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    “Bloom” Layout with Spellbinders Platinum 6 & Textured Flowers Dies.

    Hello lovelies 🙂 Today I have a new layout for you and this time it’s a little bit different from my usual pages (at least I think so 😀 ). Spellbinders sent me their Platinum 6 Die Cutting & Embossing Machine to try out with two different die sets of my choice (I chose this “Textured Flowers” set and I’m completely in love with it, and this “More than Milk Carton” die set that I will show you in another blogpost) and the Tool ‘n One that you can use for paper piercing, removing die cuts from your dies and more.

    I was so excited to try out the Platinum 6 machine! Not only are the sleek design and the colours right up my alley, I also love the fact that the sides of the machine fold up and the handle is removable for easy storage. Now I can easily slide my Platinum 6 in my sideboard where I keep my bigger tools and I still have so much space left to store other things 🙂 This is what the machine looks like when the sides are folded up:

    Bloom Layout by ScatteredConfetti. // #scrapbooking #spellbinders #diecutting #platinum6

    And below you can see it with the sides folded down. The dark gray circles are really strong magnets that keep the sides in place when they are folded up:

    Bloom Layout by ScatteredConfetti. // #scrapbooking #spellbinders #diecutting #platinum6

    I really enjoyed working with the Platinum 6 and the Textured Flowers die set from the Timeless Heart collection. The dies cut through my papers like butter and what I love most about them is that they not only cut the flowers and leaves, but they also emboss tiny veins on them! I decided I wanted to make some layered flowers and use them on a layout (although I have SO many more ideas for other projects where you could use them!), so I pulled out some paper scraps in colours that would fit my photo and started cutting the different sizes of flowers and leaves.

    Bloom Layout by ScatteredConfetti. // #scrapbooking #spellbinders #diecutting #platinum6

    I made three layered flowers using different sizes and numbers of layers to add some variety. For the one on the top right of my photo I also die cut some gold glitter paper and the dies worked perfectly. To repeat the gold elements, I used some scribbled circle dies from my stash and cut the same gold glitter paper. For some more texture I used the Nuvo Embellishment Mousse (in Mother of Pearl) and this bubble stencil behind my photo and paper cluster.

    To curl up the petals of the flowers I just used a pencil and rolled the petals over it. Obviously you could give your flowers even more dimension, but since this layout will go into a page protector sooner or later, I didn’t want to make it too high. But I did add some brads, wood buttons and enamel dots in the center of the flowers to make them look even cuter 😉

    Bloom Layout by ScatteredConfetti. // #scrapbooking #spellbinders #diecutting #platinum6Bloom Layout by ScatteredConfetti. // #scrapbooking #spellbinders #diecutting #platinum6

    Because I wanted the focus to be on the photo and the flowers clustered around it, I decided to add my journaling in the form of some hidden journaling. For that I included a paper pocket on which I layered some more patterned papers, as well as my photo, and slid in a tag. On the tag I wrote a quote by F. Scott Fitzgerald with my typewriter, it reads: “For what it’s worth: It’s never too late to be whoever you want to be. I hope you have a life you’re proud of, and if you find that you’re not, I hope you have the strength to start over.”

    I made this whole layout to remind myself that it’s good to have dreams and that it’s worth believing in them and working for them, even if not everyone understands them. And, as the quote says, that it’s never too late to change direction!

    Bloom Layout by ScatteredConfetti. // #scrapbooking #spellbinders #diecutting #platinum6

    Here’s another look at those gorgeous flowers where you can see all the details in the petals and leaves that you get from the Spellbinders dies! I really am very much in love with them. Normally I would have never made such a “bulky” layout but with these dies I just couldn’t stop and wanted to add more and more flowers, haha 😀

    Bloom Layout by ScatteredConfetti. // #scrapbooking #spellbinders #platinum6 #diecutting

    Even after this one project, I am already a big fan of the Platinum 6 (and yes, that is my true, honest opinion). And you know the best thing? Right now you can get the Spellbinders Platinum 6 machine for just $69,99 over at Scrapbook.com – so you save a whopping $50!! Included are also an operation instruction booklet, a standard platform, two Clear Cutting Plates, one Embossing Plate and one Embossing Mat; so everything you need to get started (apart from your favourite dies of course 😉 ).

