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

Hi! It’s so nice to see you today! I’m busy getting projects done for the end of the school year. I’ve posted some other projects and the idea behind them the past few days and for days to come.

So, I’m up on the Pretty Paper, Pretty Ribbons blog and I’m sharing my customization of a notebook for a teacher my son has had for 6 years. Here’s the project:


I really had fun putting this together (I know, that is totally unexpected, right?!!! – or perhaps it’s something you hear pretty much any time I get to play with my Silhouette and Lisa’s files!!!)

I used Sunburst Shapes Cutting Files for the background, because it’s awesome! I filled the shape with Halloween Flourish digital paper because I thought it’d be awesome in the sunburst. I used print and cut for the front layer of the Laughing Light Bulb Cutting Files (a nice option for this cover – I didn’t want lots of small pieces that might get pulled off with wear and tear.) Now the sentiment is a freebie from Paper Issues from their most recent Die Cutting Saturday. They had a bunch of sentiments that I thought would go great with the light bulb, but Alex really liked this one, so that’s the one that I used. I filled the background of that cut with School Days Chalkboards digital paper, because I thought it would look awesome and it’s for a teacher who was definitely teaching back when chalkboards were still being used! I like to use a thicker line in a darker color around the cuts to give it a more finished edge. For this one I used a width of 3.0 and matched the color to the black in the pattern.

Did you notice the papers in the background in between the bursts?


I ended up taking the top layer, releasing compound path, deleting the outer rectangle, offsetting each burst enough so that there would be an edge for gluing it behind the main cut, deleting the original burst shapes, numbering the pieces and arranging them into four somewhat random groups to cut out of four different small scale papers. Here’s a screen shot of what it looked like:


I love the look this created! I’ve long admired how Paige Taylor Evans creates wonderful layouts with different papers behind her die cuts and am so happy that I was able to create my own version. (When I took art classes in college, we called this kind of project a “pastiche”. The idea is that by copying the techniques of another artist you grow as an artist yourself. It’s not a copy, but a project with the feeling of the style of the other artist.)

Anyway, now that I’m back on track with my blog post, I hope I provided some small inspiration for you today. I encourage you to check out Paige’s projects if you’re interested in the look she creates. I have a feeling I’m going to be doing this again – maybe a lot!

And I’d love to see a project that you’ve done using Lisa’s files for our “Oh, Snap!” challenge! You know you need some good crafting time and what better way to spend it than playing with Pretty Paper, Pretty Ribbons files, right?!! Click on the link for all the information and get crafting!

Thanks so much for sticking with me through all these details! I hope you’re having a wonderful day!

Happy crafting!


What else did I use?

Cardstock from Recollections and Paper Studio; Patterned Papers from Bo Bunny, Fancy Pants Designs and my stash; adhesive from ScrapPerfect and Zig.

Yep, I’m making teacher gifts. I shared my creation with Doodlebug doilies yesterday. Now I’ve got a couple others to share.



I used some Simple Stories die cuts, Claudine Hellmuth Multi-medium, Studio Calico wood veneer and Color Shine to add some details to this notebook.

Here’s a smaller one:


The stamps on the front are done with StazOn ink with Lawn Fawn stamps. And on the inside we have:


sticky note strips with My Favorite Things stamped sentiments and


notebook paper that I stamped numbers from the same Lawn Fawn stamp set. I think these turned out fun. Can you tell that this one is going to the library technician?

Anyway, thanks again for stopping by! I’ll be back with more so stay tuned!

Happy crafting!


It’s the end of the school year and I’ve got a whole lot of projects to create! My son is going to be heading to high school next year, so I’m really making good bye gifts for the staff at the school he’s attended since kindergarten. It’s bittersweet. Some people will be missed dearly others he’s glad to be moving on to have new experiences and learn new things.

Most of the teachers I’m making gifts for he’s known for at least 3 years. Some of the teachers, he’s known for longer so it’s nice to make gifts that are more than just an end of the year generic gift. I’m trying to personalize.

Today I’m sharing the gift I created for one of his favorite teachers. I purchased a set of Doodlebug doilies from Paper Issues recently and put a few of them to good use making a plain, kraft notebook (and pen) look more bright and pretty!

Take a peek:


Doesn’t that look pretty? I wanted something that would be durable, but also feminine and the doilies adhered with Claudine Hellmuth Multi-medium worked very well for that! I added some other Doodlebug stickers, buttons, flowers, gems and sequins to pretty it up just a little bit more. Do you want to see the inside?


I wrapped part of one of the doilies around the pen that came with the notebook and adhered a gem to the end of the clicker and some sequins and voila, pretty pen!

This is on the back:


Couldn’t let the back not be pretty, too!

Doodlebug has a challenge to share projects made with their doilies, so be sure to check that out!

Thanks so much for stopping by today!

Happy crafting!


(If you’re looking for the Pretty Paper, Pretty Ribbons Oh, Snap! blog hop – click here for my post!)

