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Pretty Paper, Pretty Ribbons, Pretty Perfect shape!

Hi! Thanks for visiting today! I’m sharing a project that is posted on the Pretty Paper, Pretty Ribbons blog today and I know lately I’ve been using an endless supply of files from the shop. My project today, though, uses just part of one. I was inspired by a sketch and this shape was just what I wanted to create my page!

Here it is:


I used the waves from this file:Playing in the Waves Title Cutting Files

Those waves fit perfectly with my pictures from a spot in Hawai’i where the waves were crashing against the lava at the shoreline sending salty spray into the air. I decided to make the waves big and bold, like the waves in my pictures. There was so much spray that I was very glad my camera was waterproof! All I had to do was clean off the lens every once in a while and I was good to go!

I used Distress Ink and Stain to do the watercoloring in the background for my page as well as for the die cut waves. I added a touch of Glimmer Mist to the top wave layer and the splatters around the page – I love the shine this added. Here’s a closeup:


It was so wonderful to have the layers of the wave so I could glue down the bottom two layers and let the top curl rise up with some dimension.

The sketch I used is from Scrapbook & Cards Today magazine’s 2015 Fabulous Fall” call for submissions

SCT was looking for fall themed pages, but I was so inspired by the sketch that I had to create my page about Hawai’i with it!

I couldn’t be happier to have this page ready for my album. I’m usually a lot more structured about how I create pages for a vacation album, so it’ll be interesting to see how this one all comes together! Will I have the same kind of flow that I usually like? Only time will tell! I am super happy that I’m letting the inspiration drive what pages I create when, though. I feel that energy will really be a great part of this album. How do you scrap your vacations? Do you usually create a separate album or do you include it with all your other pages for the year? I love creating one album for the vacation because it gives me a goal and gives those pictures a definite home that anyone can find quickly and easily.

Thanks so much for stopping by! I love hearing your comments, so please leave me a few nice words below!

I hope you’re going to join in on the Under the Sea challenge that we’re having right now over on the PPPR blog. Check out all the details here: Pretty Paper, Pretty Ribbons monthly challenge.

Happy crafting!


Supplies I used for my layout:

Cardstock – Bazzill; Watercolor Paper – Artist’s Loft; Watercolor medium – Ranger, Tattered Angels; Letter Stickers – American Crafts, My Mind’s Eye; Wood Veneer – Freckled Fawn, Studio Calico; Markers – Bic; Twine – The Twinery; Sequins – Doodlebug Design, Inc.; Adhesive – ScrapPerfect, Xyron.

ETA: I forgot to link this up to the Lasting Memories challenge #248 Together. This is the only picture I have of all four of us together on our vacation and I’m so happy to have it on this layout!


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!

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:


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:


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!


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!

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:

OaA Full

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:



 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!


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


and the Halloween Critters Cutting Files for the spider webs.


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

Hall-Pattern-2and Halloween Bats & Swirls


 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!


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:


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:


 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!!!


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!



My Fourth Favorite Holiday!

I know that doesn’t sound like a compliment, but considering it has to go up against the likes of Christmas, Easter, and Thanksgiving, I think it’s saying a lot to count the Fourth of July my fourth favorite holiday! And since four is my favorite number that gives it a special spot in my heart, even if it’s not the top of the list!

So this is the the last challenge until next fall for the Creative Cutting Challenge and it is the 4th of July. I know you could have probably guessed that, but I just wanted to make it clear for you.

I chose the Patriotic Set from The Creative Pointe which includes all these files:


You may notice the awesome fireworks with the sentiment! It really struck a chord with my fourth-loving soul!

I really loved this sketch from Scrap Our Stash:

SOS June Sketch


I liked that the design was set up for more than one photo and that there was a scattered sense about the layout – much like fireworks!

The next challenge I felt fit right in with my need to scrap fireworks from the fourth was the Bokeh challenge at A Blog Named Hero:



Intentional, or not, my fireworks photos were definitely Bokeh in feel, but I also felt that a background with a Bokeh look would be a great way to set off my pictures, so to speak ;-)!

