A few weeks ago I announced that I was ending my business as of the end of this year. Well, I've decided to cut it short and end it effective immediately. No hard feelings, it's just something I really need to put behind me to just move on and "live". When I wrote that blog post awhile back I felt a large weight come off me, so my gut feeling must be right,..right?
I will still keep this hobby up, but will no longer be practising it as a side-business. That means I will update my blog now and then, will facebook, pinterest and instragram the heck out of everything. LOL - That keeps me busy enough as it is. :)
Stay tuned for anything that interests you on my blog....my now private blog. I'm keeping the name though! Just like the ring of it! :D
See you around in the scrapbooking world!
Should you have any questions, feel free to shoot me... an email that is. ;-)
Hey there, thought I'd blog since I realized yet again....that it's been about a MONTH. sowwy
My dad's 75th birthday was on 25 July 2012. Wow! He has been truly blessed with a ton of guardian angels, which we are all very thankful for. I made him this card and he will be getting a nice album (when it's finished) ... I'll post photos later. ;-)
What's been going on... well, on 2 August we celebrated Jenna's 9th birthday. Time flies as they say. Incredible how she's grown and how independent she's become. She's just getting prettier by the day....boys, watch out! She's going to be a heartbreaker for sure! :D My little cutie.
Since her one grandma wanted to get her a bike and we wanted her to be able to pick it out, I made a pop-up card with a bike (cut with cricut expression) as a symbol of this plan. ;-)
She loved it!
We celebrated at the pool, which was a fantastic idea since it was pretty much empty except for us. People were unsure of the weather, plus it's summer vacation (people are away) and the kids had a super time.
They either took over the entire sand box (had parents asking for "permission" to get a bucket of water for their toddlers - LOL) or they were jumping around in the pool. As a little gift and thank you for coming, I made these cool wallets out of iced tea cartons that I got directions from at this site: http://spoonful.com/crafts/carton-wallet
Well, the kids thought those were just so awesome. Made me feel awesome too. ;-)
In August also, we found out that we got a place for Jenna at another daycare (where some of her friends and classmates are) after we had actually received notice that they could not provide a place. We had been ok with that, since the place she was at was great as well, offering so many things to do and lots of sports. We decided to leave it up to her, so she wanted to go to the new daycare, which is only for another year anyway. We were all happy on the one side, but it was sad as well since she has been there from the beginning of her Kindergarten days. So, I decided I needed to give them something to remember both Jenna and Danny by and made this little mini tag book, which I think they liked.
Then it was my best friend Christine's birthday on 8 August who lives so far far away from me... :-( So, I always make her a nice card to show her how much I miss her...
This card was made entirely with the heat embossing technique...using SEI Mimosa and Hero Arts stamps, plus Zing embossing powders. I love these colors! And she enjoyed it too.
Currently I'm working on a customer order for a few pages of a Marriage Travel Book. Neat idea actually. I may show a few images if I get permission from my customer. ;-)
Sunday it was hot... about 103°F or 39°C HOT. So, we decided to go to the pool...so did about a gazillion other people. At any rate, we had an awesome spot that had shade all day long. Danny is so creative... he started gathering leaves and little twigs, etc. and made lunch... on his shoe. ;-)
He's just cool like that. ;-) Love him so much!!
In almost a week, we will be vacationing in Turkey!!! I cannot wait to be by the ocean and not have to worry about silly things, such as housework and accounting stuff. Yeahhhh!
Then school begins again.... oh boy. Danny is going to a new school, 5th grade, and will have to take the bus. New school, new kids, fresh start. I hope he likes it. Jenna will be entering 4th grade, same teacher, so nothing new there.
And... we... are in the process of planning our house. Yes, I said house. We are building a house, our own, us... YES! YEAHHHH! Should be finished around May/June 2013 and we are so very excited. It's a duplex house, but can't be picky in these parts. I will finally have a scrap studio with STRAIGHT walls! Finally! And I won't have to sweat in the attic anymore...hehe.
Otherwise, not much else is going on at the moment...thankfully.
I hope everyone is enjoying their summer and spending time with their families!
Actually, almost past the "considering" since the wholesaler I had was taken over and the new company now charges sales tax, which I am not able to deduct being in the certain tax bracket I'm in. So....I've come to the conclusion that I will be earning even less (meaning not profitable) than I was in the past. It's not worth the headache in the least. As much as I really LOVE designing and all, but if nothing remains (and seriously, my time is darn precious to me!), then what is the point.
Don't get me wrong, I'm not giving up on the hobby, but as of the end of 2012 I will no longer be taking custom orders for customers. Nor will I hold classes. What I will do is scrap, for myself and my family memories and of course ALWAYS make my own cards. I'm so used to that by now, that I refuse to buy and manufactured cards.
It's a difficult thing for me to do since I wanted it to become a success to where I could earn at least a little bit of profit, but as business owners well know....there are other costs such as tax consulting or accounting that suck what little you may have made right out from under you. Sad, but true. Business taxes should be done by an approved tax consultant, so there you go.
Also, I would just stress myself with deadlines or take on custom work at the very last minute (which is silly) and make deals that were definitely to my disadvantage (because sometimes I just can't say no). With working 75% in my day job, two kids, a hubby and a household to organize, it's just something that unnecessarily stresses me out. That is something that I was not aiming for. For some custom designers (especially in Germany...since many people do not appreciate the craft or your time, etc.) it's just not worth the effort...as sad as it sounds.
Any design team I can be on is just fine for me. It's something I can handle. So, I apologize if I'm disappointing anyone out there that was counting on me, but I truly hope you understand my situation and my reasoning. I'm still there until Christmas time, so no worries.
Oh, and I will try to blog more and make some free tutorials here and there, plus stay on top of the trends of the business, so we'll keep in contact!
For the last few weeks I've been working on a monster custom album ....with ca. 47 pages, only it wasn't for me, it was for a client. After finishing, I HAD to do a few things for me.
Since Danny needed two A4 sized pages dedicated to his two teachers he's had this year, I made those and had him write and doodle on the journaling spot. All of the papers were from my stash and scraps. Photo worked over with Instragram.... gotta love those.
