Monday, December 27, 2021

Jingle Cross Race


My son loves biking of all kinds, road races, mountain biking and cyclocross.   In October they went to Iowa to watch all the professional cyclocross races and also so he could enter one of the non-pro races.

I used papers from the Vicki Boutin Color Study collection and for the "LASTING MEMORIES" challenge #579.

LM #579 - Inspired By Famous Designers - Create a layout inspired by one of the following famous designers that we showcased in October - Maggie Holmes, Paige Evans, Shimelle, or Vicki Boutin. You can use their products or adopt their style for your layout.

Friday, December 17, 2021

Dance Recital

 My granddaughter had her first dance recital this last weekend.   It was just one song but still so much fun.    I've been the one driving her to class every week, because class starts at 4:00 before Mom and Dad are out of work, so I pick her up early that day from pre-school and we go to class.   So I enjoyed seeing what they have been working towards the last couple of months.

I used the December sketch challenge at  "SCRAP OUR STASH"   and added red ribbon to the tag.

Nap Time


I rotated sketch #238 at  "SKETCH N SCRAP"   for this layout.    I thought it was such a sweet picture of my granddaughter taking a Saturday afternoon nap in front of the fire with her puppies.

Very Good Treats


We made a day trip into St. Louis and St. Charles for some family time and also for some Christmas shopping.   We came home with Christmas goodies to eat.    Santa chocolates and a new mug from our lunch stop and then the next day the very best homemade cookies ever from a tiny bakery in St. Charles.  

I used the sketch #239 for "SKETCH N SCRAP" for this layout.

Monday, December 13, 2021

Christmas Outing


We had so much fun out in St. Charles, Mo, seeing all the decorations and getting some shopping done and buying treats for us too.

I'm entering this layout at  "LASTING MEMORIES"  Challenge #576 - Flashback Challenge - Sketch Challenge.   I chose the single page sketch from Page Maps.

I'm also entering this layout at   "USE YOUR STUFF"  Challenge #437 - Plaid

#437 Plaid

 Hey everyone!

Welcome to our first challenge for December!  Our theme over the next 2 weeks is a bit of tangent one...we'd like to see plaid on your project.

We know that for Christmas, there is a lot of buffalo plaid going on  right now, but any kind of plaid would work.  It could be ribbon, your DP, an embellishment, whatever works for you!

Christmas Joy


Working on another Scrappy Friends double challenge with this layout.

From "ROCHELLE SPEARS BLOG"  another awesome sketch to work with.

From  "SCRAP WITH STACY"  the December Tic-Tac Toe Board.   I did the diagonal,   Border Punch, Sticker & Tag.

Wednesday, December 8, 2021

Game Time


It been two years since the whole family was together for Thanksgiving.   We all had so much fun and Mylan and I made sure that there were plenty games of Carcassonne played while we were all together, it was a favorite for everyone and we all played.

I'm using this layout for the December  "CHALLENGE YOURSELF" - Anything Goes.

Tuesday, December 7, 2021

Homemade Ice Cream


My son-in-law has this great and easy recipe for homemade ice cream.    After all the candy Elle got on Halloween they decided it would be great to cut up all the chocolate candies and add them to some homemade vanilla ice cream.     So of course if Dad is cooking, Elle has to help out too.

I'm entering this at "LASTING MEMORIES LAYOUT CHALLENGES"  challenge #477 - Multi Photos.

LM #577 - 2021 Flashback Challenges - Multi - Photo Challenge

 Happy Sunday! Welcome back to Lasting Memories! We know that the holiday season is a busy time for everyone and we appreciate you spending some time with us!

It's time for our second challenge for December. Our theme for December is "2021 Flashback" and we are revisiting some of our favorite challenges from this year. This week's challenge is:

 LM #577 -  All About the Photos Challenge - Multi-photo Challenge - Create a layout using at least 3 photos.

Just use 3 or more photos on your layout!

Tuesday, November 30, 2021

Great Memories

 Early in November my brother and I took a road trip down memory lane of places we would visit on family vacations every summer with many relatives.    We saw beautiful fall colors and stopped at all the streams and float trip spots, picnic areas of our youth.

I used the November sketch challenge at   "SCRAP OUR STASH"   or this layout and added the fall embellishments.

Wednesday, November 24, 2021

Today at Cyclocross


You did it, no more balance bike for you.   You are off and riding hard and fast on your pedal bike at cyclocross from now on.   You did awesome.    We are all so proud of you.   You love this sport so much just like your Dad does.

