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Pretty Paper, Pretty Ribbons, Pretty long time ago

Hi! I’m writing to you from the past in more than one way. I’m glad you decided to visit. I’d like to share a project I created using a picture from when I got my bachelor’s degree. It’s coming up on 20 years, so I wanted to reflect a bit.

I’m, of course, using some things you know I love: a sketch (this one was created by Jenny Gevans from Creative Scrappers) and files from Pretty Paper, Pretty Ribbons.

Here’s my take:

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I found the perfect papers and shapes at Pretty Paper, Pretty Ribbons.

Papers are from Man, Oh Man Pattern Pack 1, the clouds are from Kite & Clouds Cutting Files, and the arrows are from Borders 4 Cutting Files. A fairly straightforward page that I’m happy I’ve got scrapped.

I’m not feeling terribly wordy today, so I hope you’re OK with that. Thanks again for stopping by and I hope all is well with you and you have a chance to get some happy crafting in soon!

Ruth

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Fall folly!

Yep, school portraits. Do they ever turn out the way you’d really like? This year, my son was poking fun at his picture and even shared it with his sister as “wow, did this turn out badly”. I love that he’s able to see the humor in it and also realize how typical it is that the picture not look right. So what’s a mom to do other than scrapbook about it, right?!

I’ll just get right to the layout so you can see what I’m talking about:

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Not horrible, but not really capturing who he is, either, unless you want to capture how awkward he feels having his school portrait taken!

This is a true DIY page. I printed the papers, cut the die cuts and even created faux cork alphas for the title and a dimensional ruler and lock! Take a look:

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Isn’t that tons of fun? This is a design team project for Pretty Papers, Pretty Ribbons and I’m over on the blog today sharing about it. I really love the cork and the chalkboard in the School Days Chalkboards and School Days Pattern Pack! Gotta also love the fun argyle print for a great pattern for my growing boy and the awesome notebook paper, too.  I also used the pale wood grain from the Pumpkin Spice Out West papers for the ruler pattern.

Here’s another bit of the chalkboard:

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And cut files? I played with the Primary Supplies Cutting Files for the ruler, the Secondary Supplies Cutting Files for the lock, the School Titles Cutting Files for the journaling star and the Speech Bubbles Cutting Files. I had a lot of fun with the layering and dimension on the ruler and lock and love the dimensional look I got on my “cork” title by layering  four cuts on top of each other.

So much fun and all with Alex’s words as part of the journaling with mine added at the bottom.

As is usual for me, I used an awesome sketch to help my page come together and let me focus on the elements. For today’s layout I used this sketch from Scrapbook Challenges:

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I really felt that the sketch worked perfectly for using the notebook paper and cork as the base for the page. Yay for that! And because I used a single photo, I’ll be linking up with the Lasting Memories LM #215 ‘Only One Photo’ challenge, also.

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Are you busy creating awesome fall themed projects with Pretty Paper, Pretty Ribbons files? Be sure to enter the Fall Challenge going on right now. I’d love to see what you create! Best of luck to you!

Thanks so much for stopping by! Happy scrapping!

Ruth

Other supplies I used on my layout:

Cardstock – Bazzill, DCWV, Recollections; Digital die cut machine – Silhouette Cameo; Printer and ink – HP; Wood veneer – Teresa Collins; Ink – Clearsnap; Adhesive – American Crafts, Glue Arts, Tombo, Zig.

 

 

 

More Halloween fun!

Hi, there! I’ve got another fun project using files from Pretty Paper, Pretty Ribbons for you today! I realized when I was going through my pictures for the other two layouts I’ve shared this month that I loved so many more pictures from this Halloween that I hadn’t gotten onto a page. They weren’t the most amazing pictures ever, so a low-key, simple layout was in order. What I ended up deciding was to put a pocket page between my two other layouts and, as I often like to do, I decided to use papers that were from the same collection as the other pages. I made my own cards (three for the title and one for journaling) and Lisa’s files were so much fun for that! Take a look:

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I created four cards as print and cut and also print and cut the word “about”. I added embellishments on top as well as 3 more layers in black of the word “about” to give it some extra depth and interest. I embellished with some spider webs and part of a moon all cut from vellum, as well as some bats. Here are some detail pictures:

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 I got the idea for the sequin eyes on the skulls from a design team member’s project – I think it’s a very fun, eery look!

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The moon can lift up so you can see the picture of the scarecrow more clearly, if you’d like to.

I used the Notebook Pages Cutting Files for the journaling block

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and the Halloween Critters Cutting Files for the spider webs.

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For the patterns in the cards I used Halloween Pattern Pack 2

Hall-Pattern-2and Halloween Bats & Swirls

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 and Halloween Plaid Grid for the journaling card pattern. That’s something I love about this particular set (and why I bought it) I’m in love with gridded papers, especially for journaling! And these bright colors make me feel so very happy!

