You wonder what happened to my Tuesday (P)Inspirational Post? Yeah, me too, seems time has played tricks on me and make me forget things. Currently in beautiful Padua, Italy, attending a work conference and with all the preparations and flights totally forgot about my post! Well, better late than never, eh?
So, without further ado, the inspirational pic for the coming two (well, 1.5 now) weeks is:
Lovely colours, flowers, dots. stripes, a lot of potential here! This is my take:
I have had the background paper in my stash for quite some time and really wanted to finally use it forever but wanted to do it 'justice'. So pretty! So to showcase it, I used the full sheet as my starting point. I love the outcome and so another beautiful paper finally goes into my album! This LO is about me turning 40, the photo was taken on my birthday too.
Awww, how sweet! I was inspired by the 3 sleeping beauties and the colour scheme and decided to scrap three pictures of our girl to show her sleeping 'progress' over time. She started out taking her naps in the living room, but it turned out it was too noisy for her and she preferred to sleep upstairs in her cot. After six months the graduated to her own bedroom and bed. She has always been a very good sleeper, naps are important to keep her a happy girl, even now.
Well, my vacation is officially over, I've been back at work for over a week already! We had a great time, mostly spent at home playing in our new garden with the little lass, great times!
However, time goes on and it's time for another (P)inspirational Challenge. Here is our inspirational picture this time:
I wanted to scrap some pictures from our anniversary trip this year, so I didn't go with the literal interpretation of ice creams. Instead, I used the colour scheme as a starting point. I also mixed in some gold, which I surprised myself with as I find it difficult to use metallic elements on my scrapbook pages.
It would be fun if you could play along with our challenge this fortnight, there is a prize for the random winner as well! This time it's Lemon Shortbread and Imagine That! Digistamps, so plenty of reasons to upload your projects!
I'm thoroughly enjoying my vacation at home, getting lots of crafting and film watching in! So far we've seen Wonder Woman and Spiderman Homecoming in the cinema, both of which were great, and some films at home too. During the home films, I was crafting up a storm, including the LO for this week's challenge @ (P)Inspirational Challenges. We are using this inspirational picture this fortnight:
I bet you expect a wintery layout, yes? Actually, I went a different route, here's my make:
I started with the tree paper, which is admittedly part of a Christmas paper line. However, the paper made me think of our recent biking trips in the woods near our house, so I decided to keep the red and green colour scheme but use summery pictures instead.
From the picture, I took the colour scheme, trees, transport and the circles in the background (they reminded me a little bit of snow). What do you think, too Christmassy? I think I pulled it off!
Finally, my holiday has begun! Three weeks of (mostly) work-free time to spend as we wish! I bet there's going to be a couple of crafting sessions, some cinema trips and family visits and some great days out with husband and daughter.
Talking about great days out, in the beginning of June we went to the zoo for the first time with our girl. She loved the dinosaur park and often asks to see those particular photos, so she can point them out and call out: DINOS! Somehow our inspirational picture reminded me of that trip:
Lovely woodgrain, pastel colours, the I Love You sign (that's how I selected the PL card on the left); all elements I used in my page:
What do you think; did I do the inspiration justice? I really like how it came out and got to cut into some very old papers in the process (2012). Is my funk a think of the past? Probably not, but creating this page has really helped me get back in the groove. Of course you can take a completely different route by working on a wedding project or something even completely different from all these suggestions. Just link up and let us know how the picture inspired you!
I am on a roll this week. finished two layout yesterday evening! You will have to wait until next week for the other, but I can already show you one of them:
These are pictures from our trip to the zoo, I decided to do a list of fun things that happened that day. I was inspired by that 1-10 sticker, which I have been saving for an occasion just like this for ages but never got round to actually using. I never do these kinds of layouts, mainly because I am scared that I might not actually be able to fill all spots. And of course that happened here too, luckily I had our travel journal and my hubby's memory available ;) Making this page was especially satisfying, as I got to use up some of the leftovers I had on my desk from making the first page. They still look pretty different, hurray for double-sided paper!
