Wednesday, 31 March 2010

Magpieclub layout & March Nook kit

I don't know about you, but ever since the beginning of spring I've got this urge to (spring) clean!!! And because it was my day off today, that's exactly what I did: I threw away all my scrapbooking magazines from 2003 - 2007, about 150 of them!! I reorganized my cd's and part of my books (threw away and gave away a lot), threw out lots of kid's things - things they want to keep because you just never know, but which are just gathering dust in my livingroom! I'm so glad I took the time to do this, I've been looking at the mess for ages and I couldn't bring myself to start .... and now I finally did it, it feels liberating, it really does! (but this was only 10% of what I should do.... :(:(:()

Luckily I had been scrapping a bit yesterday and the day before, so I do have one layout I can show you. I used the sketch from the Magpie club which fitted my photo perfectly!!

If you look real hard, you'll see a slight difference between the layout above and below.... I can't help myself... I just have to keep adding things to my pages, my layouts are never finished.... LOL!and some details:
Made this layout with my March Nook kit, isn't it super beautiful??

Thanks for stopping by and hope to see you back soon!
Hugs, Monique

Monday, 29 March 2010

A "toot" & a layout!!

Finally I get to tell you my secret!!! I'm so happy!!!! :):):):):):):):):):):) ..... I got chosen for the Design Team of..... drumroll...... MyStampBOX!!!!!!! Yeah!! Isn't it amazing??

And here are the names of my fellow DT members:

* Allison Cope, DT coordinator, Canada
* Leica Forrest, Education coordinator, Canada
* Agata Pfister, Switzerland
* Cherie Nymeyer, Canada
* Ellen Sosnoski, USA
* Eva Pizzaro Videla, Italy
* Gudrun Loennecken, Germany
* Jill Hildebrand, Canada
* Jing-Jing Nickel, USA
* Jolene Johnston, USA
* Lynda Lindley, USA
* Maria Schmidt, Germany
* Maryfrances Fabri, USA
* Monique Liedtke, Netherlands
* Tina McDonald, Canada
* Tracey Taylor, Canada
* Virginie Delbecq, France

And the Guest Designers:
* Brenda Weaver, USA
* Al-Marie Campana, USA
* Sandrine Hennuy, Belgium
* Jaine Drake, Luxembourg
* April Hall, USA
* Wendy Morris, USA

I'm so thrilled to be working with this bunch of talented ladies!! Can't wait for my stamps to arrive and get started!! Please go check out the mSB site, their stamps are too cute!!!!

And now my layout.... as it's Monday I get to show you my layout for The Scrappiest. Liz made the most amazing sketch and I loved working with it. Here it is:

And here's my take on it, used some new My Little Shoebox, love those pp!

The title is "tough hairdo", if you go to The Scrappiest's blog you'll notice that Liz didn't mention the title. I guess it's because she doesn't know what "stoer kapsel" means...*LOL*!

So if you need any stamps you'll go the myStampBOX and if you need a sketch, go to The Scrappiest!!! and don't forget to mention you arrived there through me!

Have a wonderful week and see you soon!
Hugs, Monique

Sunday, 28 March 2010

Happy Sunday!!!

Vandaag was wel zo'n heerlijke dag!!! Ondanks dat we een uurtje minder hadden vannacht was ik toch weer vroeg op. De reden was dat ik zo'n leuke dag in het vooruitzicht had en als je dan eenmaal wakker bent dan kan je gewoon niet blijven liggen.... Wat ik dan ging doen?? Ik ging met 2 vriendinnen eerst scrapshoppen in Doorn, daarna lunchen in de Helenahoeve en daarna wandelen door de Doornse bossen in dit heerlijke lenteweer!!

