Week 33 – September Pocket Life Kit




Welcome September and a stunning Pocket life kit from Traci, I love these every month but this one is one of my all time favourites. Here is my week 33 using it in my most comfortable format, hybrid. Unfortunately the officeworks colour printer broke before they could print the stickers, so I made do without my fave embellishment but I am delighted with the result.

Tip: I printed the stamps out on transparency to be able to add them where-ever I wanted. I popped up the wood circle embellishments on pop dots to give them a bit of height.


You can get this awesome pocket life kit from Sweet Shoppe Designs tomorrow when it is released, I love this kit every time, it is such a bargain to get the bundle and you get SO much, it really will last you multiple layouts without ever using anything twice (though you could totally use them as many times as you wanted, the beauty of digi!)



Card Inspiration from Ruth using Bohemian and Gypsy

Hi TI am back on the Scrappy Canary blog with a couple of cards from the Bohemian, Nomad and Gypsy kits. I LOVE these bright colours and the stickers, ribbons and tapes were so fun I wanted to make something to share, so I whipped up a couple of cards from this month’s kits. The only think that was not in the kit was the circle punch and the die I used for the word happy.

Both cards are a technique partner to layouts I shared previously in the month, this first one is the same idea as my stash busting layout which was filled with punched hearts, though this time I pulled out my circle punch instead and because the patterns were quite busy and bright, I left them whole.

There are lots of awesome embellishments in the kits that work for cards as well as other projects like the little circle tags from Chic Tags that worked just beautifully as a sentiment for this card, which I plan to use for a birthday but could really use for any happy occasion that we are celebrating, wedding, baby, whatever!

This second card is a partner to my beloved stitched layout that I made with the Bohemian kit, you can see the blog post about that here. This is a super useful design which just uses patterned paper scraps to make an awesome card. It is a particularly good idea when you are getting to the end of your kit as all the paper will work well together, so having a few go-to ideas for using lots of scraps on a project is really handy. I think cards are often this kind of project for me, using the scraps and embellishments left on the table after I finish my layouts and project life. I know that’s not everyone’s style, but I do like getting double value from something that worked out well on my scrapbooking page!
You can find the BohemianNomad and the Gypsy kits in the Scrappy Canary store!

September Scrapbook Generation Blog Hop: Being a Kid Again

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Welcome to the Scrapbook Generation Blog Hop for September. 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 once again working on this older travel album that has been pre-prepared as double layouts with the photos and journalling awaiting me in each sleeve of the album. I highly recommend this as a way to get a larger story told, since it makes the creative part of the process very relaxing and yet there is so much story being told in each layout.


I used a kit and pulled out one of my favourite sketches from SG which lets me get a lot of different patterns onto a page all at once. I often use this one with 6×6 paper pads, as each square is 3×3 so you for a double sided page you get 2 of each pattern with nothing wasted at all, and with a double sided layout, that uses about half the pad. If you have used only half od a pad you really like and would like to feature it, this sketch is ideal.

The other thing I added to these layouts is some cut files from Wilna Furtenburg used to cut out wood veneer. Unfortunately these are not currently available as Twopeas has closed and that was where I bought the digital files from, but there are plenty of other frame products that would produce a similar effect like these transparent gold frames by MME or these chipboard frames by Maggie Holmes or these die cut frames by Fancy Pants Designs.

You can find the 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 Cassie, 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, September 8th 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 – http://scrapbookgeneration.blogspot.com/
Steffanie – http://steffanies.blogspot.com/
Ruth - << you are here >>
Cassie – http://allsmilesandsunshine.blogspot.com/
Devra – http://mycreativeview.blogspot.com/
TinaGale – http://tiggersscrapplace.blogspot.com
Lori – http://savingmine.blogspot.com
Lori S – http://loriannie670.blogspot.com
Katy Taylor – http://www.scrappinkaty.blogspot.com/
Cicily – http://www.pinkdalmatianscrapper.com
Corrina – http://anotherthingoffthelist.blogspot.ca/

If you would like to join the blog hop in December (we have them every quarter), then we would love to have you, shoot me an email or friend me on facebook and I’ll add you to our blog hop facebook group! The more the merrier!

Repeat and Repeat: Designing with repetition in Project Life

Hi, I am back on the Scrappy Canary Kit Club blog today, this time with my week 21 project life, this month I mixed my Day Trip PL kit with my embellishment kit and just a few extras from the scrapbooking kit, and one thing I noticed immediately was that I really loved some of the embellishments that we got more than one of and decided to channel a bit of Ali Edwards and embrace the repetition in my journalling, my embellishments and my designs.

