Behind the Camera

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Happy Thursday everyone! Hope your week has been good so far? I am still working on reducing my stash and this time I tried using some of those very handy journaling cards which come with nearly every collection nowadays. And because I am not doing PL it would be a waste to ignore them, right? Therefore this layout came together quite quickly and the use of some stickers, labels, punched items completed it.Behind the Camera - dapfniedesign

The photo of me was taken at Kingston Lacy last May when Katja and Joerg visited the UK. I snapped a lot of pictures (as usual) and Joerg got a bit fed up with it I guess. But in the end no one can complain that they are not be seen in any shots!

Most of the journaling cards are from the My Mind’s Eye collection Cut & Paste “Adorbs”.
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Mupe Bay Love – and a new video!

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Happy Saturday everyone! I am really excited to show you one of my newest layouts. I scrapped it last Thursday and recorded the process while crafting. Why you might think? I just felt like doing it again after a very long time, although there is nothing fancy in it (no special technique or experimental twist); just my process of doing a layout.

I quite like doing panoramic shots at the moment (and I like that feature on my phone when you just drag the screen along). But this shot on my layout was done with a little help of Photoshop and the panorama feature – love this tool!

The paper I used in this layout is by Teresa Collins “Family Stories” and I got it last year – I think that was one of the last times I bought pretty paper! Unfortunately since then a lot has changed – but it is slowly returning to normal.

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And here it is – my new video! Hope you enjoy it!

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Pebble Sculptures

Pebble Sculptures - dapfniedesign - titleHappy Wednesday! What a wet day it was again! Hope you all had a mostly pleasant day despite the constant drizzle and rain.

On days like these (although I like the rain!) I often think myself back to drier times with sunshine, a nice view and a refreshing breeze around. Like it was on the day I shot this picture of the stack of pebbles. I was on my very long walk from the Golden Cap to Abbotsbury along the Dorset coast. Every now and then the South West Coast Path leads you back to the shoreline to various beaches, like this one: I am not really sure, but I think it was Eype Beach where I took this picture of these sculptures. What a nice way to brighten up the dreariness of pebbles beach after pebbles beach!

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For this layout I was inspired by Katherine Sutton (aka sutty and former colleague at The Studio Challenge) and her page about a carousel ride at Butlins. She used some die-cuts for her circles themed layout which I couldn’t just take over like that, because I don’t have my Big Shot with me (and the lucky ownership of an electronic die-cutting machine is written in the stars). But as we call ourselves scrapbookers we aren’t stopped at this hurdle. No. We are very inventive and I rummaged my stash: papers, stamps, embellishments,… everything circle-like was soon piled up on my sofa!

Then I started with stamping down some of the dotted circles (a very old stamp by Studio Calico) with different pebbles-like colours. After that I wanted to fill them like Katherine was doing it with her patterned paper. But without a circle punch or circle dies it was difficult to get proper round circles (yes, I admit: I’m a perfectionist). My solution was simple: I used the round designs of the papers and just cut out the printed circles. And I was lucky, most of them fitted with my colour scheme and the style of the page. I also added some stickers and layered them up with more circles in those cases the text didn’t fit my purpose.

And then, it happened: while foraging my label stickers and banner galore with (apparently too much) enthusiasm, the cardstock with all the temporarily placed circles and the photo just tucked between them slid off the table and left everything scattered all over the carpet. Blimey! “Oh well, I start again then” I thought, bent down and was starting to pick up the pieces. But wait! What was that?! The cardstock somehow rotated just the perfect 90 degrees clockwise – and that was the perfect solution! Now the circles itself were stacked like the pebbles sculptures I have photographed on the beach!

And with this altered orientation I went on and finished the layout: the title with some glittery orange Thickers (AC) and label stickers by Teresa Collins, and more details with enamel dots, banners, journaling and colour sprinkles.

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Looking back at the original Carousel layout and my finished Pebbles page – not much is left from her version, but I am so very grateful for Katherine’s inspiration! And that is just one of the reasons, why scrappers share their pages on their blogs: to inspire and motivate others to create something new from something existing and make it their own!

And now over to you: Which person has inspired you lately? I would love to see your outcomes!

Have a good week – just two more days left until the weekend! x

Let’s go be Adventurers

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I love the fact that there are so many possibilities, so many different design possibilities within the scrapbooking world. No matter which basic layout you choose – creating a visual square or triangle, a single focal point or a grid with elements aligned – most of the time it works. This time I’m not quite satisfied with the layout but it is how it is and I won’t change it. What is she talking about you might think – well: I’m OK with the rectangle as it is, but then I sort of messed it up with the visual triangle (the three embellishments clusters).

But it is as it is now and I won’t change it!

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The photo is from Katja’s and Joerg’s visit last May. Although Katja is not totally in focus, I love the shot because it shows the movement very nicely. We were on our way around the Isle of Portland. They are both still smiling as we are at the beginning of our walk – soon I will scrap the photos when we arrived back at the car hours later.
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Have a good week my crafty friends! x

Together for a Laugh

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Happy Bank Holiday Weekend! How has it been so far for you? I am lucky and I have a few days off in a row which helped me already to sort our my photos, sitting down for some coursework and even scrapping another layout.

This time I used a sketch from the British magazine Scrap365, which now will be featured in CraftStamper magazine. But their blog is busting with great ideas from their talented design team. The latest sketch challenge can be found HERE and it is another one with circles (HappyScrappyFriends had a mood board with circles a couple of weeks ago).

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I started off my layout with the circles on both sides and as I didn’t have my sewing machine with me due to lack of space I used some baker’s twine and water colours to define the circles. I picked the collection “Woodland Park” by October Afternoon with those great colours matching the photo of Katja and me while we visited Kingston Lacy in May 2014.

To finish off the page I added some sprinkles of colour mists and some enamel dots and rhinestones.
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