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

I want candy! Thankfully, I’m blessed with a son who’s trying to sell The World’s Finest Chocolate to raise money to go to the state capitol with his class, so I’ve got more than I need right now. But what if you’re an 11 year-old girl and it’s Halloween? You might come up with awesome Halloween costumes and go to a friend’s house to meet up, have a photo op and then head out to round up (and devour) lots of candy! Wait until you see what these girls came up with!

The other thing I am thankful for? Super sweet files from Pretty Paper, Pretty Ribbons! I am so excited to be a part of the team and have a budget to buy the perfect files for my projects!

Why don’t I show you what I mean?

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Did you notice the awesome Candy Corn paper in the background (along with all the other coordinating papers) from the Halloween Collection Pattern Pack 2...

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 And the super cute Cotton Candy that I did as a print and cut because it was just what I wanted for showing off what my daughter dressed up as in this picture?

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And the fun eye ball candy from the Candy Bucket file as a print and cut?

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And a speech bubble for my title:Speech-Bubbles-Cut

And how I was able to use coordinating colors for other parts of the layout (background and text fill) from the Halloween Flourish not to mention the Halloween Bats and Swirls papers?

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 In case you’d like a closer look:

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Perfectly adorable, huh?

Of course, having a DT project due is great inspiration for scrapping, but added to that was the Scrappy Friends October Challenges and this awesome sketch from Brenda Ragsdale:

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Look familiar, hehe? Then the challenge at Rochelle Spear’s blog was tic-tac-toe:

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I used 4 + patterned papers, orange and die cut(s). And for Kelly Holifield there was a fun word challenge:

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I used Candy in my title and costume(s) in my journaling.

And if you’re the challenge-loving, Halloween-celebrating type, you’ll want to be sure to play along with the Pretty Paper, Pretty Ribbons Trick or Treat Challenge that’s going on. Check out all the details here! And if you didn’t see the hop and all the goodies associated check out the Pretty Paper Pretty Ribbons blog (or my post yesterday) to get started!

Other fun stuff that I used on my layout:

Cardstock: Bazzill, Wausau; Printer and Ink: HP; Cutting machine: Silhouette Cameo; Spray Ink: Clearsnap; Ink: Tsukineko; Jewels: Bo Bunny; Sequins: Doodlebug Designs, Pretty Pink Posh; Wood veneer: Studio Calico; Pens: American Crafts, Kuretake; Font: AddamsCapitals; Adhesive: American Crafts, Glue Arts, Glue Dots, Imaginesce, Zig.

If you think you’d like to me to do a tutorial on how I use the digital papers to fill my cutting files or how I work with sketches in the Silhouette software, please be sure to leave a comment below letting me know that and I’ll see if I can get a post going for that soon. I am planning on sharing how I use Evernote to organize my design team projects as well as the challenges that I follow. I am trying to work out how to get a screen shot to share here – once I figure that out, I’ll be sharing.

Thanks so much for stopping by today! I hope you’re having a great day and decide to spread the good feelings by leaving a nice comment below! It’s guaranteed to make me smile!

Ruth

Blog Hop Ad

Hi, welcome and happy Saturday! This is my first post for the Pretty Paper, Pretty Ribbons design team and I’m so excited that you’re here! If you came here from Nicole‘s blog, you are in the right place.  If you just stumbled upon this post and would like to start from the beginning, please visit the Pretty Paper, Pretty Ribbons blog.

The team has some super fun Halloween projects to share along the hop using Pretty Paper, Pretty Ribbons files. My project uses some of Lisa’s digital papers as well as her cut files. Here’s my layout:

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 I used the very fun Trick or Treat Title cutting files:

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The perfect Candy Bucket cutting files:

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As well as the Halloween Collection Plaid Grid  as a fill in my Silhouette software to add wonderful texture to the die cuts:

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And Halloween Collection Pattern Pack 2 for the awesome background as well as the strip near the bottom. Love those arrows! All the bright fun colors worked so nicely together and added a lot of energy to my fun story!

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The blog candy for this hop is a $15 GC to the PPPR store. For a chance to win, you must be a follower of each blog (you can follow me by e-mail or through WordPress – both in the side bar) and leave a comment on each blog. For extra chances, you can also “LIKE” Pretty Paper, Pretty Ribbons on Facebook and/or sign up for the Pretty Paper, Pretty Ribbons Newsletter. A random winner will be chosen for the prize on Tuesday, October 14. There is also a great file available on the Pretty Paper, Pretty Ribbons blog for free until Monday – it’s this cute little 3D Witch Hat cutting file! Can’t you just imagine this on your Halloween party table! After Monday it’ll be for sale in the shop.

