The latest Scrappy Canary Kits are out!!

Last night saw the release of the July Scrappy Canary kits and they look fabulous! Click on the photos to go to the store and have a better look at the photos and contents.

First up is the embellishment kit, can i just say YUM!! I cannot wait to get playing with this mix of goodies!


Next up is the scrapbooking kit, it is such a versatile selection of papers this month, good for boys or girls and the kraft and white striped thickers will be terrific with absolutely anything. The gold accents in the die cuts are my favourite, especially that one that says “a bit random”, I am always scrapbooking things that are kinda random!


Here is the Project Life kit, using the gorgeous Teresa Collins Something Wonderful 6×6 pad and more delicious gold from Chic Tags, what a tasty combo!

There is an add on this month with awesome variety, this one has a bit of everything!

Finally the shop has a few new items in it, including awesomely well priced enamel dots at only $3.95 each with a rainbow of colours and the resin stars, which I find work on every page not matter what the theme.


You will be seeing my projects created using these fabulous kits before too long here on the blog and over on the Scrappy Canary blog too!



July CREATE magazine

The new issue of CREATE is out now, it has terrific ideas including Allison’s sketch support article, which is always super helpful for breaking down how to use a sketch to its best potential and Debbies article about scrapbooking fast or with more details, which goes through a layout that took 45 minutes and one that took 3 hours and looks at the ways to play it fast or make it your own with awesome handmade embellishments and more complex elements in the title, etc. I learn something every month from that mag!

My projects in it were a double page layout and a single page layout, here are sneaks of them both, head over to the magazine to see the whole thing and a few words about it.

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3 Top Tips with Twine

I’m up on the Scrappy Canary Blog today with the June kit and some tips for twine and thought I would share with you here too!

This weekend the Scrappy Canary facebook community is all enjoying a cyber crop with lots of challenges, I shared my own two examples in the facebook group for yesterday’s challenges and will blog about them soon, but today I have a second example of using Manda’s sketch and this time I wanted to talk TWINE. In the june kit there was a lovely gold and silver twine set from American Crafts, with metallics all the rage right now, it was an easy addition to my layout with it’s touches of gold in the paper. So I have three tips for you today when you want to use twine on your layout.

TIP 1. Firstly as you see in the image above, you can use it to frame other objects on your layout. In this case it was a circular element with the puffy stickers from the main kit, though a flair or brad or button would work exactly the same as this, I adhered the twine by using my glue runner in a patch, then adding the sticker, then looping the twine around my fingers and adhereing it on the glue, then using a bit of glossy accents for the last loop or two to help it not to unravel. Some twine is easier and some a bit stiffer for this technique.

Bonus for Tip 1. You can frame any object, it doesnt need to be round or small, you could use twine around a photo as a frame, you could frame the entire page with twine or any shape of embellishment, the beauty of twine is that it can take any shape and framing a key element adds a wonderful texture to your layout while focusing the viewer on the framed object.

TIP 2. Wrap the twine around other objects in your project. This can be useful for a lot of purposes including adding texture and emphasis (as with tip ones technique) and adding lines and direction in your layout. The contrast of the straight line with the loopy bow is another great design trick to create interest on the layout.

Bonus for Tip 2. Mix twine with other textures, it plays nicely with soft things like ribbon and fabric as well as hard things like chipboard and metals. I can be a great way to attach other things to the layout, both figuratively and literally, here the bow would seem to be floating but it is anchored by the wrapped twine instead.

TIP 3. Create embellishments with twine for flexible shapes, dimension and balance. Twine is such a versatile embellishment, it can fit any number of gaps and be long and thin, trailing the eye across a project or small and bulky, creating a point in a triangle of embellishments on your project. Dont feel like you need to use it one way only. There I wrapped it multiple times around two fingers and then tied the middle to make a more bulky bow so I could have more visual impact than a single thread would create, I think stapled the twine on with my Tim Holtz attacher.

Bonus for Tip 3.  For longer embellishing with twine, give the strand some freedom to find it’s own shape. You can manipulate the twists and curls if you need to but it often looks better and more natural if you let it curl on it’s own then glue that down where it fits your layout. Here I adhered this scrap leftover piece of twine as a frame for my journalling, I used a couple of tiny drops of glossy accents under it and then put my stapler on it to keep it from moving until it was dry.

