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Tuesday, 20 June 2017

Bit of a Funk......

Good Tuesday everyone!

I hope you all had a good Father's Day weekend? It was pretty good here, we had some lovely weather so we went to the park for a bit. For Father's Day, my husband received a kiss card from my daughter she made at daycare, it's basically a laminated card with a real kiss from our girl that daddy can carry in his wallet wherever he goes. Awwwww :)

From one celebration to the next, as this is our inspirational picture 

Prize is 3 digis from 

I had the perfect paper for this I thought, but unfortunately I seemed to have used it already! So I had to come up with another solution and boy, was that hard this time around! It seems that my crafty mojo has done a runner and I'm left with sheer determination just to create something worthwhile. It happens to me every so often; I just can't seem to remember how to scrap anymore, it 'just won't go'! I always end up thinking that it will never come back and I might as well sell all my supplies and quit, but of course I never do and mojo always returns. However, I did cut myself a little bit of slack when creating this layout; I chose a picture I wanted to scrap and went for some less obvious elements of the picture to make it work. You gotta do what you gotta do, right? ;) 

I started with the big flowers; I found this paper I've had in my stash for years and years and decided to work around that. So my colour scheme is totally different, not a similar location or celebration, but the layout is about family (I married into this family, so that's another connection. Work with me people!) and was taken outside on a sunny day. Other than that, there is not connection I'm afraid, I promise I will do better next time! I am happy though that I managed to complete a page and work through that rut :)

* Lasting Memories (Summer Solstice) I've use my title to create a long border underneath my photo, these photo's were taken in Summer as well 30/6
* Really Reasonable Ribbon (Summer)  I used Twine 5/7
* Simply Create Too (Summer Fun) 30/6
* 4 Crafty Chicks (Summer Fun Activities)
* Scrap & Craft (AG + String/Twine or Ribbon) 28/6

Tuesday, 6 June 2017

Father's Day

Hello all,

I hope you all had a good weekend? We celebrated our 7 year wedding anniversary this weekend and went away for the night and visited the Amersfoort Zoo. It was the first time our girl visited a zoo and she enjoyed it so very much. It was great seeing her response to seeing an elephant and giraffe for the first time beyond seeing pictures or drawings. So much joy for her and us too :) Stay tuned for lots of pages from this experience!

Another (P)inspirational Challenge starting today and this is our inspirational photo:


Lovely bright colours! Again, the picture made me remember a paper in my stash that was just gathering dust, just hanging around; #Forever Young by BoBunny. Actually, I had several papers from that line still in my stash. So i started with the backing paper and pulled stuff in along the way. 

These are pictures from last year's (and my husband's first) Father's Day, as another one is due soon I thought this was the perfect time to scrap these. Yes, there is bright pink on a layout revolving around my husband, but it's quite bold and combined with lovely greens, white and black. Anyway, I prescribe to the idea that I use whatever I want whenever I want ;) I have included some ephemera in the shape of a moustache that our daughter 'made' at daycare and a business card from the place we had our Father Day's lunch. I am not planning to do this for every Father's and Mother's Day, but the first one is kind of special, right? I am thinking I can take pictures of the gifts our girl will make for the coming years and scrap them all together on a page. We shall see!

The sponsor this time around is Beccy's Place, have a look at her shop and see all the beautiful digi's available there!


* Glitter 'n Sparkle (One for the Boys) 10/6
* Crafty Calendar Challenge (Boys will be Boys) 28/6
* Connie Can Crop (It's a Guy Thing) 30/6
* Come and Get It (Anything Goes)

Tuesday, 23 May 2017

Krafty Family Visit

Hi all!

Just one more day at work this week and then it's off to see my parents with our little girl! Now that she's walking, I am curious to see how happy she will be staying in the pram for the duration of the train trip. I am thinking probably not so much.....Anyway, today is the start of another (P)inspirational Challenge, this is our inspirational picture:

 How cute is that? I took the brown, white lace and cuddling from the picture and used it to scrap the story of our girl meeting her grand parents for the first time.

