Monday, 20 February 2017

Challenge #249 - week of 20th February 2017

I don't know about you but I find that February can be a hard month. It's still cold and dark and pretty uneventful - boring and dull. A sort of a nothing month with nothing exciting happening. It's the longest, shortest month I can imagine and it does nothing to lift my spirits. (I exaggerate of course but you know what I mean!)

So I often look for ways of brightening up my day and mood, which is where I'd like to take the WM prompt this week.

My go to inspiration for colour is Design Seeds® and this image caught my eye. It's got a bit of everything... Pretty colours, flamingos, pom poms, party, pink!

This week, I'd like you to be inspired by this colour scheme of pinks, blush, fuscia, mustard and soft blue.

Photo credit: Design Seeds® { color party } image via: @hellopartyinsta
We'd love you to use this prompt and hope you will share your creations - there are now two ways to do this!

You can either upload your layout into the Whimsical Musings Flickr gallery with the tag WM#249 or you can post it in our Whimsical Musings Facebook group. We've decided that we'll save albums for special occasions so just load up your photo to the group with the tag WM#249 in the write up text so that we can find it.

Monday, 13 February 2017

Challenge #248 - week of 13th February 2017

It's St Valentine's Day this week, and as always I've been thinking about a prompt which is related but not typical. No bright red hearts round here as prompts! And I think I've come up with an interesting take on the day of lurve.

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

Traditionally, St Valentine's Day is about receiving a token of love and affection from a secret admirer. I remember getting a card at the age of 13 or so and convincing myself it was from my (not so secret) crush. I held onto that card as a symbol of my teenage affection (someone much older and totally unsuitable - he he) and spent hours scouring it for signs to prove me right. I found that card recently and immediately recognised my dad's handwriting!!! So many years of self-deception evaporated at that moment but it made me laugh out loud all the same. I am so happy that I will never have to be a teenager ever again! Maybe that's the story I need to tell this week.... Unfortunately, I now realise that I threw the card directly in the bin or I could have taken a photo of it to illustrate my story!


What secret will you tell this week? Or maybe you will incorporate some secret element to your page or how about some secret symbolism into the things you use on your page that only means something to you. You could write about secrets you had as a child, the secrets you share with your partner or your bestie, the secrets related to surprises or presents. You might have had a secret love sometime or found out that someone was secretly in love with you. This might be the time to capture that moment in your albums!

We'd love you to use this prompt and hope you will share your creations - there are now two ways to do this!

You can either upload your layout into the Whimsical Musings Flickr gallery with the tag WM#248 or you can post it in our Whimsical Musings Facebook group. We've decided that we'll save albums for special occasions so just load up your photo to the group with the tag WM#248 in the write up text so that we can find it.

Monday, 6 February 2017

Challenge #247 - week of 6th February 2017

Today marks the 65th Jubilee for Queen Elizabeth II. Today, I learnt that this is represented by sapphire and a lovely official photograph has been released today of the Queen wearing some rather impressive sapphire jewellery (even if it's totally not my style!).

Now you all know just how much I love my Queen. She makes me very proud to be British and I hope that she is around for many more years on the throne.

Photo by ©️David Bailey - found on Instagram here

So I was trying to find a way of bringing this milestone into the Whimsical Musings prompts for today but we've had quite a few blue themed ones, plus jubilees and even where you come from, so none of these work.

But how about going the completely obvious route? Therefore, this week I'd like you to be inspired by royalty.

As always, I think you could take this in different directions and find a way to make this prompt work for you. There's the direct route of telling a story about the Queen or royalty related to your own country. You could create a project about a royal event - a wedding, a coronation, a special anniversary or even a death. What about royalty in terms of very important people? This takes the challenge into all sorts of different areas such as people in your own family, circle, work environment, celebrities etc.

We'd love you to use this prompt and hope you will share your creations - there are now two ways to do this!

You can either upload your layout into the Whimsical Musings Flickr gallery with the tag WM#247 or you can post it in our Whimsical Musings Facebook group. We've decided that we'll save albums for special occasions so just load up your photo to the group with the tag WM#247 in the write up text so that we can find it.

Monday, 30 January 2017

Challenge #246 - week of 30th January 2017

CHA 2017 is over and I have to admit that I'm not really aware of all the new stuff and I'm not sure I've got time to go through all the videos and blog posts online to catch up! Sure I know that all the popular designers had new releases, many of which will no doubt make it onto my wish list in the next weeks - Shimelle and Paige for example. But other than that, I'm keeping my eyes open for trends - colours, product or designs - to add to our Whimsical Musings inspiration in future weeks.

