Saturday, January 15, 2022

Dream job NOT

I am guest designer at Stick it Down today! 

Here is the single page sketch that I used:

Here is a little bit about me:
Hello, my name is Phillis Walrath.  I am from upstate NY and by upstate I mean right next to the border.  I live 1 hour south of Montreal, Canada.  I began scrapbooking when my kids were small, maybe about 20 years ago.   I have never looked back.  I love working with sketches  to tell the story of what my photo is about.  My go to embellishment lately are thread, string, or ribbon and buttons.  I mostly scrap chronologically.  I have many books filled with pages of my daughter, age 23 and my son, age 25.  They each have their own collection of books.  I often make 2 pages of the same event so that each can have the page in their own book.

Friday, January 14, 2022

Millions of wishes


I used the challenge from Cookin' Up Creations:  Use the recipe below

So my challenge for you is to do a green monocromatic layout for the pickles
They take 3 weeks to make so use 3 flowers anywhere you choose
Use the word Million somewhere in your title
the first two weeks you ring out the rag on the top so use ribbon anywhere you choose
and at the bottom of the recipe it says "Do not get discouraged, these are very good pickles" Use 5 gems to represent encouragement and let your bling shine!

You have until the end of the month to join these scrap challenges.

Saturday, January 8, 2022

Thanksgiving 2021

I used the January double page sketch from Stick it Down

You have until the end of the month to join their  challenges for card, single page, and double page

Thursday, January 6, 2022

Happy Birthday

Join us all month long in January as we take a nostalgic trip back to Comfort Food the way only Grandma could make it! 

All challenges will be Recipe Challenges based on actual recipes - converted to Scrapbook Challenges. . . lots of fun recipes to share, and fond memories of days gone by. 

Remember - A new Blue Plate Special challenge is posted each Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, and participants have until the 3rd of the following month to complete and post their creations.

Prize will be a $20 Gift Certificate to their favorite online store (random drawing).....

*Winner will be chosen via Random.Org.


For Sketch Monday I used this sketch I found on pinterest: 

Here is what I created:  

So with cake you need frosting.  My favorite as a kid was milk gravy frosting.  it sounds bad, but it is so smooth and so sugary sweet.


 Milk Gravy Frosting

1 cup milk                     6 dessert spoons flour dash of salt            1/2 cup butter                

1/2 cup shortening        1 cup white sugar                                        1/2 tsp vanilla

Blend milk and flour in saucepan.  Cook over medium heat stirring constantly until thick.  Cool ( about 1/2 an hou)

Cream together better, shortening, and sugar.  Add in flour/milk mixture.  Beat until fluffy and sugar is dissolved.  Stir in the vanilla.  Frost cooled cake.


There is 1 cup of milk so use 1 photo

Since there are six spoons of flour use 6 different papers any way you want

There is only a dash of salt so sprinkle some small embellishments on your page.  I used stars.

Since butter is smooth use something shiny on your page.  I used some sequins

Shortening is also smooth, but I remember the Crisco always coming in the giant circle container.  So use a circle or may circles or parts of circles on your page

For the 1 cup of sugar be sure to matt your 1 photo

Lastly there is some vanilla to give it a pop of flavoring so give your page a pop of thread, string, or twine

So join us at Cookin'Up Creations this month

Saturday, January 1, 2022

O Holy Night

Cookin' Up Creations December 22 challenge (you have 2 more days to join their December challenges.

Red OR  green with 1 other color and something not usually on a scrap page. 

Sketches in Thyme #499

Friday, December 31, 2021


 Thanksgiving family photos from 2021

I used the December double page sketch from Stick it Down.

I also used the tag challenge from Cookin' Up Creations:

Today's challenge is focusing on TAGS...whether they are plain, matching a paper line, Christmas, etc. For this challenge you must use at least 2 tags and because it is a round-up add a circle or two to the mix.

You have a few hours to join these challenges.

Thursday, December 30, 2021



My niece and her new husband.

Cookin' Up Creations Dec 17 challenge.  

So todays challenge is to use Black and white only pattern papers or plain paper and the twist is to use colorful embellishments.
  I may have not really followed the rules with my pink paper.  OOOPS

Sketches in Thyme  SKETCH  #498