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Tuesday, 18 July 2017

Bike Routine

Hello everyone,

I'm thoroughly enjoying my vacation at home, getting lots of crafting and film watching in! So far we've seen Wonder Woman and Spiderman Homecoming in the cinema, both of which were great, and some films at home too. During the home films, I was crafting up a storm, including the LO for this week's challenge @ (P)Inspirational Challenges. We are using this inspirational picture this fortnight:

I bet you expect a wintery layout, yes? Actually, I went a different route, here's my make:

I started with the tree paper, which is admittedly part of a Christmas paper line. However, the paper made me think of our recent biking trips in the woods near our house, so I decided to keep the red and green colour scheme but use summery pictures instead. 

From the picture, I took the colour scheme, trees, transport and the circles in the background (they reminded me a little bit of snow). What do you think, too Christmassy? I think I pulled it off!

It would be great if you could join in the fun and play along with our challenge, you have two weeks to add your project! Sponsors this week are ALL DRESSED UP and ELISABETH BELL DESIGNS, both offering digital images for the winners.

* Challenge Yourself (Handwritten Journaling) 4/8
* Lasting Memories (Outdoor Adventures) 28/7
* Make My Monday (Travel or Vacation)
* Come and Get It (Use 2 or more Designer Papers)
* Your Scrapbook Place (Summer Fun) 31/7

Tuesday, 4 July 2017

Look out, Dinos!

Hello all,

Finally, my holiday has begun! Three weeks of (mostly) work-free time to spend as we wish! I bet there's going to be a couple of crafting sessions, some cinema trips and family visits and some great days out with husband and daughter. 

Talking about great days out, in the beginning of June we went to the zoo for the first time with our girl. She loved the dinosaur park and often asks to see those particular photos, so she can point them out and call out: DINOS! Somehow our inspirational picture reminded me of that trip:

Lovely woodgrain, pastel colours, the I Love You sign (that's how I selected the PL card on the left); all elements I used in my page:

What do you think; did I do the inspiration justice? I really like how it came out and got to cut into some very old papers in the process (2012). Is my funk a think of the past? Probably not, but creating this page has really helped me get back in the groove. Of course you can take a completely different route by working on a wedding project or something even completely different from all these suggestions. Just link up and let us know how the picture inspired you! 

* Lasting Memories (Outdoor Adventures) 28/7
* Connie Can Crop (Use Your Stash) 31/7
* Crafty Animals (AG with Animals) 29/7
* Classic Design Team Challenge (AG) 31/7
* A Bit More Time to Craft Challenge (AG) 31/7

Tuesday, 27 June 2017

10 Fun Things

Hi everyone,

I am on a roll this week. finished two layout yesterday evening! You will have to wait until next week for the other, but I can already show you one of them:

These are pictures from our trip to the zoo, I decided to do a list of fun things that happened that day. I was inspired by that 1-10 sticker, which I have been saving for an occasion just like this for ages but never got round to actually using. I never do these kinds of layouts, mainly because I am scared that I might not actually be able to fill all spots. And of course that happened here too, luckily I had our travel journal and my hubby's memory available ;) Making this page was especially satisfying, as I got to use up some of the leftovers I had on my desk from making the first page. They still look pretty different, hurray for double-sided paper!

* Lasting Memories (Summer Solstice) I used several elements as borders
* Creatalicious Challenge (AG, optional punches) I used a star punch on one of the borders
* Eclectic Epilau (A Touch of Pink and/or Purple) I used both colours as accents 30/6
* Challenge Yourself (Inspirational Picture) Blue Sky paper & photos stacked like the tall buildings; I'm in the picture with my back turned
* My Time to Craft (Summer Time)

Tuesday, 20 June 2017

Bit of a Funk......

Good Tuesday everyone!

