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Pretty Paper, Pretty Ribbons, Pretty Hard Worker!

Hi! It’s my day to share a project over at the Pretty Paper, Pretty Ribbons blog and I’m also sharing here, with a few more pictures and details.

So, Lisa added some super fun files since my last project and I had to use them for my page today! I used the Science Lab Cutting Files and Science of Love Cutting Files to help tell the story of my daughter’s Sophomore Chemistry class. Here’s how the page turned out: 

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As you may notice, I did a lot of print and cut with vellum.

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The title is on one of the Speech Bubbles Cutting Files shapes and the frame around my daughter’s picture is from Photo Frames 1 Cutting Files.

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I used a banner from Sentiment Spots 3 Cutting Files for the subtitle.

You may be wondering about all the “no” symbols. Well, my daughter’s class did hardly any labs, which was disappointing to her (and probably made it a lot harder since most everything was more about theory than practice.)

I used the 24/7 collection from Simple Stories for the patterned papers and alphas and the cardstock for the “no” symbols is from Simon Says Stamp.

The sketch that I used is by Becky Fleck for A Cherry on Top:

I am entering Silhouette Challenges #28 Anything Goes.

I hope school is going well for everyone in school, teaching or with kids in school! And I hope if there are any lab sciences that there will be plenty of labs and reasons to scrap about them (or send the teacher a fun card!)

Happy crafting!

Ruth

ETA : I’m also linking up to the PDE Anything Goes Linky Party. Both Silhouette Challenges and PDE Linky Party are fun places to link up your creations if you just like having blog visitors without a prize for linking up.

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Pretty Paper, Pretty Ribbons, Pretty Much Ready

We are ready! We’ve been at the same school since 2004 and it’s time for a change of scenery! That’s not to say that there aren’t those that we will miss, it’s just that we’re ready for the next step!

If you haven’t been following along, my son was just promoted from 8th grade last week. Over the 9 years he spent at our K-8 school he developed friendships with some pretty awesome boys! They certainly helped to make school more fun for my son, but they are ready to get going to high school. I liked the idea of moving on and felt that the title from Pretty Paper, Pretty Ribbons’ Are We There Yet Cutting Files would work perfectly for my page! Take a look!
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Doesn’t my son and his friend look ready to take on the world (or at least high school?) I wanted to create this layout for my design team post over at the Pretty Paper, Pretty Ribbons blog. I’m glad I got this moment recorded!

I love arrows and feel like they show movement, so I’ve included arrows from the Arrows Cutting Files. There’s one hiding in the title and one peeking out from behind the photo:

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then the other one is on the bottom of the photo. I also wanted a sign post for the journey these boys would be taking so I used the sign from the fun Gnomies Cutting Files, and just added my own text to the face of the sign. Here’s a closer peek at that part of the layout:

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That’s about it as far as my design team project! There are so many treasures hidden in Lisa’s files. It’s something I’ve really enjoyed in the projects created by my fellow DT members!

I’ll be entering a number of challenges with this layout and I’ll talk about that below.

Thanks so much for stopping by! I hope you have fun using something in a way that’s different from what it was originally intended!

Happy scrapping!

Ruth

Supplies I used:

Patterned Paper: My Mind’s Eye, Simple Stories; Stamps: Close to My Heart, My Favorite Things; Ink: Tsukineko; Pens: American Crafts and Sakura; Wood veneer: Studio Calico; Stickers: Simple Stories; Markers: Berol and Bic; Adhesive: Imaginesce, ScrapPerfect, Xyron, Zig. Digital die cutting machine: Silhouette

Challenges I am entering:

First, I found a wonderful challenge on Leah’s Layouts for Sketch N Scrap‘s 3rd birthday, which included this awesome sketch and using three arrows:

And speaking of arrows I’m entering the current challenge over at Stuck on U Sketches Arrows Die Cut Challenge.

Last, the challenge over at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge is: Simon Says Make It Masculine where we are challenged to share how we make our projects work for the boys and men in our lives. I would say for masculine projects it’s not that hard for me because I’m not one for a lot of incredibly feminine details, but for the guys I tend to stay away from floral elements and instead focus on geometric patterns and cool colors and wood details, which I’ve done here.

