After a bit of a scrapbooking hiatus, I finally felt inspired and sat down to make some layouts again two weeks ago. And I have to be honest: I’m really, really happy with the results 🙂
Working with the gorgeous Gather collection by Maggie Holmes/Crate Paper and some bits and pieces from other recent collections made it a lot easier. I really like the soft colours and the patterns in this collection and I have almost used up all of the papers I have of it, so I think that really is a success! While until not too long ago I still had some things in my stash that I used to hoard, waiting for the “right” project to come along to use them on, I have finally overcome this thinking and just use what I have and love!
But I don’t want to talk too much since this post will be quite picture-heavy. So without further ado, here are (some of) the projects that I made recently. I would love to hear how you like them!
(I’ve also divided it up into several posts because there are just too many to share in one go – so I call this one the “vacation edition” 🙂 and looking at all of these summer-y layouts, makes me really wish it was warmer outside!)
Of course this first layout is one of my favourites – it includes a photo of one of my absolute favourite corners in my favourite city in the whole wide world + lots of white space + florals + black and white patterned paper + gold details. Not sure how I could now love that 😀 For the title I just cut up this patterned paper from the Gather collection by Maggie Holmes/Crate Paper <3
This second layout is a perfect example (in my opinion) for how mixing and matching different collections (even from different brands) can work out perfectly! The papers are from the Gather collection, the wood veneer pieces from the Gossamer Blue October kits, the white thickers word from American Crafts/Amy Tangerine’s “Oh Happy Life”, the floral and chipboard stickers from Dear Lizzy’s “Saturday” and the golden rub-ons from the Pebbles/Jen Hadfield’s “Warm & Cozy” collection. Each collection taken on its own has a very different look and feel to it than the others, but single bits of them combined can work together beautifully!
The next two layouts are also an example of mixing and matching collections (actually the same ones as I’ve just mentioned + Shimelle’s “Go Now Go”):
On the first and last layout I also tried to incorporate some mixed media elements (okay, just one – gesso) and I’m really liking the look of it. I really want to do more of that on my future projects!
Alright, that’s it for today! I hope you like the layouts and maybe feel inspired to mix and match some of the collections in your stash!
It’s been a bit quiet around here – again – and I apologise. Although I’m not sure I really need to, because, after all, this is my space and I’m the one who decides how regularly I want to post here and what I want to write about. And this thought already leads me to the underlying “theme” of today’s blogpost: making what I want. Just because I want to. Not because I have to.
You know, I could just go ahead and share the photos of the results of yesterday evening’s spontaneous halloween-themed crafting session (and you are absolutely welcome to just skip ahead, look at the pretty pictures and go on with your day 😉 ). But I really want to tell you something more about the “why” of this project. So if you are interested in hearing more about it, go grab a cup of coffee/tea or whatever you like and make yourself comfortable. It might get wordy.. who knows 😀
First of all you need to know that I’m not really into halloween at all. I haven’t “celebrated” it as a kid (it wasn’t all that popular when I was younger and it’s only now becoming more and more popular over here in Germany), I don’t really like dressing up and to be honest, I don’t really “get” it. So this also means that I’ve never done any halloween decorating or crafting because, I mean, what for if I don’t have any kids who would be into it and neither me nor S. celebrate it? When the halloween-themed crafting/scrapbooking products started hitting the online shops earlier this year, however, I was desperately trying to find a reason to buy some of those cute products 😀 (like this adorable mummy, those cute spiders or these eyes – so cute right?!) But I just couldn’t justify buying something only because it was cute, knowing I wouldn’t (be able to) use it. So I tried to get them out of my head. As halloween was coming nearer and nearer, I was still thinking about what I could make with them. But I kept thinking that I don’t really have a use for any of them and that they don’t go with any of my projects I was/am working on for my design teams.
And then it hit me. Why would they need to go with my DT projects?! Why would I need to make something with them to promote sth? Why would it need to be for me?
As I was driving home from work (which luckily is a scrapbooking shop 😉 ) yesterday, I had a lightbulb moment and decided I would make some cute little treat bags and boxes for my colleagues and their kids! So after I had already gone about half of they way, I turned around, headed back to work and grabbed some products I would need for my project (and finally also the mummy, the spiders and the eyes I talked about earlier :D). I was SO excited to get back home and start crafting! And to be honest, I haven’t felt like this in quite some time. Don’t get me wrong: I love my DTs and I like working for those awesome companies (I wouldn’t if I wasn’t convinced by them!) but there is a difference between making something just for fun, just for me and having to make something with certain products and with a deadline in mind. At least there is for me.
