Tuesday, 24 November 2015

Magic | Scraptastic Club November kit "Feels Like Home"

Here's my first layout created with Scraptastic Club's fabulous “Feels Like Home” kit and add-on. I’m a huge Pebbles fan, so when I saw this kit, I just had to have it (even though I had bought quite a lot of the Pebbles DIY collection already). There are a few manufacturers I’ve got a real crush on and Pebbles is definitely one of them! And I don’t know how she does it, but Jessica always knows to pick scrapbook stuff for her kits that I really really love!

This layout was created quite fast as I knew straight away I wanted to use those frames as the base for my photos. I just adore that gold foil frame!!

The wood veneer background sheet and both the grey and pink strips of paper are from the Pink Paislee “Cedar Lane” collection, which match perfectly with all the die-cuts from the Pebbles DIY collection I used. The beautiful thin washi tape with the silver stars comes from Freckled Fawn and looks awesome with these papers and die-cuts.

When I had glued the wood veneer word “Magic” to my page I decided that I didn’t like it quite so close to the word “smile” (on the black frame) after all and so I decided to adhere one of the Dear Lizzy cork bows on top of the word “smile”. I think it looks much better now:

Aren’t those Pebbles gold foil die-cuts awesome?!! The wood veneer word is from Freckled Fawn and I just love it!

Thank you so much for stopping by! And if you want to see what's in the Feels Like Home kit or add-on then hop over to Scraptastic Club's blog. There you'll find all the info you need!


Monday, 23 November 2015

Guest Designing for Pebbles!!!

Good morning friends! After weeks of having to keep silent I can finally spill the beans! For November and December I'm Pebbles guest designer!!! I'll have 2 blog posts in both months and created a lot of projects with collections from Jen Hadfield and Winter Wonderland!

Last week my first blog post was up on their blog and today I thought I'd share it here too. So here're the first two projects I made with the "Home + Made" collection from Jen Hadfield and oh my, what an awesome collection this is!! It's one of the most beautiful collections I know! I just love all the gold accents, the beautiful designs and those amazing colors!

When this collection arrived on my doorstep the chalkboard was the item that immediately caught my eye and I just needed to get started with it straight away. Here's what I did:

I decorated the chalkboard but left space on the right side to clip on some of my favorite photos: I started with several different pieces of patterned paper and because the chalkboard has rounded corners, I too rounded the corners of my papers (but only at the bottom). As I loved the smooth look and feeling of the 3"x 3" Minc cards I also included two of those and also a phrase tag and a piece of decorative tape. 

First I adhered four pieces of patterned paper: 

And next came the other embellishments:

The photos and the second tag are not adhered with any adhesive but I used a clip (from my own stash) to fasten them, so I can change them whenever I want:

I really love the result! The photo of my son with our dog is very precious to me as it's one of the last photos we took of our dog; she passed away only a few months later. 

And a few detail photos: those Minc cards are so very beautiful!

Homemade Minc 3x3 Card Set
Homemade Puffy Phrase Stickers
Homemade Decorative Tape

Next I created this layout. I love making layouts, it's what I do most. I used a photo of my daughter and I. We went to London last August and had an amazing time. London is one of my favorite cities to visit and this photo was taken near London Bridge: 

I always like to use many different kinds of patterned papers for my layouts, but in this case I found I also needed something a bit more "subdued" and so I chose to use one of the kraft bags on my page as well. I love the gold glitter dots on it! The puffy "hello" sticker was used to hide some unknown people in my photo. Love it!

The glitter hearts were punched from smaller kraft pocket tags using the Homemade dies. The word "hello" was also punched using these dies and "you are loved" is a stamp from the Homemade stamp set.  

The "You are my Happy" card was cut from the sheet "Best Day Ever" and the flower card is one of the Minc cards. The black "Best Day Ever" sticker is one of the Homemade Puffy Phrase Stickers. 

Homemade Minc 3x3 Card Set
Homemade Puffy Phrase Stickers
Homemade Dies Set
Homemade Clear Acrylic Stamp Set
American Crafts Thickers Printed Foil Letter Stickers

Thank you so much for stopping by my blog today! And stay tuned for my next Pebbles blog post, which will up on their blog on November 27th! Have a great day!


Wednesday, 18 November 2015

Thanksgiving Personal Gift Bags | Imaginisce

Hi everyone! For today's Imaginisce project I thought I'd create 6 little gift bags with their Give Thanks collection, which I want to use on our dinner table for Thanksgiving. I decorated the bags and added the names so I can also use them as name plates. I want to put a little something in the bags, like a mint chocolate to have with the coffee we always drink right after dinner and add a little personal wish.

I used a die set from American Crafts to create the bags and decorated them with die-cuts, phrase stickers, sticker-stackers, puffy stickers and enamel dots from Imaginisce's Give Thanks collection. Here're some detail photos:

And on the back of the gift bags I added a little phrase sticker as well:

Aren't they cute?! 

To create the bows I used a fork and a piece of ribbon and followed the instructions I found here on Pinterest. Of course I used Imaginisce's "I-Magicut", the ribbon cutter and sealer to make sure all the bows had nice smooth ends: 

The I-Magicut tool is so simple to use: just place your ribbon inside, close the top and press the button a few seconds so the thin metal wire inside the tool heats up and cuts through the ribbon and sealing it at the same time:

And this is what I had in mind for our table setting. The little bow adds a nice finishing touch, don't you agree? 

