Saturday, October 29, 2011

* Golden days of autumn *

It was high time I used once more one of my favorite autumn kits I have bought over at SSD. This one is Autumn Essence from Julie Billingsley. I love the patterned papers and the great colors. They fit so well with my photos of the woods.

Today it wasn't so sunny as the last few days, but still it was 17 degrees! unbelievable for this time of year. While on the other hand I just read a piece on the internet that in Holland we are facing a very extreme winter. And winter will arrive here half way november! The last few years we have somewhat of a winter. But I don't recall such winters in general. It will be tough going to work on the bike again....
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Friday, October 28, 2011

* Currently reading *

I picked up this book from the library today. It's from a Dutch writer, I am a fan of her thriller novels and can hardly wait to start reading. But first I am off to do some household chores - sigh.
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Thursday, October 27, 2011

* Happy Halloween *

Today I made a small decoration in the garden for Halloween. I am not too pleased with the photo's on some of them I also got the nasty lens flare because it was a sunny autumn day today (in general very enjoyable :) We have very warm weather over here, in fact it's 15 to 17 degrees which is too hot for this time of year)
But when scrapped I am quite please with the end result, even when the photo's cannot meet my standards. I used a template from Yin Designs, stitches are from Traci Reed and the kit is from Dani Mogstad: That old black magic. (great kit! I am sure I will use it again and again.)
One more day and than it's weekend again. Looking forward to that.

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Tuesday, October 25, 2011

* Another Christmas Layout *

Already another Christmas Layout for Project Life. This time I used Jenn Barrette's kit Counting down to christmas bought last year. I liked how the green in this kit matched perferctly to my photo's.Although I used some red for some interest & contrast.
Again template from Yin Designs.
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* Scrapping plans for 2012 *

This year my biggest Scrapproject is Project Life. It has consumed me wholey (it that a word?) and completely. I wanted to do more projects and even though they have started, they are still on my hard disk waiting to be finished. Project Life is a great project to undertake, but it has given me a lot of stress and headaches as well. I know that this is partly because I am a perfectionist who doesn't what to use the same kind of photo's each time, and it kept me stressing on what to shoot because of that, for every-single-day! I am happy to say, I am still keeping up for the weekly pages, except for some extra pages of summer I am still hoping to finish. I am also too stubborn to quite, specially since it's only 10 more weeks to the final week of 2011.
You might be guessing already that this project will never be on my to do list again. NOT-EVER!
That is not in this form. Last year I made an album 2 pages for each month so 1 spread a month and that is something I might be doing for next year. But that got me thinking about projects I love to do for next year.
so this is my list of scrapprojects for 2012:
  • Scrapproject, see the shabbyprinces blog for this idea as well. Every month I have been faithfully downloading the templates. I am planning to use these for next years project life 12 months.
  • Learn Something New Every Day. This year I still have to finish. I am planning to make an album for next year again. Go check out Shimelles site (also for more great classes)
  • Just as I want to do for this year, I want to do a December Daily for next year. Inspiration can be found at Ali Edwards blog here (Maybe I will take Shimelle's course Journal your Christmas than, I am not sure yet.)
  • I also want to see if I can do another Week in the Life projects (See also ali's site) I am almost up to finishing the one of this year (4 months after documenting the week the album will be ready YEAH!)
  • I plan to do a Log your memory album as well. I first read about it at Leontine's blog. More info's can be found here. I bougth the digi album for this year, but guess it will work for next year as well.
  • I also want to do a monthy page about the faves I have in that moment of my life. It's a great idea from Nettio Designs. I think I will put this in the project life 12 months album.
  • One more thing: I want to make an album with my favorite recipes.
Guess these will keep me busy for the year to come :)

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Saturday, October 22, 2011

* Christmas shopping *

An stunningly beautiful kit is on sale today at Sweet Shoppe Designs. Candy Cane Kisses by Melissa Bennet. I didn't buy much since I am trying to keep my budget but this is the first Christmas kit of this year and it's already released in October! But I loved it and wanted to use it for the christmas decorations I just bought some this week. This layout is on this shopping at Action, which is a budget store in the Netherlands. They have lost of beautiful christmas decorations for much lower prices, so that's great. (In fact I also bought some new candles, some sweets and some cleaning stuff. I had a bag full of items for only 13 euros.)
The template I used is from Yin Designs.
Enjoy the weekend. It will be great weather. Next week half way through it will probably rain again. :(
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Wednesday, October 19, 2011

* Halloween! *

I just love halloween, and am very sad it isn't celebrated in the Netherlands like it is in America. Even though I don't get to dress up, I make a small corner in the garden and decorate it in Halloween style. Did the same last year, and bought some stuff non pumpkin related to give it a more Halloweenish look. Of course I had to go to the store and buy a few things more.
I created a layout for my Project life album for this. For this lo I used Goosebumbs by Shabby Princess and a template from Yin Designs (Don't tell, but I bought some Halloween kits more, even though I will hardly use it, because I don't have much to scrap, but I lost my controle on some occassions.... sigh)
But I plan to do some pumpkin carving and decorating so at least 2 more layouts will be made.
enjoy the rainfree day of today!
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