Sunday, April 28, 2013

Seasons change at lasting memories

This weeks challenge at lasting memories is all about seasons of change.  It can be seasons in your life such as becoming a mother, getting married graduating from college or it can be quit literally the changing of the season (weather).  That's the direction I took with this challenge because the weather this year has been rather freaky as far as weather goes.  It may not be that much of a stretch  for those of you that are still having some cooler weather, but for those of us in the Pacific northwest to see snow after the 1st weekend of spring is rather rare.  We're more likely to have heavy rain and maybe hail then snow.

So I thought what better way to document the not changing of the season from winter to spring then with pictures of our hiking patrol out in the snow.
Here's the group starting off on the trail all bundled up for a mid 40 degree morning.  As you can see they got plenty warm hiking and stripped down to just tee's for a while.
These Are from the top and you can see the snow clouds coming in.  Usually there is a rather panoramic view of the city from up here.

I went with flowers because it's supposed to be spring but did them in icy blue to mimic the cool feeling of the photos

group shots during lunch just before the snow flurries

Hiking back down in the snow on the first weekend of spring.
Again I added the butterflies for the spring feel but kept it in cool colors.  The were attached together as one big embellishment, but I cut it apart.  Think it works

I used sketch # 13 form let's capture our memories for 3 of the 4 layouts as the photo orientation lent themselves to the sketch rather nicely

Hope to see your season changing creations this week at lasting memories

Friday, April 26, 2013

Alsea Falls

Got some more hiking patrol pages to share.
These are from our first hike of the season to Alsea Falls.
The photos are different colors and qualities as I took them from our facebook group page photos.
 The photo on the far right is a direct view up at the falls.  It's not very big, but there was lots of water going over it from all of the snow melt.

I haven't done a lot of journaling or labeling on the pages to protect the identities of the hikers.  These pages are going to be on display at various Girl scout events so less is better as far as that goes.  How ever I did write a little bit about what us leaders say to the girls.  "  In Oregon if you wait for it to stop raining you'll never get out and hike."  And YES it did rain on us, but not much.  What really got us wet was the 8- 10 inches of standing water on the trail.  It took a little coxing to get the girls to wade through it. Nothing like wading through snow melt in December

I used #108 from Sketches in thyme for this page

last up is one of our leaders and her daughter

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Mount Pisgah

Working through some scraps and Hiking patrol pictures
Here's our second hike of the season

The circles were pre cut for another project so all I had to do is choose which pattern side to use and ink it.

close up of journal card

Using up more scraps. 
 The paper stripes don't go all the way across, but you can't tell because the photos cover it up

making the most out of my border by cutting it to use on two different pages

close up of embellishments.  Even though we went hiking in January I thought the butterflies tied in nicely with the colors and they match the paper collection

Here's a sneak peak of my scraps before photos

can't even tell that there's a big wedge in one and the others don't go all the way across

I tried to line the stripes up with the path the girls were hiking on

Sunday, April 21, 2013

Inspired by a quote

This weeks challenge at lasting memories is inspired by a quote. 

I'm not one to use quote that often so I really struggled with this one.  Fortunately I have been trying to get the girls in our troop to be more involved in the planning of meetings, so as I was flipping through the hand book to make a copy for the upcoming meeting I stumbled onto this quote.

" Here are ideas
for your mind
new projects
for your hands
new adventures
for your souls"
Cadette Girl scout handbook 1963

After I landed on the quote the rest of the layout came easy as I used Creative scrapper vol 2 sketch book, you can also find it at Creative scrappers as it's this months challenge sketch.

I rotated the sketch to work for my photos. Yes photos.  I know the sketch only uses one but I added an extra in place of the circle element.  I really like that I got an action shoot of my daughter finishing up a bit of the lashing on  the table structure.

For this layout I started with selecting a card stock color to pull my daughter from the photo.  Thought about going with pink, but she's really not a girly kind of girl so I went with the teal blue of her bandanna.  The second color choice was easy because I knew I wanted it to be brown to play off all of the poles in the lashed structure.  For the final color choice for the supporting elements/ embellishment I pulled the peachy color from the background paper.

 I also broke into my stash for my  star punches.  I'm trying to dip into my stuff to use it more often. 
 As much as I love my cricut I find I'm using it less as I dive into my stash. 
Of course I had to dress up the stars with a little hand drawn lines around the edges

I think I might have to get a sew easy paper piercer.  I made a template with my friends using the straight line.  Love how easy it is to use.  Totally want one

Hope that you'll join in this weeks challenge at lasting memories

Sunday, April 14, 2013

Use your stash

This week’s challenge at Lasting Memories is super easy.  All you have to do is use your stash. 
 If you’re anything like me you’re a borderline hoarder, who squirrels away little bits and pieces in hopes of using them on a future project.  I’ve had this collection of Creative memories “discover and delight” papers for a few years. 
The next oldest piece would have to be the paper flower, followed by the ribbon, ink that came from last year’s croptoberfest and the button flowers that I got at a craft sale last month. 
The only new non stash item on this layout was the wood talk bubble.  Finally broke down and bought some.  I did have to alter it by cutting the bottom tip of the bubble to make it work with the layout.

I also broke into my stash of punches and made all the circles with them.

Hope you enjoy my layout.  Please take some time to visit the rest of the DT projects and to link up your project with us at lasting memories

Seems like therre are a few challenge sites doing a use your stash theme.  I'm also entering this at S.W.A.T and seriously creative Challenge

Thursday, April 11, 2013


Sorry I've been so quiet.  My modem died last weekend and I've been off the grid (except for the occasional free wi-fi spots and my smart phone.  How did I ever live with out one?)  Anyway now I'm playing catch up with commenting and getting other online stuff done, so I won't have a new post till this weekend

Sunday, April 7, 2013

Childhood memories at lasting memories

Go find those cute photos of you as a kid and get them scrapped. 
 This weeks challenge is all about childhood memories at lasting memories.

If you don't have photos of yourself you could scrap about a favorite place, toy, friend.
You get the picture as long as it's something from your childhood.
I went with a Halloween picture from preschool.

I found that when I went through the pictures of me from birth till grade school that I really don't remember anything about the early years of my life.  The first real memory I have is of the playground at St Aiden's preschool in Virginia and catching daddy long legs (spiders)

The  photos in this layout are from the Halloween parade at St.Aiden's preschool 1978. 
 I was almost 5 and still remember the thrift store dish/ base to my gazing ball.  My mom painted one of my balls with white paint and the dish with gold spray paint.  Unfortunately the ball kept popping out of the dish and the paint had peeled off before trick or treating that night.

I used this sketch from scrappy sketches as my inspiration

 the base page is Creative Memories Halloween addition and the yellow is from the 6x6 spooky pad by CM as well.  Ribbon is from my stash and was sewn onto a scrap of paper to keep the pleating in place.
I cut the title with gypsy font and then hand drew the black line to mimic the thread across the orange ribbon. The die cuts are all from the spooky 6x6 pad.  I tried something new and used liquid accents to make the die cuts look like epoxy stickers. Kind of messed up the banner one trying to smooth out a bubble

Hope you'll share one of your childhood memories with us at lasting memories this week

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

creative gardening

This is what I've been up to the last few warm and sunny days
building a row cover I can walk under

recycled some of the cattle fencing and old cinder blocks that we used for raised beds

now to cover with plastic and get the peppers planted

Monday, April 1, 2013

New DT members

Please help me welcome and congratulate
 the newest members of the Lasting memories DT

There were so many wonderful applications that it was truly hard to choose just 5

Can't wait for there first challenge posts