Monday, September 1, 2014

Scrappy Blog Tour

Hi everyone! Last week I was tagged by the amazingly talented Aleksandra Gadji on her Scrappy Blog Tour post. Not only does she make the most beautiful layouts with fabulous designs, I'm also very lucky and happy to call her my friend. Thank you Alex for being awesome and tagging me!

Now on to the questions I have to answer for the Scrappy Blog Tour.

What am I working on right now?
This month The Cut Shoppe has a team up with Clique Kits. We all received the Clique Kits September kit to work with and Ashley designed some awesome cut files that match the kit perfectly. Right now I'm working on some projects with this kit, here's a little sneak peak.

How long does it take me to create a project?
I'm a slow scrapper, there's no way I can create a layout without walking away from it a couple of times! During the weekends I can do a layout in about 2 or 3 hours. Because I work full time, I don't always have the time or energy to work 2 or 3 hours on a layout, so a layout can also take about 2 or 3 weeknights. I use my dining table to scrap and I can leave everything out there, which makes it easier to spend some free 30 minutes on a layout. Oh the joy of living alone and not having to use the dining table for dinner :-)

What are my favorite things to create with at the moment?
On almost every project I use something that is cut with my Silhouette Cameo, I can't imagine my scrappy life without it anymore! Finally I'm finding my way with washi tapes, in the beginning I had a hard time using them but I love the extra little detail and color it gives to my projects. The monthly Clique Kits are a fave of mine since they started in April this year, the kits are put so well together and I love all the exclusives in them. And last but not least, I can't work without wood veneers. They are so cute and between all the color in my pages, they give a nice neutral touch.

How does my writing/creating process work?
It depends if I have a DT assignment or not, but in the end I always get inspired by the product I'm working with or the picture I want to scrap. I prefer to scrap with products all from one collection, you can call me lazy but that's just how it works best for me. When I chose the collection and the picture, I start with selecting the embellishments from said collection that go with the picture. It doesn't mean I'll use them all, but I like to have those in front of me that will work with the picture. The next step is picking the papers that will work best and deciding if I want to go for a background cut with the Silhouette. When I have everything out there, the moving papers and embellishments is starting. Sometimes I have a design in my head and sometimes I just go with the flow and will see what happens.

How do I become inspired and stay inspired?
I always get my inspiration out of the product I'm working with, because that is what I have to deal with. A pattern in a paper, the shape of an embellishment or a title cut with my Silhouette mostly becomes the start of the design of my layout.

What is my signature style?
I always find it so hard to answer this question, I don't think I can describe it in just a couple of words. You'll always find a lot of (bright) colors on my pages and many cut files made with my Silhouette Cameo. I'm not the kinda girl that gets her hands dirty, but I do like to stamp in black here and there on my pages. Also you can find stitches on my layouts very often. I don't have a sewing maching, simply because I just can't handle them, so every single stitch on my projects is done by hand.

Now on to the very talented ladies that I'm tagging.

Monique Liedtke: she has such a great eye for design and details, I can keep looking at her projects and spotting new details all the time. I'm also very happy to have her living nearby and being able to meet up every now and then, which we actually should do more often but you know how life happens...

Erica Thompson: I have 'met' Erica at Clique Kits, she's one of the fabulous women who own and run the kit club. She is such a sweetheart and she has some amazing cardmaking skills that I'm little jealous of! It's not only cards that she makes, she also rocks with her layouts, mini albums and other paper crafting projects.

Mary Jo Rhoda: I'm a fan of her work for a long time and I'm so happy to be with her on the Paper Issues team! She is so very creative in how she uses any kind of scrapbooking product and she's so sweet and funny at the same time, you just gotta love her!

Please stop by the blogs of these wonderful ladies, check out there work and say hi on my behalf.

Thanks for stopping by and enjoy your day!

Friday, August 29, 2014


Happy Friday everyone! A week ago it was my birthday and my Dad and brother sent me the perfect birthday gift: the Fuji Instax Share printer. I had this one on top of my wishlist and I'm so excited and thankful that I own it right now! This printer uses the same film as the Instax mini cameras, but you send the photos from your smartphone to the printer which means you can print any picture you took with your smartphone.

Of course I had to play with it immediately. To use the printer you need the Instax Share app, which you can download for free. This app has some filters and templates to edit your pictures. For the picture on this layout I used two different Instagram filters though. In the Instax Share app you can easily upload your pictures from your film roll, your Instagram or Facebook account.

This picture of me and my best friend is taken at our local beach during a beach walk. Living very close to the beach is not only fun when the weather is hot, I might even love it more when it's a little colder and you have the beach all to yourself! These beach walks clear your head and it's very relaxing.

For my layout I used the Basic Grey Highline collection and the Borderlines Too and Travelin' On cut files from The Cut Shoppe. I also added two buttons from A Flair for Buttons.

Speaking of Basic Grey, did you see the new Second City collection by Kelly Purkey in the Paper Issues store? It's so fun and colorful and besides the pretty papers, there are tons of cute embellishments too!

Hurry to get your favorite items before they're sold out and use code DANIELLE20 at check out to save 20% on your entire purchase!!

Thanks for stopping by today and enjoy your weekend!

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

DT The Cut Shoppe - You make me happy

Today I'm sharing a layout for The Cut Shoppe. This time I went for the Borderlines Too cut file, picked the swirl border and created a background with it. I used the La la la love you cut file for a sub title on my page.
All papers and embellishments are from the Pink Paislee Hello Sunshine collection.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Team up The Cut Shoppe - Creative Scrappers

Happy Sunday everyone! I'm so very excited for today's team up between The Cut Shoppe and Creative Scrappers. Both teams have been creating a layout with this awesome sketch, be sure to check out both blogs to see all the fabulous layouts! Of course there are prizes to win if you play along with this sketch.

For my layout I used the printable sets Somewhere Out There and Picture This. Oh yes, besides all the awesome cut files The Cut Shoppe has printables now, too! They are so fun and the cards in the sets were perfect for this grid sketch. I also used my leftovers from the Clique Kits August kit and some Studio Calico embellishments.

Now it's time for you to create! Link up your layout made with this sketch overhere at Creative Scrappers by August 31 for your chance to win a $20 gift certificate to spend in The Cut Shoppe Store!!

Thanks for stopping by today and have a wonderful Sunday!

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Clique Kits - Glam Camp Blog Hop

Welcom to the August kit Glam Camp Blog Hop! You should be arriving here from Mariah's blog. If not, you can start overhere at the Clique Kits blog to hop all the way through our blog hop list.

The challenge this month is Wild & Free, which is a perfect theme for this month's kit. I went for a picture taken while hiking at Zion last year. I think the colors in the picture were a great match to the My Mind's Eye Market Street papers.

Now be sure to stop by each blog for your chance to win the Clique Kits giveaway!
Danielle <-- you are here

Thanks for stopping by and enjoy your day! Your next stop is Alisha.