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It’s all about that view!

Well, hello! It’s wonderful that I’ve gotten so many pages created this month and all because of a scrappy getaway at the beginning of the month. Such a blessing!

My layout today began on my scrappy weekend, but I finished it later – had to pack up, clean up and head home finally! It was nice to have an idea what I was going to do, though, so it came together quickly in the end.

I’m entering this into  Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge Anything Goes. 

I found a fabulous sketch on Susan Stringfellow’s blog: Sketch Savvy

This was perfect for my two landscape photos. Here’s what I created:

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No watercolor or stamping on this page, but I did use quite a few fun embellies, including a favorite new one – the Faber Castell Clear Texture Gems – it’s how I created those awesome clear drops (yes, those are dry and perfectly round and wonderful!) Can you tell I love the look? And they were so easy to do!

I used a quote from Ali Edwards Give Sunday  (thank you so much, Ali, as this was just what my page needed), printed it on vellum after tracing the png file in Silhouette Studio and making the color a lovely teal. I used a scalloped rectangle digital die cut file for the outside (and yes, I did this as a print and cut.) The patterned papers are from Bella Blvd as is the washi tape, some of the enamel shapes and some of the cardstock stickers. I just love that Bella Blvd uses the same colors in their different collections so it’s easy to mix and match to create the look I want on my pages!

Thanks so much for stopping by and following along with all of my pages! I won’t have another page to share for quite some time, probably, but hopefully I’ll have some cards and gift card holders to share with you as Christmas draws nearer, that is, if I’m not too busy creating like a crafty elf! 😉

Wishing you a wonderful, magical and blessed month of December!

Ruth

Supplies: Cardstock – Doodlebug Design Inc; Patterned Paper – Bella Blvd; Wood veneer – Chic Tags, Studio Calico; Enamel shapes – Bella Blvd, Freckled Fawn; Washi tape and flag – Bella Blvd; Cardstock stickers – Bella Blvd, My Mind’s Eye; Clear embellishing liquid – Faber Castell; Pen – Sakura; Adhesive – Scotch Quick Dry, Xyron, Zig, Die cutting machine and software – Silhouette; Digital die cut files – Lori Whitlock, Megan Hardy Designs.

Aloha, Hawaii, Rise and Shine!

So, it’s taking a while to actually get going in Hawai’i, but here we are on our very first morning enjoying breakfast. Something that I think makes Hawai’i more magical is that there aren’t problems with bugs like there are in places we’ve visited in the continental US, so almost every hotel and restaurant is open to the outdoors. While we were eating our breakfast there were birds walking around and a gecko climbing a column, but no wasps or flies making us uncomfortable.

For this story, I adored this sketch by Laura Whitaker for  Stuck?! Sketches:

I saw the shaded area behind the layers as an opportunity to do some more watercolor techniques with Distress Inks and the banner along the left side was a fun place to put a film strip die cut (from Paper Issues).

I also was glad to see the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge is Anything Goes, because this is certainly qualifying as anything (and I always love seeing what their design team creates when they get to choose the theme!)

Here’s my layout:

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(I have lots of musings about this page, I apologize! I’ll get back to the pictures and techniques in a couple more paragraphs.) So another thing about  Hawai’i is that while the costs are high, meals are also incredibly generous. It might have been because we were all getting over the flu which left us lacking an appetite, but every meal was just huge – it made it easy to just snack for one meal and only have two major meals a day, which is quite convenient when there’s a lot of driving and exploring going on! 

I am sensitive to certain types of sunscreen and hate sunscreen running into my eyes, but I am also very sensitive to the sun, so I tend to get zinc-based sunscreens. The sunscreen stick I got for us to use in Hawai’i that was zinc-based left our skin even whiter than usual. It was a joke in our family that we were “Pasty” (pronounced “past” with a “y” at the end – this was my son’s invention and made our white faces smile.)

More details of the layout? Sure!

