Paper Camellia September Reveal…

It’s reveal week at Paper Camellia and I believe most of the kits are sold out already! … and there is good reason this months kits are awesome! They sell out quick so if you missed it this time around I suggest you become a subscriber and guarantee yourself a super fun box of happy mail arriving to your door in October. Here is a peek at the goodies that came in the Everyday Life kit… so perfect for those project lifers!

Paper Camellia September everday life kitSo many pretty things right?!? This kit set my mojo going once again… and I sat and did 4 weeks of project life and a layout over the course of a weekend! Thats a record for me as I tend to move things around for at least 48 hours…just kidding! exaggerating (a bit.. maybe 30 hrs ha ha) The best part is there is still loads more stuff so I will be using this all month! Here are all the projects I created with the kit so far and you can see all the ones I and my talented teammates created for the reveal here...

Week 29 ~ This is my first time printing a photo in 6×8 size and I love it!! I really need to do it more.. the problem is some weeks I have too many photos. I am falling out of love with writing directly on the photos…rethinking this for next year.

PLweek29 by Jen Ritchie ~ Paper Camellia Week 39-31 ~ I ended up putting 2 weeks together… because one week only had one photo/story tell. I know thats a good opportunity to do more of a journaling week like talking about currents and stuff  but I just wasn’t feeling it.

PLweek 30-31~ by Jen Ritchie ~ Paper CamelliaWeek 32 ~ The cards in this kit really spoke for themsleves. I loved them so much I really kept embellishing to a min for all 3 layouts I did. I am happier with the results and I got more done because I wasn’t fluffing around. I really enjoyed doing these weeks much more than i ever have.

PLweek 32 - by Jen Ritchie ~ Paper CamelliaThis layout was one of those that was just so full of accidents and did not turn out even close to how I originally intended. I would have it just how i wanted it and then accidently spilt ink on it or put a finger print.. ugh! But its ok how it turned out.. and I had fun experimenting with new ink techniques even though I was forced into it ha ha.

Good Times by Jen Ritchie for Paper Camellia

Thanks for looking! Make sure you go check out Paper Camellia!

Paper Camellia August reveal…

Paper Camellia August everyday life kit

Its time for Paper Camellia August kits.. and they are so awesome! I was working with the Everyday Life kit shown above. It is so full of awesome.. gold, glitter, arrows, metallics.. but lets just jump right in instead!

This is what love looks like - created by Jen Ritchie

Its funny that using a project life kit the first thing I  made was a layout. I was just really in love by this card from Echo Parks Capture Life collection and I knew I wanted it to be more than just an insert into my project life. Plus scrapbooking 6×8 makes putting portrait 4×6 cards in a bit awkward.  I fussy cut out the words then stuck them on using pop dots behind the word love so it stood out a bit more. The other bits are also cut from cards in the kit… no pattern paper used on this layout!

Project life week 25 created by Jen Ritchie

Project life week 25 V2 creadted by Jen Rtichie

A few first here happend while creating this project life spread. I am not a huge ephemera person…oh don’t get me wrong.. I collect it, I have piles and shoeboxes full, but when it comes to putting it in project life I just don’t. I forgot about it or just feel it looks messy, so I am trying to include more of it.. I mean thats what scrapbooks are for right? This screen capture of the Paper Camellia design team announcement was an important event for me so I had to make sure it was included. It ended up taking up one page, so really cut down the space for that week and I didn’t want one week spread across two spreads…so I cut down one of the page protectors to make a little insert to make it feel like they were connected.  Another first for me is finally having the space to make peek through pockets! Scrapping in 6×8 size doesn’t often leave room for empty pockets like this but I love how they look in project life albums. I really want to include these in more often.. I love seeing the next week peeking through.

Project life week 26 created by Jen Ritchie

Psssttt.. I am going to tell you a secret… all of the photos in my week 26 spread are from the same morning ha ha. Pretty uneventful week that week but thats how life is right?

Thanks for stopping by! Make sure you head over to Paper Camellia to check out what the rest of the talent design team created with these awesome kits!

Wedding album with Paper Camellia kit

Happy Wednesday everyone! As promised I have a few more pocket pages spreads kI made for my wedding album with kits from Paper Camellia. I loved all the My Minds Eye market street collection and couldn’t help pulling it from their June and July kits to make these spreads. I shared more info over on Paper Camellias blog, so hope you will head over and have a look.  If you missed these kits and want to grab some MME market street collection yourself you can grab it here from Mei Li Paperie… they ship worldwide and Free shipping on any order over $50USD!


Project life wedding album - by Jen Ritchie for Paper Camellia

Project life wedding album - by Jen Ritchie for Paper Camellia

Project life wedding album - by Jen Ritchie for Paper Camellia

Project life wedding album - by Jen Ritchie for Paper Camellia

Project life wedding album - by Jen Ritchie for Paper Camellia

Project life wedding album - by Jen Ritchie for Paper Camellia

Project Life Week 16

Just a quick post to catch up on sharing some of my project life spreads. I am so happy with how much of my project life I have got done so far this year. I still have weeks missing.. heck.. almost an entire month is missing! But thats because that month was so busy with family visiting and then a trip to Thailand… I haven’t had the guts to sit down and be selective with what and how it will all go down in my PL ha ha. So for now I am keeping motivated working on the uneventful weeks and keeping them simple while I build up the courage to tackle the massive ones. Here is my spread for week 16… I did this a while ago using Studio Calico’s Camelot project life kit…. but it seems I have been better at keeping up with my project life than my blog these days ha ha!

