Tuesday, 14 August 2018

#300 - be inspired by the power of three

Well, look at me! I made my layout as soon as I'd finished writing up the blog post which is definitely something that rarely happens. But it's a special prompt and that deserves some special treatment.

It helps that I'm also playing along for a few days in the LOAD mini: Out of this World challenge (the mini challenge is just a week) and so I was fired up and inspired to get going straight away.

The LOAD prompt was to include white space or use space as the theme of the page so of course, I managed to do both!


It seemed a perfect combination to make a page about our Whimsical Musings bestie Pam, my trip to New York to see her, a LOAD prompt and a WM prompt all on one page.

I used my New York kit of supplies which was inspired by Pam herself and which features some products bought there (the gold leaves and the gold and green paper that is matting the photos) and all in all, I think this ticks all the boxes I wanted it to.


Of course, those of you who've been around some time will remember that it was a little challenge that Pam and I gave ourselves that gave birth to Whimsical Musings and over the years, we attended many LOADs together. I feel like she really is my scrapbooking twin.


Even though I was unable to reduce the photos to three, there are plenty of other threes to discover.

Three journaling cards, three little paper heart embellies, three stars at the bottom, visual triangles, three gold leaves, three dots of gold elements and three stamped phrases. And even though you can't see the third person on the photo, I can just about spot a certain young man (on the bridge waving!) who I had the pleasure of getting to know while I was there, and the three of us had such a fun weekend together. So, threes all over the place!


I'd especially love it if you shared this week! 

Help us celebrate this major milestone with a layout of your own. 

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, 13 August 2018

Challenge #300 - week of 13th August 2018

300! 

This is our 300th challenge - whoop whoop!

Who would have thought that we would still be going - 300 prompt down the line - when Pam and I set up this little corner of the web all those years ago. 1st August 2011 to be precise, so just over 7 years.

Just the two of us to begin with - challenging each other with little prompts which we decided to turn into a mini community. Over the years, I've become less than regular, although I do try my best! And I really need to get creating - all the prompts I come up with are ones that I have ideas for but somehow, my scrappy life is less than it used to be and I struggle to make the time to create all that often.

But here we are, 300 prompts on and hoping there is someone - anyone - out there reading and finding inspiration!

This week, I'd like you to be inspired by the power of three.

Three photos, visual triangles, groupings of three items, repetition of threes, stories featuring three in some way, three papers or even three pages! Let's make sure we embrace the wonderful world of three. I know that I use it in my clusters, and visual triangles are really something that I work with often so I'm sure you can also find a way to bring three into your life this week.

Here, I added two groups of three stars as well as a group of three circles. There's also a visual triangle.

Again, three stars and a visual triangle. I also used that paint chip die cut featuring shades of pink which is a strong use of "three".

Three photos here which feature on a Simple Scrapper Creative Team page - Story Starter and sketch are both part of the Simple Scrapper premium membership.

How long have you been playing along with Whimsical Musings? We'd love to hear from you and how we've inspired your creative memory keeping!

I hope you can find somewhere to take the prompt this week and that you'll share! You can do that in our Facebook group here. 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 August 2018

Challenge #299 - week of 6th August 2018

We are still burning up here in Europe with a serious heatwave and it can be hard to sit here working while most of the people I know head off on their holidays. I know that I've had some trips already this year but there is really something special and exciting about packing your bags and heading off for faraway adventures for more than just a few days. Yes, I'm a "hint" envious!

But that got me thinking about this week's challenge and I'd like you to be inspired by passports.


I love my British passport and take great care of it - I don't want to find myself living in a foreign country with a missing passport, worrying about the wait for a new one to arrive! You might also have a strong connection to your own passport that you'd like to tell.

Think about telling a passport related story - the stamps we used to receive when we travelled, when you got your first one or even when you lost it, losing it just before you travelled or arriving at the airport to realise that you'd forgotten it. Perhaps you have a funny story about the awful photo that everyone seems to have these days in there. What about passport related stash - papers, washi, die cuts. Personally, I have a serious "thing" about travel themed collections. Or you might just want to make a more general travel related page - bucket list destinations, trips you've made, tours you're planning or maybe trips you won't be making!

Again, as always I think there are many ways to take the prompt so why not give this one a go?