I'm using this layout at  "LASTING MEMORIES"  for the latest stash bust challenge this month.    I used enamel dots from my stash as embellishments on this layout.

LM #575 - Stash Bash - Enamel Dots, Brads, and/or Stamps

Happy Sunday! Welcome back to Lasting Memories! We are so happy that you have stopped by today.

I can't believe that it is already time for our last challenge of November. Before we get to the challenge I want to say a big thank you to our guest designer for November - Marushka! She has provided such beautiful inspiration each week this month. Thank you, Marushka!

Now, for our last challenge of November. As a reminder, our theme for November has been - Stash Bash - and we are trying to get some of our stash used up before the end of the year. Here is this week's challenge:

LM #575 - Enamel Dots, Brads, and/or Stamps

Use one, two, or all three of the items above on your layout. You may include other items, as well.

Saturday, November 20, 2021

Fall Festival


While babysitting Elle while Mom and Dad were on a short vacation just before Halloween.    My brother and I took Elle to a Fall Festival in the neighboring town.   There was so much to see and do and we had a great time.

I used sketch #237 at  "SKETCH N SCRAP"  for this layout.

Friday, November 19, 2021

Big Springs


I made this layout using a sketch from Wednesday at "PAPER ISSUES" and also for the lastest Stash Blast Challenge #574 at   "LASTING MEMORIES"   I added a piece of flair to the right of the large photo.

LM #574 - Wood Veneer, Flair, and/or Buttons

Use one, two, or all three of the items above on your layout. You can include other items, as well.

Monday, November 15, 2021

Memories from growing up


All summer I've been talking about taking a road trip (only 3 hours away from home)  to Shannon County, Missouri where my grandmother was born and two of her sisters still lived.    Home of Current River, Jacks Fork River and so many beautiful springs, Big Springs, Round Spring, Blue Spring.   Finally a week ago today my brother and I took off for the day and night.   It was the most perfect Fall Day, the temperature got up to 74 (2 days later the high was 45).  We visited all the springs, both rivers, saw the house where one Aunt lived and the General Store they ran in the small town for over 50 years,  the Bank that my Uncle started and visited the cemetery where my great grandparents are buried and a Great Aunt that always spent Christmas's with my family.   

I was pushed but the November challenge #95 at  "SCRAP CHALLENGE YOURSELF" and used different stamps on the background of my layout.  I used a 4 different stamps on this layout, leaves on the wood paper strip, a tree stamp, leaf/acorn garland stamp and then the stamp on my journal box.  I enjoyed pushing myself to do something I don't usually do when making a layout.

Sunday, November 14, 2021

Halloween Dragon


I've made a layout using the pictures of my granddaughter and the dragon decor at her house already this year but today I made a different layout that I will keep in my Holidays album just for me and not in the album for my granddaughter because she already has 3 or 4 Halloween layouts from this year in her album.

I used Angela's sketch #492 at  "SKETCHES IN THYME"  for this layout.   It was perfect to combine some different Halloween papers and stash I always have on hand.

Saturday, November 13, 2021

Happy Halloween in Australia


These are my two nephews that live in Sydney, Australia.   I love making layouts of them for their Grandpa that lives here in Missouri in the same town I live in.

I'm entering this at  "LASTING MEMORIES"  for their challenge #573 Stash Busters.   I used spider web washi tape across the top and the left side of the layout and the "Boo Crew" is a sticker.

 LM #573 - Punches, Stickers, and/or Washi Tape

Use one, two, or all three of the items above on your layout. You may include other items, as well.

Thursday, November 4, 2021

Happy Halloween


I love making Halloween layouts and I have plenty to make this year.   This is just one of the ones I'll end up making of our granddaughters in Orlando.   They always do a big party and have a great time so I have many pictures of them they have shared to scrap.

For these pictures I used the Scrappy Friends challenges.   First the sketch at "ROCHELLE SPEARS".
I always love working with these mostly sketches.

Next is the Tic-Tac-Toe challenge at  "SCRAP WITH STACY"  I used the diagonal  Doily, Banner & Heart.

The Great Pumpkin


The day before Thanksgiving we went on an adventure in search of  "The Great Pumpkin".   

We looked at all shapes and sizes of pumpkins, all colors, perfect pumpkins and weird pumpkins.   We couldn't decide what one was The Great Pumpkin until Elle found this one,  she was sure it was it and we all agreed.    Adventure complete.

I used sketch #236 at  "SKETCH N SCRAP" for this layout.