PLweek16 by Jen Ritchie

Paper Camellia

Paper Camellia kit club


So I have had exciting news and hadn’t had a chance to share it with you yet… I have been asked to be part of Paper Camellias design team for their new Everday Life kits. My first kit I was sent was this months July Everyday life kit and it was so full of great goodies even after creating all these projects for the kit reveal I still have loads left that I am creating with.  Doesn’t it look fab??…

Paper Camellia - July 2014 Everday life kit

Paper Camellia had their full reveal yesterday and unfortunately they have already sold out of the Everyday Kit but you can still grab the Scrapbook kit. Better yet you should subscribe to guarantee that you your hands on the August kit.

I had so much fun catching up on my Project Life with this kit. I love that now being on a design team for this kind of kit will keep me responsible to keep up with it. I worked on week 22 and week 23 with it… I still have many weeks before these to do, but I am trying to just let my album evolve organically and I will fill in weeks as I feel inspired to. Allowing myself to do this has really relieved the stress and the “homework” feeling I had the other years and I think has been the key to my success thus far.

Project life week 22 ~ by Jen Ritchie for Paper Camellia

Project life Week 23 ~ by Jen Ritchie for Paper Camellia

I totally made a mistake with these as well and didn’t notice until after the photos had been sent. Anyone notice what it is….? yup, I totally put week 23 on both weeks! sigh… haha oh well at least it is an easy fix.

This kit not only inspired a few weeks in my project life, but it made me start thinking about my wedding album. I started working on my wedding album last year but didn’t get very far. I had another look at its progress recently and I cringed a little… I hated everything I had done on it so far.. right down to the album I had chosen to use! So, I decided that its fine.. I don’t care about tossing what little progress I have done on it and start fresh.. making sure to stay more true to my style and try not to use any products or techniques that will date quickly so as not to cringe again a few years down the road ha ha.  I was so excited how this turned out I haven’t stopped.. and have been completely addicted to working on my wedding album now!  So yes more to share here soon!

Project life wedding album ~ by Jen Ritchie for Paper Camellia

Project Life Wedding album ~ by Jen Ritchie for Paper Camellia

Project Life Wedding album ~ by Jen Ritchie for Paper Camellia

I didn’t stop there.. this kit really keeps giving ha ha! I also created a few layouts. I don’t always plan perfectly when printing photos to include in my project life and since I use 6×8 size space is limited. I often have a photo or two that just don’t fit that I still love. In the past I would just set this photo aside not sure what to do with it, which ended up creating a pile of photos that weren’t of any real importance but still loved.  I have now told myself that when this happens make a layout right away.. don’t leave the table.. don’t go digging for other papers or something new to use.. just scrap it with what is left over on my table. Its been fun doing this as it is getting them scrapped and I will have a fun little album of just random glimpses into 2014.

you're my favourite~ Jen Ritchie for Paper Camellia

Cheung sha beach ~ by Jen Ritchie for Paper Camellia

I have a few more projects in the work with this kit which I will be sharing over on the Paper Camellia blog and here this month.  I can’t wait for the August kit to arrive!

**Note: Paper Camellia is a monthly kit club offering Scrapbook and Everyday Life kits each month. Each month the kits go up for sale on the 1st of the month. For more information and to subscribe to the kits, click here.**

June Mood Board for Life Paper Scrapbook

It’s time for our June Mood Board challenge and this one is sponsored by Um Wow Studio!
UmWowStudio is a family owned business out of Las Vegas, NV. Their production is specialized in laser cut chipboard embellishments and masks for the paper crafting and mixed media community.
They are providing an awesome prize for the winner of this challenge!
Its also my final project posting as part of the Life Paper Scrapbook team. I had a wonderful time and loved being part of the team. There are some fab girls coming in to take over and I am excited to see what they will create.
Ok here is the fun mood board…
June Mood board for Life Paper Scrapbook
I was inspired by the mixed up sign in the top left corner and really wanted to find a way to recreate it. I searched my stash for papers that had large text on it that would look good cut up and mixed up, but I wouldnt find any that would work right. I did find a piece from Basic Greys Fresh Cut collection that was the perfect shade of orange. So using that I created a sign in Photoshop and ended up printing my own design on the paper. I then cut it all up and moved it around until it was how I liked it. I surprised myself with how close to the inspiration piece I got.
Life For Adventure ~ by Jen Ritchie
Make sure to head over to the LPS Blog for all the challenge details and to see all the DT’s super layouts. I look forward to seeing how this mood board inspires you.


DT reveal for Life Paper Scrapbook June Sketch

Hey everyone!