Repetition is great in your layouts as it makes everything feel consistent and intentional. You know it all goes together since there is something the same that repeats across the whole double spread. There are lots of ways to use repetition in your papercrafts, my recent post about using your punches shows one variation, this is another. Here you see I used the very noticeable “hello” speech bubble twice on each page, each time for a different title on my card, they are “hello week 21″, “hello autumn leaves”, “hello school pick up” and “hello us”. The use of hello to tell my story is something that Ali has often done as an easy way to start the story.

Another repeated element is the heart punches, which were leftover scraps but which I used as negative space in this layout to create another repeated design element. There are hearts in the die cuts and that creates a triangle of hearts, top left, bottom right and bottom left.

Most of the repeated elements are in 3s across the layout, some of them are more subtle and some more obvious. The gold lettering is repeated on both sides, as are the stars in wood and enamel.

Here are the full pages for each side, I try to include loads of photos but also have a lot of creative play too.

Finally here is the full spread, you can still get this awesome project life kit, Day Trip, in the Scrappy Canary shop.


When Skies are Grey – When you LOVE the paper..

Hi, iI’m on the Scrappy Canary blog again today sharing a layout using the Bohemian Scrapbooking kit with a bit of the Gypsy PL kit too, one of my very favourites with all those bright happy colours!

This layout started from the paper, I just drooled over it and wanted it to be as much the hero as the photograph, they needed to sing to each other like the sky and the sea and after a lot of shuffling I came up with this pie-chart style page. Bernii was sitting next to me while I was making it and I credit her with the suggestion of the stitching which I think is the perfect finishing touch, thanks Bernii! :)

Here is the whole thing, I used lots of things in the kit, the stamp, a lot of the papers including using the paint stripes to make the bows, I need to add the date on the right hand side in the blue enamel frame, but I forgot to do it before I photographed this. There might be one of these kits still in the scrappy canary store, but I would be quick as I dont see how it will last, this has to be one of my favourite kits of all time!

The second layout I am sharing today using the Bohemian kit is extremely light on the patterned paper by contrast, I used a white cardstock base and then used the paint striped paper in the kit to make a “messy without getting messy” layout. I was really drawn to the paint stripes paper and too a while to figure out how to make it work for the layout I had in mind.

I trimmed the paper into individual colours and then cut them at various lengths and attached them to a fresh piece of white card stock to make it appear as though I had painted the lines where I wanted them to frame my photo and embellishments.

I used the rest of the paint strips to die cut out the bows in the first layout, I know that you can tell if you look closer that the paint is on another layer of paper, but I love the way the colours work on the page, along with those flashes of gold in the title and stickers.

You can find the Bohemian kit for sale in the Scrappy Canary store, I promise you will have a ball playing with this fab kit, the die cuts and transparency are so fun and the gold is so fun!

Merry & Bright Digital Kit: Homemade Snowglobe and Layout – Hero Art’s Digital Products Bloghop

hopgraphic Hello, I am really excited to be part of a blog hop with Hero Arts and A2Z Scrapbooking, who are the new digital retailers for Hero Arts. Currently, A2Z offer a selection of digital goodies, but in the coming weeks, they will be adding to their collection and stocking the entire range.  To celebrate the new collaboration, a number of artists from A2Z and Hero Arts have teamed up to provide you with a whole host of inspiration and fun. Just hop along and see how our digital products can be used.

And to add to the excitement, A2Z Scrapbooking will be giving away a $50 gift certificate to one lucky commenter. Prize winners will be randomly selected from ALL comments received on the participating designers’ blogs. The more comments you leave along the hop, the better your odds of winning, so be sure to comment on every blog, starting with this one! You have until Sunday August 31st at 11.59EST to leave your comments and the winner will be announced on the 3rd September on the A2z Scrapbooking blog.

