New schedule ...

11 February 2016
I am working on a new blogging schedule. I'd like to blog more regulary but I have limited time so organisation is the key.
Each month I'll post a new monthly blogging schedule. I'll be starting this new set up in March. It will mean that I won't have to blog everyday or on set days but that I can spread my projects over the month as I please. Here is what you'll be able to find in the monthly schedule:
  • product close-ups: I'll take a closer look at product and see how we can use them. I'll use new  as well as older releases
  • lift yourself: as the title says I'll left an older layout and give it a new twist.
  • challenges: I'll regularly post challenges which you can participate in. Winners will receive a prize.
  • Classes: I'll also post about some of my classes and classes of fellow teachers at BPC. There are so many fabulous classes out there.
  • Layout videos
  • Favourites (favourite layout, favourite recipe, favourite photo ...)
  • and ...... random items which might tickle my inspiration. 

I decided to lift this layout I made in November 2012. It has all the design elements that I love using. Layers, flow and white space. I'd love to see you lift an older layout. If you do add your link using the INLINKZ button below. At the end of the month I'll randomly pick a participant who'll get a RAK from me. 

I went with a white and blue look with some hints of grey. I used some older stamps to add detail to the background. As I'm running low on white cardstock I used some a sheet of paper from a 12*12 patterned paper pack from AC. Usually only one side is printed. I have so many and some designs I don't use so using the white side is the best option.
See you soon with more projects.
  


Bright and Happy

6 February 2016
That is exactly how I'm feeling. My back is feeling so much and as soon as I have my podiatric insoles I'm certain it will be even better. Being in pain has made me realise how it is to be unwell and live normally. I think of all those who are having to struggle with this daily. If ever someone nearby is suffering I'll try to help them in what ever way I can. My kids are growing and thriving, I'm on mend and I am grateful for that.
Family life isn't always easy but we are learning. Most important is that we are creating memories and bonds. When life gets tough we can count on one another. 
I love seeing photos of with our kids. My husband isn't very wordy but his look says it all. He is so proud of them. 
I used one of my favourite dies for this layout. Just layered elements and went for a bright and happy look. 
This is the die I used for the layout. It is the Xcut Decorative Dies - Doily - Vintage Notes. I usually link to Scrapbook.com but they don't have this one. There are quite a few others. You can check their array of doily dies HERE.

Here is the video showing the from start to finish process.


Just around the corner

5 February 2016
I prepared a video and a layout for a collaboration. Sadly the person organising wasn't feeling too well and it was cancelled but I can so my layout and video here. One thing I have learnt over the years is that we should first take care of ourselves. Sometimes we forget and we keep going on and on until one day we just can't. Our body shuts down. I hope my dear friend will feel better soon. 

Valentine's day is just around the corner. I don't really celebrate it because I believe we should show our love and affection for people all year round. Love should always come first. If it is love for others or ourselves. So here is a layout all about love. I used one of the very rare photos of my husband and I. And I think my sister's wedding photographer captured us perfectly.


Click on the image below for the cut file

https://www.dropbox.com/s/t8kv3js0xxyvnz0/hearts.studio3?dl=0

I'll be back on Sunday with another video.

A bit of sunshine and more publications

25 January 2016
Just popping in to wave hello and show some photos and a layout.
This layout was made for the ESPRIT SCRAPBOOKING magazine and I got to try some products from CUSTOM & CRAFT. I LOVED the bright yellow and black in this collection. 
And a couple of photos of the snow which has now melted ...






Have a wonderful week and see you soon. I'll have a video for you on Wednesday.

No video

17 January 2016
Hi there everyone.
I wanted to post a video today but unfortunately I haven't finished editing it. Lots of SNOW and a huge project to oversee have meant I didn't have as much time as I thought. I hope to have it up tomorrow. 
In the meanwhile I'll share a layout I made a week ago and a project from a publication from last year. 
This project was published in Esprit Scrapbooking. It was a very minimalist minibook using watercolours and a scraps.














Video Sunday

10 January 2016
As promised I'm back with a video. I love making them but finding the time is the hard part. I talked about my "zero waste" journey and part of that journey is also making a lot of homemade products (soap, cosmetics, bread, yoghurt, cheese (yes I make cheese: cream cheese, ricotta and vegan mozarella), snacks for the kids, ..... ). This means a lot of planning and preparation in advance. I'm starting to master most of the recipes which means I am becoming faster so I have a little time for some scrapbooking. I used it efficiently! 

This layout took me 30 minutes to make. Most of my layouts do. I plan in advance which helps a lot. I have a whole class called "30-minute layouts" on BPC.

If you want to check it out. Membership is $9.95 a month and you have access to LOTS of classes. There is a free trial so you can get an idea. More information here: http://www.bigpictureclasses.com/membership

 Here is the video. Enjoy and see you back next week. I'm planning a little inspiration challenge with a giveaway. Make sure to stop by later in the week.








All things new ....

9 January 2016
HELLO. It is a new year and that being said it is also time to get this blog on the roll again. The last part of 2015 wasn't as creative as I wanted it to be. I have learnt just to go with the flow and I needed to get myself back on track. I'm still working on getting my back problems sorted but I am sure things will be a lot better this time. 

I'll be blogging weekly. There will be at least one scrapbooking video and I'll also be blogging about my gluten free baking projects as well as some cooking recipes. I might throw in a couple of challenges with some prizes too. 

I'm also working on my next BPC class which will be SOOOOOO MUCH FUN. It is for beginners and advanced scrapbookers and it'll be packed full of ideas, videos, you name it. 

I want to keep everything fun and low key. No worries, no hassles, no competition just FUN FUN FUN. 

So here is my first layout of the year. A bit of paint, a die cut (cut with my cameo, still love it) and lots of embellishments.
I don't know why the full layout picture is blurry because the original isn't. So sorry about that.

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I'll be back tomorrow with a video.
 Have a wonderful Saturday.

Lilith