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For the yellow and orange solid pieces, I used the Distress ink pads directly on watercolor paper – the effect is obviously very bold and bright. I liked the contrast with the watercolor scribbles in the background (created with a Distress ink pad smooshed onto my craft mat and picked up with a water brush.) I scattered a few sequins around (they are from SpiegelMomScrapShop Etsy store – these were lemon from a summer mix with green and pink. She has awesome mixes and I love that I get can just a few to add some shine – I don’t need a ton to get the effect that I want.)

The patterned paper is from Bella Blvd (Freestyle banana), Hawaii was stamped with Sally’s ABC’s stamp set by Lawn Fawn with Distress ink and the sun and Aloha cuts are from the Silhouette store (I added an additional offset to create the orange layer around the Aloha.)

I had a blast creating this bright and fun page and am so glad to have another story of our trip documented!

Thanks so much for stopping by! I hope you’ll stop in again soon!

Ruth

 

A Sketchy Plan to Scrap My Stash!

Oh, hello! I am finally back with a scrapbook layout from our trip to Hawai’i. My plan is to get a minimum of one layout created each month for this trip and share it in the Scrapping Our Stash Blog Hop at the end of every month. I’m using the perfectly awesome Sand & Surf collection from Bella Blvd along with a few of their other collections since they all coordinate so well!

This month there weren’t enough bloggers for a hop, but I am happy to share my stash busting layout with you today anyway! And since Simon Says Stamp’s Monday Challenge was Throwback where you could pick a previous challenge and create a project for it and they had a challenge for Make a Plan, I decided to enter this layout into that challenge since I have definite plans for scrapping this trip now.

On to my page:

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Lots of good stuff here (and you can click on the image to see it bigger and click again if you want to read the journaling), but first I want to share the sketch I used from Scrapbook Challenges (#455):

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As always, Scrapbook Challenges had an awesome sketch and I loved that there were small photos (since I used my phone in the very dark stretch limo while we were on our way to the airport and the pictures weren’t fabulous) and I also was so pleased to have all that room for journaling since this is the introduction to my album about our trip to Hawai’i and there was quite a bit of backstory that I wanted to share.

There were lots of words and embellishments that went so well with this page:

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This was going to be a very long day of travel for us and I loved this quote about the journey as well as the awesome Chic Tags Let’s Go wood veneer pieces! I love the great colors and patterns on the patterned paper, too!!! (I used Sunday for the title font, FYI.)

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I just wanted to show off a bit of a PL style card that I created (and my cute and happy hubby;-) I really felt this quote from Helen Keller was perfect for our trip (especially heading out with both my husband and son fighting the flu.) I am signed up for Kerri Bradford’s Here, There, Everywhere class and used the ideas from Lesson 4 using Silhouette Studio to add this quote to my page. The wood pattern is from the Man, Oh Man Pattern Pack 1 from Pretty Paper, Pretty Ribbons and I used Kerri’s globe (it’s in another lesson to create it yourself, but I hadn’t done that yet, oops) and the fonts in order of appearance are FontleroyBrown, Another Typewriter, Channel Slanted 1, Biscotti, and akaDora. I’m pretty proud of how it turned out! Have you ever created word art to embellish your page? It’s a nice skill to have and I will say that anyone can download the Silhouette Studio software for free and print something like this out! How’s that for enabling?

How about another picture?

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Last one. I printed this out from Google Maps and added some fun wood veneer from Studio Calico, enamel dots from Freckled Fawn, stamping with CTMH stamps and ink, and cute letter stickers from Bella Blvd (Ice Little Bits – probably the newest thing on my page.)

So there you have it! Cardstock from Bazzill and Doodlebug Design Inc., a die cut from the Silhouette store, a button from Basic Grey, Sakura Sepia pen, Xyron Mega Runner, Scotch Quick Dry Adhesive and Zig Chisel tip glue pen round out the list of supplies!

Thanks for sticking through this wordy post! Sometimes I don’t think enough can be said about a moment in time and I guess this was one of those moments!

