Monday, June 26, 2017

Goodbye - DT layout for The Cut Shoppe

Hey friends,

So here I am with my last layout for The Cut Shoppe! I am so very grateful to Ashley for this wonderful year! She was the first scrapbooker whose work stood out for me and who I found very inspiring! She is the reason I bought my Cameo back then and started using cut files. Besides being so creative, she is also an amazing, down to Earth person, who has helped me grow in many many ways. I am sad there will not be a TCS DT anymore, but I am sure I will keep using Ashley's cut files! 

As for my layout. I thought it would be fun to create a layout saying goodbye to The Cut Shoppe! For this I used  the Thin Line Alpha and the Open Your Heart cut files.

I'm always trying to use older collections for my TCS layouts, otherwise I never get to and it would be a shame. Here I used Paige Evans' super pretty first collection, Fancy Free, for Pink Paislee.  I love the colours, patterns and awesome embellies in this collection!

I cut both files out of white textured card stock. I backed the letters with a pink ombre paper, so the top letters are more pale. The heart cut file I backed with a citrus green ombre paper, again, the lighter colours are towards the top of the layout. 

I then fussy cut some flowers and leaves from one of the 12x12 papers. I played around a little bit with placement until I found their final spot. 

I used some foam adhesive to pop up the letters so they stand out more and so I can tuck the flowers behind them.

Since the layout is quite white and so is the background of my photo, I layered a few different patterned papers behind the photo. This way it didn't get completely lost. 

I added a couple embellies, not many because I already had a lot going on. Just a few buttons, a wood veneer tab and a puffy sticker.

To finish it off I wrote up my journaling and stamped my date.

I hope you like my layout! Even though this is my last one for The Cut Shoppe, I promise I will be back with more cut file inspirations soon!

Thanks so much for stopping by today!

Monday, June 12, 2017

Fun trip - DT layout for The Cut Shoppe

Hey there scrappy friends,

Here I am with my last before one layout for The Cut Shoppe!

As I was browsing through my cut files, I realized I still haven't used the Hul-La-Ba-Zoo cut file even though I've been wanting to for ages.

While on Spring Break in April, we went on a Safari in Italy and we took many photos of all the different animals. For whatever reason I didn't take more than 2 photos of my favourite giraffes! Either way, I decided to use the giraffe cut file to go with my giraffe pictures and document this memory.

I chose the wonderful Crate Paper Oasis collection which reminded me of Safaris, trips and getaways. Then I cut two giraffes in two different sizes (one image I mirrored so they are facing each other) then backed them with two patterned papers from the collection.

For my background I picked a wood grain paper and I used a very limited color palette, which I find matches the Safari theme. I used embellishments from the Oasis collection: die cuts, chipboard stickers, a chipboard frame and stickers as well as some wood veneers and plain chipboards from other manufacturers.

I created two clusters with tropical leaves, most of these came from the ephemera pack, some I fussy cut from a patterned paper. I also added some chipboard leaves for additional dimension. 

For my title I used the gold phrase stickers from the Oasis collection. I just love the font!

I hope you like how this layout turned out! I will be honest, I promised myself earlier to never use another animal cut file on a layout (long story!) but with these pictures this file was kind of the obvious choice right?! :)

Thank you for stopping by today! I hope you will check my last post for The Cut Shoppe in two weeks, which will only be posted on my blog!

Have a great day X

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

June Kit at Scrapbook Werkstatt

Hi All,
While we are already working on the July (and August!) kits at Scrapbook Werkstatt, I thought I'd show you my projects with the June kit.
Without a doubt this is my most favourite kit so far. It is full of life and summer, which is just what I needed after all the greyness! Pinks and tropical patterns, but also pastels are included. There is a wonderful bottle of gold acrylic paint in there too yay! Really, it's a gorgeous kit and it was so much fun to work with it! The layouts came together very quickly! It happens to me a lot that I love a kit at first sight but then I struggle with my projects for some unknown reason. This kit wasn't one of those! So here's Tausendschoen for you:

What you get in this kit:
8 12x12 inch patterned papers from the following collections:
  • Elle's Studio (Live Laugh Love)
  • Cocoa Vanilla (Endless Summer)
  • My Mind's Eye (Pakm Beach)
  • Foam Letter Thickers from American Crafts
  • Gold Acrylic Paint from American Crafts (59ml)
  • Puffy Stickers from Elle's Studio Live Laugh Love
  • Die Cut Ephemera from Cocoa Vanilla Studio Endless Summer
  • Cut Apart Word Flags from Pretty Little Studio
  • Lil' Snippets Labels from Elle's Studio Live Laugh Love
  • 1 flair button *Juni* from Scrapbook Werkstatt 
This week you also get 20% birthday discount on the kit and most of the items in the shop! Hurry up!

And here are my projects:

I also used the kit for my June sketch layout. Here you see the fab sketch that was created by Nicole this month and my take on it:

I hope I could inspire you in one way or another!
Thanks for stopping by!
Till next time!

Monday, May 22, 2017

Hey hey my my - DT layout for The Cut Shoppe

Hi guys,

I'm back today with a new layout I created for The Cut Shoppe!

I've picked the All Heart Remix cut file which is one of my favourites ever from The Cut Shoppe and I've used it many times too. In fact I've used it in this form as well, cropped into two semi-circles, but I do like this design so I don't mind doing it more than once. The end result is always different since I use different collections, decorate differently and so on.

