Tuesday, 6 August 2019

I may be missing but I'm planning a comeback!

It's been a fun, memory-filled few months and I know that all you creative peeps will understand that it's been hard to find time to create.

But I'm planning a comeback - think Elvis '68 but less rock and roll, far less black leather and much more sitting!

I'm sitting here writing up some prompts to get me back on the creative wagon and back on the challenges here in my own little corner of the internet.

I'll be back with fresh motivation at the beginning of September - the 2nd to be precise - and I hope you'll join me.

So far, we've had a total of 331 different prompts and I seem to have managed only 144 layouts relating to them - and some of those are multiple layouts for the same prompt! In fact, I've only made layouts for 133 prompts. So there's a long way to go.

But I think I'm up for the challenge. Are you?

Join me on 2nd September and we can see where we take it from there.

In the meantime, enjoy the rest of August and go out and make some memories!

Here are just a few of mine from the last months - several trips both home and abroad, concerts, dance performances, visitors, weather, life on balconia and generally celebrating life!

Wednesday, 15 May 2019

Challenge #327 - week of 13th May 2019

A little late but not too late I hope.

I was out and about on Saturday in a city I've not been to before. And it was wet! Really wet. It rained so heavily that I can't say that Stuttgart showed itself in its best colours! But we'd already been around a rather lovely palace with a water feature or two, and dived in and out of the rain to take in a few sights in town before heading to the arena to see Elton John on his "Farewell Yellow Brick Road" final world tour. By the time we drove back, I was relieved that it was dry again. When I got home, the first task I needed to do was water the plants on the balcony as one or two of them were looking rather droopy and sorry for themselves! And even though it's dry and sunny at the moment, there's a lot of talk of weather round here. People are aching for summer but it's been way too dry over the last 12 months or so and there's concern that there's not nearly enough ground water for the time of year, and farmers are worried.

That's a whole lot of the wet stuff and so this week, I'd like you to be inspired by water!


I think you could take this prompt in almost any direction you like but here's a few ideas if you are truly stuck:

  • rainy days; shower-filled springtime; long, hot, dry summers with no rain at all; ice-covered plants, gardens or streets; snow days; sleet, snow or hail  - weather has all sorts water themes whether it's in its native form or frozen!
  • your garden is often filled with water with ponds, bird baths, water features, paddling pools or even swimming pools not to mention the daily task of watering the garden when it's dry to keep your plants happy
  • water is an important part of housework, personal cleanliness or cooking
  • water often features in an impressive way on holidays be it tropical oceans, sparkling swimming pools or natural waterfalls
  • our scrappy supplies can be found in shades of blue while photo realistic patterns feature beach views or sky views
  • beads and sequins can represent raindrops or mists can be used to create splashes across your page.

Here are a few pages I've made related to water 

The white cliffs of Dover spotted across the English Channel from the ferry - an iconic view

A volcanic lake in the Philippines

A swimming pool themed layout featuring water photo-realistic paper 

A rainy day in London - this photo was gifted to me for this page and I love the rain drops and the misty view across the river


I think that these ideas could be some good jumping off points this week and I'm interested to see where you go!


Wherever that is, I really hope you'll share. It would be great to see what you make.  You can connect with us in our Facebook group here. Tag your entry with #WMXX so we know exactly which inspiration you've taken.

Have a great day everyone!

Wednesday, 8 May 2019

#321 - be inspired by Karl Lagerfeld

This is another layout that I was inspired to make due to a Simple Scrapper Story Starter™ prompt on the topic of "Language" and one that I've been meaning to make for some time - for many years in fact.

Yes, I was really (and I mean really) sad to hear that Kaiser Karl had died but I was also grateful that I'd had the chance to understand him here in Germany in his own language. He had a very specific way of talking - in French, English or German - but hearing him and understanding him in his mother tongue was a bonus of learning the language that I'd not foreseen. And it made me very happy. 

I'd been a fan of Karl since the 80s and learning more about him during my time here has been something that I have really relished. Living in another culture and learning this language that is so difficult has been a challenge over the years but I wanted to record this realisation that had occurred to me several years ago but had not recorded up to now.

