Category Archives: The Studio

Me & my Mobile Phone – The Studio Challenge

Happy Monday everyone! It is time for a new challenge at The Studio Challenge blog – well, it came life a week ago already, but you still got time to join in! This time we challenge you to create a grid layout.

Grids are an easy way to do a layout in (nearly) no time!
I cropped down my photo to 3×4 inch and added three journaling cards the same size. The background was done by going wild with my water colours; a little bit of stitching around the heart, some glitter glue, arrows, colour sprinkles and finished was the page!

Please link up your grid layouts to the side bar over at The Studio, we would love to see them! As we have had 3 challenges Sundays in September you will have two weeks extra to do Septembers challenges!

The next challenge is going to be the coming Sunday! We would love to see you join in again!

About a Fish – Scrapbooking Real Life Stories

Not many of you might now, that besides scrapbooking our various trips I also document the everyday life, even when I am not showing all the layouts here on my blog. But there are indeed real life stories I love to share with you – like this one with the fish!

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The layout is based on Val’s sketch for The Studio Challenge – it went life last Sunday and you can find it HERE.

Normally I start a layout choosing the background paper and then adding the pretty paper on top. This time it all was different: I started with the photo itself and began layering behind it. Therefore I used a lot of papers and stickers by Sassafras; I always had a crush on the patterns by this company but always a hard time using it! So I am quite pleased with this outcome!

The very last bit was choosing the background paper and let me say this: it was the the HARDEST part ever! But in the end I got there! I even added some structure paste to mimic some bubbles the fish blows ;)

And now it is you go! If you haven’t done it already, head over to The Studio Challenge Blog and get inspired by Val’s sketch. As always we will choose a winner for each challenge! Good luck everyone!

Up! – The Studio Challenge


Happy Friday girls! How has your week been?! Some of you where a bet shocked at how quick five weeks of summer holidays can pass by as it is time to go back to school for most of you. I really do like the start of school again which means ‘normal’ working hours for me!

But a bit of holiday feeling still lives on; I still got a few photos left on my pile from our holiday in Cornwall in June (is it that long ago already?) and here is another one!

Last Sunday was time for another The Studio Challenge (we are going to inspire you every two weeks now – not only twice a month!). The inspiring word was WINGS and I thought: If I had wings, I would fly! But I don’t have any :( So what else would I try to fly?! Exactly – I would try Kite Surfing! Preferably at a Cornish Beach while the sun sets… A girl can dream, right?!

Up! - Daphne - dapfniedesign - EP Photo Freedom Vol 2

I used a lot of arrows and the chevron pattern to create this layout “Up!” along with some stamped patterns as well. The bold patterns of the colourful papers by My Mind’s Eye ‘Cut & Paste’ are the perfect fit to my photo with the rather muted colours!

Some more news for you: We are looking for some new DT members over at The Studio Challenges – why don’t you give it a try?! All you need to know is HERE! The call is open until the 15th of September!

Have a great weekend! I am back on Monday with a new version of a Travel Journal!

Feeling a bit lost? – The Studio Challenge

Happy Wednesday! Today’s layout is my take on the latest The Studio Challenge – using GLITTER on a scrapbooking page!

I really love using glitter (especially in the colder months of the year) – don’t get me wrong – as long it is not the loose version which creeps deep down into your carpet, in your hair behind your ears and underneath your fingernails to live there forever!

So I decided to go for the “safe” version: Glitter Thickers for the title and yellow and pink Stickles dots as accents! And yes, it is all on a boy’s page – everything is possible!

Happy Wednesday! Das heutige Layout ist meine Version von The Studio Challenge. Diesmal durften wir uns mit GLITTER austoben!

Ich mag ja Glitter, besonders auf Layout in der kälteren Jahreszeit; solange es allerdings in “fester” Form auf mein Layout wandert! Lose, direkt aus der Dose – das ist Torture! Also habe ich mich für die “sichere” Variante entschieden: Glitter Thickers für den Titel und gelbe und rosafarbene Stickles-Punkte (Glitterglue) als Akzente. Und das alles auf einem Layout mit dem MANN! Alles ist möglich!

A Day out at the Coast – The Studio Challenge

I am late! I am REALLY late for posting this – but it was busy last week with other layouts which had a deadline so FINALLY this challenge layout is on!

The challenge this time was to include lots of photos on your page. I had printed out even more, but then the page would have been too crowded in the end. But five photos do make a good layout, don’t you think?

Don’t forget to check out my colleagues’ pages HERE and there is still some time to enter this challenge. We love to see your version of multiple photos on one page! Happy scrappin’!