And since my daughter loves the color blue and the things I make....I found this Ikea frame underneath the mess on my desk (literally), I thought of something quick and simple she might like to decorate her wall with.
Alright....that's all folks.... SOMEBODY has to do the cooking in this house! ;-) Thanks for looking!
Everyone have a great Sunday or Sunday evening or Monday morning... depending where you're at in the big wide world! ;-)
For the Scrap-Art-Zine Design Team I was asked to create something for their blog for Wednesday Inspirations. My date happened to be on the 4th of July. :) Since I've never had any decoration where the holiday is concerned as I've lived in Germany basically my entire life, I thought I would create something to decorate my home. And since I'm dabbling a bit in mixed media (by no means expert), I thought I would make...yes....yet "another" canvas. LOL
I had a LOT of fun with this one, using my cricut and free clipart to depict a few symbolisms of Independence Day. For instance, the .svg file for the Statue of Liberty I found here and the bell and flag I found under free clipart on the internet and printed on cardstock. The stars I cut from Prima patterned paper with my cricut expression using the basic cartridge that came with the machine. First I painted the top part light blue and the bottom sea blue with acrylic paint. After I cut out the Statue of Liberty, I inked all the edges and assembled and adhered her onto the canvas. The chipboard clouds were painted white, inked and a thin layer of modge podge was put on top to give them some shine. On the flag I also put rock candy distress stickles and on the bell I used rock candy crackle paint (both Ranger). The metal accents are from Tim Holtz's Ideology metal collection and I found some old Making Memories threads to adhere the star with. Slapped on a few letter stickers and doodled here and there. The 4th of July may be over, but it will definitely be sitting on my sideboard for awhile. ;-)
For more close-ups, please visit the Scrap-Art-Zine Blog here - http://scrap-art-zine.blogspot.de/ and check out all of the other inspirational creations from the Design Team.
Have a super weekend! (Yes... I do realize it's not Friday yet. ) LOL
I supposed I'm starting to get hooked on canvases for some reason! LOL - Gabrielle Pollacco inspired me with her recent work. I decided to make this one, possibly for my daughter... if she likes it. ;-) Used Making Memories Acrylic paint.. yep, it was a little thick being so old and all, but I was able to thin it with some water. Papers are from Marioposa collection (Die Cuts with a view), Prima shabby chic bird cage, Holtz metal corner, Prima flower & pebbles. Modge Podge and Glossy Accents holds it all together...
Make yourself a canvas today.... so easy and so much fun!!
I just wanted to share some recent cards I made. One is a sympathy card, which I find really difficult to create... especially if I knew the person. It's hard to try to draw the line between being too cheerful and getting the message across.
On a happier note...here is a card I made for my hubby... :)
That's all for this rainy Sunday. I vow to post more often in the future!
I'm usually not a mixed media kinda gal, but when I saw what Gabrielle Pollacco (http://gabriellepollacco.blogspot.de/?m=1) posted on Facebook with a great video, I just couldn't help myself. I had to make one and I totally lifted her canvas. It was a lotta fun!
This is SO way overdue!! What should have been taken care of in May has now scooched into June. I was on vacation in Vienna and after that I was in Finland on business, so please forgive my long gaps in posting!
Mother's Day was a while back, but I still wanted to show you what I made from the kit I was sent from Yvonne @ Scrapbooking Stuttgart. Making cards over and over gets a bit boring after a while, so this matchbox idea came in handy for me.
"I adore you MOM" - Mom loved this idea and she now keeps it in her car/purse to place her kleenex, so it is always with her. Bless her heart....I was very moved. <3
So... HI! FINALLY, I can post some of my A to Z book (inspired by the beautiful and talented Teresa Collins). For this book, I used papers from Echo Park for the Scrapbooking Stuttgart Design Team, just gorgeous! They're double sided and have awesome patterns and colors.
This project inspired me to take a little look at who I am and what I like ...or not. It's nice to remember yourself and what is important to you for a change.
This Part I includes the letters A - E...hope you like it.
I also recently made a few cards I wanted to share with you:
One is an ink embossed thank you card and the second was a birthday card for my very special nephew Patrick (Patti). <3 him.
Hope you are inspired a bit. Please stay tuned for more of A to Z Book of Me! ;-)
I apologize for not posting for some time now. One week ago yesterday I had surgery on my right shoulder, so I am still recooperating. I hope you understand! I'm really missing my scrapbooking and TaeBo horribly! I haven't been able to do sports for a few months now. Yikes....and my pants are getting mighty tight! But I'm hopeful to start doing a little bit of something soon. :-)
There is a project I am working on for Scrapbooking Stuttgart's design team. (It was supposed to be for January....but I had to delay due to the OP.) I recently watched a few videos at www.mycraftchannel.com (very cool btw!) and checked out a few of Teresa Collin's videos and one of them inspired me to make a book about me (A-Z). What an amazing lady, really. Love her style, her products, her personality. :-) Since Yvonne from Scrapbooking Stuttgart sent me these lovely Echo Park papers, I thought I would use them all in this book. I will be posting as I go along, since A-Z is a lotta pages and I don't want to jot something meaningless down under each letter. It will take some time and thought about who I am, what I do, what I like etc. I was able to get a cover started before the OP, so here is a little sneak peak of that one. Fun, fun papers for sure!
Lots of my stash is being used as I really need to "use" it up. Sometimes I'll look at something and think "That's so pretty that I will have to use it for something really special." ...Now that is just silly of me. That just means I will never use it. I should consider all the things I make special, right!? Then I will be "forced" to actually use it up. :-)
In other news...
My hubby just recently had an operation a week prior to mine as he had a ruptured hernia. Yikes! He's pretty much okay now, but still has to be very careful. While he was in the hospital, my daughter Jenna had to have one of her baby teeth pulled as it had decayed and infected her gums. :-( She was very brave though....but then again, she had a wonderful dentist specializing in children's dental care. Not like the witch on duty during Christmas vacation. That was a definite disaster.
Next week it is back to work with a hopefully good shoulder! Some days are better than others. Today... not so good. Maybe it's the snow, I dunno. ;-) I'll tell you one thing.... I cannot WAIT for Spring to arrive! Seriously now! -14°C is not funny, with or without the sun.
