Getting to Know Me – Blog Hop

Hey there!

My friend Dana has tagged me for the fun “Getting to Know Me” blog hop – thanks for the kind words, sweetie! :)
Having just spent the weekend at her place, chatting away, soaking up the sun and crafting/shopping/meeting other fellow paperlovers, I feel once again revived and enabled.

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[from left to right: Sandra, Alex, Paige, Dana, me]
[Photo snuck from Paige Evans' Instagram]

Okay, so here goes:
Five questions about my crafting process and style and at the end I’ll get to nominate two talented ladies as well.

1. What creative projects are you currently working on?

Ha, I really hope you don’t mean “are still unfinished” by that – as Calvin (&Hobbes) once so cleverly said: “I  was put on this earth to accomplish a certain number of things. Right now I am so far behind that I will never die.” – my DecemberDaily 2013 is at page 11 is all I’m sayin’ ^^
Anyhow, I’m currently working on an album about my Mom’s 50th birthday – she’s got her 51st coming up and there’s still a lot to do! I have also received the photos for my Handbook about our holiday to France this August, so I’m itching to get going with that one, too.

2. What inspires your designs?

For cards, it’s mostly the receiver who inspires me – for instance: my grandma loves florals; my brother loves the outdoors and anything technical, but hates buttons (I’m not kidding, he doesn’t like to have buttons on his cards! :D), so when I’m creating a card for them I look for things in my stash that would fit the bill or I look around on Pinterest for a card that speaks to me.

I love blogs and try to keep up with what’s going on in the papercrafting world. I also love browsing the Studio Calico gallery whenever I need some eye candy or something that sparks my creativity and makes my fingers want to grab my supplies and Make. Something. Now! :)

3. What method / process (if applicable) do you apply to each of your creative projects, and how long does each project take to complete?

Phew, good question. I guess most projects take waaay longer than I am willing to admit to myself. There really is no method behind what I’m doing, I mostly rely on my inspiration and/or gut feeling for that.

4. If you had to describe your ‘signature’ style, what would it be? 

Playful? Pretty? Cool? At least that’s what I’m aiming for.
“With a girly twist” is how Dana described it, I think :)
I love to try new things (this goes for cooking and baking as well as for papercrafting!) and so I will always look for new ideas and techniques and looks that I can incorporate into my crafts.
Here are two recent projects I made:

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5. What three crafting tools/products can you not live without?

Does my entire craft room with all of its contents count? :D
Okay, just kidding.
I love patterned paper – I rarely place any new order without adding some to my cart (I have built quite the collection over the last 6 years).
Mr. Hueys is another must-have. And item three… I’m torn between washi tape and my guillotine paper trimmer… okay, fine, the paper trimmer it is!
To tell you the truth, some years ago I dreamt that the house stood in flames – I remember that in my dream, I took my dog, put on my shoes and before leaving my flat was contemplating whether I should take my guillotine paper trimmer with me ^^ So clearly even my subconscience is convinced that this was one of the best purchases I’ve ever made :)

Okay and now onto the ladies I nominate:

Michelle de Leon – She is such an amazing artist! Her work is magic. I swoon over every single layout, PL spread and mini album she makes. I know she’s a busy, busy girl, but I’d love her to pick up the baton and tell us a bit about her papercrafting process.

Sandra – Her writing is witty (German only, sorry), her layouts are fabulous and even though I’ve never met her so far, she has been on my blogroll ever since I discovered her blog way back in 2009. She also sometimes posts super genius organization ideas for the scraproom (my clear stamps are organized the way she showed, works like a charm!)

I’m curious to see what they’ll tell us about their crafting (if they accept, it’ll be live on October 6th on their individual blogs) :)

Thanks so much for stopping by today!
Have a lovely week!

Nina

Slight delay

Hey everyone,
Just a quick heads up to tell you that the Getting to Know Me blog post will go up tomorrow instead of today. I’d love to tell you it’s because of some technical glitch, but unfortunately the truth is that we’ve had a bereavement in the family yesterday and that’s the reason why.
But I promise to finish and post it tomorrow.

Xoxo
Nina

Just two quick cards

Hey there,
it’s Friday night and I can’t think of a creative title.
So instead, here are two little birthday cards I made:

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This one was made using watercolor paper and some BG Highline paper plus some sequins and two stamps. Technique is the same as here.

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And this one here really needs no explanation, it’s pretty straightforward and I can’t remember the name of the paper line right now :)

In other news, I’m a college teacher now as well and my schedule this fall/winter is packed so tightly I’m afraid I won’t really have time to do anything else but workworkwork.
Luckily, at the end of August we had a lovely week in the south of France to get our minds off of things and got to enjoy the incredible sea air, local food and wine at the beach:

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Oh how I miss that soft, warm Mediterranean sand. I’m ordering the photos just now so that mayyybe I’ll manage to put them into a Handbook sometime soon. I’ll let you know how if that one worked out (my December Daily from last year is still on day 11, I believe… don’t ask).

Have a great weekend!
Nina

New thread

Hey there :)
Just a quick heads up that I am, in fact, still alive. I’m just snowed under and really looking forward to our holiday. One more week! Yay :)

IMG_3674-001This is just a little masculine birthday card I made for my grandpa, loosely based upon this lovely card by Dana (second card in her post).

IMG_3680-001Now I’ll quickly hit “publish” before my battery dies (can’t find my charger, argh).

Hope you’re doing well!
Cheerio!

P.S. Title stems from this lovely version of a song I’m really liking lately (I know!! :D)

Toilet-Paper-Roll Binding

Hello friends,

I’ve had this idea up my sleeve for a long time.