Hi! I couldn’t have a post today without paying tribute to all the moms out there, whether you have a human baby/child or a fur baby, moms do so much to care for others – they all deserve a big hug, especially today! My mom is my crafty inspiration! She is an amazing crafter who has done so many different things over the course of her life – I have very fond memories of so many of her crafty creations!

So, it’s my day to share a project over at the Pretty Paper, Pretty Ribbons blog and I couldn’t resist using Lisa’s Mother’s Day Cards Cutting Files along with my mom’s favorite color (purple)! Here’s what I created:


And, yep, I thought it’d be fun to make it a shaker card – I will admit, that idea would have been easier to accomplish if I would have cut the background oval the same size as the sentiment oval, but I was able to get it to work and voila, a celebration of Mother’s Day that is even more fun, hehe!

Here are some detail pictures:



And here’s a picture of the sequins when the card is lying down:


Well, I don’t want to keep you from your Mother’s Day celebration. I hope you’re enjoying a wonderful day!

Happy crafting! (And if you didn’t see the blog hop from yesterday, be sure to check that out, starting at Lisa’s blog! Lots of inspiration, a free cut file and some blog candy are available!)


I’m entering the Stuck on U Sketches Die cut Challenge: Mothers and the Simon Says Stamp Simon Says Let’s Get Sentimental challenge.

I used: Patterned paper and gems from Bo Bunny, Sequins from Doodlebug Design, Pretty Pink Posh and Whimsical Twist, Ribbon from May Arts and Adhesive from ScrapPerfect, Snaketape and Zig.

HopGraphicHi! Thanks so much for stopping by today! You may have noticed from the wonderful image above that I’m in the Oh, Snap Blog Hop. If you came here from Nicole’s blog, you are in the right place to keep on hopping.  If you just stumbled upon this post and would like to start from the beginning, please visit the Pretty Paper, Pretty Ribbons blog.

Today the all the Pretty Paper, Pretty Papers design team member are sharing our Oh, Snap projects!  We all love to take photos and share our memories with others. So, we’re sharing photo/camera/memories themed projects using Pretty Paper, Pretty Ribbons files.

My project is pretty much sharing what I love to do – take photos of those memorable moments in my family’s lives and create a scrapbook page about it!  This was definitely one of those memorable moments with cameras busy in different hands, so I really thought this would be a great page for this hop. Here’s my layout:


I used a number of different files from Lisa’s shop. I adored the cool new Vintage Cameras Cutting Files and used the one that I thought would look awesome on my layout. All the wonderful layers and details of this camera really caught my attention! I love it! And apparently so do my design team mates, but just know that there are so many other cool cameras in the file:


Awesome, right?

Here is a closeup of my layered camera:


Another photo with fun cuts:


I also used the Secondary Supplies Cutting Files to cut a pattern on the red cardstock like the pattern on a composition notebook. I love the effect! You’ll also notice a number of the arrows from Arrows Cutting Files, because arrows are awesome, as well as the Notebook Pages Cutting Files because I can’t get enough of them with the School Days Pattern Pack providing the paper design! I hope you enjoyed my page. Let’s talk more about the hop!

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 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, May 12, 2015. Don’t forget to pick up the Blog Hop freebie on Saturday and Sunday of the hop, only…after that it will be available for sale in the store.  Here it is:


And of course, this hop is the start of the PPPR Oh, Snap! Challenge. The projects can be anything that are camera, photo, or memory themed and that feature Pretty Paper, Pretty Ribbons files. Check out the rules on the challenge page: Monthly Challenge.

I am the last stop on the hop. I hope you enjoyed your visit today and I hope you’re inspired to join in the Oh, Snap! challenge!
Here’s the complete listing of blogs, in case you get lost:























Ruth – you’re right where you need to be ;-)!

 A few more details about my layout. I used this sketch from Scrappy Sketches:


Scrappy Sketches #21

I will be entering this layout in the INSTA LOVE – 3 Photo Challenge Celebrating Sketch N Scrap’s 3rd Birthday! over on Mandy Reedyk’s blog.

I will also be entering Silhouette Challenges – Anything Goes.

ETA: I am linking this project up with the current is issue Let’s Get This Party Star-ted and Par-ty Heart-y at Paper Issues, because Stars.

I used the following supplies:

Cardstock – AC, Close to My Heart, Colorbok, Paper Studio, Recollections; Patterned Paper and Stickers – Little Yellow Bicycle; Embossing Folder – Darice; Pens/Markers – Bic, Kuretake, Sakura; Wood Veneer – Studio Calico; Adhesive – AC, Kuretake, ScrapPerfect, Snaketape.

Machines for printing and cutting: HP (also ink and photo paper), Silhouette Cameo.

Font for title: Another Typewriter.

Hi! I’m so glad you’ve stopped by today! I’ve got the cutest way to say “I’m sorry that I didn’t get your birthday card and gift to you on time” to share here and on the Pretty Paper, Pretty Ribbons blog.