Thinking about my parents every day. And I worry and worry. I know I shouldn't, but with Dad and his massive heart problems, one kidney and cancer...well, I just can't help myself obviously. My mom has constant back pain and exhaustion, especially making sure Dad is always okay, driving him to the hospital for all of the doctor's appointments. And believe me, there are many. The guilt of not being able to be there to help is not easy to deal with. I try to call at least daily...I'm just afraid. Something that all people go through at some stage in their life.
Okay... nuffa that emotional stuff!! Gotta rest the arm now. Just wanted to pop by and let everyone know I'm still around.
I can't wait until it comes out in a little bit! :-))) The cover looks very cool and I'm very excited about being in an actual book! Wow!... Thank you Simea! You are the best! One of the coolest gals I know, seriously.
If you speak German (haha) you gotta get this book!
My second big announcement, also extremely exciting for me, is being accepted on the Design Team for Scrap-Art-Zine, a German Scrapbooking Magazine (and there are not too many out there on the subject)!! This was a great Christmas present for me and Lord knows I needed some exciting news. If it would make my Dad better, I would give it all up in a heartbeat though. Anyway... I'm trailing off! Design Team, Magazine... I mean how COOL is THAT!? You can check it out here: http://www.scrap-art-zine.de
Of course, this was a huge honor to be picked as well! I was hoping for this for a long, long time and finally I made it. I feel really, really lucky. Hope this is a winning streak in other areas of my life as well. :) Can't wait for the Spring edition to come out. YAY! A must-order!!
In other news... doing some Spring cleaning here and there, taking care of the administrative stuff....and oh, btw, I'm having a operation on my shoulder in 2 weeks! (yikes) They will be removing some kind of talc build-up in there that is causing pain.....pain that I've been dealing with off an on for about 8 years. So...I think it's about darn time it is taken care of! Although I'm not really excited about having an operation, it is better than being in pain the rest of my life.
And we will be going to Turkey on vacation this year! YAY! The Robinson Club, supposedly the best Robinson Club in Europe according to employees we've "interviewed". It is toward the end of summer though, so it will be a lonnng wait. But, I'm also hoping to have an extended weekend with one of my best friends Anja somewhere sunny and relaxing. Hopefully we'll get it together, huh!
Have some other exciting news....but am not in a position to reveal at the moment, but hopefully soon! Hee! Stay tuned!
That is all for now. Hope everyone has a splendid Sunday and remember - make time for yourself, you deserve it!
How I love to give my family and friends my own handmade Christmas cards. I don't think I could bring it over myself to ever purchase another card again! It's just so much more personal....more like a mini-gift. My heart goes into each and every card. :-) Here are some of the cards I made this year...some are cute, some are distressed, some are vintage and some are plain. What kinds of cards are you getting this year?
There are quite a few more that I made, but I could not fit them all onto one block. :)
I hope you have a wonderful Christmas with your families and friends and may your New Year be happy, healthy and filled with fun!
Near the end of October, my co-worker agreed to have a family photo shoot with us in the woods. To say the least, they turned out fabulous!! Take a look at some of our photos on her blog here...
I couldn't wait to get some of the first photos scrapped since they were just so inspiring to me. This is what I am passionate about.....documenting "us". Although I do enjoy designing for others, I'm so glad when I get the time to do something for us. That is, after all, where my passion for scrapbooking began - documenting my babies, me, family life, grandmas and grandpas and love.
inbetween... I did a few other things... ;-)
More to come ...
NOTICE: I will only be taking custom orders for albums until 1 December, frames until 14 December. So, please place your order by then to insure timely completion and delivery. Thx, bye!
Goodness! I just looked to see when I last blogged and it was SEPTEMBER!!! I'm SO bad! Sorry guys, don't know what happened there. I guess I got so wrapped up in my custom orders that I've neglected my blog. Never to fear, I'm not gone, no way. ;-)
Aside from my custom orders, I did a few other things along the way....
A birthday card from my nephew.....
Some altered letters for www.scrapbookingstuttgart.de
A marathon congrats card for my hubby....
A 60th birthday card....
A sympathy card...
custom order of Slovenian Christmas cards
A so sorry card for friend who's birthday I totally forgot (shame on me)..
Last, but not least.... a Halloween Card.... :)
I would have more to show you if I was authorized by some of my customers, but they prefer not to have me display their customs orders....such a shame... ;-)
If you are needing me to design any Christmas cards or gifts for anyone, place our order now, because Christmas is not too far away!
I wish I could post something special every day. But...sometimes I think, what if nobody cares? What if it's just not important or interesting enough? We all have our doubts.
It has been a turbulent few weeks. I've been doing two jobs the last few weeks, during which my daughter had a tonsillectomy, so I was in and out of the hospital just running around and completely frazzled. There was just no time to post anything.
There were a few things inbetween that I was working on, some of which I can't post (tell ya later) and the others were just a few little cards for co-workers, friends, family...
Next week the kids are off to summer camp (no overnighting) for two weeks, saving me from needing to make breakfast in the morning. ;-) The second week of which I have a week off. HALLELUJA! Part of the week I will be visiting my parents. My dad will have the veins in his legs operated on, so I'm thankful to be with my mom during that. I'll get to see old acquaintances again, my dear cousin Anja, my best buddy Frank and the yearly carnival will be on, which I haven't been to in YEARS. Okay, it's really dinky, but boy do they know how to party. LOL
The second part of the week, I plan to DEclutter....not clutter, the apartment, starting with my office and scrap studio. There is SO much filing to do, so many things that "I thought" I would be selling on Ebay. (Yeah... right.) I figure I'll donate or throw out since it's not worth Ebay (unless it's electronic equipment or parts). There is just not enough time in the day if you know what I mean. LORD! There are so many scrapbooking magazines and supplies I need to purge that it really isn't funny anymore. I'm always looking for stuff or else I find stuff I had forgotten I had. Oh brother. My procrastination has really gotten out of hand. I just look at the piles, don't know where to start, turn on my heal and walk away. ADD doesn't make it any better. ;-) But, I plan to do one corner at a time and try not to look at the entire mess. Hopefully soon, there will be space to actually comfortably walk through my studio and office. (to the relief of my hubs I'm so sure).