And now I’ve finally managed to snap the pictures to go along with what I call *The Toilet Paper Roll Mini Album* – hope you like :)

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First up, what you need is:

A toilet paper roll
A sewing machine or a good long-arm stapler
Paper, photos and embellishments of your choosing
Tape Runner and/or Sticky Strip (a strong double-sided adhesive)
Fabric, Fab Rips or Linen/Cotton Binding Tape
Some ribbon to tie the album closed (optional)

So, you take an ordinary toilet paper roll:

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IMG_2891-001And now make it round again. It will look like this:

IMG_2892-001Then turn it 90 degrees to the right and push it down again:

IMG_2893-001Now, pinch the edges you have just created together. Like so:

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Oooh look, it’s a bunny head! :D

IMG_2896-001Now you take the “bunny ears” and push them down:

IMG_2897-001As a last, toilet-roll-forming step, we pinch all of the edges together:

IMG_2899-001Now, take your eight prepared pages:

IMG_2901-001Mine look like this:

127___05Glue your pages together, but make sure to leave a gap on that one edge where we’re going to sew the pages to our binding:

IMG_2910-001Take your last page and slide it over the right crease:

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Take your trusty sewing machine or long-reach stapler and attach the pages, one by one:

IMG_2916-001Your spine will now look like this:

IMG_2917-001Now do the same with your remaining three pages:

IMG_2921-001IMG_2923-001Your spine will start to look a bit chaotic, but don’t worry – remember:
It doesn’t need to be perfect, it’s handmade.

IMG_2926-001IMG_2932-001By the time you want to attach the third and the last page, it might get a tad bumpy under the presser foot. Just soldier on and sew those pages to the spine.

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Push down the front page, so that we have our little book laying in front of us. It won’t lay flat at this point, but we’ll take care of that in a moment.

IMG_2938-001IMG_2941-001You can simply cut off the threads or collect them – as I did here – on the spine in order to cover them in the next step:

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To cover up the sewing and the grey cardboard on our spine, you can use sticky strip and Fab Rips as well as Linen Binding Tape, like I did here:

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The spine will look like this:

IMG_2948-002If you wish, you can add some more Binding Tape:

IMG_2957-002And now, you can use a large bulldog clip or a heavy book to press down the pages a bit. How successful you are may depend on how bulky your embellishments are. The album will always look a bit wonky, but I think that adds to its handmade/recycled charm. :)

IMG_2963-002Finally, if desired, you can add ribbon or twine to hold the album closed.

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Whew, those were a lot of photos! But I hope you like the tutorial and maybe you’ll try this kind of recycling sometime soon :)
Do let me know!

Have a lovely weekend!
Nina

Schön und enttäuschend

That was Roger Willemsen’s conclusion in Karlsruhe last night, where he presented his new book “Das Hohe Haus”. He had spent a whole year as a spectator in the German Bundestag (Parliament) to see whether the representatives we have elected do, in fact, represent us. His findings made for an evening full of laughs and made us shake our heads in disbelief at the same time. Extremely funny and razor-sharp. He’ll continue touring Germany in June, July and August (Read more / Tour dates). Highly recommended!

Onto something crafty:

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This is a layout I made for my friend Perrine (sorry for the blurry photo, if only I had a fancy camera or would know how to use the one I have ^^). Absolute CASE of this wonderful page by Gaelle Fauglas.

Papers are the same, but I switched the direction up and used some different embellishments, e. g. some hexagons cut out from an older paper by My Mind’s Eye. The butterfly chipboard is by Crate (On Trend).

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The picture is matted onto a piece of vellum and popped up with dimensionals. I used some Mr. Huey’s Silver and there’s a little die-cut peeking out from behind the photo.

IMG_2347-001Fabric tape, brads, a bit of machine stitching and some glitter thickers finish it off.

Well, it’s getting late and I need to jump out of bed tomorrow early, so I guess I’ll see you around! :)

There’s beauty in tomorrow

Hey there :)

Just went to the Rifles concert in Mannheim yesterday and I have to say: They’re the coolest.
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(The photo seems kinda blurry when minimized, so if you click on it, you can see much better.)

It was a lot of fun and the crowd was enthusiastic. I managed to get some nice shots and at the end one of the roadies gave me a set list! With duct tape and all! Yay!
So now I know what to stick onto the background of that layout-to-be ;)

If you’ve never heard of The Rifles, I highly recommend listening to some of their song on Youtube, some of my faves are Local Boy and Winter calls:

Oh and the title of this post is also taken from their lyrics to “You win some” (from their new album “None the Wiser”).

Anyhow, you probably came here looking for some papercrafts, so look! A card I made some days ago! (totally and shamelessly stolen from Julie Ebersole’s magnificent creation)

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I played around with my watercolours (water-based dye inks, watercolour pencils, gelatos, peerless transparent watercolour papers) and here’s a close-up of that super cute little birdie:

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It was created using PTI Enchanted Evening Ink on watercolour paper, the Hero Arts Birdie stamp and a brush with water-tank. I’m not too happy with the placement of the sentiment, but oh well. I’m sure the recipient won’t notice ;)

And this is my desk and just a tiny part of the mess I make when I pull out paint and paper :)

IMG_2502-001Yeah, so I hope you like and see you soon!
Nina

 

P.S. I just found out that this is by no means the first time I’ve used a Rifles lyric as a title: Jimmy was a local boy (post after my last Rifles concert in 2009), Join a local gang and get a cool nickname (Dec 2009), And I don’t see and don’t believe (Dec 2009 as well). Seems I’m a repeat offender ;D

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