Its time for my final sketch challenge as part of the Life Paper Scrapbook design team.  This one is sponsored by Life Paper Scrapbook themselves and its a fab sketch to play along with!

Life Paper Scrapbook June Sketch

I was inspired by the long bits coming from the side of where the photo is meant to be. I had these panorama photos from my recent trip to Thailand that I had been dying to play with. From there I just searched my stash for things with a similar shape and I found these amazing stickers from Chic Tags Cloud 9 collection and just started playing.

Nai Han Beach ~ by Jen Ritchie created for Life Paper Scrapbook June Sketch

So head on over to Life Paper Scrapbook and give the sketch a try. Its fun to see where a sketch will take you. You have until 11.55pm 23 June (don’t forget they’re in Australia).

The key to Relax ~ Freebie

Morning all! Its a super sunny and horrendously hot long weekend here in Hong Kong. My phone says it feels like 40c (104F) already and its 9am! Needless to say a beach trip or two will be necessary this weekend…but in the meantime I am dreaming back to a few weeks ago in Thailand where we had a pool and beach right outside our door. Amanda at Amanda Robinson studios designed this fab free cut file and I was the lucky one who got to play with it.

relax cut file- Freebie


The cut file is designed to be 4×6 so great to make an insert for your pocket page scrapbooking. Since I do my project life in 6×8 size I tend to reserve the few 4×6 places I have in my album for my favourite photos, I knew when it came time to put photos from our trip, there will be too many favs and so those 4×6 spots will be valuable real estate ha ha. I decided to have a bit more fun with the cut file and so cut it into a 6×8 piece of cardstock and made a mini layout that will serve as title page to our trip in my project life album.

The key to relax- by Jen Ritchie for Amanda Robinson studios

I love how tiny and cute it is and think I will be creating pages this size more often! Make sure you stop on by Amanda Robinson Studios and grab this fun free cut file!

Materials used:

Amanda Robison Studios relax card cut file freebie 

Amy Tangerine Plus One Foam Alpha Black 

Amy Tangerine Plus One 6×6 Paper Pad

BasicGrey Highline Alphabet Stickers

BasicGrey Capture Candy Buttons Yellow and Hot Pink

MT Shocking Red Washi Tape

Stamps from Studio Calico April Project Life kit

This happened…

I have another layout to share with you today. This has been one I have been meaning to create for a few years now and everytime I started it I got stuck. You see I am not a double layout person, in fact I have never made a double layout ever… and I knew this layout really needed a double layout. The story of how Scoutie came into our lives is a really important family story and one that people are always asking me about. I knew it had to be documented but my minimalist self was overwhelmed with how to get such a huge story documented and all the photos from Scouts first day with us all on one page. My perfectionist self was also cringing at the photos that were cute and represented a special day for us but were not great quality. So the layout has been procrastinated for many years….. until now!

This Happened ~ created by Jen Ritchie

As part of Amanda Robinsons design team we get our hands on her new cut files early and I was so stoked to sign up to use these ones. I knew right away that they were perfect to use as a frame for the photos taken on a fish eye lens. Keeping the photos small and making them black & white helped disguise the blurry bad quality of the photos and made it easier for me to include many photos on one page. The only other delima was getting the story to fit.. I finally decided to attempt my first ever double layout! EEEKK! I was running short on my creative time so instead of fluffing around with typing out the story on the computer and printing I decided to embrace my handwriting. I do try to use my handwriting more as I know when I look back on these years later it will be appreciated more.   Because of this I wasn’t able to include all the details of the story as I ran out of room.. but its enough and I am ok with that.

I used these amazing cut files from Amanda Robinson Studios along with some Amy Tan Plus one and Chic Tags Cloud 9 Items.

Life Paper Scrapbook May Moodboard

It’s time for a new Life.Paper.Scrapbook. mood board. Have I mentioned before how much I love these? Particularly this one as it has come during a few weeks of very rainy gloomy weather here in Hong Kong, although I did manage to sneak away for a week in Thailand to celebrate my birthday it been hard coming back to such crap weather. This mood board gave me a moment of escape back to Thailand with its Ocean and sunshine colour palette. It was perfect to inspire me to get started on my Thailand photos.

Snorkeling ~ by Jen Ritchie for LPS May Moodboar

Not only was I inspired by the colours of the moodboard, I thought the way the paint tin lids in the bottom right corner image were placed reminded me of bubbles, which made me think of these photos taken on my phone while snorkeling. I struggled for a while to find patterned paper that I was happy with and in the end I wasn’t successful. Instead, I used a recent cut file from Studio Calico and used watercolours behind it to give the impression of waves or bubbles. I also used a variety of items from my stash that just matched the colour pallette. I have had the new Chic Tags Cloud 9 collection on my table which I love and you will see sneaking into a lot of my recent projects in the coming weeks. The mini icon circle tags were perfect and had to be on this project. I arranged the embellishments to mimic the paint tins… and resemble bubbles.

I hope you feel inspired by this mood board too. Be sure to link up your projects over at Life.Paper.Scrapbook. for your chance to win a prize pack worth over $30, provided by Polly Scrap Kits!