Monday, March 27, 2023

Fort in Cartagena, Colombia

 I made this double page layout today of pictures from our ship excursion stop in Cartagena, Colombia.   This for was massive and impressive so I did more research on it when I got home and added it as more journaling for my double page layout.

I'm entering this at  "LASTING MEMORIES"  for Challenge #643 - March Happenings -Walk in the Park Day.  To include at least one outdoor photo on your layout.

LM #643 - March Happenings - Walk in the Park Day

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

It is already time for our last March challenge. Before we get to the challenge, I want to say a big thank you to our guest designer for March - Amy Jo. It is always such a pleasure working with her and her layouts are always fantastic! Thank you, Amy Jo, for being our guest designer this month!

For the month of March, we have been celebrating some special days that you just might not know are special! Here is our last challenge of the month:

 LM #643 - March 30th is Walk in the Park Day - Use at least one outdoor photo on our layout.

Wednesday, March 22, 2023

Konoko Falls, Jamaica

 I made this layout for the Scrappy Friends Challenges for March.     I started with the March sketch from "ROCHELLE SPEARS SCRAPBOOKING"  and then the Tic-Tac Toe Challenge  for March at  "SCRAPPING WITH STACY"  I used column, Bakers Twine Tag, Circle.

Monday, March 20, 2023

Coral Room

 I'm entering this at  "LASTING MEMORIES"  for Challenge #642 - "International Day of Happiness".    We were both so happy, this was at our first dinner at the beginning of our Panama Canal Cruise.   We were so happy to just relax and enjoy every bit of the cruise and have the time to ourselves on a vacation we had started planning in the fall of 2022.

LM #642 - March Happenings - International Day of Happiness

 Hello, hello! Welcome back to Lasting Memories! We are so happy that you have stopped by today to check out the new challenge.

Our theme for March is - March Happenings - and we are celebrating some special days in March that you just might not know are special!

Here is this week's challenge:

LM #642 - March 20th is the International Day of Happiness - create a layout about someone or something that makes you happy!

Saturday, March 18, 2023

Excursion in Costa Rica

 This layout is from a rest stop after out excursion in Costa Rica to a tropical greenhouse where they grow and ship tropical plants worldwide.       I'm so glad I got a picture of this flower and fruit arrangement when we got there because the host ended up cutting up all the fruit around the arrangement to cut up and give samples to all of us.   It was so good a tasty, just what we needed.

I'm entering this layout at "LASTING MEMORIES"  for challenge #641 - Plant a Flower Day.

Thursday, March 16, 2023

St. Louis Cardinals


I saw these pictures last month when I was looking through a photo album of my Dads, looking for another photo.    So when I saw the challenge for this month on "SCRAP YOURSELF"  I knew these would be the pictures I would scrap.    Dad use to write on photos dates or events or names he wanted to remember, so on one photo he has the date of the game and then on two others of the players.   Steve Kline because he knew I had met him that year at Spring Training and he was just the greatest guy and then on of Albert Puljos at bat.   The big name player for the Cardinals for several years.   I love having these pictures of Dad and I together at a ball game, we went to many Cardinal games growing up and he is the one that made me a St. Louis Cardinal fan for life.

Wednesday, March 15, 2023

Pack Your Bags and Let's Go


Working on layout for the cruise we just finished.    This will be my first page for the album with the picture of our bags being packed and ready to load into the car for an early start the next morning on our drive to Florida.

I used the March 2023 Sketch + Stash Challenge at  "SCRAP OUR STASH".

 Create a layout inspired by this sketch and you
(Star patterned paper and/or star embellishments)
on your layout.

• Your layout must be NEW as of March 1st, 2023
• You must link your entry on the side bar with Mr. Linky by
March  31st, 11:59 PM (PST)

Tuesday, March 14, 2023

Look for the Sloth

 We just got home yesterday from a 10 day cruise and today I started making layouts for the first time since the end of February.    This was my first layout I made from the trip.     I used the sketch at  "SKETCHES IN THYME"

And I combined this layout with the challenge at  "LASTING MEMORIES"   So I made this layout of the one sloth that we could easily see on one outing in Costa Rica.

LM #640 - March Happenings - World Wildlife Day

Hello, hello! Welcome back to Lasting Memories! I hope you are having a good weekend.

It's a new month and that means we have a new theme and a new group of challenges for you to try. It is my turn to provide the theme and the challenges for the month and this month we will be celebrating some special days in March that you just might not know are special! 

Here is our first challenge:

LM #640 - March 3rd is World Wildlife Day - create a layout and add an animal to it in some way. This can be an animal on your patterned paper, in your photo, or an embellishment.

*You do not have to scrap about an animal - but you can if you want to! Scrap a zoo trip, a pet, one of my granddaughter's nicknames is Goose - so I could scrap about how she got her nickname or add a goose sticker to a layout about her, etc., she also loves squirrels so I could add a squirrel to a layout. Just some ideas!

Sunday, February 26, 2023

Game Time

 "LASTING MEMORIES"  is having color mood board challenges this month and Challenge #637 is Gimme The Chocolate.   I covered the palette of the M&M's in this layout with shades of yellows, blues, greens, pink/red and even brown in my photos.

Big Family Christmas in 2005

 This is for the  " LASTING MEMORY "   Mood Board #639.   I used the Red and White colors from the mood board.