I started out with a sheet of watercolor paper. I inked up my star stamp from the Epic Love set from Hero Arts/Operation Write Home with Faded Jeans Distress Stain and started stamping. The Distress Stain isn’t really meant for stamping, so it gave a very random look to the coloring of the stars. I would also spritz the paper with Tattered Angels Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Mist every once in a while to really fade out the Distress Stain and give the page some sparkle all at the same time. I also used 2nd and 3rd generation stamping to give some of the fainter effects. I’m pretty excited with how it turned out and I would definitely give this technique a try again!

So, that’s my background story – literally! Well, how about I let you have a peak now!


Can you see the Bokeh, the sketch, the cuts? Here’s a closeup of the three cuts I used from the Patriotic Set:


I used the sentiment, the detailed star (in the center of the wood veneer gears) and the shield. I created the long banners that go down the page by drawing a long rectangle the same width as the top of the shield and then welding it together in my Silhouette software! I’m very happy with how that worked for those long strips from the sketch.

I used dimensional adhesive on the stars and firework element of the title and put some metallic red sequins in the middle to give them some glamour. I used shimmery papers and the Glimmer Mist for all the papers but the red, which was highly textured, take a peak:


Honestly, I didn’t want to stop when I finished this layout. All the wonderful texture and the fabulous patriotic images and colors – they really made my heart happy!

I hope you get a chance to get craft happy and share your digitally cut creation using something other Cricut files and join us in the challenge!

Have a great day and thanks so much for visiting! Please feel free to leave a comment to put a smile on my face!


Supplies not already mentioned:

Paper – Canson, Paper Accents, The Paper Studio, my stash; Wood veneer – Studio Calico; Sequins – Doodlebug; Alpha Stickers – Close to My Heart; Pen – Sakura; Adhesive – American Crafts, Glue Dots, ScrapPerfect.


ETA: I love patriotic themes and am glad to be able to add my project to the Paper Issues New Issue: Hooray for the Red, White and Blue with Therm O Web linky party!

Get ready for Valentine’s Day!

It’s never to early to start thinking about this coming holiday that focuses on professing your love! That’s why the challenge at The Creative Cutting Challenge is Valentine’s Day! And I’m a little late with my layout. Sure my blog post is up when it’s supposed to be, but I decided to scrapbook an event from years ago when my daughter was in 1st grade. Since she’s a freshman in high school, you could say I’m late. But actually, I think that scrapping has it’s own time schedule and whenever you have the inspiration and the interest in scrapping is the right time to do it! I was inspired by this challenge, by my pictures and story and by the files from The Creative Pointe so the time was right! The Valentine’s set has lots of great images that I thought would be perfect for my layout. Take a look:

Valentine preview

I thought it’d be fun to play around with the images a little, so I used the word “love” in my title and used the hearts with the arrows to point out fun elements in the photos!



What fun this was to make! I inked the edges of the hearts after I wrote the journaling and accented the arrow tips with Smooch Accent Ink. I also cut into the feather ends to give a bit more detail. I love how the hearts turned out!

I created the chalkboard element with a piece of patterned paper that had a chalkboard print on it, my Silhouette Cameo, the adjustable pen holder, Sakura Gelly Roll White pen and the School Script Dashed font! I think it really goes well with the theme and the colors on the layout.

I used this sketch from Studio Calico Sunday Sketch

SC sketch

I don’t know about you, but after all the work that goes into planning the parties for school, it’s definitely something to celebrate and remember! The heart glasses was the craft project that I set up for the kids: 50 hearts traced onto foam and cut out. Truly a labor of LOVE!

I sure hope you’ll scrap or create something with SVG files for Valentine’s Day that you’ll share over at The Creative Cutting Challenge! I can’t wait to see your project!

