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

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.


Scrapping Our Stash Blog Hop

I think it is so fun that the hop this month is exactly five months to the day until Christmas! Are you ready? Well, this hop should be a great place to get inspired if you need a little help in that department.

If you were hopping along with the Hop, welcome to my blog, you should have come from Alison’s blog. If you weren’t hopping and you’re just visiting me, welcome to you, too. If  you’d like to start the hop from the beginning or you’re lost here’s the list of blogs that are participating:

Practical Scrappers






Ruth <<<<—–Hi, you are here ;-)!



Kelly Jean






Wendy C

My main project is a small Simple Stories page for my December Daily album. Please see this post for more info on my concept for this album. Here’s my page about my love of snowflakes:

Ruth - 9

I created the top frame and snowflake with my Silhouette Cameo machine and the 12 pc December Daily set from Lori Whitlock (cutting off the outer two rings of the circle.) I love how I’m able to put whatever number(s) I need into the corner to indicate what day it is. It’s also wonderful that it works as a frame for a 4×6 landscape style pocket so what I wanted to share can be tucked inside.

I used Simple Stories December Documented paper for the die cuts and their Sn@p Christmas for the 4×6 cards on the top and bottom. I used sequins from my stash, the wood veneer snowflake is from Paper Chase and a Sakura white Jelly Roll pen for the faux stitching.

I belong to a group of crafty ladies on Yahoo! called Scrappin-n-Chattin and I thought I would share with you some of my Christmas in July challenge cards. These were made from a kit from Pinecone Press using Simple Stories’ 25 Days of Christmas collection:

Ruth - 18 Train

Ruth - 14 Peace

Ruth - 8 Poinsettia

Ruth - 7 Music


And these two are from an old card kit from Basic Grey:

Ruth - 13 village

Ruth - 11 Frosty

You’ll find other Christmas cards in my past two posts, if you’re looking for more inspiration.

Thanks again for stopping by! It’s fun to create Christmas or winter themed projects when it’s warm outside! Even though we had a very harsh winter, I still think snowflakes are beautiful!

To continue on with the hop, you’ll head to Lee-Anne’s blog. Thanks so much for visiting today! Have a wonderful Christmas in July!



Lori Whitlock, MIA?

Well, sometimes I just enjoy the process of creating my projects and I don’t spend the time sharing them on my blog and sometimes there are other reasons (like I haven’t given the card yet and I don’t want it to be a spoiler!) I am applying for Lori Whitlocks’ Creative Team and noticed that there were many projects that I’ve done with Lori’s files that I haven’t published here, so I’m gonna share them now. I’ll try to at least give you the links to the files from the Silhouette store, we’ll see how far I get, LOL!



circle christmas angel card

this also uses the digital papers from Lori’s Christmas Day collection that I printed out – I would have loved to have used print and cut, but my Silhouette was not playing nice with me the other day, so I did it a fairly low-tech way instead.


birthday cake pop up card (created and designed by my daughter, Erin – I thought she did a great job!)


a2 thank you card

One of the cards in a set I gave to staff at my son’s school (I used the school colors of bright blue and white for as many of the designs as I could.)

Matt - bday 2014

5×7 box card: birthday  (adapted to use birthday labels by Carta Bella)

I had a ton of fun creating this card for my nephew!



box card: birthday age 30, 40, 50 + a2 box card: birthday + 8×10 xl box card: birthday (adapted)

My sister’s birthday card – she is a Stamin’ Up! demonstrator and loves blue so I used SU! blue papers. It does say “looks good on you” on the very front yellow panel, but it didn’t turn out in the photo. I have to admit, the Stickles went on a little too thick, LOL! Don’t you love the sweet banner and the little bows, though? Just wonderful!


Sequin balloon

a2 birthday pop dot card

My first shaker card for my niece who is very sweet!

week #4 card


3d flip swing card birthday cake

A card for my SIL who teaches first grade and always talked about the nieces and nephews as her “favorite first grader” when they were that age!


#3 thank you card

This and the next card were for a card set that I gave as a gift to someone special to me! I felt they would be elegant cards for an elegant person!


‘quilt’ card

That about wraps it up for now. I know I have more, but I thought it’d be fun to share these today!

I hope you have a fabulous day!

Thanks for spending part of it here with me!






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