ETA: Please don’t be alarmed if your comment doesn’t show up right away. I have comment moderation on so that if anyone happens to say something like “your project looks like cow pies” I can delete it before anyone else sees it. So as long as you don’t say that, your comment will appear after I’ve approved it! ;-)

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The hop today is to celebrate the start of the PPPR Trick or Treat Challenge! Halloween themed projects are what it’s all about. Please be sure to check out all the rules at Pretty Paper, Pretty Ribbons to be in it win it! One random participant will win $20 to the Pretty Paper, Pretty Ribbons digital store.

To continue on with the hop, please head over to Sarah’s blog to see her awesome project!

And please be sure to stop by the PPPR blog and/or my blog tomorrow for my next project!

Here’s the complete lineup for the hop, in case you get lost along the way:

Lisa ~ http://prettypaperprettyribbons.blogspot.com/

Kathy ~ http://kathyand3kids.blogspot.com/

Katy ~ http://scrappinkaty.blogspot.com/

Leah ~ http://leahschaeffer.blogspot.com/

Melisa ~ http://www.melisascraftycreations.blogspot.com/

Nanne’ ~ http://nannes-creations.blogspot.com/

Nicole ~ http://teachdanz.blogspot.com/

Ruth ~ http://paperandmusings.wordpress.com/ <<<<<—-You are here!

Sarah ~ http://sarahvaitstamps.blogspot.com/ <<<<<—– See Sarah’s awesome project next!

Shannon ~ http://designsofapaddymack.typepad.com/

Tina ~ http://ollieanddextersmommy.blogspot.com/

Gloria ~ http://gloriasgoofycraftspot.blogspot.com/

More about my project:

First, since I had quite a few photos I wanted to use on my page, I wanted to find a sketch that I thought would work well both with the number of photos as well as the style of the title. I loved this one from Write. Click. Scrapbook.

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If you know me well, you know that I love challenges and it killed me that I couldn’t find a challenge sketch that worked for what I wanted to do with this page but I was happy to have found that the Scrapbook Circle October Kit-Inspired Challenge was all about orange! And can I say I just love that orange ledger paper! It’s not a solid orange – there is a lot of wonderful variation of color in the background that gives it a ton of texture and depth! The lines are wonderful for lining things up as well as journaling, too!

The other supplies I used are:
Cardstock: Bazzill; Printer and Ink: HP; Cutting machine: Silhouette Cameo; Spray Ink: Clearsnap; Ink: Tsukineko; Jewels: Bo Bunny; Sequins: Pretty Pink Posh; Wood veneer: Studio Calico; Pen: American Crafts; Adhesive: Glue Arts, Imaginesce, Zig.

Thanks so much for visiting! I’d love to hear your kind words about my project – you know it makes me smile, so be sure to leave your comments below!

Have a fabulous day!

Ruth

Scrapping our Stash Blog Hop

Scrapping Our Stash Blog Hop

If you were hopping along, welcome to my blog, you should have come from Majken. I’m sure you were inspired there. 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 http://practicalscrappers.blogspot.com

Wendi http://scrappydayinparadise.blogspot.com/2014/09/love-practical-scrappers-use-your-stash.html

Cathy http://alteredplayground.blogspot.com

Christine http://scrappingwithchristine.blogspot.com/2014/09/scrapping-our-stash-blog-hop-september.html

Suzanna  http://lifestrivialities.typepad.com/

Cheryl http://patchesandscraps.blogspot.com

Sandy http://itsafamilyaffairwithscrappynana.blogspot.ca/

Laura http://scrapaddict4life.blogspot.com/

Alison http://alisondaydesigns.com/

For today’s hop there was no particular theme and I decided it was time I finished off some UFO’s. These are pages that have been floating around for a while and just needed to be finished up. Mostly just adding journaling, but I did add a couple of other touches to finish them off a bit.

I’m using my favorite Basic Grey collection of all time – Kioshi!

Here’s my first page: Imagination

I added journaling and some shadowing on the letters on this side of a two page spread. I loved how the paper looked like propellers on a plane for this page about visiting the National Air and Space Museum!

Next up, butterflies!

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Left and right sides. I’m glad I took the time to get the journaling done on these pages so they are that much closer to being finished! I really feel the journaling can share so many important details that will help us all remember this trip better in years to come. Just writing it I could feel what it was like to wait in line for the Bureau of Engraving and Printing tickets and then continue on with our adventures that day!

I thank you for stopping by today. I hope you feel inspired to use your stash to create some projects or possibly to finish some that have been needing just a little bit more attention!

To continue on the hop head to Kristy‘s blog! I hope you have a wonderful day!

Ruth

Hi! I just wanted to share that I have been invited to be on the: 

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Oh, I said “yes”, of course!

Lisa has all matter of digital goodies in her store. If you’ve never been there, you should take a peak: Pretty Paper, Pretty Ribbons. Hopefully that should keep you busy for a while!

I should be sharing more with you soon! Thanks for your patience while I get things organized.

I hope you have a wonderful day!

Ruth

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:

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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:

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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.

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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!

Ruth

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!

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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:

 

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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!

Ruth

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

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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?

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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?

Ruth

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