I've chosen the stunning Wild at Heart collection from Cocoa Vanilla Studio - now that CVS is finally available in Germany (at Scrapbook Werkstatt) I can't stay away :).

I very often go with white card stock for my cut file because I generally don't have a plan in my head when I start a layout. And with a white cut file one can go in many directions!

I backed the bigger semi-circle with different patterned papers from the collection and glued it down on the right top side of my page. I didn't glue down the biggest hearts so they add a bit of dimension.

I layered some tissue paper and a couple of the frame ephemera pieces behind my photo and placed these on the big semi-circle. I added some phrase stickers, chipboards, ephemera, fussy cut butterfly and a flair button to embellish this side. I wrote my journaling here too.

Don't ask about the title...I just had this song on my mind when I was working on the layout :).

As for the smaller semi-circle. I cut this from the same white card stock and glued it down completely so it is flush against the background. I hand stitched a few of the hearts and did some string art.

I filled some hearts with those fabulous glitter enamel dots, some wood veneer hearts and I added a couple more fussy cut butterflies.

I splattered some blue paint across my page to finish it off. I hope I could inspire today in some small way!

Thank you for stopping by X

Sunday, May 14, 2017

My first Travelers Notebook - I am HOOKED!

Hey there scrappy friends,
Long post alert :)

For a long time I didn't know what to do with or even what to think of Travelers' Notebooks. I didn't look into the topic but often I saw different spreads somewhere in social media. Everybody uses them for different purposes it seems!
Then we booked our summer holiday, which will be kind of a road trip in the US - we are trying to visit several places while we are there. First of all, I don't feel like I'd survive without crafting for almost 3 weeks. And then I remembered TNs! As in TRAVELERS notebooks! Of course, I could use some for our travels! Cos, you know, I am very forgetful...My dad remembers every single town, restaurant, museum etc we have ever visited, possibly with dates too. Me on the other hand...I don't remember where I was yesterday. At least this way I will be able to remember :).
So when we went on spring break I thought I'd do a test run with the TN. Trying to figure out what works for me, what supplies I should take on summer holiday. I am really happy I did this! I did learn a lot. More about this a bit later.
I figured I could buy an Instax camera and take a picture or two every day and document our activities, which restaurant we liked (in case we ever go back!), what we've seen. I did just that...Bought myself an Instax Mini 70, (God how I hate Amazon! I bought the camera only 6 weeks ago and it was 30 eur more!) in yellow, because obviously the color is the most important thing, ha! In retrospect I wish I hadn't...The camera is a lot of fun to use; watching the picture develop, especially with a kid that knows nothing of Polaroid cameras is kinda cool. Apparently my almost 25-year-old nephew has never seen a Polaroid camera either. Am I really THIS old?!
I love that the Mini 70 has a small mirror for taking selfies - which of course is a whole lot of fun for an 8-year-old! But then most of the photos are just very bad quality. Don't get me wrong, I wasn't expecting a lot, but in a lot of pictures you can barely tell what you should see. Faceless people. Barely there landscapes. No colors! NO COLORS! Of course I took photos of everything with my other camera too, but still, I was very disappointed that the beautiful bold colors we saw everywhere, were just missing from the Instax photos. Anyway, what could I do? I used them for my TN anyway, because I didn't want to prepare the spreads for photos to be added later at home.
I mainly used the super fun Summer Fun collection from Echo Park which I got from Scrapbook Werkstatt, together with various stamps from Studio Calico, SCT magazine, Lora Bailora, just to name a few.

What I've learnt so far:
  • I need to take apart the TN inserts and make more, smaller books out of them. These inserts are small but because I add cardstock or patterned paper to pretty much every single page, I wasn't even half way through when the book fell apart...Too bulky.
  • Possibly find inserts that have whiter and thicker pages. Then I don't need to add white cardstock or patterned paper to each page.
  • I need to take more white cardstock with me. The problem I had was that my pages were very thin and if I had PP on one side, I had to add some to the other side too otherwise the patterns showed through...When I added white cardstock on one page, I didn't have to add one on the other side. Well, I mostly did because I didn't like the cream colored pages. I prefer white. So find an insert with white pages as stated before!
  • Taking loads of stamps is a good idea! Since I couldn't really add very dimensional embellies to my pages to avoid bulk, I really liked adding some interest by using stamps.
  • I need to take a LOT more adhesive (ATG) - or hopefully buy them locally! With all the craft stores in the US I'm hoping this will be possible.
  • I've missed cut files! I will try to cut some smaller ones to take with me next time!
  • About the Instax...I totally forgot about the existence of the Instax printer lol! I just saw in my Amazon basket today that I had the SP 1 saved in there from a looong time ago haha! See, I told you I was forgetful...Anyway, thanks to the lovely feedback I got on my Insta feed I decided to buy the Instax Share SP 2 printer . I haven't tried it yet, cos, you know, when some technology is involved (Bluetooth ehh?!) it always takes me time to warm myself up to the idea of trying things when I don't need them right away. And the holiday is still almost 2 months away, ha!

I loooooved working in my TN! I love the small format - if I didn't love 12x12 so much, I would consider using TN for documenting our every day life, kind of like Project Life in a different format. Because it would take up so much less space and would also require a lot less supplies (I will admit at this point that this probably wouldn't hold me back from buying way too much anyway).

Sorry for the long post, I just thought maybe some of you have the same problem I had and maybe you can use some of my experience to decide if TN is for you!
Any questions, shoot!

Laters peeps X