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

Celebrating Pier Relationships

OK, so the punster in me couldn’t resist another pun about Piers. My layout title was born out of a need for something snappy and possibly punny and now I’ve decided to do the same with my blog post. With apologies…

As many of you may know or remember, I’ve been working on my Spring Break album on and off. I needed something that would help me create a page for exploring the pier on Tybee Island. I had a number of photos that I loved and really wanted to include them all. Both my hubby and my daughter had taken pictures and shared them with me, so it’s really quite a collaboration of photographers!

I admit, I have a sketch dependency issue. I rely heavily on sketches to inspire me and help me figure out how to put my pages together. I recently found Scrapbook Generation and am enjoying their free online magazine (Create) as well as the sketches they create and share. I felt very inspired by this free sketch from Allison Davis in the August issue of Create:




The banner strips reminded me of the decking of the pier and I felt that there was the opportunity to turn the large photo into a collage so that I could show 4 different pictures in that spot. I always like to see a spot for journaling and of course a few fun embellies!

Here’s what I came up with:

Pier Enjoyment

What I love is that even though there were three different photographers on three completely different types of devices, all the pictures work together (I’ll let you guess which ones were on my full-size point and shoot camera, which ones were taken with a cell phone and which one was taken with an iPod Touch.) Bright sunny day = best photos possible on all types of devices…

So the story is that I printed my “decking” pieces on my printer from a digital paper from Pixl Cafe (WoodgrainPapers-TMartin), just on regular cardstock, I cut them out with my Silhouette using Flag Borders (from Sweet Afton) adapted to work with the sketch sizes. Did I explain that the sketches from Scrapbook Generation come with sizes for all the major elements? Well, I should have because it makes it even quicker and easier to create a layout close to the sketch design without having to try and guess! I decided to use some twine for the stitched lines as well as a few other places. I thought it went nicely with the beach/pier theme.




Yep, there are a few wood veneer elements (Studio Calico), some brads and stickers (Simple Stories) along with the paper strips and the paper I used for the journaling strips (also Simple Stories). The “Pier” alphas are canvas letters from Little Yellow Bicycle – I think they went perfectly with my theme, too!

Thanks so much for stopping by! I love to read your comments and hope you’ll visit again soon!

I’ll be entering this layout into the Simon Says Stamp Anything Goes challenge for the Wednesday Challenge blog.

Have a super happy kind of day!


Cutting Edge Blog Hop

Hi! I really love the Wish You Were Here stamp set and dies from Lawn Fawn and I just needed a good excuse to ink them up and play with them today. So the Cutting Edge Blog Hop is it!



It’s pretty fun! Anyone who’d like to participate is included as long as they follow the simple rules on the Pretty Pink Posh website! Read all about it and join in while there’s time!

Here’s my card:




I took the idea from a combination of what Yainea and Latisha created with this set during the release post for these wonderful stamps and dies at Lawn Fawn. I liked the random background on Yainea’s card and the way the arrows and the sentiment made me smile on Latisha’s!

Thanks for visiting! I hope you have a wonderful day!


It’s been a long week!

I can’t believe it was only a week ago yesterday that I posted some projects on my blog! It’s been a very eventful week (all good, very good) so it just feels like a lot more time has passed. Does that ever happen to you? Every time I have an eventful week it happens to me – especially vacations usually feel like they last a lot longer than the week that we’re away. I consider that a good thing! Living life to the fullest, or at least enjoying the moments as they come!

Today I’ve got a layout with pictures from not even a month ago. I know! Go, me! Because my wonderful teenage daughter shared the pictures from her iPod, I was able to scrap this page about a bowling outing with her brother, aunt and cousins! I love that she shared so that I could record that memory on this page.

I used a sketch from Scrapbook Challenges: Sizzlin Summer ’14 Sketch 04


There’s something about arrows and bowling that just go together for me, so I really thought this would work well for my layout. What do you think?