Happy scrapping!

Ruth

Pretty Papers, Pretty Ribbons, Pretty cute calf!

I just love how there can be so many ways to use digital cut files! The possibilities are endless when you get to chose all the finishing touches! So that’s how I was able to use some valentine/love themed files with photos from the fair!

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See? A totally adorable calf and my kids loving on it = Fair + Love! I also mixed in some Fall Festival files for ambiance – can’t resist those details!

I used the Moovelous Cutting Files for the cow and the title, the ***BUNDLE*** Fair Fun Cutting Files for the tickets and Fall Festival Cutting Files for the hay bale and the bit of fence.

These pictures were just too cute not to scrap once I rediscovered them. I’m just so happy my kids got to have these experiences! 

Here at the end I’m saying goodbye. Not to blogging, but I’m retiring from the Pretty Paper, Pretty Ribbons Design Team. My life is heading in a new direction and so it’s time for me to step down from this commitment. I will still share paper crafting projects here on my blog, but it probably won’t be as frequently as in the past. I sure hope you’ll continue to follow my blog – goodness knows it won’t be clogging up your inbox with e-mails in the coming months, LOL!

Thanks so much for all the support and encouragement and thanks especially to Lisa for letting me play with so many of her wonderful files! I really smiled a whole lot over the past year!!!

Happy crafting!

Ruth

Details about my page:

I used an awesome sketch designed by Laura Whitaker for Stuck? Sketches:

I used Snippets patterned paper (and sticker) from Studio Calico and cardstock from Bazzill, Close to My Heart and Simon Says Stamp.

I’m the Guest Designer for Die Cuttin’ Diva’s Weekly Challenge

Hi, there! I was so honored to be asked to be a Guest Diva for Die Cuttin’ Diva’s Weekly Challenge. I chose to do challenge #234 – Scarecrow or Pumpkins, which starts today, because I had plenty of projects and awesome digital die cutting files to play with for those shapes.

Here’s my page:

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So, I think you can see what I mean about lots of awesome files to use. Yep, almost every cut is from Pretty Paper, Pretty Ribbons (I couldn’t resist the cuteness!) Let’s take a closer look at the details:

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Obviously, the title has the cutest little pumpkins I used:

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I adapted the title to say pumpkins by ungrouping the title, copying the word Cutest and the background layer, cutting the “s” from both of those shapes and then welding the “s” onto the word Pumpkin as well as the background layer – pretty easy and I think it turned out great!

This is from my son’s field trip to a local fun farm and since they also did a hay ride I wanted to include the awesome tractor and trailer from:

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I just mirrored the whole image so the trailer was on the right. I will definitely be using lots of the fun images from this set to tell the story of our fun times doing corn mazes, when those stories get scrapped.

Let’s continue our trip around my layout to one of my favorite parts:

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I am so in love with this border! It is just so wonderful in so many ways! I was the perfect element to anchor the area with the photos and title, here’s the file, which has five different wonderful fall themed borders I almost used them all!Fall Borders Cutting Files

Next onto the upper left corner:

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It’s another pumpkin (this was an alpha I got from the Silhouette store) with a K for Kindergarten on a couple of oak leaves from:

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I used Doodlebug Designs Happy Harvest papers, cardstock and embellishments (except for the white, black and silver cardstock.) The title words were cut with Doodlebug Designs Sprinkles Vellum (I couldn’t resist those dots and it cut beautifully on my Silhouette!) The fabulous sketch I used is from ScrapMuch? Sketch-y Friday:

Thanks so much for visiting today! I’m so happy you stopped by! I sure hope you’ll join in this fun challenge! I’d love to see all things pumpkin and scarecrow! Be sure to stop by the Die Cuttin’ Diva’s Weekly Challenge blog to see all the rules and to enter!

Happy crafting!

Ruth

Pretty Paper, Pretty Ribbons, Pretty Good Friends!

