Breakfast Adventure | Scrapbooking layout with Metal Dies by Craft Asylum | Shimelle by American Crafts


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For this week’s episode of I challenge YOU I would like to dust off your metal dies. I have neglected mine for quite a while. After I moved into my flat last summer, there was a lack of space to store my die cutting machine, the Big Shot, openly and with unrestricted access.I have a good selection of the classic frame dies (by Spellbinders and other well-known companies like Sizzix or Memory Box), shapes and embossing folders.

Then, earlier this year I made the “mistake” to visit Hobbycraft. Although I normally don’t find many useful elements for my type of scrapbooking (Papermania or Tattered Lace are just NOT my style, sorry!), I found some nice Sizzix Thinlits die sets by Craft Asylum – a British company with scrapbooking paper collections (including different sized paper pads, clear stamps, embellishments) and metal dies made by Sizzix to fit their collections. I wasn’t so sure about the patterned paper, but the dies had me! So, I bought these:

Sizzix Thinlits Die Set 2pk Decorative Trim #1Sizzix Thinlits Die Set 2pk Decorative Trim #2 and Sizzix Thinlits Die Set 4pk Decorative Bubbles

Here you can see my page in the process. Borders from trim set #1 and the Decorative Bubbles already cut.Scrapbooking Process - dapfniedesign

The patterned papers I used for this layout are all from the Shimelle Collection by American Crafts. I added some golden die cut circles to it and some golden splatters. I love those little red hearts! They were the leftovers from the die cut strip and I just couldn’t through them away. What a clever idea to include them on my layout, right?

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As I already mentioned, I have a lot of dies. Maybe too many. But I finally found a nice space for my Big Shot Machine, so I can use it without having to tidy it away afterwards – and I hope this will help me to use my metal dies more often! Otherwise they wouldn’t be worth buying at all!

Now it is your turn: Dig out your metal dies and use at least 3 different shapes on your next page! If you don’t have these kind of manual die cutting system, you either can use your electronic cutter (which is quite posh to have I think) or some of your punches (which I also have a lot and use so little). I would love to see your layouts with die cuts, so please leave a comment below and I will have a look on your blog!

Make sure you check back at 6pm BST, when there will be even more scrapbooking inspiration: Jennifer from Jennifer Grace Creates organised a blog-hop with tons of inspiration around her Word of the Year: Focus – and I am part of it! See you soon!



Almonds | Scrapbooking Layout with a BIG Title | Happy Scrappy Friends Online-Crop NSD 2015

My Take On Logo Happy Wednesday! It is time for another My Take On… and I am going back to the Happy Scrappy Friends Online-Crop I was taking part in on the 2nd May. Jana‘s challenge was to use a BIG title on a layout, combined with smaller photos and clustered elements around the picture. Almonds - dapfniedesign - title I think I succeeded at least with the title: I used some plain chipboard letters I had never used (I think they were by Stampin’ Up) and drew around them with a very thin, waterproof pigment ink pen. For the inside of these letters I was going to use some yellow and orange Mister Huey’s Color Mists with a small paintbrush. I had to work quite quick, because the paper soaked up the mists really fast. In the end the paint blended well into each other and I was happy how it turned out. I also like the fact that my colouring in went slightly over the lines – this makes the letters sort of glow!
I also was able to tick off the box with “small photo” – I used an instagram picture, which is slightly smaller than 4×4″.
I am NOT sure I succeeded with the fact that the title should be the main part of the page, but to be honest, it takes a major part, don’t you think? Almonds - dapfniedesign For this page I used papers and elements from the Pink Paislee collection “Citrus Bliss”. I quite like the mix of yellows, pink and green, but I needed some contrast – and that is were the black woodgrain washi tape came in (in combination with the black phrase stickers). The photo, quite bright with the yellow, some darker shades and even the green sea, fits perfect to the Pink Paislee papers!Almonds - dapfniedesign - close up 2 The randomly scattered sequins, and the pink and golden colour mist splatters also helped with combining all the shades together. I especially like the punched butterflies; it has been a while since I last used them, but the time has come to get it out of the box!Almonds - dapfniedesign - close up 1I really like the idea of a huge title that takes most of the space on your layout. I am already planning another scrapbooking page with this feature – stay tuned!