I used the Merry and Bright digital kit for my projects, it is a really versatile one for any Christmas projects, so I have used it more than once to show you some of the versatility. First up I put all the files into a new blank document in Microsoft Word and printed them on a transparency. Whenever I am uncertain about how to use a digital stamp, this is my go-to solution, but in this case, it was for a special plan. I wanted to create a homemade snow globe. It is pretty simple to make for yourself:

  1. Find an empty (watertight) clear jar, it can be glass or plastic (depending on the age of the kids who will play with it – for my 4 year old daughter I would use plastic, but it isnt as pretty).
  2. Soak off any labels and wash thorroughly.
  3. Measure inside the jar to get the height from the based to the lid and then print the Merry and Bright stamp image on a transparency to fit your jar.
  4. Using scissors cut out the transparency and place it in the jar along with any sequins, rhinestones or acrylic pieces you have available.
  5. Fill the jar with water, and put the lid on. You can put glitter tape around the lid if you like to hide the utilitarian nature of it. Careful turn it upside down and watch the sequins swirl.

I also made a very fast digital layout using the files, don’t forget that digital stamps are easily altered, you can use a single section of the stamp instead of the whole piece and mixing this digital kit with a template from Zoliotrope, you can pretty quickly whip up a fun and bright digital layout. Who say’s christmas needs to be all red and green? Not me!! Hop to the next step to continue on this Hero Arts Blog hop is Jocelyn Olson, don’t forget to comment along the way for more chances to win.

Hero Arts
Tami Hartley
Kelly Latevola
Kymona Tracey
Lisa Spangler
Michelle Liimatainen
Kathy Wade
Lucy Abrams
Chitra Nair
Char K
Ruth Bosner
Jocelyn Olson
Zoey Scarpelli
Stephanie B
Kelly Rasmussen
a2z Scrapbooking

You can find the digital kit I used below and you can use my discount code, Ruth15 to get 15% off your purchase at A2Z Scrapbooking, I hope you get lots of inspiration for using your digital files on the blog hop!

Stash busting with Scrappy Canary – Using punches

I’m up on the Scrappy Canary blog this week, stash busting with an example and an idea to use up lots of smaller pieces of patterned paper. July’s PL kit has gorgeous 6×6 paper from Teresa Collins, with really dreamy colours, I wanted to bust a lot of that gorgeous colourful stash in my layout, so I pulled out a trusty punch.

A word about buying punches, I find the most boring designs to be the most useful. Circles, hearts, stars and scallops are the ones I pull out most of all, they match everything and don’t fight with the other patterns. Next most popular for me are simple and unthemed designs like butterflies and notepad borders, things that can add meaning to a page without being super themed on their own. Butterflies might mean light, whimsical, free, girly, outside, flying, happy and notepad borders might mean school, teacher, writing, learning, serious, youthful, untidy or any number of other things, if you pair it with a relevant story. When you buy your punches, think about what you might use it with. Highly specific shapes can be hard to use on lots of pages without it being a bit repetitive, BUT if you are making lots of travel layouts or mini albums, then an aeroplane punch might be the image that ties all your pages together, so I’m not saying dont buy themed shapes, just that you need to know you will get value from it, whereas circles are easily used over and over and over.

With so many patterns that all match each other and look good together, using a repeating punch to bust some 6×6 paper pad stash is a great option. You know that the papers will all look good bunched together as a very clever designer out there has already made sure of it! I don’t know about you but I find that I get a lot of 6×6 pads piling up unused. I use a handful of pages for a layout, card or PL page but there are still so many left, well I say PUNCH it up!!

Cover the page in the, if you want more ideas for how to cover a page in punched shapes, check out the amazing Paige Evans who does a lot of quilt-inspired piecing on her layouts and uses her punches a lot!!

Once you have the background covered in punched shapes, just treat it like another piece of patterned paper, don’t be afraid to cover up some of the designs with your photo and papers as you create your page, or work from a sketch (your own or one of ours!) and then you will know where the photo and embellishments will be later and can save yourself from punch a few of those shapes?

In my final touches, I added some bling and brads to a few of the hearts in a visual triangle, sometimes those little details can really make it feel finished.

Using cut files without your Silhouette with Hero Arts Digital Stamps

Hi! It’s Ruth here with a digital layout using one of the new Hero Arts digital cut files. I have a silhouette machine and was thinking of using it today but decided to try something a bit different. Do you ever challenge yourself to use something in an unexpected way? I love to do that, so today I am using the whole set on a sweet but pretty simple layout about my son.

