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!

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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.

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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

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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

Behind the Camera

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Happy Thursday everyone! Hope your week has been good so far? I am still working on reducing my stash and this time I tried using some of those very handy journaling cards which come with nearly every collection nowadays. And because I am not doing PL it would be a waste to ignore them, right? Therefore this layout came together quite quickly and the use of some stickers, labels, punched items completed it.Behind the Camera - dapfniedesign

The photo of me was taken at Kingston Lacy last May when Katja and Joerg visited the UK. I snapped a lot of pictures (as usual) and Joerg got a bit fed up with it I guess. But in the end no one can complain that they are not be seen in any shots!

Most of the journaling cards are from the My Mind’s Eye collection Cut & Paste “Adorbs”.
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Mupe Bay Love – and a new video!

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Happy Saturday everyone! I am really excited to show you one of my newest layouts. I scrapped it last Thursday and recorded the process while crafting. Why you might think? I just felt like doing it again after a very long time, although there is nothing fancy in it (no special technique or experimental twist); just my process of doing a layout.

I quite like doing panoramic shots at the moment (and I like that feature on my phone when you just drag the screen along). But this shot on my layout was done with a little help of Photoshop and the panorama feature – love this tool!

The paper I used in this layout is by Teresa Collins “Family Stories” and I got it last year – I think that was one of the last times I bought pretty paper! Unfortunately since then a lot has changed – but it is slowly returning to normal.

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And here it is – my new video! Hope you enjoy it!

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Pebble Sculptures

Pebble Sculptures - dapfniedesign - titleHappy Wednesday! What a wet day it was again! Hope you all had a mostly pleasant day despite the constant drizzle and rain.

On days like these (although I like the rain!) I often think myself back to drier times with sunshine, a nice view and a refreshing breeze around. Like it was on the day I shot this picture of the stack of pebbles. I was on my very long walk from the Golden Cap to Abbotsbury along the Dorset coast. Every now and then the South West Coast Path leads you back to the shoreline to various beaches, like this one: I am not really sure, but I think it was Eype Beach where I took this picture of these sculptures. What a nice way to brighten up the dreariness of pebbles beach after pebbles beach!

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For this layout I was inspired by Katherine Sutton (aka sutty and former colleague at The Studio Challenge) and her page about a carousel ride at Butlins. She used some die-cuts for her circles themed layout which I couldn’t just take over like that, because I don’t have my Big Shot with me (and the lucky ownership of an electronic die-cutting machine is written in the stars). But as we call ourselves scrapbookers we aren’t stopped at this hurdle. No. We are very inventive and I rummaged my stash: papers, stamps, embellishments,… everything circle-like was soon piled up on my sofa!

Then I started with stamping down some of the dotted circles (a very old stamp by Studio Calico) with different pebbles-like colours. After that I wanted to fill them like Katherine was doing it with her patterned paper. But without a circle punch or circle dies it was difficult to get proper round circles (yes, I admit: I’m a perfectionist). My solution was simple: I used the round designs of the papers and just cut out the printed circles. And I was lucky, most of them fitted with my colour scheme and the style of the page. I also added some stickers and layered them up with more circles in those cases the text didn’t fit my purpose.

And then, it happened: while foraging my label stickers and banner galore with (apparently too much) enthusiasm, the cardstock with all the temporarily placed circles and the photo just tucked between them slid off the table and left everything scattered all over the carpet. Blimey! “Oh well, I start again then” I thought, bent down and was starting to pick up the pieces. But wait! What was that?! The cardstock somehow rotated just the perfect 90 degrees clockwise – and that was the perfect solution! Now the circles itself were stacked like the pebbles sculptures I have photographed on the beach!

And with this altered orientation I went on and finished the layout: the title with some glittery orange Thickers (AC) and label stickers by Teresa Collins, and more details with enamel dots, banners, journaling and colour sprinkles.

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Looking back at the original Carousel layout and my finished Pebbles page – not much is left from her version, but I am so very grateful for Katherine’s inspiration! And that is just one of the reasons, why scrappers share their pages on their blogs: to inspire and motivate others to create something new from something existing and make it their own!

And now over to you: Which person has inspired you lately? I would love to see your outcomes!

Have a good week – just two more days left until the weekend! x