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Behind the scenes and other musings

Hello all! I hope you’ve had a great weekend!

It may seem like I haven’t crafted at all this weekend, as I have not shown you anything since Friday, however, I have been quite busy!

I have been working on a “project life style” book of my Scrapbooking year. 2017 is being so amazing with all the things happening that I decided to keep like a diary. I started a few weeks ago and I have now completely caught up. In this diary/project life book I talk about being part of design teams, when I’ve been to crops, who I sat with and talked to, how I was feeling, etc. It’s a bit more personal than what I write here on the blog, and obviously it is decorated nicely and there are photos too! I may take some photos soon and post them here.

I also made a layout on Saturday morning for a Guest Designer spot for a challenge blog. I can’t reveal any more as it is a surprise! I haven’t heard back from the blog owner so I hope that she got everything that she needs! I would absolutely love to build up my scrappy CV a bit more, although I just enjoy the challenges anyway!

Today I have been working behind the scenes on UK Scrap Addicts. We are planning a super event for International Scrapbooking Day in May and some of the design team ladies have been brainstorming activities, etc. One of the activities planned is a Chinese Whispers game. One of the designers start with a layout, which she then sends privately to a second lady who will scraplift it or use it as inspiration or starting point. So by the time this has been done 12 times, there won’t be any similarities with the original layout at all!

On other news, a few weeks ago I applied to be part of the Simple stories design team for 2017. I knew I had no chance, since my style is nice and all, but it’s nowhere near as amazing as so many other scrapbookers out there, but at least I wanted to try as Simple Stories really is one of my most favourite companies (I also applied on a whim for the Silhouette design team, and look at me now!). Today was the big reveal of the design team, and I already knew that I didn’t make it since I had not heard from them at all. However, I still went to their blog and checked the new team out. I must say that I was very happy to not know a single one of the new designers. Really. Yes, you read that right. I love that there are 24 new designers that I am going to discover. There aren’t any big names like Missy Whidden or Zinia (who seem to be in every single design team in existence!) so I am glad that Simple Stories have chosen “smaller” names.

This weekend there has been an online crop over at the Paper Issues facebook group. I had all the will in the world to participate, but when I looked at the challenges this morning, I wasn’t inspired by any of them! It’s funny how you can have mojo non stop for a few days and when you really want to create, you can’t force it. So I decided not to force it and left it be. I will go back maybe at some point this week (the challenges are open all next week too) and see if I enter any!

And this is it for now. Hopefully I will get some scrapping time tomorrow night after the kids have gone to bed!

Thanks for stopping by,
Maria x

 

Scrapbooking Layout – Hello gorgeous

Hello! This is the fourth layout that I created at the crop on Saturday. Despite having decided that I need to create more layouts of my daughter, I ended up creating two of my son and only one of my daughter! Next time I need to take just photos of Elisa so I avoid the temptation!

This is a very simple layout but I love how effective it is. I sprayed the background with some ink sprays (two Heidi Shines and one Tim Holtz, which is not as shiny as Heidi’s) and then used some Simple Stories’ DIY Boutique collection papers for a monochromatic feel. I added a few enamel shapes from the new Pinkfresh Studio No. 1 Mix, which are awesome!

Hello gorgeous

Thanks for looking and read you soon!
Maria x

Scrapbooking Layout – Take me for a ride

Another layout that I created on Saturday night. This is probably one of my most favourite layouts recently! I looked on Pinterest for inspiration and saw a couple of layouts that used very geometrical backgrounds, and that was it. I knew exactly what I wanted to do!

For the papers, I used Studio Calico “Atlantic” Collection. I bought this paper pad ages ago and haven’t almost used it, so I forced myself to use some old stash (kind of to justify all the new goodies that I have been buying recently!)

The photos are layered with papers from First Edition “Paradise Crush” and also a paper cut from Heidi Swapp which I trimmed to fit the photos.

The embellishments are from Simple Stories “Heart” collection – I felt the colours coordinated quite nicely with the papers.

I hope you like it and read you soon!

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Scrapbooking layout – Fifty shades of cool

Hello all! On Saturday night I ditched my husband and locked myself in my craft room for some scrapbooking! The idea was to find a sketch or challenge to participate in. I watched a Shimelle video recently that mentioned challenges in blogs, and I felt curious. I asked in the facebook group for advice and got several pages where I can find challenges. However, after what it felt like a long time, I realised that I didn’t fancy doing that and all I wanted to do was my own stuff!

So I managed to finish two layouts, which is great, although I went to bed so late! But totally worth it. I am so happy with how they came up.

Today I bring you “Fifty shades of cool“. The main papers in this layout are from My Mind’s Eye “Boy Crazy” collection. I did some white splattering (I mixed acrylic paint with watercolour – just because I knew watercolour alone wouldn’t show much) and also added some black enamel dots (Dovecraft 3D enamel effects)

The embellishments are mainly from Simple Stories “Whatever” collection and the title is made with a mix and match selection from my stash (the big thickers are from the “Regards” collection)

And here it is! It is quite minimal, but I really wanted to play with the title and make it the focal point (other than the photo, of course!)

50 shades of cool

And a couple of close ups

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50shades2

Read you soon,
Maria

Scrapbook Layout – You loved this

Hello! Today I bring you one of my latest layouts. This page was so quick to make! It is a scraplift directly from the Simple Stories blog. The fabulous background paper is called “No worries” and it’s just perfect for a cute little boy layout.

The background paper already has got so many elements that I didn’t feel the need to add much more, so I only added a couple of details here and there, but without making it so busy. The big “Loved This” thickers are from Dear Lizzy’s Saturday collection. There is also some ephemera from the Cool Kid collection.

And not much more to to add about this layout! I just love how easy it was to put together and how effective it looks!

Loved this

And a close up:

Loved this closeup

Thanks for reading!
Maria x