While I was working on all of these little bags and boxes you can see in these photos yesterday evening, I was grinning from ear to ear the whole time! Whenever I finished a little piece, I would show it to S. – proudly grinning at him 😀 I didn’t look at the clock even once, I was so absorbed in it. When I was done with the basis for the pillow boxes and the treat bags, I started decorating them. While doing that, I tried to customise them as much as possible to the person I wanted to give it to, which was so much fun!
I filled the bags and pillow boxes with different kinds of candy. The ghosts are actually lollipops which I covered with a facial tissue 🙂
I really cannot wait to give those little gifts to my colleagues! Unfortunately, I won’t be able to see the faces of their kids when they give the gifts to them but that doesn’t really matter because I know they will be delighted and I just had so much fun making them (can you tell I had fun?! haha) that that’s enough for me.
I’m really really pleased with the result of this lightbulb moment idea and it just reminded me that it is really important to make something just for fun, just for you, every once in a while! And “just for you” in that case doesn’t necessarily mean that you will keep the final product in the end, but rather that you make it because you want to and that it doesn’t really matter if in the end the project ended up somewhere in a box or in someone else’s home or maybe even no-one else besides you sees it. Sometimes the journey really is the reward 🙂
So I guess what I am trying to say with this (probably too) long blogpost is: When was the last time you made something just for you, just for fun? Just because you wanted to. It’s probably been too long ago. So: what is the first project that comes to your mind that you’ve wanted to make for quite a while but just didn’t (for whatever reason)? And I’m not necessarily talking about someting big like learning to knit or going to a pottery class. It could be something simple like making some “just because” cards with some stamps that you have lying around that you haven’t used (in a while or ever), or making a little mini album about you/your favourite memory/person/… or… Whatever it is: Make it! Don’t overthink it. Don’t actually start thinking about it all that much, just start!
And if you do, I’d love to know what it is that you’ve made (or want to make) 🙂
Please note: As I explained above (in very much detail :D), I didn’t make any of this for promotion. However, I still want to list the products I used because someone might be interested to know what a certain product is in case they wanted to get it, too.
Hey there 🙂 Today is the first of October and this means today is also reveal day over at Gossamer Blue!! The October kits are filled with pretty products, lots of florals and gorgeous colours. I especially love all of the pieces from the Crate Paper “Gather” collection (by Maggie Holmes) in there!
To be honest, when I unpacked my kits, I wasn’t all too excited about the pieces from the new Amy Tangerine “Oh Happy Life” collection, however. It’s not that this collection isn’t good, it’s just that it’s not very “me”. The colours are a bit too bright and bold for my taste and I’m not very into the colour combos and the patterns. So I was a bit hesitant about using those papers and embellishments and first stuck to all the pretty things from the “Gather” collection 😀
Although when I was finished with my projects for the October kits (9 layouts and 1 gift set with two boxes, a card and an envelope. let me repeat, NINE layouts! I haven’t done this many with one kit in a very long time, so this shows that the kits are really good!) and looked through them again, I realised that actually half of the layouts were made almost entirely with stuff from the Amy Tangerine line!! And the interesting thing is that they still feel “me”. Maybe not as much as the other ones (I mean I’m still not really convinced by one or two of them) but I still managed to make something with it that I do like. And it pushed me to try out something different. Nothing revolutionary or super exciting, just little things like using clear stickers layered beneath my patterned paper or a new (for me) colour combo like green + yellow..
I’m always really inspired by Suse Fish (one of my all-time favourite scrappers. everything she touches is just pure gorgeousness #fangirl). I love when she incorporates some mixed media touches into her layouts and they still feel really soft and light, like this one here. So I wanted to try my hand at making a layout like this, too.. well, the result is the above layout. I’m still not really sure what to think about it. I’m a bit torn. I like the texture but I’m not convinced of the yellow watercolour.. but maybe it’s just because there are quite a lot of “non-me” elements, like the colour combo.. I don’t know. What do you think?
Although the colour combo itself really does work when I look at this layout:
I’m a bit in love with this cute little dear epoxy sticker <3 and that leaf wood veneer piece!
Anyways, I’ll stop rambling now and just show you the rest of my layouts so you can make up your own mind about how much “me” they feel to you 😉
I’m really really happy that I finally have some new photos I can use for my layouts and even more so that quite a lot of them are actually good photos of me! S. really has stepped up his photography game (after enough whining and complaining from my side 😀 )
The one I used on the layout below is one of my absolute favourite photos he took. It’s not posed, just a genuine shot (and my hair looks good, haha).