Here is the completed layout, using Manda’s sketch for the cyber crop and the June main kit from Scrappy Canary. Head over here if you would like to subscribe!

Waste not, Want not: Project Life on regular Cards.

Welcome July! I am back with another monthly pocket life blog post, this time I have my hybrid layout, a very paper and glue style hybrid this month, plus I whipped up a couple of cards with some of the leftovers, as I do hate wasting lovely products.


This is week 12, I am catching up on some of the gaps in my album, I have all the photos in the right weeks but some havent been turned into layouts and while I like to have a few weeks ready for me whenever I have time to craft, I dont want it to get overwhleming so I am going to catch up on a few in the next few weeks. Hoping to post them all here.

This week was the first week I saw Amelia writing her own name, rather than keep the rather grubby piece of paper she used with food stains all over it, I just snapped a photo of her and her writing, it is a lovely memory.


This half ot the layout is really 2 stories, one in the left column and one in the right column. I dont fight it when I have bigger stories with lots of photos, I believe in making PL work for me, I dont try to have a different story in every pocket.



As I mentioned before, with a lot of really gorgeous supplies left, I wanted to use a few more and this month had some cards with really lovely and friendly sentiments that screamed to me to turn them into a few quick simple cards.IMG_2286IMG_2283

I am no Jennifer McGuire or Kristina Werner to make stunning creations, my cards are absurdly simple, but the people I give them to don’t seem to mind and I like making them simply :) IMG_2284 IMG_2285

So that was the July Pocket Life kit from me, you can grab this gorgeous kit form The Sweet Shoppe this weekend, as with every month, Traci packs these kits so full of stuff that they are a real bargain. 10388628_10152255199922424_8417009472196476068_n

Week 19 Project Life – Hybrid with Traci Reed June Pocket Life Kit

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A quick post today with a sneak peek of the new TRD Pocket life kit that comes out tomorrow, sharing my week 19 pocket life layout. Although using the June kit, I am scrapbooking the week of Mother’s day in this one, but it is hybrid in the papery-est sense of the word, rather than hybrid in the – almost digital but i printed it out at the end and added one or two things – way that some of my layouts have been this year.

I printed out all the cards and one sheet of stickers on normal paper (meant to use cardstock but the girl at officeworks apparently didnt hear me say that, so paper it was..) and then whipped up one sheet of embellishments that were printed on vellum and one sheet on transparency, this is becoming my go-to technique for my hybrid printouts as I love the ease of adding the different levels of opacity to my layout, so much more choice than only having it printed on white cardstock.

I added a few wood veneers by Studio Calico and thickers by Amy Tangerine but everything else is wonderful Traci Reed designs, love that woman’s brain and its ability to create awesome.

This year I just shoved all the pocket protectors I have into one album and I am trying to use them all, it is definitely harder than just using design A, which I plan to buy in future, but I need to use what I own and what I own is a bunch of random stuff so, that is what 2014 is looking like right now, random designs of page protectors and the big plus of that is that with hybrid, I can print the pocket cards that I need for the pages I am doing, so I had lots of square choices and 4×6 choices, but have only used a single 3×4 card in this particular layout. Since 3×4 cards are usually the most popular in any pack, this would have been annoying if i wasnt making it with digi supplies. Yay for hybrid eh??

You can pick up the new June pocket life kit tomorrow at Sweet Shoppe designs, you get heaps in these kits, I plan to make a couple more layouts using this one before the end of the month. I usually print one of each a4 printable at officeworks and 2 if I think I want extras. She even makes the A4 printable for the stickers, I LOVE that, as I am totally lazy. I am thinking about buying a4 sheets of label sticker to print those on in the future as that would be kinda awesome fun.

Scrapbook Generation June Blop Hop

**Oh dear! I got my US/AU time conversion wrong, super sorry this is a few hours late!!**

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Welcome to the Scrapbook Generation Blog Hop for June. If this is your first stop, you might like to start at the Scrapbook Generation blog and then hop through each link.

This month I am using the individual sketch for May, which was only 49c, I love the row of embellishments down the long stripe on the left side, I used Dear Lizzy enamel wood buttons, mixed with stickers, both puffy and flat.IMG_1695

The sketch had multiple smaller photos in it, but I switched them out for a single 4×6 (I often have 4×6 photos to scrapbook, since I tend to print them all that size and then trim them if I need to, it is just so much less work and less cost to print at that size).


