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    Mix & Match it Up with Crate Paper’s Gather Collection [Vacation Edition].

    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!)

    BCN by ScatteredConfetti BCN by ScatteredConfetti

    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

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    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”):

    Beautiful by ScatteredConfetti Beautiful by ScatteredConfetti Adventure by ScatteredConfetti

    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!

    Have a nice weekend! 🙂

    Merken

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    Some Cute Halloween Gifts or The Importance of Making Something Just for Fun.

    Hey there 🙂

    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 😀

    Halloween Gifts & Treats.Halloween Gifts & Treats.

    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?

    Halloween Gifts & Treats.Halloween Gifts & Treats.

    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.

    Halloween Gifts & Treats.

    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 🙂

    Halloween Gifts & Treats.Halloween Gifts & Treats.

    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 🙂

    Halloween Gifts & Treats.

    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) 🙂

     

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    Products used:

    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.

    Merken

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    Trying Something Different with the [Gossamer Blue October Kits].

    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..

    Home. Home.

    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:

    Moments. Moments.

    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 😉

    Beautiful Day.

    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).

    Remember.

    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 😉

    Sweet Things. Sweet Things.

    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 😉

    Have a great weekend, guys! 🙂

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    Products used:

    Gossamer Blue October Scrapbook Main kit

    Gossamer Blue October Scrapbook Main Add-On kit

    Gossamer Blue October Life Pages Kit

    Gossamer Blue October Life Pages Main Add-On

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    [SBW Bloghop] Alles neu macht der Mai – Inspiration mit Moodboard.

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    Hallo und willkommen zum Bloghop der Scrapbook Werkstatt! 🙂 Wenn ihr von Anfang an durchgehüpft seid, müsstet ihr jetzt von Sandra zu mir gekommen sein.

    (am Ende des Posts findet ihr aber auch noch einmal die gesamte Liste der Blogs)

    Genau wie im letzten Jahr (siehe hier) haben wir uns auch dieses Mal ein Moodboard zusammen gestellt das als Inspiration für uns (und natürlich auch euch!) dienen sollte. Oh, und psst: Unter allen Teilnehmern, die bis zum 08. Mai 2016 mitmachen, verlost die Scrapbook Werkstatt einen Einkaufsgutschein im Wert von sagenhaften 20 €. Um im Lostopf zu landen, müsst ihr nur einen kleinen Kommentar auf jedem der teilnehmenden Blogs hinterlassen! Das war´s auch schon; nicht schwierig, oder?

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    Ich muss sagen, ich bin total verknallt in die Farben dieses Moodboards (okay, ich bin vielleicht auch etwas voreingenommen, schließlich habe ich es zusammengestellt 😀 – Ich hoffe euch gefällt es auch!). Und hätte ich umzugsbedingt nicht so wenig Zeit gehabt, hätte ich definitiv mehr als nur ein Layout bzw. Projekt damit gemacht! Sobald hier allerdings wieder ein bisschen Normalität und Ordnung eingekehrt ist, werde ich mir das Moodboard definitiv noch mal vornehmen 🙂

    Hier nun aber mein Layout:

    Paradise_Scrapbooking_Layout_ScatteredConfetti_ScrapbookWerkstatt_Bloghop_7Paper_1

    Leider kann man es auf dem Foto nur schlecht erkennen, aber unter dem “Paradise” Schriftzug ist so ein netzartiger Tüllstoff – die Zuckerwatte vom Moodboard hat mich dazu inspiriert dieses Stoffstückchen nun endlich mal zu nutzen. Auch sonst finden sich einige Elemente aus dem Moodboard auf meinem Layout wieder: ein schräg gestreifter mint-weißer Streifen Washi, die Pünktchen/Kleckse, die abstrakten Muster und natürlich insgesamt die Farben 🙂

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    Für dieses Projekt habe ich auch einfach mal durch meinen ganzen Fundus gewühlt und mir immer hier und da etwas rausgepickt, was zu dem Moodboard gepasst hat. Es hat richtig Spaß gemacht mal nicht nur mit einer bestimmten Kollektion zu arbeiten, sondern einfach alles wild durcheinander zu würfeln 🙂 Es sind Sachen aus der Goldie Kollektion von 7Paper dabei, die Thickers sind aus einer Amy Tangerine Serie, das Korkherzchen ist aus der C’est la vie Kollektion von Pink Paislee, usw.

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    Ich hoffe euch gefällt mein Projekt zu diesem Bloghop! Und jetzt wünsche ich euch noch viel Spaß beim Weiterhüpfen! Die nächste ist Julia.