However, the new Globe Gallery by American Crafts caught my attention because I adore all types of globes and these home accessory models are especially gorgeous. They particularly remind me of Anthropology with all the gorgeous products you can get there. That was the first place I saw decorative globes like this when Pam and I visited Lynnette in Montclair.

Globe Gallery by American Crafts here on their blog

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

There are a lot of globe embellishments around these days in die cut packs, stickers or as a paper design that might inspire you on your page. Maybe there's an heirloom globe in your family or a new, modern one recently purchased for yourself or your children. You could think about travelling around the globe as the subject of your project or even how you like to dream about future travel plans. Or you might just want one of these pretty home accessory globes for yourself!

I've made at least two pages over the last few years about my love of globes:

This layout talks about my love of this glorious relief globe at one of my work locations some years ago. 

This layout, made as a Guest Designer on Shimelle.com last year, talks about my love of Atlas who carries the world on his shoulders. This particular statue was a highlight for me at the Amsterdam Royal Palace.

We'd love you to use this prompt and hope you will share your creations - there are now two ways to do this!

You can either upload your layout into the Whimsical Musings Flickr gallery with the tag WM#246 or you can post it in our Whimsical Musings Facebook group. We've decided that we'll save albums for special occasions so just load up your photo to the group with the tag WM#246 in the write up text so that we can find it.

Monday, 23 January 2017

Challenge #245 - week of 23rd January 2017

Whoops, missed a week. That's not exactly the best start to the year but I'm hoping to do better.

It's January and I have to say that even though we can definitely see the days are getting longer, and we've had some beautiful cold, sunny, winter days, there's rather a gloomy feel to the place. Let's face it, January is just a bit of a dull month. The decorations have all been taken down, the twinkling lights are turned off and there's definitely a lack of kitsch around the place.

We didn't actually decorate for Christmas this year at all, and the one thing that I missed the most were the pretty lights. Out on the balcony, on the tree, around windows or just hanging there looking pretty. Who doesn't love fairy lights?!?


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


Perhaps, you'll tell a story about the progress of your tree decorations - after all, what would a Christmas tree without fairy lights?


Or maybe you'd like to talk about a walk through your neighbourhood or town with all those twinkling decorations. The Christmas Markets here in Germany are always a beautiful experience.


It might be that you remember how you felt when those lights went up and there was one bulb which wasn't working which meant the whole chain was out! Or like me, maybe you had kitschy coloured lights back in the 70s which bring back wonderful funky memories. I know that there are even light embellishments in many Christmas collections as well as papers featuring light chains! So, I'm sure you can think of several pages and stories with this prompt.

We'd love you to use this prompt and hope you will share your creations - there are now two ways to do this!

You can either upload your layout into the Whimsical Musings Flickr gallery with the tag WM#245 or you can post it in our Whimsical Musings Facebook group. We've decided that we'll save albums for special occasions so just load up your photo to the group with the tag WM#245 in the write up text so that we can find it.

Monday, 9 January 2017

Challenge #244 - week of 9th January 2017

And suddenly 2016 was over and 2017 has begun.

iPhone wallpaper image available at A Night Owl here

I think it's ever so slightly terrifying how fast those 366 days passed by but here we are in the second week of the new year already so let's get started with a fresh year of prompts and hopefully, inspiration.

Pinterest source here

I'd like you to be inspired by fresh starts.

This could relate to your new year goals or resolutions, or just how you celebrated welcoming in the new year. If you participate in Ali Edwards' OLW, you could use this time to record your word for 2017. We have fresh starts all the time in life, not just in January, so that could be the way you go. You might even want to use some fresh supplies, or a technique that you have just learnt. I think there's plenty of room for interpretation to just get you started back into your creative new year.

We'd love you to use this prompt and hope you will share your creations - there are now two ways to do this!

You can either upload your layout into the Whimsical Musings Flickr gallery with the tag WM#244 or you can post it in our Whimsical Musings Facebook group. We've decided that we'll save albums for special occasions so just load up your photo to the group with the tag WM#244 in the write up text so that we can find it.
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Monday, 26 December 2016

Challenge #243 - week of 26th December 2016

Christmas is over and we are looking towards the new year.

This is usually a time to  make plans for the year to come - things to change, things to stop, things to start.

So today's challenge is very much a challenge to myself to try out something new on my pages.

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

Amy Tan is probably one of the most well-known scrapbookers who uses a lot of watercolour lettering on her pages and if you subscribe to her on IG, you will see lots and lots of gorgeous watercolour, hand-lettered motivational phrases.

Find this gorgeous photo and her review of her favourite watercolours here

Of course, Whimsical Musings founder Pam used to paint a lot of her own titles which were always pretty mind-glowingly gorgeous - see this page here.

