On an Easter Egg Hunt | Keep it Simple | Scrapbooking Layout with Simple Stories “I am”

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May I push away those mid-week blues for you? Even if it’s a day late? My pleasure! And it won’t take long, too! The trick with this is to make it quick – and simple of course! Both blog post and layout! So let’s start.

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The only things I needed for this layout were the paper collection “I am” by Simple Stories and a photo I took on Easter Monday, when Mr Evans and I joined in with nephew and niece and their families. The grown-ups were leisurely strolling along the paths of Avon Heath Country Park, while the three kids – Sophie, Grace and James – were way ahead of us, following an Easter Egg trail. And it seems that all three of them enjoyed the spring day out – with a nice chocolatey reward afterwards!

The whole layout is centred with a top to bottom line of embellishments (just a few hearts) and some of the words which come within the collection (cut into banner). Well, it doesn’t really need more, right? Sometimes more would be too much!

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As it is Thursday, the working week is nearly done with. The weather forecast for the next few days (including the weekend) promises us blue skies with little clouds, and a warm sun from above for the South of England. Well, I am going to enjoy it. It’s that simple! I hope you can too, wherever you are!

KC at Lulworth Cove | Scrapbooking Layout with The Pier by Crate Paper

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Happy Monday everyone! How has your Easter Holiday been? Mine was filled with Holiday Club and with some great days out – perfect mixture! Today for the most of us it is back to work (yes, for me too!) and to be honest, I’m OK with it! A lot of pressure fell off me last week, when I received my certificate for my TA course; this now means I am officially qualified as a TA level 3! Hooray for me!

This also means (and that’s when the important part for you, my blog readers, comes in) that I have more time spending with pretty paper and more time to tell my story. So, when I woke up this morning, I thought it was about time to post a layout I made roughly about three weeks ago.

I flicked through my photos and decided to use those two of Katja I took at Lulworth Cove in the afternoon sun. As I had not bought any new papers for a while I had to rely on the “old” collections I still had. The Pier by Crate Paper seemed to fit right in with the warm colours and the touch of gold.

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I kept it quite simple with the bigger piece of patterned paper in the back and stayed within this colour scheme of blues, greens, cream and a bit of craft behind the photos. I used some of the journaling cards which came with this collection; the swirl was one of them, but I die-cut it as a circle to fit the circular cove we were visiting that day. The Pier also offered some great phrases to cut out and I made use of this on my page. Golden and blue spatters of ink finished off my design.

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As you might have already guessed, I like the colour blue (and its variations) and the combination with neutrals is working really well on here, right? Do you have a favourite colour? Are you using it on your projects more than others? Leave me a comment and tell me about it – I’m intrigued!

That is it for today – but there is more to come and I have BIG plans for this blog, so stay tuned!

Thank you for stopping by and hope to see you soon in my little spot of the blogger’s world!

Hello 2015 | a Scrapbooking Layout with Lucky Charm

Hello 2015 - dapfniedesign - titleHappy Tuesday everyone! How has your week been so far? Yes, I know; it’s just Tuesday and the biggest chunk of the week is still to come. For most of us here in the UK it is the last week of term and we are breaking up for Easter holiday on Friday. Hooray for that!

Everything appears to be pretty early this year; especially when I chose to use those two photos on my layout – they were taken in January and it seemed just like yesterday to me! Mr Evans hosted a big feast for family and friends on the first weekend in the new year and we all had a great time.
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For my layout I used more of the scraps I had left from Dear Lizzy’s “Lucky Charm” by American Crafts; it was and it still is a great collection and I am quite happy to use it up until the very last scrap!Hello 2015 - dapfniedesign - close up 1

By the way – the tiny umbrellas on this page do have a reason! When Mr Evans was cooking his Chicken Tikki Masala. he was grilling the meat on his BBQ grill outside (yes, in January!) – and aren’t we lucky? – of course it rained and we had to shelter the grill underneath umbrellas!Hello 2015 - dapfniedesign - close up 2My “Lucky Charm” paper is still not completely used up yet. I also got three more layouts I have done recently with another Dear Lizzy collection called “Neapolitan”. Stay tuned this week, I will share them with you soon!