After summer camp, Hubs and the kids are visiting the house in Bavaria (the one we don't live in). Unfortunately, this will be taking place without me since nobody gets vacation time in September. (too many events going on). On the other hand, I will have a week of peaceful evenings and can go out any time I want! Yeah!!! But, I will miss them! :-(
One more thing... just wanted to tell you about the dream I had last night. I rarely dream, because I usually don't sleep enough to get into that phase (another story in itself), but it was a really sweet dream. I dreamt I was walking in a garden and I think my daughter Jenna was with me, but I don't remember clearly, when I saw a small swarm of butterflies, really little ones. They were so cute that I went over to them and held out my hand, which soon had several little of the beauties tickling my hand and I giggled (and Jenna) and laughed, and thought how wonderful they are. That is all I remember....but I loved it. More dreams like this one please!!
You all have a great weekend! I'm going to be enjoying the weather, the pool and my family this weekend. I am in definite need of relaxation and carefree hours.
Whatever you do, do it with a smile! Have a super weekend everyone!
I just fell in love with the new August Kit from Scrapbooking Stuttgart, as I've always wanted to do something like this for Jenna, either in the form of a mini-album or as decoration for her room. So, this was perfect for me and I could hardly wait to do something with it. I had to work with it right away!
Jenna is a real "girly girl", so the paper that came with it was perfect for her room and she was excited when I showed it to her. Danny thought it was super cute too. LOL Something like this belongs in every little girl's room!
Yay.... I was finally able to scrap just for me. Although I truly LOVE designing for others, I sometimes miss time to do layouts just for me. I finally used one of my Studio Calico kits (May 2011). Have I mentioned that I just LOVE these kits!? There is just so much love that goes into putting them together and every month I'm so thrilled to get my package!!
Before I get to the stuff... Jenna was again invited to a birthday party and well....Danny wasn't so I decided to do something really special for him...especially with his good grades that he really worked very hard for. So, I took him to see Cars 2 in 3D. I was SO awesome! Not that it had very many 3D effects, but the scenery that they created was fascinating! Totally fell in love with "Porto Corsa". Hee... and Danny ate his sweet popcorn (yuck), got a cool cup and two cars from the movie theater. Said I was the best momma in the world. Now THAT felt good!
Anyhooo... the following two layouts are with photos from a little garden shoot I did in August of 2009 where Jenna was sick with Scarlet Fever for the umteenth time and I was trying to get her mind off of her throat and cheer her up and this is what came out.
AND... since there have been a few birthdays....I wanted to show you what cards I made lately...
What's great is that I never have to buy a card ;-)... but I also only make cards for people who appreciate the work I put into them. ;-)
Yayyy! I'm blogging! I'm so sorry it took this long, it's just been crazy like it always is after vacation and nearing school end with all the parties to prepare for and attend, plus I've been filling custom orders (which is not really a bad thing).
Anyway, I was asked to work with a little kit provided to me by Scrapbooking Stuttgart and this is what I came up with. I realized that I never really scrapped Jenna's 1st day of school (shame on me!!). So, these papers from Sassafrass were the perfect thing for that! So here goes nothing:
Products used from the kit:
Sassafrass Paper pad Amplify
Bazzill Basics Kraft Cardstock
Rayher Brads "Nail"
Rayher Brads "Screws"
Prima Marketing Craftable flowers white, 3 sizes
Other products used:
Distress Ink Tumbled Glass, Barn Door, Marmalade
Perfect Pearls powder Rust
All of these can also be found at the Scrapbooking Stuttgart Shop and the little kit is also for sale there for 10 Euros plus shipping!
As Design Team member at Scrapbooking Stuttgart, I was recently sent some products to use for whatever I wanted. Once I got started, there was no stopping me! LOL With just two sheets of double-sided patterned cardstock, twine, 3 kraft gift bags, brads and metal embellies, (and a few items from my stash) this is what I came up with.
Don't ask me why I decided to look up videos on youtube about how to make paper flowers, but for some reason I did and I obviously had a lot of fun! :-) Then I decided my tissue box was too pretty to throw out, so I decided to make a flower box to hold my hand-made flowers. Now, it could use a few more details around the edges, but this was a quicky. I just cut along the top of the box on one long end and the two short ends, covered the opening with a large journaling tag I cut with my cricut, then added a brad on the top and long side of the box to tie a string for closure. Like I said....very quick.
I made this flower this morning, so easy. You just need 3 of each large, medium and small sized either punched or cut out flowers, whether they be 5 or 6 petal does not matter in the least. Ink them if you like, spray all with water, scrunch or wad them up real tight, then flatten each one out. Take some glossy accents or other quick drying adhesive and begin adhering them on top of each other beginning with the largest and ending up with the smallest flowers on top. Be sure to vary the position of the petals when you stack the flowers on top of each other for more fullness and dimension. What I did below is I put a brad through the middle. Sprayed it with some Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist (Blue Denim), dried it with the embossing gun, then used some Ranger Distress Stickles "Rock Candy" to give it some more glitter, dried it again and it was done. It took about 10 minutes or so. Like I said, real easy and saves you money!! :-) You can use them on cards or layouts, to decorate gifts with or hot glue on to a simple head band to spruce it up.
Hope you enjoyed these short little tutorials. Have a great rest of your weekend!
These photos I took of a tickle attack on Jenna last weekend inspired me to a new layout. For this layout I used a filmstrip .png file and mostly Studio Calico supplies out of various of their kits.
What I wanted to talk to you about is color. We all know how important it is to match the colors of the photos to our pages/scrapbooking supplies. So, I wanted to show you how I chose my colors to match my photos.
Since the main colors in the photos are green and blue, I chose a subtle greenish-blue small patterned background first of all. Jenna's shirt contains black, which the filmstrip was perfect for. She also had some orange and pink on her shirt, so I thought I would pull that out and tie it into the layout.