I hope you all had a good Father's Day weekend? It was pretty good here, we had some lovely weather so we went to the park for a bit. For Father's Day, my husband received a kiss card from my daughter she made at daycare, it's basically a laminated card with a real kiss from our girl that daddy can carry in his wallet wherever he goes. Awwwww :)
From one celebration to the next, as this is our inspirational picture
I had the perfect paper for this I thought, but unfortunately I seemed to have used it already! So I had to come up with another solution and boy, was that hard this time around! It seems that my crafty mojo has done a runner and I'm left with sheer determination just to create something worthwhile. It happens to me every so often; I just can't seem to remember how to scrap anymore, it 'just won't go'! I always end up thinking that it will never come back and I might as well sell all my supplies and quit, but of course I never do and mojo always returns. However, I did cut myself a little bit of slack when creating this layout; I chose a picture I wanted to scrap and went for some less obvious elements of the picture to make it work. You gotta do what you gotta do, right? ;)
I started with the big flowers; I found this paper I've had in my stash for years and years and decided to work around that. So my colour scheme is totally different, not a similar location or celebration, but the layout is about family (I married into this family, so that's another connection. Work with me people!) and was taken outside on a sunny day. Other than that, there is not connection I'm afraid, I promise I will do better next time! I am happy though that I managed to complete a page and work through that rut :)
* Lasting Memories (Summer Solstice) I've use my title to create a long border underneath my photo, these photo's were taken in Summer as well
I hope you all had a good weekend? We celebrated our 7 year wedding anniversary this weekend and went away for the night and visited the Amersfoort Zoo. It was the first time our girl visited a zoo and she enjoyed it so very much. It was great seeing her response to seeing an elephant and giraffe for the first time beyond seeing pictures or drawings. So much joy for her and us too :) Stay tuned for lots of pages from this experience!
Lovely bright colours! Again, the picture made me remember a paper in my stash that was just gathering dust, just hanging around; #Forever Young by BoBunny. Actually, I had several papers from that line still in my stash. So i started with the backing paper and pulled stuff in along the way.
These are pictures from last year's (and my husband's first) Father's Day, as another one is due soon I thought this was the perfect time to scrap these. Yes, there is bright pink on a layout revolving around my husband, but it's quite bold and combined with lovely greens, white and black. Anyway, I prescribe to the idea that I use whatever I want whenever I want ;) I have included some ephemera in the shape of a moustache that our daughter 'made' at daycare and a business card from the place we had our Father Day's lunch. I am not planning to do this for every Father's and Mother's Day, but the first one is kind of special, right? I am thinking I can take pictures of the gifts our girl will make for the coming years and scrap them all together on a page. We shall see!
The sponsor this time around is Beccy's Place, have a look at her shop and see all the beautiful digi's available there!
Just one more day at work this week and then it's off to see my parents with our little girl! Now that she's walking, I am curious to see how happy she will be staying in the pram for the duration of the train trip. I am thinking probably not so much.....Anyway, today is the start of another (P)inspirational Challenge, this is our inspirational picture:
How cute is that? I took the brown, white lace and cuddling from the picture and used it to scrap the story of our girl meeting her grand parents for the first time.
Why not join the challenge this fortnight? You can use the picture any which way you want, just as long as you let us know how you were inspired. This time, there is no sponsor, so this one's just for fun and glory ;)
Hope you all had a nice International Scrapbooking Day last Saturday with lots of crafty fun! I had a scrappy evening planned, but I happened to be shopping with my friend in the afternoon and when I wanted to go home, all the trains were cancelled! Well, my train anyway. So I came home at 12 pm! No more ISD left for me....Oh well, I am sure I can plan some time soon and get my scrappy fix!
The new (P)inspirational Challenge revolved around this image:
I used the little flowers as my starting point and scrapped some picture of my own little fairy and her daddy. I used some 'forest' textures, such as woodgrain, branches and leaves too.
What a lovely sunny day today in my part of the world! Still cold, mind.....Nothing like a nice summer project to get me going when it's cold outside, so when I saw the (P)inspirational photo this time:
I knew I wanted to scrap some summer photo's! And here she is, our little girl, having an alfresco dinner in the garden. Unbelievable that this was less than a year ago, this weekend she started walking in earnest, stumbling her way around the living room! All the cliche's are true, they do grow up so fast..... I love it and hate it at the same time.
I took several elements from the inspirational photo, including the frame, butterflies and the word TODAY. I couldn't find any leaves in my stash, but I do have an absolute mountain of paper flowers that I want to use up and never do. Same with chipboard and butterflies, they really stump me on layouts! So I just started sticking around a circle I cut with my circle cutter (another one of those must-have tools that I rarely reach for somehow), using up flowers, brads and other assorted pieces I had to hand. I am pretty happy with the result, I tend to use rectangles of paper most often, so when I do something different it all feels so brandnew! I always say I should do this type of design more often, but then I never do....I guess I know my comfort zone!
