Monday, 15 January 2018

#274 - be inspired by "when one door closes, another one opens"

I was really impressed that fellow Counterfeit Kit Challenge Master Forger Kelly got stuck right in with this prompt and produced a layout by midweek! And a gorgeous one at that.

So, I felt that I really just had to get on with my own take on the prompt and then decided to be, in turn, inspired by Kelly herself and make my own page about the turn from 2017 to 2018. It was the first idea I had when I'd originally thought up the prompt but thought I might go in a different direction. But Kelly's layout was so great that I decided to just follow her lead!

I used my Counterfeit Kit Challenge November kit, Celebrate for this and just finished off all the scraps of paper left in there to form the background for the photos. This may not be one of my all time favourite layouts but I'm happy that I captured our NYE "celebrations". I then broke the rest of the kit up back into my stash and while I was at it, broke up the other kit I had sitting there. 6 layouts from each kit seemed a good result and a new kit is needed for February so it's good to have a fresh start.

With all the dozens of prompts that I've yet to tackle, I think there's quite some scrapping in my future. How about you?

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... :-)

Challenge #275 - week of 15th January 2018

Have you noticed that the days are getting ever so slightly longer here in the northern hemisphere? Every day we get a few minutes extra daylight. I bet most of you love that! Personally I love the short days and the long nights. It makes me feel like I have much more time in the evenings to potter around and even scrapbook because they start so early! I truly love this time of year (well, not January per se but you know what I mean!)

Which got me thinking about our next prompt.

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

You have no doubt heard of this Danish way of life that has found its way into the hearts of millions as a way of getting more comfort and contentment out of life. The Danish are the happiest people in the world according to survey after survey and many consider that hygge is the secret to their success.

A quick search online will bring up thousands of hits but this blog (Hygge House) caught my eye with a beautiful aesthetic, gorgeous photography and a reminder that hygge is a feeling not a thing!

Photo from Hygge House -

Maybe you're interested in bringing the concept of hygge into your own life and a page about that would be perfect. You could create a page talking about all your favourite winter traditions that help to keep you warm and cosy. You could be inspired by the typical colours and materials that seem to appear in any photo tagged #hygge - neutral and natural tones, chunky wool, wood, copper and bronze, candlelight, warm drinks, cosy socks and an open fire. You could go back in time and talk about the dark winter days of your childhood or a time when you were snowed in and had to make your own entertainment in the light of a room full of candles. You could write about your winter dreams and hopes. Or how you are counting the minutes until it's all over and the long days of summer are finally here!

You can add your photos 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, 8 January 2018

Challenge #274 week of 8th January 2018

Happy new year and welcome to 2018!

It's been a while. Times were busy and other priorities took over. Let's see what the new year brings for us all.

Shall we jump right in and see if we can get a bit of inspiration going?

2017 was not the best year. I mean, I've had worse. But it wasn't one I'll look back on with a lot of joy. But in an effort to try and keep moving forward, I'd like us to look ahead.

I'd like you to be inspired by "when one door closes, another one opens". That seems to sum up the changing of the years, seasons and even each small problem that is overcome.

So where will you take this prompt? You could go literal in thinking about changing situations. Opportunities taken. Successfully overcoming difficulties. Unexpected turns in life. Adjusting life's course to take in new situations. Or how about thinking about doors - I seem to take a lot of photos of funky doors when I'm out exploring! This could be a time to capture some thoughts about the changing of one year into the next. Or goals for 2018. Or think about a quote or a slogan that keeps you going?

You can add your photos to our Facebook group here - we love it when you share so please don't be shy! Or tell us in the comments where to find you... :-)

Monday, 23 October 2017

Challenge #273 - week of 23rd October 2017

My! These weeks are flying by...

I haven't found any time recently to make any pages at all :-( but I have a free day tomorrow so fingers crossed for some creative time for me. How are you doing right now?

I'm going to keep it short this week and pick a topic from my standby list of possible future prompts - sometimes, I can be a bit organised!

I'm not a big technique person which you might have got to know about me over the years, but the trend of hand lettering is definitely all over the crafting world right now so let's go in that direction.

This week, I'd like you to be inspired by hand lettering.

If you're like me, you might be challenged in this department and you might think about stamps, digital stamps, die cuts, digital (Silhouette Cameo etc) die cuts, patterned paper or even an alpha set which have a hand written design. Or maybe you've perfected the art of hand lettering yourself - and if so, would you like to teach me?!? - and can include your own creations on your project. You might even take this in the direction of recording your process of learning to hand letter or how you've worked to improve your own handwriting. Maybe your child's progress in learning to write is a topic for your page. There are definitely different ways to take this.

Here are some examples of my use of this technique on my pages - not a single one features my own writing which is probably a good thing!

