Friday, September 12, 2014

DT The Cut Shoppe - The Wonder of It All

I have a new layout to share today for The Cut Shoppe. This time I used the Borderlines Too and Around The World cut files. All papers and embellishments are from the Dear Lizzy  Day Dreamer collection.

I picked one of my favorite pictures from our Canyon road trip last year. We cycled along the south rim of the Grand Canyon, which was a 21 mile ride. Even though it was a tough ride with all the elevation, I would totally do it again! It was the most amazing bike ride ever.

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Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Clique Kits - Leaving on a jet plane

Today I'm sharing my first layout created with the Clique Kits Study Abroad September kit. Clique Kits is teaming up this month with The Cut Shoppe and this is one awesome combination. Ashley designed some fabulous cut files that go perfectly with this month's kit.

I love the strong blue colors in this picture I took during a flight and they worked so well with the papers in the kit. These papers are from Studio Tekturek, which was a new company for me. I loved playing with the bright colors and wonderful designs!

The This Way background and Here There Everywhere cut files are from The Cut Shoppe, designed for this kit. And don't you just love this yellow alpha from Jillibean Soup? It's available in the Clique Kits School Store where you can find extra matching-to-your-kit goodies each month.





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Friday, September 5, 2014

My fave beaches

Hi everyone! When I started scrapbooking, back in 2004, all my layouts were double pages. I simply thought that it looked prettier in my albums. All of a sudden there was a turning point and I never ever made a double pager again. Last week I thought it was fun to try a double pager again and oh boy, I was struggling with it. It was so hard to come up with a design and I forgot how much work it was.

Luckily there are always some awesome cut files from The Cut Shoppe that come to the rescue! So I went for the Centered Chevrons cut file to create my backgrounds and this was a good opportunity to use up my scraps from the Basic Grey Highline collection. I also added two buttons from A Flair for Buttons. I think in the end my double pager turned out fine, but it's not very likely you will see another double pager by me again soon ;-)

Thanks for stopping by and have a great weekend!

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

DT announcement - Clique Kits

It's with so much joy and excitement that I can announce that I'm chosen to be part of the very first DT of Clique Kits!! 

I'm looking forward to a fun and creative year, surrounded by very talented ladies from all over the world. Check out the Clique Kits blog overhere to see who are with me on the team.

Last week I've been working on some projects with my September Study Abroad kit. One of the very exciting things this month is the team up between Clique Kits and The Cut Shoppe. Here are some sneak peaks of what I've been working on so far.

Clique Kits brings you the newest scrapbooking papers, matching and very unique embellishments and exclusive flair buttons, cut files and printables each month to your door step. If you don't want to miss any kit, you can sign up for your subscription overhere and become a part of The Clique. Also the School Store is expanding each and every month, this is the place where you can get extra matching products to your kit and they will ship for fee with your kits!

You can find Clique Kits on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, Twitter and Flickr. Please stop by and follow to find all the inspiration the team will bring you!

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!

Monday, September 1, 2014

Scrappy Blog Tour

Hi everyone! Last week I was tagged by the amazingly talented Aleksandra Gadji on her Scrappy Blog Tour post. Not only does she make the most beautiful layouts with fabulous designs, I'm also very lucky and happy to call her my friend. Thank you Alex for being awesome and tagging me!

Now on to the questions I have to answer for the Scrappy Blog Tour.

What am I working on right now?
This month The Cut Shoppe has a team up with Clique Kits. We all received the Clique Kits September kit to work with and Ashley designed some awesome cut files that match the kit perfectly. Right now I'm working on some projects with this kit, here's a little sneak peak.

How long does it take me to create a project?
I'm a slow scrapper, there's no way I can create a layout without walking away from it a couple of times! During the weekends I can do a layout in about 2 or 3 hours. Because I work full time, I don't always have the time or energy to work 2 or 3 hours on a layout, so a layout can also take about 2 or 3 weeknights. I use my dining table to scrap and I can leave everything out there, which makes it easier to spend some free 30 minutes on a layout. Oh the joy of living alone and not having to use the dining table for dinner :-)

What are my favorite things to create with at the moment?
On almost every project I use something that is cut with my Silhouette Cameo, I can't imagine my scrappy life without it anymore! Finally I'm finding my way with washi tapes, in the beginning I had a hard time using them but I love the extra little detail and color it gives to my projects. The monthly Clique Kits are a fave of mine since they started in April this year, the kits are put so well together and I love all the exclusives in them. And last but not least, I can't work without wood veneers. They are so cute and between all the color in my pages, they give a nice neutral touch.

How does my writing/creating process work?
It depends if I have a DT assignment or not, but in the end I always get inspired by the product I'm working with or the picture I want to scrap. I prefer to scrap with products all from one collection, you can call me lazy but that's just how it works best for me. When I chose the collection and the picture, I start with selecting the embellishments from said collection that go with the picture. It doesn't mean I'll use them all, but I like to have those in front of me that will work with the picture. The next step is picking the papers that will work best and deciding if I want to go for a background cut with the Silhouette. When I have everything out there, the moving papers and embellishments is starting. Sometimes I have a design in my head and sometimes I just go with the flow and will see what happens.

How do I become inspired and stay inspired?
I always get my inspiration out of the product I'm working with, because that is what I have to deal with. A pattern in a paper, the shape of an embellishment or a title cut with my Silhouette mostly becomes the start of the design of my layout.

What is my signature style?
I always find it so hard to answer this question, I don't think I can describe it in just a couple of words. You'll always find a lot of (bright) colors on my pages and many cut files made with my Silhouette Cameo. I'm not the kinda girl that gets her hands dirty, but I do like to stamp in black here and there on my pages. Also you can find stitches on my layouts very often. I don't have a sewing maching, simply because I just can't handle them, so every single stitch on my projects is done by hand.

Now on to the very talented ladies that I'm tagging.

Monique Liedtke: she has such a great eye for design and details, I can keep looking at her projects and spotting new details all the time. I'm also very happy to have her living nearby and being able to meet up every now and then, which we actually should do more often but you know how life happens...

Erica Thompson: I have 'met' Erica at Clique Kits, she's one of the fabulous women who own and run the kit club. She is such a sweetheart and she has some amazing cardmaking skills that I'm little jealous of! It's not only cards that she makes, she also rocks with her layouts, mini albums and other paper crafting projects.

Mary Jo Rhoda: I'm a fan of her work for a long time and I'm so happy to be with her on the Paper Issues team! She is so very creative in how she uses any kind of scrapbooking product and she's so sweet and funny at the same time, you just gotta love her!

Please stop by the blogs of these wonderful ladies, check out there work and say hi on my behalf.

Thanks for stopping by and enjoy your day!