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?

Life Paper Scrapbook- March Mood Board Challenge

So I had a serious case of when technology fails and ruins your life this week! As promised I was getting caught up on my blogging and spent a good portion of my weekend photographing, writing, preparing and scheduling blog posts, blog posts I put my heart into and was pretty proud of myself for all I had accomplished. I knew this week was going to be a busy one and I wanted to have a go at working ahead and having things “run themselves” on here. Unfortunately, I learned the hard way not to rely on technology and always check up to make sure things are “running itself”…. I just realised today that not only has my blog post for the wonderful Life Paper Scrapbook mood board challenge not up but it has disappeared.. just vanished from behind the scenes and along with it all the blog posts I have lovingly prepared!! Le sigh!!!!  So without further adue and with sincere apologies for my tardiness here is the wonderful March Mood board for the Life Paper Scrapbook challenge and my take on it. Plus scroll down to see the prize details… its a super special one since my shop is this challenges sponsor!! Woot woot!


Oh so dapper

I hope this inspires you to play along! Link how you were inspired by this months mood board on Life Paper Scrapbook and you could win a $35USD gift card to … my shop!

If you haven’t heard about my shop here is a little bit about it, we hope you will come check us out!

Based out of Hong Kong, Mei Li Paperie is the world’s newest online scrapbooking shop. Shipping worldwide, we strive to bring everyone the latest scrapbooking supplies no matter where you are. With low shipping rates (free for orders over $50USD!) our goal is to get you what you want when & where you want it… not six weeks later! We are the answer to those long wait times and crazy shipping fees that have plagued international scrapbookers.


Life Paper Scrapbook ~ March Sketch Challenge

Its the first week of March and  I know I said I had lots to update on.. and I will.. February for me was all about getting organized.  I am finally starting to feel like things are falling into place and this month I am really going to focus on blogging more. So to start this month off I have a fab Life Paper Scrapbook sketch challenge to share.

Life Paper Scrapbook March Sketch

This challenge was funny for me… I had printed it out, had it sitting with me on my scrap table and kept referring to it while I created… but my first layout looked nothing like the sketch ha ha. I decided a take two was needed.

With My Whole Heart


I have been hoarding these Instax of me and my best friends since we took them together on my visit home to Canada in August. These photos mean so much to me as spending time with each other is very rare because of where I live and we don’t have many photos together. I was waiting for my heart to be ready to tell the right story. I wanted to keep the layout simple to really focus on my journalling and the photo. I love that this sketch managed to get me to do 2 layouts… even though one looks nothing like the sketch.. and didn’t get finished just yet but I will share it with you soon.  In the meantime go on over to Life Paper Scrapbook and see how the sketch inspires you. There is a fab prize this month.. wish I could win it ;) … this months sketch challenge sponsor is Scrapbook Circle. Scrapbook Circle is a monthly kit club that I haven’t yet tried out myself but my business partner Fiona is is a subber and love it!  One winner this month will win a monthly scrapbook kit from them! AWESOME! Check out Scrapbook Circle >> HERE  and of course try out the March sketch over at Life Paper Scrapbook! Looking forward to see what you make!


Life Paper Scrapbook ~ February Mood board challenge

So much has happened the last few weeks and I have so much to update on! I am feeling very overwhelmed and disorganized at the moment with all that needs to be done… but working hard to get better organized. I do plan to post more than just layouts on here soon ha ha.

Today I am sharing another wonderful challenge from Life Paper Scrapbook. I am really loving Life Paper Scrapbooks mood board challenges. I am very colour oriented but love challenging myself to focus on other elements I see in the mood board.



When I looked at this mood board I felt a softness and a love I wanted to capture in my layout. It also reminded me of sending valentines or handwritten love notes. I still have an endless supply of wedding photos that need to be scrapped and so with the photo chosen I went with it.



I have been dying to use the new gold foil paper  and Date night collection from Chickaniddysince Heidi Sonboul gave me a sample of it at CHA. It is now my current obsession! It runs through the Silhouette like butter. I laid awake last night thinking of all the cut files I want to use on this paper ha ha. I used it to cut out the quote and this diamond heart. The quote is one I have been wanting to use for a while and really wanted it to look like a handwritten love note.  After it was all done without the journalling I felt it was too boring and plain… I ended up adding the journaling and kind of regret it now. The journalling doesn’t have much to do with the title… and that bothers me a bit. This layout might be something I look at changing or redoing later, as I feel that it really didn’t end up how I wanted it to. I will leave it out on display in my house for a bit thought, layouts have a way of growing on me sometimes if I do that.

We would love to see how this mood board inspires you, so come and play along at Life Paper Scrapbook. There are more details on how to play and the great prize you could win on their blog. Also make sure you go check out my other team members layouts.. they are truly amazing!



