Monday, 18 June 2018

Challenge #292 - week of 18th June 2018

The week before last, I was lucky enough to spend a few days aways visiting my baby brother (he's actually 24!) in the beautiful city of Vienna! It was gorgeous and a lot of fun to hang out with him and hear all about what he's up to there. It's not the first time I've visited and we did quite some serious sightseeing back then so we didn't need to do quite so much this time around, and we had limited time anyway. I made a mental list of a few things to do and the famous Prata was one of them, in particular the Riesen Rad.


So, this week I'd like you to be inspired by ferris wheels.

Fairground stories seem to be the first thing to spring to mind and that's most likely where I'll go with my page. But you could talk about the big wheel of life, how you feel like you're going round and round, the highs and lows, the view from up there or simply use fairground paper - there are so many fun collections featuring carousels, big wheels and even candy floss that I'm sure you have some in your own stash! Perhaps your love of the fair or how you hate the rides but like the food and atmosphere. You might have had the luck to experience one of the many big wheels to be found around the globe these days such as the London Eye, the Singapore Flyer or any of those to be found in the big cities such as Paris or Las Vegas.

As always, I hope you can find some way to bring ferris wheels into your scrappy life this week and that you'll share your creations!

It would be great to see your creations in 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... :-

Sunday, 17 June 2018

#291 - be inspired by Sketch Savvy #179

Hey, I made a layout to a current prompt! Go me! I'm feeling a bit inspired right now and decided to take the chance to make a layout using really new photos, my most recent Counterfeit Kit Challenge kit, Sunkissed and the lovely Sketch Savvy sketch #179 from WM#291. A great combination.

Here's the sketch as a reminder.


And this is what I did with it. It's quite true to the original design although totally different at the same time. I wasn't really sure where to put the journalling as the sketch didn't have a specific place so just tucking it into the top of the middle section seemed the sensible place. However I have to say that it made my layout look far more blocked than the original. Anyway, no Disney ears for my layout so I just layered up my papers and embellies in those corners. Same, but different!

Counterfeit Kit Challenge June kit, Sunkissed lo #3




As always, I love it when you share too and if you're inspired to create this week, 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... :-)
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Monday, 11 June 2018

Challenge #291 - week of 11th June 2018

I was perusing FB the other day and saw a beautiful layout featured on Pebbles Inc which I then tracked down to their blog here. Such a gorgeous, soft, pretty layout based on a  sketch by Sketch Savvy - find their blog here

I didn't realise that they had a monthly sketch challenge and realised that it's quite some time since we did a sketch here. I love a good sketch and Sketch Savvy seems like a great sketch site even if they seem to have stopped a year ago.

Therefore, this week I'd like you to be inspired by this Sketch Savvy sketch #179.

Sketch Savvy blog - sketch #179

Stay true to the sketch, turn it, flip it, mirror it or swap out photos for other elements. The sketch was originally used for a Disney layout (spot those Mickey ears there behind the photo) but you can do whatever you want to make it your own. I love the way sketches give me a starting point that I can use as it is or really stamp my own design on.

It would be great to see your creations in our Facebook group here - we love it when you share so 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, 5 June 2018

Challenge #290 - week of 4th June 2018

I seem to remember a recent prompt to be inspired by being organised or something similar (WM#280 - be inspired by priorities) and it would appear that this is seriously lacking in my life! But my days are full and we have been busy hanging out with family and friends so I think that's important and a good reason to be late and feeling a bit behind schedule. And the busy times are not over so we will have to see how things go over the next weeks.

In the meantime, I spent time with my niece over the weekend, creating a summer frame full of beach memories and shells, drinking lots of sugary drinks, eating oodles of illicit sweets and snacks and watching films together. A treat for her and an excuse for us to watch kiddie movies :-)

We try to find films she hasn't seen before and settled on the Oz the Great and Powerful - the more modern retelling of the older Wizard of Oz story. Personally, I prefer the technicolour original with Dorothy and Toto but I liked this one more on this second viewing than I had originally. The special effects are gloriously colourful and whimsical, and the overall feel of the film is quite dreamy.

What was rather missing for me in this version, apart from the ruby slippers, was the infamous yellow brick road. There is it in the film but there's no real mention of it in the story line - which made me a bit sad.

So this week in honour of the original, I'd like you to be inspired by the yellow brick road.


You could have a story about seeing a version of the film, or maybe the stage version of Wicked - the prequel story of sorts. Judy Garland might be your role model or do you have a story about performing in a school or amateur dramatics stage performance of the story? Have you followed your own YBR in real life, or you could talk about the friends you've met along your own road of life. Of course, there's an Elton John song, "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road" which could be more your thing. What about having a road on your layout as a design feature or using some themed product - I'm sure I have a Graphic 45 paper featuring Dorothy and this has given me an idea for a layout I might make!

I hope you can see that there are different ways to take this prompt and I'd love to see where it takes you.

I hope you'll show us by adding your creations to our Facebook group here - we love it when you share so 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... :-)

Thursday, 31 May 2018

#287 - be inspired by awards

Of course I needed to scrap the award party I talked about in the original prompt post (WM287 - be inspired by awards here) and document my sweet sister's success. Even though she didn't win the award, she was (and is) a winner for us.

It was such a fun event and a great excuse for me to fly over to the UK for the shortest of visits as well as to get dressed up in my party gear!


I again used my Counterfeit Kit Challenge May kit, Funky for this fun page and decided to fall back on my tried and tested grid design to get 6 photos on the page without covering up all of that gorgeous background paper. So pretty that I just couldn't bear to cut into it or to not see as much of it as possible.


I layered up each of the square photos with pretty papers and tissue paper to give the layout some depth and dimension. Then I raided my kit box for all the pretties that added to the celebratory feeling of the page.