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So in the category of projects that seem like a great idea, but don’t turn out how you’d hope, we have the other side of the pocket page:

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OaA_BsideConfettiI had really hoped it would turn out better, especially the confetti spot. It turns out that in order to really get some movement in that spot, there needs to be some space for the pieces to move around. I like how the print and cut pieces turned out and I did add some of those pieces to the pictures, also, but the overall effect of the confetti wasn’t what I’d hoped for. I printed the pieces onto photo paper so they would be shiny, like I would expect all these candies to be. You might recognize the candies from the Candy Bucket Cutting Files:

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 I love that there are so many different ways I was able to use the files I’d gotten from the shop. And I’m sure I will find many more ways to use them in other Halloween projects!

For challenges, you should be sure to enter your Halloween creations in the Trick or Treat challenge, the last day to enter is the day after Halloween!

I’m entering: Project Life challenge- Black. Orange and White over at Stuck on U Sketches (which was the driving force behind the particular papers I chose to use for my layout), Dies are Us Challenge Blog Challenge #12 – Halloween (lots of good spooky die cuts – too much fun not to use them), Lasting Memories challenge #212 Anything Goes and the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge: Anything Goes.

Edited to add: I was featured on Lasting Memories for my Out and About page! Yay!!!

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Other products I used: Cardstock – Bazzill; Printer, ink and photo paper – HP; Digital Die Cut Machine – Silhouette Cameo with Studio Designer Edition software; Pocket Page – We R Memory Keepers; Pens – American Crafts; Sequins – Doodlebug Design, Pretty Pink Posh; Alphas – My Mind’s Eye; Stapler – Tim Holtz; Adhesive – Glue Dots, ScrapPerfect, Xyron, Zig; Fonts – Calaveras, CK Classical, Gracey’s Curse.

Thanks so much for visiting today! I hope you enjoy your week heading into Halloween!

Ruth

 

Let’s hear it for the boy!

OK, so maybe a boy playing a computer game doesn’t sound like a reason to cheer, but if you knew the whole story you might see it differently. My son is on the autism spectrum. Now if you know anything about Autism, you probably know that when they talk about spectrum they mean really wide and diverse spectrum. So my son has a very mild form of Autism called Asperger’s Syndrome. For him, mostly it effects his ability to concentrate at school, his understanding of social situations, his sensitivity both physically and emotionally being increased, his small motor abilities (writing legibly is very challenging for him) and his ability to be comfortable without lots of structure. So what do a game and these challenges have to do with each other, read my journaling and you might have an idea why I feel good about him playing this game!

It’s challenge time over at The Creative Cutting Challenge and this time around the theme is For the Boys! You might know me well enough by now to know that my heart is happiest when I can scrap, so that’s what I did!

My son loves to play on all sorts of devices. He’s got an iPod Touch, a Nintendo DS and 3DS, and he uses the Wii and desktop computer for gaming, too. I have taken pictures of him using his favorite devices because otherwise I might not have many pictures of him, LOL! Thankfully, since I’m on the Design Team The Creative Pointe provided me with a file to use for this challenge and I was able to create a layout using The Computer Card file!

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I just used the computer without the card and shadow. The page design and some of the photo editing was inspired by one of my son’t favorite games: Minecraft. This game has a very distinct look, with a grid of different shades of colors on the objects, so I printed off some digital papers in different shades and cut them into squares to create the background and edited three photos to look gridded, too. I am really excited about how it turned out. I hope you enjoy!

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MinecraftTitle-detailI stamped on a number of the grid squares and on the keyboard of the computer to add some extra interest and texture. When I was looking for papers I worried that the grid would be too busy, so I decided on a very subtle texture for the papers, but after I set everything up I realized the papers needed a little something more. I was so glad to have stamps that worked with this theme.

I sure hope you’ll join along For the Boys using any SVG files you might have! I can’t wait to see what you create!

Thanks for stopping by! I really appreciate your kind and encouraging comments! Have a great day!

Ruth

I am entering this layout into the Scrappin n chattin Yahoo! Group January layout challenge to use stamping on a layout.

I am entering this layout in the Love to Scrap Challenge Blog challenge #21 – Anything Goes

ETA: I am linking up this layout with the Paper Issues New Issue: It’s Hip to be Square with A Flair for Buttons because it was definitely hip to play MineCraft (if you were my son’s age) and it’s a very square layout!

Other Supplies not already listed:

Cardstock: Wausau; Digital Paper Collection: Karen Funk – For the Boys; Stamps: Close to My Heart, My Favorite Things, Papertrey Ink; Ink: Stampin’ Up!; Pen: Sakura; Digital Cutting Machine: Silhouette Cameo; Software: Silhouette Designer Edition; Font: MineCrafter 3 Regular; Photo editing software: Photoshop Elements 8; Printer, Photo paper and Ink: HP; Wood veneer: Studio Calico; Corrugated Shape: Close to My Heart; Adhesive: Imaginesce, Recollections, Scotch, Xyron, Zig.

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