Life Paper Scrapbook ~ February Sketch

Wow so sorry this is getting up a wee bit late! I am currently in Shanghai China visiting my parents for Chinese New Year and I totally forgot that WordPress is banned by the government here! Took sometime but I figure out a way around it.. so without further delay here is the fab February sketch for Life Paper Scrapbook.


LPS-FebSketchI struggled with this one a bit… I just had so much trouble starting. I think it may have been that the bunches filling the center conflict with my minimal style. I decided to think of elements that I might want to include like brush script and feathers first. Then I went from there, following the sketch with those elements instead of the sketch inspiring the direction like they usually do. I also scrapbook in 8.5 x11 most of the time these days so I struggled with committing to 12×12. The story I wanted to tell fits into my About Me album, which is 8.5×11 size.. but I know I couldn’t pull off this sketch in 8.5×11 format. I am now left with a layout that doesn’t really fit anywhere in my albums… thinking maybe it will be one to frame for the wall?

Have you ever had a conflict like this? What did you do?


Make sure you head on over to Life Paper Scrapbook and try the sketch out for yourself! There is a great prize for one lucky participate and we love to see how the sketch inspires you!

Copenhagen- Studio Calico Sunday Sketch

I have such a bad habit of just posting my work in my Studio Calico gallery and in my Facebook albums then forgetting to post anything on my blog! Working on changing that this year! I really do create a lot more than I share.. I think its because I don’t like sitting in front of the computer more than I have to and once I finished a project I just want to get stuck in to creating another one… not fuss with the camera, lighting, memory cards, computer ect!

So here is my latest share, a layout I created using Studio Calicos Sunday sketch. The sketch  was really designed with a simple card design in mind but I couldn’t help but challenge myself to make it into a fun minimal layout.

Copenhagen - by Jen Ritchie ~

Thanks for looking!

Surprise! DT Life.Paper. Scrapbook January mood board!

So I know this is really extremely delayed but I have some exciting news! I am now part of the wonderful team over at Life.Paper.Scrapbook! I have been in love with the magazine since the first issue was put out and feel so honoured to be a part of the action.

Life has been busy busy the last month or so with Christmas, traveling to LA to attend CHA and the Play event (a blog post coming up on those soon!) and planning loads of exciting things for Mei Li Paperie’s year! So my blogging was put on the backburner a bit and I am sorry!

Things have been switched up a little bit  over at Life.Paper.Scrapbook.! Instead of a color challenge each month, we will now be doing a mood board challenge.  I love the idea of a mood board challenge! I usually create mental mood boards while in the planning stages of my layouts and tend to stick strictly within the colour palette I create for myself. So using a mood board someone else has come up with really excites me as it will challenge me to use colours or inspiration I might not otherwise use!

Here is the January mood board…


LPS-January Mood Board


I was immediately drawn to the image of the chevrons and I really wanted to play with the 3Dness of them. I also wanted to challenge myself to just play and not think! This layout will be used as a title page for my Europe trip we took last summer.

LPS- January Mood Board Challenge by Jen Ritchie

Thanks for looking at what I put together! I would love to see how this mood board inspired you. Head over to the LPS blog and see what my other design team mates have put together.  This months  prize is from Kellie Stamps who are offering this fabulous stamp set and the top three favourite layouts (as voted by the design team) will be featured on the blog.


Have a great week!

Getting the 90′s out of the junk box..

These past few weeks I have been doing a bit of sorting, organizing and purging. Naturally, while doing so I always come across those dreaded boxes full of ephemera and photos that I am not really sure what to do with. This time I actually attempted to tackle a small portion of one huge box I have and tried to be ruthless… I tossed (gasp!) photos that were crap or had people/events I don’t really remember …. am I seriously old enough for that?  or I generally felt they had no significant story or value to clutter up my life. To be honest there weren’t that many tossed… my photo hoarding ways eventually won. However, I did notice that I have an awful lot of those 1990′s 8×10 prints from your local department store. They take up so much room and, don’t get me wrong they are lovely and all, but they probably will never be displayed in my home. They are fun to look at though and do have stories that I wanted to document. Instead of hiding them away in a box full of untold stories I decided to find a way to include them in my scrapbooks. Since they are way too big and not really my photographic taste, I decided to scan them in, that way I could play around with photo editing options and print them smaller. Here is how my first page turned out.


I feel adding some journalling to the page makes the photo that much more meaningful and more interesting. When I put this page into my album I slipped the original 8×10 photo in behind it so it is out of the junk box and in a safer and easier to find place.

Thanks for everything

I also made this layout for Amanda Robinson studio using this fabulous free “thanks for everything” cut file that you can get here.

Have you scrapbooked those 80′s-90′s department store photos? I would love to hear what techniques you used to make make them fit in better with your modern pages.