I had such a wonderful day today! Wanna know why??? Well, I've been scrap shopping with 2 of my best friends, with a superb lunch afterwards and a long(ish) (spring) walk through the woods!! and we had such FUN!! I haven't laughed this hard in months; at the end of the day the muscles in my face hurt from so much laughing!!! I love days like this, wish there were more!! :):):):):)

Voor tienen stond ik al bij Renata op de stoep, daarna snel door naar Yvonne en toen de A12 op. Om klokslag 11 uur waren we in Doorn en daar was het al druk in de winkel, niet normaal!! Maar ja, wat wil je, wat een onwijs leuke winkel is dat toch. Na 2 uur winkelen en koffie drinken hadden we allemaal een tas vol!! Ik ben helemaal blij met deze snijmachine van WeR

(hoop ik, want ik moet 'm nog proberen!), verder nog een borderpons, veel Sassafras, Prima en GCD gekocht!

And this is what I bought: the WRe trimmer with lots of possibilities (does anyone have any experience with it??), another border punch (!!!) and lots of Sassafras, Prima and GCD, Yummie!!
Daarna op naar de Helenahoeve voor een clubsandwich (die had ik daar de vorige keer dat ik er met Mieke was ook en die was zooooo lekker) en een koffie verkeerd.
En dat moesten we er natuurlijk aflopen, dus gingen we de wandeling van 6 km lopen (die werd wat langer want aan het eind misten we het eindpunt omdat je in een cirkel loopt en dus liepen we 'm gewoon weer opnieuw!! LOL!! toen we het merkten zijn we gauw weer terug gegaan....). Onderweg hebben we erg veel lol gehad en zelfs een uitkijktoren beklommen! Gelukkig had Renata haar fototoestel mee (ik was 'm vergeten!! hoe bestaat het!) dus nu hebben we een paar leuke foto's!

Pffff! Even uitrusten hoor!! and now it's time to relax!!

Dit was het weer voor vandaag.... en nu: SCRAPPEN!!!!

Big hug, Monique

Saturday, 27 March 2010

My mom...

... passed away in May 2009 and only with difficulty am I able to scrap photos of her....

I adore this photo of my youngest (here he just turned 2) making music with his grandmother (the journaling reads: Feb.2010: Mats: "It's such a shame grandma passed away.... with whom am I going to make music now?"). He said this to me when we were in the car together, totally out of the blue, we weren't even talking about my mom.... so sweet. Sometimes you just ask yourself what goes through their little minds.... :)

The sketch I used is from the Prima blog: March's Build-A-Page challenge:
Here's my take on the sketch:

And some details:
Used the Flights of Fancy and Shabby Chic lines together with lots of flowers (don't you just love the little flowers on the border??? I just "braided" them to create this border) and one of the new stamps (the musical notes in the corners).

Hope you'll have a lovely weekend and thanks for visiting my blog!

And make sure you'll be back Monday 29 March, because I have some EXCITING news and I have to wait until Monday before I can spill the beans!!!

Hugs, Monique

Wednesday, 24 March 2010

My favorite drink

Al blog hoppend vond ik deze voor mij nieuwe challenge website "these are a few of my favorite things" en omdat ik gek ben op challenges (had je niet gedacht hè?) heb ik er vandaag een layout voor gemaakt. De challenge deze maand is "these are a few of my favorite drinks"!!

Recently I discovered a "new" challenge site called "these are a few of my favorite things" and because the site looks really cool I decided to bookmark it and join them in one of their challenges a.s.a.p. This month their challenge is "these are a few of my favorite drinks".

Mijn favoriete drankje heb ik ontdekt toen ik vorige jaar in Californië was: Iced White Chocolate Mocha!! Dat is wel zo ontzettend lekker!! dus zie hier mijn (voor mijn doen tamelijk simpele) layout!!

During our holiday in California last year I adored this drink called "Iced White Chocolate Mocha" and so I decided to use the photos of this drink for my layout.
Some details: Ik heb het papier van de "old world cabbage stew" line gebruikt met wat "chicken noodle" cardstock stickers en wat grote alfa's, allemaal van Jillibean Soup. Het hartvormige "frame" is van Technique Tuesday.

I used pp from the "old world cabbage stew" line, cardstock stickers from the "chicken noodle" line and the big alfa's all from Jillibean Soup. I just LOVE those papers!!! The frame is from Technique Tuesday.