What a Bleak Appearance – The Studio Challenge


Happy Monday! Today is the BIG day – the day of my English exam! Yes, I am a bit nervous but that’s OK. I will manage! Just wanted to check in first thing in the morning and show you the layout I made for The Studio Challenges:

Sketch Challenges are one of my favourites! And this month was no difference! Having a rough plan of what to do but still be able to alter it to fit your own style and supplies is just perfect for a scrapper like me!
And that’s what I came up with:

Bleak Appearance - Daphne - dapfniedesign - EP Here & Now - Kesi'art PoSh! Mask

I rotated the sketch and therefore was able to use two portrait photos instead of landscape ones. I went with the circles (I used Kesi’art – POSH! Mask – Doily and acrylic paint) and most of all the other features from the sketch. Papers are Echo Park Paper Co. – Here & Now.
Blues combined with yellow and white are my favourites at the moment and I think this bright layout really lifts the disastrous state of the lighthouse!
IMG_6412Want to take part and win some yummy twine? No problem! Head over to The Studio Challenges and link up your layout on the side bar. Good luck to you (and me) ;) !


Everything looks nicer in the Sun

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What an easy statement to agree to, right? So I got the whole load of sunshine for you today! Actually, we will have lots of sunshine the next few days in the south as well! Oh I wish we had a week like this in Cornwall….. And just in case you are getting too hot – curly waves are here as well!
You might guessed right: I went mad with twine this month! This was our The Studio Challenge from yesterday (check it out HERE and indulge in my team members versions as well!).

To shape the waves I added some stitching around them first and then filled them with the baker’s twine.
The sun is technically a chipboard ring with twine slung around it and cut to the same length; and a bit of multi-coloured string to fill it!

Nicer in the Sun - Daphne - dapfniedesign - being creative with twineI normally don’t do scenes on my pages, but this time I just went for it and I really love how it showcases my three favourite Instagrams from our holiday in Cornwall a few weeks ago!
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Want to participate? No problem! Just go mad with twine as I did and enter your page on The Studio Challenge website!

Aldhelm’s Monolith – A Studio Challenge Lift Chain Blog Hop

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Welcome to the next step of our this week’s Lift Chain, you should you have come here from Chantelle’s blog and here is my lift of her layout:
St Aldhelm's Monolith - Daphne -  dapfniedesign - The Studio Challenge Lift Chain

I picked up on the three areas of embellishment but had to mirror the whole layout to fit with my pictures. But overall I kept it quite to the original which sometimes can be not that easy.

IMG_5306 (Large)We would love you to lift any of the layouts along the way, please link up your creations at the side bar of The Studio blog for a chance to win a great prize from chipboard company Tando

Please hop on to Hilde‘s blog for the next lift!
Have a nice Sunday scrapping!

Just in case you get lost – here is the whole list:

The Studio
Daphne <— you are here!
and back to The Studio

The Perfect Wave – The Studio Challenge

Hello my lovely Ladies! How has your weekend been? I had three days off but instead of stressing out and scrapping my fingers off I took it easy and just did three layouts LOL. Yeah, JUST three (there were times I did five a day!). One on Friday (which will be revealed in two weeks ;) ), one on Saturday (which you can see here and today) and one yesterday, which was filmed as well and hopefully can go life on Wednesday again! Phew!

But first, the layout from today: it is a new The Studio Challenge (the two weeks between each challenge always fly by like nothing else!) and this time we were forced ;) to use needle and thread and do some stitching on our layouts (hand or machine). So I took my paper outside on Saturday, sat myself in the glorious sun and started stitching the word WAVE! It took me a while (that might be the reason, I’m not doing stitching that often, but I absolutely LOVE the result though) and while doing the up and down and front and back I actually got a little sunburned on my arm! Just a little… lets say, I got a healthy colour in my face now ;)

The layout on its own is quite simple, the accent is definitely on the title! I used Carta Bella – Beach Boardwalk – Little Sharks as the only patterned paper here and some stickers from the Sticker Sheets: Carta Bella – Beach Boardwalk – Alpha Sticker and Carta Bella – Beach Boardwalk – Element Sticker. The whole collection is fabulous, I think (if you got the right pictures) and I am using some more of the papers for my Wednesday Video! Find all the other papers HERE!

The waves are made from my favourite stamp at the moment – it came in a kit of the company which should not be named by me anymore :/ But still – love the waves (I know – it is ‘just’ a banner, but it looks like waves, right?).

To finish the layout off I added some sequins (yeah!) and some Mister Huey’s Mists. That’s it!

Now it is you time to get hold of your needle and some pretty thread and start stitching on your layout! It really is a nice effect and if you not do it ALL the time it can be quite funny I guess ;)

This month sponsor is the chipboard company Tando. They are sponsoring the Studio Challenge in June and are giving away a prize pack to the lucky winner! So don’t forget to  link up your layout in the side bar when you have created it! Good luck!

Willkommen in der ersten Juni Woche! Wie schauts denn wettertechnisch bei euch aus? Bei uns am Wochenende war es recht schoen (aber ich war mal NICHT unterwegs an der Kueste) also habe ich die Zeit genutzt und nicht staendig im Craftroom verbracht! :) Es sind auch ‘nun’ drei Layouts entstanden! Das von Freitag gibts in zwei Wochen zu sehen, das von Samstag seht ihr hier und das von gestern seht ihr (hoffentlich) Mittwoch wieder – mit Video! 