I used my Counterfeit Kit Challenge January 2019 kit "Sigh", (lo #6) due to the soft colours that I thought would work really well for everything that reminds me of Chanel. I picked out whites, blacks, greys, soft pinks and blues making sure I had a splash of red too. I used a sketch from the Simple Scrapper premium membership and was happy to try this layered waterfall effect. It was a lot of fun and I love how it turned out. Simple and what I hope is elegant.





A story I've been meaning to tell for such a long time, down on paper at last. That gives me such a sense of achievement.

What's a story you've been wanting to record? Why not check out my list of previous prompts to find one that works for you and get it told. You'll feel so good when it's done. This is something I'm learning from the very inspirational Susan who is focusing on untold stories this year and I love it so much. Looking through my albums, I know that is what I want to do more of. Watch this space.

As always, I love it when you share too and if you've been inspired to create, don't forget that you can add your own creations to our Facebook group here. Please don't be shy! Tag your entry with #WMXX so we know exactly which inspiration you've taken. 

Or simply tell us in the comments where to find you... :-)

Tuesday, 7 May 2019

#325 - be inspired by a blue-toned necklace

Yes! I made a layout. I know I should do more but somehow the days slip through my fingers and weeks go by before I'm forced into making a layout due to another scrappy assignment. This is exactly such a layout.

The Counterfeit Kit Challenge prompt #2 called for us to use something hidden and I went with some hidden symbolism on this page which features the necklace in question. 

I even used the photo I had actually featured in the WM#325 prompt.


The symbols include using yellow (gold) and blue, which are the colours in Alaska's flag, with ink, thread and the alphabet; the name of the layout itself which is the flower featured in the necklace and is also the state flower for Alaska; a hidden-in-plain-sight vellum cut out (can you tell what it is!?); and also the design from the Alaska flag (can you find it?)



I also had a lot of fun cutting up the necklace - which was already broken beyond repair :-( - and finding ways to include the beads and flowers on the layout itself. The flower at the bottom, next to the title is actually loose and moves around because I attached it just though the loop, and I love that little detail.


The layout also uses my Counterfeit Kit Challenge April kit, Balconia #2

I'm so happy I was encouraged to make this layout by the prompt both here and the Counterfeit Kit Challenge. I was pretty sad that my necklace had broken but now I have a record of it for ever!

As always, I love it when you share too and if you've been inspired to create, don't forget that you can add your own creations to our Facebook group here. Please don't be shy! Tag your entry with #WMXX so we know exactly which inspiration you've taken. 

Or simply tell us in the comments where to find you... :-)

Monday, 6 May 2019

Challenge #326 - week of 6th May 2019

:-(

I got caught up with other stuff - which does include some creating which I can share with you in the next day or so - and I neglected this corner of the web.

But, here I am again and I guess I should just keep going!

As I write this, the news has just come out that Prince Harry and Meghan have had a boy! So I looked through previous prompts to see what we've done to date that match this event.

Well, we have had babies themselves (WM#64 - babies), little girls (WM#44 - thank heavens for little girls), brothers and sisters (WM#225 - siblings), more babies (WM#282 - new life) and even this one about Princes (WM#11- You have to kiss a lot of frogs in order to find your Prince)!

You know that I want to find a new angle for this because I like to take topical events with a spin. We've had little girls and therefore, why don't we go with:

Be inspired by little boys.

I think that even though you can just go with scrapping about a baby boy in your life, I really think you could also consider some other approaches:

  • of course, you could take the baby approach regardless of it it's a boy or a boy
  • you could think about pets or animals if you don't have a human baby in your life
  • baby paper collections could be the way you take the prompt whether or not you make a page about a baby
  • older boys or young or even mature men can sometimes act like little boys so there might be a funny story or two to record here
  • have you personified something in your life (e.g. a car) with a boy persona? 
  • contrast boys and girls in your life
  • ask your husband, brother or son for a story from their childhood and record it in their own words
I think that's quite a nice list of possible alternatives from the straightforward little boys in your life so I really hope that you can find a way to be inspired this week.

And because I like to have an image in every post and if possible, a layout or two, here are a few layouts I've made recently for some little boys in my life.


My youngest nephew



My oldest nephew (actually, I've only got two - ha ha!)


And my baby, baby brother who will always be a bit of a little boy to me!