These little gems have found their way onto so many pages from this kit and I love them! I wonder if I can track down some more! I'll have to ask Scrapabilly if she has some more for me!


As always, I love it when you share too and if you're inspired to create this week, 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... :-)

Wednesday, 30 May 2018

#288 - be inspired by weddings

Even thought I've been late again this week in putting up my prompt, I did actually create a couple of pages which matched a couple of Whimsical Musings prompts.

This time around, I'd like to share the layout I made using WM#288 - be inspired by weddings.

Of course, I wrote the prompt after the royal wedding and so it seemed only right to actually make my own layout about the wedding in question.

I sat in front of the tv all day soaking up all the details of the event and remembered to snap a few shots of my own decorations and afternoon tea delicacies which accompanied our viewing experience!


I used my Counterfeit Kit Challenge May kit, Funky and just picked out all the bits that made me happy. I added in two part sheets of Simple Stories wedding collection, Always and Forever, for the background as I didn't have anything suitable. I like the contrast of all the pink and aqua and colourful elements on top of the simple background papers.


I just layered up lots of bits and pieces that seemed to say celebration or fun to make this a very lighthearted design.


I couldn't just pick one or two photos so I printed them all out in a small size to fit in as many as I could.


Don't forget that I love it when you share too and if you're inspired to create this week, 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, 29 May 2018

Challenge #289 - week of 28th May 2018

Ha ha! The reason I missed putting up yesterday's prompt is my inspiration for you this week.

I'd like you to be inspired by sleep.

I came home from work yesterday and sat down for a moment with a cold drink to just rest before getting going with the rest of my evening. The next thing I knew, it was 7.30pm and I could not get my eyes open. I dragged myself to bed and woke up again this morning! I guess I needed it.

But therefore, no prompt!

Do you have your own sleep filled story to capture on a page. Or that of someone you know? Perhaps you creep in to peek at your child while they are asleep or like me, need a whole lot of the stuff! Places you sleep, what your bedtime routines are, how the moon affects your sleep, a time you were caught walking in your sleep? You might have night themed products you'd like to use. Or maybe, like me, those moments when you lie down at night are the best of the day and need a layout to record your feelings.

I'm sure you can come up with something and you just know that I want to see it!

I made this layout using a sketch and Story Starter from Simple Scrapper noting down those wonderful seconds when my head hits the pillow.


And this one talks about just one of the nicknames I was given as a teenager but one that is still true today!


And I love that these layouts find a use for a couple of the most random photos that I take!

If you're inspired to create this week, don't forget that you can add your own creations to our Facebook group here - we love it when you share so 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, 22 May 2018

Challenge #288 - week of 21st May 2018

My excuse this week? It was a Bank Holiday yesterday which means I totally lost the fact that it was Monday!

But it was a wonderful weekend in my neck of the woods and this is my inspiration for this week.

I would like you to be inspired by weddings!

Yes, it was the "Royal Wedding of the Year" last Saturday. Now, that might not be such a big deal for you but it was a huge thing for this fan of all things royal and I blocked the whole day in my diary to spend hours in front of the TV with champagne, scones and Coronation Chicken. Loved it!


Of course you can take this prompt in your own wedding direction. That of your children, a vintage layout featuring parents, grandparents or even older ancestors? Maybe you have a wedding themed collection of papers that you would just love to use - a nuptial layout or not. Perhaps comparing your own wedding with the dreams of you childhood self. A wish-filled future wedding maybe? Or just a bringing together of two things that are destined to be. Several directions to go this week.

If you're inspired to create this week, don't forget that you can add your own creations to our Facebook group here - we love it when you share so 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, 15 May 2018

#276 - be inspired by the new releases at Creativation 2018

It's May which means it's LOAD time - insert happy dance here.

So far, I'm rather behind my target of 15 layouts for the month - I've made a total of 6 so far! But inadvertently, I did make a layout that fulfils one of the previous prompts here on Whimsical Musings WM#276 - be inspired by the new releases at Creativation 2018.


Look! There's a llama! In my book, that's totally Creativation 2018 and I am thrilled to have found a way to use it on a layout. I mean, I've never even met a llama in my life so I really struggled with thinking how I was going to put it on a layout. But this fun, sun-filled layout seemed the perfect spot for the happy feeling it purveys.



I also used my Counterfeit Kit Challenge May kit, Funky for this layout which is proving to be super fun to cut up and create with.

Don't forget that if you're inspired to create this week, that you can add your creations to our Facebook group here - we love it when you share so 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, 14 May 2018

Challenge #287 - week of 14th May 2018

Ah! I should learn to keep my mouth shut! As soon as I say that I'm keeping up with the prompts, I drop a week!

I actually made a layout using a prompt recently so I'll be sharing soon. But for today, I'd like to give you a new prompt based on a really short 24-hour trip I recently made to the UK.

I'd like you to be inspired by awards.


I went over to the UK to surprise my little sister who had been nominated for an award in the "Pride of Rugby Awards 2018" for the category "Town Centre Business of the Year". I'm so proud of her because even though she's been running creativity workshops for some time, her business has only been in its new premises - where she sells a section of modern yarns and accessories as well as offering workshops for all sorts of creative skills - for a couple of months. Anyway, I took a few photos and this prompt will be a good excuse for me to make a layout about the fun evening we had!


I'm sure you have a story or ten that feature awards of some sort. School, sport, university, work, hobby - you name it, there's usually an award to talk about and celebrate. You, your family, your children, a relative, a friend or even in your imagination. Of course, we are bound to have an item or two in your stash that feature awards in some way - trophies, banners, rosettes, stars, quotes! I'm sure you can find something to be inspired by.

If you're inspired to create this week, don't forget that you can add your own creations to our Facebook group here - we love it when you share so 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... :-)

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