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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:




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!


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:


(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!


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!



Are we There Yet?

Yes, we did make it (and I scrapped the page to record the memory), but it wasn’t pretty! The good thing was that it was pretty when we got there, so it was worth it! Where am I talking about – Hawai’i! Yep, and it was me asking the question Are we There Yet?!

I started out with this sketch from Grand Diva’s Scrappy Friends challenge:

I liked that there were spots for multiple photos and that they were small since I was using pictures from my phone (and that phone did not have a great camera on it.) Also the fact that the photos were divided worked well for my page, too. Then there was the layering and the strips along the top – just a wonderful sketch for my page!

Shall we take a look?


Die cuts (manual and digital), stamping, wood veneer, watercolor, distressing, washi – 5 of my favorite techniques all in one place (the distressing is something I felt was needed, it’s just not a favorite)

Now, I really loved the fact that artwork that was hanging in the hotel was on our room keys and that they let us keep them when we were checking out. I thought this would be a fun place to display them because it’s when we first saw them (and the artwork.)

The details:


The map was created by stamping the image with Distress Ink and clear heat embossing it. To get the watercolor look I smooshed the ink pads for the states and the ocean colors onto my craft mat and picked them up with a slightly wet water brush. I colored around the land borders with a sepia brush tip pen from Sakura and drew the travel path with a fine tip pen from the same set. The wood veneer planes were smooshed into a Distress Ink pad and then set aside to dry to help them stand out a little.


All of the solid colored papers were created with the same watercolor technique as before, just on a larger piece of paper. I love the ombre look I got with the “Let’s Go” die cut by using yellow into orange. The Lawn Fawn stamps were perfect for this story.

In general, I loved how I was able to customize my papers for the die cuts by using the Distress Inks to watercolor and how all Distress Inks seem to go together very well no matter what.

And I’m very happy that Kelly’s Scrappy Friends Challenge:

November Word/Color Challenge:

allowed me to focus on the wonderful oranges and yellows that were in the artwork on our room keys!

The patterned paper and washi tape are from Bella Blvd and I used my favorite Scotch Quick Dry adhesive on the wood veneer pieces, my Xyron Mega Runner for the larger pieces of paper and my Zig fine tip and chisel tip glue pens for the smaller paper bits.

Thanks so much for stopping by! I’ve got more to share in the coming days, so I hope to see you back soon!


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:


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):


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:


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.)


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?


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!


Under the Sea Blog Hop with the Pretty Paper, Pretty Ribbons design team


Hello, there! Something is fishy around here today, in case you weren’t aware. The Pretty Paper, Pretty Ribbons design team is having a blog hop and you’re invited! You’ve been hopping/swimming along already? Great then you should have you come here from Nicole’s blog and 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 to get you on your way.

We are sharing our Under the Sea themed projects using Pretty Paper, Pretty Ribbons files. For my project I was thrilled that Lisa had so many of the creatures we saw while at the Maui Ocean Center that we visited on vacation! Many of them were young, so these cute cut files were just perfect! That, and I found a sketch with circles so I could use the portholes (more on that below my DT post.)

Here’s what I created:








I used: Fishy Friends Cutting Files (hammerhead) , Sea Life Cutting Files (turtle and sea star), Jellyfish Cutting FilesPorthole Card Cutting Files (which has a whole lot of detail that I didn’t use, but instead just cut off the back and left the center open) and Sweet Seahorse Cutting Files. I can’t say enough how wonderful it was to have the option to do print and cut with these! With some of the features being so small or just the creature being small, it was awesome to have all the colors and layers ready to go with print and cut.

So you wanna keep hopping? First a few more details about the hop!

Blog Hop Prize image

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, July 14, 2015.

Be sure to pick up the blog hop freebie in the store before Monday (after that it’ll be available for purchase.)

Hop freebie

(and the sweet seahorse is free until Thursday so be sure to pick that cutie pie up, too!)

We hope we will inspire you to join in with the Under the Sea challenge. Check out all the information on the blog, here. One random participant will win $20 to PPPR.

Thanks so much for visiting today! Please head on to Sarah’s blog and check out her fun card!










Ruth ~ You are here!



The sketch I used was awesome, perfectly awesome as a matter of fact! It’s by Laura Whitaker for Scrap Much? Check it:


I loved it! It was just what I was looking for – 2 pages and with circles! Thanks so much Scrap Much? and Laura Whitaker for this awesome sketch!