And here’s the last layout of the “trying something different” group 😉 ..I’m still not too sure about this layout. However, when I flipped through my album to show S. the layouts I made with the kits, he said that this was one of his favourites. So yeah, I guess beauty really is in the eye of the beholder 😉
I’d love to know what you think about these layouts and which one is your favourite. I’d say mine is the second one, but probably because it feels most typically me.
I’ll show you more of my projects in the next few days (and I’m almost certain that I will make even more with these kits. Maybe until I have nothing left but scraps 😉 ) and I am really excited about those that I haven’t shown you yet 😉
Chirp, chirp, chirp… yeah, sorry. That’s the only thing that you could “hear” around here in the past few weeks.. Things just got a bit too much. While almost everyone at work was on vacation somewhere nice, I stayed where I was and held the line 😉
But now things are finally getting back to normal and I’m about to head out to the Costa Brava for a week with S. to relax and regenerate a bit. But before I leave, I want to show you some of the projects that I’ve made with the super pretty (and jam-packed) Gossamer Blue September kits.
The kits contain a lot of Crate Paper’s “Cute Girl” collection, the We R Memory Keepers “Urban Chic” line and “Take Me Away” by Paige Evans for Pink Paislee. Especially the Scrapbooking kits and add-ons have a very girly, cutesy vibe – which I like but which made it a little difficult for me to make some projects since I don’t have any kids and the colours/patterns don’t fit most of my photos too well.
This one of Enzo, a friend’s golden retriever that I dog-sitted for almost two weeks in July, was perfect for the papers since the photo contains some pink as well. I’m really happy with how the layout turned out although I couldn’t add any sewing machine stitching because it broke down on me while I was working on these projects ..Buh!!
This next layout was made with the Life Pages main kit which has more fall-ish colours and I am absolutely in love with them!
Instead of patterned paper I used two of the Life Pages cards behind the photo. Because I didn’t want to mess up the clean and simple look of the page (and because I don’t like my handwriting), I added some journaling on one of the cards and tucked it behind the photo and the other card.
So that’s it for now. I have quite a few more projects to share with you and I’m quite excited about them because they are “different” from my other projects and you will see why 😉
Psst, if you follow me on Instagram, you might be able to guess what the difference could be 😉
Hallo ihr Lieben! Wie schon vor ein paar Tagen auf Instagram versprochen, zeige ich euch nun die ersten Werke, die ich mit der wunderschönen neuen “Millie & June” Kollektion von Fancy Pants gemacht habe, und die nun bei der Scrapbook Werkstatt erhältlich ist 🙂
Wie ihr vielleicht schon mitbekommen habt, mache ich mittlerweile wirklich gerne Karten – am liebsten gleich mindestens 3-5 mit einer Kollektion bzw. einem Kit, sodass diese dann ein schön zusammenpassendes Set ergeben. So dann auch bei dieser Kollektion, wo es dieses Mal (bisher) vier Karten geworden sind.
Was ich an dieser Kollektion ganz besonders liebe, sind die Farben! Die Kombi aus mint, gold, apricot und weiß fand ich ja schon immer toll, aber dazu nun noch das kräftige Pink und Dunkelblau, das ist echt mal was anderes. Und ich find’s super <3 Sonst findet sich dunkelblau nicht sooo oft auf meinen Projekten (vor allem nicht mit diesen Farben zusammen), sodass das echt mal eine frische Abwechslung war!
Für die Karten habe ich gar nicht viel Material gebraucht. Das Praktische ist, dass im Collection Pack alle 6 gemusterten Papiere je 2x drin sind, plus einen mintfarbenen und einen schwarzen Wellkarton, ein goldenes Papier sowie die geblümten Puffy Alphas und die Puffy Sticker. Die Papiere und Sticker kann man zwar auch alle einzeln kaufen, aber so hat man einfach direkt alles zusammen (und dazu noch die drei Spezialpapiere) und das Preis-Leistungs-Verhältnis ist top! Ich habe mir sonst nur noch das Paper Bow Set dazu gekauft (wobei ich auch schon um die Buttons, das Herzchen-Washi und das Ephemera-Pack rumschleiche 😀 ) und finde, dass es das beste Teil aus der gesamten Kollektion ist!! Merkt man vielleicht auch, wenn man sich meine Karten anschaut: auf 3 von 4 findet ihr die wunderschönen Schleifchen (und auf den Layouts, die ich euch demnächst noch zeige, ebenso). In dem Paper Bow Set sind fünf verschiedene Bögen mit vorgestanzten Schleifenteilen drin. Pro Bogen kann man 6 Schleifen (also insg. 30) in drei verschiedenen Größen machen und es geht superschnell und einfach! Man braucht keinen Schneideplotter oder Stanzmaschine dafür; einfach die Teile raustrennen und zusammenkleben: fertig. Wenn man will, kann man auch verschiedene Farben bzw. Muster mischen – das werde ich auf jeden Fall auch noch ausprobieren 🙂
Die drei verschiedenen Schleifengrößen könnt ihr hier gut erkennen: von links nach rechts sind beginnend mit der größten alle drei Größen vertreten. Ich find’ sie ja einfach zauberhaft! Was meint ihr? ..ich hoffe wirklich, dass es das noch für viel mehr Kollektionen geben wird!