This is my Happy Place | A scrapbooking layout somehow surprising

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When I browsed through my pretty paper the other day, I actually said aloud: “Oh, look at that!” – as if someone was standing right next to me (silly, I know!). Anyway, I pulled out the whole pack with all the scraps, stickers, chipboards, die-cuts (some of my pretty papers are still sorted by collection until there is literally nothing left) and emptied it on my sofa. And there they were, all the pretty little things from an old collection (can you say something is “old” when it actually has been released just two years ago? Probably not; but then we are talking about scrapbooking paper!). The collection I am talking about is Dear Lizzy’s “Lucky Charm” by American Crafts. The colours are a variety of pinks, some aqua, yellow, orangey red and some cream; I especially love the darker navy blue. I think I was really lucky here:

I just found the perfect papers for some of my photos I took back in February at Kingston Lacy!

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I started off with the four photos. First I was a bit sceptical; was I really going to use FOUR photos? Not five? Or three? Normally I go with odd numbers, but this time there wasn’t another flower shot handy. Well, so it was four then. Embrace flexibility!
When I went through the sticker book from this paper collection and found the handwritten word “love”, which I bravely stuck down on the layout. Very brave indeed! Then there was the the dark blue sticker, which I wanted on the page desperately. The chipboard letters for the tile were next and with these the idea of a vertical line was born. But how to create it? Only after I cut out the little envelopes, I knew it was going to be watercoloured hearts on my imaginary border.
I love watercolours, but I am using them too little to be confident with them. Brave again! My hearts on this page are all hand-drawn and then painted with that orangey red colour from the paper collection. After the vertical line came the horizontal line with equally sized hearts.This is my happy place - dapfniedesign - close up 2

I added the word “Sunshine” on the bottom, the three envelopes (these are the only patterned papers I used!) with glitter-glued hearts; some golden paint drops to finish it all off.

“A scrapbooking layout somehow surprising” – that’s what I wrote in this post’s title, and it is definitely surprising for me: The whole process was unusual, but it worked. And I only used a tiny amount of pretty paper, very few stickers and some letters, but still this page feels absolutely complete. I guess sometimes you just have to be brave!This is my happy place - dapfniedesign - close up 1And as it is Friday already: Happy weekend everyone! Hope you all have time for new adventures!


It’s a Good Day! | A scrapbooking layout inspired by Shimelle

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Happy special Sunday to you all out there! It is great to be back here, even if it is not really a regular thing; I am trying very hard!

About ten days ago I handed it my portfolio with my coursework I was working on the past 18 months – and as I haven’t heard back from my assessor, I assume it was all fine. It just needs to pass the IQA now and then this chapter of my life is ticked. Having no more coursework to work on means I have a bit more spare time for my scrapping, which always seems to brighten up my mood when I’m a bit down. I already knew that scrapbooking had this “side effect”, and at the moment I am using it intentionally for this reason.

Shimelle‘s “return” to the scrapping world this week came absolutely handy and I used her autumn scrapbook page as an inspiration for my two-photo-layout. I even used some patterned paper as the base which I haven’t done for… let me think…. ages!
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As my two photos weren’t the size Shimelle’s photo was, I had to move it away from the edge, otherwise it would have been too unbalanced and quite right-sided. A few elements are similar to Shimelle’s, but I think I used her version more like a starting point and then scrapped on following my own ideas.

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As I still have quite a lot of stickers, chipboards and other elements in my stash, I was able to combine all sorts of strips to my page; I think the wavy border has just waited to be used with these photos!

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Shimelle finished off her layout using some golden splatters and I thought that would be a good idea on my page as well.

Hopefully I will have time to dive into some more scrapping today before returning to the “real life” later on. What are you all up to this Sunday?

Thanks for stopping by today!