That’s it today! Thanks for stopping by!

Last of the minis (for now)!

Yep, it’s been a bit of a craft-a-thon that has lead to a blog-a-thon because of the challenge at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge: Thank You! Check out this blog post for the start of these projects if you’re interested in knowing who these notebooks are for!

This one is a bit snarky, but hey, not everybody likes a serious notebook.

I used stamps from Technique Tuesday and Simple Stories, inks were StazOn, Tsukineko and Stampin’ Up!:

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Fun, huh? I’m thinking this might be good for the gym teachers. Nothing too fancy for them – just fun stuff!

So, that’s it for the minis for now. I hope you’ve enjoyed seeing them and maybe felt inspired!

I will have some more of the bigger notebooks to share towards the end of the week so please come back!

Happy crafting!

Ruth

More Noteworthy ;-) projects

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

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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:

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

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sticky note strips with My Favorite Things stamped sentiments and

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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!

Ruth

Pretty Paper, Pretty Ribbons Get Cookin’ Blog Hop

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Hi and welcome to my blog! I sure hope you’re having a great day! Although it’s a Saturday, I’m one busy lady all day today, but I had to show off my project and share all about the fun going’s on at Pretty Paper, Pretty Ribbons, so here I am!

If you came here from Nicole’s blog and are hopping along, 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.

The theme for this hop is Get Cookin’. We’re sharing projects that have to do with cooking and food using Pretty Paper, Pretty Ribbons files. There is so much to choose from in the store – it was tons of fun picking out how I was going to Get Cookin’!

I went with the awesome layered burger from the Cookout Cutting Files as the main food item on my layout. I love all the wonderful layers to this burger and how it was easy to customize for the Shrimp Burger I enjoyed while on vacation on Tybee Island, GA. Take a look:

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I have to say, I love how the burger turned out! All those layers and five different papers, plus inked edges! Did you spot any other food? Take a peek here:

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I think this crab is so happy that I didn’t choose him for my lunch! Isn’t he the best? He’s from the Moody Crab Cutting Files and I have to smile when I look at him! He’s standing on a bit of the sand from the Day at the Beach Cutting Files and the coral comes from Fishy Friends Cutting Files. I’ll share the details on another cut that I used from that file in a moment.

SBIP_journal_detI used the Speech Bubbles Cutting Files to create the journaling block – a favorite for me. You may have noticed some drawn bubbles as well. I used the bubbles from Fishy Friends Cutting Files. I deleted the background cut and used the Silhouette Pen Holder adapter along with the Silver Wink of Stella marker to draw them with my Silhouette machine. Then I used some green enamel dots in some of the bubbles and some Liquid Pearls on some of the others. I love getting more dimension out of my page my having something drawn or stamped on my base layer. I think it adds a lot to my page.

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Next we have some waves – couldn’t have a page about dining outside with the ocean in view without these! I used the Borders 5 Cutting Files. I reversed one of them to go the other way before I cut, trimmed them down a bit to fit in my grid, and inked the edges with a marker to define the edge. I sure hope you enjoyed my layout as much as I enjoyed creating it!

Now on to some blog hop details!

The blog candy for this hop is a $15 GC to the PPPR store.

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For a chance to win, you must be a follower of each blog and leave a comment at each stop of the hop. 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, March 17, 2015.

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

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Our hop kicks off the Get Cookin’ Challenge at Pretty Paper, Pretty Ribbons. The challenge projects can be any cooking or food related project that features Pretty Paper, Pretty Ribbons files. Pretty Paper, Pretty Ribbons products must be the FOCUS of the project and the prize is a $20 Gift Certificate for the Pretty Paper, Pretty Ribbons store. Check out all the details here: Monthly Challenge.  I am sure you could cook something up to join in the challenge! I can’t wait to see what you create!

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To continue on the hop you’ll head to Sarah’s blog next!

(I entered quite a few challenges with this layout – please see the information below the blog hop list!)

Here’s the lineup:

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Nicole

                              Ruth <<<— You are here!
 
                                 Sarah <<<— Head here next!