I think that these ideas could be some good jumping off points this week and I'm interested to see where you go!


Wherever that is, I really hope you'll share. It would be great to see what you make.  You can connect with us in our Facebook group here. Tag your entry with #WMXX so we know exactly which inspiration you've taken.

Have a great day everyone!

Monday, 8 April 2019

Challenge #325 - week of 8th April 2019

April already and another week slipped from view. But spring is here and the birds are singing and the flowers are turning towards the sun and the blossoms are budding. So all is well! Colder weather will come and go for the next month or so, but winter is definitely behind us which makes most people happier and brighter.

So where does that leave us this week? Winter clothes are being ignored at the back of the wardrobe in favour of lighter, fresher styles and that made me have a look through my accessories.

When my eye fell on a favourite that appears to be broken, I knew that I should make it a prompt for us.

So this week I'd like you to be inspired by this necklace.


If you look closely, you'll notice that some of the beads are missing and it's seen better days. But it's 12 years old now so all in all, it's served its purpose and even though I still love it, it's time to let it go. There's a story attached to this buying this necklace on our Yukon adventure, and the fact that it's broken makes me sad.

But I have a photo or two of me wearing it and this photo here. Fond memories of Skagway, Alaska where I bought it come to mind when I see it, so that might be the way I go this week.

You might want to consider the following ideas:

  • be inspired by the design itself - the mix of little and larger flowers, the different shapes of the petals or the curved line they form.
  • be inspired by the colours - a brighter sky blue matched with a dusky grey-blue and a happy green-yellow spot in the middle.
  • be inspired by a piece of costume jewellery of your own - one that you love, you dislike, you were given, you treated yourself, a cheap and cheerful piece or something a little more expensive. There's plenty of directions to take this.
  • be inspired by a holiday purchase - I always try to buy something on a trip that I can take back with me to remember the happy time I had. We have prints, original paintings, pieces of jewellery or decorative items for our home. I'm sure I could make a page about each of these items and still have more to say.
  • be inspired by clearing items out - this necklace, as much as I still love it, will be thrown away to make space for a new much-loved piece. Part of my ongoing decluttering, organising and sorting process that's very much an ongoing theme in my life. You might have a story to tell that's similar.

I think that these ideas could be some good jumping off points this week and I'm interested to see where you go!

Wherever that is, I really hope you'll share. It would be great to see what you make.  You can connect with us in our Facebook group here. Tag your entry with #WMXX so we know exactly which inspiration you've taken.


Have a great day everyone!

Monday, 25 March 2019

Challenge #324 - week of 25th March 2019

Another Monday and another chance to start the week with a "clean" slate and by clean, I mean it literally! At the moment, I'm home on Mondays which gives me a chance to get on top of the housework after the chaos of the weekend (when I generally do nothing household-y) and leaves the rest of the week free to do what I like! I read somewhere that your average German housewife spends more than four hours a day on housework which sounds rather a lot to me but then again, I'm not average, not German and definitely not a housewife. Maybe if I ticked one or two of these boxes, I'd spend more time not less!

Anyway, my place is now clean and tidy - more or less - and will remain this way until the weekend, although I do do a little cleaning most evenings after work. But this week, I decided to get a whole bunch of washing done - three loads in so far, another three waiting to be done. With no dryer and almost everything we own needing ironing when it is dry, that's a whole lot of work in itself. One step at a time.

So this week, I'd like you to be inspired by the washing (or laundry for my US friends!)


I think there are different ways to take this prompt:

