Hey there everyone 🙂 Although I’m not too big on Valentine’s Day, I love creating love-themed projects. Whether it is to document my love for my better half, our dog, my favourite place on Earth (Barcelona), or my morning coffee. And I like to do it all year round.
While I may not always use typical “lovey dovey” colours for these projects, I thought Valentine’s Day is the perfect excuse to do a little “window shopping” and put together a little shopping guide with some love-themed products that are perfect for your Valentine’s Day projects (and lots of other, non-Valentine’s-y ones, too 😉 ).
Some of the products shown in the image below I already own, like the Hero Arts dies (the nested hearts & the love note set – which I absolutely LOVE!), the golden dimensional hearts from the Crate Paper “Chasing Dreams” collection, the Heidi Swapp Color Shines (I’d say about 90% of the scrapbookers I know own at least the golden one, right?! 😀 ), and some other bits and pieces. And I also started my Tim Holtz Distress Oxides collection (and now I need almost ALL the colours).
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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.
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 🙂
Hey there! 🙂 Today I have a treat for you! LoraBailora is hosting another scrapbooking challenge, and this time it is a Color Combo challenge which means you can create anything you want (card, layout, mini album, …) as long as it is inspired by the following mood board:
I think the colours look absolutely fantastic and are perfect for spring! And I think the bright and cheerful pink and orange fit the LoraBailora products just perfectly – so it was no surprise that I found some products to make my layout with in no time 🙂
And here it is:
It is a little bit different from my usual style (although I feel that it has changed quite a bit in the past few months) because there is no patterned paper (I used washi tape instead) and actually quite a lot of embellishments (I went a bit crazy with the enamel shapes 😀 ) ..but there is style my typical white cardstock as basis and the paint splatters 😉
What do you think?
And here’s what you need to know to participate:
What is the challenge about? You can participate with a project (layout, card, album, home deco…whatever..) using our spring color combo (using at least two colors). Projects made with LB products will be assessed positively but isn’t a requirement. What do I have to do to participate?
You must submit a project that has not been published previously. Once you have published the project on your blog or favorite social network you have to join on the link you have at the end of this entry over at the LoraBailora blog. The link must be to the post or picture of the project and not to your main blog or profile.
You must be a follower of LB social networks. If you upload your project from Facebook you must label Lora Bailora on your publication and mention the challenge. If you do it from Instagram using the hastag “retoprimaveralorabailora” and if you do it from your blog, in your post must have a link to the challenge.
Only one entry per person.
You can link up your project until the 16th of June at 23:55. The winner will be published on Thursday June 23 on the LB blog.
It’s an international challenge. Anyone can participate from anywhere in the world! Yayy! 🙂
The winner will receive a 30€ bonus to spend on the LoraBailora Etsy store and will also be the guest designer in the next challenge.
So, I hope you are inspired by the mood board and the other projects (you can find them all here) and I’d love if you participated in the challenge! 🙂
Woohoo, it’s that time again: reveal day at Gossamer Blue and let me tell you, the May kits are gorgeous! I looove all those fresh and bright colours. Here are some of my favourite bits from this month’s kits:
I mean, look at those acrylic shapes! I am a sucker for acrylic shapes and these might be some of my all-time favourites, mostly because of the colours. Bright but kinda pastel-ish. And I know I say that almost every month, but the life pages cards are awesome! Apart from the vibrant colours (that are totally awesome), the words and phrases on them are geat. There is an “ughhh” one, another that says “oh sh*t” and more of that kind. It’s a nice change from the normale “best ever” kinda products in the scrapbooking world. Oh, and can we talk about that stamp set (especially the cactus) and those wood veneer pieces for a second? I mean, what’s not to love about those?
I didn’t get to play much with the kits (yet) because they arrived quite late this time and this weekend we moved to a new apartment (in another city) and I’ve been preparing this move for the past two weeks… So right now almost everything is still in boxes (except for some of my scrapbooking things – priorities, y’all! 😀 ) and it’s still quite chaotic. That’s also the reason for those not very good photos of my first project with the kits. When I finally had some time (and space) to photograph it, the lighting was already rather poor. But anyways, you gotta work with what you have, right?
I will try to get some better photos as soon as I can and also show you some more projects with those pretty May kits! In the meantime, you can check out all the goodness here. 🙂
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?
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:
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 🙂
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.
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 😉
Hey! 🙂 I just wanted to let y’all know that today I’m over on the Gossamer Blue blog sharing an idea for what you can do when you feel uninspired, stuck or in a rut in your scrapbooking.
When I received my March kits, I felt exactly that. So I thought about what I could do to get out of that rut and actually start creating again, and then I wrote a blogpost about it to maybe help some of you out there that might be in the same situation! If you would like to see how and what I chose as my basis and what the final result looks like, hop on over here – I’d love to know what you think about it. If you have ever scraplifted someone and maybe even yourself, too.