Gloria

Kathy

Katy

Leah

Melisa

Nanne’


Challenges I am entering, in alphabetical order by blog name:

(You knew there’d be some! So much inspiration and design ideas! I’m completely addicted!)

March Scrappy Friends Color Challenge (at Creating with Paper & More):

 I used deep red, gray, turquoise and dark green.

Paper Issues New Issue was: Enamored with Enamel. I used enamel dots, plus I’m enamored with vacations with my family and scrapping them!
 
Paper Issues Sketchy Saturday had this fabulous gridded sketch created by Jen Chapin:

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The stitched divisions as well as the spot for journaling were elements I especially loved!

 
March Stash Challenge #24 at Scrap Our Stash is STENCIL. I used:
S – Simple Stories Sn@p Life collection for papers and alphas
T – Twine lines
E – Enamel dots
N – Number stickers (for time on top middle photo)
C – Crab die cut, also coral 😉
I – Inked the edges of the die cuts
L – Letter stickers as well as liquid pearls on the bubbles going up the right
 
 
Stuck on U Sketches Die Cut Challenge, Lucky Green I have die cut waves, burger, crab, coral and journaling block. For green I have the lettuce on the burger as well as enamel dots and letter and phrase stickers. I’m lucky because I have a Silhouette (won it a couple of years ago right around this time of year 😉

Through the eyes of Rochelle Spears has a March Tic Tac Toe Challenge. I used the diagonal going from the lower left up to the right: Mini Alphas (Shrimp on title), the color green (lettuce on burger, word Paradise and phrase sticker on waves), and Enamel Dots (going up right side as bubbles).

ETA – I definitely had intended to enter this in Lasting Memories “So Happy Together” challenge, because it really was such a happy occasion to visit with Scott’s brother in Georgia!

ETA – My layout was chosen as a top 3 for March over at Lasting Memories! Thanks so much for choosing me!

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Supplies I used: Cardstock – Bazzill; Patterned Paper, Alpha and number stickers, word stickers – Simple Stories; Twine – The Twinery; Enamel Dots – Freckled Fawn; Dimensional Paint – Ranger; Pen – Closet to My Heart, Kuretake,  Sakura; Ink – Close to My Heart; Die cut machine and accessories – Silhouette America; Adhesive – ScrapPerfect, Xyron, Zig.

Pretty Paper, Pretty Ribbons Anything Goes Blog Hop

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I’m so glad you’ve come to visit my blog today! If you came here from Nicole’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.

The theme for our hop is Anything Goes. So, we are using our imaginations to create fun projects using any Pretty Paper, Pretty Ribbons files we want. 

I had a story I wanted to tell about when my daughter was sick this fall. She has a full schedule with all honors classes (except for PE) and being out a full week was not something she was very happy about. I was glad to be able to be home to keep an eye on her, keep her company and serve her some “India therapy” in the form of Chai Tea and a couple of games of Parcheesi (that she won, of course!) I felt that the Hot Cocoa Cutting Files with the sweet sentiment and mug with heart-shaped steam was perfect, along with the Feeling Icky Title Cutting File.

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Here’s a slightly different angle:

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(I’m entering a few challenges with this layout. I’ll go over the details after the blog hop information.)

The blog candy for this hop is a $15 GC to the PPPR store.

Blog Hop Prize imageFor a chance to win, you must be a follower of each blog and leave a comment at each stop of the hop. 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, February 17, 2015.

Don’t forget to pick up the Blog Hop freebie on Saturday and Sunday of the hop, only…then it will be available for sale in the store. It’s this super cute Chihuahua file!

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Out hop kicks off the Anything Goes Challenge at Pretty Paper, Pretty Ribbons. The projects can be anything at all that features Pretty Paper, Pretty Ribbons files. Check out all the rules here: Monthly Challenge.

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To continue on the hop you’ll head to Sarah’s blog next!

Here’s the lineup:

Lisa ~ http://prettypaperprettyribbons.blogspot.com/

Nanne’ ~ http://nannes-creations.blogspot.com/

Nicole ~ >http://teachdanz.blogspot.com/

Ruth ~ https://paperandmusings.wordpress.com/ <<<—-You are here!