And I know that many of you use a lot of mixed media on your own layouts.

But why not try to use watercolours (or an equivalent) in a new way on your page this week.

I'm not a big wet-stuff-user on my layouts to be honest, a bit of ink splatting is about as far as I go so I'm really going to push myself to try something a bit more adventurous. Will you join me?

If you don't want to get messy on your page, perhaps you have a story about painting or even a favourite watercolour hanging on your wall. This might be the time to tell the story of an artist in the family or in your past or just which artists you love. There are plenty of watercolor design papers in recent paper collections that you could use for this prompt as well.

We'd love you to use this prompt and hope you will share your creations - there are now two ways to do this!

You can either upload your layout into the Whimsical Musings Flickr gallery with the tag WM#243 or you can post it in our Whimsical Musings Facebook group. We've decided that we'll save albums for special occasions so just load up your photo to the group with the tag WM#243 in the write up text so that we can find it.

Monday, 19 December 2016

Challenge #242 - week of 19th December 2016

Christmas is almost here and I hope that by the time this post goes live, I'm more organised than I feel right now and everything will have been purchased, wrapped and maybe even posted to their intended recipients.

With that in mind, I'd like you to be inspired by presents.

Although not obvious at first glance, these bags were presents but I decided to write about what they say about me

This layout talks about my niece's love for a present that we sent here one Christmas - still a firm favourite I'm happy to say

And this layout is a literal interpretation of the gift theme, talking about this wonderful gift I received from our WM friend Lynnette.

Would you like to talk about your gift buying process? How you love to go out Christmas shopping or even how much you can't stand the full shops and now shop online? A favourite present or a worst one perhaps? How about a stand out gift for some reason - this might be the direction I take as I have a story I've been wanting to tell for a long time about a present that Father Christmas was unable to bring me one year. I this is is a very wide prompt and I can't wait to read about your present memories!

We'd love you to use this prompt and hope you will share your creations - there are now two ways to do this!

You can either upload your layout into the Whimsical Musings Flickr gallery with the tag WM#242 or you can post it in our Whimsical Musings Facebook group. We've decided that we'll save albums for special occasions so just load up your photo to the group with the tag WM#242 in the write up text so that we can find it.

Monday, 12 December 2016

Challenge #241 - week of 12th December 2016

I read recently that the 13th Wedding Anniversary symbol is lace. That's a difficult one to think about with regard to a present for a man but what about including it on your project?

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

Back when I started scrapbooking, lace, ribbon and fibres were so popular to use and my layouts were unbelievably lumpy bumpy. I need to go back over some to slim them down but I really loved to use them all. Then, these items seemed to go out of fashion and my ribbon collection has reduced to just a handful of lengths which I often forget to use.

But here's a few layouts from way back which I might use to remind me how to use it on my project this week.

This layout features paper lace trimming - remember when that was popular?

How about a lace border punch?

Keeping it simple with a lace bow - I still love this effect

Or you might have a piece of paper with a lace design

I hope you will fish out your lace supplies and give this neglected supply a chance this week.

We'd love you to use this prompt and hope you will share your creations - there are now two ways to do this!

You can either upload your layout into the Whimsical Musings Flickr gallery with the tag WM#241 or you can post it in our Whimsical Musings Facebook group. We've decided that we'll save albums for special occasions so just load up your photo to the group with the tag WM#241 in the write up text so that we can find it.

Monday, 5 December 2016

Challenge #240 - week of 5th December 2016

And suddenly December is upon us.

It's St Nicolaus in Germany tomorrow, 6th December, which is a chance for kids round here to get some pre-Christmas chocolate and goodies to keep them going until the big day. St Nicolaus fills boots left outside the door and in some parts of Europe, this is the main day of the season.

Taking the boot motif as inspiration, along with my passion for pretty footwear, I'd like you to be inspired by shoes.

I made a layout about a particular pair of much loved, and still longed for shoes I spied in the window of the Chanel shop in Singapore a few years ago. The layout itself needs a rework as I really don't like how it turned out and those shoes are still in my dreams so this might be the way I go this week.


Do you have a favourite pair of shoes to include on your project this week. Or maybe like me, a pair you'd like to own - no matter how unlikely that is. Maybe you have a passion for shoes or even the opposite. How about your baby's first pair of shoes or memories of the new school shoes at the start of the school year. This one is really a prompt to take in any direction you like.

We'd love you to use this prompt and hope you will share your creations - there are now two ways to do this!

You can either upload your layout into the Whimsical Musings Flickr gallery with the tag WM#240 or you can post it in our Whimsical Musings Facebook group. We've decided that we'll save albums for special occasions so just load up your photo to the group with the tag WM#240 in the write up text so that we can find it.

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