    Und hier ist noch einmal die gesamte Liste, falls ihr mal verloren gehen solltet 😉

    Kathleen (hier seid ihr gerade 🙂 )
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    A Very Special Anniversary Gift [for a Guy]

    —- deutscher Text am Ende des Posts —-

    3D Paperrobot

    You might already know this cutie from my Instagram post yesterday. He was an anniversary gift to my fiancé because yesterday we celebrated two years of being engaged! (By the way, you can read our engagement story (with photos of the actual moment he asked THE question) here, if you like)

    A few weeks ago he mentioned (again and again) that as a kid he always wanted a robot but never got one, so I made a mental note to get him one as his anniversary gift. When the time came and I was looking for a robot I’d get him, I couldn’t decide. There were so many options and I wasn’t quite sure what kind of robot he had in mind. And since it was something he always wanted, I didn’t want to make the wrong choice. So I decided to let him pick one for himself. However, I didn’t want to just give him a gift card or a card that said he could pick one, I wanted something special. When I found this cut file in the Silhouette Online Store, I knew that it was perfect! The great thing about this 3D-paperrobot is that you can use it as a giftbox.

    The assembly is really easy. I just followed the instructions on Amanda’s blog to put this little guy together (the pixelated hearts are part of the cutfile, too!). The only thing I really changed was the adhesive: I don’t like to use liquid glue for projects like this because the paper usually crinkles in the spots where the glue was applied. So I used my trusted glue tape runner. Makes it a lot less messier and quicker, too!

    If you keep the preset size, your robot will be about 11.5″ tall by 5.5″ wide. Therefore you’ll need two 12×12″ papers for the bigger box, so make sure you have two sheets of the colour you want to use (three if you want the head to have the same colour as the body). In total I used 4 different shades of grey: the darkest for the body and the lightest for the “hands”, feet, the latch, the circles behind the eyes, the antenna and the highlights on my pink hearts.

    3D Paperrobot

    For the brads that are needed to adhere the arms, antennas and the door latch I used those that you also use to close mail envelopes/packages (not sure if they have a different name in English or simply brads..). I painted the ones for the arms and antennas with a black Sharpie and kept those for the door latch gold.

    I also used some Zazz! glitter glue (in crystal) to accentuate the eyes and basically all the light grey parts (except for those circles behind the eyes) and give them a metallic effect. You could of course also use glitter paper or mirror sheets, but I didn’t have any of those at home so I went for this alternative 🙂

    3D Paperrobot

    I then made a card and heart shaped envelope with this cutfile that I put inside the robot to be discovered by S. when he opened him. I also threw in some more hearts, for good measure 😉 Unfortunately you can’t see it in the photos, but I also stamped and then cut out the robot from this Kelly Purkey/Hero Arts stamp set and put it inside as well. This is the “token” S. can use to claim his own robot 😀

    Although this is not a “real” robot, I think we will keep him and find a different use for him. I already thought about using him as some kind of love letter box where each of us can throw in random little love notes every now and then and that we can then open together, for example at the end of each week or month. I think in today’s hectic daily routines nice words and compliments go short, so maybe this will help to put some more love in the everyday.

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    Putting the whole thing together and decorating it took me about an hour or so – so it’s not that time consuming. And I think it’s something that you could easily make with kids, too, because there aren’t many small or difficult parts. And it was absolutely worth it because a) S. loved it, b) it was a lot of fun to put together and c) I’m really happy with and proud of the result 🙂

    I think I really have to get out my Silhouette more.. it’s been ages sinced I used it before this project but it just made it so much easier than cutting every piece by hand!

    (find the products I used at the end of this post)

    —— Deutscher Text ——

    Ihr habt diesen süßen Kerl vielleicht gestern schon bei Instagram gesehen und gelesen, dass er ein Geschenk an meinen Verlobten zu unserem 2. Verlobungstag (gestern) war. (Übrigens gibt es die ganze Verlobungsgeschichte (mit Bildern von dem Moment in dem er die Frage aller Fragen stellte) auch hier zu lesen)

    Vor ein paar Wochen hat S. mehrfach erwähnt, dass er als Kind sich immer einen Roboter gewünscht hat, aber nie einen bekam. Also habe ich mir das direkt mal als Geschenkidee für den bevorstehenden Jahrestag gemerkt. Als es dann soweit war, habe ich online nach möglichen Kandidaten gesucht und war etwas überfordert von der Auswahl. Da ich nicht wusste, was für einen er sich genau vorgestellt hat und ich auch nicht den falschen aussuchen wollte, kam ich schnell zu dem Schluss, dass es wohl besser wäre ihm die Auswahl zu überlassen. Allerdings wollte ich ihm nicht einfach nur einen langweiligen Gutschein oder eine Karte schenken, also musste etwas Besonderes her. Und als ich diese Vorlage im Silhouette Online Store gefunden habe, wusste ich, dass der perfekt wäre 🙂

    Das Zusammenbauen des Roboters ist wirklich einfach. Ich habe einfach die Anleitung auf Amanda’s Blog befolgt. Die einzige Sache die ich geändert habe, ist der Kleber. Ich arbeite sehr ungern mit Flüssigkleber, da sich das Papier meist an den Stellen, wo der Kleber aufgetragen wurde wellt. Also habe ich meinen Kleberoller genommen. Das macht weniger Sauerei und geht noch dazu schneller! Wenn ihr die voreingestellte Größe beibehaltet, wird der Roboter ca. 11,5“ groß und 5,5“ breit. Daher braucht man für die untere Box auch zwei 12×12″ Bögen. Stellt also sicher, dass ihr von der Farbe, die ihr dafür nutzen wollt auch zwei Bögen habt (drei wenn der Kopf in der gleichen Farbe sein soll).

