Snow & Ice | I Challenge YOU with Asterisk | Shimelle by American Crafts


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Snow? And Ice? In May!? Well, only a scrapbooker can come up with these elements during Spring time! But then, I am a scrapper so here we go!

Today I am challenging you with elements you probably have in your stash already. Or still: ASTERISK

These are those “little stars” you could find next to your full stops, commas, question and exclamation marks on your alphabet sheets. They can easily be associated with the colder seasons, or even Christmas, but who knows what you are coming up with?

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My layout features a basic row of patterned paper and just one instagram picture. I also used strips of paper for the top and bottom so it felt more grounded. As I was missing a significant sparkle of colour I decided to go for the red polka dotted paper and cut it down to three banners, which also built my visual triangle on this page.

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Now – the asterisk on this page are from the same thickers pack I chose the title from; they work really well with contrasting all the other elements. I also added some of the stickers from the same collection to the page, a few paint splatters (including gold – a MUST at the moment!) and that more or less completed my page.

Snow & Ice - dapfniedesign - close up 2The papers are Shimelle’s first paper collection by American Crafts – find the whole collection HERE! Shimelle also got her new collection out, which is called “True Stories”, which can be found HERE.

Now it is your go to join in with some of your asterisks on your projects! I think they look pretty good on cards too! Why don’t you give it a go?!

Have a lovely weekend everyone, I am back on Monday! x

Take a Picture | My Take on … Strips | Amy Tangerine “Plus One” by American Crafts


 

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Happy Wednesday everyone! I hope your week has been good so far. I am really busy down here in the South of England – and hopefully I can bring you some good news soon!Take a Picture - dapfniedesign - title

Today is going to be a quick post – with even a quicker page! It is My Take on … Strips today!
Marjan inspired me with her layout HERE by using four strips and four photos. I only had three photos but used a journaling card instead.
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As the pattern of Amy Tangerine’s “Plus One” collection by American Crafts is quite bold, I kept the clusters really simple and just added a bit of neutral wood to it.

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I really like how the whole page turned out – I might even try it by turning it 90 degrees; maybe with slightly thinner strips then.

Have a good rest of the week and see you all on Friday for a new challenge!

Feathered Friends | Scrapbooking my Weekend Adventure | My Mind’s Eye – Cut & Paste “Presh”


 

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Welcome to another episode of my Weekend Adventures. I hope you all had a great time, whatever you were up to!

Over here and in blogger land there were a couple of exciting things going on. Jennifer from Jennifer Grace Creates hosted a weekend-long blog event “Focus Your Craft & Soul Blog Event” which started off with a blog hop on Friday evening, and in which I was part of. On Saturday and Sunday she posted new inspirations every hour (from 10am – 10pm) – what a great way to celebrate our hobby! She also is giving away prizes and there is still time to join in until next weekend. All the details are HERE on her blog.

I haven’t had time to look through all her ideas yet; I was in Bournemouth until Sunday which was an adventure of its own.

After a night out at the Poole Yacht Club (lovely food, excellent company) we had a lazy Saturday. The weather brightened up and in the afternoon we had blue skies and sunshine! And guess what?! I had forgotten my DSLR in Blandford. What a shame! I really could have got some nice shots from Branksome Beach in Poole on that day, but at least I had my phone to get some pictures. Here are a couple of my favourites:

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On our Sunday morning walk with Obi the dog we went to Throop Mill in Bournemouth – one of my favourite places for having a leisurely walk. We spotted two swan nests, but unfortunately still no cygnet. Normally, when I have my camera with me, I shoot what ever comes across my lens. Not this time though. But I still can show you some pictures of my feathered friends around the mill I took back in March!

Feathered Friends - dapfniedesign - titleI spotted these animals (all birds!) around Throop Mill. When I had them printed I faced a bit of a dilemma: How to scrap them without using up a lot of space!? And then Maja had the great idea with inspiring me with a photo from the Atomium’s interior in Antwerp, Belgium. It showed atom-like seating pods – so I used the circle-idea for my layout!

To die cut the different sizes of photos and patterned paper I used my Spellbinder metal dies. A few more elements from the My Mind’s Eye collection Cut & Paste “Presh”, some banners from the patterned paper and the page in its basic set-up was done. I found the wooden birds in my stash, added my pale yellow title and finished it all off with blue, pink and golden splatter. All in all it seems like a quick page, but choosing the right size of circles and the right background colour for it took quite a while!

