Christchurch Priory| Scrapbooking Layout | Dear Lizzy “5th & Frolic” by American Crafts

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It is Friday at last! These weeks go by really quickly now that the weather is getting better and I am busy with all those things I love so much! But more on this in May!

So, last Wednesday I showed you a layout I made with the papers from Dear Lizzy’s “5th & Frolic”, and I still haven’t used up all the bits and pieces and scraps I had left with this collection. So watch out there are more to come!

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I never really was sure on what kind of page I was going to use the patterned paper with the houses on, but when I chose to scrap Christchurch Priory these papers seemed just the perfect match, don’t you think? As I haven’t got a house on my own, nor do I live in one, it had to be somewhat other than my place. I also finally had a good use for the keys from the sticker book.

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A thing I mentioned in the journaling and which always has disappointed me, is the fact when you have to pay to visit a church. I understand that some churches need the money to keep them going, to do restoration work or to employ people to look after their premises. I am fine with voluntary donations and if I am capable of doing it, I will do it. Christchurch Priory asks for a donation to visit the church, and they ask you to buy a “photography permit” if you want to take pictures inside the church, even if it is for private and not for any commercial use. Things like this are really dispiriting. I think. But that’s me and other of course are allowed to see it differently.

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I hope you are all going to have a lovely weekend! The weather is going to be on the downside, but hey! We had pretty nice days last weekend and it cannot be sunny all the time!

Birds Everywhere | Scrapbooking Layout | Dear Lizzy “5th & Frolic” by American Crafts | Announcement NSD

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Happy Wednesday everyone! I hope you had a couple of fabulous days so far. The weather here has been really lovely and the sun was out all the time. Aren’t we blessed?

I remember a day in February, when it was sunny as well and we had a break from the rain – bliss! Mr Evans and I went to Christchurch to see the Priory; afterwards we went for a short stroll along the flooded bank – it not only was flooded with water, but also with all kind of birds and a lot of people!

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I challenged myself by using a patterned paper as a base with an actual design element in the bottom right corner. How do YOU use these kind of pages? Personally I like to use them only cut up, but I tried it differently this time, left it like it was and built the page around it. In the end it worked well and I might try it again next time, now that I know I can do it!

All papers and stickers are Dear Lizzy “5th & Frolic” by American Crafts.

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That’s done with the layout, now there is an exciting announcement I have to make!

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As many of you probably know, the first Saturday in May is the US’ National Scrapbooking Day and we are celebrating it our own way (and making it INTERnational) with an Online-Crop: On the 2nd of May 2015 there is going to be a day long event with the girls from Happy Scrappy Friends. Safe the date!
As I once was a guest designer on their monthly Challenges, they kindly invited me (and other guests) to join in. How could I have declined this great opportunity to share my creativity?

So, how does it work? From 9am to 9pm (BST) there are going to be hourly challenges and ideas and of course you are invited to join in with the fun at any time! As it is in the name – we are inspiring you to scrap with us, get creative and if you got a German postal address you might even be lucky to win a prize, when you share your results with us. Therefore you have to join in with our Facebook group – German would be an advantage of course. Maybe you want to freshen up your GCSE knowledge? (I will be there just in case!)

Here’s a little sneak of my project I prepared for my challenge.

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Be brave! Hope to see you there!

Costa Lovers | Scrapbooking Layout | Teresa Collins “Daily Stories”

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Right. There it is again. Monday! Doesn’t it always comes too quick? Weekends seem so short nowadays! Or is it because it was so busy round here, filled with great company, stunning places and  chatty get-togethers? Maybe that’s it. I remember when KC was here in February – our days were filled with similar things and time just went by really quickly. We visited a lot of places, drove to the coast – and had a coffee nearly every day: Thursday in Wimborne, Friday in Blandford and on Saturday in Castle Point, Bournemouth.

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For this layout I dug into the paper collection pack from Teresa Collins “Daily Stories”. It includes sticker sheets and designs you easily can cut out and add to your page, like the speech bubble, the tags and the circles. The three hearts originally came from a journaling card; I hand stitched around them with twine and cut them up to place them with the embellishment clusters. The timetable sheet, where I made a note of the coffees we had, had been in my stash for a while and I had finally found the perfect page to go with!

I also used some stamps from the “Family Stories” Collection (also by Teresa Collins). It has similar colours and similar motives, so I was able to use the Arrow and the Today stamp. I love it when collections can be combined this easily!

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I hope you all have a great start to a sunny week (at least down here in the South of England it will be) and I will be back soon with some more exciting announcements on Wednesday! NSD is coming up – remember? Take care everyone and see you soon! x

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!