Products I used:

Cardstock – Recollections; Patterned Paper – Bella Blvd, Carta Bella; Twine – The Twinery; Marker – Close to My Heart; Enamel Dots – Freckled Fawn; Adhesive – ScrapPerfect, Xyron, Zig.

Pretty Paper, Pretty Ribbons Go Green Blog Hop

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.

Practical Scrappers “Scrapping Our Stash” Monthly Blog Hop + giveaway

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.




Point of the Game

I will admit. I went to see The Hunger Games: Catching Fire last night with my daughter, some of her friends and couple of their moms and had a great time. The problem is that we got home at 1 am and my brain is just not feeling all that clever today. I hope I don’t bore you with this blog post…thanks for bearing with me!

I’m always looking for quick and easy ways to get more scrapbooking done. One of my favorite ways of doing that is by using sketches. I don’t always have a single picture in mind for scrapping, but I did have one of my daughter when she was on the 8th grade volleyball team last year and then I saw this sketch at Artful Delight:

ADNovember layout sketchand I have to admit when I saw the circle in the background I thought of volleyball and the one horizontal single photo I was wanting to scrap. Happiness!

Here’s my layout:


I used the Bella Blvd Making the Team collection (I just love the bright colors, great patterns, the fact that they have volleyballs in the collection AND that one of their colors is our middle school’s color – bright blue! Score!)

I had a LOT of fun with my Silhouette Cameo just cutting files (the volleyball, the photo frame, the award ribbon and the notebook page) as well as designing the title block within the software! I had the AC Do it Yourself Thickers that had the varsity style of font so I based the scale of the title block on the size of those letters and went from there.

Here’s a detail shot – you can probably read the journaling here:

PointOTG_detail_webI chose not to include the girl’s name who Erin is talking to, just for privacy. I usually write on the back of my layouts about who created the layout and when and I’ll probably put her name there as well as where the game was being played for future reference.

I don’t know the company that made the buttons, but I thought they would add a nice bit of dimension and color. The glitter is also a mystery. I just know it is super fine and the perfect color, which is why I bought it to begin with.

Other details: cutting files from Silhouette store for the ticket shape as well as the above-mentioned shapes, cardstock from Close to My Heart, velvet paper from SEI, Zig pen, adhesive was from Scotch, Xyron and Zig, fonts that I can look up if you really want to know. Ask me about that in the comments and I’ll get back to you.

I was so happy the sun was shining today so I had good lighting for these pictures! It’s been overcast or rainy since last Friday with only tiny glimpses of sunlight so it’s a welcomed change of pace!

Thanks so much for stopping by! I hope you have a fabulous day! Be sure to make my day brighter by leaving a nice word or two in the comments section below!


Santa Clause is coming to town!

Yep! Before you know it jolly ole St. Nick will be visiting everywhere letting little ones tell him what they are wanting under their Christmas trees this year! In our village, the local women’s charity group holds an event called Snacks with Santa and that’s where the picture on my layout today came from! Thanks so much to the Winfield Junior Women’s Club because not only do they help charities (they host a Toys for Tots drive during Snacks), but they also provided a low-key place with lots of my kids’ friends so they would feel brave enough to talk with Santa about their dreams and wishes!

So enough chattering, let’s get on with the layout!


I created this layout for the new challenge at The Creative Cutting Challenge – Christmas not a card. I just love scrapbooking and so any excuse to go digging through my pictures to find “the one” that would be great to show off the cutting files from The Creative Pointe is all I need to get me going! I chose the Gingerbread Set:

Gingerbread Set PV

Aren’t these sweet? I did a little editing, only using parts of the house and I made a heart out of the candy canes! I think it turned out so cute!

I also used this sketch from Creative Scrappers:


All these things, plus the wonderful Christmas Wishes collection from Bella Blvd, worked together to make my layout really fun to work on! Here are a couple of detail pictures:



I sure hope you have a Christmas not a card creation using SVG files that you want to share over at The Creative Cutting Challenge blog!

I also used Bazzill cardstock, Zig pen and adhesive as well as Xyron adhesive.

I use my Silhouette Cameo machine with the Designer Edition software to do the cutting.

Thanks for visiting! Your comments always make me smile!


(Edited to add : I’m entering this into the Silhouette Challenge : Anything Holiday.)


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