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!

BFFs on Tour | My Take On… Design Elements | My Mind’s Eye “Cut & Paste”

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Happy Wednesday my scrapping friends! Today’s episode of My Take On… features one of the design elements often found in scrapbooking – flow.
Funnily enough, this layout here can be compared to last Monday’s one except: the flow. While the Beach Cafe layout creates a visual triangle, this page here draws you across the page on a diagonal.

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For this layout I used the paper collection by My Mind’s Eye Cut & Paste “Presh” again. My first layout with this collection was “Poole Harbour”. This time I made use of the layered sticker which came with the paper collection set, and some enamel stickers.
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I also hand-cut some flowers from the papers to add to the layout to give it a more feminine touch.BFFs on Tour - dapfniedesign - close up 2In general I am using the visual triangle more often, but every now and then a diagonal appears on my layouts, which I really like! Have you got a favourite method to draw attention to your photos or journaling? I would love to hear from you!

Hello Beach Cafe | Weekend Adventure | My Mind’s Eye “My Girl”

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Hello there! It is lovely to see you, hope you had a great weekend! Have you been crafty? Maybe even joined in with the first instalment of “Colour Me Crazy” on Sunday? Apart from this, nothing much happened over here – Mr Evans and I went for a long walk around Throop Mill and we just had a relaxing time (still recovering from a persistent cold!). We didn’t went to the beach at all, and it was ok as I went there the past weekends.

Do you remember last Monday? I showed you a layout with a picture of the River Stour around Throop Mill back in January (here on the right). As Mr Evans and I were doing a walk on Saturday at the Stour, I tried to get a similar shot to help to compare it how it changes during the seasons. If you look closely, you can spot some landmarks (like the electricity pole, some wooden poles) and the changed vegetation. I’ll be back in autumn for the next change of season!

Starred Photos Now, back to this week’s layout:

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For this week’s Weekend Adventure I picked a layout I did a while ago. It features the Beach House Cafe on Mudeford Spit, where we had a great Full English. The sun came out when I took this photo, wasn’t I lucky?Beach Cafe - dapfniedesign

For this layout I used a very unusual paper collection by My Mind’s Eye “My Girl”. I got the collection pack from TKmaxx for a good price and was mostly excited about the b-sides, which contain lovely and not-so-girly patterns.Beach Cafe - dapfniedesign - close up 2Also very unusual was that I started off with the background: I added colour splatter and printed a circular stamp pattern on my white card stock before the patterned paper and the three circles. I also thought I’d try some wood veneer stars for a different look and it works really well I must say.
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My week is going to be busy again – I’m job hunting and this can be quite an emotional journey. Keep your fingers crossed for me, would you please!? Hope to see you all on Wednesday for another round of My Take On

The Poole Yacht Club | Colour Me Crazy #1| A new Challenge for Scrappy Girls

Downloads4A very warm welcome to a whole new series of challenges! Marjan and I, we are both lovers of bright colours, so we are going to challenge not only each other but everyone else who wants to join in with the fun. With “Colour Me Crazy” we intend to inspire you to use colour combinations you wouldn’t probably choose for your project. Every month we swap the responsibility with picking some quirky photos from Pinterest and putting together a mood board, representing the colours we want the other person to work with.
For the first instalment, Marjan sent me a collage of yellow and mint. Yellow and MINT! MINT??! Really?
Having her collage in mind (see above), let’s see, what happened, shall we?
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I actually did a really big stash dive into my patterned papers, washi tapes, alpha stickers, thickers, wood veneers… The colour yellow didn’t seem that much of a problem, but the MINT bit really took some time. Some of the papers were more of a turquoise than mint, but when you compare the original collage and my layout, I pretty nailed it!

For the photo I chose a really dark picture (one of those underexposed ones) of an evening out in the Yacht Club in Poole with some good friends. With this warm, dark tone in mind, the rest fell together easily.
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I not only tried to pick up the colours from the inspiration (which of course is the mandatory part of out challenge), but also some of the elements displayed in the collage.

Most prominent on the page are the three paper straws. I also got the water-theme covered, the golden-glittery element, the chrome bits (with brads and the flair badge). I chose a lot of round elements here (hence the lemons and the wheels of the Vespa) – and to cover the paper element from the typewriter I found some really old Imagination Project Coasters elements! They are from 2007 – I remember only vaguely to buy them and never ever to use one of them (Scrappy Gisela, can you remember?). Well, finally, I did use two elements! Can you spot them?
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Poole Yacht Club - 04We hope you like our first episode of “Colour Me Crazy”. Please don’t forget to stop by on Marjan’s Blog and her layout. I hadn’t seen it before it went online, but as always it is stunning. So now it is your turn to pick some Yellow and Mint and start creating! We would love to see your project and you can link it up in a comment, either on here or on Marjan’s blog.

Thank you so much for taking part – wishing you a very scrappy Sunday!