On a Boat Trip | Weekend Adventure | Shimelle’s “True Stories” by American Crafts

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Happy Monday my lovelies! I hope your weekend was filled with happy moments, happy people and happy weather!  Over here, on the Dorset coast, it was one of these days, when you don’t wanna go back inside your flat.

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I love the sea. I love the beach. And I love strolling along the shoreline, preferably barefoot and with shorts! And as the weather was just right, Mr Evans and I were doing exactly this. Bliss.

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Boat Trip - dapfniedesign - titleNow, today’s layout features the sea as well. Back in April, on Easter Sunday, we spent the day at seaside, but it was way to cold to get our feet wet! So we took a boat trip to get to Hurst Castle – what a great idea that was! It was a small boat we went in on our trip to Hurst Spit with about ten other adventurers. When we came back in the afternoon, we took a bigger boat (which wasn’t a great choice in hindsight). We were crammed inside with the other visitors, not able to see much from what we were shipping along on the outside. We only witnessed some funny scenes on the boat involving some posh families with posh children ;).
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The layout is based on the newest scrapbooking online class by Shimelle Laine “Ready Set Scrapbook”. It is a small class with three videos and a matching PDF, and all layouts are based on a real life workshop Shimelle held in Portugal earlier this year.Boat Trip - dapfniedesign - close up

Of course I used Shimelle’s “True Stories” Paper Collection by American Crafts for this layout – it seems just natural to use these fun patterns and colours!

Wishing you all a fabulous week with lots of sunshine and happy people!

Everything goes better with Giggles | I Challenge You with busy Patterned Paper | Workshop by Celine Navarro

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Happy Friday! What a glorious week we had and it is even getting better next week they say! Well, lets see when it really happens.

Today’s challenge for you is/was a challenge for me as well! My friend Marjan suggested a workshop over at Big Picture Classes “5 Ways to use Gesso” by Celine Navarro (find her HERE). The first challenge was to mute a very busy background paper (and normally these papers are really lovely but not so easy to use) with white Gesso and build your layout onto this.

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I’m not totally convinced yet with the background (need more practise I think) and I could have gone more round the edges with the Gesso, but it is ok. I stayed very close to Celine’s version and even used some very old rub-ons (they still worked after all those years!).Better with Giggles - dapfniedesign -

I also found a variety of stickers in my stash which I normally wouldn’t have used otherwise. All in all I think a successful page I think!
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And now the challenge is yours: Take a really busy background, mute it with Gesso and build your layout onto it! I am looking forward to your versions!


Beach Huts | My Take On… Bunting | The Girl’s Paperie

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A big hello to my lovely scrapping friends! It is Wednesday which means it is time for another episode of “My Take On…” – it is all about Bunting today!
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And which subject works best with bunting?! Beach Huts of course! So when Mr Evans and I visited Mudeford Spit back in March and we were walking along all those (ridiculously priced) Beach Huts, I already had the perfect paper in mind with which I was going to scrap the photos I took: “Party Pennants” from the Kitsch Collection by The Girl’s Paperie (link to Margie’s reveal back in 2011). And for everyone who don’t know: This collections is practically non-existent any more and The Girl’s Paperie disappeared a while ago. What a shame…

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I lined up the beach huts as I like doing it and used the cut out bunting on the top and bottom of it. I also used some paper scraps to fit the colours of the bunting and cut them as circles. The stickers are from an older sticker sheet by Echo Park Papers. My all-time favourite wood veneers sailing boats needed to be on this kind of page of course (is there a company out there which cuts beach huts from wood veneer?).
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Bunting on layouts is nothing new – it is quite “old” to be honest, but I still love it and use it now and then.Beach Huts - dapfniedesign - close up 1

Can you remember when you used bunting the last time? Share a link and I will stop by and leave a comment on your blog!

Have a lovely rest of the week, my creative Ladies! x

Valentine’s Coffee with Mr Evans | Weekend Adventure | Dear Lizzy’s “Neapolitan” by American Crafts

Weekend Adventures LogoValentine's Coffee - dapfniedesign - close upHappy Monday my fellow friends! I hope you all had a lovely weekend. It is still a big mystery to me, why weekends go so fast – probably because we are in excellent company with people we want to be with. Sometimes it is easy like this!

And for today’s layout I have a selected a similar theme: Valentine’s Day (I know – it is a tiny bit late).

Mr Evans and I went for a nice cup of Costa Coffee to Bournemouth and I got the pretty chocolate sprinkle heart on my frothy milk, while we shared a Granola Bar (my favourite!).

I started  the layout off with some colour mists in chocolate-brown and added some golden sprinkles (Yum!). Afterwards I layered some scraps and one 6×6 sheet to the middle of the page – and the instagram shot on top.
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The stickers from the sticker book and sheet of this collection – Dear Lizzy’s “Neapolitan” by American Crafts – fitted perfectly with the things I intended to say. I added some washi tape and wood veneers; the tiny letter stickers are by Simple Stories.

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Yesterday we went to Costa Coffee again, but they don’t seem to have my favourite Granola Bar anymore! We tried a slice of Eaton Mess instead, which was really yummy (unfortunately)! But yesterday it was the last time I had such a treat – no more sweets for me for a while… anyone else trying to lose some weight!? I promise you an update on how I was holding up next week! x

PE 16 Theresa | I Challenge You… with orange

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Happy Friday everyone! Haven’t we had a good week? There was a lot of sunshine around, it finally felt a bit like summer and I wanted to spend all my time outside. Unfortunately I wasn’t able to do that, and tomorrow it looks a bit overcast but hey! There is still the whole of July and August, which should be fairly nice!

Anyway, back to today’s layout and my challenge for you.

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On my layout I was using a lot of orange – a colour I’m not too keen on when on my pages as a dominating colour. But it fits the photo (an orangey-red fishing trawler, seen in Christchurch Harbour from Mudeford Spit) and the other colours I used. It was one of these gloomy days we went down there (although it seemed quite nice around midday!).
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The papers I used are from a variety of manufacturers. There is My Mind’s Eye mixed with Studio Calico, Bella Boulevard, American Crafts. I literally pulled out everything orange I could find in my stash and used up a few items.

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Theresa PE16- dapfniedesign - close up 2So my Challenge for you this weekend is to use a lot of ORANGE on one of your layouts, even though it might not be the your favourite colour at all! Have fun and please share your project with us!

Enjoy your weekend, Ladies!