Monday, 23 April 2018

Challenge #285 - week of 23rd April 2018

If you read last week's prompt, you'll remember that I had another idea before I saw the wonderful quote posted by Pebbles Inc on Facebook. So I changed tack and decided to just hold onto it for this week.

Therefore, this time around I'd like you to be inspired by mini-letter stickers.

This is just a selection of the smaller letters that I have but there are some firm favourites there that find their way into almost every single kit that I make as well as on most of my layouts! Jillibean, Sassafraslass and October Afternoon are my all time favourites but any will work for me as long as they stick and are in the right colours!


I'm sure you have some of these little beauties in your own supplies and if you don't already use them all that often, now might the time to fish them out and give them an airing. If you do use them regularly, why not try to find a new way to incorporate them on a layout. Mix them up, arrange them differently, journal with them, use them in a mixed up title. I'm sure you can think of a dozen ways of bringing them onto your layout.

I made this layout just last week with my Counterfeit Kit Challenge April kit, Rogue for a Counterfeit challenge to be inspired by Easter. I knew that I didn't have much to say in the way of journalling so I used up a whole bunch of mini BasicGrey alphas to spell out single words of what was special about Easter 2018.



Ps. have you noticed that several of my favourite letters are from suppliers that don't make scrapbook products any more? *sniff sniff*

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... :-)

Monday, 16 April 2018

Challenge #284 - week of 16th April 2018

Happy Monday everyone. I hope you are feeling refreshed and ready to start a new week.

I know that many of you in the US are still (im)patiently waiting for spring to arrive but round here, it's all systems go and as my hay fever eyes and nose will tell you, nature is bursting forth!

I had something else to inspire us this week but when I saw the image below on Facebook a few moments ago, I just knew that this would be my prompt.

I'd like you to be inspired by "kindness changes everything".

Source - Pebbles Inc on Facebook

A small act of kindness can go a long, long way. It can change the way you think about that person, a whole situation or even the world at large. It can make you see things in a clearer way, maybe more positive or even a little more self-reflective. You might be one acting kindly, or the grateful recipient of someone else's thoughtfulness. You might wish to work on becoming a kinder person or thinking about how to install that attitude in those around you. Many ways to approach this. You might even have some product with a similar quote that you'd like to use on your project.

Many years ago when I first started scrapbooking, we had a wonderful Nova Scotia adventure which became the topic of a huge scrapbook album. I had just started my blog and every day while we were there, I'd record my thoughts about our trip and that all formed the journalling for this huge project when I came back. One of the stories I told was "Never underestimate the kindness of strangers" and is one of my favourite memories of our trip. My scrapbooking style was rather basic and I'd certainly make the album differently today but this page still warms my heart. (Let's not talk about the randomly tilted tag!!!) In fact, I've just realised that this formed the prompt WM#230 - be inspired by the kindness of strangers but I think we can never have enough kindness in our lives so another prompt, similar but different, is ok!


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... :-)

Monday, 9 April 2018

Challenge #283 - week of 9th April 2018

I'm fighting with a lacking mojo at the moment so I'm hoping that keeping up with my posts here at WM each week will kick-start it sooner or later!

Recently, I spied some papers at Scrapabilly by Kaisercraft that I just knew my sister would adore. She stopped scrapping some time ago and I've been trying to lure her back ever since. She loves all things oriental and I thought it might nudge her into cutting some paper. She really did love the products I sent but so far, no layout! Ha ha. But I got myself one or two the items for myself and this week, I'd like to find the inspiration to use it. Hence this week's prompt.

I'd like you to be inspired by these oriental design papers.


I think they are just beautiful and could use them for many different styles and types of pages. You might have some similar designs in your own stash or you might be inspired by the bright colour combinations. Maybe you just take one or two of the elements in the papers here to inspire you - design, colour, words.  The cranes might spark a bird themed story of your own or maybe you've been lucky enough to travel to the orient and want to make a travel-themed page. Origami, cherry blossoms, pagodas or buddhist temples. Maybe you just want to concentrate on your love of yoga, meditation or general worship. There's many directions if you think about it! Which way will you go this week?