The title is a mix of letter stickers from October afternoon and Simple stories, plus Amy Tan thickers. I switched the sketch’s journalling strips for label stickers from Pink Paislee for a bit more colour (like there wasnt enough!!)


Here is the close up of the top left cluster of embellishments, it is really just a reflection of the embellishments in that long line down the left of the layout, with Freckled Fawn puffy arrows, Dear Lizzy buttons, Amy Tan puffy stickers, Simple Stories DIY flat stickers and a few asterisk from the thickers.


Here is the full layout, I highly recommend trying this sketch, it was a super fun one. In case you wanted to find it in the store, it is here, the newest download for a single page, it is super cheap and very fun to use. I dont think I have ever checked out in an online shop with a smaller amount to pay for LOL.

If you liked this blog hop and want to join in next time, please join our facebook group and put your name down for the next hop, which will be in 3 months time, we hop every quarter and it is super fun to join in.

You can find SG sketches in their books and as downloads in the SG store, and there is a free one every month in case you wanted to try it out.

Next on the hop is Steffanie, leave a comment on each blog and one lucky commenter will receive a free sketch bundle of their choice from the store. The winner will be drawn on Monday, June 9th which leaves you one week to leave a comment.

In case you get lost at any point, here is the list all the blogs
Scrapbook Generation blog –
Ruth <- you are here
Steffanie –
Devra –
Cassie –
Stephanie –
Michelle –
Katy –
Tina Gale –
Corrina –
Casandra –
Lori –
Tasha –
Lori –
Cicily –

Life Paper Scrapbook June Sketch

Life.Paper.Scrapbook have a new Sketch challenge for you!

Here is my take on it, I flipped it horizontally.
I used the April Polly Scrap kit for this challenge along with the addon kit for the extra pack of thickers. A couple of months ago Luke and I celebrated our ten years wedding anniversary by going away for the weekend somewhere very peaceful, and I have been reliving it in scrapbooking layouts ever since. I love recapturing the peace and quiet when I gaze at these photos and remember the experience. It is the next best thing to being there again.
Join in the challenge, it is a really straightforward sketch to use, which lets you showcase some of your favourite papers as they have lots of room to breath. Check out the LPS blog for lots more ideas of using the same sketch from the whole team.


May LPS Moodboard – Scrapbooking without Paper!

It’s time for the May Mood Board LPS challenge and this one is sponsored by Polly Scrap Kits


Here is my take on the moodboard, you might notice that something is missing!?


That is right, there is not a single piece of patterned paper in sight! I could not find a paper I was happy with for this mood board, but I found a tonne of embellishments that were perfect, so I decided to skip the paper!

Even that tiny border around the photo is actually from project life cards (from the BG Fresh Cut Waterfall pack in the January Polly PL kit). I made a column effect using lots of die cuts from the ephemera packs from both Maggie Holmes Styleboard and Jillibean Soup Social Stew. Add in a few chipboard asterisks, enamel dots, Websters Pages paperclip, Basic Grey Highline transparency and finally a few Echo Park stickers (I love their sticker sheets for those few extra bits you need in every layout). I planned to tuck a tag behind the photo but found the story was longer than that, so I am going to have an accompanying page, this will be the one with play time and that will be the one with story as the focus.

Do you ever do that? Just play and try something weird on your pages? I’d love to know your own little challenges that you over come.

The sponsor for this months moodboard challenge is Polly Scrap Kits. The winner will receive a prize pack from Polly Scrap Kits worth over $30.

Polly Scrap Kits is an Australian Kit Club which offers Scrapbook, Pocket Life and Embellishment kits by subscription of individual purchase. We have an amazing Design Team who inspire and motivate you on our regularly updated blog and we have monthly printables and cut files from Mandalika Designs, (Life.Paper.Scrapbook’s Manda herself)!

May Mood Board Challenge runs until 11.55pm 9 June (don’t forget we’re in Australia). Check out the LPS blog for all the details on how to enter!

How do you balance events VS everyday in Project Life?

Hello my dear reader, I have been busy busy lately and have been looking for ways to cut back intentionally instead of just letting things (like this blog) fall off my to-do list undone! Today I am sharing a project life spread for week 17. I have a few more weeks to share, as soon as I check what I have blogged from my 2014 album here already I will write up a few posts to share any that are missing. I love to share them here and be part of the online sharing community as I find it so inspiring myself.

