Travel Inspiration – new Creative Ways for your favourite Time of the Year (and how to keep it)


Hello everyone! This is going to be an exciting week; Marjan, also known as The Scrappy Mermaid, is going to take us on a fantastic journey with fresh ideas for recording Travel Memories. It is starting on the 19th of February and the final post will be on the 22nd February.

She invited some of her scrappy friends to join her and share their best ideas with a guest post on her blog – and I am very happy to tell you, that I am in with that lucky bunch!
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So don’t miss out to see Alex’s, Nina’s and of course Marjan’s crafty projects. You cannot wait for it to start?! Ok then, I’ve got some sneaks for you – this really is going to be exciting, I’ll promise!

Can you spot “my” project?!

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Hope to see you soon back here!

Happy New Year 2015!


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Happy New Year 2015 to all my family, friends and crafty people out there! This is going to be our year!
How have your festive days been? Mine were busy because I was visiting my parents (and family and friends) in Germany and there is always so little time to catch up with everyone. So I hope no one is too disappointed about me disappearing without contacting them.

Back in the UK since Tuesday evening, it was time to reflect on the passing year 2014 and where it led me – physically, emotionally and creatively: I have moved last summer and hopefully found a place where I can start fresh. My mojo was gone most of the year, but I managed to do some layouts every now and then (much more difficult when not having a craft room any more).

And despite being very very busy during December with juggling different jobs at once, sitting down in the evenings for my coursework and seeing friends at the weekend, I managed to create my Christmas Journal. It is my 7th album and I am proud to tell you that they are all so very different. Different in format, style and the content of course; but we are living in a time, where everything can change rapidly in just seconds.

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And that is one reason, I am not showing you all pages of my journal this year. The journaling which goes with each entry is very personal this year and I don’t want to share it with the whole world. I hope you are not too disappointed. I am still sharing my pages in Shimelle’s Class Forum with the fellow participants of “Journal Your Christmas” – so if you are curious, you can have a look there.

I am not saying, I am stopping blogging, crafting or scrapbooking – it will just change slightly the kind of layouts I am going to share on my blog (if I ever have time again for scrapping ;) ). I am looking forward to finishing my coursework, so that there is a little bit more time to be creative.

Until my next post, here are a few more close ups from my Christmas journal – and it is not finished yet, I’m just waiting for some photos I ordered and then the crafting can resume!
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It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year – JCY 2014

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Hello fellow crafters and scrapbookers! How is your weekend going so far?! You got some time for crafting? As last Sunday, I am back at my craft table (which is overloaded with coursework during the week, but cleared for the weekend) and all the lovely Christmas paper is out of the box! My Christmas Journal for 2014 is ready to go and though the official start of Shimelle’s Journal Your Christmas is tomorrow (on the 1st December), I am starting today already. My excuse? Well, it is the first Sunday of Advent, the “official” start of the Christmas time!

My Journal this year is made out of an cardboard envelope. I cut it to size (finished album is about 6″x9″x2″), collected asterix symbols from my white thickers alphabets and stuck them down to create some depth to the background.  On top of everything I used white acrylic paint, stuck down some rhinestones, glitter glue dots and mounted the title tag on top of a giant silver snowflake.
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The collections I am using this year is Echo Park Paper’s last year’s collection “Tis the Season” (I got it in the sale last year) as I now have a very very tight budget for scrapbooking material. Nevertheless the collection is absolutely lovely and I am looking forward to using it finally, after hiding it away for almost a year.

Have you had some festive encounters already this year?! Yesterday evening I enjoyed an evening out on the first Christmas Do of the season (with my colleagues from the after-school-club) in Wimborne. We all dressed up in out little black dresses, high heels and lots of glamour and had a great time with the traditional Christmas dinner (roasted turkey with all the trimmings). It felt a bit strange to have a Christmas Do in November, but heyho! It nearly was December, it nearly was the first Sunday of Advent anyway, so: Why not? This evening will definitely be included in my Journal at some stage (watch this space).

For now I’m going back to my craft table and get the creativity from my head into action and maybe even starting on my Christmas Manifesto for 2014. But if you got some time, why don’t you pop over to Shimelle, where she was showing some really stunning and colourful layouts to brighten up the Black Friday weekend (and yes, there is one of mine as well!) HERE and HERE and HERE. Enjoy!

First Time Toadstool – A Scrapbooking Layout Inspired by Shimelle

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Happy Monday! I hope you all had a lovely weekend and maybe there was some time for you to sit down and be creative? I certainly try to keep Sundays for at least one scrapbooking layout and maybe some other creative projects (for example the new album for Journal Your Christmas! December is nearly here!).First Time Toadstool - dapfnedesign

This very busy and colourful layout was from last week but I definitely wanted to show it here. A very lovely friend invited me to join in with Shimelle’s new workshop “Inspired by” in which she and a bunch of other talented scrapbookers show where they get the inspiration from when scrapping.

So for my layout I took the colours and the pattern of the toadstool out of the photo and added a lot of spots in various ways: Paper, washi tape and paint splatters.First Time Toadstool - dapfnedesign - close up 1First Time Toadstool - dapfnedesign - close up 2

I used papers by Pebbles “From me to you” and a lot of other bits and bobs from my stash! I found those clock rub-ons by Studio Calico, heart chipboards and quite ancient stickers. Finally you all got to see the things I was hiding away in boxes!

Hope you all have a lovely week! I’ll be back soon with my December Journal – you don’t want to miss this, do you?!

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!