Challenge Wins

My Crafty Friends

Monday, 29 August 2016

Blue and Green should never be seen......not according to me!

I tend to lean towards wood papers and such when I scrap outdoor photos, but I challenge myself today to use the characteristally blue-green combo that many scrapbookers use with these kinds of photo's (just not me). I'm quite pleased with the result!

Wednesday, 24 August 2016

Those pesky frames!

I love chipboard frames, but have a real problem actually using them. I never really like the LO's where I include them, but this one might be the one where I can actually see how to incorporate them in my style!

Tuesday, 23 August 2016

Precious stash

I've actually done it, I cut into this lovely Studio Calico houses paper and used it on a layout! I have the collection pack, but there was only one paper with the houses on. It became a little bit special when every time I came across it, I thought: no, I have to have a really special story for this. Rubbish of course and so I included it in the mood board kit from last weekend and just cut into it. There is still plenty left for at least two more layouts, so I think I will still ration it a bit (also because it's such a busy paper), but at least it's not special anymore!

Monday, 22 August 2016

Embossing Elements

New challenge: Dust off those embossing folders and use them! I used an stars embossing folder on a PL card and cut it in half to stretch it further on the page.

Friday, 19 August 2016

Daddy's First Day

I loved working on this page, such a fun memory! I used some square and camera dies that needed dusting off and used some new supplies as well.

Tuesday, 16 August 2016

On Defence

I've never really had a problem with combining portrait and landscape oriented pictures on one layout, but for others it's a real challenge. So, today's challenge dealt with this conundrum. I used some pictures f on my PhD defense, I recently came across them and had never scrapped any of the pictures. I used a paper that I got as part of a sale pack, as I would never have bought it myself. This has to do with all the stuff already printed on the paper, I tend to enjoy starting from a blank canvas almost, so I have endless possibilities. I think I made it work, though. In hindsight, I think I would have us d a grey journaling pen instead of brown, it feels too heavy now. I'll try grey next time!

Saturday, 13 August 2016


Oh Pinterest, why so addictive? I have spent hours on Pinterest pinning other people's creations and sketches, thinking: I should try that, that looks really cool. However, I've never actually used my pins for LOs. What a waste! So I have a fair bit of pins on my board, but I settled for the first sketch/idea with one photo that I liked (, it's a sketch by Lanette Erickson). 

I made a little sketch on a bit of scrap paper and left that next to my LO in progress. The background paper has been in my stash forever, I can't bring myself to purge good quality paper (the flimsy stuff went out recently), even though the front design is way too bold and big for my taste. I can't tell you how often I picked this up and thought: I really want to do something with this, I really like the pattern! Yes, in theory, but it never seemed to work with what I was scrapping. However, when I flipped it around.......this is perfect for my style! Lesson learned :)

Oh yeah, with regard to the sketch: I really only used it as inspiration, as you can see I switched up the title and an embellishment cluster and I journaled straight on the page instead of on strips. It really feels like my layout, even though the original idea might have come from someone else.

Friday, 12 August 2016

New Years Eve

Challange 5: Use a colour wheel to choose your colour combination. I had actually never used a colour wheel before, so it was quite fun using this approach. I used the Colour Wizard website and started with the colour I wanted to use for my background; a buttery yellow. The website then shows you different colour combinations based on the colour wheel. I used the triadic combination, which was yellow, purple and teal. I would have never thought of this combination myself, but I think it works quite well!

Thursday, 11 August 2016

Cop Out!

We're on day 4 and today's challenge is to use those stamps that you have bought and then squirreled away. Oh yes, this is such a good versatile set, I will bound to use it! Ring any bells? ;) Just like everyone else, I also have some stamps and other stash that I have never used. Sometimes when I come across it, I think: oh yeah, why haven't I used this yet? With this stamp set, I now realize why I didn't; its just to a very vearsatile stamp set! There are no sentiments, just images, and the style just does it appeal to me. So I had the most difficult of times with this challenge and only managed to use one of the stamps in the lower corner. Oh well, I tried and it's better not to commit to the challenge but end up with a page in your album you actually like, right?

Wednesday, 10 August 2016

Using ink in different ways

Day three and we´re talking ink, I usually use ink to edge my papers and to stamp, but I had never used it with stencils. Also, I hardly ever use stencils, but still love buying them, so I killed two birds with one stone ;) Relatively old pictures this time, they had been in my scrappy photo stack for so long and I just didn't really know what to do with them. Turns out, it really wasn't that hard, just go out and do it!

Tuesday, 9 August 2016

Day 2: Title variation

Next challenge! This challenge is all about changing up the way I normally make titles on my pages. I usually use thickers and flat alphabet stickers, but this time I painted my title with distress spray. The colour really matched my papers really well, happy accident! Love that I also got to use up some of my stash of Shimelle's first collection, making room for new stuff, like her new travel collection :)

Monday, 8 August 2016

Still alive....and scrapbooking!

Oh my, I haven't been here in a very long time! A lot has happened since the last time I was here and my life has changed dramatically. I am now a mum to the most wonderful 8 month old girl and I have moved on craftywise too, from cardmaking to scrapbooking.

Last week, I started a new scrapbooking course by Shimelle Laine, which is called the 20 project. For 20 weekdays, we will be working on scrap pages based on a daily prompt or challenge. I didn't think I would be able to keep up with the challenges, but so far I have completed three out of three challenges and am chomping at the bit for the next one!

As I have so enjoyed the course so far, I wanted to go back to my old and much neglected blog and share my creations with you. Just for the joy of it, I just feel the need to share.

The first challenge was to check your current family album and look for gaps in my stories. It was blatantly obvious that there were quite a few gaps to be filled, you possibly can imagine I take a lot of pictures these days, but what I missed the most was a current story beyond my monthly week in the life spread. It's not a big story, but it was a great afternoon and why not document that?


Hope you enjoy, any questions you might have I will be happy to answer of course. I will be back to share more project with you as I make them!