Category Archives: scrapbooking

Travel Inspiration – my guest post on The Scrappy Mermaid

Isle of Wight - title - dapfniedesign for thescrappymermaidToday is the day! I am on The Scrappy Mermaid blog for a  guest post. Thank you so much for your kind words, Marjan!

Make sure you hop over and have a look – and not only for my project. I thought yesterday’s post by Alexandra was absolutely fab! I love how she used the watercolours on her page. Definitely something I have to try out soon when I got more time on hand.

There are even two more inspirational posts to come – tomorrow it is Nina’s turn and on Sunday, Marjan herself is finishing off the series. Make sure you don’t miss that out!

I also supplied a sketch of my scrapbook page, so if you are being crafty this weekend, make sure you link up on Marjan’s or this post, so we can have a look.


Travel Inspiration – new Creative Ways for your favourite Time of the Year (and how to keep it)


Hello everyone! This is going to be an exciting week; Marjan, also known as The Scrappy Mermaid, is going to take us on a fantastic journey with fresh ideas for recording Travel Memories. It is starting on the 19th of February and the final post will be on the 22nd February.

She invited some of her scrappy friends to join her and share their best ideas with a guest post on her blog – and I am very happy to tell you, that I am in with that lucky bunch!
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So don’t miss out to see Alex’s, Nina’s and of course Marjan’s crafty projects. You cannot wait for it to start?! Ok then, I’ve got some sneaks for you – this really is going to be exciting, I’ll promise!

Can you spot “my” project?!

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Hope to see you soon back here!

First Time Toadstool – A Scrapbooking Layout Inspired by Shimelle

First Time Toadstool - dapfnedesign - title

Happy Monday! I hope you all had a lovely weekend and maybe there was some time for you to sit down and be creative? I certainly try to keep Sundays for at least one scrapbooking layout and maybe some other creative projects (for example the new album for Journal Your Christmas! December is nearly here!).First Time Toadstool - dapfnedesign

This very busy and colourful layout was from last week but I definitely wanted to show it here. A very lovely friend invited me to join in with Shimelle’s new workshop “Inspired by” in which she and a bunch of other talented scrapbookers show where they get the inspiration from when scrapping.

So for my layout I took the colours and the pattern of the toadstool out of the photo and added a lot of spots in various ways: Paper, washi tape and paint splatters.First Time Toadstool - dapfnedesign - close up 1First Time Toadstool - dapfnedesign - close up 2

I used papers by Pebbles “From me to you” and a lot of other bits and bobs from my stash! I found those clock rub-ons by Studio Calico, heart chipboards and quite ancient stickers. Finally you all got to see the things I was hiding away in boxes!

Hope you all have a lovely week! I’ll be back soon with my December Journal – you don’t want to miss this, do you?!

Scrappy Blog Tour

A warm welcome to all my friends in the scrapbooking world! This blog post is my part of the scrappy blog tour that’s been happening around blogland. Anna (a former colleague of The Studio Design Team) kindly nominated me last week on Monday and today is my turn to tell you a little bit more about my projects, favourites and inspirations.

1.  What am I working on right now?
You don’t really want to know what I am working on right now (this coursework feels like a never ending task for me!), but creatively I am just trying to catch up on some good memories I made the last months. A lot has changed since last December, I’m still coming to terms with all of it but there is some bling on the bottom of my scrapbooking paper pile!

See the World - dapfniedesign - Shimelle - American Crafts Peacock - dapfniedesign - Shimelle - American Crafts River Stour - dapfniedesign - Shimelle - American Crafts

2.  How long does it take me to create a project?
Because of the restricted time I give myself to scrap, I always try to do as many layouts as possible. This means on a lazy Sunday, when all other chores are done, I can sit down for about six to seven hours and just scrap along! Four or five layouts are a good average on days like these!

3.  What are my favourite things to create with at the moment?
Paper is and will be my favourite medium to create (I am a paper stroker I have to admit), but there are all those little things which I cannot resist, like twine, label stickers, rhinestones and enamel dots, washi tape and colour mists.

4.  How does my writing/creative process work?
For quite a while now I use a white, textured piece of card stock to start my creative process, onto which I lay the photos I want to scrap. Then I decide for the scrapbooking paper; the alpha stickers, embellishments and all other details are coming later. For the journalling I always write a draft on a scrap piece of paper and then it finds its place onto the layout. While writing it down, I do have to have complete silence – no music or other distracting noises can be around!

5.  How do I become inspired and stay inspired?
There is a great inspiring scrapbooking community around on the internet; some are close by, other are further away, but the WWW is making it easy to “meet” them and refresh your mojo. I also love pinterest as a starting point when I’m looking for new ideas.

6.  What is my signature style?
It is always difficult to describe your own style, especially when you think you don’t have one really. But when looking closer I can find some features which are around more often than they used to be in the beginning: bold colours, detailed clusters with embellishments, page filling layouts and the love for the colours blue and red.

Mupe Bay Love - dapfniedesigOn our Way to Portland Bill Lighthouse - - Shimelle - American Crafts Pebble Sculptures - dapfniedesign


I would like to nominate:

Marjan (aka The Scrappy Mermaid) is one of my dearest friends in the scrapbooking world (and beyond). Having met her only twice in real time because of our geographical gap (she lives in Norway), we chat regularly online and share the great passion of scrapbooking.

I haven’t met Jennifer Grace in real life yet, although she just lives down the road (more or less) in Wareham! She’s got a cute little family and her creative engagement and enthusiasm is endless.

Sandra Dietrich (aka mojosanti) is a former colleague from the Scrapbook Werkstatt Design team (and she still is!). I love her clean and light style; all her creations are designed with a very skilled eye and hand. She inspires me a lot to try something new or different from time to time.

Thanks you so much for joining me today on my blog. Do check out my nominated friends and check back next Monday on their blog when they are opening up their little Scrappy Blog Tour!

On our Way to Portland Bill Lighthouse

On our Way - Title - - Shimelle - American Crafts

Happy Monday everyone! I hope your weekend was as good as mine! Yesterday I was really busy but I managed to set aside some time to scrap 4 layouts! The first one here for you today and it is my favourite one (it might be because of the lighthouse?).

I went with the challenge from the Happy Scrappy Friends – using a long title and at least three different alphas; I think I’m quite good for choosing long titles and the three different alphas were easy to pick!On our Way to Portland Bill Lighthouse - - Shimelle - American Crafts

With three photos in portrait style I used one of Shimelle‘s quick and easy way to scrap these pics: put them in a row and add some fancy borders on top and bottom (from her 4×6 Photo Love March 2011)! Love it – I did it a lot of times and it still looks different with every layout I scrap!

Shimelle’s paper collection by American Crafts is a great bunch of pretty paper and fabulous embellishments! It is all easy to use and the colours just fit nearly every photo! I like the golden hearts in her sticker book. I took on board the golden look and  used some golden Glitter Glue and golden splatters (Pink Paisley – Heidi Swapp – Color Shine – Gold Lame).On your Way - close up 1 - - Shimelle - American Crafts On our Way - close up 2 - - Shimelle - American Crafts

The photos are from on of my favourite walks along the Dorset coast: the Isle of Portland. Some say that Portland is not their first choice to go to for a weekend walk, but how can you not love those stunning coastal views and the secludedness?

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If you want to find out more about the Isle of Portland (and the lighthouse on Portland Bill of course) – go to their Facebook page Loving Weymouth & Portland or visit the official Dorset website for tourism. I also recommend the website for great aerial views! I think that is just enough to get you through the week, right?!

Thanks for stopping by today – I got some more layouts coming for you, watch this space! Have a fab week girls! x