Monday, December 23, 2013

you amaze me

Have you ever had to stage a photo to get a story told? 
I did only because I wasn't thinking fast enough on the morning of Dec13th.
My daughter Jessica did one of her funky hair dos
Here's what transpired that morning
Me: aren't you worried the kids at school are going to make of you
Jessica:  It's okay, I don't care.
If they do it just means they are insecure of their self image.
I was so wowed by my 11yr old that I posted on Facebook and everyone wanted to see the picture of your hair.  Silly me didn't snap a picture so I had to wait for Jessica to get home from school.  Of course by the time she hit the door she had started to pull out the hair ties
Totally had to stage the photo to capture the story.
So glad I did, because I want her to know that she has
 always been self confident and beautiful
I used a new sheet of black board card stock.  So in love
the rest is from my stash.  Using up some color vibe paper from my CM collection
fussy cut the flowers from PP and used matching die cuts too.

added a little bling and sequence

Sunday, December 22, 2013

Santa Claus is coming to Lasting Memories

This weeks challenge is Santa Claus is coming to lasting memories.
I wish I had a layout to share, but have been struggling to get in the holiday spirit. 
Our family can't wait for the start of a new year and a fresh start, so see you next year with a new layout and some inspiration

Sunday, December 15, 2013

I'm charmed at lasting memories

I truly am charmed.  If you look closely at the oval charm there is a photo of me in it.  I cut the photo, put it in the charm and did a layer of liquid glass over it.  So there you go I am charmed. However I think the interpretation of the challenge at lasting memories is something slightly different.  You can do a LO of your charmed life but we also want you to add a real charm to your layout
I was inspired by two different challenges for this layout.
I used the sketch from CS 257
I also  played bingo with shopping our stash
I did brads, bling and button

The oval frame was pewter, but I covered it with a silver paint pen so it would go better with the pearl brads

I deviated from the sketch and added a second photo as I have no journaling for this layout other then the chipboard tabs.  I'm not sure how old I am in these photos, but do know it was taken in the base housing complex in Wiesbaden Germany.  Probably late 1973 or early1974

Hope you'll share your charm with us at lasting memories

Sunday, December 8, 2013

Viva Cinco de Mayo, Feliz Cumpleaños y Feliz Navidad

Viva Cinco de Mayo, Feliz Cumpleaños y Feliz Navidad
So do I have you wondering what this weeks challenge is over at lasting memories?
I can give you a hint that all my Spanish references are related by color.
This week we are asking you to crate a layout using Red, White and Green.
I like winter and the fresh crisp air after a snow storm
 the peace and stillness that follows said storm.
I am however not a Christmassy person.
  I don't go all out decorating, making card or even buying gifts.  
Also I've scrapped all of my Christmas' past
so this challenge is going to be just that a challenge to see what I can create without doing a Christmas layout.
Here's what I came up with just using Red, White and Green
My daughter Jessica is a May baby, so for her 3rd birthday we did a Cinco de Mayo party.
Soft tacos, piñatas and cake.
(Didn't think the kids would eat Flan and I'm not sure how to do fried ice cream)

Just because it's not a Christmas layout didn't mean I'd skip using some embellishments from a few holiday packs siting in my stash.  The Epoxy frame/tag is from one and the star brads are from another, both of which I picked up post Christmas clearance years ago.

Then I mixed in some stars and rhinestones to carry the color scheme and there you have it a layout using Red, White and Green and not Christmas.
 I hope you'll share your Red, White and Green with us.  Christmas or not

Sunday, December 1, 2013

snowflakes and snowballs at lasting memories

This week at lasting memories we are tossing ourselves into December
with a few well flung snowballs and a sprinkling of snowflakes.
 This weeks challenge is calling for a flurry of snow flakes and /or snowballs on your layout.
If you live in less frosty regions you can always scrap some of your snowflake ornaments or even the paper snowflakes the kids make at school.  I was tempted to do just that as we don't get a lot of snow in Eugene, Oregon. But we do go up to the snow in the cascade range.
Here are some more of our spring break photos from  March 2012
I used spring colors for my layout as it was our spring vacation, but gave it a winter vibe by cutting the knit flower embellishment into a snowflake.  I also used a little bit of liquid glass and glitter on the buttons for the snowball feel and some more on the snowflake to and some extra shimmer.

The knit frame, buttons and snowflake/flower are all die cuts that have been in my stash for ever.

I just cut into the flower petals to make it look like a snowflake.  Love how it turned out
Hope you'll join us for some winter fun with snowflakes and snowballs