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Ruth — Marjorie Towers


I’m finally back with  a new post featuring a great Christmas layout made by Design Team member Ruth Moody using Making Memories “Believe” designer papers.

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Here’s your supply list:

2 12×12 Poinsettia

2 12×12 Green Dot

1 12×12 Chevron

3 12×12 Musical Dot

1 12×12 Little Yellow Bicycle Decorative Edge

1 8.5×11 text weight pearlescent gold

1 12×12 Best Creation Glitter Gold

1 Elizabeth Craft Ornament 2 die

1 pkg Kaiser Craft yellow rhinestones

And here is how she made this layout:

1) Build pages on the Poinsettia paper

2) Cut 2 3.5×12 strips from Green Dot. Adhere to bottom of page

3)  Cur 2 3×12 from Chevron. Follow the pattern to get the points. On one side you will have to cut it to the center of the last point and match up the pattern and piece the one inch (this was the hardest part of the layout). Adhere to Green Dot strips.

4) Cut 10 circles from musical dot leaving the black trim. Adhere to Chevron as shown.

5) Cut 4 4.5×6.5 rectangles from the solid red (back side of the Musical Dot).

6) Cut 4 4×6 rectangles from the Green Dot. Adhere to red and then to layout as shown.

7) Now to add some bling: uses rhinestones to “hang” your Musical Circles.

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8) Use your die cut machines to cut 2 top layers of the Poinsettia ornament from the gold text weight paper. On 1 of the flowers DO NOT push the flower out, only the pieces around it. Put a small piece of Scotch tape behind it. I used my glue pen to glue it in place. Don’t forget the bling in the center and at the top.

9) For the second ornament, use the Little Yellow Bicycle Decorative Edge paper. Cut 2. Save the gorgeous circle for another layout. Using popup glue dots, put the 2 together. Top with gold poinsettia (that you popped all the pieces out of) with a glue stick. Pull a 5″ piece of metallic thread or small string through opening. Tie it off and adhere ornament to page.

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10) Gently straighten the string and attach with a glue dot, then place rhinestone on top.

11) For the letters spelling out Christmas I used my Cricut and Printing 101 at 1 1/2″. For the year I used Alphalicious.

I hope you enjoy making this layout and that you had a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!



I admit to being seriously in love with Then/Now layouts.  The idea is that you take a photo of the past and a photo of the present and write about the difference.

I had been wanting to post Design Team member Ruth’s July layout.  But I needed some bicycle photos. Then I found this wonderful photo of my daughter, Allison, on her first two-wheeler with training wheels. And I had a photo of Allison that I took this spring, so what more could I ask for?It was tailor made for a Then/Now layout. Here’s how it came out:

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This layout is made using the BoBunny Key Lime papers. But what I really love is the Memory Box bicycle die. So cute.

Here are Ruth’s instructions for how she made this page:


1 Wipe out (word side)

1 Heatwave (Bicycle Side)

1 Stripe

And from Bo- Bunny Coordinating papers:

2 Paprika Dot using plain side


I used the Memory Box Die first and cut 6 bicycles out of scrap papers from my stash. (I love the way she mixed colors so the horns and baskets are different colors from the bikes – Marjorie)

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Building on the Paprika plain side paper

Add eyelets to bicycle wheels. Adhere bicycles at bottom of pages 3 per page. I used a glue pen to adhere.

6 1/2 X 8 1/2 Stripe Adhere 2″ from left side and 1/2 inch from top

3 X 8 1/2 Bicycle.. Adhere next to stripe

From back side of wipe out paper carefully cut out “Just Cruisin” journal block and ribbons

5 X 7 Wipeout

4 1/2 X 5 1/2 Bicycle and layer on the 5 X 6 Wipeout


5 X 8 Stripe.. place 1/2″ from left side 3/4″ from top

4 1/2 X 6 1/2 Wipeout

1 X 5 Bicycle ..Place under Stripe

6 X 4 1/2 Bicycle

1/2 X 6 Stripe .. Place under Bicycle

4 1/2 X 1 1/2 Bicycle for top right

Again I used jewels from the Keylime Selection. hope you enjoyed this layout. Ruth

Here is what my journaling says:

THEN: The inscription on this polaroid photo, in Allison’s handwriting: “KrisTeN’s Party 3-3-90.” Things I wish I knew: Who is Kristen? Is Allison riding her own bike with training wheels? What park were they at? Who took the photo? Things I do know: I love the party hat. I love her brave & serious spirit as she heads out on the bike path alone, obviously new to riding a two-wheeler. I love that I have her own writing on the photo.

NOW: Allison is very much into being healthy and fit these days (Summer, 2013). As she said to me, “If not now, when? There is never going to be a better time for me to be in shape.” She belongs to a gym. She and Josh have done the Portland Bridge Pedal two years in a row. She participated in her first sprint-triathlon, and came in 2nd place in her division. She excels at the swimming, naturally, but she also runs, even though she doesn’t like it much, and is a great bike rider.

The sun is shining today and it seems we haven’t had enough of that this summer.  But of course, fall is always the best time of the year on the  coast.  So I hope you get some time to get out and enjoy the wonderful weather. And don’t forget to take some photos!



Ruth Moody is a long time volunteer at Creating Lasting Memories. In addition to working at the store on Wednesdays, she taught a beginning scrapbook class called Scrappin’ Wednesday for years.  These days you will find her at her “real” job as office manager at KURY radio. And she still runs the Friday night crop at Creating Lasting Memories.

Ruth began scrapbooking years ago when her first grandchild died of SIDS. It was a way to document and honor his life and share what he had meant to her. She has three other grandchildren that often are the subject of her layouts, in addition to her grown daughter and son and their spouses.  Like Jacki, she loves cats and you will see one of them in the layout below.

Ruth loves simple pages that focus on the photos and the journaling. She has a great sense of design and color.

Here is her layout that she designed for the challenge using the Prima Hello Pastel designer papers and embellishments:


To make this layout Ruth used one sheet of Bazzill Butter Cream, and one sheet each of the Hello Pastel Cupcake, Powdered Petals and Sugar Cube papers.

Mat photos and attach as shown.

Punch 3 photos into 3″ circles and attach to 4″ doilies.  Here’s a close-up of a doily (and one adorable cat!):

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For embellishments, she added the spray of flowers as shown and some brads to her journaling block.

She also cut 4 small strips and made banner tabs, each with a brad. She attached two to the top left and two to the bottom right.

Finally, she added a bit of ribbon to the flower spray.  The flowers and brads are from the Prima Hello Pastel collection. She edged her mats with Versamagic Aspen Mist chalk ink.  Beautiful job Ruth.

For a favorite layout, she submitted this one:

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Isn’t that a great layout for Father’s Day?

I appreciate all Ruth does to support Creating Lasting Memories.  Keep watching for more of her wonderful layouts.