Insert fancy title here

I’m entering this scrapbooking page in Frosted Design’s Friday Challenge. 

This challenge was right up my alley as the brief was to use paint, doodling or handwriting on a page, all of which are regularly on my pages, so I thought I’d join in. Here’s my page. This was taken on our first Christmas in Australia with Gorgeous Girl.


I doodled around the bird. That didn’t quite work out like I had planned. Gorgeous Girl saw me doing it and said “Mummy, you’re making it worse.”


And hand wrote my title. Should have drawn a line to write on…


I also edged the page with white ink.

It’s a very simple page, but I’m pleased with how it turned out.

Hippo butt

I have been a little obsessed with this project. It’s currently my only yarn related work in progress. I keep mumbling to myself “The designer is a genius I tell you. A genius!”

So, without further ado, presenting hippo’s butt. Information on the pattern can be found here.


I’m loving how this is coming together. I’m also a huge fan of the join as you go technique for joining the hexagons together. I’ve always been put off granny square crochet rugs by the thought of sewing all the little squares together. This technique means that there may be some of them in my future.

Independence Day

There are times when I realise that I’m incredibly lucky to be able to experience what many people will only see in the pages of National Geographic. On Tuesday Papua New Guinea celebrated Independence Day. We went along to some celebrations.

Gorgeous Girl enjoying the dances.

A in crowd

People dressed in the traditional dress for their region and performed dances. This group are from Manus Island


They danced to a collection of drums.

manus drums

These young men come from Milne Bay.

Milne Bay

They had painted their bodies black.

These people are from Gulf Province.

gulf province

This gentleman comes from Simbu Province.


I can’t remember the location for this group.


I hope you’ve enjoyed a glimpse into what was an amazing day.

Scrapping again

I’m entering this page in the September Scrap365 challenge. Here is the sketch we were asked to use.

September American Crafts 365

This is my take on it.


It’s a photo of Gorgeous Girl last year after she gave herself a haircut. I used water colour pencils and a sharpie pen to outline the circles.

In a first for me, as far as scrapbooking goes, I also added some splatters to the page.


They are a little bit hard to see in my photo.

I wrote the title by hand.


I really enjoyed working with this sketch.

Some cards

It’s the start of the birthday months here at Ruth’s Place. Most of our family and extended family’s birthdays fall in the months of September and October.

So I’ve been making a few cards. I’m thankful to friends and family who send me their scrapbooking scraps and odds and ends from their die cutting machines. A new injection of papers every so often helps keep the mojo going as I can put new combinations together. This card is thanks to Lisa and Kate.

fathersday card

In hindsight I should have inked the edges of the map and the flowers to tie them all in together…

flag birthday card

Again should have inked the edges…

Jbirthday card

Upcycling a page from an old diary.


A drive in the country

Recently a group of us decided to take a drive up to the beginning of the Kokoda Track. Gorgeous Man and Gorgeous Girl have been up here before, but it was the first time for me.

We went out in three vehicles, all of which were 4WD, which turned out to be a blessing. To get to the start of the track you need to leave Port Moresby and drive up the mountains. As we drove it started to rain.


and rain


The rain eased up a bit and we crossed a one lane bridge.


and drove along the road


Along the way, one of the cars got stuck in the mud on the side of the road and had to be pulled free with a tow rope, but it was not difficult.

Then we came to a hill


and decided that it would be prudent to leave the cars at the top and walk down. It wasn’t raining when we set out and soon we reached the bottom.

trail start

It rained in earnest on the way back up the hill. One good thing about living in the tropics is that the rain is not cold. It was a good day out, but I think our next visit might have to wait until the dry season comes around again.

Thanks to everyone who took the time to comment on my last post. It was great to meet some new to me blog readers and find new blogs to read.





You may have noticed that there’s been a dearth of scrapbooking around here recently. I’ve been stalled by a very lovely photo that Gorgeous Man took of Gorgeous Girl. Every time I got it out to scrap I stared at it and at my supplies and felt I just couldn’t do it justice and so instead of using another photo I kept packing everything up again… Not very smart.

Anyway, today I received a very lovely care package from a very good friend in Australia. In it were some chapter books for Gorgeous Girl (she even squealed and did a little dance over one of them she was so excited), some magazines for me and some scrapbooking paper and die cut embellishments.

As soon as I saw a cluster of paper I knew that it would be perfect for the photo which had been stealing my mojo.


Please excuse the camera shadow, it’s too dark outside for photos. It’s just a really clean simple layout, but I think it works for the photo. I still need to add the date and the location to the bottom corner of the page.

I’ve been making a more conscious effort to comment on the blogs that I read lately. I kind of miss the old days of blogging way back before facebook when we commented more frequently rather than just reading and liking and passing on by. If you’re a regular reader I’d love to hear from you. Of course the lack of comments could also mean that no one is reading and I’m blogging to myself :D and that’s OK too.


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