    Ich habe insgesamt vier verschiedene Grautöne verwendet: das dunkelste für den Körper und das hellste Grau für die Füße, Hände, die Antenne (bzw. diesen Zick-zack-Teil zwischen den Antennen), den Riegel der Tür, die großen Kreise für die Augen und für die Highlights auf den Herzchen. Für die Brads, die man braucht um die Arme und die Antennen zu befestigen, habe ich Musterbeutelklammern (ja, so heißen die Dinger die man verwendet um Briefumschläge zu verschließen :D) verwendet, die ich noch hier rumliegen hatte. Da ich nur goldene hatte, habe ich die die ich für die Arme und Antennen benutzt habe, mit einem schwarzen Sharpie angemalt. Außerdem hab ich noch ein bisschen Zazz! Glitzerkleber (in der Farbe crystal) auf die Pupillen und alle hellgrauen Teile (außer die großen Kreise der Augen) aufgetragen um sie ein bisschen hervorzuheben bzw. einen Metallic-Effekt zu vermitteln. Glitzerkarton oder Spiegelkarton würde sich dafür auch super eignen, allerdings hatte ich nichts davon zuhause. Also musste es eben so gehen 😉

    3D Paperrobot

    Für die Karte, die sich dann in dem Roboter versteckte, habe ich diese Schneidevorlage von Silhouette verwendet – aber letztlich tut es jede Karte. Achtet nur darauf, dass sie nicht breiter ist als die Mundöffnung des Roboters, sonst kann er sie nicht “fressen” 😉 Außerdem hab ich noch ein paar mehr Herzchen ausgeschnitten, die ich dann mit hineingeworfen habe. Für den Roboter-“Gutschein” habe ich den Roboter von diesem Kelly Purkey/Hero Arts Stempelset auf weißen Cardstock gestempelt und ausgeschnitten und ihn ebenfalls mit in die Box reingelegt (leider ist der auf den Fotos nicht zu sehen). Das ist jetzt sozusagen der “Token” den S. für seinen Roboter einlösen kann 😉

    Auch wenn das nicht der eigentliche Roboter für S. ist, werden wir ihn wahrscheinlich doch behalten (zum Wegwerfen ist er auch echt zu schade!). Ich habe schon überlegt ihn evtl. als eine Art “Briefkasten” für kleine Liebesbriefchen zu benutzen. So könnte man zB immer, wenn einem gerade etwas am anderen richtig gut gefällt dies auf ein Zettelchen schreiben, es in den Roboter schmeißen und dann zB immer am Ende einer Woche/eines Monats zusammen öffnen 🙂 Ich finde das kleine Komplimente und Nettigkeiten im hektischen Alltag und im täglichen Zusammenleben oft untergehen und zu kurz kommmen!

    Das Zusammenbasteln des Roboters hat ca. eine Stunde gedauert (vielleicht auch weniger? hab nicht auf die Uhr geschaut..), ist also kein so extrem zeitaufwendiges Projekt. Außerdem glaube ich, dass man ihn auch gut mit Kindern basteln könnte, da das Projekt nicht viele Kleinteile beinhaltet und ziemlich einfach zusammenzubauen ist, wenn man die von der Silhouette ausgeschnittenen Teile hat. Für mich hat sich der Aufwand jedenfalls allemal gelohnt, denn 1. fand S. das Geschenk super, 2. hat es Spaß gemacht ihn zusammenzubauen und 3. bin ich echt richtig glücklich und zufrieden mit dem Resultat! 🙂

    Ich glaube ich muss meine Silhouette mal wieder häufiger rausholen.. die saß schon viel zu lange unbeachtet im Regal rum 😀

     

    Products used/verwendete Produkte:

    Silhouette Cameo (cutfiles ID #54794 & #48416)

    American Crafts & Bazzil cardstock (I don’t know the exact colours, sorry)

    American Crafts Zazz! glitter glue (crystal)

    Hero Arts/Kelly Purkey Super Cool stamp set

    brads

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    Workspace Wednesday with [Mix & Match Layout].

    Today’s instalment of Workspace Wednesday is brought to you by a very (for me) untypical colour scheme and a layout 😉

    When I was creating a project with my Colorcast Designs products, I knew I wanted to use the photo of my engagement ring with those pretty flowers, some things of the new Dear Lizzy “Fine & Dandy” collection and of course some of my Colorcast Designs products. I ended up creating a layout with the main colours pink, yellow and red and wasn’t really satisfied with it.. probably because I wasn’t used to seeing those colours on one of my projects..

    But I’ve since grown to like it, kinda.. 😀 On the layout I mixed and matched a few different Colorcast Designs products with some things from my stash (from various manufacturers and collections). Click here to read more about this layout and also see a few more pictures 😉

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