Saturday, July 31, 2010

A huge 'thank you' to Gayle Smith!

Yes, that's right ... I'd like to thank my wonderful Sister in Christ and friend, Gayle Smith, for giving a new look to my three blogs! She did an amazing job making it look all 'clean and cute'. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

I only met Gayle, who is from Western Australia, in real life once at at wonderful Scrap of Faith scrapbooking retreat in sunny Queensland in Australia in November 2008. But ... I knew through chatting on the forum that she is a wonderful and extremely talented lady. And ... she can sing like an angel and has written some beautiful worship songs; Gayle is truly a wonderful inspiration to me!

Gayle has a two challenge blogs that you might want to look at too. First there is a blog where kids can participate in a weekly photography challenge. My children have participated too and it is so wonderful to see what children come up with. Click HERE to go to the 'Captured by Kids' blog.

But ... not to worry; if you want to participate in a weekly photography challenge yourself, Gayle has a blog for that too: 'Captured that World' . Click HERE to check it out!

And ... her scrapping, both on paper and digital, is always beautiful to look at too. You can find Gayle's scrapping HERE. Gayle, thank you for who you are and thank you for making my blog look GOOD! x

Friday, July 30, 2010

Three more weeks of my 'Year in Review 2010' project ...

The last three themes for the 'Year in Review 2010' project were:
  1. lost or 'being lost'
  2. being an original
  3. something unexpected

So ... for the first theme I chose the opposite of 'lost or being lost', about being 'saved' and made a clean and simple page about a well-known and beautiful Scripture: John 3:16 ... in the Amplified Bible it says this:

"For God so greatly loved and dearly prized the world that He [even] gave up His only begotten (unique) Son, so that whoever believes in (trusts in, clings to, relies on) Him shall not perish (come to destruction, be lost) but have eternal (everlasting) life."

For the second theme I knew straight away I just had to make a layout about our son Rick, who immediately will start to pull funny faces when he sees me with the camera:

The third layout is about our unexpected holidays to a vacation home in Spain in a few weeks. Until a few days ago we hadn't booked a holiday, but last weekend we looked online and found this beautiful home (with pool) close to the beach. So that was a nice unexpected surprise!

We are leaving for our holiday in about two weeks time already! Yippee!

Creating on a budget: two cards for less than $ 1.00

I have made these two cards using white cardstock and some stamps for Scrap 'N Craft With T. The heart stamp from Prima has been used on both cards. These cards cost me less than $ 1.00 to make, which is a bargain. Obviously I bought the stamps and ink for more than that, but they have in my stash 'for ever' so they don't count ... LOL ...

The cards might be classified as 'Valentine's Day' cards, but I tend to tell my hubby 'I love you' many times a year/ month/ week and not only on the 14th of February. Therefore I decided to make some more cards to give to him in the next few weeks.

Here are the instructions on how to make these two cards. Below is the second card I made. I made it in 10 minutes; too easy. I always loved pop-up books and cards as a girl and that hasn't changed! Therefore I decided to make an easy pop-up heart card with lots of 'white space' to write stuff to my hubby!

Remember: for step-by-step instructions, please click HERE.

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Cuties ... a layout about Emma and her cousin Sophie ...

I made this layout about our daughter Emma and her cousin Sophie. They just looked too cute laying in the grass playing with the little flowers!

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Blog Candy from Gwendolyn ... one of the new CT members at Scrappassion ...

Gwendolyn is one of the 4 new CT members of Scrappassion. She is very happy to be chosen and is celebrating this with a blog candy. This is her message (click HERE to read her blog and join in the fun):

Hi everybody! Because I'm so happy that I made it in the Scrappassion Challenge Blog Creative Team I thought I would share my happiness with you! I bought some stuff for a candy.

I hope you like it and join this candy! What do you have to do, well first of all, put your name in Mister Linky and become a follower if you're not a follower yet. Please put this candy on your blog. And I always like a comment! Good luck with this candy and the winner will be announced on 16th of August (my brother and father's birthday).

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

One sketch; two layouts ...

If I am stuck for inspiration I sometimes use a sketch to get me started. Today I want to show you a sketch I made (it is only the second or third time I ever made a sketch, so please forgive me my 'beginner style')). I also would like to show you the two layouts that I made using the same sketch. You can safely download a larger picture of the sketch HERE (of course it is free, but feel free to email me a picture of your layout if you have used my sketch ... )

The photos of both layouts are made on the same day; the day our boys had a 'fancy dress' day at school. I don't mind using the same sketch more than once, especially if the layouts end up in different albums! Our son Tom dressed up as a soldier and our son Rick dressed up as a rock star. I have taken photos of the different stages of the layouts.

First I cut the patterned papers and put them on the layouts.

I used a new set of Tim Holtz stamps in the corners of both layouts. The sketch shows flourishes, but obviously you can be creative and use different shapes too!

I added a border using a template and I added the photos and a title.

I added journaling and some more embellishments and this is the end result of both layouts:

And two close up pictures of the journaling:

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Three weeks of '2010 in Review' ...

A few weeks ago it had been exactly a year since we left Australia to live in the Netherlands. All five of us found it really hard to say goodbye and therefore I wanted to dedicate a page to that moment, the farewell at the airport and the long travel we did that week.

We also went on a family vacaction around that time and spent about two weeks in Thailand. It was fantastic!
Last weekend we bought a pool and we have used it daily, since Summer has truly started here in the Netherlands!

Friday, July 2, 2010

A new month, a new challenge ...

Scrappassion has a new challenge for the month July. You have to create a layout using either black and white colours with a black and white photo (s) OR brown and beige colours with a sepia photo (s). Why don't you have a go at the challenge yourself?

I chose the 'sepia option' and made this layout about Siebe and myself. If you'd like to see what the other girls made, please click HERE.

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Vintage Style Birthday Calendar

I made this calendar for Scrap 'N' Craft. I wanted to challenge myself once again to try something in the vintage style. For step-by-step instructions and a list of materials, please click HERE.