And here they all are once again:

Imaginisce: patterned paper, die-cuts, puffy stickers, sticker stackers, phrase stickers, enamel dots (Give Thanks); American Crafts: Shimelle die-set. Tools: Imaginisce I-Magicut.

Thank you so much for stopping by my blog today! I hope you'll have a fabulous Thanksgiving! 


Tuesday, 17 November 2015

Scrapbook Generation CREATE Magazine November Issue!

Good morning everyone!! The November issue of SG CREATE Magazine went live and it's once again bursting to the seams with inspiration!! If you want to check it out, go HERE!

And because I'm one of the Design Team members I've got three projects in this magazine, which I'll post on my blog during the next couple of weeks, but here're a few sneak peeks. Of course, if you want to see my full projects now, just hop over to the magazine

Here's a peek of the layout I created for the "Winter" theme, using lots of Doodlebug product: 

This is for the "Gelatos" feature, using Elle's Studio product: 

And this one is for the theme challenge, the "baby" feature, using Imaginisce product:

So, if you want to be inspired, then head on over and check out the Scrapbook Generation Create Magazine November 2015 issue. Have fun reading!!


Friday, 13 November 2015

Two more "Riptide" layouts | Scraptastic Club

Hi everyone, today I want to share the other layouts I created with Scraptastic Club's Riptide kit and add-on

First this one which I created for the Thursday Challenge. We (Victoria and I) thought it would be fun to create a layout using big hand cut letters for the title.

To create the letters I used a very old alphabet stencil (from way back when I got started scrapbooking) and drew the letters with a thin pencil line on the back of the sheet and cut them out. If you don’t have stencils like these you can also use chipboard letters and trace them with a pencil, or use the empty chipboard frame that is left when you’ve used all the letters, but maybe even easier, you could also type your text in your computer and print it straight onto your scrapbook paper and then hand cut it.

The photos of my kids are taken in front of our house and so the Amy Tangerine die cuts of the houses were just perfect! I also love those Pretty Little Studio hearts, because if you look closely you’ll see that there are houses printed on those as well!

And don’t you just love these die-cuts with the gold foil?!

If you want to see what Victoria created for this challenge then stop by Scraptastic Club's blog

Next up I have this layout "Life Is Short, Don't Be Lazy" layout: A couple of months ago I got a brand new bicycle and of course I took lots of photos of it, like the ones I used for today’s layout. In The Netherlands a bicycle is the main way of transport and everyone has at least one bike in his/her shed, but very often we have more than one (one to do the shopping, one to cycle to the station – bicycles often get stolen there, so you take a cheap/old one with you -, one to race, …. you get my drift). My new bike is called a “heavy duty” bicycle and is mostly meant to use in the city, to do the shopping, to taxi the kids, etc. But although it’s not really meant to cycle “tours” with, I love to do so once in a while. And that’s what we did the day this photo was taken. We, my hubby and I, cycled from one village/town to the next, had coffee on a terrace along the way and all in all had a great time.

For the background of my page I used one of Scraptastic Club’s digital cut files (from the Elastic Heart kit, August 2015). I really love those and often cut all the files the moment I get them and then I keep them in a small drawer to use them when I need them. The papers and embellishments I used here are almost all from Amy Tangerine’s Finders Keepers collection. When I get my new kit, I start sorting all my papers and embellishments by manufacturer, in this case American Crafts’ Amy Tangerine and how I adore her collections!! Isn’t the tag with “Life is short don’t be lazy” just perfect for these photos?!

I always try to add a bit of journaling to my pages (not just the date, lol), but often forget about this resolution until it’s too late and my page is “full”. In this case I decided to write the text in the little triangles. Really loving the result.

I find it always very hard to use (die-cut) cards with photos on them, like this one. But with my photos it kind of matched. Love it when that happens!

Thank you so much for stopping by my blog today. Have a great day!

Monday, 9 November 2015

Let's Travel | Imaginisce

Good morning everyone. Here's another Imaginisce travel layout I'd like to share. I just can't get enough of the Happy Traveler collection! The bright colors are so "me" and the designs are perfect for just any travel photo I've got!

For this layout I used photos of a recent trip to London. London is one of my favorite cities to visit and lucky for me it's only an hour's flight away. Last August my daughter and I accompanied our American aunt and uncle there and had an awesome time.

Public transport in this city is awesome. You can either choose the underground, the red double-decker buses or the (black) cabs. We used all of them! Like this one day when we took the "hop-on, hop-off" bus and saw all the important sites in the city, or the evening when we went to see the musical Jersey Boys and used a black cab to take us there and back to the hotel. So when I saw the wood veneers belonging to this Imaginisce collection, I could believe my luck! There were both a London bus AND a (black) cab! You understand that I just had to include them on my page!

I also adore all the die-cuts and puffy stickers belonging to the Happy Traveler collection! To cut the title I used my Silhouette Cameo.

Being on Imaginisce's design team has a lot of perks, like getting all the fabulous tools Imaginisce carries! I've always got them nearby when I'm scrapping! Like the D-Stress Tool, which I use to smoothen many of my cut files.

Imaginisce: patterned paper, wood veneers, die-cuts, puffy stickers (Happy Traveler). Tools: Imaginisce cordless D-Stress Tool (engraver & paper edger).
Other: Silhouette Cameo, cutting files from Kerri Bradford (travel) and The Cut Shoppe (let's).
This is it for today! Hope I've been able to inspire you a little bit! For more fun Imaginisce projects, please hop over to their blog.
Thank you so much for stopping by my blog today!