Be Fabulous Be Happy full

I used Studio Calico’s Snippets paper (I just love the colors and ombre and the stripes remind me of the wood flooring of a bowling lane and the circles paper was all about the bowling ball shape).  Also the yellow, green and red in the paper went perfectly with the group photo colors, too. I used one of the cut-apart sheets for the title and a flair badge from the collection, along with some SC wood veneer to embellish. The arrows are cut from DCWV adhesive back cork sheets with WeRMemory Keepers dies. I used Basic Grey enamel dots to repeat some of the circle theme. The Together Time die cut is from Arrow Words – Together by Kolette Hall , cut from core’dinations paper.Thanks so much for visiting today! I hope you’re enjoying these last days of summer (or perhaps your kids have already gone back to school.) It’s still summer until Labor Day, though, right?


Doodlebug Cuteness!

I don’t know about you, but I am a sucker for anything Doodlebug Designs creates! They know cute like nobody else!

If you’ve been following along, you will know that I did a Christmas in July card challenge through my Yahoo! Scrappin n Chattin group to create a different card, based on a given prompt, for each day of July. I had a couple of  kits from Scrapbook Steals that included some papers, stickers, cards, twine and buttons that I used to create the following cards:

Ruth - 28 Button

The round stickers are from my stash, but you’d never know they weren’t from the same time as the card and buttons! That’s one of the things I appreciate about Doodlebug – it’s so easy to match things! I love the cardstock stickers for the Merry Christmas sentiment! So fun, quick and easy! (I used Twine from the Twinery.)
Ruth - 25 Sketch
#25 sketch

The prompt for this card was to use the provided sketch. It worked so nicely to use the jellishment that said “Christmas” for the center square and use the cardstock sticker “Merry” at the angle and the twine for the ribbon! I liked how the flocked circles on the background paper went so nicely with the dotted card as well as the design of the jellishment! Doodlebug knows dots!

Ruth - 27 Animal


This last design came directly from the examples shown on Scrapbook Steals for the kit. I added some Doodlebug sequins in the “snow” area to add a little bit of sparkle and fun! The reins here are a We R Memory Keepers Sew Easy fiber – it has a nice shine to it.

I hope you enjoyed the cuteness! I had a ton of fun creating these!

Thanks so much for visiting! Have a great day!

I’ll be entering these in the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge blog Anything Goes Challenge.


Ruth - 20 Sleigh

I thought I’d do something different and just show you my card and then tell you about it!

I stamped the sleigh in puddles of Smooch Spritz (Cherry Ice and Silver Fox) on my craft mat. I love how the main part of the sleigh turned out with this technique. It worked well with the style of stamp with lots of interesting details (the stamp is from the Close to My Heart Holiday Magic set – which was the October 2012 Stamp of the Month.)

I distressed the edges with Tea Dye Distress Ink and matted that image on a piece of Pearlized cardstock from The Paper Studio and then adhered that to the card base with the Echo Park ’tis the Season patterned paper on it. Three Doodlebug Design sequins finish off the front.

Thanks for visiting! Did you create any projects for Christmas in July! I’d love to hear about them!

Have a great day!

I’m entering the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge blog Anything Goes challenge.


Hi! I’m obviously taking it slow with my December Daily. I’m really enjoying the process and while I did most of the pictures and journaling during December it’s fun putting the pages together when the weather is warm. These are the pages I’ve completed recently.


(Obviously, I didn’t take this picture while I was driving. I took it later when I saw a car later with the red nose and antlers.)


(I love tea! I’ve even been enjoying it on the cooler mornings this summer! It’s like therapy in a cup!)


(The doily is cut from a vellum with a silvery finish. It looks pretty great in person!)

Ruth - week #30

(Can you see the two hours of love I put into this page? I loved every minute of it! Super fun to scrap Christmas during July!!!)

I was in the mood to do a Christmas layout after working on my Christmas in July cards.

You can see my day 11 in a post here. Day 5 is here.

I hope you enjoyed a look at these pages. Have you done a December Daily album? I’d love to hear about it!

Thanks for visiting!


