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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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Capture It!

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Happy Wednesday! It is the middle of the week in the middle of August – how have your summer holidays been so far?! I have been working at our local holiday club and we have been pretty busy! Now I have a few days of which I’m looking forward to.

To keep myself (and you) in holiday/summer mode I scrapped a layout with my friend Katja in it when she and her husband Joerg were here in May. We hiked around the Isle of Portland and stopped at Church Ope Cove for a quick rest and to shoot some pics. I caught her checking the pics she took on her phone. Oh how we love our gadgets!
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For this layout I used papers, stickers and embellishments from the American Crafts collection “Shoreline”. The sketch was provided by Monika, a member of Scrapbook Werkstatt’s Design Team, for August’s Sketch. I really like Monika’s use of the colours – it is quite bright and catching with the yellow sun beams in the middle. So I incorporated some punched suns on my layout as well!Capture It! - - SBW Monatsstarter August 2014 - close up 2 Capture It! - - SBW Monatsstarter August 2014 - close up 1To finish off the page I used some golden and yellow colour mists, yellow glitter glue and some enamel dots/rhinestones. The border around the pages is painted with watercolours, really like using them at the moment!

Have a great couple of days until the weekend! Any plans yet?! Would love to hear from you!

Church Ope Cove

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A huge thank you goes out to my readers, especially all those scrappers, who missed me dearly and sent me encouraging comments on my layout “Beach Favourites”! Wow! You are amazing! I missed you too!

Tracing back my steps a few months, I was a member of The Studio Challenges. Every fortnight those talented ladies inspire the scrapping world with their designs. So today my layout is inspired by their latest challenge – a mood board! Thanks ladies for your inspiration, you as always did a great job!
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I decided to go for the overall theme – I chose a picture of the coastline on the Isle of Portland: Church Ope Cove. On the photo you can see me and my friend Katja from Germany, who visited in May with her husband Joerg (who took the panorama shot and therefore cannot be seen!).
I have been on Portland several times and still love hiking around the island. It is a great place to spend a day outdoors. I am so lucky to live near the coast!Church Ope Cove - dapfniedesign - close up 1

I started my layout with placing the photo first – and somehow I ended up with a lot of strips of paper, but still I got the embellishments all over the place!

(Supplies: October Afternoon – Woodland Park)

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And what’s in store next time?! I haven’t got a clue yet! Any suggestions are appreciated!
Thanks for stopping by again – have a great week!