20 July 2014

Lasting Memories Blog Hop - 200th challenge ...

Hello and thanks for stopping by! 

We're hopping with celebration and excitement this week :) Yep, we're having a blog hop in celebration of our 200th post on Lasting Memories! Our challenge? BUTTONS! We are looking for buttons, buttons everywhere on those layouts this week! Along the way, you'll see that some of us are offering a little candy on our blogs but you have to visit us to see who! We've also gotten a little creative with our buttons so we hope you'll be inspired!

 You should have arrived here from Claire's blog and if this is your first stop, please be sure to hop back to Lasting Memories to start the hop so you don't miss a thing! Each of us has a letter for you to collect that will spell out two scrapbook themed words, so don't forget to jot down my letter which you'll see below. Once you've completed the hop, leave your answer in the comment section back at Lasting Memories. Comments will be moderated so there's no peeking! Then you have to enter your LO and guess what?! Our grand prize winner will receive a $25 gift certificate from A2Z Scrapbooking Store!! Awesome right?? Oh!! And one MORE thing! I'm also offering up some candy here as well .... some button candy.  Please leave a comment below telling me how you like to use buttons to be in the running.  Prize will be drawn using random.org at the completion of the hop.

Now time to reveal my complete layout!

I've used my buttons as a replacement for a border strip or row of embellishments - in fact you can use a button anywhere you would normally place a flower, bling or anything else.  Got to love those versatile buttons!

Only those who play the game and enter the actual challenge have a chance at winning the Grand Prize. 

***BOTH traditional AND digital layouts allowed!!  Remember, LAYOUTS only please!***

Your next stop is Kimberly's blog!! And don't forget to jot down my letter which is (E)

Have fun and happy hopping!

HOP LINE UP (left click to see link)

16 July 2014

Something Sassy ...

I'm enjoying the trend of using moodboards for challenge blogs.  Sassy Scrappers have a very nice one this month which has inspired me to create a page for my family heritage album.

July Moodboard Challenge

I was obviously drawn to the black and gold featured heavily in the board.  I have used a strip of transparency behind my photo and stamped onto my background paper to enhance the gold.  A few strategically placed brads help to lift the page.

These photos are off my father and his sister on the family farm in the mid 1930's when children.

15 July 2014

Lasting Memories - #199 ...

This week on Lasting Memories ...

LM 199 -  Sketch

and my take on it .....

Doing an everyday page documenting life as it is today ...

07 July 2014

CASology 102 ...

Playing along with CASology - Week 102

Some very cute cards up on their blog - many with the balloon and boat theme going on but I wanted to be a little different so have done a card showing dandelions floating in the wind.

Hope you can play along too.

Lasting Memories - first challenge of July ...

This week on Lasting Memories ...

LM 198 - "My Country Tis of Thee"
Do a layout of something you like to visit in your country!

I love the red heart of Australia - the rugged, mysterious and vast arid center of our Nation.  This is the view from the very top of Uluru - only the lucky and the brave ever get to see this, the walk to the top is arduous and every year a number of tourists die whilst struggling to the top.

Hope you can play along with us.

01 July 2014

One last June challenge ...

And I'm squeezing in one final June challenge over on 123 Get Scrappy.  I try to play along most months and thought I'd run out of time for this one.

  I've used the pearls, brads and stripes diagonal on the bingo card to create this page.

A special month on ARTastic ...

We have a very exciting challenge for you this month. ARTastic is joining forces with CSI – Color.. Stories.. Inspiration.. to bring you a joint ARTastic challenge and CSI collaboration Case File which will be open on both sites for the entire month of July. 

We will be working with this amazing Australian Government promotional travel poster, circa 1930.

The ARTastic criteria is to use striped patterned paper somewhere on your page.

So two challenge blogs and now double the chances of winning for July. Please upload your layout both at ARTastic and in the CSI Gallery to be eligible for monthly donated prizes on both sites BUT please remember you must include the criteria of striped patterned paper for ARTastic and then the additional case file criteria for CSI on your page

Of course if you don't wish to play along with CSI you are most welcome just to upload your ARTastic criteria page here with us.