The digital set comes in a number of different file formats when you download it. One of the options is PNG which means it is a black shape as an image you can easily add in photoshop and recolour to anything you like or clip patterns on to it. The Hero Arts Weather Cuts Digital File DT103 (which you can also find in the inlinkz below) includes 8 cutting files and I used 6 of those in this layout, only leaving out the two clouds this time. I also used a second cutting file, the Hero Arts Numbers DT101 Digital Cutting Files Kit from which I used his current age. This is a SUPER useful cutting file with the name and number linked together into a single shape and I love it. Including an age on a layout in a cool and unstated way is such a awesome little visual story telling element. I used it twice actually, once with the number showing and once with the word, in different colours and with the opacity turned down so they look like vellum instead of solid paper. This would also make an amazing and simple card.

weather cut files as digi layout

if you are interested in any of the products used in today’s post please use the inlinkz here, click on the image of the items used and it will take you straight to the A2Z scrapbooking store, don’t forget you can always used the discount code Ruth15 to get 15% off the price of anything in the store.

Mini album with the Scrappy Canary July kit

Hi there, I am here with a scrappy canary kit project for using up all your odds and ends and leftover pieces of patterned paper. This month I used everything that was left from my july kits, I literally only have alphabet stickers and a few brads etc left, but have used up the paper from my Main and Pocket Life kits and almost all the embellishments from both those and the embellishment kit in this fun and bright mini album for my niece.

I love to use mini albums as a quick and celebratory look at a recent happy event, since that is when I have a million photos in a short time span. This time it was for a fourth birthday party, with all the usual trappings of presents, cake and games.

I used an inexpensive clipboard from Daiso (a discount store that recently opened in a nearby shopping centre, but any clipboard would work fine). This one caught my eye because it was aqua and the orientation was horizontal instead of vertical, but I was planning on using a regulation masonite vertical one from officeworks before I found this beauty, and it would have worked great too. Lots of places have great clipboard for sale if you would something a bit pretty, like these cuties from typo.

I started this project by piling up all the paper I had remaining and triming some of the peices a bit smaller to make extra border peices for other pages, then I selected 6 sheets that would be the “pages” of this mini album and lay them out with a photo each.

Then I assigned the rest of the paper scraps to each page so I knew I wouldnt leave the later pages short by using them all for layering on the first few pages. I deliberately mixed up the sizes as I wanted the pages to peek around the edge of each other.

After building each page to a certain point I think planned out the journalling, adding in spare pocket journalling cards and a few bits of kraft cardstock as needed, I didnt write the journalling yet but made a plan for where it would go.

I was now up to the final stages, so I got out all my remaining embellishments and letters and put them in front of me, it was quite inspiring to see all the yummy goodies I could choose from that were in the July kits.

Next I put the pages in order next to me and worked through them one page at a time adding all the embellishments, titles and journalling from my pile of goodies plus my basic tools like scissors, pens etc.

Knowing that I have made several pages from these supplies already I gave myself permission to cut out images from journalling cards, add flair with abandon, I was not “saving” anything for something better, I was just going to enjoy adding anything in my pile that I felt inspired by.

I really find that giving myself permission to be free with the way I use items fuels my creativity and inspired me for future projects too, it helps me get a bit out of my box as I dont worry as much about wrecking something, since I will be fine with it not working, I have made enough from this kit that the rest is free for playing with.

I had a lot of papers with heart shapes missing from one of the layouts I made this month and just popped something behind them and let them be a recurring shape in my mini album. I love using hearts and I adore my niece so it worked for me.

You can see the letters from the frames mixed up to make new words, it meant leftover letters unused, but I love the words I made so it was worth it to me.


Here is the final page with the clipboard behind, it is actually just a little bit longer than the clipboard and peeks out underneath the other layers when the book is all together.
One final picture with all the pages showing so you can see them all at once. The nice thing about a mini album is that each page is part of a bigger picture, one piece of the whole book.
I’m giving the book to Becca on monday, I’m sure it won’t stay looking quite so uncreased and pristine for long, but I wouldnt have it any other way, as a gift that is loved is way more awesome than one that is kept in perfect condition but never enjoyed!
Tonight is Scrappy Canary kit release night at 8pm and I have already seen the August kits and they are GORGEOUS!

Hello to a month of mail: August SG CREATE magazine is out!

Its time for the latest issue of CREATE magazine and my layout this month was such a happy bright one. You can find the new magazine here:

and my layout was about Milly’s delight and joy in receiving Jamie Oliver Woolworth stickers from a wonderful scrappy friend of mine who lives on the other side of the country.



Scrapbook Generation and Authentique are giving away some prize packs, head of to the SG facebook page to find out more.

Before I sign off, if you LOVE your SG then you might want to join our quarterly blog hop, come to our facebook group and sign up to with your blog, we will hopping on September 1st! The bloggers and the readers all get a chance for a prize too.