Recently a talented hybrid project lifer, Sian, started a blog that I would like to recommend, I dont know a lot of hybrid scrapbookers, so I am excited to see Sian’s pages being shared. (If you are looking for another terrific hybrid pocket scrapbooking, I adore Traci Reed‘s hybrid pages too)

This week I created a digital layout, though my style is basically the same in digital, hybrid or traditional. I will probably add a bit of veneer and enamel after printing these out as 4×6 photos to put in my regular album, because I do love a bit more texture on my pages.



The photo of Milly with the “H” on her forehead like Rimmer just cracks me up every time i look at this page. She saw me doing it the week before for a photo for the Polly blog and she found the same “h” thicker and started wearing it because it made me laugh. I love that kid! At the bottom right you can see the two of us making stupid faces for a selfie just for a laugh together, though she ended up cut out of some of the, when G+ made the auto collage of a few of the photos (including the firstone when i thought we were doing smiling selfies.. not so much!! lol), I liked the effect of us being stupid together and popped it in the layout.

I use G+ as an additional backup solution, even though the photo quality is not as good as it could be, it is almost no effort at all to set up, with minimal maintenance and completely free. That is a great option in case our other backup solutions even failed us. The only thing I would be truly devestated to lose from our computers are our photos.


This is the “second half” of that spread, however it is really a page about a single event. Project Life is wonderful for capturing the everyday random stuff that doesnt end up on a page otherwise, but sometimes I have events to scrapbook about, my solution is to give the event a whole page in the week it happened. Depending on how many other photos I have that might result in an insert for the event or it might mean one half of the layout. The left side of this had the rest of the weeks photos, both before and after the event, and the right side was just photos from the one morning, where we spent time with family and it was happy-sunshiny-cute-kid-filled photo goodness. This solution is a balance of story and happy photos, a balance of everyday and events that is simple and easily implemented with minimal changes to the continuity of the album and it makes me happy. If I have additional scrapbooking pages using the cute event photos or extra stories to tell, I just pop them in the album at this point too.

Both pages were made using the May pocket life kit from Traci Reed, which is jam packed as usual, I ADORE the stamps this month which come in both clean and distressed options (i used the distressed), as well as the gold foil, I am in love with the gold tend still and that camera is so gorgeous. the colours this month are so yummy and versatile for any occasion. The die cuts come with cut files too! swoon! That Traci is so freaking brilliant!

I also used a few things from the Foiled kit that was released a week ago and is full of delicious gold and silver papers and accessories with a cool foiled alphabet I used for the word “week”. My favourite is the vellum effect that Traci creates with these papers and elements.

Finally a 12×12 from me this week as well, there was a sleepover at my place the weekend before school went back and I captured a quick picture of the kids on the couch with their pikelets all snuggled and squashed in order to all fit on the one couch and used Traci’s collaborative kit with Robin Carlton called Got Swag to create this layout. I’m a bit rusty on my traditional digi skills, but it was a fun play.


You can find the whole kit here, its awesome for teens and tweens and even smaller ones who think they are teens and act that way LOL.

That is all from me today!

xx Ruth



Life Paper Scrapbook May Sketch Challenge

Happy Monday All, I will have another blog post up tomorrow with some Traci Reed goodness, the weekend just got away from me in posting it. Today is a new sketch from Manda at LPS and the sponsor for this month is Create Indie.

This month’s layout I used a Polly kit again, I love this stamp designed by Manda with the speech frame, which is either a good spot to put patterns or a spot for journalling. I imagined replacing all the circles with speech bubbles but somewhere along the way they sort of moved off to the side a bit. I love the way it turned out, it reminds me of the slightly chaotic conversations that party tend to have, with happy colours and noise and chatting in every direction.

Join in the challenge and have your own interpretation of the sketch uploaded to the life.paper.scrapbook blog to be in the running to win a great prize. This month our sponsor is:

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Create Indie is a small company based in the NJ/NYC Metro area, that loves crafting tools. We carry high quality photopolymer clear stamps, mylar stencil, and grid cards, all made in the USA. Trendy tools that can be used in your scrapbook layouts, pocket scrapbooking or project life pages, cardmaking, and mixed media projects, over and over again. To keep up to date with new products, specials and more you can find them at the following places:
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