Thanks so much for stopping by! I appreciate you taking a moment to let me know what you hope to create for Valentine’s Day in the comments below! Have a fabulous day!

— Ruth

Other materials used: Patterned Paper from Creative Memories and Simple Stories; Letter stickers from Simple Stories; Sequins from Lawn Fawn and Whimsical Twist; Adhesive from Glue Dots, Imaginesce, Xyron and Zig.  

Entered into the: Silhouette Blog Valentine’s Challenge

                                   and the Scrappin-n-Chattin Yahoo! Group Chalkboard Challenge and 52 week challenge

Picture this…

Say, you’re a scrapbooker, like me, and you have a story you really want to tell, but you don’t have any pictures to go along with it. It’s a recurring story, a story about traditions and you could wait until the next time the story happens and take pictures to use on your layout. Or you could be real with yourself and realize it’s not the type of thing that you normally take pictures of so don’t bother to wait. Well, that’s my story for this pictureless layout. I decided that any pictures might actually take away from the story. So then how do I make my page something that somebody will want to look at? Let’s take a look, shall we?

Could not resist photographing outside under my maple

Could not resist photographing outside under my maple

First up, we have die cuts. The Creative Cutting Challenge is hosting a new challenge – Thanksgiving. As a design team member, I really wanted to tell this Thanksgiving story and felt that the shapes in the Thanksgiving Set One would really go great with my story! My Silhouette Cameo and I had a great time cutting these images from patterned paper and cardstock.




Next, I chose the My Mind’s Eye Cut & Paste collection for my layout because I loved the rich colors that remind me of the colors of fall. Thankfully, My Mind’s Eye does a fabulous job with fun coordinating elements, so I used washi tape, brads, enamel dots and buttons from the collection to help add some interest and dimension, along with some Twinery twine and leaves from Michaels.

Here is a detail of my journaling:


I hope you’ll find a way to celebrate Thanksgiving with an svg file and your cutting machine and play along with The Creative Cutting Challenge!

Just for fun, have you ever created a scrapbooking layout for a story without pictures? What did you do? I’d love to know or if I’ve inspired you I’d love to hear about the story you’re inspired to tell now!

Thanks for visiting! Be sure to comment so I know your first concern is making my day brighter ;-)! Hope you have a great day!


Here are the challenges I’m entering:

Cut it Up Thanksgiving

Simon Says Stamp Anything Goes

Silhouette Challenges – Anything holiday


Oh, yeah, along with all the previous supplies I mentioned I used:

Another fabulous PageMaps sketch from Becky Fleck that A Cherry On Top has a challenge for using:


Close to My Heart: cardstock, ribbon, alpha stickers, marker, stamps and ink

Adhesive from: American Crafts, Glue Arts, Glue Dots, Imaginesce, Xyron and Zig

How to turn a child into a ham

I don’t know about you, but I think photo props are such a fun idea! They turn mild-mannered, maybe even photo shy or at least photo averse, people into hams for the camera! That is pure magic in my book, especially since I’ve got a couple of those photo averse younger people living in my house!

So, when I was thinking about the latest challenge at The Creative Cutting Challenge (Halloween – Not a Card), I thought the photo props would be a great way to get my kids to “dress up” and ham it up for the camera and I was right, hurrah!

I did give them choices as to which props they wanted and how they wanted them to look (and I created a couple without their input that I thought I might use but then I was able to recruit a drama-queen thespian willing to pose, even better!)

Here’s all the props you get in the Photo Props collection from The Creative Pointe:

Lots of potential for fun!

Lots of potential for fun!

Here’s how mine turned out:

You can see that mustaches are popular with the kids

You can see that mustaches are popular with the kids

I used: cardstock from: Bazzill, Colorbok, DCWV, Doodlebug, The Paper Studio; Gems from: Bead Landing; Ranger Liquid Pearls and Crackle Accents; Adhesive from: Scotch and Xyron.

