Journal Your Christmas 2015 – 1st to 3rd December 2015

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Welcome back! December has arrived and I managed to squeeze in some time to create some entries for my Christmas Journal. Are you as excited as I am? Let’s start:

1st December 2015 – Christmas Manifesto & Today is the Day!

First things first: My Christmas Manifesto. This year it took me quite a while to get into the right mood and mindset to create my very own intentions for this Christmas time. Believe me, there were a few hot chocolates and at least one big mug of mulled wine involved!1st Dec - JYC 2015 - Christmas Manifesto - dapfniedesign

Much quicker was the actual entry for the first day. My two 4×6 cards are similar to Shimelle’s entries and there is no other journaling or thoughts involved (other than the big manifesto!). When starting to scrap in a different size than 12×12″, I always struggle in the beginning. But after a few entries it is much easier and I’m getting more and more confident with this format (until I have to go back to 12×12″!).1st Dec - JYC 2015 - Today is the day! - dapfniedesign

2nd December 2015 – Countdown Memories (Shopping in Germany)

As this Christmas Journal is my 8th one, I have covered different stories about the countdown to Christmas time. So when Shimelle described her childhood memories in shopping malls, I thought of how it was in Germany when I grew up. I focused on the different opening hours the shops had until the mid 90s, and how it changed and how excited I got about the fact, that there was now more time to go shopping on a Saturday afternoon (they extended it from 2pm to 4pm and then 8pm)! Unbelievable nowadays, when you think of the long opening hours the shops in the UK offering us in this decade, so we can spend our hard earned money up to 24/7!

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3rd December 2015 – The Perfect Gift (Universal Presents)

My memories from my childhood are quite sparse, so I focused on a conversation we had with our children in Year 2 this week: With excited voices they told us what they had written on their wish lists! Later, a girl asked me, what I had on my wish list. But I just asked her back, what she thought was on there. She went quiet for a second. Knowingly and with a big smile on her face she said: “Chocolate! And toys!” And she was absolutely right! I was so glad to discover that some things never change!

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And that is it for the first set of entries. I know, it is still early December, but I am confident that I will hold up with my Journal again. It worked for me so many times with all the preparations I made to create a memorable album.

I’ll be back on Sunday with the next bunch of pages and I would be delighted, if you stop by again!

Fall in Love with Christmas – Journal Your Christmas 2015

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Hello and welcome to the most wonderful time of the year! I am excited to start my Christmas Journal again. During December it is always a magical time and by actively living and documenting it helps me keeping it in my heart for a longer period than just one month.

I am following Shimelle’s online class “Journal Your Christmas” for some time now and this year I am creating album #8 – can you believe it!? I have created all different kind of journals and books (here are my past album covers: 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010 (with pics of 2007 and 2008)) and this year’s journal is made from a Recipe Folder I found at a Waitrose supermarket:
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As the cover said “Fall in Love with Food” I had to alter it a bit to fit my purpose, so I came up with this:

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Much more like a Christmas album, right?

Following my past year’s preparations, I again created little number tags. This makes it really easy for each day of December to create a page – and just add the number!

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I also made sure I had all my stash for my journal together: stamps with chalk ink pads, washi tape, glitter glue, star sequins, wood veneer, more tags, several shape stickers and alpha sticker.

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And to make it really easy for you, I made a quick video with my preparations – all ready for tomorrow, the first day of December!
Hope to see you in Shimelle’s class! Enjoy the video!

Shopping Paradise – Frosty Festivities 2015 Blog Hop

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A very warm welcome to my lovely crafty friends! It is mid of November 2015 and I haven’t been around regularly; but there are certain important dates in the year to take part in – and Jennifer Grace’s annual Frosty Festivities Blog Hop is an important part in the run up to Christmas. This year she spread out her crafty ideas over the whole of November. So make sure you visit her blog HERE to look back on her posts she has done so far (and the ones to come!).

You should have come from Clare B to Scrapbooking Insanity, where I blog my scrapbooking layouts (mostly) and my Christmas Journal during December and January.

Today my layout is a real piece of scrapped paper! Through the years I have gathered a lot of paper scraps from different companies. My Christmas collections are all kept separately. So when I went through them to find some coordinating colours which would go with my instagram photo, I experienced some flashbacks of times when I used these specific patterned papers.

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The papers and embellishments are two to four years old, but still absolutely lovely! I added some old an (very) new Washi-Tapes, golden, wooden and red stars and of course the ultimate golden sprinkles.

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As for the title, I had to be creative. These formerly white enamel alpha letters wouldn’t be visible on the layout (actually a good idea, might have to try it next time and keep the layout really light in colour!), so I used my Copics to add the red colour. Still, there wasn’t an “S” left. My options were these: either find a similar letter from a different alpha set, or use a letter which stands out from all the others. As I couldn’t find anything similar, it had to be something special. I was lucky and found the letter S within October Afternoons Christmas paper collection from two or three years ago. So I cut it out, mounted it on some foam pads and used golden Stickles  to outline it. What an eye catcher, right?

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Try it yourself – make a real eye catcher as part of your title – it doesn’t have to be complicated!

Your next stop in the blog hop is with Furrypig (aka Ruth).

