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.

Monday, 28 November 2016

Challenge #239 - week of 28th November 2016

Advent has just begun which is always the last indicator that Christmas is just around the corner - as if we didn't need another reminder.

Advent is an important point on the German Christmas calendar and I've embraced it as a symbol of the season. Over the last couple of years, I've allowed Advent to inspire my challenges for you and so I decided that this year should be no exception.

In the past I spent a lot of money on gorgeous Advent wreaths but trying to save some money last year, I decided to have a go at making my own Advent candle display. It cost a fraction of the cost of my over the top but wonderfully gorgeous Advent wreath, and I loved it.

I focused on metallics and specifically, copper which is not only a trend colour right now but also a colour I've been bringing into my home decor. I hope to find a way to do this again this year.

So, with that in mind, I'd like you to be inspired by this colour scheme of copper, pinks and burnt orange. 


Of course, you might take your project in another direction and concentrate on Advent itself, a weekly activity, a count down/up to something, the shape of the candles and mini baubles, or maybe just the candles themselves. The colour sample I was able to make from my photo doesn't show the metallics of course, but I know that this is where I'll be going with my project - I have them all in my stash right now! How many different metallics do you have?

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#239 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#239 in the write up text so that we can find it.

Monday, 21 November 2016

Challenge #238 - week of 21st November 2016

Another Monday and another prompt for you. And because my US friends will be celebrating Thanksgiving this week, I'm going traditional.

I'd like you to be inspired by blessings.

I know that many of you undertake some sort of thankfulness project in November or at your Thanksgiving table so you might like to consider this as your contribution this week? I know that I've made layouts about things I'm thankful for in the past but will you want to take this in a slightly different direction perhaps?


This is the layout I made for challenge #15 where Pam asked us to be grateful for something about ourselves. I consider my pragmatism a blessing.

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#238 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#238 in the write up text so that we can find it.

Monday, 14 November 2016

Challenge #237 - week of 14th November 2016

So, while the UK and many other countries were having two minutes silence in memory of Remembrance Day at 11am on 11th November (see last week's prompt), here in Germany 11.11am on 11th November marks the beginning of the "fifth" season of the year. Germany celebrates their own Remembrance Sunday at another time.

This fifth season is the beginning of German Carnival, something particularly strong around Düsseldorf and Köln as well as other cities around Germany.  If you'd like to find out more, Wikipedia has a lot of information about the traditions surrounding this "special" time of the year.

I've given you the topic of Carnival as a prompt before (something I don't personally celebrate but appreciate the traditions all the same) and so this time, I'd like to just take it in a slightly different direction.

I'd like you to be inspired by a fifth season.

I don't have a suitable photo for this prompt but how about just a gorgeous seasonal shot?

What would that mean to you? Would you want more sun, more winter, more snow, less change? Would you like to create your own fifth season by heading out of town on a long trip at the same time every year to escape weather in your own area that makes you unhappy? You could just look at it in regards to weather - what do you have or don't have that you'd like more of less of! How about making it a little more philosophical and thinking about the seasons of life - Jennifer Wilson over at Simple Scrapper uses this analogy often when discussing how to approach life and crafting. This might be a little more abstract than usual, but I do think that there are ways to take this and make it your own!

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#237 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#237 in the write up text so that we can find it.

Monday, 7 November 2016

Challenge #236 - week of 7th November 2016

A change of pace this week.

Tomorrow is my granddad's birthday. He died 26 years ago and we all still miss him every single day. He was a wonderful man, a great role model, and my favourite man in the world while he was still alive.

And Friday 11th November marks Remembrance Day which commemorates Armistice Day 1918, when the guns fell silent on the "eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month" marking the end of World War I. 

Coming so close together, these two events are always linked in my mind and my heart. Happy memories of my grandfather tinged with sadness with him no longer being here and the memories of fallen soldiers as part of Remembrance Day. 

I thought of making this week's prompt to be inspired by sadness but that seems a little melancholy for sure. Not that I don't think there is space in one's albums for a little sadness but let's try to lift it a notch and make it a little brighter.

Therefore, this week I'd like you to be inspired by the remembrance poppy.

A beautiful hand-crocheted poppy made by the über-creative Lesley over at Oh! Blog it! 

The poppy is a symbol of Remembrance Day, bringing to mind the poppy fields of Flanders where so many young men fell during WWI. But at the same time as representing something sad, it's something more for me. It's almost as if the poppy of Remembrance Day is also there for me to remember my granddad and the bright red flower which I wear with pride adds a splash of colour on an otherwise sad, dull November day.

