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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

 

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?

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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:

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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.

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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:

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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!

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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