Happy Monday and welcome to another fun challenge week with Lasting Memories!!!
For most of in the U.S. it's back to school time! If you are a parent you probably counted down the days until your little angel returned to the classroom starting with week one of summer vacation.....lol. This year, for the first year in I dunno how long, I actually enjoyed just about every minute of summer break. Maybe that happened when your kids get older?? We had a great summer but the boys were bored to death the last few weeks and were actually happy to return to the classroom......that is so wrong on so many levels and I'm sure it violates some sorta kid code!!
Classes have been in full force for a couple of weeks here now and I think even the college kids are back in town this week......and now we are counting down the days til football time in Tennessee!!
So, for those of you who don't live in the south........the start of college football pretty much marks the end of summer, even tho we will still have 80 and 90 degree weather well into October......lol.
And for this weeks challenge we are focusing on the end of summer! Think of it as a class assignment....... "What I did on my summer vacation"!! Remember those?
Maybe you celebrated the kids going back to school with a little party or cookout? Or took and end of summer trip or vacation? A family reunion? Or maybe there is something else that signifies the end of summer for you and your family? It can pretty much be anything!!
My family stayed close to home this summer.....I didn't really feel up to mortgaging the house for a tank of gas to go across country ya know? And besides....we live in BEAUTIFUL East Tennessee!! 30 minutes from the Great Smokey Mountains and all of the fun and touristy stuff up in Gatlinburg.....why would I wanna go anyplace else???? :)
One of our favorite trips this summer was to the lake. Most of the boys had never been fishing and we spent all day soaking up the sun and fishing and had a nice little picnic. Simple? yeah....but so fun and FREE!!!! And Jesse came back with a great story for his "what I did this summer" assignment!! His very first fishing trip EVER!!! Once I got his pole ready to go I also had to bait it (who knew boys were afraid of worms???) AND I had to cast it out for him.......less than a minute in I am helping Brandon put a hook on his line and Jesse starts yelling that he has a fish..........yeah right!!!
Well, he did!!! And he totally froze up and had no clue what to do.......lol. So good ol mom reeled him in and he had an awesome sized rainbow trout on his line!!!!!
How cool!!!! And then he start squealing "I gotta fish!!!!" Ahem......
I put his hook on, baited it, cast it out and reeled it in......but HE caught it!!!
Typical male perspective!!!! :)
He was so excited I didn't have the heart to disagree with him..........now if it had been my 16 yr old he would never hear the end of it.......lol.
So that's what I scrapped this week! Jesse and HIS fish!!!
I used Echo Park's Splash collection and multiple alphas that came with the kit for my journaling......just to make it fun :) I don't know how well it shows, but there is a LOT of foam tape to pop up the stickers. I think that is my favorite thing about Echo Park's stuff....they always include a ton of stickers in their kits and I get so much more mileage out of their stuff than most companies for that very reason.
I decided the fishies needed some googly eyes.......and in some cases the eyeballs are as big as the fish....lol. And I wish I could remember who sent me that darling felt cloud.......it's a Basic Grey Woolie and it's oh so cute in person!!! It's inspired me to go out and buy some felt and make my won little embellies like this!!!
So that's my end of summer story and layout!!
You had to know I would have a long rambling story behind my layout....I always do!!! :)
So....whatcha waiting for???? Grab those scrappy supplies and get movin!!!
Don't forget we still have our end of the month giveaway coming up and this counts as an entry towards the awesome My Memories Suite digital scrapbooking software!
ANDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDD That's not all!!!!!
We are looking for a few GDTs!! Our Sept slot is still wide open and we want you!! Yup!! When you link your creation up please be sure to include GDT after your name so we know you are interested. This is an awesome team and I'm tellin ya.......they let me on the team full time so surely they can put up with you for one month!!! After putting up with me anyone else is a welcome distraction :):)
I'm linking my layout with the following:
Clear it Out Challenge: Inspiration (inspired by summer!! and the below challenges)
Papercraft Star: Holiday or vacation
Seriously Creative Summer Sunshine
The Happy Scrappers Sports (fishing is definitely a sport in the south!!)
Crafting for all Seasons: Stitching (on my cloud)
Go Fish: Summer Theme/Photo Challenge