    I will show you my project with the other die set in the coming dies, but until then you can find more inspiring projects with the Spellbinders products on their blog here.


    * My blog content may contain affiliate links for products I use and love. Compensated affiliate links present no additional cost to you.  If you buy sth. trough my affiliate link, I’ll earn some coffee money which will help keep me going and create more projects for you 🙂 Thank you for your support!

    In cooperation with Spellbinders & Scrapbook.com. Words and opinions are my own.

     

    • Spellbinders Platinum 6 - Die Cutting and Embossing Machine
    • Spellbinders - Tool 'n One
    • Spellbinders - Textured Flowers Dies - Timeless Heart
    • Kaisercraft - 12x12" Glitter Cardstock
    • Tim Holtz - Layering Stencil - Bubble
    • Tonic Studios - Nuvo Embellishment Mousse - Mother of Pearl
    • Heidi Swapp - Color Shine - Primrose
    • Crate Paper - Falala - Wood Veneer Thickers
    • American Crafts - Little By Little - Wood Buttons
    • Amercian Crafts - Mini Stapler Gold
    • American Crafts - Scissors Gold
    • Scrapbook Adhesives - Foam Squares

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    Accordion Mini Album Summer 2016 + a Giveaway.

    Summer Mini Album

    Hey there 🙂 Summer is in full swing around here, so I thought it’s the perfect time to share a mini album that I made about my favourite events and moments from Summer 2016. The base of the album was inspired by Stephanie Bryan’s “Summer Bucket List” mini album class at Big Picture Classes. I did change it a bit though, to make it a little sturdier.

    With this mini album I also tried a few things for the first time, like the accordion binding and adding my journaling with my new We R Memory Keepers typewriter that I got from my former colleagues as a farewell gift. And: I can already tell that this will be a game changer for my scrapbooking projects! Lots of my layouts and mini albums lack a bit of journaling and the reason usually is that I don’t want to mess it up with my handwriting.. I try to add hidden journaling whenever I can, but I think having some “open” journaling does add a lot to a project.

    Because the basic structure of the album is so simple, I actually managed to start and finish this one in one evening! I’m notorious for starting the next mini album before I finished the last one, but this time I was determined to get it done before I moved onto the next one – and I did it!  Cue happy dance 😀 I’m really happy with how it turned out and that I now have a record of some of my Summer 2016 highlights. Flipping through this album makes me really happy 🙂 So, be prepared for a whole truckload of photos. Oh, and at the end of this post I also linked the two videos I made for this album: one short(er) flip-through and one detailed walk-through with some explanations and babbling from me 😉

    Summer Mini Album

    Summer Mini Album

    Each page of this album is a pocket page which I used to tuck in one photo on which I sow a piece of vellum. To add some journaling to the vellum I used my We R Memory Keepers Typecast typewriter and also embellished them with some sequins, stamps or the like. On this first page I listed some of my favourite memories from that summer, like the Adele concert we’ve been to in Barcelona or the fact that this was the first summer in our new apartment and I could go full on crazy plantlady on our big balcony 😀

    Summer Mini Album

    On this page (above & below) I added a little shaker pocket that I made with a 4×4″ page protector and my Fuse tool. There’s probably (almost) no mini album of mine that doesn’t have a shaker pocket.

    Summer Mini Album

    On some pages I also let the vellum flip stay on top of the pocket – that way you can read the journaling when flipping through the album.

    Summer Mini Album

    Summer Mini Album

    For this page (above) it was really difficult to choose what photo I wanted to use because it’s about our Costa Brava trip and I have probably hundreds of photos. So I tried to find one that would work well with the colour scheme of this spread and would also look good with some vellum layered on top of it.

    Summer Mini Album

    Actually, for all of the pages I was looking for very bright photos that had lots of white space – they are great to add some journaling to them.

    Summer Mini Album

    At the end of the album I also included this paper bag to hold some more bits and pieces, like tickets, ephemera and some more favourite photos. For the closing “mechanism” I just added to brads and some punched out paper circles and then wrapped some golden twine around them.