See you all on Friday, when I will be back with not only one but two inspirational ideas: a new I challenge YOU episode and a blog-hop with friends of Jennifer Grace Creates in the evening!

Full English | Scrapbooking my Weekend Adventure | Neapolitan by Dear Lizzy | American Crafts

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Hello my fellow friends! I hope you all had a great weekend. Have you been crafty? I haven’t, unfortunately, but I managed to fit in a visit to IKEA on Saturday – what is not to like?! Before loading up the trolley with a new craft table for me, Mr Evans and I had a late breakfast/early lunch at the restaurant. We both like hearty breakfasts which keeps us going the whole day so we don’t need anything else until the evening.

Full English - dapfniedesign - titleA while ago we went for a really yummy Full English to the Edge Restaurant in Bournemouth, on the cliff top at Alum Chine. The restaurant is on the 4th floor of a posh (holiday) apartment complex Studland Dene with stunning views of Hengistbury Head to the east, Old Harry Rocks to the west – and all the beaches and piers in-between. The restaurant also has a terrace, but as we went there in January, it was just a bit too chilly to sit outside. But the friendly staff allowed us to step outside to take some photos (the left pic). The right picture was taken shortly before when Mr Evans showed me the suspension bridge crossing Alum Chine. When we walked across, it was vibrating. Odd feeling! I am definitely not a fan of unsteady grounds!

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For this page I used some of the older collections I am still “hording” – Dear Lizzy’s “Neapolitan” by American Crafts. When the collection was revealed in January 2012 I wasn’t sure about the background paper, which is acting like a big instagram frame. If I had cut it up, it wouldn’t have worked, so I left it with the rest of the papers for a long time. Finally, this year (yes, three years later), I found the perfect use for it.

As I also have the 6×6 paper pad (and due to the lack of 12×12 scraps of this collection), and I used some of these sheets to create layers behind the two photos. I also found the Polaroid sticker and a few more cardstock words from the same collection, which all fit with the overall theme. And a little bit of bunting just had to be added!
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And before letting you get on with your week, I would like to direct you to Maja’s Inspiration Week, which is starting today on her blog – find all the Flower Power HERE!

I’ll be back on Wednesday with another layout from our Happy Scrappy Friends Online-Crop for National Scrapbook Day. Hope to see you here again!

50° 42.478′ N 01° 33.023′ W | Hurst Point Lighthouse | Scrapbooking Layout with a lot of Numbers

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Happy Friday! Don’t you just love short weeks with just 4 working days? They go so quickly and before you know, it is over.

So just in case you haven’t any plans for this weekend (and if you are still up for more scrapping after last week’s NSD), I have a new challenge for you: Numbers!

Don’t we all have these countless numbers waiting on our shelves and in our boxes, full with Thickers, tiny cardstock stickers and several element sheets? So why not use some (or a lot!) of them up on layouts?! The possibilities are endless! I found some great ideas on Pinterest and here are my 10 favourites:

  1. Date: Use a date or the year as your title – ideal for Years in Review pages or as a starter page in your Project Life Album.
  2. Time: Document a life event with a certain time: the exact time when your child was born or your personal best when running a marathon.
  3. Distance: How far away is your holiday destination? How far do you drive to work every day? How many miles would it be in a whole year?
  4. Birthdays: This is an all-time favourite! Choose just the age of the person (or the combined age if you are scrapping about more than one person), go for the whole date, or – if you document a birth of a new family member – add the weight and size to it!
  5. Countdown: Why not count down the days until your wedding day? Or until your next holiday?
  6. Numbers instead of or in words: Go 4 it! No need 2 be shy. Here you can be really cre8tive!
  7. House numbers: Tell the story of your house or flat you have been living in and use the house number in your title.
  8. Bucket Lists: This is always a good idea to use up a set of numbers (mostly 1 to 10) in one go.
  9. Christmas Journal: Prepare your numbers for your December Journal in advance – get your Alpha stickers or Thickers out and mix them up.
  10. Location: Define a specific place with its geographic coordinates, for example your favourite coffee shop or your secret cove at the beach.

These are just a few possibilities – there is much more out there!

For my layout I decided to go for the geographic coordinates of this lighthouse – that is quite a bunch of numbers I used up at once!