To get the lens of the monocle, I filled the opening in the monocle with Crackle Accents on my non-stick craft mat and then waited and waited and waited for it to dry. It took over 7 hours! It was difficult to pull up without breaking it, so I would recommend a layer of acetate underneath that you can trim to size (or cut with your cutting machine beforehand) to support the Crackle Accents. I really love how it turned out (I also sprinkled a few drops of Gold Glimmer Mist onto the lens along with a tiny amount of Doodlebug Sugar Coating black glitter while it was still wet.) I laminated the monocle with my Xyron 900 to give it some strength. I used bamboo skewers for all the photo props.

Here are the teens, hamming it up:



Here’s my son, emulating his favorite British gentleman:


and then just getting silly!



And there you have it! Six props and three hams! These pictures are so much fun! I can wait to scrap them! I could also retire some of the props to the page for fun!

Thanks so much for stopping by today! I sure hope you’ll play along with the Halloween – not a Card Challenge over at the Creative Cutting Challenge! Have a top-notch day!

Thanks for leaving a kind word or two! It really puts a smile on my face!


P.S. While these are simple, no layer files, if you need information about how to use SVG files in Silhouette Designer Edition software, please see this post, where I do a tutorial of the process.

Here’s hoping you’ll smile like Jack!

Hi! I’ve got a fun card to share with you today! The current challenge at Creative Cutting Challenge is to create a Halloween card. Not a lot of surprises here as to my process so I’ll just get right to it.

Meet Jack:

Isn't he a handsome fella?

Isn’t he a handsome fella?

I used patterned paper from Doodlebug, cardstock from Stampin’ Up!, Pebbles card base, Twinery Twine, Ranger Distress ink, adhesive from Glue Arts + Imaginesce (loved using the black foam squares for the hat) + Scotch (the squishy 3D foam squares were great on the pumpkin which I had rubbed the back with an embossing stylus to round out the paper.) I also used a Silhouette Sketch Pen to write my sentiment on the inside:

The font I used was Carnala - I thought it was fun!

The font I used was Carnala – I thought it was fun! What do you think?

Today, I’m going to do a little tutorial about how to work with SVGs from The Creative Pointe, such as the Jack O’Lantern Card, in Silhouette Designer Edition. Sound good?

To open the file, you’ll need to select the type of file as either SVG (*.svg) or all files (*.*) at the bottom of the Open file box so you can see the SVG file you want to open in the list. When you choose it will come in looking like this:

As you can see, even though the file has four different layers/elements to it, they all come in layered together and all the same color.

As you can see, even though the file has four different images in it, they all come in layered together and all the same color.

To get the images apart simply right click over the image and select Ungroup from the pop-up menu. Then your screen will look more like this:

You can see the boxes that tell you where the different parts are. Once you click anywhere off of the objects you can then select any one of them to do any editing you might want to do.

You can see the boxes that tell you where the different images are. Once you click anywhere off of the objects you can then select the top file for any editing you might want to do.

Next you’ll want to pull the different images off to the side so that you can see them. The card base is on the top, so it’s easy to start there:

Now you can see another layer that was hidden below.

Now you can see another image that was hidden below the card base.

Go ahead and select and move the next image off to the side:

Now you can see all four layers (the hat and Jack's face are separate images.)

Once you move Jack’s shadow you can see all four images (the hat and Jack’s face are separate images.)

I like to change the color of my images to make it easier for me when it comes time to cut. I changed the fill color to the color of paper I will be using when I cut the pieces out. Here’s how my images looked for my card:

The bluish color turned out odd when I photographed the screen, but it really was a purple from the fill color choices!

The bluish color turned out odd when I photographed the screen, but it really was a purple from the fill color choices!

Now I usually just use a blank page to copy and paste each image to cut, then I delete them from there when I’m done. You will have to go to the “cut style” window and select “cut” for each image (alternately I just experimented as I was writing up these steps – you can do that before you even ungroup and it’ll create a cut edge for all the images at once – a much quicker way to get it done!) You can also choose to save this (especially with the cut style created) in your library. I think I’ll save that for a tutorial another day, if you’re interested.