I hope you can find somewhere to take this this week and that you'll share! You can do that in our Facebook group here. 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, 30 July 2018

Challenge #298 - week of 30th July 2018

This week's prompt was brought to my attention by our Whimsical Musings friend, Leslie (find her blog here).

I have to admit that I often just skim through Instagram and probably wouldn't have noticed this photo and especially the text below it. I find the photo itself terribly inspirational but the quote is so perfect. Especially for us as memory keepers and tellers of our stories. I always find myself justifying why I scrap so many layouts about myself with: "If I don't, then who?" I am part of a bigger story. My current will be the history of the future. I am what my history has made me. I can see my own history in that of those around me. It's all so intertwined and I'm so grateful to Leslie for highlighting this so that I didn't miss it!

Source: screenshot of Crate Paper on Instagram

Therefore, I'd like you to be inspired by history.

I don't think I need to tell you that there are a million and one ways to take this prompt - one of your own stories, your direct family, your ancestors. Your love of history, learning, historical fiction. Be inspired by this beautiful photo, the colours, the layout or the tree die cut.

I hope you can find somewhere to take this this week and that you'll share! You can do that in our Facebook group here. 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, 24 July 2018

Challenge #297 - week of 23rd July 2018

Is it hot where you are? We're suffering from a really long, hot heatwave here in Europe and honestly, I'm melting! I can manage some days of 30°C but weeks? Not so much! All the grass is parched brown and unfortunately there's a high risk of forest fires or even just field fires.

So the lure of all things cold - drinks, air conditioning, salads, water or ice cream - is definitely on my mind.

And therefore, while I was wandering around the newsagent shop at the station, this magazine really caught my eye. It's something that I use in my job as it's a publication for German learners of English but I was impressed by how modern and fun they've made this issue.

This week, I'd like you to be inspired by this cover design.



There's a lot to love here - the colours, the patterns, the individual shapes, the font in the middle there, the overall layout, the fact that it's ice cream! Take any of these for your inspiration and go for it. Summer layouts here we come.

I hope you can find somewhere to take this this week and that you'll share! You can do that in our Facebook group here. 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, 18 July 2018

#292 - be inspired by ferris wheels

I made this layout a couple of weeks ago when I had the luck to spend time with my scrappy bestie and Whimsical Musings friend, Pam, on a visit to see her in NYC. It's such a thrill to actually sit at the same table and create alongside her. I'm always in awe of her process and how easy she makes it look! A really wonderful experience for me. I took a small set of supplies and picked up a few bits and pieces while I was there with her at Paper Source.

I have to say that I returned to a tried and trusted design that I think I use far too often - either a horizontal block or a vertical one, usually along one of the 1/3 lines - but with five photos that I wanted to use, it seemed the ideal choice!





It's rare that I don't use a kit these days but in effect, the fact that I had a small amount of limited supplies with me constituted a kit, didn't it! 

Anyway, another layout made and a prompt followed! I call that a result. I'm almost done with layouts from this super short trip to Vienna with my brother but there might be one or two more small stories to tell. Watch this space.

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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Tuesday, 17 July 2018

Challenge #296 - week of 16th July 2018

Just a day late as this Monday sort of snuck up and caught me out!

I looked back over my list to see what sort of topics we've had recently and I think it's time for something a little more random! I try to sneak these in from time to time because I know that for me, they can bring up some really interesting stories that I might not have thought about recording before.

This week I'd like you to be inspired by scent.

When I first came up with this prompt, I originally thought about the perfume that you wear every day, that scent that people associate with you - the Marilyn Chanel No5 type connection. And of course, this is what you might want to record. Or maybe you are someone who wears different perfumes at different times and always loves to try the latest releases.

I made this layout some time ago about my perfume of choice.


But of course, you might want to capture other scents that are reminiscent of certain people, times or locations. A story about someone's keen sense of smell or even a dog! I can think about a story relating to the biscuit smell that we all experienced when cuddling our beloved Boxer dog. It is said that smell can bring back memories more strongly than anything else so this might be a chance for you to go on your own smell safari around your home to see what stories come to mind!