    Summer Mini Album

    As I said, I’m really happy with the result and I’m also proud of myself for actually having finished a mini album 😀

    What do you think? I hope you like it! What kind of mini album maker are you – do you also start a new one (or two, or three.. 😀 ) before having finished the first or do you always finish your mini albums right away? (If you are the second type – tell me your secret! 😉 )

    And now,as promised, here are the two videos that I made of this mini album:

     

     

    Aaaaand *drumroll* these are also the first videos on my new YouTube channel!! And to celebrate I thought a giveaway was in order 😉 To be entered to win, just leave a comment on of the two videos. For additional entries, visit my Instagram profile and look for this photo. There you’ll find more information.

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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

    Products used:

    Crate Paper – Gather – 12 x 12 Paper Pad
    Crate Paper – Gather – 12 x 12 Double Sided Paper – Happy Place
    Crate Paper – Gather – 12 x 12 Double Sided Paper – Jane
    Heidi Swapp – Color Shine – Black Velvet
    Heidi Swapp – Color Shine – Coral
    Stampers Anonymous – Tim Holtz – Layering Stencil – Speckles

    Adventure by ScatteredConfetti

    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!

    Products used:

    Heidi Swapp – Color Shine – Citron
    Crate Paper – Gather – 12 x 12 Paper Pad
    American Crafts – Oh Happy Life Collection – Thickers – Alpha – Wild – White
    American Crafts – Saturday Collection – Thickers – Hello – Multicolor
    American Crafts – Go Now Go Collection – Wooden Buttons
    Pebbles – Warm and Cozy Collection – Rub Ons with Foil Accents

    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

    Products used:

    Crate Paper – Gather – 12 x 12 Paper Pad
    American Crafts – Go Now Go Collection – 12 x 12 Double Sided Paper – Fly
    American Crafts – Saturday Collection – Thickers – Hello – Multicolor
    American Crafts – Oh Happy Life Collection – Cardstock Stickers – Accent and Phrases
    American Crafts – Go Now Go Collection – Wooden Buttons
    Stampers Anonymous – Tim Holtz – Layering Stencil – Traveler
    Ranger Ink – Dina Wakley Media – Gesso – Clear – 4 Ounce Jar
    Heidi Swapp – Color Shine – Citron
    Heidi Swapp – Color Shine – Coral

     

    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! 🙂

     

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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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    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.

     

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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?

    Moodboard

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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]

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    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.

    3D Paperrobot3D Paperrobot

    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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    Life, Scrapbooking

    Life Lessons…[No. 2]

    Today it’s time for another instalment of my new Life Lessons category 😉 You might have seen my last Life Lessons post about not going to do hairdressers right before a vacation trip..

    Well, today it’s something a bit more positive.. It all started with me feeling pretty shitty since Wednesday. On Thursday morning it was even worse, so I decided to go to the doctors in the afternoon (I normally don’t go right away, but I had to in order to get a doctor’s certificate for work..)-
    I thought it was just the flu but it turned out to be an Angina Lateralis (in German “Seitenstrangangina”), which is a certain type of pharyngitis that’s relatively rare.. great. Basically it’s a bit like a tonsilitis but when you got your tonsils removed, the infection moves further into the pharynx.. – BUH!

    Anyways, when S. came home from work, he brought me some really beautiful peonies (my absolute favourite flowers in the world! I wish they’d bloom all year around! ..and weren’t as expensive..). So this was the first thing to brighten up my day a bit.

    When I woke up this morning, I felt even worse..like, really bad, like I’ve been hit by a car and accidentally swallowed some acid-bad. I wasn’t able to do much today due to the lack of energy, but when I felt a little bit better, I decided to take some photos of the goodies that recently arrived from the Scrapbook Werkstatt. That actually immediately made me feel much better and happier!

    Especially the combination of the new Dear Lizzy “Fine & Dandy” and some Seven Paper products together with the peonies.. just like they were meant for each other!!