Many many years ago, I bought some gorgeous paper for a Singapore themed page but of course I can't find a photo of it right now. If I track it down, I'll post it or maybe I'll just remake it as I think it's one that I earmarked to redo! However, I remember that there was lots of cherry blossom fussy cutting which was really pretty.

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, 3 April 2018

Challenge #282 - week of 2nd April 2018

Spring appears to have sprung round here and we had a lovely Easter weekend full of balcony planting and pretty flowers. How about you? We are officially ready for spring and summer now and life on Balconia is calling.

Now on that note, this week I'd like you to be inspired by new life.

We've had one or two prompts over the years that are on a similar vein (WM#22 - new beginnings, WM#31 - spring, WM#64 babies, WM#165 - spring mood board), and I really think there are multiple angles to think about with regard to spring, Easter and the full restart that this time seems to bring.

These two layouts were made for the prompts listed above. These could both fit this week's prompt so think wider than the idea of the phrase itself.



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, 27 March 2018

Challenge #281 - week of 26th March 2018

I recently filled a pizza box up with a scrappy care package of goodies and sent it back across the ocean to our Whimsical Musings Bestie over there in NYC! I know that sounds a little strange but I knew that an injection of new goodies was exactly what she needed to keep her motivation going after a full month of scrapping together across the miles. I had seen some product that I knew would suit her perfectly and picked out a selection of papers, die cuts, washi, sequins, confetti and any other little bits and pieces that would go with the items I'd chosen from Crate Paper's Oasis and Shimelle's Starshine collections.

Now to cut a long story short, the items arrived as hoped and were very, very much appreciated which made me really happy. It seems that I'd picked out the right mix patterns, colours and elements. So why am I describing this long, convoluted story to you? Well, one of the papers was a particular hit...


And so... this week, I'd like you to be inspired by tags!

Think luggage tags, clothing tags, security tags, name tags. Travel products, stories or memories. Name tags that you sew into children's school uniforms or badges on scout/girl guide uniforms. Brown luggage tags or colourful ones such as this vellum paper. I think there are so many different tags or ways to use tags on your products that you are sure to find a way to be inspired 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... :-)

Monday, 19 March 2018

Challenge #280 - week of 19th March 2018

I'm always thinking about my little corner of the web. And my scrapbooking. And the commitments I have on teams or blogs. And how hectic I feel all the time. This is something I'm working on this year - linked to my OLW of mindful.

What I think it all comes down to is priorities. And this is where I'm taking the prompt this week.

Be inspired by priorities.

Is that scrapbooking? Joining in on challenges like this? Just creating where and when you want rather than feeling any sort of obligation. Perhaps you'd just like to record some thoughts of your own about the priorities in your life now. Compare it with those of the past. Or those of your children. Or maybe even a story from the past about different generations. You could talk about your own time management, or you "problems" with procrastination (or is that just me!). Lots of ways to take the prompt this week.

Something that is definitely NOT a priority for me - being the perfect housewife!

Capturing progress along the way of health improvement and weight loss in the last two months which I focussed on as a personal priority. 

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... :-)

Wednesday, 14 March 2018

Challenge #279 - week of 12th March 2018

Ok, so I had the flu! Is that a good enough excuse? Probably not ;-) but it's true and nearly two weeks down the line, I have to say that I feel a little more human today which is good even if it's been a long time coming.

So I thought I'd get inspired by the fact that I was ill.

This week, I'd like you to be inspired by catching something.

You might really want to record some illness in the family, something that hit your family like dominoes one after the other until you were all snuggled up on the sofa feeling sorry for yourself. I don't think you need to take this prompt in a negative direction if you don't want to. How about catching the fever for scrapbooking or any other activity? Playing catch as a child or catching an opportunity that whizzed past you? I can definitely see more than one direction to take this prompt - what do you think?

I'm not sure I've ever made a page that I can relate to this prompt - I'd have to have a think! So how about an image of some of my accoutrements of the last two weeks! You never know, this might be the photo for me to use on my own page. I'll have to see what comes to mind.


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... :-)

Monday, 19 February 2018

#275 - be inspired by Hygge

It's February and that means one thing... LOAD (layout a day). I'm not as good as I used to be but I try to use LOAD months to really get my motivation and inspiration moving on the scrapbooking front.

