Friday, May 31, 2013

Pinterest Inspired Friday - Birthday Card

Happy Birthday to my friend, Amy.  Her birthday is today and this is the card
 I created for her.  As most of you already know, I am new to making cards.  
I used this sketch as inspiration to help me create.  Click on the sketch to go to 
the pin!  I would love to know what you think of the card.

Happy Friday and Happy Birthday, Amy!

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

May Color Challenge

The layouts created by our design team members for the May Color Challenge are 
so fun and creative.  We would love  for you to  link up a card or layout for this 
challenge.  All that I ask is you link back to our challenge in some 
way.   Get button here! Come inspire and be inspired.  

All crafters who enter will have a chance to win our monthly link-up prize. 
(crafters will  receive one entry for each party hosted during the month).  

Winner and featured projects will be showcased on the first Friday of the month.  
If you link up after the 31st your name will be placed in next month's drawing.  



Sunday, May 26, 2013

Sunday Social - Memorial Day Weekend!

Sunday Social
Best Summer memory as a kid?
Being home and playing outside with my brother.  
We would spend endless hours in the pool with family and friends.  

Favorite summer drink?

Any kind of cocktail! With friends is even better!

Favorite Summer TV show?
I don't watch T.V. in the summer.  May catch up on shows or 
watch movies.  I love to read in the summer. 

Best outdoor summer activity?

Swimming and soaking up the rays. 

Summer vacation essentials?
My family!  

Happy learning about me,

Saturday, May 25, 2013

Maine...using a Sketch and Washi Tape

I am so happy with the way this layout came out.  It is based on a sketch from 
Sketches in Thyme.  I knew I had to try this challenge since I have tons of 
pictures for some events.  After thinking about the design, I decided that I wanted 
to use Washi Tape.  The vision that I had for this page is pretty close to the 
finished product.  YAY!!  

Once again, the title was given depth with my self made chipboard (layered the 
same size letter cut from patterned paper and a hot cocoa box).  The Washi Tape 
flowers were created using a new technique I learned on Washi Wahoo [A video 
tutorial that was hosted by  Lain Ehmann from and 
presented by Monica Bradford from ].  They came out 
cute and with a little practice, I am sure each one will improve.  

I numbered the pictures to match the journal card.  When I get around
to journaling, I will write something for each picture.

Happy Creating, 

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Beach Life

Memorial Day Weekend is fast approaching and  it is the kickoff to summer. (Although it seems like we will be getting a lot of rain - YUCK!) I thought sharing a beach layout would be a great way to celebrate summer coming.

I love using sketches and color challenges to create my layouts.  I host two each month but I also enjoy playing around with other challenges.  Let's face it, I create more than two scrapbook layouts a month and the inspiration helps.

Today I am playing along with the Sketch from The Paper Bakery and the color challenge from Color Me Scrappy.  I love combining two challenges.  The sketch caught my eye because I love arrows on a page.  The colors worked well with the beach theme.

One more thing: I created my own "chipboard" letters for the word LIFE.  Using a hot cocoa box and the patterned paper, I cut out the letters twice and adhered the paper letters to the cardboard ones.  It makes them pop off the page a little and gives the title more depth [just like the chipboard arrows - which I sanded a little].

Happy Memorial Day Weekend, 


Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Whimsical Wednesday #5

Happy Wednesday.  It's Whimsical Wednesday week (Whimsical Wednesday link up
will be every other Wednesday due to the bimonthly challenges - sketch and color).

           - This link up is for scrapbook layouts and cards only.
             Share your creative projects.  It can be a favorite project,
             something you are proud of, old or new.  You choose!

           - Meet others that like to scrapbook and make cards;
             get inspired and be inspired.  Most of all have fun.

           - The only thing I ask is that you link back to Whimsical
             Wednesday somewhere/somehow on your blog or post.
             Thank you. Click here for button code.

          - See something you like, stop by and visit that crafty
            person's blog.  We all love visitors and comments.
            And meeting new crafty friends.  

*Remember - all who link up will receive one entry into our monthly prize drawing.