Sarah ~ http://sarahvaitstamps.blogspot.com/  <<<<—-Head here next!

Shannon ~ http://designsofapaddymack.typepad.com/

Tina ~ http://ollieanddextersmommy.blogspot.com/

Gloria ~ http://gloriasgoofycraftspot.blogspot.com/

Kathy ~ http://kathyand3kids.blogspot.com/

Katy ~ http://scrappinkaty.blogspot.com/

Leah ~http://leahschaeffer.blogspot.com/

Melisa ~ http://www.melisascraftycreations.blogspot.com/

Challenges:

I really felt this sketch by Lisa Hidy at Sketch N Scrap was perfect for my layout (used with permission):

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I also used the Inspiration on Thursday – Colour Challenge Style at Scrap Much? I really felt these colors were wonderful with the game board.

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And since this is also a great color combination that goes with Red and Pink I’m entering the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Red+Pink.

ETA: Also linking this up with Paper Issues New Issue: It’s Hip to be Square since I’ve got some square photos as well as the gridded background paper.

ETA: Paper Issues chose my layout for the Fan Feature Friday!PI_Fanfeature-sidebar

Thanks so much, Paper Issues! You have a wonderful community! I’m so glad I can be a part of it!!!

Supplies:

Cardstock: Coredinations and Doodlebug Design; Patterned Paper, Alpha, Stickers: Simple Stories; Wood veneer: Studio Calico; Enamel dots: Freckled Fawn; Digital die cut machine: Silhouette; Embossing Folder: Sizzix; Pen: American Crafts; Adhesive: Glue Dots, Xyron, Zig.

 

Celebrating Pier Relationships

OK, so the punster in me couldn’t resist another pun about Piers. My layout title was born out of a need for something snappy and possibly punny and now I’ve decided to do the same with my blog post. With apologies…

As many of you may know or remember, I’ve been working on my Spring Break album on and off. I needed something that would help me create a page for exploring the pier on Tybee Island. I had a number of photos that I loved and really wanted to include them all. Both my hubby and my daughter had taken pictures and shared them with me, so it’s really quite a collaboration of photographers!

I admit, I have a sketch dependency issue. I rely heavily on sketches to inspire me and help me figure out how to put my pages together. I recently found Scrapbook Generation and am enjoying their free online magazine (Create) as well as the sketches they create and share. I felt very inspired by this free sketch from Allison Davis in the August issue of Create:

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The banner strips reminded me of the decking of the pier and I felt that there was the opportunity to turn the large photo into a collage so that I could show 4 different pictures in that spot. I always like to see a spot for journaling and of course a few fun embellies!

Here’s what I came up with:

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What I love is that even though there were three different photographers on three completely different types of devices, all the pictures work together (I’ll let you guess which ones were on my full-size point and shoot camera, which ones were taken with a cell phone and which one was taken with an iPod Touch.) Bright sunny day = best photos possible on all types of devices…

So the story is that I printed my “decking” pieces on my printer from a digital paper from Pixl Cafe (WoodgrainPapers-TMartin), just on regular cardstock, I cut them out with my Silhouette using Flag Borders (from Sweet Afton) adapted to work with the sketch sizes. Did I explain that the sketches from Scrapbook Generation come with sizes for all the major elements? Well, I should have because it makes it even quicker and easier to create a layout close to the sketch design without having to try and guess! I decided to use some twine for the stitched lines as well as a few other places. I thought it went nicely with the beach/pier theme.

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Yep, there are a few wood veneer elements (Studio Calico), some brads and stickers (Simple Stories) along with the paper strips and the paper I used for the journaling strips (also Simple Stories). The “Pier” alphas are canvas letters from Little Yellow Bicycle – I think they went perfectly with my theme, too!

Thanks so much for stopping by! I love to read your comments and hope you’ll visit again soon!

I’ll be entering this layout into the Simon Says Stamp Anything Goes challenge for the Wednesday Challenge blog.

Have a super happy kind of day!

Ruth

ETA: Also linking this up with Paper Issues New Issue: It’s Hip to be Square – This layout has two square photos

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