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!

Life Paper Scrapbook ~ New Issue out now!

I’m so excited to share with you that the Spring issue of Life.Paper.Scrapbook. magazine is now out!  I feel so lucky to be apart of something so special! This issue is amazing as always and is packed with so many inspirational layouts, cards and other projects from amazingly talented girls from all over the world.
Its perfect to sit down with a coffee or a glass of wine and give your self a little “me” time and be inspired.  So here is the magazine —–>>> HERE … PS check out pages 26 & 27!


Life Paper Scrapbook ~April Sketch

Woot woot its April and I am ready for what April will bring! March was not kind to me! so to start off my posts for April it’s time for another sketch challenge from Life Paper Scrapbook! We hope that you will join in and share how this sketch inspires you. You could win a great prize! Scroll down for more details. Here is the sketch and what I did.

Life Paper Scrapbook April Sketch

These days I feel I am really coming into a  new style of scrapbooking. I am really loving the cleaner more graphic look and am finding that I enjoy it more. Its quick, easy and I don’t spend hours pushing embellishments around the paper. Whenever I get a sketch to play with I always print it out and spin it around on my table while thinking of possibilities for the end result. I knew I wanted to use Kelly Purkeys new Mon Ami line that had just arrived in my shop .. and although the line is more of a French Parisian theme I wanted to show that it can be versatile as well. I still had trouble getting out of the idea of using photos from Europe ha ha… these photos are from Copenhagen… but representing the true foodie that Kelly is there were still fun foodie elements that I decided to use. I am really please how this one turned out… not sure if it really reflects my scrapping style… maybe its a sign of my style to come?


Lobster, Mussels, Herring - by Jen Ritchie for LPS April Sketch

 I can’t wait to see how this sketch inspires you! Our April Sketch sponsor for this challenge is the awesome :


Paper Camellia is a monthly Scrapbook Kit Club founded on the belief that your creative time should be a pleasure. Their goal is to make it easy and effortless for you to create by offering you a destination where beautifully coordinated scrapbook products come together with inspiration, creativity and exceptional customer care. All delivered right to your door. Purchase our Kits individually, or by joining as a monthly subscriber at

Challenge Details: 

  • You can submit ANY kind of project that you can use the colour challenge for: layouts, cards, PL, off the page projects.
  • You can use the sketch and mood board challenges together, just make sure you link it up to each so you have a chance to win in both.
  • Use the linky tool on the right hand side of the blog to link up your entry. (If you are linking to a blog, please link to the actual post the layout is featured in, not just the general address, and make sure you link back to Life.Paper.Scrapbook.)
  • Please make sure you link to the correct challenge, there is both a sketch and colour challenge to link up to
  • The winner of the prize will be randomly drawn and our 3 favourite layouts as voted by the DT will be featured on the blog.
The April Sketch Challenge runs until 11.55pm April 21(don’t forget LPS is in Australia).
Have fun creating, we can’t wait to see what you all come up with and if you share your work on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter make sure you tag us #lpsmag.

My first Project life share…

Ok so lets get this blog rolling.. I know I promised a few posts ago that I was planning on getting better at keeping my blog current and updating you on my going ons, well one of the things I want to post more regularly is my project life. This is my first year actually doing it.. I have done the first week of a few years but then I always got overwhelmed and stopped. I am planning a post on what I am doing different this year to actually help myself keep “caught up” or at least not feel overwhelmed about it. But to start I thought I would just share my most recent project life layouts. Maybe you can guess some techniques I am doing to not make it overly complicated?

Project life week 9 by Jen Ritchie


Project life week 9 by Jen Ritchie

For both these spread I used Studio Calico’s Sugar Rush project life kit. I have been getting Studio Calico project life kits monthly for more than a year now and only now really starting to use them.. sigh. I am pretty sure I have hoarded enough project life stuff to complete 2 or 3 years of it.. and yet here lies only a few weeks.. haha typical! Anyways, I am excited how they have turned out… no these are not the only weeks I have done… and will share more with you soon. Now that I have a solid plan and have a few weeks under my belt that I can go back at look at I am super excited about the possibility of having a completed project life album at the end of the year!

Have you had failed years of project life?