had all sent to her and then also see her blow out the candles on her cake.   I even got to see her dress up immediately in her Elsa costume I had gotten for her.   Hard not to be there in person but we still had fun.

I am entering this layout at "LASTING MEMORIES"  for their 2nd color challenge for May.   I think I used all the colors in my Happy  Birthday patterned paper and again in my polka dot paper.

Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Mustang Fun


I interrupted the challenge at "SCRAP CHALLENGE YOURSELF" with after not going into any big public functions since late February 2020 my brother and I finally got out on a road trip in his Mustang.   Not the 10 day Route 66 trip we had planned for April 2020 but we got out and about.   We both wore our masks when out of the car on two different Mustang Club back country roads rides but I took mine off for one picture by the car at a mid point group potty break.    It was nice to be out with a group again and enjoy things we missed all last year.

This month we would like you to "put your best face forward!" You can interpret the theme in many ways, for example, you can create a layout with a photo of you wearing a quarantine mask, showing off your mask fashion collection, show us your best side, show us what you like most about YOU, etc.

**Please remember to include a photo with YOU on your layout.**  

**Also, if you don't have a blog, you can upload your layouts using Pinterest, Instagram,, Flickr, Facebook, etc, using the link tool below. OR you can or you can visit our Facebook page and enter by uploading a photo of your layout by commenting on the challenge photo.  
Either way will work!

Tuesday, May 4, 2021

Beautiful Spring

 Just this weekend I used stencils for the first time.   I just used full ink pads across areas of the stencil.  Next I'll have to invest in some daubers and some texture paste and try different techniques.  I enjoyed doing this more than I thought I would.

I pulled the ink colors form the "LASTING MEMORIES"  Challenge #546 - the first Color Inspiration challenge for the month of May.

Monday, April 26, 2021

The Amazing Burr Oak


This mighty Burr Oak tree is well known around Missouri, sitting alone out in the bottom land close to McBain, Mo.   It has outlasted vandalism, many floods, lightning strikes and even a fire inside it last year.

My granddaughter was quite impressed with the size and this picture really shows the massive size of this
wonderful and beautiful tree.

I was inspired by the challenge #545 - World Penguin Day at   "LASTING MEMORIES".

 LM #545 - World Penguin Day - Today is World Penguin Day - it is around this time that the penguins start their northward migration, so in honor of the penguins - 

Create a mostly black and white layout with just a splash of color - OR - use a black and white photo (or photos)

Thursday, April 22, 2021

Spring Memories


We took a walk around Shelter Gardens to see all the spring flowers this last weekend before our expected snow and freeze a day ago.

I went with the latest challenge prompt at  "LASTING MEMORIES"  for this layout.

LM #544 - Flowers and Tags

 Hello, everyone! Welcome back to Lasting Memories - we are so happy that you are joining us today!

All of our challenges this month has something to do with April and things that happen during the month. Are you ready for this week's challenge? Here it is:

LM #544 - Spring is in the air! Include flowers (this can be an embellishment, floral paper, or in the photos) and at least one tag on your layout.

Tuesday, April 20, 2021

Happy Easter


This is my last Easter layout for this year.   My two grandkids in Texas.   I made another layout of them from this Easter yesterday and that will go in their ongoing albums for them to take home but this one will go into my chronological holiday album.

I'll be entering this at  "USE YOUR STUFF"  for their challenge #420  EASTER/SPRING.

Here is the new challenge for your enjoyment!  Our theme is Spring/Easter  (now I know Easter is done, but if you still feel like making some projects that have that feel to them, go right ahead!)

Monday, April 19, 2021

Easter in Texas

 This is a layout of my two grandkids in Texas.    Their Mom was sure to send me lots of pictures of them with their baskets.   I love it that they are still using the same baskets they had from their first Easter on.  I love traditions throughout the years.

For this layout I used the double Scrapping Friends for the challenge with the sketch made my   "ROCHELLE SPEARS"  and then the Tic-Tac-Toe challenge at "SCRAP WITH STACY",    I always love working with Rochelle's sketches and for Stacy's tic-tac-toe I used the left column,  Border Punch, Foam Stickers and a Banner.

Easter Basket


For this layout of my granddaughter and her filled Easter basket I used the fun sketch challenge #464 at   "LASTING MEMORIES"  I used a lot of scraps to do this layout and some old Easter basket stickers as my embellishments,  I love it when I get to use things I've been saving 

Here is the sketch and link to the challenge  at  "LASTING MEMORIES".

Saturday, April 17, 2021

You Are My Best Friend


Elle has three dogs in her family and she takes turns treating them as her #1 friend, lately it has been Malcolm that is always by her.   The picture on left was one day she had a stomach bug and Malcolm stayed right by her while she spent the day resting on the couch.   The other picture was after Malcolm had stayed at another house while they were busy doing some work on the house and it was easier without the dogs around, so Malcolm got a lot of hugs when he came home that evening.

I used the April 15th sketch challenge at  "SCRAP OUR STASH"  along with using the sketch  you had to be sure and use an arrow as an embellishment, I added 3 gold puffy sticker arrows.

Friday, April 16, 2021

April Showers Bring May Flowers


April Showers bring May Flowers and also beautiful flowering trees.    I was so happy to see we have both a Redbud and Dogwood and also a flower Cherry tree (not in picture) in the front yard of our new home and also a large redbud on the side yard and one in back yard and several in the woods behind us.   I just love this time of year when the trees are at their peak.

I used Sketch #223 at  "SKETCH N SCRAP"  for this layout.

Thursday, April 15, 2021

Loving Spring


This was such a simple layout to make but I'm really happy with it.  This is my take on the single page sketch for April at  "STICK IT DOWN"

Tuesday, April 13, 2021

Welcome to Paradise


Our son and family took a Spring Break vacation to Mexico and had so much fun and got some awesome family pictu   "SOUL SCRAPPPERS"    Below is the layout I scrap lifted.

Welcome Home


I'm finally getting around to making a layout about our new home here in Columbia.   We are so happy here.   We both fell in love with the house just seeing the pictures online when it was listed and then we saw it in person and decided to not look at anything else this was the house for us.   We love it.

I'm using this layout to enter in the April Mood Board Challenge at  "SOUL SCRAPPERS"   I was inspired by the colors on the board  including all the black in the pictures and the square that had the rainbows also the square with the door that goes with our front door in the picture.

Monday, April 12, 2021

Easter Egg Hunt


I just finished this double Easter page of my granddaughter.   I got to be with her this year for Easter, last year was Covid, the year before I was out of town, but this year we live in the same town so I'm enjoying more of these special moments.

I'm entering this at    "LASTING MEMORIES"    Challenge #542 is a word play challenge using the word 

EASTER   I have  E=Easter in my title and an Easter theme,  A=Alphas, S=Stickers  T=Tag & the color Teal,  E=Eggs on my paper and the word Eggs,  R=Recollections, all the Papers on my pages are from the Recollections stack called Happy Spring.

LM #542 - Word Play Challenge - EASTER

 Hello, everyone! Happy Easter to each and every one of you! We are so happy that you have stopped by today. It's the start of a new month and we have a lot of fun challenges planned out for you!

All of our challenges this month will have something to do with the month of April and things that happen during the month, so let's get started with the first challenge>

 LM #542 -  Word Play Challenge - EASTER - Since today is Easter Sunday - use a scrappy item, theme, or technique for every letter in the word "EASTER". Your layout does not have to be Easter-related - it can be about anything. And since there are 2 "E"s you will need to include 2 different "E" items. Please let us know what items you used for each letter.