I've used this Silhouette cut file by Loni Stevens several times 

This paper was so fabulous I got a couple of sheets and love using them. Such pretty writing

What's not to love with this brush lettering font alpha?

And I couldn't resist using this Loni Stevens cut file as an oversized title.

You can add your photos to our Facebook group here - we love it when you share so please don't be shy!

Monday, 16 October 2017

Challenge #272 - week of 16th October 2017

It's been a bit of a whirlwind few weeks round here with at least one first for me!

We were invited to an Oktoberfest party a few weeks ago (yes, we've had a prompt for Oktoberfest before WM#188 so that's not our inspiration today - not directly at least) and then we had a themed dinner here at home - "A trip to Edinburgh".

I was reluctant at first to get into the spirit of these events as I thought it might be a bit silly for me, as an English girl, to get dressed up in traditional Bavarian dress - as you might know, it's typical for women to wear Dirndl in Bavaria. But then I came across some Lederhosen for women and decided to go for it. I've captured this on a couple of pages already.... Anyway, for our Scottish evening, I didn't really want to get a new outfit and then we discovered that Edinburgh's partner city is ... Munich! An idea was born and once again, my Lederhosen were worn for a quirky touch to the evening. My DH got himself a kilt and we completed the full switching of stereotypes - a German man wearing a Scottish skirt and a British woman wearing German trousers. There was much laughter and a lot of fun was had.

So, what's that got to do with us here at Whimsical Musings? Well, this week I'd like you to be inspired by national dress.

Maybe you've got a story to tell about where you come from, the pride in national dress that exists there or in your family. How about school projects where children have to dress up as different nationalities. The colours can be pretty inspiring too - that could be the place to start. Or a particular design feature - those Dirndl for example can be pretty gorgeous for sure with the embroidery, details, colours and fabrics. Perhaps there's a family story to tell about a particular item of national dress. I hope you find a way to get inspired this week.

You can add your photos to our Facebook group here and I'm still promising to try to keep up with the prompts but a week's gone by and I haven't managed my concert inspired layout from last week so let's see how that works out this week!

Monday, 9 October 2017

Challenge #271 - week of 9th October 2017

Oh dear! It's been weeks - literally - since I managed to post here.

I'm not going to try to offer excuses, just know that it's not because I don't want to!

I have actually tried to work on the last prompt here (WM#270 - be inspired by an unexpected stash find) and was somewhat totally unsuccessful so that's still on my scrap table to try to rescue - I'll share it when I do. In the meantime, let's just carry on where we left off and take it from there.

Last Friday, I ventured out alone to a small, club-venue concert to see Justin Nozuka. It was fantastic and I loved every minute of it - he's an amazing artist. I can't remember the last time I went to such a small intimate concert and it definitely made me feel a bit old! But I wasn't the oldest there so that made me feel a bit better. I've been a huge fan for a very long time (first single purchased and fell in love with back in March 2007) and have only come across one other person who has even heard of him (WM friend Pam over in NYC) so it was great to be among fans of his songwriting and unusual voice. I'm still on a bit of a high.

Which got me thinking to our prompt and this week I'd like you to be inspired by concerts.

I recently (gulp - it felt like recently but was actually December last year!) made a layout about a particularly memorable concert when I had the ultimate luck to get to see David Bowie on his Serious Moonlight tour back in 1983. In fact, I need to update this layout because I came across the precious concert ticket which I'd like include on the layout in some way (perhaps just a scan, not sure right now!).

I've also recorded several Elton John concerts over the years - my husband and I have limited mutual middle-ground music but I have learnt to totally love Elton since the early days and we get to see him whenever we can! Of course I can't find a picture of a layout right now but if I track it down, I'll be sure to share!

So you could follow my lead and record a momentous concert you got to see at some point in your life. Or you could scrap about any concert - pop, rock, classical, school, brass band, choir, whichever takes your fancy! - that you have attended. Maybe you didn't get to see a concert that you wanted to or is there someone you'd like to see in concert one time in your life that's a total bucket list item. You might be a proud mummy who attends plenty of school concerts of varying quality which might bring  back fabulous, emotional or something less than positive memories! How about participating in a concert if you're a musical genius? I think there are several different ways to take this prompt.

Anyway, if you're still here and still following along, I'd love you to be inspired by concerts and to share any creations that you make.

You can add your photos to our Facebook group here and I promise to try to keep up with the prompts! It's LOAD month so I might even get a layout or two done with WM prompts. Watch this space. :-) 

Monday, 28 August 2017

Challenge #270 - week of 28th August 2017

I've been organising and decluttering over the summer. I've been though all my scrapbooking stash and have tried to let things go that I'll never use and find new ways of storing my products. You might remember our prompt WM#268 which asked you to be inspired by unfinished projects (yes, mine are still unfinished but at least identified!).

But another find got me thinking and moves me to give you this week's prompt.