    And look at that beautiful “Poolside” collection by Crate Paper!! Oh how I loove those colours and all the little bits of gold in there – it makes me wish for summer!

    So, long story short.. today’s lesson is: Flowers and new scrapbooking goodies make everything better!!

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    A One Sheet Only [Minialbum].

    Hallo ihr Lieben,

    ich schaue nur kurz vorbei um euch Bescheid zu sagen, dass ich heute eine DIY Idee für ein kleines und schnelles Minialbum in der Minialbum Werkstatt der Scrapbook Werkstatt habe.
    Alles was man für die Basis des Albums braucht ist ein einziger Bogen Patterned Paper!! Schaut doch mal vorbei! 🙂



    Hey guys!

    Just wanted to pop in to let you know that I am sharing a DIY idea for a cute and simple mini album over in the Scrapbook Werkstatt Inspiration Gallery. All you need for the album itself is only one sheet of patterned paper – how cool is that? 😉

    The text and the video are in German, but it’s actually pretty easy to understand from just watching the video 😉
    So, I’d be happy if you stopped by.

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    Some colourful [Elle’s Studio Layouts].

    Remember how I told you yesterday that I’d be going to scrap a bit? I did!! And I made three layouts. THREE layouts in one evening! That’s more than I’ve made in the past two or three weeks…

    As I was going through my stash to do some purging and cleaning up, I found that I had way too many Elle’s Studio goodies lying around unused. It’s not that I don’t like them or something, it’s just that in the past few months I didn’t get to do much scrapping that wasn’t Design Team related. Don’t get me wrong, I love being on the various Design Teams, but it’s just that I had to set priorities. And that meant first finishing the projects for the teams and then, if there is any time left, scrapping only for myself.

    So yesterday evening I decided that it was time to put some of those products to good use to see which I’d be keeping and which ones would end up in the great purge 😉

    Before I did that though, I took advantage of the deserted streets and sidewalks and the powdery white snow outside and took a walk with my camera to snap some photos (that I could then use on some layouts :D). One of those photos was then used for the first LO of that evening. When I had it finished, I wasn’t very satisfied with how it turned out.. But when I photographed the LOs this morning, I rather liked it 🙂 This shows, sometimes you just have to put something to the side and sleep on it and everything will be fine 😉

    (You can find more detail shots of all the layouts in my gallery here)

    The other two layouts have nothing to do with winter. Quite the contrary! After seeing so many winter and Christmas themed projects all over the place (and working on them myself), it felt so good to use those bright and cheerful papers and tags from the Elle’s Studio “Shine” collection!
    I don’t know about you, but as soon as Christmas is over I start to feel a need for bright and fresh colours!

    (You can find more detail shots of all the layouts in my gallery here)

    When searching for the right summer photo to use for this collection I stumbled across the many pictures I took of my scrapbooking goodies or projects and noticed how they would be perfect for it as well! 🙂


    This is the second one using the “Shine” collection. And when I’m not documenting donuts, I’ll scrap about ice cream 😀
    The layout itself is simple: I cut out a few 2×2 squares from the patterned papers, glued them onto the cardstock (all slightly overlapping and a bit crooked, I didn’t want them to be neatly arranged) and then stitched over them. Last but not least some ink splodges, enamel dots and wood veneers for good measure, and the LO is done 😉

     

    (You can find more detail shots of all the layouts in my gallery here)

    Aaah, just looking at those layouts makes me feel like summer already! 🙂 

    What about you, do you also feel attracted to all the light and bright colours, now that Christmas is over? Or are you still in full Christmas swing and can’t get enough of using all the products?

    Products used:
    Elle’s Studio “Good Cheer” collection (Layout 1)
    Elle’s Studio “Shine” collection (Layout 2+3)
    American Crafts “Amy Tangerine – Plus One” Alphabet Stickers (Layout 2+3)
    American Crafts “Amy Tangerine – Plus One” Rub ons (Layout 3)
    Doodlebug “Teensy Type” Alphabet stickers, bumblebee (Layout 3)
    Freckled Fawn “Wood Chips” Stars & Such (Layout 1-3)
    and some more bits and pieces from my stash 😉

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