Friday, August 7, 2015

Challenge YOUrself Challenge #21 is now open!

Hi everyone and good morning!  Welcome Friday - TGIF!!  I cannot tell you how beautiful the weather has been here the past week or so.  The humidity is gone and we have had some perfect summer days.  YAY!  I hope you are all having good days, too.

Today I would like to share with you the newest challenge over at Challenge YOUrself. Remember, it's the challenge blog that wants you to use photos of YOU on your layouts!

Just a reminder, Lynn, our blog owner says:

"Hey you! The one who likes to snap hundreds of pictures of everyone else. Yes, you know who you are! It's time to start getting in front of the camera and scrapping memories that include YOU in the photo! Join us once a month and challenge YOUrself!"

The challenge for this month is an amazing one as follows:
I loved this idea and immediately knew that I wanted to scrap photos of our oldest daughter, Katie, at her very first piano recital when she was eight years old.  She was amazing - she played the piano and sang!  I decided to keep it simple this time and let the photos shine.  I used paper that I love from Webster's Pages as my background:

 Here is my completed layout:

With some different views:

and a close up:

I encourage to check out the latest challenge at Challenge YOUrself this month!  It is a wonderful blog and it gives you a great excuse to scrap photos with YOU in them!

And in honor of summer, I would like to share some photos that were taken poolside last weekend:

Here's Anne jumping in the pool:

Here I am with my twin, Karen: 

And the last photo is with Karen and Katie!  She's finally home after an intership at Stanford University!!!  We are enjoying her stay, even if only for a short time.  She will be going back to Penn State soon - for her senior year!  Where did the time go?

Have a wonderful weekend everyone!Enjoy! And thank you so much for taking the time to stop by my blog today.  I love your visits!  HUGS!!


  1. Keep calm and..... Hum.. Great challenge! Love your layout! The design is clean and uncluttered! Love the photo cut,out like that.. And fantastic photos jumping in the pool! Makes me feel cold though,as I sit here in front,of our fire!!! Have a good weekend!

  2. Her senior year already?!?!?!? WOW...time flies!! LOVING your lo!! LOVING those photos and the title!!! Gorgeous!!!!!!!!!!

  3. I never knew you were one of twins...that must be so cool. I love your photos and I miss summer ;-) Lovely take on this challenge and I love the way you fussy cut your photo.

  4. What a fabulous LO, you did that criteria justice for sure! Love that green woodgrain paper and cut out figures... awesome!! Oh if ONLY it were warm enough for a pool here - we've been is super cold snowy conditions... though the sun shone today - a bonus! I know what its like to have kids living away.... at the beginning of this year we started 5 months of empty nest - first time in 32 years!! Only now one has come home!! its lovely!!

  5. Love this layout and love that fill-in-the-blank quote. Let's see: Keep calm and pass the chocolate. 8-) Sending blessings your way.

  6. i love the variety of stripes and script on your layout...
    and i Chose the words: Keep calm and get an ice cream. it is HOT here like it wasn´t in many years. i´m melting.

  7. Oooh! Fussy cutting with you lot peeking outta that frame. BRILL idea....loving the scallops going on, too. Summer. Right. OK for SOME!! Holidays with your sis and girls seems a good thing, though!! ENJOY:):)

  8. I love the way you cut the top of the photo out and the way you layered the photos together. This is a really fabulous layout! It looks like you are all enjoying summer. I hope y'all can stay cool!

  9. Great LO,love the cutout photos,and lovely photos!

  10. Hello Sharon! Such a fun layout this is, love the photos and theme!! The weather has been perfect here too, wish it could last another 3 months. Nice family photos here, so glad you had some good family time!! Congrats to Katie, so awesome for her!

    Thanks so much for your comment, each day is getting a little easier.

    Enjoy the last of the summer vacation and gorgeous weather! Soon it will be FALL and the Middle will be back, YAY! Take care, love and hugs friend!

  11. A lovely fresh, crisp layout and a great memory to scrap. Summer , I can't wait, looks like you are all enjoying the sunshine
    Thank you for always popping by and leaving such lovely comments
    Mary x

  12. Beautiful page! It's a bit different than your usual, dreamy style. It's fun to see her looking so young! Enjoy your time together. :)

  13. Your layout is fabulous! Such fresh colours and a fab picture! Your other photos are lovely too! xxx

  14. Such a sweet rememberance page! Love the green woody background and the awesome photo....where does the time go!!!! Your summer photo's are gorgeous and the pool one's are amazing....exactly what summer is all about!!! ;-)


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