Hey there! 🙂 As you might have seen on Instagram yesterday, the Gossamer Blue design team had a little Instagram Hop going to show you lots of different projects that were made with the pretty Gossamer Blue March kits. (If you haven’t, you can start with my photo and then just click on the person that I’ve tagged in the photo, from there you’ll hop to the person they tagged and so on. Until you end up at my photo again 🙂 )
I shared a little sneak of three of the five cards that I’ve made with the kits in the IG hop and today I want to show you the whole set of five:
I kept the cards quite simple (as I usually do) and used only papers from the 6×6″ Pink Paislee C’est La Vie paper pad. I absolutely love the soft, romantic and a bit (okay, maybe a lot) girly colour scheme – and those patterns are divine!
I paired the papers with some embellishments from the same collection but also mixed in some My Mind’s Eye “On Trend 2” and Crate Paper “Bloom” (the rubber sticker) embellishments. I think they work absolutely perfectly with the Pink Paislee papers! Those golden acrylic mirrored shapes from the On Trend 2 collection might be my absolute favourite thing about those cards!! Oh, and the fact that my Heidi Swapp Color Shine sprays coordinate SO well with the cards. I mean, look at those colours – I’m having all the heart eyes for this colour scheme.
I really can’t decide which of the cards is my favourite because I really like how they all look together as a set. So right now I’m still thinking about giving the whole set as a gift to someone so they could use them. I think it would be a pretty gift if I made a little box for them that goes with the colour scheme and style of the cards.. So we’ll see.
Have you ever gifted cards that you’ve made (in a set or as single cards) to someone for them to give them away, or also got some as a gift – did you like them? I’m still not sure if it’s something someone really would appreciate.
(This post should have gone live yesterday already but for some reason it didn’t and since I’ve spent the whole day at the PaperWorld/CreativeWorld exhibition in Frankfurt, I couldn’t get it up until now)
How can it be February already?! I mean, where has January gone?
I’m not too sad that it is February already though. I mean, it’s the month of S. and my birthday, we get to travel to Barcelona again (finally!!!) and it marks the beginning of a new stage of my life!! As you might know, I’ve been doing my teacher training to get my Second State Examination (2. Staatsexamen) and on January 31st I finally finished it!
You might think that I’ll now be working as a “normal” teacher and you are absolutely… WRONG! Without going into too much detail and summing it up quickly: I and therefore also my dreams/goals/expectations for what I want my life to look like have changed and now I don’t want to work as a teacher anymore. It didn’t have anything to do with the students or that I didn’t enjoy teaching them, I really liked my classes (Hey there if anyone of you is reading 😉 ) and it was also a bit of a sad goodbye, it’s just that things have changed and I want to go a different path now.
Wow.. the Gossamer Blue February kit reveal just got really serious 😀
(I will write a bit more about my dreams, goals and plans for the next year(s) in a week-ish here. I will take some time on my birthday to reflect on all of that because in the past almost two years I didn’t really have time for any of that)
But now on to something else: the Gossamer Blue February kits!
Today I’ll just show you two layouts I’ve made with them. I also started doing Project Life (again..) and this time I feel that I’ve finally found the right format for me which makes me quite excited!! Especially because now I’ll have a good use for all of the pretty Life Pages cards from my Gossamer Blue kits – and this month’s might just be my favourite EVER! It’s the first month that I liked the Life Pages kit and add-ons even more that the Scrapbooking kit!
But I haven’t had time to print my photos for January yet, so I’ll make sure to show you my LP pages once they are complete 🙂
There isn’t much to tell about the photo/layout above. I took the photo in a really pretty store in Berlin and just really liked it so I had to scrap it 😉
And here’s the second one, about one of my favourite things in the world:
I was a bit impatient with doing the stitching on this LO so the mist (Heidi Swapp Color Shine – black) hadn’t fully dried.. But oh well, I guess there are worse things in life than a few paint smudges on a LO 😉
Just stopping by real quick to share three easy-peasy cards with you that I’ve made with the Gossamer Blue January kits – and you know what’s great about them? They are perfect for Valentine’s Day, too!
For the first one I just used different strips from the Heidi Swapp Washi Booklet that was in the January Main Add-On Kit, adhered them to the card and then just embellished it with two of those adorable golden hearts from the Crate Paper “Hello Love” collection and some Heidi Swapp stickers.
For the other two I decided to stick to the same “recipe”: I chose one black and white patterned paper and cut it down to fit the card. Then I splattered some Heidi Swapp Color Shine mist over them (Primrose and Cherry on the left and Gold Lamé on the right), added a sentiment (from the Seven Paper “Goldie” collection), some glitter heart stickers and one “special” item.
On the left one I glued down the black and white baker’s twine from the Scrapbook Main kit writing “love”. For that I first wrote out the word with some liquid glue and then started putting down the twine from left to right. For the right card I used the geometric wood veneer heart (also from the Crate Paper “Hello Love” collection), backed it with different pieces of patterned paper and then glued it to the card, too.
Each of the cards took me about five to ten minutes maximum – I love me some easy cards! 🙂 (You can see more easy-peasy card ideas here, here, here, here and here).
What about you, do you like quick and easy or more intricate and embellished cards? Feel free to leave me a link to some of your cards, I’d love to see! 🙂