Pieces of My Heart: Lasting Memories GDT

Guest design team layout in blue and purple, mosaic heart design using multiple photos with watercolors and mica flakes with wood bird cage and phrase stickers.

I'm in today to share my final May project as part of the GDT at Lasting Memories. What a fun month of scrapping I've had this month.

Guest design team layout in blue and purple, mosaic heart design using multiple photos with watercolors and mica flakes with wood bird cage and phrase stickers.This challenge is use lots of small photos to create one BIG shape on your layout.

I used photoshop and created a heart shape, then cropped each photo before I printed them. Then I just trimmed off the white edges. You could just as easily create your own template and trim photos you already have printed.

I mounted the photos using my tape runner, then trimmed around the edge, and did the same with another layer of cardstock. Easy peasy, and what a fun look. I find myself getting stuck in standard old rectangle too often, so this was a fun change.

Guest design team layout in blue and purple, mosaic heart design using multiple photos with watercolors and mica flakes with wood bird cage and phrase stickers.

To get ideas for a color scheme and embellishments, I turned to CSI and solved Case File 230. 

CSI Case File 230
Evidence


  • Watercolors
  • Flowers
  • Wood
  • Birds
  • Butterflies
  • Phrase stickers


Guest design team layout in blue and purple, mosaic heart design using multiple photos with watercolors and mica flakes with wood bird cage and phrase stickers.

Testimony

  • Tuck your story into an embellishment cluster
  • Inspiration words: seeds & love
Journaling reads: The seeds of love grow the strongest roots.

Guest design team layout in blue and purple, mosaic heart design using multiple photos with watercolors and mica flakes with wood bird cage and phrase stickers.

This layout was fun to create, and I know I would never have created anything like it without the prodding of a challenge! You can still get in on all challenges at Lasting Memories for this month until this Friday, May 26th. Here's a reminder of this month's challenges:

April 30th: Use small embellishments to create BIG number(s) or letter(s) on you layout.

May 7th: Use bakers twine to create a BIG shape on your layout.

May 14th: Use strips of paper (or washi tape) in a big way on your layout.

May 21st: Use lots of small photos to create one BIG shape on your layout.

I can't wait to see what you create!



May Mid Month Scrapbooking Challenges



May is flying past, but there's still time to get in on lots of scrapbooking challenges. Here's the most recent challenges for mid-May. Check out the main list here.
  • Rules: I've included links to each challenge site's rules page, so be sure to check there for further information. I strive to post the most up-to-date information, but challenge site information supersedes all information listed here. Read the rules of each host site carefully if you want to be eligible for prizes.
  • Deadlines: Challenges are due before the end of the month unless noted with a RED deadline date. If you are cutting it close, be sure to check the timezone of the challenge host!
  • Allowable Formats: All challenges here allow for 12x12 traditional layouts. Check challenge site rules for more information. Many of these challenges welcome alternate forms of artwork.
  • Combination RulesUnless otherwise noted, you can combine these challenges with others (but again, read the rules of each host site carefully if you want to be eligible for prizes.

Have fun creating! 






    Find their rules here.

    Challenge: This month is all about celebrating Spring!  Please use this "Spring Break" mood board as your inspiration.  You can use any part of it that inspires you; just tell us what and 
    why you were inspired. And don't forget to include a photo with YOU in the frame!
    Entries: You may enter TWICE per month. (Any entries after the second entry will not be eligible for a prize.)
    Combinations: Yes
    Deadline: 4th of next month




    Colorful Creations

    Find their rules here.

    Challenge: What inspires you to be the creator you are, what inspires your creativity, your goals dreams, what or who keeps you grounded. Think of a person, place, music, season, etc. Create something that inspires you. Along with who inspires you, use your favorite embellishments!
    Deadline: Last day of the month




    Find their rules here.

    Challenge:
     
    Use the original kit reveal to create your own "counterfeit" kit, then play along with the challenges.

    12th - Challenge #1: Make a page about what you consider to be the good life. With May heralding the coming of summer, maybe it's heading outdoors for life under the sun for a few months. Or maybe it's having family and friends around you. Or maybe it's your time of life. Tell us what your good life is all about.

    18th - Challenge #2: Don't forget to check back on the 18th for the next challenge.




    Find their rules here.

    Challenge: Use the case file to create your layout. 
    Entries: Unlimited
    Deadline: Last day of the month






    Inspiration Challenge: Mood board


    Lasting Memories

    Find their rules here.


    Challenges: 
    May 7th: Use bakers twine to create a BIG shape on your layout.
    May 14th: Use strips of paper (or washi tape) in a big way on your layout.
    May 21st: Use lots of small photos to create one BIG shape on your layout.
    Entries: One per challenge (four total)
    Deadline: May 29th


    Let's Get Sketchy


    Find their rules here.


    Challenge: Sketch challenge
    Entries allowed: One per per challenge
    Combination rules: No other sketch challenges





    My Creative Sketches

    More info in the post.

    Challenge: Sketch challenge. 
    Entries allowed: Unlimited




    Scrap Our Stash

    Find their rules here.

    Challenge: Sketch & Word Challenge
    Combination rules: With any challenge other than another SOS challenge.





    Find their rules here.
    Challenge: "Ladies"
    Entries allowed: Up to 4 times
    Combination rules: Allowed
    Deadline: Thursday, May 25th, 2017




    Find their rules here.

    Challenge: Sketch Challenge
    Combinations: Up to three other non-sketch related challenges, such as a colour challenge
    Deadline: 29th




    The Studios Challenges

    Find their rules on their sidebar.

    Challenge:
     Recipe challenge; here's a list of items to include in your layout, the more of these you can include the better!


