Monday, October 31, 2016

Happy Halloween, Sistahs!

Happy Halloween all!

Today I'm bringing you another October Daily layout I created using this week's prompt from Lasting Memories to use squares!

I screen shot this meme a while back when people were doing the "3 fictional characters to describe me" because I thought it was hilarious, true, and perfect for my OD!

I've gotten some fantastic Halloween happy mail recently, and this lovely little tag was part of one I received.

I'm getting to the end of my Maggie Holmes gold letters (sad face) - that I was a J!

I also need any excuse to use the adorable wax seal I got at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, so that definitely made it into the layout too!

I planned a big Halloween party this past weekend at my church, and because of that planning, my October Daily had to take a back burner. Which honestly, will probably be the case with a lot of craftiness soon because I have a birthday party coming up then a Disney vacay! All fun things, but hinder the crafting. Sorry for the MIA blogging. Will be on as much as possible!

I hope you join us over at Lasting Memories for an all new challenge this week!

Have a spooky day!

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Dear Boys

Whew! Let me tell you something. We have been all off schedule lately because of holiday and both boys being sick at different times during the work week & I have learned I am a schedule person! Without my schedule I do not get my crafty time in, and then I become grumpy!

But I'm back! :)

Today I'm bringing you a page I created for this week's challenge at Lasting Memories, which is to create a page of your favorite fall activity.

Fall is our absolute favorite, and we have lots of fun activities, but CUDDLING and SNUGGLING is a favorite pasttime. This is a photo of my sweet boys doing just that.

I created this using a wonderful sketch from Stick It Down. I've really enjoyed their sketches lately, they're on point!

I also used a prompt from the latest "issue" at Paper Issues of "Knock my Fox Off". I used a woodland creature in this sweet page about my little deers.

Here's the original sketch:

I recently received a giant supply of stamps, inks and and embossing supplies from a friend of my best friend & I've really been enjoying them! I used some here to make the leafy branches connecting the photo circles.

It even got me to fussy cut, which I don't typically enjoy!

I really hope you will play along with us this week at Lasting Memories!


Deer paper - October Afternoon
Doily - Michaels
Stamp - Stampin' Up
Alphas - Studio Calico
Chipboard stickers - Crate Paper

Thanks for looking!

Monday, October 10, 2016


Happy Columbus Day!

Ah the joys of being a federal employee - haha.

Today I'm bringing you a fun little page I created for my October Daily.

I created this page for this week's challenge over at Lasting Memories, which was to use nature elements in your work.

I also created this page using a fun sketch from Let's Get Sketchy!

Here's the original sketch. I had to adapt it to fit my 6x8 OD album.

I used some leaves and pumpkins as my nature elements. I also added texture by using a paper bag and twine.

I sure do love how these little dudes love each other!

This was a super fun page to create. I hope you come and play along with us over at Lasting Memories. As always, LGS has great sketches, so check them out too!

Papers - Craftsmith, Pumpkin Spice
Glitter leaves and pumpkin - Hobby Lobby
Staples - We R Memory Keepers
Wood veneer and triangle clip - Studio Calico
Twine - Michaels

Thanks for looking!

Friday, October 07, 2016

Starting October Daily

Happy Friday, ghoulies!

Today I'm bringing you the very beginning of my October Daily album. I don't print photos at home, so I will be doing them in small batches and posting every few days.

I'm enjoying this project. My first few days were over a very busy weekend, so I have a LOT of photos for a few days, but it shouldn't be like that all the time.

Here's day 1 and 2!

I'm using a photo-a-day challenge with digital text, so I included that with a list of the monthly challenge. A while back I found these hard plastic smash book dividers at a discount store, so I cut one down (it was surprisingly easier than I thought!) and used it for my 5x7 photo. I put some trim on the divider tab with a few embellishments. These are the faces of pure joy after an amazing TN football win!

On the other side of the divider, I taped this Crate Paper glitter paper bag. I put a football and a banner on the outside. The inside contains an account of the amazing TN vs GA game from last weekend and our reactions to the Hail Mary victory! So fun.

Ha - Is is just me or do the rest of you have **tons** of pocket page cards and still end up making your own? On Saturdays we wear Orange - Mean Girls ref... and my two little Vols with their Kroger cookies samples. Good Saturday.

I used to LOVE playing with the LightBrite. My son found it at my parents' house & enjoyed it too. We celebrated the husband's and the bro's birthdays, and neither gave me a wonderful photo, so they get skulls!

On Saturday, we ended with the boys in the bounce house.

Day 2 - we had some family time & my cousin took these cute photos. I used a gold metallic glitter theme, and this might be my favorite page so far!

October is for BOOOOts (get it, the ghost?) and giving babies candy. I love a good, unplanned Sunday afternoon with my boys.

Our city does a fun thing where people paint rocks and hide them for kids to find. It's called Hendersonville Rocks. We found a strawberry rock at the local outdoor mall while we were strolling and riding trikes!

So far October is lovely. Looking forward to catching up on my days, and sharing more soon.

Thanks for looking!

Thursday, October 06, 2016

Halloween Happy Mail

Hey everybody!

October is zooming by already. I love this month. Today's is husband's birthday, and our anniversary is coming up & so many fun, outdoor activities are planned - it's a good time!

I made a couple packages of happy mail recently, and it should have all been received today, so here we go!

I made a flip book for my friend Cheryl & filled it with things I hoped she could use for her October Daily.

I just adore this paper from My Mind's Eye! You'll see a lot of these little banners pop up in my October Daily too.

The Happy Haunting is just from the manufacture's strip at the bottom of the MME 12x12 paper. Also, I'm LOVING my new fuse tool!

I super love these little bags from Target. I cracked up, because when I received happy mail from Cheryl, she had sent me the same bag & straws too! We definitely have the same tastes!

I also created a pocket letter for a fun gal in the Hey Nae Daily group & I love how it turned out.

We have the recurring theme of the MME paper banner!

I'm also loving these Halloween stamps I got for basically a steal at the Studio Calico warehouse sale back in the spring.

Gotta love the Dollar Tree sequins & confetti. Another theme you'll see a lot in my OD.

Stay tuned for an October Daily update very soon! The first week will be up soon!

Thanks for looking - hope you got some spooky inspiration!

Monday, October 03, 2016

Autumnal LOVE - a Lasting Memories challenge

This month at Lasting Memories, we have a great Fall Colors Challenge for you - complete with a wonderful prize!

Here is my inspiration for the Fall Colors Challenge.

I had these wallet sized photos leftover from when I printed a bunch to give out at Heath's 3rd birthday party & the fall colors went so well with the theme. I decided layering a bunch of  fall colored paper would work well too.

I love these little ephemera peices by Echo Park!

And now we're preparing for hs 4 year old photos & babe's 1 year old photos <>.

I hope you feel inspired to create a lovely fall themed or colored page & play along with us at Lasting Memories. Check out their blog for more inspiration from the fabulous design team!

Brown cardstock - The Paper Studio
Glitter cardstock - DCWV
Patterned paper - Craftsmith by Michaels
Paper ephemera - Echo Park

Thanks for looking!