I've scrapped about Remembrance Day before and also featured my hand-made crocheted poppy which reminds me of home. 



You might also have a poppy story and for those in the UK, you might have been lucky enough to see the Tower of London poppy art installation in 2014. There might be a symbol that you chose to wear to remember something specific or you might wish to create a project about remembrance or a relative who served in WWI or another conflict. What about your own Remembrance Day (different countries call it different names but the meaning is always the same)? What about someone special to you who also has a birthday this week? Or you could tie it in to bittersweet feelings like I described. Several ways to take this prompt this week and they are certainly not all sad.

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#236 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#236 in the write up text so that we can find it.

Monday, 31 October 2016

Challenge #235 - week of 31st October 2016

Happy Halloween everyone.

I've been trying hard to come up with something that's linked to this creepy time of year without it being specifically Halloween itself. We've had inspirations from being scared and pumpkins but I think today we are going dark.

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

Ideas that spring to mind on this topic are things that go bump in the night, the dark nights at this time of year for us in the northern hemisphere, taking a moonlight walk, even the appearance of the super moon which happened in October but which we will also get on 14th November and December. Perhaps you'd like to talk about your love of night time or maybe how scared you are in the dark. A ghost story under the stars at camp or a particular Halloween memory one scary evening.  Night time photos can also be a way to take this. There's a lot of different ways to interpret the prompt.

And for inspiration, here are a couple of layouts I made some time ago from the same Counterfeit Kit Challenge kit which could fall under this category - one using a photo of a super moon a few years ago to talk about my moon inspired mood swings, one about stepping out into the black one night while we were in Canada and one featuring "dark" photos!


Obviously I didn't have photos of this particular experience so I simply used a photo
taken earlier that very evening to represent my experience.


And with that, I wish you a great week, whether or not you'll be dressing up in costumes and heading out into the dark night, or not!

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#235 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#235 in the write up text so that we can find it.

Tuesday, 25 October 2016

WM#234 - be inspired by leaves

I made this layout at the beginning of the month, during the first few days of LOAD1016 (the Scrap Happy family only LOAD).

You all know that this is my favourite time of year and when I took my first few autumnal photos I realised that I needed to create a hashtag to represent how I feel at this time of year. #watchmesmile seemed so obvious.

Actually, this layout uses two WM prompts. In addition to WM#234 - be inspired by leaves, the LOAD prompt the day I made it was to use the Whimsical Musings recipe in prompt WM#214 - Musings À La Whimsy which was great as I hadn't got around to that one yet! 

So I grabbed my Counterfeit Kit Challenge October kit, Lucid and pulled together this layout. I added in the Crate Paper striped design to my kit as that was in my box (I was scrapping away from home and had limited supplies). 

In fact, this single sheet of paper has proved to be a fabulous addition to the kit and has really lifted every layout I've used it on. A little goes a long way. I picked up two sheets of it from Scrapabilly but think I'll need another one or two - there's just something about the mix of colours which is just sooooo good.

Counterfeit Kit Challenge October kit, Lucid lo#1

The Pinkfresh Studio pocket page cards are proving a little tricky to use as most of them have a full design and are not suitable for journalling as such. But this one seemed perfect with the "ongoing story" text which is certainly what my love for all things autumnal is.




I particularly enjoyed making a page without necessarily using the browns, yellows and oranges associated with this time of year. The contrast of the papers and embellishments to the photos proved interesting and fresh to me.


So, two Whimsical Musings prompts on one page. I really ought to print out the list and see what's left for me to work through (there are a lot!). Would you like to join me in catching up with past inspiration from time to time?

Just have a look at the list here and when you've created, make sure you share.

You can do that at either of our Whimsical Musings groups which can be found at Flickr (here) or over at Facebook (here). Whichever is better for you is great for us. We will find you! Tag your layouts with WM#XXX so that we know which prompt you followed.

Monday, 24 October 2016

WM#233 - be inspired by the Blue Heart of Delft

I was late - as usual - making up my layout for the Counterfeit Kit Challenge member blog hop last night and needed to make a page under time pressure. I had less than 60 minutes while the Formula 1 race was on to pull something together so that I could photograph it this morning to share on the hop. This might actually be the closest to the wire I've been.

Anyway, I was looking around for a story to tell and my eye fell upon the less than stellar Instax shot I had of the Blue Heart of Delft in question and even though the shot I shared on the blog last Monday was better, it seemed like a good idea to just use this print that I had in my hand.


