Fall, my favorite: DT layout for Stuck?! Sketches

This one-photo scrapbook page uses products from the We R Memory Keepers Autumn Splendor collection.

Today Stuck?! Sketches launches a new challenge. Why not play along with us using our October 15th sketch for some wonderful prizes from Lindy’s Stamp Gang and Scrapmatts?

Stuck?! Sketches October 15 2015 sketch challenge

Matt and I dogsat Spenser for Mom and Dad one autumn 1999 weekend while they took a little antiquing trip. I couldn’t resist taking a photo of my two guys with the changing leaves in the background.

Product/technique notes

Most of the patterned papers are from the We R Memory Keepers Autumn Splendor collection. The pumpkin die cuts behind the title are from the Silhouette store, and I designed the title to cut on the Silhouette as well.

A walk in the woods: DT layout for Stuck?! Sketches

This is a scrapbook layout  using  products from We R Memory Keepers.

Today Stuck?! Sketches is revealing its new sketch challenge for August, and you’re going to love the design team layouts for this one. Please join us over at the blog and allow the sketch and the design team inspire you to play along. We have great sponsor prizes up for grabs.

Stuck?! Sketches August 1 2015 sketch

This circa 1977 photo is of my husband and his family stopping for a rest while on a hike on the Appalachian Trail in North Carolina. Matt is the cutie on the left leaning on the tree (with attitude).

Product/technique notes

I used patterned papers from LYB “Fern & Forest,” My Little Shoebox “Green,” Pebbles “Lakeside” and We R Memory Keepers “Happy Campers” collections. The chipboard pieces are from Crate Paper “The Pier” and “Story Teller.” Then I designed and cut the title on my Silhouette.


Homegrown is a one-photo scrapbook layout using supplies from We R Memory Keepers Farmer's Market collection.

I have these summer memories from my childhood of Mom getting breakfast set up for me and my brother (usually cereal, I think) and then throwing on her robe, getting herself a fresh shot of coffee and heading outside to make the rounds. She would walk slowly around the house to check on how all her flowers were doing. I remember the daisies, marigolds and mums most.

I can’t say why that’s always stayed with me. Perhaps because she did it so routinely that I could hardly forget it. Perhaps because I thought it was a weird thing to do first thing in the morning. Perhaps I was a little embarrassed that she was in her robe and people might see her (you know how easy it is to embarrass kids of a certain age). I don’t know! But I can say that it has become a fond memory for me.

Last summer when I went to visit my mom, I watched her watering her plants one day and it pulled up that summer morning memory. Time for a few photos…

Product/technique notes

I created this page using patterns from the We R Memory Keepers “Farmer’s Market” collection and this My Scraps and More May sketch.
The sketch I followed was My Scraps and More #105

Sweet treats

Sweet treats is a scrapbook layout with three 1970s photos of my brother and me on Easter morning.

The Easter Bunny sure is clever. In 1970, when we were 2 and 3 years old, he found us at Nana and Papa’s house and left us baskets full of chocolate and little presents. Sweet!

On the back of the left photo of Phil holding up an Easter egg, Mom had written what he was saying when they snapped the picture: “A lello one!” So cute. :-)

Product/technique notes

I followed this Becky Fleck sketch from A Cherry On Top and used products from We R Memory Keepers’ “Farmer’s Market” collection.
The Becky Fleck sketch I followed for this layout

I believe in memories


In the left photo is my father with his sisters, Mary Lou and Frances.

The 24th sketch challenge has been posted at the SCRAP & MUSIC challenge blog! Head over to the site to grab the sketch, which I’m proud to have designed, and play along. This sketch came with the song “Better together” by Jack Johnson.

This is my final challenge with the Scrap & Music team. I have so enjoyed being a part of this new endeavor since it started a year ago. I’ve loved creating sketches for people around the world to use as inspiration in their scrapbooking. And designing with sketches and music together provides a real kick to the creative engine; I can highly recommend it if you haven’t tried it. Thank you to Scrap & Music for a great year! I wish them more and more success over time.

Scrap & Music sketch #24

My layout

I really like how looking at the lyrics to a song can force me to pull a layout together that wouldn’t have otherwise happened. As I was reading the lyrics to “Better Together” the line “I believe in memories they look so, so pretty when I sleep” jumped out at me. Obviously, I believe in memory keeping, so I thought about using a set of photos on this page that I couldn’t capture again.

In the summer of 2000, my father’s side of the family planned a reunion. We held it at my cousin, Robbie’s house in Pennsylvania. It was a wonderful day of togetherness, and we took a lot of photos. But before the day ended we pulled together some smaller family photos. The left shot is of my father and his two sisters, Frances and Mary Lou. The right photo is of my parents, brother, Matt and me. Because we have lost both my dad and my Aunt Bubbles (Frances) since this reunion, these photos are precious.

Product/technique notes

I used a combination of products from We R Memory Keepers’ “Happy Campers” and Lily Bee Design’s “Family Portrait” collections to create this page. I created the title in the Silhouette software and cut it on my Cameo.

The challenge

The challenges on this blog involve following the sketch and using a title on your layout with a line from the provided music. Below I’ve included the video as well as the lyrics for this song:

“Better Together” by Jack Johnson

There’s no combination of words I could put on the back of a postcard
No song that I could sing but I can try for your heart
Our dreams and they are made out of real things
Like a shoebox of photographs with sepia-toned loving
Love is the answer at least for most of the questions in my heart
Why are we here? And where do we go? And how come it’s so hard?
It’s not always easy, and sometimes life can be deceiving
I’ll tell you one thing, it’s always better when we’re together

Hum… It’s always better when we’re together
Yeah, we’ll look at the stars when we’re together
Well, it’s always better when we’re together
Yeah, it’s always better when we’re together

And all of these moments just might find their way into my dreams tonight
But I know that they’ll be gone when the morning light sings
Or brings new things for tomorrow night you see
That they’ll be gone too, too many things I have to do
But if all of these dreams might find their way into my day to day scene
I’d be under the impression I was somewhere in between
With only two, just me and you, not so many things we got to do
Or places we got to be, we’ll sit beneath the mango tree now

Yeah, it’s always better when we’re together
Hum… we’re somewhere in between together
Well, it’s always better when we’re together
Yeah, it’s always better when we’re together

I believe in memories they look so, so pretty when I sleep
And now when, when I wake up, you look so pretty sleeping next to me
But there is not enough time
And there is no song I could sing
And there is no combination of words I could say
But I will still tell you one thing
We’re better together