  • the physical act of doing the washing/laundry as a stand alone topic - maybe you have a huge amount, hardly any or are you lucky enough to have someone to do it for you? Do you send stuff out to be done or have someone come in to do the ironing? Do you have a routine or a standard time to get it done and do you always follow a certain way of doing it? I think this might be quite a cultural topic as I've noticed big differences across countries with how this household task is undertaken. You might have had a life change that has affected this task - a new baby who seems to need five outfits a day or a retirement which means that you no longer have to iron business shirts or a new job which means a uniform, different types of clothes or stuff that's tricky to manage. You could also think about the washing as part of a daily/weekly/regular routine which you might be recording on your page. A Day in the Life or A Week in the Life or just your Project Life project might touch on housework tasks.
  • a problem you encountered during the activity - have you ever left a red sock in the white wash and sent all your husband's shirts pink? Or perhaps put a rather expensive woollen, designer jumper on a hot wash only for it to come out the size of a Barbie doll with the texture of solid felt? (true story that happened to a friend of mine while we were au pairs!) Or perhaps the washing machine let you down and flooded the house or something got washed by mistake (a special toy perhaps) and it was never the same again. 
  • you might want to record it as part of things you love to do or maybe, like me, you are not a fan! A "Things Right Now" type layout are always a fun snapshot in time.
  • part of your character - as my layout above shows, I'm not a natural and this layout records that. However, maybe you're a laundry fiend and could even consider it a superpower - record that this week.
  • products - the Simple Scrapper collection in the layout above featured lots of housework elements both in the papers and die cuts and I loved trying to find a way to use them. The little washing machine cluster featured here made me happy.
  • design - try hanging elements across your page from a "washing line". This is a design feature I've used again and again over the years and even have one hanging on my wall in a frame that even uses mini clothes pins to hold the photos and embellishments on the line

I think that's quite a list of ways you could take this prompt and I hope you'll give this prompt a try. It would be great to see what you make.  You can connect with us in our Facebook group here. Tag your entry with #WMXX so we know exactly which inspiration you've taken.


Have a great day everyone!

Monday, 18 March 2019

Challenge #323 - week of 18th March 2019

Half way through March and I hope spring is showing its face in your corner of the world. I think that winter is officially over round here which makes me a bit sad because we didn't have anything like a good, cold season! We did have a cold snap at one point and some snow but it didn't last long.

I love seasons and like it when each one "performs" to stereotype! Ha ha.

But it got me thinking about how many are already looking forward to, and even longing for, to summer. Which got my train of thought going and I came up with this week's prompt.

This week, I'd like you to be inspired by the Pantone Colour of the Year 2019 - Living Coral

Image Source: Pantone Colour of the Year page 

You can find out all about this Pantone colour on their site here including a super inspirational short video. Why not check it out and then get scrapping?

I've just noticed that the colour I use to highlight the prompt is pretty close to Living Coral and I wonder what else I have in my stash?

Yes! Just a few minutes looking through unearthed this handful of items in the same colour. They might be a little paler than Living Coral but I think they could be perfect for this prompt!


You could of course take this prompt a few different ways:

  • literally - find product that matches Living Coral and include it on your pages.
  • similar tones - you could look for similar colours in your stash or even in your photos to use today. 
  • stories - you could think about stories that include this colour - tropical holiday perhaps - or where colour was important.
  • coral - have you ever been to a coral reef and snorkelled or even dived? This could be the week to talk about this story or find those glorious underwater photos to include.
  • colour - we've had many prompts through the years related to colour but this is the way you could find inspiration this week in a more general way.
So, some ways to interpret the prompt this week and to include this glorious colour on your pages

Whichever way you decide to go, I really hope you'll share. It would be great to see what you make.  You can connect with us in our Facebook group here. Tag your entry with #WMXX so we know exactly which inspiration you've taken.



Have a great day everyone!

Wednesday, 13 March 2019

Challenge #322 - week of 11th March 2019

Hello hello!

A little late but still here. A lot of activity over in the #Calvinball2019 community - hosted by Scrap Happy this year after the closure of Get It Scrapped - means that several of you have completed one or two WM layouts - insert happy dance here! Go all of you!

I'm up to about 20 points which consists of a grand total of three layouts and that means I'm rather behind the others :-) WM friend Leslie for example is up to 247 at time of writing! Ha ha. But it's all good stuff and if you haven't checked it out yet, it's never too late to join in the fun! You can find out more info over at the Scrap Happy FB group here. Just jump right in - it's chaotic anyway so there's no way to not do it right!

But in the meantime, I'm back with some hope to get more scrapping done this week and a new prompt for this week.

I'd like you to be inspired by tassels.

Has this trend ever really gone away? I wonder. They seem to pop up from time to time and I love them. I mean, I really love them! If I get hold of a pack from a scrapbook manufacturer, I tend to use them up right away but I've also been noticing that they are appearing in other types of shop too.

Look at these luscious versions attached to the most gorgeous pouches in a local shop? I really need at least one if not all of these bags. Saving pennies!