To offset the blue & green in the photos, I backed them with a solid orange. For the title, I again chose black to pull together the black filmstrip and Jenna's shirt. I found some paper with several printed banners and this one was perfect as it had black, blue, green & several neutral pastel tones and was great to add some slight dimension and a border at the top.
In my stash, I also found some old jeans patterned paper, which I used as a small border atop the journaling block. To top it off, I found the little bird and a tag out of the Girl's Paperie collection, some Prima Pebbles and a few Teresa Collins chipboard flowers that matched perfectly in terms of color.
So, when matching your colors up, you can see how easy it can be. Don't be afraid to use too many different colors as long as they compliment your photos and don't take attention away from them.
Hope you enjoyed my color-coded explanation. Have fun with your next layout! ;-)
As promised, here are 5 more cards I whipped up yesterday in the scope of design team work for Scrapbooking Stuttgart with the "Life of the Party" line by Basic Grey. I also used the Tim Holtz Alterations Sizzix die "Sewing Room", really fun stuff. Check it out...
Yo, Yo, Yo....we had a man in da house at Scrapbooking Stuttgart for my last intermediate Scrapbooking Class on 27 February 2011. Something different for a change! Here the students learned a little bit more about color, design and accents and busily worked away on their projects. Our man in the class had quite the creative ideas on his layouts! No wonder, since his wife is the ever talented Susi from the Design Team at Scrapbooking Stuttgart! ;-)
For more impressions of the class, please click here.
Please join us for my next class at Scrapbooking Stuttgart on 27 March 2011 where we'll be making a fabulous Configurations shadow box from Tim Holtz, similar to these below!
For more information, please visit www.scrapbookingstuttgart.de or click here.
I was browsing through CK Magazine last month and came across this cute idea of altering an altoid tin and putting neat coupons inside for my honey for Valentine's Day. The coupon template can be downloaded from the CK Magazine website under free downloads. The altoid tin was ordered via ebay and was fairly cheap. Needless to say he loved it! :)
Supplies:Holtz Adirondack Alcohol Ink Red Pepper, Cosmo Cricket Yuletide PP, Corner Rounder WeRMemory Keepers, CK Mag free download (coupons), PSE 6.0 Elements, Prima clear stamp, Holtz Distress Ink Fired Brick, Ranger Glossy Accents, Holtz Crackle Paint Fired Brick, Holtz Grungeboard heart accent, Holtz Tissue Tape Nostalgic, other love metal accent, white cardstock colorcore
I have been wanting to blog for what seems like ages. All I've been able to do is post classes and send newsletters. Although I'm feeling like a chewed up rag, a little case of the flu, I neeeeeed to do this!
During the Halloween weekend I decided to take a spontaneous trip to see my parents with the kids. Since they have both been very sick this year, Dad with his 4th heart attack and quintuple bypass and Mom with a dangerous intestinal problem, followed by 2 operations, I thought it might be good for them to get to see their grandchildren and daughter. ;-) We were pretty lucky with the weather. It was cool, but sunny on Saturday (which is when the Air Base decided to do Halloween) and I took quite a few photos:
Danny makes such a cute Luke Skywalker and Jenna was adorable in her witch costume. Unfortunately, it was a little cool, so they had to cover them up. Most of the time I was the keeper of the laser sword. ;-)
This is Kindsbach Lake in the town in which my parents have lived since about 1977/78. I do believe this must be one of the best outdoor photos I've taken, but that is mostly due to the beautiful weather and gorgeous bright autumn colors. ;-) We had a short, but nice walk around the lake with Oma Lotte (Grandma), the grandkids and I. ;-)
Then, I wanted to get photos of them together...and this is what came out of that ;-)
Danny and Jenna can make some pretty goofy faces....I'll givem' that. Guess they didn't feel like getting their photo taken today. ;-)
Then I caught them from behind.... ha!
I love the color of the leaves in the forest and I wanted to catch a glimpse of my mom walking on this path.
The photo on the right warms my heart. Danny collected several leaves or rather ferns...and then went up to his grandma and put his arm around her waste and walked along side of her. So precious... just wants to make me almost cry. ;-)
Here are a few more impressions of our visit to Kindsbach....helping Oma in the garden...and "making stuff"
Danny is very good with his hands....not exactly sure what he made here, but it looks cool...just like this heart he made for me out of legos.... ahhhh... isn't he the sweetest kid??
and Jenna here helped Oma to get the leaves out from under the tree....I think she left a few hairs on some of those branches. ;-)
So now I want to show you my DREAM HOUSE. When we build a house, I want it to look just like this! An American family built it (as you might be able to tell due to the style) and it's right on the lake. Of course, it does get noisy during the sommer, but hey... they have that lake right out their front door and can jump in it any time they want! Cool deal. Unfortunately, they had to recently sell it. Sold it waaaay too cheap if you ask me! Anyhoo... here it 'tis...
It's simply amazing to me... I am so in awe of this house! Want it!!! Now!!
And here is what I have been up to scrapbooking-wise.....
A recent beginner scrapbooking class....
and a frame for my best friend's sister who's pup recently died....such a sweet sweet dog too. :-(
Unfortunately, another doggy in our family died too.... Oma Gitti's doggy Tanja. We're all very sad about that and miss her so!
And then yet another doggy died.... his name was Sam and belonged to one of the daycare teachers who has been bringing him for a few years now, so the children knew him quite well. He was only 6 years old.
... back to scrapbooking / card making / frames.....
I'm trying to make a decorative frame for every season/occasion....
Finally scrapped some old Kindergarten photos of my two sweeties and their "Red Group". They really enjoyed it there!
A masculine birthday card for my very good friend Frank...
and an envelope I decorated...
Address erased to protect the innocent ;-)...
A purple birthday card for a friend whom I happen to know likes purple.
A sympathy card...
a with compliments tag
An early X-mas tag for a customer I placed with her order
A minibook class I taught on Saturday...
Everybody have a great week!
P.S. Don't forget, next Saturday is a Christmas Card Class! If you're interested and have time, now is the time to register..
German or American, doesn't matter! Are you into scrapbooking and are looking for crops in the Stuttgart area? Then, look no further! Beginning in November, the first Friday of every month you can attend the Midnight Crop at Scrapbooking Stuttgart!
