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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.

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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

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.

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!

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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