Thursday, June 16, 2011

Happy birthday Rick & Tom !

Today is the 16th of June, 2011; the day my two 'baby boys' a.k.a. Rick Dijkstra and Tom Dijkstra will turn 12 years old. Wow, where has the time gone? Boys, I love you two more than you know. Love, mum.

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Two of my layouts and my sketch have been published ...

This week I received a copy of a Scrapbook Magazine from the UK with two of my layouts and my sketch in it. It was my first ever paid scrapbooking job and I can tell you it is wonderful to see your own work in print and to get paid for it too. This is the page of the magazine:

This is the sketch I made. The editor of the magazine has simplified the sketch a bit as you can see on the page above.

This is a layout I made based on the original sketch:

This is a layout I made after I turned the sketch:

Have a wonderful weekend!


Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Scrappassion Challenge + Tutorial

As you might have noticed we haven't received many entries for Scrappassion last month. It seems that the interest to participate in the Scrappassion blogs isn't there anymore. Combine the lack of interest with some personal things Ria - the founder of the blogs - is dealing with and we can only come to one conclusion: Scrappassion will end on June 30, 2011.

Like Ria, I would like to thank the Design Team, the Guest Designers and the wonderful ladies that have participated in the last six months for your commitment to the blog (click HERE to go to the International Blog and CLICK HERE to go to the Dutch blog). We do have a final challenge for this month:

Take the advertisement shown below as inspiration for your layout.

You can choose to be inspired by certain colours, the design with the 8 rectangles, shapes like the swirls and butterflies, pictures of angels, coke bottles, whatever really. You can also choose to get inspiration of one of the eight pictures, the words (like Love, Play etc.) This challenge really has no limits!

Once you have made your layout, please send an email to Ria before the 30th of June.

This is the layout that I made. I based it on the colours of the first and third picture. I also used these pictures to look at the design and used lots of swirls.

This month I wanted to create a so called 'hybrid layout', which is a layout with combined traditional (paper) and digital scrapbooking elements. The digital elements are 'freebies' I downloaded in 2008 (yes, three years ago)! They are designed by 'The Ettes' and you can find their blog HERE.

Since I just cannot use Photoshop well, I decided to go back to my all time favourite : Microsoft Publisher. I first added a picture of Emma and placed that in the middle of my document. I added a title across the photo. I used shadow to make the letters stand out more. I added some swirls. I 'picked'some colours from the swirls and changed my font colours to make it match. Then I printed the whole sheet, which looked like this:

I carefully cut around the swirls and letters to make it look like this:

I printed another sheet with swirls, which I wanted to use to further embellish my layout:

Here is a picture of what the printed and cut swirls look like:

Using dark green cardstock as a background, I added two shades of orange and some white to create a colourful page:
I adhered the photo and swirls:

Using three different punches, I punched butterflies and flowers:

I added my punched shapes to my layout, added some more pearls and done!