It's that time again, today is the start of a new (P)inspirational Challenge!
We have this photo as our inspirational starting point:
Makes sense with Easter just around the corner, but my mind immediately went to this one piece of paper that I had in my stash with doily ovals. So I am sharing a wedding layout with you today, documenting my tendency for calamity, especially when something important is about to happen. So yes, I did manage to cut my fingers just before we got married and all eyes in the room would be on this hand......unbelievable how I managed it! Anyway, it's all good now, but it seemed a story worth recording to me, as accidents are such a big part of my personality LOL
What will you go for? Our sponsor this time is Sasayaki Glitter, so well worth entering the challenge!
* Sweet Stampin' Challenge (Mellow Yellow) the lace border is created using a stamp
Did you have a good weekend? It was great springlike weather here, we had a bike around both days with our girl in front of me pointing and laughing all the way, it was delightful! Talking about bikes and spring, here is our new inspirational photo over @ the (P)inspirational challenge:
Would have been perfect for this weekend's photo's, but we didn't take any and just enjoyed the experience. So instead, I scrapped a very old picture (1993!) of me and my class mates in high school. Seems like a lifetime away (and by this time, it pretty much is of course)! I let myself be inspired by the lightblue window frame and the white wall, as well as the bike basket where all the flowers are in. Perhaps not the most obvious way of being inspired by a picture, but I have had this W R Memory Keepers triangles paper in my stash for quite a bit now and I despereately wanted to use it. I love it, but that light blue is not a colour I scrap with very often, so I very often passed it by regretfully when I was looking through my papers.This time I was determined to make it work and I did it! Yay for me ;)
We have two sponsors this time around; Elisabeth Bell and Fred She Said! If you would like to join, please link up directly to the challenge blogpost and let us know how you were inspired by the photo (personally, I love to read how you were inspired!).
I'm back with a card share this time, I made this card last night for a good friend who is turning 39 this week, using up some of my Graphic 45 papers.I used a mask on the frame to create the brown stains, really looks quite authentic in real life! I love how the white card stands out from all the vintage-style papers :)
Two more week have passed, that means another (P)inspirational Challenge is starting today! This is our inspirational picture this time around:
The flowers immediately sparked some inspiration for me, I have a paper with similar flowers that I hadn't cut into! A quick rummage through my stash confirmed it: yes, I did, let's use it and fussy-cut some of the flowers! I also mimicked the chalkboard look a little bit by using a dark background paper, although it's not quite a chalkboard 'pattern' (turns out I didn't have any 12x12 like that in my stash). I did find some 6x6 paper pad that had a pattern with chalky frames on it, so I used that. I combined a larger square picture (4x4) with two small 2x2 detail shots to support my story.
This LO is about how we chose the flowers for my wedding bouquet; they included roses but also thistles, which is probably a bit unusual for a wedding, but since my husband is Scottish it worked really well. Overall, I am pretty happy with the LO, but I think next time I would make the frame paper angle less extreme and show off the paper more by placing it higher on the page while keeping the rest the same. Oh well, you live and learn ;)
Hope you get a little inspired by my make and play along with our challenge yourself. Our sponsor this fortnight is A Day for Daisies, check our their website using the link below!
* Another Freaking Scrapbook Challenge (Use Chipboard and something old from your Stash) 31/3 Everything is relatively old, included chipboard heart
* Hiding in my Craftroom (Use up some Scraps)
I used up some Simple Stories cards from a cutapart sheet; the blue chevron card was stretched to create the illusion of a full piece of paper (that took a bit of creative cutting!) and the card with the railing was repurposed to hold the little pictures. Also used some scrap paper to emphasize the title and fill up the space between title and journaling
March is always a big month for me in terms of birthdays and anniversaries, so a card-making sessions was definately in order for me! Today I am sharing the first one, using some Graphic 45 8x8 paper pads from my stash. I love using these papers for card making. I have some 12x12 papers as well, but they just don't really match my scrapbooking style. Funny huh.
