How Many Times all Together? | I Challenge YOU with Stickers | Dear Lizzy’s “5th & Frolic” by American Crafts


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‘Oh dear! Oh dear! I shall be late!’ said the rabbit in Alice in Wonderland once to himself. And I am late myself indeed this week. I am SO late, that I decided to skip last Wednesdays blogpost about using 6×6 paper pads and re-schedule it for the last week in July instead. Will you forgive me?!
It has been MANIC this week – I had a couple of interviews but was finally (and just in time before everyone breaks up for summer) lucky to find a lovely school who wanted me! I am over the moon! Hooray!

Right, that’s for the good news, let’s go back to pretty paper, shall we? Perfect. This weeks challenge for you is to use some of your stickers you are hording in your stash and you haven’t got use for.
How many times all Together - dapfniedesign - titleFor this layout I used more papers from Dear Lizzy’s “5th & Frolic” paper collection by American Crafts. While scrapping this page (and others), the collection was shrinking visibly, but I was still left with some stickers I just hadn’t had use for, e.g. the word TOGETHER and the big tree sticker. So for the title I tried to use the word TOGETHER (obviously), but tried to implement it in a questions and changed the use of it (the first thing which came to my mind when I saw the word TOGETHER was to scrap something about a friend and me and that we were “together” in that photo or place). But in this title, it has a different meaning and is looking at the total amount of the times I’ve been to Kingston Lacy (which apparently I cannot answer, because I haven’t counted!).

For the tree – it has a label on its stem saying “Remember this, the story of us”. Well, this was no use for me on this layout, so I just layered it with a banner to cover up the words.
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I also used some of the sheets of paper with numbers on it, because it is all about numbers and counting here. Sometimes it is just coming together easily, don’t you think? How many times all Together - dapfniedesign - close up 1
So, when you got some time this weekend, get your stickers out and try to look at them in a different way to use them on your layouts. They won’t be sticky for ever so use them while they still work! I am looking forward to your pages ladies!

Hope you all have a lovely weekend!

Conquering the Agglestone Rock | Weekend Adventure | Dear Lizzy’s “5th & Frolic” by American Crafts

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A little later than usual, but still – there it is: My weekend adventure!
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This photo was kindly taken by Mr Evans and shows me conquering the Agglestone Rock back in April! Hooray! I always wanted to go there and finally we spent a day climbing around Godlingston Heath, not far from Studland Beach and in sight of Poole Harbour.Conquering the Agglestone Rock - dapfniedesign

With this layout I also started a series of layouts using up the Dear Lizzy’s “5th & Frolic” paper collection by American Crafts. All together I scrapped six layouts with the rest of the collection and this is the first one, starting with the biggest sheet I had, the background paper. I also used the last pieces of the polaroid frames I had and layered them around with each other. Some stickers also found their way onto the page and three banners combined with the butterflies.Conquering the Agglestone Rock - dapfniedesign - close up 2

Hope you had a good start to you week and I’ll do my best to be back on Wednesday with my series of using some 6×6 Paper Pads!

Down by the River | I Challenge YOU! | Use your old Stash!

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Hello my fellow crafters – it is Friday again and so it is time for another I Challenge YOU! inspiration from me! I am really glad you like my previous challenge and I hope, this one is another one for you.Down by the River - dapfniedesign - title

As a scrapbooker, a part of us is also a horder. A paper and scraps horder. We just cannot throw these lovely pieces of pretty paper in the  bin; instead we put them in a pile and promising them to use them up later. Does this sound true to you? Well, it is definitely me! But at some stage we HAVE to dig into this pile of scraps (or, in my case, drawers) and use some of it up before cutting into a new paper collection. And that is exactly what I did with this layout:Down by the River - dapfniedesign

Using your own “old” stash (i.e. papers, embellishments, stickers…) is not a new idea, I know. But I would like to see some of your OLDEST papers on your layouts, the ones which are on the bottom of your pile! Use them, while you love them (as Shimelle used to say), before it is too late and they really end up in the rubbish bin! No hording allowed for this challenge!Down by the River - dapfniedesign - close up 1

And just to proof how serious I was: Have you seen these butterfly stickers before?! They are REALLY ancient – maybe around 2007  (in Scrapbooking terms and in my own)? They are by K&Company and came in a pack like THIS. I was surprise you still could buy them, even though not in every craft shop. Anyway, I was delighted I could finally use them up, being part of my Scrapbooking life for a while now!Down by the River - dapfniedesign - close up 2

So your Challenge this week is, to use up your very old stash! Should be easy, right?