Here is my page ...

I just loved the colours in this poster - so vibrant and carefree.  I've used scallops and polka dots, added in a little bird and used photographs from a summer vacation from a few years ago.

I so hope you can take some time to enter this month - we would love to see your pages.

It is July on Pixels and Paper ...

I think everyone will love the challenge we have for you on Pixels and Paper this month - who doesn't like a ferris wheel?

We are also putting out a DT call for several new members to join our design team.  Please find all the relevant details on the blog.  Applications close 20th July.

This month we are working with this terrific image - does this take you back to the fun fairs of your youth?  Do you remember riding on the carousel or taking your children on the merry-go- round?  Does this remind you of those fun times on the dodgem cars or of eating fairy floss (cotton candy) until you we so sick you couldn't eat another bite!  Perhaps you think of going to the circus or visiting the rides at shopping centres or at vacation spots.  Maybe you just like the colours - I see lots of red, yellow, blue and white, there's stars and flags and puffy white clouds.

and here is my page ....

This image made me immediately think of all the fun fairs and circus troops we have visit the area where I live.  They set up on an oval near the waterfront and as I go past this area at least four times each week day they become a familiar and comforting sight for the time they are visiting us.  The Great Moscow Circus was very special as rather than the traditional "big top" they had a series of turreted tents, I guess to replicate the domes of St Peter's Basilica in The Red Square in Moscow.  None the less it was an impressive sight.

Hope you can play along this month - we'd love to see what you make of our photograph.

29 June 2014

Some zebra love ...

As soon as I saw this mood board on SassyScrappers I knew exactly which photograph I just had to use.

June Moodboard Challenge

My daughter knew her chosen career in mid high school - while many of her friends were umming and ahhing over various subject choices my dd knew exactly which direction she wanted to head.  In Year 10 she completed this graphic design work in her computing studies class.  She did this mostly on her own, reading through texts and viewing online tutorials.  She continued on and has just this month graduated as a graphic designer doing both visual communication and  multimedia design diplomas.  She probably cringes a little when she views this now, seeing all the little mistakes but at the time we were so proud of her for putting so much time and effort into something she loved.

and here is my page documenting her work.  I've used the colours from the mood board, extended the floral theme to my patterned paper and added in hearts and arrows.

28 June 2014

Creative Embellishments for June ...

It's cold and miserable this afternoon - perfect weather for a little crafting so I have been doing just that.

This is a card I made for Creative Embellishments June challenge.


I was drawn to the sea theme and the colours in this image so began by using an anchor stamp on a scrap of vintage style paper which was then mounted onto blue cardstock. I then used anchor patterned paper mounted onto sand colour while distressing the paper edges and eventually mounting this onto a peach coloured base.  I tied in the peach theme by using this colour for my twine.

26 June 2014

Those were the days ...

I was drawn to the inspiration on Berry71Bleu where this month's theme is Favourite Movie or TV Show and the challenge is to use Multiple Photos. 

Your project must be centered around your favorite movie or TV show & must consist of more than one photo.  You can use the same photo twice or use different photos--the choice is yours.  If you just can't pick one movie or TV show--then feel free to center your project on your favorite actor or actress, this counts as well.

I've done a slightly different take on this challenge by featuring my favourite TV shows from my childhood.  I can remember quite vividly rushing home from school eager to get out of my school uniform and hot, heavy school shoes, grab afternoon snacks and relax in front of the TV for an hours or so before I needed to head off to my room to complete my nightly homework.  What really amuses me though is due to the power of repeats, my own children have enjoyed these shows nearly as much as I did all those years ago.  

Feeling Sketchy #93 ...

Squeezing in another card challenge from Feeling Sketchy.

And my take using some pretty patterned paper from my scrap box, a couple of lovely flowers which I have layered and attached with a flower brad and a "thanks" rub-on.