All you need to do is your photos and cropping bags along with 3 Euros for the use of Yvonne's machines and snacks and you can scrap your heart away from 6 p.m. until midnight! Is that a deal or what?!
Good LORD! Time flies! I just checked my blog to see when the last time was.... how embarrassing! It's been close to a MONTH! I apologize profusely for not blogging sooner. Major stress at the day job. The days just whizz by and it's hard to slow down. Then my side-business here, well throw in the family with 2 kids and you can guess that I'm basically on the move 24 hours a day. I keep telling myself to BREATHE... but, there's no time! LOL
For the last 6-8 weeks I've had bursitis, an infection in my shoulder, which was irritating for one, but it also prevented me from doing TaeBo, which I really hated. Yesterday, I was finally able to go and although every muscle in my body seems to hurt, I'm SO GLAD that I finally get to go again! I missed it sooo much!
I just wanted to show you what I've been working on the past few weeks, so here goes!
I actually made this for a Cinch Mini-Album class and will be selling it on Etsy or Dawanda afterwards. Believe it or not... it was a "cinch" to make. LOL
I made this thank you card using one sheet of thick designer cardstock (DCWV Mariposa, 8x8), Ranger Dimensional Pearls, Jenni Bowlin Letter Stickers and a Martha Stewart Butterfly punch. The DCWV papers in this collection are SO pretty!!
A boy birthday card for my nephew....hope he ever got it since there was a gift certificate inside!!! Haven't heard from the little bugger yet. The red piece is 3D using 3D foam pads and is backed with a jeans design paper.
Just made this one a day or two ago...see, I can't even remember! Doh!.. Anyway... I wanted to protect the other mommy's kids, so that is why they are sensored. I used Tim Holtz design paper, prima felt stem, regular manila tag with walnut distress ink, flower made with dictionary paper, punched, distressed with various Holtz Distress inks, crumpled and stapled together. Looove those flowers! Martha stewart fence border punch, Tim Holtz ticket "dream", Ranger Dimensional pearls & Rock Candy, Prima Pebble, Journaling card from Yellow Bicycle.
Here is more detail on the flower:
So, now I have the munchies and I need to go to bed. Jenna has a little something she needs to do on stage in school for the 1st grader ceremony. She's so proud. :-)
I just wanted to give you some inpirations for the day (should it inspire you that is...). I recently made some special cards, see below. I just LOVE to stitch on cards. It's really much easier than it looks! If you can use a sewing machine just for basics, then you can do this too. I promise! ;-)
and this (below) is the inside of the card:
and a get well soon card for my Mom...who is still in the hospital (poor thing)
and a thank you card for an invitation to visit a nice woman and her children we met on Grand Canary
I've been very busy this weekend, not only food shopping, washing, cooking, but also creating!! Lots to do and sooo little time! But, I love it or else I wouldn't make time to do it, am I right?
First of all... an ADHD story about my son, Danny, 8 years old. Yesterday, after my trip to IKEA for a new chair, I had left some scissors in the dining room after cutting off some tags. I remember putting them away and after a time I walked into the dining room and noticed a good piece of hair (blond) lying on the rug. I pick it up and look over at my son, who has this exact piece of hair missing from his bangs...now forehead showing through where there should have been hair. So, I ask him, I say "Danny, did you cut your hair?". He looks at me and says, "Me? No!...Huh??" And I say, "You're saying you didn't cut your hair." ...He says with big round eyes, "No, Mommy, I didn't!". So, I take him over to the mirror and say "Gee, that's odd...there seems to be hair missing from your bangs, now isn't THAT a coincidence!" ...Get this....he says, "But, I DIDN'T cut my hair." LOL Okay, this wouldn't be the first time he's so obviously caught in a fib and still won't admit it, even if you PROVE he did it. (ahh... life with ADD, never gets boring) He finally admitted it, but of course, could not tell me WHY he cut his hair. That's because no thought went into it. His brain said... ahhhh, scissors...cut.... hair, end of story. And then, he forgot he even did it. It was just sort of, well, the most natural and obvious thing to do. It's hard to even get mad at him for it, since he didn't do it for attention or to be mischievous. No bad thoughts behind it, just simple and unrestrained impulse. Now I know where all of those odd looking cuts in his shorts and pants are coming from...not on the knee part, but on the thigh cut at a 90° angle ("Mommy, I fell..."). Uh,...yeah, buddy, sure. But, I gotta tell you... it sure does not make it easy for me to leave him and his sister alone for any given amount of time. I'm always a bit afraid of what his impulse might tell him to do next. Know what I mean?
So...now to the creative part... here's what I've been doin'!
This is August's Sketch I designed for the www.simea.de website for this month...
And this is the matching layout with the sketch.
Gotta love those Prima Marketing pebbles, so gorgeous!!
This layout will also be featured on Simea's website at some point this month....It's about how I LOVE strawberries. The picture colors turned out weird, because my printer was acting up, but I used it anyway, since it had kind of a retro vintage look to it. lol
closeup of the beautiful prima rose....love the vivid colors!
Please never mind the odd looking...or rather missing faces. I wanted to make sure nobody got on the web, that didn't want to be on there. ;-) Kinda reminds me of the movie "The Ring" though...a little spooky there. I made this as a going away present from the daycare mothers for one of the childminders who is leaving to work in Munich this month. LOL
So..."The Ring" again... this time a card for one of the childminders from the daycare for all her hard work.
This card was for my wonderful friend Emel, a housewarming card. She'd invited us today to check out their new house.... niiiiccccee house! :-)
And THISSSS... is a card for my brother dear who will be turning FIFTY... still can't believe it!!! Did a bit of Tim Holtz on there... Love the BINGO card!
I made this tag for the inside of my brother's card...it looked so empty. ;-) Love Tim Holtz!!!.. no, wait.. I ADORE Tim Holtz!!
This was the first draft of the 50th birthday card below. Yes, I know, it looks so completely different. LOL That is because I wasn't aware that 30 people were supposed to sign it. ;-) I'm sure I can sell it or that there will be another 50th birthday where it'll be needed. Tim Holtz again with the Grungeboard swirl shape, Fired Brick Crackle Paint and Glossy Accents over the top of it.
