Tuesday, 22 May 2018

Challenge #288 - week of 21st May 2018

My excuse this week? It was a Bank Holiday yesterday which means I totally lost the fact that it was Monday!

But it was a wonderful weekend in my neck of the woods and this is my inspiration for this week.

I would like you to be inspired by weddings!

Yes, it was the "Royal Wedding of the Year" last Saturday. Now, that might not be such a big deal for you but it was a huge thing for this fan of all things royal and I blocked the whole day in my diary to spend hours in front of the TV with champagne, scones and Coronation Chicken. Loved it!


Of course you can take this prompt in your own wedding direction. That of your children, a vintage layout featuring parents, grandparents or even older ancestors? Maybe you have a wedding themed collection of papers that you would just love to use - a nuptial layout or not. Perhaps comparing your own wedding with the dreams of you childhood self. A wish-filled future wedding maybe? Or just a bringing together of two things that are destined to be. Several directions to go this week.

If you're inspired to create this week, 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... :-)

Tuesday, 15 May 2018

#276 - be inspired by the new releases at Creativation 2018

It's May which means it's LOAD time - insert happy dance here.

So far, I'm rather behind my target of 15 layouts for the month - I've made a total of 6 so far! But inadvertently, I did make a layout that fulfils one of the previous prompts here on Whimsical Musings WM#276 - be inspired by the new releases at Creativation 2018.


Look! There's a llama! In my book, that's totally Creativation 2018 and I am thrilled to have found a way to use it on a layout. I mean, I've never even met a llama in my life so I really struggled with thinking how I was going to put it on a layout. But this fun, sun-filled layout seemed the perfect spot for the happy feeling it purveys.



I also used my Counterfeit Kit Challenge May kit, Funky for this layout which is proving to be super fun to cut up and create with.

Don't forget that if you're inspired to create this week, that you can add your 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... :-)

Monday, 14 May 2018

Challenge #287 - week of 14th May 2018

Ah! I should learn to keep my mouth shut! As soon as I say that I'm keeping up with the prompts, I drop a week!

I actually made a layout using a prompt recently so I'll be sharing soon. But for today, I'd like to give you a new prompt based on a really short 24-hour trip I recently made to the UK.

I'd like you to be inspired by awards.


I went over to the UK to surprise my little sister who had been nominated for an award in the "Pride of Rugby Awards 2018" for the category "Town Centre Business of the Year". I'm so proud of her because even though she's been running creativity workshops for some time, her business has only been in its new premises - where she sells a section of modern yarns and accessories as well as offering workshops for all sorts of creative skills - for a couple of months. Anyway, I took a few photos and this prompt will be a good excuse for me to make a layout about the fun evening we had!


I'm sure you have a story or ten that feature awards of some sort. School, sport, university, work, hobby - you name it, there's usually an award to talk about and celebrate. You, your family, your children, a relative, a friend or even in your imagination. Of course, we are bound to have an item or two in your stash that feature awards in some way - trophies, banners, rosettes, stars, quotes! I'm sure you can find something to be inspired by.

If you're inspired to create this week, 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... :-)

Monday, 30 April 2018

Challenge #286 - week of 30th April 2018

I'm keeping up with the posts here but not with making up the layouts. But one thing at a time, don't you think?

So, I'm back again with this week's prompt, inspired by what I was up to this last weekend. It's a long, holiday weekend here in Germany and we've enjoyed some quiet, quality down time. It's been lovely.

Today we went for a long (8km) country walk and took in everything there was to see in this wine making part of the country. How beautiful it all is.

So, I'd like you to be inspired by a country walk.


Take it literally and create a page about a walk you've made. Take it metaphorically or maybe a walk you'd like to make one day. Talk about spring or taking walks with someone special to you. Be inspired by countryside themed products. I think there are many ways to take the inspiration and make it your own so I'm interested to see where you go with it!


If you're inspired to create this week, 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... :-)

Monday, 23 April 2018

Challenge #285 - week of 23rd April 2018

If you read last week's prompt, you'll remember that I had another idea before I saw the wonderful quote posted by Pebbles Inc on Facebook. So I changed tack and decided to just hold onto it for this week.

Therefore, this time around I'd like you to be inspired by mini-letter stickers.

This is just a selection of the smaller letters that I have but there are some firm favourites there that find their way into almost every single kit that I make as well as on most of my layouts! Jillibean, Sassafraslass and October Afternoon are my all time favourites but any will work for me as long as they stick and are in the right colours!


I'm sure you have some of these little beauties in your own supplies and if you don't already use them all that often, now might the time to fish them out and give them an airing. If you do use them regularly, why not try to find a new way to incorporate them on a layout. Mix them up, arrange them differently, journal with them, use them in a mixed up title. I'm sure you can think of a dozen ways of bringing them onto your layout.

I made this layout just last week with my Counterfeit Kit Challenge April kit, Rogue for a Counterfeit challenge to be inspired by Easter. I knew that I didn't have much to say in the way of journalling so I used up a whole bunch of mini BasicGrey alphas to spell out single words of what was special about Easter 2018.



Ps. have you noticed that several of my favourite letters are from suppliers that don't make scrapbook products any more? *sniff sniff*

If you're inspired to create this week, 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... :-)

Monday, 16 April 2018

Challenge #284 - week of 16th April 2018

Happy Monday everyone. I hope you are feeling refreshed and ready to start a new week.

I know that many of you in the US are still (im)patiently waiting for spring to arrive but round here, it's all systems go and as my hay fever eyes and nose will tell you, nature is bursting forth!

I had something else to inspire us this week but when I saw the image below on Facebook a few moments ago, I just knew that this would be my prompt.