Or maybe I should just treat myself to a single, luscious tassel to hang somewhere?


And I couldn't resist picking up these in a local home decor shop. I am totally using these for scrapping!


How about this colourful chipboard element on a page I made last year?


And last summer I picked up a pack of Crate Paper tassels that got put to use on pages immediately.



So, these are some ways you could use tassels on your pages:

  • product - think paper, chipboard, die cut or real twine or thread tassels such as these I've showcased above. I know that the Simple Scrapper line Mama Llama (was that the name of the collection?) has a full patterned paper with banners covered with tassels - so much fun.
  • make your own - you could definitely make your own and I've done that in the past too. I was surprised just how simple they were to make even if they were a bit fiddly. You can find my FOF post on my blog with mine here
  • travel stories - I think that tassels are an integral decoration that you might find on your travels. Do you have a photo from a journey where you can see tassels or something you brought home with you that you could base a page around.
  • clothes - many clothes have tassels on them so maybe you have a story about an item of clothing or a photo that features someone wearing something with tassels. How about combining clothes and travel with something like a belly dancer or traditional clothing from somewhere you've been. These are my favourite types of pages!
  • home decor - think Paris, luxurious hotels, soft furnishings, ski chalets or bedouin tents! They probably all feature a tassel or two!
I think that gives you some ideas of how you could take it literally as an embellishment on your page or a direction to take a story. Where will you go this week?


Wherever you go, I really hope you'll share. It would be great to see what you make.  You can connect with us in our Facebook group here. Tag your entry with #WMXX so we know exactly which inspiration you've taken.


Have a great day everyone!

Monday, 4 March 2019

Challenge #321 - week of 4th March 2019

Those of you who've followed here for some time will know that as far as celebrities go, my love of David Bowie goes a little beyond the "normal" from time to time. It's been three years and I'm still sad and I still miss him. In fact, I've realised that I've made so many layouts about my love for him and his music that he needs his own album! Yes, I'm that crazy.

Anyway, at the time of his death, I clearly remember telling people that I had three heroes in life - David Bowie, Karl Lagerfeld and the Queen. And you may or may not be aware of the fact that we lost the genius that is Kaiser Karl two weeks ago. And yes, that made me very sad. He was an incredible artist, an eccentric and someone I've been fascinated with almost all my life - since before he took over Chanel in 1983 in fact.

So, for this week, I thought about different ways of using our prompt to honour him in some way - a roundabout way perhaps. But then I thought that he is surely inspiration enough.

This week, I'd like you to be inspired by Karl Lagerfeld.

I was lucky enough to get to an exhibition of some of his work back in 2015 here in Bonn and was in heaven, creating this layout as a result.


I guess it's an inevitable part of getting older but it still hurts.

How could you take this prompt if you're not such a crazy fan as I am?

  • Again, life heroes, fascinating famous people who you've followed in your life, celebrity crushes - all are fair game for this.
  • He was known for only wearing black and white so maybe a B&W photo or a monochromatic layout could be perfect.
  • He was a workaholic - I'm sure we all know stories about workaholics (both in a good and a negative way) that could feature on our pages.
  • He lost a huge amount of weight some years ago so that he could fit into the slim fitting suits by designer Hedi Slimane - perhaps you have a weight or fitness story that fits into this category.
  • He was eccentric - personalities, family members, outrageous actions could all fit into this idea.
  • He designed incredible clothes for Chloe, his own label Karl Lagerfeld, Fendi and of course, Chanel all of which could drive your design this week through patterns, lines, colours or textures. 
  • He sketched incessantly - include drawings on your layout, your own or maybe one of those school drawings that are sitting in your children's memorabilia box.
  • He was infamous for his white ponytail which could inspire a hair story of your own - style or colour.

Wow, I think that's quite a list and I could have gone on and on.

I know that it's unlikely you are as much as a fan as I am and are probably sitting there wondering who this crazy woman is but I'm sure you can find some inspiration in my prompt this week if you take it as an open interpretation!

Whichever way you decide to go, I really hope you'll share. It would be great to see what you make.  You can connect with us in our Facebook group here. Tag your entry with #WMXX so we know exactly which inspiration you've taken.


Have a great day everyone!

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