Jetzt aber erstmal das heutige Layout – es ist fuer eine neue The Studio Challenge! Dieses mal griffen wir zu Nadel und Faden und stickten auf unseren Werken! Ich habe mich dazu in die Sonne gesetzt und tatsaechlich etwas Sonnenbrand bekommen ;) Das Sticken an sich hat ne ganze Weile gebraucht (daher wahrscheinlich mache ich das auch nicht zu oft) aber ich liebe das Endergebnis!

Der Rest vom Layout ist mal wieder ganz simple gehalten (weil ja die Betonung auf dem gestickten Titel liegen soll). Das blaue Papier mit den Beach-themed Woertern ist Carta Bella – Beach Boardwalk – Little Sharks und das einzige Patterned Paper, das ich hier benutzt habe. Dafuer aber einige Elemente und Buchstaben von Carta Bella – Beach Boardwalk – Alpha Sticker und Carta Bella – Beach Boardwalk – Element Sticker. Die ganze collection aber ist grandios, wie ich finde, wenn man die richtigen Fotos dafuer hat ;) guckt ihr HIER!

Die gestempelten Wellen sind ein Stemple aus einem Kit der Firma, die ich momentan nicht nennen moechte, da ich sehr enttaeuscht von deren neuen Versandkostenregelung bin (zu eurer Beruhigung: es ist natuerlich NICHT die SBW!!!) Never mind. Ihr koennt es evtl. erraten. Trotztem liebe ich diesen Stempel!
Nur noch ein paar Sequins und ein paar Spritzer mit Mister Huey’s Mists. That’s it!

Jetzt seid ihr an der Reihe, eure Nadel und Faden hervorzukramen und einen bleibenden Eindruck auf eurem Layout damit zu hinterlassen! Viel Spass!

The Studio Challenges werden diesen Monat vom Chipboard Hersteller Tando gesponsort. Fuer den Gewinner wartet ein ‘prize pack’ – also nicht vergessen, euer Layout in der Seitenleiste auf dem Blog von The Studio Challenges zu hinterlassen!

Have a happy week!

On a Happy Spring Day in May

IMG_5084 (Large)Happy Monday! One more week and then we have another half term (that was quick, wasn’t it?!) It appears to me we just have finished Easter holidays… oh well… and I am not moaning about having today NOT off (like my German friends, who celebrate the second day of Pentecost). Do my British friends celebrate this?! I am not sure… you tell me please!

Anyway – yesterday was Sunday and as every third Sunday in a month, this is the time for another The Studio Challenge. It was really a challenge (again?) for me this time… we were quite limited!

On a happy Spring Day in May - Daphne - dapfniedesign - Echo Park Paper Happy Go LuckyWe were just allowed to use FIVE THINGS (except card stock for the background, glue, photo, pen and stitching) – so I had to choose very wisely before starting my layout.

In the end I went for:
Patterned Paper by Echo Park Paper – Photo Freedom – Happy Go Lucky – Life is Good
Echo Park Paper – Photo Freedom – Happy Go Lucky – Sticker
Stamp set by Studio Calico
Twine by My Mind’s Eye
Mister Huey’s Mist by Studio Calico

IMG_5085 (Large)It was a bit cheaky to use the sticker sheet I must admit, but I did not use all the stickers – just a few!

And now, it is your go! Hop over HERE and see, what my team colleagues have created! They did a brilliant job, don’t you think?! And a great prize is waiting for you as well!

Have a lovely week!

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Happy Pfingstmontag! Meine lieben Deutschen Freunde – ihr habts gut, schon wieder ein Feiertag! Hier gibts den natürlich nicht (aber dafür haben wir nächsten Montag einen Bank Holiday). Außerdem ist dann schon wieder half term, also eine Woche Ferien für die Schulkinder… ist für mich ja eher mehr Arbeit, weil wir den Holiday Club am Laufen halten müssen ;) Aber es sind diesmal mur drei Tage, die ich voll arbeiten muss, das sollte zu schaffen sein, oder?

Gestern war Sonntag (echt?) und wie jeden dritten Sonntag im Monat gibts eine neue The Studio Challenge. Was hab ich mir schwer getan! Wir durften nur FIVE THINGS – also FÜNF DINGE auf unser Layout verwenden (ausgeschlossen waren der Cardstock für den Hintergrund, Kleber, Foto (LOL), Stift und Nähen). Nix da, mit spontan loslegen – da musste echt geplant werden!

Am Ende entschied ich mich für folgendes:
Patterned Paper von Echo Park Paper – Photo Freedom – Happy Go Lucky – Life is Good
Echo Park Paper – Photo Freedom – Happy Go Lucky – Sticker
Stamp set von Studio Calico
Twine von My Mind’s Eye
Mister Huey’s Mist von Studio Calico

Um ehrlich zu sein, das Sticker Sheet zu verwenden, war ein wenig cheaky – aber ich habe ja nicht das gesamte Blatt genutzt….

Hast du auch Lust, dich dieser Challenge zu stellen? Dann schau doch mal HIER die anderen Ideen meiner Kolleginnen an! Und einen tollen Preis gibts auch zu gewinnen! Nix wie ran ans Papier!

Wünsche euch eine creative Woche!