Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Introducing July Guest Designer ~ Jane!

Good morning.  It has been a while since I posted.  The little puppy is tiring me out.  Today, I would like to introduce you to our July guest designer, Jane from Purplejet Loves Crafts.  I have truly enjoyed getting to know Jane through the bloggy world.  She is such a sweet person who is quite talented.  I appreciate and always love seeing her layouts linked up to our challenges!   

I think I've probably been crafting all my life, starting at primary school with a love of embroidery and knitting - girls did this while boys played sport, yes I'm that old! Building on this my Nan taught me how to sew and I made dolls clothes, aprons and then my own clothes. I studied to be a primary school teacher with craft as my main subject - this included weaving, collage and dressmaking. Over the next few years I dabbled in many crafts including cross stitch, macrame, patchwork, crochet, card making - you name it I've probably given it a go!

I discovered scrapbooking round about 2005 and made the standard family history album, then a holiday album, then a wedding album and another wedding album ..... Yes I was smitten! I found it really difficult to find shops, workshops or other scrapbookers where I live and turned to the internet for inspiration and made such an important discovery. - scrapbooking can be about the everyday and not just special occasions. I don't think I've ever looked back since and although I still find card making is more popular here in the UK,  for me it's always scrapbooking that is my total love. I never begrudge spending on supplies for my pages as I know I'm going to treasure them and hope they will be passed on for many generations yet to come.

I started my blog just over a year ago mainly as I wanted to enter challenges and keep my brain active in retirement. And now I've been lucky enough to become part of a card challenge team and also guest design at the Memory Nest! How amazing is that?

Her lovely introduction says it all!  Jane is a beautiful person inside and out.  Jane, it was a pleasure to have you join us this month.  Stop by her blog and say hi.  She has some gorgeous cards up in her recent posts.  

Hope you are having an amazing week.

Happy Scrapping,

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Where have I been?

Hello Ladies.  I have been a little MIA for the last week!  We were on vacation visiting Gettysburg and Hershey Pennsylvania!!

Gettysburg was beautiful, touching, breathtaking and amazing!!!  We learned so much about the Civil War and how a different outcome could have changed our country's history.  I have to share some photos with you (some you will probably see again on my layouts).

The battlefield

Little Round Top, the battlefield, the hotel and Farnsworth 
house for dinner (which is supposedly haunted)

pictures from different spots on the battlefield including
Devil's Den, and a civilian house used as a hospital.

Lunch at a fun pub, reinactiments of the Union and Confederate
armies (that was amazing), the Friend to Friend monument, other 
monuments  (one at Little Round Top the other is the PA memorial)

Hershey Gardens, Hershey World and pool time

Hershey Park so much fun and a little yummy too!!

Hope you have all been well.  I look forward to visiting your 
blogs and seeing what you have been up too!!  Catch up time!

Happy vacationing,

P.S. Collages were created in the pic stitch app and the 
edited photos with the added touches were created using 
the Studio app (I am a little obsessed with Studio)!

Monday, July 21, 2014

Paper Craft Link up ~ Crafty Creations No. 22

Time to share your Crafty Creations with us!!!
Link up your recent or older paper craft projects 
and visit other blogs to see what others created.  
Great way to meet other crafters.  
You can share more than one paper craft.

Come Inspire and Be Inspired!

I love seeing all the things you create.  Please link back to The Memory Nest in 
some way. And have fun inspiring and being inspired.  (click here for button)

Happy Monday and Happy Sharing,

Thursday, July 17, 2014

More Bella Blvd.

I am sharing some more layouts that I created with my new stash of Bella Blvd.  If you 
missed the Bella Blvd post the other day - I will fill you in - I decided to try Bella Blvd 
products ~ LOVE them.  These layouts were created with Max and Sprinkles.

I apologize that some of the photos used on my layouts are not the best quality.  Sometime I snap
moments with my iPhone and have to scrap them. The iPhone 4 photo quality is not the best but 
I still must scrap these fun memories.  Really hoping to upgrade soon!!!

Inspired by sketches from:

Sketch 400    W2: First Design Team Reveal

Happy trying new product,

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Grand Entrance

Kelli is back sharing more of the layouts she created with our Color Kit
Grand Entrance!  You can see the colors that inspired this kit below.  I LOVE 
the layouts that Kelli created.  You can see her first one by clicking here.  
She was able to create 4 layouts using the papers and embellishments.

Like what you see?  Check out the Grand Entrance kit at the store
and while you are visiting take a peek at the other Color Kits.
Lots of great products at one amazing price1!

Happy Crafting,

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Bella BLVD - Molly

After seeing numerous layouts crafted with Bella Blvd I decided to by a few of the collection kits.
I must say - I LOVE them!!!  The layouts I am sharing today were created with Molly. 

 A couple of close-ups

Journaling pocket

And here are the sketches that inspired these layouts.  Thanks for the inspiration:
Life Paper Scrapbook and Let's Get Sketchy - both July sketches.

Life. Paper. Scrapbook.   * The Home With Love*: Hold / " Lgs reveal week 1 "

Happy Scrapping,

Monday, July 14, 2014

Make it Monday No. 21

Hello!  It is Make it Monday time.  If you are looking for the Creative Blog Tour click here.
You can learn more about me and be introduced to two amazing scrapbookers.

The newest sketch was created by me!  I would love to see what you create or how you 
interpret the sketch.  I was thrilled to see what the Design Team created.  Scroll down to 
see their layouts and cards!  Remember: Cards are WELCOME!!!  

our lovely guest designer for the month of July.
So thrilled to have her play along with us. LOVE
what she created!

P.S. Angie is using the Fancy Pants collection Happy Go Lucky available 
at tMN!! Love what she did with the collection.

Loving her use of rainbow lately!!

Such a fun vibrant layout that really depicts summer!

Rachel created two adorable cards based on 
the sketch and you can do the same!!!

LOVE her colorful washi tape page. Absolutely darling 
with those adorable pictures of her girls!

And I actually had time to play before the post went live. I created two layouts 
because I wanted to use the sketch two different ways! One is CAS (Guitar 
Girls) the other a little more fun with more embellishments and a variety of 
patterned papers (Red Sox Fans)

We would love to see what you create!  And remember: ALL who link up to 
our challenges are entered into our monthly prize drawing!  Good Luck!!!

Happy Making,

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