I’m entering the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge blog Anything Goes challenge.

Products I’ve used:

I’m using Simple Stories Sn@p Christmas Cards as well as the December Documented Simple Basics paper, Echo Park ’tis the Season 6×6 paper pad, Sequins from stash as well as Lawn Fawn, Studio Calico and Doodlebug, Stickers from Studio Calico, Simple Stories and Cosmo Cricket, Washi tape from SEI and stash, Markers from Close to My Heart, Faber-Castell and Marvy, Tiny Attacher, Stickles. The numbers for the days are all Lori Whitlock files: 3×4 december daily life cards 1-15 (adapted for use in a small space).



Beauty and the Beach

Well, hello! I hope this day finds you well and enjoying your summer! I’ve got a layout from our Spring Break getaway to Georgia to visit with family and enjoy some warmth and sunshine. We were very blessed and really had a wonderful time.

We were visiting with my brother-in-law, Ken, who lives in Savannah and he took us to Tybee Island our first full day there. The sand,  sunshine and laid back atmosphere were just what we needed after the long hard winter we had just survived!

As is usually the case, it was fun to take a look at challenges when I was getting ready to scrap this page. To begin with is the sketch, which comes from Paper Secrets July1st Sketch challenge and was created by Kelly Holifield:


I love multi-photo sketches and especially liked the different sizes of photos and the angled lines of stars in this sketch. Why don’t I just show you what I did with it:




I just love having the two smaller pictures that my daughter took on the layout! They are awesome and I’m so thankful she shared them with me!

Since I adapted the sketch to use one long photo, instead of two on the right and one die cut element instead of the second photo on the left I’ll able be entering this into the Yahoo! group Scrappin-n-Chattin July challenge for a 3 photo layout.

As it so happens, Paper Secrets was teaming up with Scrap & Play for this challenge so I’ll be entering their challenge also:

I had fun with completing the SPLASH part of these challenges. This is my SPLASH:

S- Sun (rays in the background at the top of the page, camera flair in the selfie and also in the “O” in the “On Beach Time” sign)

P – Parenthesis (around the word “getaway”)

L – Landscape photo (two ways – one with that orientation and the other a literal picture of the landscape)

A – Arrows

S – Sand (I used Ultra Fine Flower Soft sand on the word “beach” in my title)

H – Hearts (wood veneer hearts near my journaling, the selfie and the title)

I also used some of those items to qualify for the Scrap our Stash Challenge #16 ~ Let’s Go Shopping!



From the shopping list I used:

  1. Striped Paper (sun rays in the upper part of the layout, as well as the strip that ran through the middle that you can see behind the “getaway” die cut)
  2. Arrows (one die cut and two paper clips at the tops of the photos)
  3. Wood veneer (the hearts)
  4. Journaling card (upper right corner)
  5. Die cut (the background sun rays and waves are from 4 season’s layout: summer by Lori Whitlock, the “beach” arrow and “on beach time” sign are  print and cut files from Simple Stories, “getaway” is from Kerri Bradford Studio’s This + That Summertime)
  6. Sequins (yellow and blue located in spots around the page – can you see the ones I tucked under the curls of the waves? I thought it would be a nice way to add some shine and dimension there)

Do you have a favorite way of sharing your beach memories? I’d love to hear about that in the comments below (or tell me if something I shared inspired you for your next layout.)

Thanks so much for visiting and I hope you have a wonderful day (maybe with lots of sunshine or sand in your toes!)


Details about materials I used that I haven’t already shared:
Cardstock – Bazzill; Patterned Paper and alpha stickers – Simple Stories; Journaling tag – Chic Tags; Stamps – Lawn Fawn, My Favorite Things; Ink – Clearsnap; Pen – EK Success; Alpha – American Crafts; Flocking – Flower Soft; Wood Veneer – Studio Calido; Sequins – Doodlebug Design; Adhesive – American Crafts, ScrapPerfect, Zig; Paper Clips from stash; Font – Bready C – Clockwise Demo.


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