I’m not good about getting cards into the mail. I make them personalized and really enjoy the process, but sending them is another story. This card was created with water-colored paper which needed to dry and I knew that I wouldn’t have the gift made in time so I just worked on the papers and set it aside for cutting until the other day.

Here’s the result:


I just thought this sweet turtle would be the best way to deliver my belated greeting (inside it says “I’m just extending the celebration”). Wouldn’t you feel cheered up and appreciated if you got this cutie in the mail?

This party animal comes from the Birthday Critters Cutting Files which has all sorts of cute animals – check them out:

Birthday Critters Cutting Files

I really felt that the turtle might take a long time to deliver that cupcake (it’s a long walk from Chicagoland to Minneapolis-land.) Now I think my next late card will need to be the elephant because he would never forget!

OK, now I want to go and play with the elephant, but I suppose I should tell you about how I created my card and share another picture:


Before I did my Distress Stain watercolored background and sentiment strip I stamped the sentiment and banner images and embossed them with clear embossing powder. Distress Stains in different strengths were then “painted” onto different pieces of watercolor paper and allowed to dry. After cutting the pieces out and assembling the different elements, I used my Wink of Stella markers to add some shimmer to the cupcake and the turtle (shell, eyes, and mouth) and I used some twine on the top of the hat with a pearl to top it off. I love working with all the layers of these files. They have so many wonderful details and add a lot of dimension (especially with the 140# watercolor paper). I don’t even need to use dimensional adhesive very much to have the dimension I like (I did use foam tape behind the top of the cupcake so that it would be supported where it wasn’t touching the shell.)

Oh, and that awesome card shape – it’s from the shop, too! It’s the A2 Card Bases 1 Cutting Files. I really like a nice shape for a card base and a wonderful way to get my sentiment in was with the horizontal strip that’s part of the design!

You know what this card would work for? The current Go Green challenge over on the Pretty Paper, Pretty Ribbons blog! If you’ve got any belated birthday cards or just people who are celebrating and love cute animals, you could whip up a couple of these cuties, too! Check out the details for the challenge here!

I hope you’re having a wonderful day and you’re able to get some happy crafting time in! As I’m writing this post up, it’s a very miserable cold, wet day outside and that works for me so I can create a couple more cards today!

Take care. Thanks so much for visiting and happy crafting!


Banner for hop

Thanks so much for stopping by today! If you came here from Lisa’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.

You may have noticed the theme for this hop is Go Green. So, the design team is sharing nature and conservation themed projects using Pretty Paper, Pretty Ribbons files. My family and I went to Hawai’i recently and I was so happy to see all the different ways they care for the earth (and the oceans.) So here is my first layout from my trip:


I used a number of different files for my page. In the top right, I used the Photo Frames 2 Cutting Files with the road from College Road Trip Cutting Files (I cut off the words by hand.)


For the super fun sun, I used Cool Sun Cutting Files. He looks pretty awesome with dimension from the rays to the face and then from the face to the sunglasses. Don’t you think?


 I used the new and awesome Reduce Reuse Recycle Cutting Files because recycling makes me so happy! Added some dimension to the band going around the lid. I also went with a general recycling symbol rather than specific. I love the details in the arrows with the gray layer!


 And I used the hibiscus from the Aloha Cutting Files which is so pretty!


I used gelatos to color the pink/red die cuts on my page and Flower Soft to give the hibiscus a little dimension and detail. Thanks so much for checking out my page!

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 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, April 21, 2015.

Don’t forget to pick up the Blog Hop freebie on Saturday and Sunday of the hop, only…after that it will be available for sale in the store.


I just LOVE that and try very hard to live it!

And now onto other news:


Our hop is to hopefully inspire you for the new PPPR Go Green Challenge. The projects can be anything that are nature or conservation themed and that feature Pretty Paper, Pretty Ribbons files. Please check here for the rules and to enter. One random participant will win $20 to PPPR.

Sarah‘s blog the next stop on the hop. Click here to head to her blog!

Thanks so much for stopping by! I’d love to hear about something that makes you happy when it comes to taking care of the planet!

Happy Crafting!


Here’s the lineup, in case you’re lost or just want to see ;-)


Ruth <<<<<—-That’s me!

Sarah <<<<<——visit Sarah next!










More info about my project:

Well, first, I started with a sketch (I know – you didn’t see that coming.)

Oh, but this wasn’t just any sketch, it was sketch #144 for Sketches in Thyme created by Rochelle Spears. Check it:


Awesome, right? That’s what I thought!

The materials I used that I didn’t reveal in my post were: Cardstock – Closet to My Heart, Doodlebug, Paper Studio, and Recollections; Patterned paper, chipboard sticker, cardstock sticker, washi tape – Bella Blvd; Wood veneer – Studio Calico; Number Stickers – My Mind’s Eye; Markers – Bic; Adhesive – ScrapPerfect, Xyron, Zig.

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