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I also used Croissant Paper from Shimelle’s new collection “True Stories” by American Crafts, which is just FULL of numbers (sadly I wasn’t able to use up number from my stash there)! How perfect is that? I wanted to show off this numbered paper, so I used quite a big block of it on my page. The photo hasn’t got much detail in it, which helps with the busy number-salad around it.

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And just in case you don’t know, which lighthouse I was scrapping about – the “real” name is of course Hurst Point Lighthouse! You can find it on Hurst Spit, close to Hurst Castle, near Milford on Sea, Hampshire, UK. Or just google the position: 50° 42.478′ N 01° 33.023′ W

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And now it is your turn! Get your numbers out of the box and stick them on your layouts! Use them up before their stickiness dwindles!

Here are a few more examples from fellow scrappers. Feel free to add your own (new and old) inspirations in a comment!

Marjan – The Scrappy Mermaid: Cupcakes

Shimelle: Scrapbooking with Letters or Numbers

Julie Kirk: My Month in Numbers

Marie-Pierre Capistran: My Life in Numbers and Photos

The Reason Why | Scrapbooking Layout | Hand Cut Letters

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Hello and welcome to Wednesday’s new series My Take On…

Today I am showing you a layout I prepared for last Saturday’s National Scrapbook Day (NSD). As a former Guest Designer I was invited to join the girls from Happy Scrappy Friends on their online-crop on Facebook. We were able to offer twelve challenges in twelve hours. Our participants still have time to complete their projects until 9th May, although we already received really creative scrapbooking layouts. Keep your pages coming in girls!

My challenge for NSD was a game of Tic Tac Toe – for scrapbookers of course! You were allowed to pick a line, a row or a diagonal line from the grid and use those elements on a scrapbooking project! It is as easy as that!


 These were the elements to choose from:

  • 2+ Photos – use two or more photos on your project!
  • Corrugated Card – some companies include them in their collections, but you also can use an old cardboard box and peel off the top layer.
  • Buttons – they were really trendy a few years ago, but you don’t see them very often nowadays. Still got loads in your stash? Use them now! (Need some inspiration? Have a peek here, here, and here)
  • Washi Tape – still trendy and still lovely!
  • Hand Lettering – create your title either with your own creative handwriting or use your scissors and cut it out by hand! No die cutting machines allowed!
  • Glitter – either loose or as glitter glue, makes your layout even more glamorous!
  • Colour Blue – blue is my favourite colour, so everyone is allowed to scrap with it today!
  • Paint – use all sorts of paint on your project; you can sprinkle, smudge, paint, draw….
  • Doily – not everybody’s cup of tea, but every now and then I still like to use them, when it fits to your style.

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For my layout I used the diagonal line from the bottom left to the top right: the colour blue, the hand lettering and the buttons!

I tried not to use anything else from the grid and I think it turned out quite right! The dots in different sizes and colours (all shades of blue, just how I love it!) make it rather busy anyway, so I didn’t need any paint splatters to add on.

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The Reason Why - dapfniedesign - title - National Scrapbooking Day - Happy Scrappy FriendsI decided to cut my title by hand from a strip of paper I had left over when I matted the photo. I just snipped off about an inch and then free cut the letter without lining it out first; if you don’t feel this confident, try to sketch your letter on the back (make sure it is mirrored!) and then cut it out. You also could print out mirrored letters and adhere them on the back of the paper as a guide.
Some of the Happy Scrappy Friends participants created great pages, there is so much talent out there! View them here: Maja, Bianca and Mel.
I also layered three little embellishment clusters with the buttons, which create my visual triangle on the page.

For my layout I used Shimelle’s new paper collection “True Stories” by American Crafts – a colourful and delightful journey through a palette of pink, orange, teal, yellow and green. I especially love all the different polka dot designs. There are also cameras, coffee mugs, flowers, typewriters and bicycles in there – so stinkin’ cute!

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I hope you liked My Take On… my challenge. Do you feel motivated and inspired now? Come on, get your stash out and get started! There are so many possibilities with this kind of challenge! Make sure you link your layout in the comments so I can come and visit your blog!

And what is coming next? On Friday I challenge YOU to another different form of creating titles for your scrapbooking layouts. Come and join me!