Thanks for visiting my blog and hope to see you again soon!!
Hugs, Monique

Monday, 22 March 2010

Spring layout

Spring is finally here!! How I longed for it!! I felt really tired lately and I blame the weather.... let's hope it's getting better now!

And not feeling well has definitely an impact on my scrapping... I don't know how it is for you, but when I'm feeling down I cannot create a thing! So, lucky for me we had a very sunny Sunday and when I sat down with my AC Dear Lizzy papers I created this:

and some details:
A spring layout of course (not only the weather, but the Dear Lizzy line too, calls for a spring layout!) with photos of Mats decorating branches with Easter eggs and bunnies.

And this is the sketch is based upon, sketch #57 from The Scrappiest!! Isn't it just great? Why not give it a try too and maybe you'll be the lucky winner of $ 20,- in stash cash over at Your Scrapbook Stash!
Thanks for dropping by and see you soon!
Hugs, Monique

Wednesday, 17 March 2010

Another try...

Okay, I said I would try another layout with Prima , so here it is!! I love the papers, embellies and stamps (that's why I bought them of course) but I'm often not satisfied with the scrapped result. However, this time I think it turned out okay.

Photo is Manon with Jippie and the journaling is about how I find it important to have a pet in the household so kids grow up with pets, learning to respect them, and that Manon already learned this lesson.....

And some details:

Used Shimmerz on the flowers; love the result!

I used a PageMaps sketch (didn't see the challenge was for US residents only, duh!!!).
Thanks for your visit and see you soon!

Monday, 15 March 2010


Hi all!

Hope you had a better week(end) than I had! I came down with some kind of flu and I still don't feel too good and therefore didn't feel like scrapping at all ... Sorry!

However, I can show you this layout I made for The Scrappiest!

Last January Mats had a birthday party for his friends. He had decided on a pirates theme, so I bought lots of eye patches and earrings and the kids made their own pirate t-shirt. Don't they look scary???
Almost everything I used is from the Monstrosity line from Sassafras, except for the two robots from Maya Road, the (painter's) tape, the buttons and the ribbon. Here are a few details:

And here is sketch #56 from Liz from The Scrappiest:

If you want to see what the other DT members did with this sketch please hop over to the The Scrappiest blog! and if you decide to use it too for your layout please link it to the blog and maybe you'll be one of the lucky winners to win $ 20 in "stash cash" from "Your Scrapbook Stash"!
This is it for now. Have a wonderful week and see you soon!
Hugs, Monique

Monday, 8 March 2010

My new Prima and a new sketch!

Monday... that means not only the start of my working week, but also a new sketch from Liz at The Scrappiest!!!
And because I bought lots of Prima recently, I used it straight away.... do you recognize who's on the photo??? It's only about 36 years ago.....

and some details:
Although, I must say I'm not totally happy with the result. I just love those Prima papers, but they call for a "vintage" layout and vintage is not really me... BUT because those papers are so beautiful I'll keep on trying!! Maybe one day I'll find a style that fits both Prima and me!!

Thanks for your visit and see you back soon?!
Hugs, Monique

Wednesday, 3 March 2010

LOVEs acting funny!!

That's the title of this layout! Don't you just love this goofy picture of Mats wearing his undy on his head??? (it's a clean one, LOL!).

This week's challenge at the American Craft blog was make a love-themed layout or card using two or more AC products.

I used the Blue Skies line: papers, clear stamps and adhesive badges. Furthermore white Bazzill, currugated cardboard and a HS journaling cirkel.
Some close-ups:
Look what arrived in the mail yesterday!!! It's from a RAK I won over at the challenge blog "These are a few of my favorite things". Thanks Amy!! Love all the vintage goodies you've sent me! Love it when this happens!

And I think spring has finally arrived! The sunshine on my face felt soooo good this morning! I really hope this weather is here to stay, although the weather forecast is not that good :(.

This is it for today! Hope to see you back soon! Hugs, Monique