Last...but never least LOL, is a card I made for my friend Emel to give to her co-worker who's turning 50. She needed a BIIIIGGGG card, so that lots of people have room to sign it. So, basically, it's a 12x12" piece of cardstock folded in half. Now, THAT...is BIG!
Whew... Not done yet though...still have quite a bit planned. Classes are coming up in September using the Cinch! More on the next post!!
I just wanted to post some recent projects so you don't think I'm sitting around picking my nose... ;-)
A birthday card for my dear Daddy who will be turning 73 in just a few days and I'm so grateful he's made it this far. I'll be wishing him many many more birthdays to come! ;-) This card can be made in ten minutes or less using the following:
ready-made card or make a card from cardstock standard size
This going-away card was a custom card I made for a well... customer. ;-) She needed it for a co-worker who is leaving to work in Africa (wow!). So, I thought I would make a fitting card with some earth-toned colors.
You see, with just a little variation, you can use a similar design (as shown with the first card) and make it look quite different. Turn the design 45° in either direction and you have yet another design variation.
I just wanted to direct your attention the some CHA (Craft & Hobby Association) sneak peaks from the Scrap Review Website and give you some "eye candy". I SO wish I was attending the CHA. I've never been, but it would be like a dream for me, seriously!! At any rate....check some of this stuff out...
My new partner Yvonne Simon of Simonarc have decided to make scrapbooking in Stuttgart just a little more popular, so we've come up with a new blog, click on Scrapbooking Stuttgart for more details. The website is in German, so if you live in the Stuttgart area and do not speak German, here is a little explanation of the website. As I stated, we are trying to gather together scrapbookers in the Stuttgart area for crops or classes and Yvonne has been adding some scrapbooking machines to her current printer shop Simonarc, just in case you are looking for something particular. If it's not in her shop, then you can ask her and she will see if she can get it for you.
Classes are held in English as well as German, so no worries there. If you are in the Stuttgart area and are an avid scrapper, just drop us a line. We would love to here from you and maybe you might be interested in attending a crop.
You can also follow us on twitter and facebook to keep up on information about events, classes or workshops.
We are looking forward to hearing from you so we can get together and having a great time scrapping!
I was recently asked to make a few flowers with photos of children from Danny's class for his teacher as a going away present. (Too bad I only got to do five ;-)). At any rate, I wanted to show them to you, because I thought they turned out really cute.
I blurred the photos in order to censor them....just in case you were wondering. :-)
Little flowers all in a row... ;-)
I'm not going to blur my son... that would be silly. ;-)
So for the most part what I did is just took several matching cardstocks and patterned papers and in most cases I misted them with water so that I could crumple them a bit better, dryed them with the heat gun, inked / distressed / cut the edges (in some cases with decorative scissors), then layered the largest circle starting at the bottom, attached the photos to the side with 3D foam tape and embellished either with a star (using glimmer mist), or button, bird, or butterfly. Then I attached the flowers to the wooden stem with glossy accents (gotta love that stuff), cut the leaves from cardstock/patterned paper, adhered, punched tags, stamped & inked them and wrote in the name. I placed an eyelet at the top to attach it with some string. Eh, voila! Really easy to make and I had great fun doing it!
Ahhh..... for at least 5 months you will be one year older than me. ;-) I made this card for my husband, and yes, it has hinges. Don't ask... Anyway, I made it for him an decided, since he knew what he was getting for his birthday....tickets to Rodger Hodgson (former lead singer of Supertramp), I would do something silly. My co-worker suggested printing up fake concert tickets, so I found something on the internet (it escapes me at this point) that produced these fake tickets, totally cool! LOL He thought it was pretty funny too. Something different for a change, that's for sure.
Dear Hubby.... have a WONDERFUL birthday! Love ya lots!!!
I decided to make a digital layout for a change... ;-) Seeing as how my scrap studio desk is overcrowded at the moment as it is... ;-)
MFen Serenity Paper
Emily Powers Blossom Paper
Sande Krieger Torn edge Embrace Life Border
Karla Dudley Artist in me stitches
Dear John & You are loved fonts
J Baechthold Brads
Queen of Quirk 2 Ps Spring Chicken Journaling
Get Stamped letter E
I've decided to post all of the layout sketches I've done in one place for easy access. ;-) You can also visit www.simea.de where my sketches have been published as well. Now, if you'll notice, it gets more and more challenging month by month as the number of photos increase. I've gone all the way from one to ten photos in a variety of designs. Hope you enjoy them!
I designed the following sketch for www.simea.de in the design team. I've been doing these for a while, but I seem to forget to add them to my own site.....sheesh! Anyway....hope you're inspired to create your own beautiful layout using the sketch! Have fun!
Here is my take on the sketch:
and this is what Birgit Moosbauer made using the sketch...so pretty!
Just wanted to do a little market research and see how many interested scrapbookers are located in the Stuttgart area. Google doesn't seem to find much in that respect. Here are a few questions for you. Please leave a comment below.
Where in the Stuttgart area are you located?
Where do you purchase your scrapbooking supplies?
Are you interested in classes? If so, what type? i.e. Beginner and advance scrapbooking, cards, other decorative crafts?
Do you hook up with each other for crops? If so, where?
What crafts have you created already? Please enter your URL in your comments so I can see your work.
I have room for about 6-10 ladies and have all kinds of tools, such as the cricut expression (die cut machine), the cuttlebug (die cut / embossing), corner chomper, eyelet setters, magazines, paper cutters, mats, inks, stamps, etc. etc.... I wouldn't mind hosting a crop once a month in my home. Bring along your supplies or you are also welcome to use my tools for a small fee. So, if you're interested in hooking up with other scrappers or are interested in scrapbooking classes, let me know. I'm happy to help!
This is the Father's Day card I made for my Dad. He didn't get the German Father's Day card I sent, nor did he receive an entire mini-album I had made a few years back for him thanks to the wonderful German Postal System and obvious thieves who think there is money to be had. This time I sent it registered mail. If he doesn't receive it this time, then I KNOW something fishy is going on and I will SO be knocking down the door to the post office to complain (again). Everything else seems to get delivered...but when I send stuff to Dad.... hmm... Maybe someone at the post office has it in for him! Gasp! They better watch their backs....just sayin'!