I'd like you to be inspired by an unexpected stash find.

My unexpected stash find was this dated but still fabulous kit. It was the "Bella Boudoir" kit from my sister's online scrapbooking shop Bellaboo - back in 2007 I think. Look at the fleur de lys, the rub ons, the eyelets, the Making Memories alphabet and of course the Jenni Bowlin shaped papers - all very 2007 but I still like the individual items and am sure I can do something with it.

Your find might be something new, something old, something received or something you just can't bring yourself to let go. It might be something you'd completely forgotten you had, something you wish you didn't or even something you found lost behind your cupboard. Maybe this is a good prompt to encourage you to "tidy" up your scrap area which is bound to unearth some surprises.

This prompt might also inspire you to go back to WM#33 which was our "be inspired by old stash" challenge.

Whatever this prompt means for you (and you can guess that I'll be trying to use this kit!), I'd love you to share over at our Whimsical Musings Flickr gallery here with the tag WM#270 or at our Whimsical Musings Facebook group also using the tag WM#270.

Tuesday, 22 August 2017

Challenge #269 - week of 21st August 2017

Time flies.

Both right now, through this year (a reason for missing a week or more!) but also though life.

This week marks 32 (!!!) years since I first passed my driving test. 32 years. When did that happen? This actually seems to be a theme running though my life right now as I look back and realise how long ago things happened.

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

You might love or hate driving. You might like to talk about your own driving experience, when you passed your test, a funny/great/bad story related to driving. Perhaps you'd like to capture a road trip you've actually experienced or one you'd like to take. You might even have car or driving themed products that need to find a home on a page which you could follow through for this prompt.

This is a layout I've made in the past about the way back home to Germany after a trip home to the UK and the road trip routines I have.

And then there was this one I wrote about driving on the "wrong" side of the road since I moved here featuring my little car complete with Rudolf nose!

Where will the week's road (pun intended) take you?

We'd love to see what you make with this or any other prompt and you can share over at our Whimsical Musings Flickr gallery here with the tag WM#269 or at our Whimsical Musings Facebook group  also using the tag WM#269.

It's always lovely to see your creations.

Wednesday, 2 August 2017

Challenge #268 - week of 31st July 2017

A little late but the reason is linked to our inspiration this week!

I'm trying to do a serious reorganisation and purge of my scrap room. It's a multi-purpose room and not only houses my scrap supplies but also my work books and files, and serves as our guest room, too. And the things in the flat that don't have a home elsewhere? Well, they seem to find their way in here too! Now, I'm not complaining, I'm so lucky because it's a great room with lots of natural light and is a real haven for me. But it needed some serious sorting. I've been working on moving some stuff around, decluttering a lot of stuff out of my space and generally generating some "space'. That feels good.

But in all that moving around, I discovered some dirty secrets! I've always prided myself that I don't have scrap UFOs (unfinished objects)! I make pages one after the other and generally don't move on to the next until the previous one is done. Well, more or less! But... I discovered that this isn't strictly true. I came across not one but four unfinished projects that rather shocked me.

Two mini-books, one technical scrap page and a set of pocket pages for a December Daily from 2014. ALL unfinished. Or even hardly started!

So this week, I'd like you to be inspired by unfinished projects.

There's a summer mini-book, a Learn Something New Every Day 6x8 album,
a December Daily set of project pages and a Christmas page which
may or may not make the cut of being finished!

I want to take this prompt to get at least one of these items listed above finished but you could create a page about some sort of unfinished project in your life in general. A home renovation perhaps, or work in the garden or even something more intangible such as becoming a more organised person. We are all unfinished projects after all. There's many interpretations for this so let's get finishing off!

Share over at our Whimsical Musings Flickr gallery here with the tag WM#268 or at our Whimsical Musings Facebook group  also using the tag WM#268.

Monday, 24 July 2017

Challenge #267 - week of 24th July 2017

Summer, it would seem, is in full swing. School is over, people are going on holiday, the sun is out - more or less. I'm still working but I know that many of you are making the most of this sunny time of year to slow down and take some time out.

So, let's have a summery colour scheme this week to get our summer layouts going.

I'd like you to be inspired by this deck chair colour scheme.

{ color holiday } image via: @zoepower / Design Seeds

As always, Design Seeds have the best seasonal photos and this combination of blues, red and shingle is one that we haven't featured before. It's still summer but fresh and feels more sophisticated than the bright candy colours we've been inspired by before. I particularly love that dark grey blue next to the bright red.

Be inspired by the photo or stay true to the colours. Either way, I'm sure there's a way for you to incorporate this week's prompt into your summer scrapping and we'd love to see.

Share over at our Whimsical Musings Flickr gallery here with the tag WM#267 or at our Whimsical Musings Facebook group  also using the tag WM#267.

Have a great week everyone!


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