I'd like you to be inspired by "kindness changes everything".

Source - Pebbles Inc on Facebook

A small act of kindness can go a long, long way. It can change the way you think about that person, a whole situation or even the world at large. It can make you see things in a clearer way, maybe more positive or even a little more self-reflective. You might be one acting kindly, or the grateful recipient of someone else's thoughtfulness. You might wish to work on becoming a kinder person or thinking about how to install that attitude in those around you. Many ways to approach this. You might even have some product with a similar quote that you'd like to use on your project.

Many years ago when I first started scrapbooking, we had a wonderful Nova Scotia adventure which became the topic of a huge scrapbook album. I had just started my blog and every day while we were there, I'd record my thoughts about our trip and that all formed the journalling for this huge project when I came back. One of the stories I told was "Never underestimate the kindness of strangers" and is one of my favourite memories of our trip. My scrapbooking style was rather basic and I'd certainly make the album differently today but this page still warms my heart. (Let's not talk about the randomly tilted tag!!!) In fact, I've just realised that this formed the prompt WM#230 - be inspired by the kindness of strangers but I think we can never have enough kindness in our lives so another prompt, similar but different, is ok!


If you're inspired to create this week, 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... :-)

Monday, 9 April 2018

Challenge #283 - week of 9th April 2018

I'm fighting with a lacking mojo at the moment so I'm hoping that keeping up with my posts here at WM each week will kick-start it sooner or later!

Recently, I spied some papers at Scrapabilly by Kaisercraft that I just knew my sister would adore. She stopped scrapping some time ago and I've been trying to lure her back ever since. She loves all things oriental and I thought it might nudge her into cutting some paper. She really did love the products I sent but so far, no layout! Ha ha. But I got myself one or two the items for myself and this week, I'd like to find the inspiration to use it. Hence this week's prompt.

I'd like you to be inspired by these oriental design papers.


I think they are just beautiful and could use them for many different styles and types of pages. You might have some similar designs in your own stash or you might be inspired by the bright colour combinations. Maybe you just take one or two of the elements in the papers here to inspire you - design, colour, words.  The cranes might spark a bird themed story of your own or maybe you've been lucky enough to travel to the orient and want to make a travel-themed page. Origami, cherry blossoms, pagodas or buddhist temples. Maybe you just want to concentrate on your love of yoga, meditation or general worship. There's many directions if you think about it! Which way will you go this week?

Many many years ago, I bought some gorgeous paper for a Singapore themed page but of course I can't find a photo of it right now. If I track it down, I'll post it or maybe I'll just remake it as I think it's one that I earmarked to redo! However, I remember that there was lots of cherry blossom fussy cutting which was really pretty.

If you're inspired to create this week, 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... :-)

Tuesday, 3 April 2018

Challenge #282 - week of 2nd April 2018

Spring appears to have sprung round here and we had a lovely Easter weekend full of balcony planting and pretty flowers. How about you? We are officially ready for spring and summer now and life on Balconia is calling.

Now on that note, this week I'd like you to be inspired by new life.

We've had one or two prompts over the years that are on a similar vein (WM#22 - new beginnings, WM#31 - spring, WM#64 babies, WM#165 - spring mood board), and I really think there are multiple angles to think about with regard to spring, Easter and the full restart that this time seems to bring.

These two layouts were made for the prompts listed above. These could both fit this week's prompt so think wider than the idea of the phrase itself.



If you're inspired to create this week, 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... :-)

Tuesday, 27 March 2018

Challenge #281 - week of 26th March 2018

I recently filled a pizza box up with a scrappy care package of goodies and sent it back across the ocean to our Whimsical Musings Bestie over there in NYC! I know that sounds a little strange but I knew that an injection of new goodies was exactly what she needed to keep her motivation going after a full month of scrapping together across the miles. I had seen some product that I knew would suit her perfectly and picked out a selection of papers, die cuts, washi, sequins, confetti and any other little bits and pieces that would go with the items I'd chosen from Crate Paper's Oasis and Shimelle's Starshine collections.

Now to cut a long story short, the items arrived as hoped and were very, very much appreciated which made me really happy. It seems that I'd picked out the right mix patterns, colours and elements. So why am I describing this long, convoluted story to you? Well, one of the papers was a particular hit...


And so... this week, I'd like you to be inspired by tags!

Think luggage tags, clothing tags, security tags, name tags. Travel products, stories or memories. Name tags that you sew into children's school uniforms or badges on scout/girl guide uniforms. Brown luggage tags or colourful ones such as this vellum paper. I think there are so many different tags or ways to use tags on your products that you are sure to find a way to be inspired this week!

If you're inspired to create this week, 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... :-)

Monday, 19 March 2018

Challenge #280 - week of 19th March 2018

I'm always thinking about my little corner of the web. And my scrapbooking. And the commitments I have on teams or blogs. And how hectic I feel all the time. This is something I'm working on this year - linked to my OLW of mindful.

What I think it all comes down to is priorities. And this is where I'm taking the prompt this week.

Be inspired by priorities.

Is that scrapbooking? Joining in on challenges like this? Just creating where and when you want rather than feeling any sort of obligation. Perhaps you'd just like to record some thoughts of your own about the priorities in your life now. Compare it with those of the past. Or those of your children. Or maybe even a story from the past about different generations. You could talk about your own time management, or you "problems" with procrastination (or is that just me!). Lots of ways to take the prompt this week.

Something that is definitely NOT a priority for me - being the perfect housewife!

Capturing progress along the way of health improvement and weight loss in the last two months which I focussed on as a personal priority. 

If you're inspired to create this week, 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... :-)

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