I hope you all had a good Father's Day weekend? It was pretty good here, we had some lovely weather so we went to the park for a bit. For Father's Day, my husband received a kiss card from my daughter she made at daycare, it's basically a laminated card with a real kiss from our girl that daddy can carry in his wallet wherever he goes. Awwwww :)

From one celebration to the next, as this is our inspirational picture 

Prize is 3 digis from 

I had the perfect paper for this I thought, but unfortunately I seemed to have used it already! So I had to come up with another solution and boy, was that hard this time around! It seems that my crafty mojo has done a runner and I'm left with sheer determination just to create something worthwhile. It happens to me every so often; I just can't seem to remember how to scrap anymore, it 'just won't go'! I always end up thinking that it will never come back and I might as well sell all my supplies and quit, but of course I never do and mojo always returns. However, I did cut myself a little bit of slack when creating this layout; I chose a picture I wanted to scrap and went for some less obvious elements of the picture to make it work. You gotta do what you gotta do, right? ;) 

I started with the big flowers; I found this paper I've had in my stash for years and years and decided to work around that. So my colour scheme is totally different, not a similar location or celebration, but the layout is about family (I married into this family, so that's another connection. Work with me people!) and was taken outside on a sunny day. Other than that, there is not connection I'm afraid, I promise I will do better next time! I am happy though that I managed to complete a page and work through that rut :)

* Lasting Memories (Summer Solstice) I've use my title to create a long border underneath my photo, these photo's were taken in Summer as well
* Really Reasonable Ribbon (Summer)  I used Twine
* Simply Create Too (Summer Fun)
* 4 Crafty Chicks (Summer Fun Activities)
* Scrap & Craft (AG + String/Twine or Ribbon)

Tuesday, 6 June 2017

Father's Day

Hello all,

I hope you all had a good weekend? We celebrated our 7 year wedding anniversary this weekend and went away for the night and visited the Amersfoort Zoo. It was the first time our girl visited a zoo and she enjoyed it so very much. It was great seeing her response to seeing an elephant and giraffe for the first time beyond seeing pictures or drawings. So much joy for her and us too :) Stay tuned for lots of pages from this experience!

Another (P)inspirational Challenge starting today and this is our inspirational photo:


Lovely bright colours! Again, the picture made me remember a paper in my stash that was just gathering dust, just hanging around; #Forever Young by BoBunny. Actually, I had several papers from that line still in my stash. So i started with the backing paper and pulled stuff in along the way. 

These are pictures from last year's (and my husband's first) Father's Day, as another one is due soon I thought this was the perfect time to scrap these. Yes, there is bright pink on a layout revolving around my husband, but it's quite bold and combined with lovely greens, white and black. Anyway, I prescribe to the idea that I use whatever I want whenever I want ;) I have included some ephemera in the shape of a moustache that our daughter 'made' at daycare and a business card from the place we had our Father Day's lunch. I am not planning to do this for every Father's and Mother's Day, but the first one is kind of special, right? I am thinking I can take pictures of the gifts our girl will make for the coming years and scrap them all together on a page. We shall see!

The sponsor this time around is Beccy's Place, have a look at her shop and see all the beautiful digi's available there!


* Glitter 'n Sparkle (One for the Boys)
* Crafty Calendar Challenge (Boys will be Boys)
* Connie Can Crop (It's a Guy Thing)
* Come and Get It (Anything Goes)

Tuesday, 23 May 2017

Krafty Family Visit

Hi all!

Just one more day at work this week and then it's off to see my parents with our little girl! Now that she's walking, I am curious to see how happy she will be staying in the pram for the duration of the train trip. I am thinking probably not so much.....Anyway, today is the start of another (P)inspirational Challenge, this is our inspirational picture:

 How cute is that? I took the brown, white lace and cuddling from the picture and used it to scrap the story of our girl meeting her grand parents for the first time.

Why not join the challenge this fortnight? You can use the picture any which way you want, just as long as you let us know how you were inspired. This time, there is no sponsor, so this one's just for fun and glory ;)

* Scrap Our Stash (Tic-Tac- Toe) Journal card, Yellow, 3+ patterned papers
* Do-All Kreatives (Let Your Heart Speak)
* Kreative Inkauf (Pennants or Hearts)
* Always Fun Challenge (AG)
* Use Your Stuff (Bohemian Rhapsody)

Tuesday, 16 May 2017

Vintage Birthday card

Hello everybody!

Finally, some nice weather here in the Netherlands! We spent Mother's Day in the garden and on the playground, a great way to spend the weekend :)

I have a vintage-style card to share with you today, I made this for my aunt's birthday. I used up some more Graphic 45 paper scraps, my aunt really liked it!

* Crafty Cardmakers (Add a Sentiment)
* Ooh La La (Something Beginning with B) Banner, Blue
* The Crafters' Cafe (Birthdays)
* Creative Craft Cottage (Three of a Kind) 3 yellow and 3 black pearls
* Glitter 'n Sparkle (One for the Ladies/Mother's Day)