Scrapbooking as much as possible, but sometimes getting distracted by birthdays and life!

Well, maybe not in my memory, but trying to document Erin’s experiences so that if she should happen to forget she’ll have this page to help her remember!

In case you weren’t aware, a huge goal for me is to finish her school album for Winfield schools (K-8), so when I found challenges for travel themes and a wonderful PageMaps sketch that was part of a challenge my brain came up with Erin’s 8th grade trip to Springfield! I was so pleased that she took our little point and shoot camera and took lots of great pictures (all the pictures on the LO are hers except for the one of her, which my friend Kara took and texted to me [and later resent it via e-mail when I couldn’t find it because it was the only close-up of her that I knew of – thanks again, Kara!])

You may have noticed that I tend to focus on the details. Well, there are themes I used that may not be completely obvious upon just checking out the page, but I’ll talk about those details, don’t fret ;-)!

Here’s the sketch which was the August Guest Designer Challenge from Jessica Navarro over at sketches4all (bless you Jessica for choosing a 2-pager with lots of photos and especially a PageMaps sketch – I love PageMaps!)

You'd think that this LO would just put itself together, but I have to up the difficulty by adding in details!

You’d think that this LO would just put itself together, but I have to up the difficulty by adding in details!

Here’s my layout:

Here it is in it's 2-page glory!

Here my layout in it’s 2-page glory!

This is the right side to put my Abe cut <3!

This is the right side to put my Abe cut <3!

The upper left corner has the only picture of Erin where she's not buried in a group shot.

The upper left corner has the only picture of Erin where she’s not buried in a group shot.

Title and journaling detailTitle and journaling detail

Awesome bowling cuts (those pins are 3 layers each and are 3 separate pins - the bowling ball was 4 layers!)

Awesome bowling cuts (those pins are 3 layers each and there are 3 separate pins – the bowling ball was 4 layers!)

Without further ado, the details! I chose my patterned paper first and it inspired me to consider the penny, where President Lincoln (yes, of the Land of Lincoln, otherwise known as our home state of Illinois) has resided. Pennies are made of copper and when copper oxidizes it becomes this beautiful turquoise color. When I saw the turquoise in the camera paper I decided it needed to be a strong element in my layout as well as the copper pen I used for the writing. That’s it! In other fun was a challenge to use arrows. I decided that it would be fun to use the arrows to label the photos and add to the energy of the page. There was also a challenge to use wood  (I loved using wood veneer alphas and the @ on Lincoln’s head), stripes (I used a blue ribbon with white stripes on the right side of the LO) and mixed alphas (I used 3 different alphas for the title).

The cardstock was from Bazzill and my stash. The patterned paper was from Bo Bunny and Little Yellow Bicycle can lay claim to everything from patterned paper to flags to chipboard shapes to vellum strips. The alphas are from Close to My Heart and Prima, the wood veneer is from Studio Calico, pen was from Faber-Castell and the ribbons are from The Paper Studio and Stampin’ Up! Adhesive was from American Crafts, Scotch and Xyron. Cutting files were from Silhouette store.

I will be entering this layout into the following challenges (in alphabetical order):

Kristi B. – August Challenge – Use wood, stripes, and mixed alphas

Rochelle Spears – August Challenge – Travel Theme

Scrappin-n-Chattin – August Challenge – Travel

Scrap Your Story Challenges – Challenge #22 Arrows

Silhouette Blog – Shape Challenge – (the 3 bowling pins are all the same shape)

Sketches 4 All – August Guest Designer Challenge – Jessica Navarro

Thanks for visiting today! I hope you enjoyed taking a look into my daughter’s memory and my creation! Have a wonderful day and please be sure to let me know how you came to find my blog and what caught your eye on my layout!



Comments on: "Traveling around in my memory" (9)

  1. Oh my goodness! You rocked this!! and your details are amazing! What a fab layout!!

  2. Fabulous layout Ruth! I love those arrows and was totally going to tell you to submit it for the arrows challenge at Scrap Your Story, but I see you already did; LOL! Thanks so much for playing along with my challenge over at Sketches 4 All! This is really quite lovely.

  3. Great double page layout. Love all of your details. I might have to try this sketch too, for all the pics I have of my grandkids at the Orange County Fair. Good luck with all your challenges.

  4. awesome layout! love all the details.

  5. jessicada said:

    What a great sketch – might have to go find it again so I can scrap some Christmas/birthday photos! Thanks for joining in at SYS, love the variety of arrows used here.

  6. What an absolutely amazing layout, Ruth ~ wonderful take on the sketch!!

  7. What a fun layout! Love all t he details and arrows! 🙂

    • Kathy,
      I went a little arrow crazy, but I was having fun using them to label everything – gotta record that stuff before the mind goes, LOL!
      Thanks so much for stopping by and leaving love!
      Have a great day and I can’t wait to see your new creations with your new goodies!

  8. Hello Ruth! I wasn’t sure if you knew but you won my August challenge! 🙂 Congrats! I haven’t seen an email from you and before I move on with another winner I would like to give you a chance to collect the prize. Please email me at Thanks!

    Rochelle Spears

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