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

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!





Christmas in July!

Well, hello! I’ve been working on a card challenge with my Scrappin-n-Chattin Yahoo! group to create Christmas cards with a different prompt every day of July and thought I’d share one of my cards with you today!

Ruth - 3 RedGreenWhite

This is for the 3rd day’s prompt to create a card with just red, green and white. I used the a2 christmas tree pop dot card by Lori Whitlock . I have to admit I have a serious shaker card addiction! They are so much fun to make. Those are the delicious Doodlebug Design sequins inside (I love all the different colors and finishes their small jars of sequins have!) Two addictions combined, maybe three if you count my Silhouette machine, or four if you consider my love of traditional Christmas colors…

So, I made this with the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge to make a shaker card in mind, but I finished too late because I was busy celebrating my daughter’s 15th birthday with her Tuesday (she chose to scrap with me – the BEST reason to miss the shaker card deadline ever!) But after checking out the next challenge found that this would work for the LET’S BE CLEAR  challenge there! Yay!

Not much else to say here. Other than I hope you’re having a fantastic summer and that you have a wonderful day!

Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment to put a smile on my face!




Scrapping Our Stash Blog Hop

Well, hello there! I’m so glad you stopped by! If you were hopping along with the Practical Scrappers “Scrapping Our Stash” Monthly Blog Hop, welcome to my blog! You should have come from Christine’s blog. If you weren’t hopping and you’d like to start the hop from the beginning or you’re just visiting me, welcome to you, too. Here’s the list of blogs that are participating:

Practical Scrappers


Wendy C




Ruth <<<<<—- Can you see me waving “hi”?










OK, so the idea of this blog hop is one that I love and embrace – scrapping our stash! I know I have a million and one papers, enamel dots and rolls of washi tape that just want a chance to play, so I try not to get all frothy at the mouth when CHA rolls around and drop everything I already have – I try and use it.

Today I’m sharing a layout I created quick and easy. It was quick because of using stash stuff I already had used and knew what would go with it, the easy part comes from using a sketch and keeping it clean and simple.

The sketch I chose is #241a from Pamela’s World of Scrap:


Sadly, Pamela moved and hasn’t continued to blog and provide new sketches, but she has a library of some 200 sketches that are pretty awesome. She usually includes a single page as well as a double page for the sketch (which is something I really appreciate) as well as multiple pictures on each page (also something I love!) Thanks so much, Pamela, if you’re out there anywhere!

Enough chatter, on to the layout!

Christmas Treets

You can see that I have changed things to work for my photos. The large circle is not quite so large because I wanted to include 3 pictures of each of my kids instead of the three and two in the sketch.


The sketch also called for one banner piece and a circle in the upper left and I decided to use more banner pieces and to omit the circle there.


Something that helps to motivate my scrapping is challenges. I belong to a Yahoo! group (Scrappin-n-Chattin) that hosts challenges for the group every month and this layout will be used for the anything goes challenge (available every month) and the banner helps me to qualify for a challenge at Lasting Memories #196 – Bannerific (one of my favorite elements to use on a layout!)

7/2/14 Edited to add: Woohoo! Just found out I was chosen a top 3 for my layout at Lasting Memories! Thanks so much! I feel honored!

Lasting Memories 

With all the challenges that I enter (as well as online giveaways) my stash has grown far beyond my ability to use it all, that along with the fact that some things that I win just aren’t my style, leads me to want to share some of my cast-offs with you, if you’d like. All you have to do is tell me your secret for staying motivated and inspired in your crafting and I’ll enter you into the giveaway. If you don’t want to enter, leave a comment anyway and you can say you don’t want to be entered. I won’t judge!

July 1 Edited to Add: comments are now closed for the giveaway. I don’t want to discourage blog love or joining in the conversation about motivation and inspiration, though! Feel free to continue to add your thoughts below!

Also, entering the Anything Goes Challenge at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge blog.


I will announce the winner on Tuesday, July 1st and you’ll have 24 hours to respond to my e-mail before I draw again.

Thanks again for stopping by! To continue on the hop, be sure to head over to  Lee-Anne’s blog.

I hope you have a great day!


Supplies I used for my layout:

Cardstock – Bazzill; Patterned Paper, alphas and stickers – Bella Blvd; Pearls – Doodlebug; Twine – The Twinery; Adhesive – American Crafts, ScrapPerfect, Xyron.




I know that doesn’t sound like a compliment, but considering it has to go up against the likes of Christmas, Easter, and Thanksgiving, I think it’s saying a lot to count the Fourth of July my fourth favorite holiday! And since four is my favorite number that gives it a special spot in my heart, even if it’s not the top of the list!

So this is the the last challenge until next fall for the Creative Cutting Challenge and it is the 4th of July. I know you could have probably guessed that, but I just wanted to make it clear for you.

I chose the Patriotic Set from The Creative Pointe which includes all these files:


You may notice the awesome fireworks with the sentiment! It really struck a chord with my fourth-loving soul!

I really loved this sketch from Scrap Our Stash:

SOS June Sketch


I liked that the design was set up for more than one photo and that there was a scattered sense about the layout – much like fireworks!