Happy Inspiring,

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Design Team Tuesday - Pebbles Seen and Noted

The Design Team created some lovely layouts [and cards] using the Seen and Noted 
collection by Pebbles Inc.  The collection was sun fun to work with  because of the 
vibrant, cheery colors.  Check out the collection at The Memory Nest.

Reminder: Summer Challenge - Design Team Call 
see post for details.  Entries must be received by May 28th.



Bonus Cards by Rachel
Rachel had so much fun with this paper she decided to do some extra creating 
and make some cards.  Rachel was nice enough to share the lovely cards 
she made with Pebbles Inc. Seen and Noted. 

Happy Creating, 

P.S. Whimsical Wednesday is back tomorrow. Stop by 
and share your creations: cards and layouts only please! 
Check out the new button.

Sunday, May 19, 2013

Sunday Social May 19th

Sunday Social
1. What is your favorite kind of surprise? 
Any gift that my husband gives me (Birthday or Christmas) that I have no clue about. 
2. Flowers or Chocolate? 
Flowers - in the garden or given to me!
3. What is your favorite summertime activity? 
Sitting outside especially by a pool
4. Do you have any vacations planned this Summer? 
No We just got back from Disney!  So fun. 

5. Favorite Summer Holiday? 
Hmm.  The only two I can think of is the 4th and Memorial Day - I enjoy both.
If we are talking about a holiday meaning vacation - Ogunquit ME

6. Dream Vacation? 
Italy would be my dream vacation.  
A week of sightseeing and a week in the country. 

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Summer Challenge Design Team Call

Wow!  That title is a mouthful.  As some of you know, I currently have a design team of talented and creative ladies.  As the summer approaches, I have decided to hold off on the specific paper collection design team assignments until the fall.

I know that the summer is the hardest time of the year for me to scrap.  So to continue scrapping, I decided to host two challenges a month.  I am looking for some talented and creative scrappers, card makers are welcome too, to share their work with all.   If you are chosen, your work will be featured in our blog posts.   Other crafters will have the opportunity to play along and link up/share what they created.

Looking for Design Team Members
The Memory Nest is looking for a team of crafters to
inspire creativity in others.  Each designer will be challenged to create
two layouts each month for our blog based on the provided colors or sketch.  
Great opportunity to connect with amazing people and inspire others!

* Term will be July and August 2013*
If you have a love for scrapbooking, are crafty and deadline conscious,
I would love to see your work!

Please email me at:
Subject: “Design Team Entry”
Include the following:
·         Your name, email address and blog link
·         Picture of  the layout you created using the attached sketch AND a picture of another layout you  
      created.  (You are welcome to include some info about techniques and materials used)
·         A little info about you 
·         Past or present Design Team experience

Deadline to apply is May 28, 2013  
You should be contacted by June 5th.
If chosen, more info and guidelines will follow.
Good luck to all!  Looking forward to seeing your designs.

*Please note - you will have ample time to complete the layouts -
 challenges will be assigned and due dates scheduled in June!

All chosen for the summer challenge team will have a better chance of  being chosen for The Memory Nest design team in the fall.  Fall Design Team Members will receive new product to play with.  I am looking forward to seeing what the companies release over the summer. 

Good luck and
Happy Creating, 

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

May Sketch Challenge!

Here is our May sketch, thanks to Page Maps
We would love for you to play along by linking up a card or layout.  


I love how Rachel used the sketch and the great patterned papers to make a gloomy day seem so cheerful. 
My layout was created using some old papers and a coordinating mini pad that I had in my stash.  
It was a little out of my comfort zone but it is always fun to experiment with new layouts and designs. 

Happy Sharing, 

Monday, May 13, 2013

I'm Back...from Disney!

Hello Everyone.  Glad to be back after a restful break - if you can call Disney restful.  Actually, we were tired but I made sure to not overdo it.  I thought it would be fun to share some pictures from our trip.  I missed conversing with all of you and I apologize for my absence with no explanation.  I don't like announcing to the world that I am away.  Hope you had a wonderful week.  I look forward to reconnecting with all of you and seeing what you have been up to!

Happy Week!


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