Why not join the challenge this fortnight? You can use the picture any which way you want, just as long as you let us know how you were inspired. This time, there is no sponsor, so this one's just for fun and glory ;)

* Scrap Our Stash (Tic-Tac- Toe) Journal card, Yellow, 3+ patterned papers
* Do-All Kreatives (Let Your Heart Speak)
* Kreative Inkauf (Pennants or Hearts)
* Always Fun Challenge (AG)
* Use Your Stuff (Bohemian Rhapsody)

Tuesday, 16 May 2017

Vintage Birthday card

Hello everybody!

Finally, some nice weather here in the Netherlands! We spent Mother's Day in the garden and on the playground, a great way to spend the weekend :)

I have a vintage-style card to share with you today, I made this for my aunt's birthday. I used up some more Graphic 45 paper scraps, my aunt really liked it!

* Crafty Cardmakers (Add a Sentiment)
* Ooh La La (Something Beginning with B) Banner, Blue
* The Crafters' Cafe (Birthdays)
* Creative Craft Cottage (Three of a Kind) 3 yellow and 3 black pearls
* Glitter 'n Sparkle (One for the Ladies/Mother's Day)

Monday, 8 May 2017


Hi all,

Hope you all had a nice International Scrapbooking Day last Saturday with lots of crafty fun! I had a scrappy evening planned, but I happened to be shopping with my friend in the afternoon and when I wanted to go home, all the trains were cancelled! Well, my train anyway. So I came home at 12 pm! No more ISD left for me....Oh well, I am sure I can plan some time soon and get my scrappy fix!

The new (P)inspirational Challenge revolved around this image:

I used the little flowers as my starting point and scrapped some picture of my own little fairy and her daddy. I used some 'forest' textures, such as woodgrain, branches and leaves too. 

Our sponsors this fortnight are Oddball Art Stamps and Digital Delights. Hope you can join us and share your project!

* Crafty Calendar Challenge (Flowers)
* Crafty Friends (Cute)
* Polka Doodles (Anything Goes)
* Glitter 'n Sparkle (For the Kids, Inspired by a Kid's film) Sleeping Beauty

Tuesday, 25 April 2017

Using Up My Flowers

Hello all,

What a lovely sunny day today in my part of the world! Still cold, mind.....Nothing like a nice summer project to get me going when it's cold outside, so when I saw the (P)inspirational photo this time:

I knew I wanted to scrap some summer photo's! And here she is, our little girl, having an alfresco dinner in the garden. Unbelievable that this was less than a year ago, this weekend she started walking in earnest, stumbling her way around the living room! All the cliche's are true, they do grow up so fast..... I love it and hate it at the same time.

I took several elements from the inspirational photo, including the frame, butterflies and the word TODAY. I couldn't find any leaves in my stash, but I do have an absolute mountain of paper flowers that I want to use up and never do. Same with chipboard and butterflies, they really stump me on layouts! So I just started sticking around a circle I cut with my circle cutter (another one of those must-have tools that I rarely reach for somehow), using up flowers, brads and other assorted pieces I had to hand. I am pretty happy with the result, I tend to use rectangles of paper most often, so when I do something different it all feels so brandnew! I always say I should do this type of design more often, but then I never do....I guess I know my comfort zone!

We have two sponsors this time for the (P)inspirational Challenge: Imagine That Digistamps & The Cutting Cafe. Check out these links to see what beautiful things they have on offer!


* Come and Get It (Circles)
* Creative Sketchy Girls (Flowers and/or Butterflies)
* My Time to Craft (Sequins and/or Buttons) I did both
* Just Add Ink (Choose 2: Metallics, Balloons, Circles) I used Metallic letter stickers and created several circles on my LO
* Great Impressions (April Showers Bring May Flowers) I used a bunch of flowers on my LO and included the purple

Wednesday, 19 April 2017

Birthday Boy

Hello everyone,

Another Graphic45 birthday card to share with you today, I love using up these paper pads for cardmaking! Love the quote and thought it very appropriate for a birthday ;)

* That's Crafty (Outnumbered)
* Try it on Tuesday (Add a Quote)
* Crafty Sentiments (Men/Boy
* Ooh La La (Birthday)
* The Paper Girls (Numbers)
* Dragonfly Journeys (Hip to be Square)
* Words 2 Craft By (Number Mouse)