Simplicity | My Take On… 6×6 Paper Pads #2 | “Here is Happy” – Record it! by My Mind’s Eye


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Happy crafty Wednesday everyone! Before showing you My Take On another variation to use 6×6 Paper Pads (see original post HERE), I thought I’ll mention some lovely crafters, who took on the challenges I set them in the last weeks.

Amanda is using coordinates of a lighthouse as a title on her page – inspired by the Number Challenge. She also shares some of her twin pages, although they are even triplets (and she wants to her fourth in this series soon!). You can find them HERE, HERE and HERE.

And there is another regular participant – it is Kerry! Kerry’s first page she shared with us was the Colour me Crazy Challenge #1 (a monthly colour challenge, set by Marjan and myself): Tug of War Towel
hen She also took on the Orange Challenge very beautifully and combined it with some blues! Such a lovely page, make sure to check it out HERE! Kerry also created a Twin layout from last weeks Challenge and it turned out fantastic! You can find it HERE.

And last but not least – Anne has some nice ideas using 6×6 Paper Pads on projects on her blog, make sure you visit her blog HERE!

Thank you so much Ladies for sharing your work with us – keep up the good work! You are awesome!

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Now, back to another idea with 6×6 Paper Pads. This time I cut some pieces to size and created a vertical block of patterned paper and the photo. Of course you can start this kind of page with every size of paper, but as the patterns of the 6×6 pads are smaller in most cases, it is easier to use smaller sized rectangles or squares.Simplicity - dapfniedesign


Although I intended to use a diagonal flow on this page, I ended up using a visual triangle again, where I clustered layers of label stickers, punched elements and word stickers together (and using up some of my old but lovely stash!). Most of it is by My Mind’s Eye, and the papers are from the 6×6 paper pad “Here is Happy” – Record it! by My Mind’s Eye.
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I went “mad” with Glitter Glue and Colour Mist sprinkels – they match with the dark pink sprinkles on the flower’s petals!Simplicity - dapfniedesign - close up 1

That is it for today – I hope you enjoyed the little round-up of fellow crafters and their lovely work! Keep your links of projects coming in! I’d love to see what you create! See you all on Friday with another challenge for your crafty weekend!

When in Doubt… Ask Mum | Weekend Adventures in Avon Heath Country Park | Shimelle’s “True Stories” by American Crafts


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Happy Monday my scrappy friends! Hope you all had a lovely weekend. Down here in the south we had a big family BBQ where we celebrated two birthdays on one day. There were a lot of kids around too, a lot of laughter some tears and cones of ice cream. We all just had a whale of a time!
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My layout today features two of the people who took part in the BBQ yesterday – Laura and James. Mr Evans and I joined the Evans’ family for a walk around Avon Heath Country Park back in April. As it was Easter Monday there had to be an Easter Egg Trail, which the kids took part in of course! James was doing very well I think and he only asked his Mum when he wasn’t sure what to do – what a bright little lad he is!Ask Mum - dapfniedesign -

For this layout I tried a dark background paper from Shimelle’s “True Stories” collection by American Crafts. I used a journaling card saying “When in doubt” and the light bulbs to fit the theme of the layout. Ask Mum - dapfniedesign - close upI am still recovering from a busy weekend, which I really enjoyed. Just two more weeks and the holidays are here!

Hope to see you all on Wednesday for another layout scrapped with paper from a 6×6 paper pad!