I mean...who would want to steal a personalized card? C'mon people, get real!!! I will be highly teed... if he doesn't get this card, for real!
Today is Rick and my 10th anniversary! Can you believe it? I know I can't! Time really flies, especially when you have kids and your daily life becomes stressful and full of appointments and things to do. Through it all, we made it to here. I'm counting on it staying this way too. ;-)
I put a lot of heart into this card since it is our 10th after all!
Yes, I used a bit of Tim Holtz schtuff.... like distress ink, crackle accents (on the heart), grungeboard, key, keychain,...And I had great fun. I really love the crackle accent on the heart, looks so cool and shiny! I really hope he sees the love! :)
Just one more thing I wanted to do before we fly tomorrow! A nice decorative frame for my buffet in the dining room! I want to make one for all seasons. So far I have Valentine's Day, Easter, Christmas and now I have summer as well! :-) Used a few scraps and my square punch...and there you have it!
I just love having things dimensional...I also removed the glass so the 3D effect would be a bit more prominent.
So.... this is it now.... for real....no more scrapping things, I promise....not until after Grand Canary... :D
FINALLY, the sun has come to my rescue! I was beginning to doubt that summer would even come this year. Nonetheless, this makes me verrry happy. And, of course, the fact that we are leaving for a nice vacation on Wednesday to the Canary Islands. I so cannot wait!! I've never been there, so I'm really looking forward to that!
Anyway,....just wanted to show you a few cards I made the past few days....
and this baby boy card (this was sooo much fun!!)
What can I say....creating just makes me happy! :) More to follow... ;-) Catchya later peeps!
Hello there! I would have posted sooner, except I've been feeling very under the weather the past few days with some type of virus or flu. I'll be paying the doc a visit in the morning. At any rate, I wanted to let you know how much fun we had on Sunday at my Magic Mini-Album class. What's the "magic" in the name? Doesn't mean a thing. LOL I just thought it sounded nice, is all. ;-)
I had 5 lovely ladies (including 2 pairs of moms & daughters) in my home for the class, which lasted just about 3 hours. Everything was pretty much relaxed. We first made the base of the accordion album, then we made the front and back pretty much together. After that I gave them a few tips about how to use design paper to style their pages. Each one had one double-sided patterned paper so they could put some variation in there. It's a very simple album, but cute nonetheless. I wanted them to be able to use their own creativity in decorating their pages, so I just offered my help when asked and let them run with it.
Check out part of this cute one here:
The album contained a total of 8 pages of which 6-7 could be used for photos. We attached some ribbon to the front and back of the album for a closure. Now, I know some people are more comfortable making an exact replica of a layout or album, but I wanted to make sure each one had a different album. It's also difficult when they have photos along to make everything the same, so I think it turned out pretty cool.
Here we've got some major concentration going on. ;-) Don't you just love those pink buckets I have for their tools? I picked those up at a flea market and thought they would be perfect for classes.
Sometimes it takes a while to get used to these paper cutters, but once you figure it out you never forget ;-).
Now, I'd say, from the looks on all the gals faces....they had a pretty good time and they can all be proud of what they created today! Good job ladies!!! :)
So... I have a ton of tags and have to use them up, so I thought I would make a tag this year instead of a card for my hubby for (German) Father's Day....which was yesterday.
I used lots of Tim Holtz Stamps and one from Hero Arts with black Archival Ink so that I could use plenty of Tim's distress inks on top of that. I used Vintage Photo, Crushed Olive, Walnut Stain, Fired Brick and Tumbled Glass. The "E" stands for Erik. ;-) Then I used an arrow (also Tim) and a brad, stuck it through the heart. Unfortunately, this is a night time photo, so you can't see how I bashed the brad to distress it a little. I topped it off with a ribbon and stuck it to his gift. Violá!
For Simea's Design Team, I was asked to create something using packaging. I've been wanting to make a layout about my iPhone for quite a while, since I get a lot of strange looks, critique from others, saying that I'm addicted to it, or that it's a nice "toy". For me, it's an organization tool and yeah, well, sometimes a toy. This phone has changed my life. I have information available to me where ever I go, I have internet almost anywhere. I can check and make lists, to dos, input appointments, check the news, the weather, the stock market, find a location, use it to navigate in my car, send emails, blog, converse with friends on facebook, check work/private emails on the go. I can put stars on my kid's reward list, have a flashlight handy, do my banking, buy from amazon, etsy, read my books with kindle for iPhone, look up time zones, set alarms, timers, reminders, read rss feeds, currency rates, English/German dictionary, flights, hotels, train schedules, traffic jams, read the gossip, the news, skype, chat, SMS, take photos/videos, google earth, calculate, check for an emergency pharmacy, sell & buy on ebay, check tv/movie schedule, listen to radio programs, look up recipes, create voice memos, listen to music, watch videos, yoga video, mental games, other games, use paypal, see current online sales, digi scrapbook, read a story to my children..... This little piece of technology can do so much and just makes life a little bit easier, especially for someone with ADD. I think that justifies a layout, don't you? ;-)
I used K&Co packaging as a photo mat for the iPhone photo. ;-)
So, all of you people out there, that just don't understand why I love my iPhone so much....now you know! ;-) If you watch TV, use the internet, read a book or use the phone....does that make you addicted? I rest my case.
My mom already received hers and thought it was the greatest card I have ever given her. ;) she was sooooo happy about it. So cute! That is exactly the reaction I wanted from her. :)
I saw this technique with the tags a while back and posted it as well with some other tags I made. I temporarily adhered the 3 tags next to each other, then used one stamp across all three and heat embossed with part black and part pink sparkly embossing powder. After that I ink distressed them and adhered using 3D foam tape for dimension. Underneath is just a wide strip of patterned cardstock. I punched a scallop border, used a white gel pen (Signo) to display a bit of stitching, wrote in happy mother's day. Added ribbons to the tag holes and flower with brad.