In den nächsten ein, zwei Wochen werde ich euch die restlichen Projekte zeigen, die ich mit der Kollektion gemacht habe – ich bin mir ziemlich sicher, von der wird am Ende nicht mehr viel übrig sein 🙂 Wie findet ihr sie denn? Die Kombination aus mädchenhaft und elegant mit ein paar “maskulinen” Elementen wie dem Dunkelblau & Schwarz ?
As you might have noticed, I have grown really fond of making cards. I usually make at least 3-5 cards with the same collection/kit so that I end up with a pretty coordinating set of cards. This time, I made 4 of them (so far – I’m sure there will be more)
What I really, really love about this collection are the colours! I’ve always loved the combination of mint, peach, white and gold, and now these colours are accompanied by some hot pink and a navy blue and it looks fabulous! I don’t often use navy blue on my projects (especially not in this combination), so this was a welcome breath of fresh air. I also like that the collection pack already includes all of the 6 patterned papers (2 of each), plus 2 corrugated cardstocks (in mint & black), a golden paper, as well as the patterned puffy alphas and the puffy design stickers. That way you already get what you really need. I also got myself the paper bow set and I am completely in love with it (evidenced by the fact that 3 of the 4 cards shown here include one of those paper bows) – it’s my absolute favourite piece of the whole collection!
The paper bow set includes 5 sheets of pre-cut bows (6 bows of each design, so 30 bows in total) that come in 3 different sizes. You can see all the 3 sizes in the first and third photo (largest to smallest from left to right). I love that they are so easy to make! You don’t need a Silhouette or BigShot or any kind of machine but you still get the same look! Honestly, I’m really loving them – I might need to get a second package 😀
What do you think of the collection? Do you like the mix of feminine, girly colours & patterns with the more masculine touches of navy blue, black and gingham pattern?
I’ll show you some more projects with this collection in the next week or two, so stay tuned 🙂
Hey there 🙂 It’s the first of June (WHAT?!) and that means today is reveal day over at Gossamer Blue. And let me tell you this: the June kits are really fun! I loved playing with them because they are full of bright, cheerful colours and patterns that make you excited for summer to come!
So, here are just a few of the projects I’ve made with them 🙂 The following three layouts are actually quite different from each other (at least in my mind 😉 )
This first one is my favourite of all three:
For this layout I handcut the flowers from this patterned paper by Simple Stories and I really love how it turned out! I’m actually quite proud of myself for finishing it (eventhough it’s not that big of a piece of paper) because when it comes to tedious things like that, I’m really not the most patient person on earth 😉
To make the flowers really pop, I didn’t add any other patterned paper. Just some embellishments here and there and a tag behind the photo with some hidden journaling.
This second layout is a bit of the opposite of the first one because this didn’t really turn out the way I had envisioned it.. I pushed those little squares around for what seemed like an eternity but was never really happy with it. Until I decided to just finally glue them down and finish it.. Maybe it will grow on me, who knows 😉
This last layout might look familiar to you because I’ve already made two that are quite similar (here and here). In the Life Pages Main Kit there is always a card with the name of the month on it and I like to use that together with some others to make a layout to document that month. Of course the journaling is still missing because I don’t know (everything) that is going to happen in June, yet 😉
I also used lots of the stamps from the Life Pages Main Kit on that layout. I stamped, heat embossed (with white embossing powder) and then handcut the “Hello” phrase and also added some stamping on the lower right journaling card. They just fit perfectly 🙂
What I especially like about this last layout is the colour scheme. I don’t often use navy blue in my projects and definitely not together with yellow and light pink but I’ve got to admit: they look great together! What do you think?
I’d love to know which of these layouts you like the most! My favourite is definitely the first one 🙂