The next challenge I felt fit right in with my need to scrap fireworks from the fourth was the Bokeh challenge at A Blog Named Hero:



Intentional, or not, my fireworks photos were definitely Bokeh in feel, but I also felt that a background with a Bokeh look would be a great way to set off my pictures, so to speak ;-)!

I started out with a sheet of watercolor paper. I inked up my star stamp from the Epic Love set from Hero Arts/Operation Write Home with Faded Jeans Distress Stain and started stamping. The Distress Stain isn’t really meant for stamping, so it gave a very random look to the coloring of the stars. I would also spritz the paper with Tattered Angels Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Mist every once in a while to really fade out the Distress Stain and give the page some sparkle all at the same time. I also used 2nd and 3rd generation stamping to give some of the fainter effects. I’m pretty excited with how it turned out and I would definitely give this technique a try again!

So, that’s my background story – literally! Well, how about I let you have a peak now!


Can you see the Bokeh, the sketch, the cuts? Here’s a closeup of the three cuts I used from the Patriotic Set:


I used the sentiment, the detailed star (in the center of the wood veneer gears) and the shield. I created the long banners that go down the page by drawing a long rectangle the same width as the top of the shield and then welding it together in my Silhouette software! I’m very happy with how that worked for those long strips from the sketch.

I used dimensional adhesive on the stars and firework element of the title and put some metallic red sequins in the middle to give them some glamour. I used shimmery papers and the Glimmer Mist for all the papers but the red, which was highly textured, take a peak:


Honestly, I didn’t want to stop when I finished this layout. All the wonderful texture and the fabulous patriotic images and colors – they really made my heart happy!

I hope you get a chance to get craft happy and share your digitally cut creation using something other Cricut files and join us in the challenge!

Have a great day and thanks so much for visiting! Please feel free to leave a comment to put a smile on my face!


Supplies not already mentioned:

Paper – Canson, Paper Accents, The Paper Studio, my stash; Wood veneer – Studio Calico; Sequins – Doodlebug; Alpha Stickers – Close to My Heart; Pen – Sakura; Adhesive – American Crafts, Glue Dots, ScrapPerfect.


Project Life-style!

Hi! I’m so glad you’re visiting today! I’ve been struggling to make a layout work with the pictures I wanted to use and the die cuts that would help make it even more fun. Honestly, this page has been rattling around in my brain for the past 2 months and I finally had an “a-ha” moment on Saturday morning (when I first wake up is when I tend to solve “design problems” I might be having.) I figured out that in order to accommodate all my pictures in the sizes I wanted as well as the cuts I wanted to use I could use a grid format, similar to how Project Life pages are laid out but as a traditional page.

With how my grid ended up, I had two perfect spots to put my die cuts. With a rectangular piece of patterned paper behind, they read like a Project Life style card, only with dimension and some added embellishments!

This project is my design team example for The Creative Cutting Challenge – Anything Goes! I used the Beach Set from The Creative Pointe! Gotta love these fun shapes!Beach Set PV

First I’ll show you how I embellished the die cuts. I was creating a monochromatic layout (for the challenges at Stuck on U Sketches and Scrap Our Stash – Stash Challenge #15 – Monocromatic LO) so I needed to find ways to make the die cuts pop since there was no real change in color. I used the Clear Star Jelly Roll pen (which has a gold sheen to it) to edge my title words – I think it worked perfectly for the sun!


and the Smooch Illuminate Pearlized Top Coat on the white stripes in the sun rays and to edge the beach scene cuts and shadow layers.


After using dimensional adhesive to attach the die cuts to the Project Life style cards I’d cut, I used some Doodlebug sequins and a phrase sticker to add some more interest to them!


ThisIsTheLife Card


I love how these turned out and since I like to try and get more dimension and texture into my layouts, by making my own cards that was easy and fun to do!

My full layout turned out like this:


I love how my grid flows from the start to the end of the story, how the yellow is such a beautiful contrast to the blues and lavenders in the photos and how I was able to get so many pictures in and all at a size that made it easy to enjoy these images from our vacation.

I hope you’ll play along if you’re able to cut from electronic files on a digital die cut machine (projects with only Cricut cartridge cuts are not qualified to participate.) Maybe you’ll even try to make your own Project Life style cards for your projects!

Thanks so much for visiting! Remember, to put a smile on my face, simply leave a comment below! I hope you have a great day!!!


Challenges I’m entering:

Scrap Our Stash Stash Challenge #15 – Monocromatic LO – Yellow with sequins, a phrase sticker, wood veneer pieces, Doodlebug Sprinkles and twine

Stuck on U Sketches Project Life challenge: YELLOW

Sketch N Scrap Birthday Bash Challenge hosted by My Creative Endeavors – Card Challenge : I used one Project Life style card (cut in half) for the journaling and created 2 more cards from scratch! Thanks for the inspiration!

Scrappin n Chatting Yahoo! Group 52 week challenge (week #22 makeup) and June challenge to use a geotag

Products I used (not already mentioned): Patterned Paper, phrase sticker – Simple Stories; Digital Die Cut machine – Silhouette Cameo; Wood veneer – Studio Calico; Enamel Dots – Doodlebug; Twine – The Twinery; Pens – American Crafts and Sakura; Ink – Close to My Heart; Adhesive – Beacon, Glue Dots, Kuretake, Scotch, ScraPerfect.

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