Here is the complete list, just in case you got a bit lost:

Jennifer –
Claire N –
Clare B –
Furrypig –
Jacky –
Julia –
Katherine –
Leslie –
Mandysea –
Sheena –
Jennifer –

Jennifer Grace is giving away a prize pack of a Lawn Fawn stamp set and more – enter to win by commenting on all the blogs in the Frosty Festivities 2015 hop! The giveaway closes on Sunday the 6th of December at 10pm GMT, and is open internationally. Who can resist these lovely goodies? Have a look:


Thank you so much for stopping by. Good Luck and happy crafting!

Happy Scrappy Friends – November 2015 – 5 Star Beach

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Hello fellow scrappers! It is time for another challenge from the Happy Scrappy Friends. As we are approaching December (the most wonderful time of the year I think!) this month is all about the Stars and Bling.

You should have come from Cathleen, otherwise you can start here. Your next stop is with Dori. If you want to take part and share your project, please post a comment at Happy Scrappy Friends.

Hello meine lieben Scrapbook Freunde! Es ist wieder soweit – der 12te im Monat ist den Happy Scrappy Friends gewidmet. Da es schon fast December ist, lautet unsere Challenge fuer euch Glitzer und Sternchen!

Du solltest deinen Weg von Cathleen hier her gefunden haben, ansonsten starte am besten von hier. Dein naechster Stopp ist bei Dori. Wir freuen uns auf deine Umsetzung, bitte verlinke dein Projekt in einem Kommentar auf dem Happy Scrappy Friends Blog.

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My layout shows a photo of Bournemouth Beach, taken on New Year’s Eve last year. It was a sunny and relatively mild day and Mr Evans and I enjoyed the warmth of the sun. We are so lucky to live in this spot of the UK.
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I tried to use as many star items and stash in my layout: patterned paper, washi tape, sequins, (metal) embellishments, chipboard, wood veneer and even rub-ons (which found their way into my hands by coincidence). The big sparkling star once was a Christmas tree decoration, now it found its way onto my layout. A few silver ink spots and the page was finished!5 Star Beach - dapfniedesign - close up 1

Mein Layout zeigt ein Photo vom Strand in Bournemouth, UK. Mr Evans und ich sind dort im letzten Jahr an Silvester spazieren gegangen. Das Wetter war spitzenmaessig – sonnig und mild mit kristallklarer Luft. Einfach herrlich.

Ich habe versucht, so viele Sternchen wie moeglich zu verwenden, um den Titel zu verstaerken: Paier, Washi Tape, Pailetten, Metal- und Holzsterne, Chipboard und Rub-ons (welche durch Zufall in meine Haende gefallen waren). Der grosse silberne Stern war in seinem frueherem Leben ein Anhaenger am Weihnachtsbaum – und nun ist er auf einem Layout verewigt. Zum Schluss habe ich noch einige silberne Farbspritzen verteilt – fertig!

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Nun seid ihr an der Reihe. Sternchen und Glitzer gibts bestimmt auch in deiner Schublade!
Ran ans Papier – auch in diesem Monat gibt es wieder etwas zu gewinnen (Details auf dem Happy Scrappy Friends Blog)!

And just in case you got lost, here is the whole list of this month’s blog hop:


Daphne (you are here!)

Happy Scrappy Friends – October 2015 – I do love to be beside the Seaside

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Hooray! I am so happy to join the talented girls from Happy Scrappy Friends. Every month on the 12th we are organising a blog hop and showing our projects. This month it is all about the colour combination Yellow and Pink.

You should have come from Dana, otherwise you can start here. Your next stop is with Dori. If you want to take part, please post a comment over at Happy Scrappy Friends.

Willkommen auf Scrapbooking Insanity
! Ich freue mich riesig die Happy Scrappy Friends mit ihren monatlichen Challenges unterstuetzen zu duerfen. Diesen Monat dreht sich alles um die Farben Gelb und Pink.

Du solltest deinen Weg von Dana hier her gefunden haben, ansonsten starte am besten von hier. Dein naechster Stopp ist bei Dori. Wir freuen uns auf deine Umsetzung, bitte verlinke dein Projekt in einem Kommentar auf dem Happy Scrappy Friends Blog.

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My layout contains mostly paper and stickers from an older paper collection with a beachy theme: Paradise Beach by Echo Park Papers.

I picked our all the pinks and yellows and threw in some more pink and yellow stickers from other collections. Colour challenges are always fun I think, and really easy to handle for me!

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Mein Layout besteht hauptsaechlich aus einer Papier Collection: Paradise Beach by Echo Park Papers.

Ich habe mir saemtliche gelben und pink-farbenen Elemente herausgenommen und mit weiteren aehnlichen Stickern aus anderen Collectionen ergaenzt. Farbchallenges machen mir unheimlichen Spass und ich finde sie recht einfach zu handhaben.
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Lust aufs Scrappen bekommen? Dann nix wie ran ans Papier – auch diesen Monat gibt es wieder etwas zu gewinnen (Details auf dem Happy Scrappy Friends Blog)!

Just in case you got lost, here is the whole list of this month’s blog hop:


Daphne (you are here!)