Monday, November 1, 2021


 I'm entering this layout at  "LASTING MEMORIES"  for their challenge #572.  I have had this piece of ephemera (the bicycle) set aside for when I had pictures of my granddaughter on her bike to post.   She takes her Cyclocross seriously so might not appreciate the flowers on the bike but I still love it.  LOL


LM #572 - Stash Bash - Ephemera, Chipboard, and/or Tags

 Hello and Happy Halloween! Welcome back to Lasting Memories - we are so happy that you have stopped by today. It is time for a new theme and a new set of challenges. 

The end of the year is coming up quickly so let's try to get some stash bashed before the new year!  Our theme for November is "Stash Bash" and we will do our best to work through some of our supplies this month. You will be given a choice of three items to use on your layouts. You can use just one of the items, two of the items, or all three of the items, and you are welcome to use other things on your layout, as well. Our first challenge of the month is:

 LM #572 - Ephemera, Chipboard, and/or Tags

Thursday, October 28, 2021

Autumn at Home


Took these pictures from our front door looking out to the front yard.    I'm using the sketch #490 at "SKETCHES IN THYME"  for this layout.

Wednesday, October 20, 2021

Halloween Card time


I need to get a few more Halloween cards made so I can get them all out in the mail early next week.

When I saw the new card sketch #204 at  "SKETCH N SCRAP"   I knew it would perfect to make a Halloween card.  I had a whole 12x12 page of PL style Halloween cards and I just cut out the one I wanted to use and then went to my Halloween papers and looked for scraps I could use for the rest of the card.

Here is the link to "SKETCH N SCRAP" and the card sketch.

Tuesday, October 19, 2021

Apple Picking

 Our grandkids in St. Louis went out last weekend and did their last apple picking for the year.     Looks like the apples were tasty as they both were enjoying one fresh off the trees.

I used Sketch #235 at  "SKETCH N SCRAP"  for this layout.  It was perfect for my 3 pictures.

Friday, October 15, 2021

Family Fun Day


Sunday was our family trip back to Lloyds Pumpkin Patch.   None of us went in 2020 because of COVID so it was nice to all go back together again.   A lot of changes have been made in the 2 years and we enjoyed everything.

I used the October sketch reveal at  "SCRAP OUR STASH"  for this group of family pictures.    The sketch was perfect to use them all together.   You were also to use the colors Brown, Orange and Yellow in your layout which I have done.AZ

Tuesday, October 12, 2021

Another Halloween Card


I made this card this morning use the "TUESDAY MORNING SKETCHES"  for this card.

Great sketch to use for any occasion.

Monday, October 11, 2021

Halloween Card


I used the October 5th card sketch at  "SKECH N SCRAP"   for this card.   I need to get busy on all my Halloween cards I need to get mailed out.

Here is the sketch:



Sitting on my lap is getting more and more rare the older my youngest granddaughter gets.   But Saturday morning while we were waiting for her Soccer game to start and I asked her to come sit with me.   She said yes, so I passed my phone off to make sure we got a picture.    Can't pass up those opportunities.   Then there were other times during the game we were "waiting", such as half-time and when they took a water break.   They are understanding more and more of the game each time they play.    This was their best game, they lost, but it was a close game 4-3 and not a runaway like in the past.

This is my entry for October for  "CHALLENGE YOURSELF"   I have a picture of my self and Black and White layout plus one color and that color is green, to go with her soccer jersey.

Wednesday, October 6, 2021

I Love Smore's


Everyone was over at the kids house one evening just visiting and then decided to start a fire in the fire pit.  So of course then Elle wanted to make smore's.    So we did.

I used the Scrappy Friends challenges for this layout.

"ROCHELLE SPEARS BLOG"  for this great sketch.    I love it and will save it to use again I'm sure.   With several grandkids to make albums for and also my own albums, I can always repeat sketches for different books with ease.

Next is "SCRAP WITH STACY" for her October tic-tac-toe challenge.  I was going for the middle row, Banner,  Mixed Alpha title and Circle, but realized I actually have several tic-tac toes, also the middle column, the diagonal left top to bottom right, left column and bottom row.   I just didn't do any stamping on my layout.

Tuesday, October 5, 2021

Best Day Ever


I just finished this layout for the October Remix Challenge at  "SCRAP OUR STASH"  more pictures from a family vacation in July where the cousins got to be together.    This layout will go in my oldest granddaughter Mylan's album since the pictures feature her the most.