    1. Paint
    2. Hand sewing
    3. Fussy cutting
    4. A Frame
    5. Buttons
    6. Pink
    Deadline: June 4th


    Words and Paintery

    Find their rules here.

    Challenge:
     Spring is a time for weddings but we celebrate long, lasting love & rust this month!
    Deadline: June 15th



    Cherish the Memory DT Project: Happy Cupcakes



    Creative With Chalk Cherish the Memory Design Team Birthday themed scrapbooking layout

    I'm in today to introduce my first project for the Cherish the Memory Design Team. First let me introduce the rest of the team:

    Cherish the Memory Design Team - Scrapbooking Design Team Members Cherish the Memory Design Team - Scrapbooking Design Team Members


    I am so excited to see what this talented crew creates with the beautiful kits in Karen's shop.

    Since May is Mr. 67's birthday month, for my first project, I made a birthday layout using the Creative With Chalk kit.

    Here's some closeups:


    Creative With Chalk Cherish the Memory Design Team Birthday themed scrapbooking layout

    Creative With Chalk Cherish the Memory Design Team Birthday themed scrapbooking layout with bunting and die cuts

    Creative With Chalk Cherish the Memory Design Team Birthday themed scrapbooking layout

    Creative With Chalk Cherish the Memory Design Team Birthday themed scrapbooking layout

    Creative With Chalk Cherish the Memory Design Team Birthday themed scrapbooking layout

    The little flag tags are layers of paper topped with washi tape and outlined with black marker.

    As a bonus, I created a card for Mum. I used the papers from the chalk kit's paper pad as the background as well as the Studio Light Romantic Vintage Die Cuts. The paper pad has such lovely designs, and the die cuts are absolutely gorgeous. And if you've been around lately, you know I've been on a gold binge, and I am so in love with this gold washi tape

    Creative With Chalk Cherish the Memory Design Team Mother's Day Card


    Products used in these projects:

    Creative with chalk scrapbook kit
    Creative With Chalk Kit

    Romantic vintage die cut block
    Romantic Vintage Die Cut Block

    I hope you all had a wonderful Mother's Day weekend, and have a great week ahead.

    Lasting Memories GDT: A Hard Day at the Beach


    Mixed media scrapbooking page layout in green and red on kraft background with strips of paper, washi tape stripes, stamping, Tim Holtz die cuts, flairs/brads, glossy accents, and mica flakes and journaling

    Happy Mother's Day! I'm in today to share my layout for week 3 guest designing at Lasting Memories.

    I have an admission to make: when I received May's challenge list last month to get an early start on these projects, I didn't even think about the fact that this challenge would land on Mother's Day. As it happens, I had created a layout of my dad, which is especially ironic since I don't scrap him very often.

    So whattayado? Roll with it, because by the time you realize what's going down, you're way too exhausted from chasing a two-legged twister around the house to cut dozens of new paper strips for this week's challenge to use strips of paper (or washi tape) in a BIG way. I KNEW there was a reason I saved all those little strips from the top of my paper pads! Also the perfect jumping off point for the "Throwback" challenge at Colorful Creations.


    I also entered this layout in the super-fun Tic-Tac-Toe challenge at Scrap Our Stash, using a journal card, the color yellow, and 3+ patterned papers.



    Mixed media scrapbooking page layout in green and red on kraft background with strips of paper, washi tape stripes, stamping, Tim Holtz die cuts, flairs/brads, glossy accents, and mica flakes and journaling

    {Before I forget: I released my Mother's Day layout earlier this week, which you can see here}


    Mixed media layout in green and red on kraft background with strips of paper, washi tape stripes, stamping, Tim Holtz die cuts, flairs, and mica flakes and journaling

    The photos of my dad are from his time at the Cam Ranh Air Base in Vietnam. He was 20 years old and such a hippie! Tie-dye, check. Ankh, check. Hippie shades, check. I found some Tim Holtz ephemera that worked great: an airplane, because dad was a pilot, and a map of the Pacific Ocean area.

    Mixed media scrapbooking page layout in green and red on kraft background with strips of paper, washi tape stripes, stamping, Tim Holtz die cuts, flairs/brads, glossy accents, and mica flakes and journaling


    Even better, I found that the tape on the back of the photos that he had used to label the photos with peeled off as easily as washi tape, so I have his handwriting on the layout, which was such an unexpected gift. {my dad passed away 2009, the day before his 59th birthday and he is missed every day} 

    Mixed media scrapbooking page layout in green and red on kraft background with strips of paper, washi tape stripes, stamping, Tim Holtz die cuts, flairs/brads, glossy accents, and mica flakes and journaling

    My own journaling was about finding those little pieces of tape on the back of the photos. It's hard to imagine your parents as 20 year old kids. I remember when I was 25 thinking about everything my dad had done by the time he was that age. He was such an adventurer. Everyone loved his campfire stories. He joined the Air Force at 17 during the Vietnam war. He was a pilot. He jumped on trains. He hitchhiked around the country during the freewheeling seventies. He lived a lot during his too-short life.

    Mixed media scrapbooking page layout in green and red on kraft background with strips of paper, washi tape stripes, stamping, Tim Holtz die cuts, flairs/brads, glossy accents, and mica flakes and journaling

    Though I can never capture my dad's spirit, I tried to make this layout have some of my dad's vibrance with something fun and bright. My favorite detail was the addition of Ranger's Glossy Accents (a dimensional gloss medium) over some of the paint dots, which makes them look like the paint is still wet. I also used the medium on the airplane, which makes it look like a puffy sticker. I splattered the background with red acrylic paint and red and green shimmer mist, and stamped a few "hippie" flowers. I entered this layout in the Mixed Media Monthly challenge: Put a Stamp on It.


    That's it for me today. Hope you are all celebrating with your mothers and your children, and for those of you who have lost parents, remember the joy and love and what you carry with you.