Monday, 23 February 2015

#159 Inspired by what's making me happy

Thanks to Leslie for last week's challenge and for prompting me to make the following layout right away while I was thinking of it. I'm generally what I call a delayed scrapper! I have a lot of ideas but it takes me a long time to get those photos printed out and then the layout made. I think it's a bit like when I have new product and don't want to cut into it right away. Strange but true...

I made this layout last night as part of LOAD and using up the last pieces of the Scrapabilly February kit. I adore the colours of this collection and they are so sweet and pretty that they just felt right to use for a layout about my gorgeous gift that our WM friend and inspiration, Lynnette gave me when I met her.

I actually decided to make a few changes since I made it last night which entailed reprinting the photo and replacing it. But I realised that I'd been trying to fit in another challenge for the Counterfeit Kit Challenge on the layout but that the kit wasn't my Counterfeit one so it couldn't really count for that too! I get confused sometimes with all the prompts I'm trying to match at the same time. Anyway, I'm much happier with this page now that I've made changed out the title as well as adding a few extra die cuts from the Dear Lizzy Serendipity line.

So, after all that waffle, here's the layout for WM#159 - Inspired by what's making me happy.

You can find a couple more detail shots over in the Whimsical Musings Flickr gallery

And just to continue, I love the fact that Leslie sneaked in that happy photo of Pam and me on my first night over in NYC - I've already scrapped that as part of LOAD as well, and let's face it, that makes me VERY happy so I'm going to add that here too. My whole trip made me happy but this first evening was very special as we found our groove again after our time apart.

You can find a couple more detail shots over in the Whimsical Musings Flickr gallery

And one last one for now, this is the first page I made while I was staying with Pam. She had bought us both the same Studio Calico kits to work with and then we just sat down and got crafty. I couldn't resist this happy photo of her surrounded by her bits and pieces as she prepared to get immensely creative! It was such a thrill to have this chance to share scrapping time together.

You can find a couple more detail shots over in the Whimsical Musings Flickr gallery

Yes, there's a lot to make me happy right now.

How about you? We'd love to see your creations for this prompt over at our Whimsical Musings Flickr gallery with the tag WM#159.

Monday, 16 February 2015

Challenge #159 week of 16th February 2015

Standing in for Lisa this week as she is winding down 
her visit to The Big Apple to see our Pam in the States! 

Isn't this just the picture of happiness?

I have just returned from visiting my 
sweet granddaughter & her mama, my baby.
THAT made me VERY happy!
It's LOAD month & I've been trying out some digital pages to keep up.
I fully intend to make the paper versions next month but was
 happy to be able to stay inspired & on track with the prompts. 

We got to sample a lot of Southern barbecue, which made my husband happy!

I got these coffee sleeves downstairs at our last hotel & they made me happy!

(Maybe you are having a cup of your favorite beverage 
while you are reading this, and it makes YOU happy!)

Show us what gets your happy on & upload to 
the  Whimsical Musings Flickr gallery using the tag WM#159.

Monday, 9 February 2015

Challenge #158 week of 9th February 2015

This week I get to spend some valuable, fun, exciting and happy time with our beloved Pam as I travel over the ocean again to visit. And on top of that, I also have the chance to meet someone very special for the first time! How exciting is that? 

Yes, this week I get to go and meet our very own Whimsical Musings friend and inspiration, Lynnette! And I'm so very thrilled to have been given this opportunity. I'm such a lucky girl. 

So this week, I'd like you to be inspired by meeting someone for the first time

Maybe, like me, it's someone you feel you already know as, in this age of modern technology and connectivity, you've already developed a strong relationship via the internet and this will be the first face-to-face meeting. Or maybe it's someone you met in an ordinary social setting but that first meeting was special somehow.  Maybe it's when you first met your child, grandchild or other relative. Or the story of a friendship, business relationship or other important contact. There are many ways to take this prompt and I'm sure you can guess who I'll be scrapping when I get back! 

I've been busy LOADing these last days and finally created this layout about the beginnings of my friendship with Pam. 

That first moment at the airport when we saw each other has not yet been captured but I'm totally inspired right now to get all those layouts done! 

Or how about this layout about meeting my niece for the first time? 

As always, we love to see your creations and would be delighted if you could share them over in our Whimsical Musings Flickr gallery with the tag WM#158

Tuesday, 3 February 2015

Challenge 157 week of 2nd February 2015

It's been a growing trend. I think the first time I saw them in their latest style was in the Echo Park Everyday Eclectic collection with the beach/fairground background paper although they might have been around longer. The design was all washed out and different compared to the bright green grass paper I bought back in 2006 when I started (and never used)! I fell in love with them right there.

Echo Park Everyday Eclectic

But since then, they've been growing and growing in numbers and I'm guessing popularity with all sorts of gorgeous bokeh style papers and sheets full of flowers, beaches, clouds, the open road and of course, woodgrain.

Have you got some of these in your stash? I know I can't seem to get enough of them right now...

Webster's Pages Ocean Melody

Crate Paper Open Road

Webster's Pages All That Glitters

Webster's Pages Beautiful Chic
Simple Stories Cosy Christmas

So, this week I'd like you to be inspired by photo realistic papers. 

If you don't have any of the new style designs, then maybe you have one or two older sheets hiding in the back of your paper storage?  I've just used a large piece of that blossom paper on a layout that I can't share with you just yet but here's just a peek!

Use it to support the subject of your layout or just because you think it's pretty. Use it whole or just a tiny piece. But let's get these gorgeous patterns out of the stash and into our albums!

As always, we LOVE to see your creations over at the Whimsical Musings Flickr gallery here and don't forget to tag them WM#156!


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