Yes, it's a bit small to be there all on its own on the page but I wanted to use the Pinkfresh Studio paper as a full background and didn't want to cover too much of it up so it all sort of fell into place.

For the Counterfeit Kit Challenge, I went with the prompt #1 - to use fussy cutting on my project as well as prompt #3 - to fancy up the page killing several challenge birds with one stone.


Of course, the page is made using my Counterfeit Kit Challenge October kit, Lucid (lo#7) which is proving very successful. As you can see, I fussy cut roses from a Heidi Swapp paper - in fact, I cut up the whole sheet and have now used all the roses across three different layouts. It was only after I'd added them that I realised that they were actually totally reminiscent of the Delft Blue tiles which the town is so famous for.


And what about my page dress up? I added a splash of gold here and there with the transparency and the loopy thread (why do I so often forget to do this - I always love it!) and made sure I had a good splash of pretty pink to contrast with the blue and aqua tones.

You could also say that the mini strip of multi coloured paper there on the left is also just a pretty up strategy. I felt that I needed to get some of the brighter colours from my photo stack over to the other side to even things up.


I also think the tassel is also part of my dressing up the page as it's purely there for decoration and serves no other purpose! There are so often elements on my pages which have meaning - to me even if the reader can't always see it - but sometimes, I just like to literally pretty up the page by adding something like this.


And there you have it. Done.

Delft needs a fuller page which I'll do in time but I'm happy that I got this page done as a starting point.

We love it when you share too and you can do that at either of our Whimsical Musings groups which can be found at Flickr (here) or over at Facebook (here). Whichever is better for you is great for us. We will find you! Tag your layouts with WM#XXX so that we know which prompt you followed.

Challenge #234 - week of 24th October 2016

There are some prompts that just need repeating. But of course, I don't want to literally repeat them. More the timing of the prompt means that a similar type subject is needed, such as Christmas, New Year, birthdays and yes, autumn.

Looking back at the list, I can see that we've had autumnal colours schemes and mood boards (WM#1, WM#60,  WM#138), there's been Oktoberfest (WM#188) or even turning the clocks back (WM#189) but what about that most typical symbol of this time of year? Leaves.

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

I took these photos just last week and they literally make me smile - hence my recent use of the hashtag #watchmesmile. Every. Single. Day.



Now, as you can imagine, I've recorded my love of autumn very often. Perhaps too often you might say. But I just can't resist those leaves!

Here are just a few.






As always, I think there are a few ways to interpret this prompt. You can go literal and talk about how you love this time of year with all the beautiful coloured leaves - I'm sure many of you will have stories to tell of kids or dogs playing in leaf piles or how about the work it takes to clear your garden of all those beautiful leaves. You could use some leaf designed paper, or leaf elements. You could take a symbolic photo of one particular fallen leaf such as in my first layout here and talk about it. I've already got a layout to share with you on this prompt and i can feel a layout using the leaf photos I've shared at the top of the post...

Where will the falling leaves take you this week?

We'd love you 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#234 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#234 in the write up text so that we can find it.

Monday, 17 October 2016

Challenge #233 - week of 17th October 2016

Well, the dreaded lurgy caught me out last week and amongst the aching bones and the sniffles and sneezes, not a single scrappy action occurred which is why I haven't made and shared my page from last week's prompt :-( But I'm on the mend and I should be back up to paper speed in the next day or two. A week of LOAD1016 has been missed which is a shame and I'm unlikely to catch up but let's see what I can come up with before the end of the month.

In the meantime, I'm writing this up before I head back over to the Netherlands to meet up with baby sis and family again tomorrow. The whole family has been there in south Holland for the last few weeks and I was there last Monday too. We visited the very picturesque town of Delft and I made sure I got a photo of a fabulous piece of art that I'd seen in sis's IG feed. It's known rather cleverly as the Blue Heart of Delft and not only represents the heart of the city but also the blue of the famous Delft Blue tiles which could be seen in all corners of this pretty town. Delft is also known as the home of Vemeer - he of The Girl With the Pearl Earring. I'd very much like to go back one day for some real exploring.


Anyway, I digress. This week I'd like you to be inspired by the Blue Heart of Delft.

Pick the colour of the heart itself or the combination of colours in my photo (that pink was perfect as a contrast). Maybe a trip to the Netherlands is the way you'd like to take it or the famous painting by Vemeer. Do you have any Delft Blue or at least replicas whose story you'd like to capture? I'm sure there's something in there for you to pick up and run with.

We'd love you 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#233 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#233 in the write up text so that we can find it.

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