This month is no exception and as I write this, I have 13 layouts completed and hope to be able to complete the full 28 layouts in 28 days even if I haven't managed one every day! But a side benefit of this is always the chance to catch up on some of my own challenges.

So here is my "be inspired by Hygge" layout. 


I used my Counterfeit Kit Challenge February kit, Amour which was full of the perfect soft, pastel tones and small designs which helped to convey the feeling of calm I wanted to have. At this point I was already thinking that the kit was more than "killed" and had stated that I was finished with it. But stacking up pretty strips of paper to give my photo a base - and adding in a few scraps of Crate Paper patterns too, showed me that the kit had more to offer.


I used the photo I'd taken for the original challenge blog post here at Whimsical Musings (WM#275 here) to form a base for my thoughts and title. I want this to be more than just something I talk about. I need to feel some more "hygge" in my life. I hope this layout can inspire me to continue working on it.



Lovely, scrummy layers!


This was a great layout to think about and make. The journalling is meaningful and that combination is always my favourite type of scrapbooking. 

Now let's see if I can manage any other of my missing prompts...

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... :-)

Challenge #278 - week of 19th February 2018

Hanging my head in shame... Yes, I missed a week or so. I'm sorry. But are you still there?

Last week was St Valentine's Day and there wasn't much going on round here to be honest. But that doesn't mean to say that we aren't romantic. Just didn't quite happen on the 14th!

However, this week I'd like you to be inspired by romance.

Red hearts and roses, breakfast in bed, a hot bath run for you, a cup of tea in the morning, cards and love notes, just a cuddle in front on the TV. Romance will mean something different for each of us and I have no doubt that you all have a romance inspired layout just waiting to be made - about yourself, about a loved one, about a child, about someone you know. It might even be about your dog, fur baby or a cuddly toy. Romantic films and novels, music or stories might be the way you go but as long as there's some romance in there, you're good to go!

I've made so many romantic layouts over the years and now my DH doesn't want to figure online so I have to be a little more careful about what I share. But in recent months - and please allow me to be boring and repetitive here as many of you will be sick of hearing the details! - the most romantic thing that happened to me was being sent to Paris to celebrate my special birthday with my mum only to find my husband there waiting for me at the hotel when I arrived! So I had a romantic 24 hours with copious amounts of love and champagne in Paris with my soulmate - and my mum! It's a wonderful story and one I'll never forget. There are several layouts about the day either already made or in the process of being made. But here's just one I made for Simple Scrapper, about one particular aspect of the day (and that square of paper was later replaced but a favourite one of the two of us after I took the photo!)

Layout uses a sketch and a Story Starter from the Simple Scrapper membership

So... pick out those heart covered supplies and get all romantic this week. After all, love is a very wonderful thing indeed. 

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, 30 January 2018

Challenge #277 - week of 29th January 2017

It's like I blink and it's Monday again. And Mondays seem so busy and I'm behind on my prompts! But I'm getting there. I have a couple of layouts from the last prompts in the making and LOAD is starting at the end of the week so that's a good thing. I'll be joining in from 5th but that is still lots of potential pages!

Anyway, this week marks my granny's 96th birthday (! wow !) and I feel like we should link that in to this week's prompt.

So, this week I'd like you to be inspired by the older generation.

Whenever I go home to the UK, I make sure that no matter how busy my schedule is, there's always half an hour free to go and visit my granny. She's in good health even though she's so tiny and frail these days. We sit together, have a cup of tea, take a photo together and just chat. She likes to hear all my news about life in Germany and particularly loves to hear about my DH who she simply adores. It's a special connection that we haven't always had and I'm making the most of it while I can.

I'm sure that you have an older person in your life, your family or maybe even your past who needs to be captured on your pages. Maybe one of those "just because" layouts with no particular story to tell - just a treasured photo. If there is a story, all the better. Interview them and capture some details that you haven't before or recall a story that they always used to tell you when you were young. Perhaps there's a list of stories you'd like to know that you could record on a page. A vintage photo that you've found about which you know nothing except who it is.

The first of my two example pages features the birthday girl herself and is a page I made to record our most recent time together. The second layout features a very special vase given to us by my German Oma who is no longer with us. Even though she's not directly featured on the page, it gives some insight into the type of person she was.



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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