Friday, February 26, 2016

True love - Sketch challenge #35 at Scrap Our Stash

Hello hello,

Another 26th of the month, another sketch challenge from me at Scrap Our Stash!
This month Brenda designed the sketch and it is a great one, very neat and pretty. One thinks of love right away.

Which made me think of my best friend's twins and the special bond they have. Plus I haven't scrapped any of their photos in a long time!

In a weak moment I bought every single piece of the Crate Paper Hello Love collection, because I think it's gorgeous. I just haven't thought of the fact that I barely use pink and we don't celebrate Valentine's day either :). So I desperately wanted to use up some of my stock and these pictures seemed to be the right choice to go with!

The stash I used:
List 1: Dear Lizzy (Fine&Dandy mint-white striped paper) and dark pink
List 2: Ephemera (Crate Paper Hello Love tags and hearts)
List 3: Flair ( 3 of them, from A flair for buttons)

There's still a couple of days for you to play along this month, so go check for details on the Scrap Our Stash blog!

Hope you like, see you next month with 2 new challenges! X

Monday, February 22, 2016

This and that - Design Team layouts for I Kropka

Hi there, welcome back! I'm sharing 4 new layouts with you today that I made for the I Kropka DT! I tried to do different in styles, so that hopefully everyone finds something that they like and feel inspired by!

First up is Love Captured. I used some camera chipboard in different sizes, some I painted with water colors, some I embossed. For the butterflies I created this cut file (I think the butterflies are from the Silhouette store) and instead of cutting it, I used the sketch pen to draw the design. Then I water colored all of them. However, the sketch pen is not archival ink, so it will bleed a bit into the water colors. Such a fun technique, if you enjoy painting, try this!


  • Small cameras
  • Middle sized camera
  • Big camera
  • Polaroid Frames

  • Next up is a summery layout. I went for a sketched look here. The waves I did with the same technique as the butterflies on the previous layout. This cut file is from The Cut Shoppe. I cut some strips of different shades of orange papers to represent sunshine in the background. I used this adorable I Kropka frame chipboard for one of my photos, but I did cut it apart because otherwise the bottom design would not have peeked out and it was way too cute to hide it! So I just attached that to my other two photos. I love this frame, it's so sweet! It fits these photos of my son perfectly who at that age was very adorable himself :).


  • Frame

  • The third layout is very simple actually but I think it turned out pretty! I love love love to combine bold colored flowers with black and white stripes and I thought I'd bring them together in a layout too. I've had these ancient Sassafras foldies (die cut flowers that you have to fold to get a 3d effect) and finally I've found a good way to use them. It's a pity they went out of business, their designs were pretty cool (at least what I've seen, because they had gone out of business way before I started scrapbooking!) I just arranged the flowers around the photo to give it a frame and stuck a whole lot of my most favourite I Kropka chipboards in between! Some journaling, title and black paint splatters and that was it!

  • Flowers 1
  • Flowers 2
  • Flowers 3

  • Last but not least a travel themed monochromatic layout. I knew I wanted to use the I Kropka luggage tag and the airplanes plus the airplane paper and I went from there. I did a very simple grid design here. I added some stitching in random places along the edges of each square to give them a bit of texture. I also did some messy stitching around the edges of the layout. Added the chipboards, lots of embellies, washi tape, flairs, gold thread, stamping, paint splatters and cork thickers for the title to finish off my layout.

  • Luggage tag
  • Planes

  • I hope you found something to inspire you! Thanks for stopping by! XXX

    Oh how I wonder - guest designer post for Shimelle (YES! SHIMELLE!!!)

    You guys, I still can't believe this happened but it did! I had the honor of creating a layout for Shimelle's blog! She is doing a pretty cool concept: every week the focus is on something else, for instance scrapbooking with new and old supplies or journaling or portraits and so on. Then one of her DT members creates a layout for this topic and so does a guest designer. Shimelle invited many guest designers for the whole year and we were allowed to choose a topic we wanted to tackle. Basically, she would like to inspire all types of scrapbookers to create every week! I find this such a fun and neat concept! 

    When I saw the list of assignments to choose from I did not even have to go through all, within 2 seconds I saw "monochromatic and that was it! I've been hoarding this striped paper from Shimelle's True Story line for ages, waiting for the right moment, and now it just seemed fitting! I've created this circle cut file from some cars cut files I found at the Silhouette store. Than backed up all circles with different papers: some from the same Shimelle collection, some from my stash. I love using lots of embellies on my pages but here I kept them to a minimum: the wooden buttons and star sticker are from Freckled Fawn, enamel dots and bradz from Simple Stories. I didn't have thickers I quite liked on this layout so I spray painted some white ones with Shimmers Vibez in Deep Blue Seas!

    I am sharing a couple of detail shots, please go to to check out the full layout!

    Thanks for stopping by! X

    Friday, February 12, 2016

    Fight! - Book inspired stash challenge at Scrap Our Stash

    Hey there,

    I'm back today with another Dr.Seuss book inspired stash challenge at Scrap Our Stash! Even though the topic of this book is totally different (I assume...because I have never actually read either of these two books), the design to me looks very similar.

    So again, I took inspiration from the colors and the hand drawn/sketched design. But also, the moose! Since Christmas wasn't long ago, I still have plenty of pictures from our holidays and moose just seemed to fit the winter theme. Funnily enough (at least to me!) I had this picture of my son and my father where they put their heads together, discussing, like when moose are fighting.

    I stamped the lyrics of Little Drummer Boy on the background (no reason, it was just on my mind at the time) and painted some words with watercolor. Like most of the time, I am using a cut file here too, which I found in the Silhouette store. I used some matching Christmas papers from different collections to mat my photo and journaling (yeah, had I known what I want to do for this layout earlier, I wouldn't have spent so much time on stamping and painting the middle...but then again, I am not big on planning ha!). As required by this challenge, I added hearts, some of which I painted, some I left plain, because I love wood veneer just as it is. It looks good on any layout I find!

    Hope I have inspired you to play along at Scrap Our Stash, I myself really love these challenges, they are so much fun! There's always a prize too!

    Thanks for stopping by! X