It's Carnaval in my part of the world this week, that means I have an extra couple of days off and some extra crafting sessions! We went to see the parade with our little one on Sunday and she had a great time. At first, she was a bit overwhelmed with all the noise and dressed up people, but later on she started clapping to the music and had a big smile on her little face. Lovely :) Another challenge is also starting at the (P)inspirational Challenges, using this inspirational picture:
Hm, enough inspiration there to get anyone's crafty juices flowing, I believe! When I am trying to find products for the challenges, I always go through my 12x12 papers first and I came across a paper with faux stichting all over. This seemed like the perfect paper to use here, but which photo's to include? Staring at the page made me notice that the stitching looked very much like a road or even.....train tracks! Aha, I knew immediately which photo's would work; on Christmas Day last year, we traveled by train to see my parents! I also added some really stitching here and there. The rest came pretty easily. So, here is my finished page:
The title is Training Home 4 Christmas, inspired by the Chris Rea song :) Hope you enjoy my page and consider playing along with our challenge, you have 2 weeks to get your project finished and loaded up! We are sponsored by Pattie's Creations.
I love making scrapbook layouts, as it's a great way to reminisce and relive the great memories I've made over the years. I still get to play with paper, but on a grander scale and including writing and pictures, what's not to love about that!
This is my last LO I am sharing as a GDT for Lasting Memories, I have had a lot of fun making these 4 layouts! Thank you to Karen and Michele and the rest of the girls for giving me this opportunity, it's been great and I will definitely be back for the challenges! This week's challenge is inspired by a photo:
I've used the colour scheme and theme to scrap pictures of my daughter playing in her play kitchen, a Christmas gift from her Granny and Grandad. She is not yet 'cooking', but loves to play with the oven door (open, closed, open, closed, open.....) and dragging bits of the kitchen throughout the house. Oh well, every chef had to start somewhere, right? ;)
I hope this has inspired you to submit your own project to the challenge,
you have about a week to do so!
Cute, no? I decided to use the colour scheme as my inspiration and found this lovely paper in my stash that would work well for a backing paper. This layout is about what is happening with us right now and since there was going to be quite a bit of personal details in my journaling I decided to take the picture before I put the words down. I also found a balloons chipboard piece that went well with the colours and the inspirational picture.
Our sponsors this time is Beccy's Place, so play along with our challenge to have a shot at a lovely prize!
Today I am sharing my third LO as part of my GDT spot at Lasting Memories, this week the challenge theme is Sharing a Celebration of Something you Love. My LO is about how much my daughter loves rides my bike together and how much I enjoy seeing her enthusiasm. What will you share? Perhaps a book or tv show you love or your hobby or something completely different? Let us know in your post!
Another week, another challenge at Lasting Memories! This is my second GDT layout for their challenge, this time the challenge is to use lots of hearts or arrows.
I chose to use plenty of arrows for this layout:
When I saw the theme, I immediately thought of this background paper, which got me thinking about the Simple Stories Instasquares pack that I knew I had in my stash for quite a while but hadn't really used yet. I had a lot of fun trying to incorporate as many arrows, see if you can spot them all ;)
If you have an idea how to use lots of hearts or arrows on your layout, why not share it with us? There are more fun challenges for the month of February, so check out the blog and play along if you want!
Hope you are all feeling fine. We are dealing with some teeth coming through and stomach flu, but I am trying to be positive nonetheless! How about a new Pinspirational Challenge? Here is the inspiration picture:
And here is my project!
Inspiration: pink, stripes and dots, hearts
These pictures were taken on the 1st of January, when it was quite cold here. We though to take a little bike ride to the petting zoo, but our little one got really cold, even though she was wrapped up warm. Back to the warmth we went!
Last year, I participated in a Lasting Memories challenge and based on that they invited me to be their guest designer for 4 weeks, how cool is that! Today the first challenge is up and it was a tricky one! The idea is that you use at least 4 supplies that start with the letters in the word L-O-V-E. I've used Letter stickers, Orange-Red colour, Vellum and Enamel dots. I also dug out some really old snowflake brads I still had in my stash. These pictures are very recent of our daughter's first encounter with snow; she wasn't all that impressed but we got some lovely images! I plan to make another page with photos of all of us.
Happy New Year, can I still say that on the 17th? I suppose it's alright! The DT at the Pinspirational Challenge is starting up 2017 today with this inspiration photo:
How super cute is that picture? Plenty of ways you can go with this as well: snow, the colour scheme, the textures or just the little girl. I chose to do the latter:
I found this image semi-finished in my to-do pile and decided to complete the card for this challenge. I can't remember the artist, but if one of you knows please tell me! Our sponsor this time is All Dressed Up, have a look at their webshop as there are plenty of great digis available!