Hello! I’m up on the Pretty Paper, Pretty Ribbons blog today sharing a Design Team project (and obviously here, too, with a few more details.) If you didn’t hop with us yesterday I definitely recommend checking out all inspired projects, picking up a number of freebies and possibly winning some blog candy (go here to get started or here if you are hopping through and want to see my post)! 

One of the things that I love about using Lisa’s files is that she has created some cuts that support the many books and series (movie and TV) that my family loves. Harry Potter is very high on that list. My kids are teens now, but when the movies and books were coming out, they were pretty young so Lisa’s cute images of young wizards are perfect for documenting our love of the series!

My layout today celebrates the fact that through the help of our friends my daughter and I were able to see the opening show of the last movie. Here’s my page:

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Not a terribly fancy, involved or amazing layout, but still one that tells the story I wanted to remember about that night. I used: 

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for the Hermione cut,

I used:

Photo Frames 3 Cutting Files

for the film strip behind the photos,

I used:

Tab Shapes Cutting Files

for the tab on the journaling block that hides behind the photo of my daughter

and all the patterns throughout my page are from:

Wizard Academy Pattern Pack

Here’s a photo of the journaling:

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It’s so fun to be able to print and cut so that I have the perfect papers and colors every time! This page came together very quickly and easily because of that!

Thanks so much for stopping by and I hope the rest of your weekend is great!

Happy scrapping!

Ruth

P.S. I used a sketch from Paper Issues Sketchy Saturday for my layout (it’s based on a layout by Lisa Dickinson and I loved the grid – are you seeing a pattern here?) I just turned the sketch 90 degrees.

Pretty Paper, Pretty Ribbons Shiver Me Timbers Blog Hop

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Welcome, Mateys! I’m so glad you’ve sailed on over to my blog today for our blog hop! If you came here from Nicole’s blog, you are in the right place.  If you just stumbled upon this post (maybe you’ve had too much ale?) and would like to start from the beginning, please visit the Pretty Paper, Pretty Ribbons blog.

I hope you’ve enjoyed all the fabulous pirate themed projects the rest of the DT has created! I can tell you I had a ton of fun creating the layout I want to share with you! I had the perfect event that I had yet to scrap (there are advantages to having lots of stories still to be scrapped.)

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I found a wonderful PageMaps sketch (linked at the bottom of my post) and filled all the areas with photos and die cuts! I used print and cut quite a bit, but also added some detail with the Silhouette printable foil in gold and silver to add some shine to the lock, sword blades and the hook.

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I loved the title from the Ahoy Matey Title Cutting Files. I did print and cut for the background layer and cut the red and black from paper and layered them all together. The subtitle is printed on Speech Bubbles Cutting Files (I used the color match tool to get the same yellow as on the ship) and the little pirate boy is from the Little Pirates Cutting Files, which has all the other pirate themed cuts I’ve used on my page.

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For the treasure chest, I printed the treasure layer, the rest are cut from cardstock and distressed. I thought a few sequins would make a nice shiny, addition.

I hope you’ve enjoyed seeing my page as much as I had creating it! Now onto some blog hop business!

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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 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, September 15 and announced on the Pretty Paper, Pretty Ribbons blog.

Be sure to pick up the Blog Hop freebies on Saturday and Sunday of the hop, only…then they will be available for sale in the store. They are these super cutie pirate files:

I sure hope we’ve inspired you to join in the PPPR Shiver Me Timbers Challenge. The projects can be anything that are pirate themed and feature Pretty Paper, Pretty Ribbons files. Check out all the rules here. One random participant will win $20 to PPPR.

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OK, I think I’m ready to send you to the next port of call: Sarah’s Blog.

Thanks for visiting and happy crafting!

Ruth

Here’s the entire hop in case you are lost:

Lisa

Katy

Leah

Melissa

Michelle

Nicole

Ruth

Sarah

Shannon

Gloria

Kathy


And here’s the PageMaps sketch I used:

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