Thanks for tuning in!

Have a wonderful day! I hope you’re inspired to create some fun Halloween cards with SVG files!

I sure love to hear your comments about how Jack made you smile today!


She must be entering some challenges, you say? You’re right!

Simon Says ,,,,,We’re Going Dotty !  (the card base – Jack’s paper is actually tiny stars!)

Scrappin-n-Chattin card challenges – Halloween card

Paper Issues – Halloween Hootenany

For the Girls (and the flowers!)

A very happy Monday to you! I hope you had a wonderful weekend and are ready to go for another week! I’m excited to share with you my second project for The Creative Cutting Challenge design team! The challenge theme this time is For the Girls and it is a wonderful theme to work with! I started thinking about what pictures I could use for a layout, since I love to scrapbook and have so many stories still to tell. As I looked through all the wonderful feminine designs in the Creative Pointe shop I really thought the Floral Frame:

would be perfect for a picture of my daughter and I when she was in Girl Scouts. Since I was her leader and I had a fantastic co-leader who made sure to get pictures of us together, I knew I would have many to choose from. When I found “the” picture, I knew that since the Flower One Set:

Lots of great layered flowers!

Lots of great layered flowers!

has a lovely layered daisy it would help reinforce the sweet age Erin was at the time of the picture. About a Girl currently has a challenge to use lots of flowers, so with this sketch:

Sketch 240a

Sketch 240a

from Pamela’s World of Scrap that I felt would be wonderful for this picture, the frame and the flowers and the challenges to use SVGs and  lots of flowers this is what I came up with:

Everything about this layout just makes me smile!

Everything about this layout just makes me smile!

For the color scheme, I used a challenge for a Yahoo! Group Scrappin-n-Chattin to use navy blue, yellow and pink, which I really felt would be perfect with the daisies and the photo – I went with Authentique’s Genuine Collection and just used the more solid “b” sides for the yellow, blue and white elements. I used Stampin’ Up! textured cardstock for the pink and Close to My Heart cardstock for the green.  I felt that these were colors that worked together.

There was another challenge to use four stamps from one stamp set at Two Peas in a Bucket  called the Seeing Double challenge. When I saw how bold the pink looked, I felt it was a little too strong and decided to use a stamp set I really love from Close to My Heart (Hooray Bouquet) that has a couple of different flower shapes (one being a daisy in 3 different sizes/patterns and also includes the sentiment that I used on the frame) – I thought it was the perfect addition and really helped the pink work better on my page.  I didn’t glue things down flat because I felt that everything needed to have some dimension and movement so the daisies are only glued at the center and the banners are only glued at the right edge. The frame is mounted on foam tape to give it a little lift also. I used the frame without the center cut-out for the blue base layer since I really felt it would work well to have the same curve at the corners of that layer.

Here's  a closeup that shows some of the dimension on the page

Here’s a closeup that shows some of the dimension on the page

I created my title with a Silhouette Sketch Pen in the Rickles font and then added the words “Girl Scout” and “Daisies” hand-written over the words “friends” and “flowers” with Close to My Heart Markers with a touch of Smooch Pearlized Top Coat over the top to give those words the same shine as the Glitter Sketch Pen lines. I added some sequins from Whimsical Twist to the flower centers around the frame and some Close to My Heart buttons in a diagonal across the page, a tab with the date from a Studio Calico class kit and that’s about it!

I hope you will join in the fun with the challenge! You just need to use an SVG file to participate! And who could resist making something pretty For the Girls?!

Thanks for visiting! Please let me know if you have any questions or just want to tell me how you love the bulldog in the picture for the frame below!


Other materials not already listed: banner cut files from Carta Bella (Silhouette store), ink from Close to My Heart and Stampin’ Up!, adhesive from Glue Dots, Imaginesce, Therm O Web and Xyron

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