Saturday, February 11, 2023



This was a fun layout to make combining the Scrappy Friends challenges.


Then I used the Tic-Tac-Toe challenge at "SCRAP WITH STACY"  I did the middle row across.               

Washi (black & white to sides of two paper squares)  Stickers (3 puffy sticker stars on the pictures) and then I used a Stencil on the hot pink cardstock on bottom part of layout.

Sunday, February 5, 2023

Happy Birthday Barbara


My stepdaughter Barbara celebrated her birthday on a family vacation in Clearwater, FL.   Her brother and his family got to fly in from Missouri to help her celebrate too, so she had a great birthday.

These are pictures from the actual day and her daughters gave her presents in bed and a birthday crown to wear, and then later on the beach they tied balloons to the umbrella where they were all sitting.

I used the February sketch & stash challenge at "SCRAP OUR STASH"  the stash part was to be sure and add hearts to the layout.   I have the cutout heart, two puffy sticker hearts between the pictures and then 5 mini hearts down the center of the cut-out heart.  

For this challenge, you are to create a layout inspired by this sketch and you 
on your layout.

Saturday, February 4, 2023

I love Hippos


My 8 year old granddaughter's favorite animal is Hippos and it has been for at least 4 years.   This past summer they went to the Cincinnati Zoo where they have a great Hippo display and spent a couple of days there and Dylan got a full vacation of hippos and activities involving them.

The February double page sketch at  "STICK IT DOWN"  was perfect for all the photos they took of Dylan and the Hippos.

Tuesday, January 17, 2023

Walk the Dog


I made this layout of my granddaughter and her other grandmother that is in town for an extended visit taking Malcolm for a walk to the park.      I used the January sketch at  "SCRAP OUR STASH"  and I used  5 different patterned papers and 4 different embellishments, a puffy bow, a dog square, 2 hearts on the picture and 2 chipboard buttons on the right side.

Tuesday, January 10, 2023

Light Display


I made this double page layout using the double page sketch at  "STICK IT DOWN"   I had so many pictures to choose from I ended up adding one extra picture on each side.

Sunday, January 8, 2023



I made this game time fun layout for the SCRAPPY FRIENDS double challenges.

First is the sketch for  "ROCHELLE SPEARS" 

Then the Tic-Tac-Toe at "SCRAP WITH STACY"  I did the top row, Circle, Banner, Ink/Paint.   I inked the edges all around the red textured background paper and I also inked the edges of the green card stock mat around the patterned papers.

January 1, 2023


The challenge #631 at  "LASTING MEMORIES"  is Firsts.    So I made this layout about how we spent our first day of 2023.     We went out for a nice meal on New Years Eve, so New Years Day was spent quietly at home.     We had leftovers from the night before and lots of snacks, this was what I was enjoying while watching the Chiefs win and play the next last game of the regular season.     It was the perfect  FIRST DAY OF A NEW YEAR.

LM #631 - New Year Challenges - Firsts

Hello and Happy New Year! Welcome back to Lasting Memories - we are so happy to have you joining us for another year! We are the luckiest blog around to have such talented scrappers join us each and every week! Thank you all so much for your support and here's to making 2023 the best scrappy year yet!

We are kicking off 2023 with a new set of fun challenges, courtesy of design team member Lauren. Here is what Lauren has to say about the challenges - 

Happy 2023!  The new year is here.  This month we are focusing on the year that has passed and the new year that's ahead.

Our first challenge of the new year is:

LM #631 - Firsts - Since January is the first month of the year, this week we are creating layouts about "firsts."  Maybe it's a first birthday, first anniversary, first time visiting a restaurant, or new vacation spot. 

2022 Favorites


Along with all the layout scrapping I do, I also do a double pocket page Project Life spread for each week during the year of what I did.    Some weeks something is special is going on and other times, I just have pictures of just about every dinner we have and maybe picture of the movies we watch together.    So at the end of the my 2022 album I had one empty back of the last page I did for weekly 2022 and I didn't know what I was going to do for it.    But there were two new challenges I saw this week that I knew would be perfect for this last page of my 2022 Project Life album.     I went through all my pictures for the year and picked out favorite things I did or what happened for each month during the year.       Printed them, typed out my journaling of what each monthly picture represents and then on all but two of the months I added a little embellishment to go with the picture.


LM #632 - New Year Challenges - Year in Review

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

It is time for our second challenge of the month. For January we are focusing on the year that has passed and the new year that's ahead and we have another fun challenge for you! This week's challenge is:

LM #632 -Year in review - create a layout to highlight several events that happened in a year.                                                                              



The theme for this month's challenge is:
"2022 . . . the year in review."
You can interpret it any way you like, for example, you can scrap about how one experience changed the year for, or stood out for you. Or you can scrap about different experiences you had, or you can put your photos in chronological order!  These are some suggestions . . . it's up to you!

I have pictures of myself in 6 of the 12 months memories.

Wednesday, January 4, 2023

New Year Bike Ride


I made this layout using the single page sketch at  "STICK IT DOWN"   after a very cold week around Christmas we started the New Year off with warm weather and Elle was able to wear her new biking outfit for the first time with a New Years Day bike ride with her Dad and some biking friends including her little friend Charlie.