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And now I’ve got all my feathered friends of Throop Mill on one, single page! Thanks Maja for your inspiration!Feathered Friends - dapfniedesign - close up 1

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55 to 250 | A brand new Lens | Focus your Craft & Soul | Blog-Hop with Jennifer Grace 2015


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Hello again! Isn’t this exciting?! Two blog posts in one day! Even better, because this one is part of an amazing blog hop, organised by the very talented Jennifer Grace. She is hosting a whole weekend full of inspiration – what a great way to share her creativity with us. You even can win an amazing prize! But more of this later ;)

You should have come from Ruth (aka Furrypig) and if you get lost, head back to Jennifer where it has all started; I have also included a full list of all participants at the end of this post.

But for now – let’s focus on my project I have prepared.

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My layout features my new lens I got from my Dad last Christmas. I saved it in my Amazon wish list for quite a while and I was really happy when I finally got it. Since then I have been using it regularly, especially on my coastal tours, garden walks and dog walks with Mr Evans. 55 to 250 - dapfniedesign
The papers for this layout are from an older Dear Lizzy collection “Neapolitan” by American Crafts. I used it quite a few times and I still got some scraps left. I love these Polaroid frames (as patterned paper and stickers) and I also added one of these cute Ephemera Flowers to my page. I was really surprised I still had it left!
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I like the idea of focusing with my camera – literally! With my new lens I can get even closer to the object I want to capture: let it be flowers, scenes or even animals. These are normally really shy and hard to catch when you are further away, but with a greater zoom it is much easier now. I carry my camera more often now, even on short walks in the country side.

A couple of weeks ago I spontaneously visited Kingston Lacy on my way home from Bournemouth; the weather was sunny, a lot of flowers were in bloom and the fact that I know my way round the garden to avoid the crowds was even more appealing.
So I went in there, just to focus on taking some photos with my new lens. I really loved and enjoyed it!
Here are a few of my shots:

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I am really intrigued how the other blog hoppers interpreted their version how to FOCUS. I am also curious if you got something you really like to focus on – if you want, please share it with me (and all the others) and leave a comment.

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You have to be in it to win it: Jennifer Grace is giving away a We R Memory Keepers Insta Album Kit – enter to win by commenting on all the blogs in the Focus Your Craft & Soul hop! The give away closes on Sunday the 24th of May at 10pm BST.

 

 

And just in case you got a bit lost along the way, here are all the participants of the Focus Your Craft & Soul hop:

 Your next stop is with Clare – and if you have only just found this post here, go back to the beginning at Jennifer Grace Creates.

Breakfast Adventure | Scrapbooking layout with Metal Dies by Craft Asylum | Shimelle by American Crafts


 

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For this week’s episode of I challenge YOU I would like to dust off your metal dies. I have neglected mine for quite a while. After I moved into my flat last summer, there was a lack of space to store my die cutting machine, the Big Shot, openly and with unrestricted access.I have a good selection of the classic frame dies (by Spellbinders and other well-known companies like Sizzix or Memory Box), shapes and embossing folders.

Then, earlier this year I made the “mistake” to visit Hobbycraft. Although I normally don’t find many useful elements for my type of scrapbooking (Papermania or Tattered Lace are just NOT my style, sorry!), I found some nice Sizzix Thinlits die sets by Craft Asylum – a British company with scrapbooking paper collections (including different sized paper pads, clear stamps, embellishments) and metal dies made by Sizzix to fit their collections. I wasn’t so sure about the patterned paper, but the dies had me! So, I bought these:

Sizzix Thinlits Die Set 2pk Decorative Trim #1Sizzix Thinlits Die Set 2pk Decorative Trim #2 and Sizzix Thinlits Die Set 4pk Decorative Bubbles

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The patterned papers I used for this layout are all from the Shimelle Collection by American Crafts. I added some golden die cut circles to it and some golden splatters. I love those little red hearts! They were the leftovers from the die cut strip and I just couldn’t through them away. What a clever idea to include them on my layout, right?

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As I already mentioned, I have a lot of dies. Maybe too many. But I finally found a nice space for my Big Shot Machine, so I can use it without having to tidy it away afterwards – and I hope this will help me to use my metal dies more often! Otherwise they wouldn’t be worth buying at all!

Now it is your turn: Dig out your metal dies and use at least 3 different shapes on your next page! If you don’t have these kind of manual die cutting system, you either can use your electronic cutter (which is quite posh to have I think) or some of your punches (which I also have a lot and use so little). I would love to see your layouts with die cuts, so please leave a comment below and I will have a look on your blog!

Make sure you check back at 6pm BST, when there will be even more scrapbooking inspiration: Jennifer from Jennifer Grace Creates organised a blog-hop with tons of inspiration around her Word of the Year: Focus – and I am part of it! See you soon!