I hope you can find somewhere to take this this week and that you'll share! You can do that in our Facebook group here. 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 July 2018

Challenge #295 - week of 9th July 2018

I've been on my travels. I love travelling and when I'm visiting somewhere I love and spending time with someone I love too, all the better, don't you think?

I had the luck and pleasure of getting to travel to New York to visit our beloved Whimsical Musings friend Pam and I enjoyed every single minute. Of course.

One of the things I love the most about New York is the fantastic skyline which I got to enjoy from the ground, from up high and from the water. All fantastic in their own way.

This week, I'd like you to be inspired by skyline beauty.


You could have your own big city photos that need scrapping or a story about visiting a city that you're itching to tell. How about contrasting big and small cities or a trip you took on the water where you had the chance to take a look at the city in a new way. You might have experiences high above the city or down on the ground. Maybe you even have some skyline paper that needs using - one of my favourites of all time is the Kelly Purkey for BasicGrey - love that! While this is a somewhat more limited prompt than some, I think there's room for interpretation here with travel season hitting a peak at this time of year!

I hope you can find somewhere to take this this week and that you'll share! You can do that in our Facebook group here. 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, 2 July 2018

Challenge #294 - week of 2nd July 2018

I'm on the road as this goes live! Expect a trip inspired prompt next week *wink* that may or may not include tall buildings, skylines or something along those lines!

But this week, I'd like to concentrate on colour. In fact, I'd like to concentrate on single colours.

Back in the day, we had WM#89 which called for a tone on tone effect but this week, I'd like you to be inspired by a monochromatic colour scheme.

I use a lot of colour. I tend to mix them up in ways that others might not. I don't pay a lot of attention to the colours in my photos and often make up a colourful layout and then just add a photo on the top.

But recently, I had the privilege of using the Scrapabilly June kit which featured the Stargazer collection from Kaisercraft. I think Kaisercraft often have collections which are quite monochromatic and this kit was no exception. I was suddenly a little unsure when I saw it but as I started mixing and matching the patterns, I totally fell in love with all the shades of blue with hints of grey or cream. It was a stunning kit to use and I made four lovely layouts which are pretty much monochromatic. You can see them all in the gallery at Scrapabilly here.

Here's just one of them:

The Scrapabilly June Kit des Monats here

Take a single colour of choice and find as many items as possible in that same family - papers, embellishments, alphas etc and put them together to make an eye-catching design.

Here's another one I found that seems to prove that I'm drawn to shades of blue! Here with a hint of gold.


Of course, you could also use the idea of monochrome as part of your story - to describe your home or clothing style, even someone's personality, or a place such as a garden or a desert trip.

I hope you can find somewhere to take this this week and that you'll share! You can do that in our Facebook group here. 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, 25 June 2018

Challenge #293 - week of 25th June 2018

Midsummer - it comes and goes so fast. Just as we are beginning to enjoy summer days here in Germany, the longest day of the year has come and gone. I can't help thinking about the fact that just as we traditionally get warmer weather and people are spending more time outdoors, the days are shortening towards winter and cooler days! Ha ha! If you know me, you know that I love the winter so maybe it's just wishful thinking on my part.

Anyway, we had Midsummer's Day/Night as a prompt back for WM#174 so I didn't want to repeat it exactly. But it is a seasonal marker in the year that I like to reflect on so I decided to include it again but with a twist.

This week, I'd like you to be inspired by White Nights


Far more north than we are here in Germany, the phenomenon of "white nights" is something that I find fascinating. Nights that don't turn dark - or just for a few hours only. Life on earth is truly amazing.

In fact, I just read a report about the FIFA World Cup which said that the England team are experiencing problems where they are staying near St Petersburg because they are only getting about 4 hours of dark per night which is disrupting their sleep habits. Now, I could get a gold medal for sleeping so I wonder if I'd get the same problems!

You might have a story about long days and short nights, maybe you've even travelled so far north that you've experienced these nights for yourself. There was a particularly well-known film back in the 80s featuring Mikhail Baryshnikov that was a favourite of mine, where I first learnt about this side of nature, that could trigger an idea or two for a layout. You could talk about what you do in the long evenings or how it affects your own sleep or daily routines. You could choose to make a page which is predominantly white or light shades. I think there are different places to take this prompt even if it looks a little limited at first glance!

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... :-)

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