Clean up (Dutch Dare #110)

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Happy new year!!!

Let’s start 2014 fresh with a brand spanking new Dutch Dare!

It is my turn this time and I chose ‘schoon schip (maken)’ which translates to ‘clean up’ or ‘new start’ in English, but I do feel that there is more to the Dutch saying than the English translation depicts…

My take on the theme actually is about cleaning up, organizing and getting rid of stuff. I was literally cleaning up my workspace when I was making this: you might recognize the background, as it was a try-out piece for this Inspired By

I also wanted to try and make something inspired by Janna Werner, because I just loooove her style. I used this layout as a jump-starter!

Speaking of jump-starting… I’m so excited it’s finally here!!!

But first things first: check out the wonderful layouts the Dutch Dares team created with ‘Schoon schip’ here!

Work (Dutch Dare #107)

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There’s a new Dutch Dare online and this time it’s all about work!

I interviewed my husband about his weekend job as a DJ a while back and I decided that the interview would be perfect for this challenge. Harold has a full-time job during the week and he DJ’s at the weekends. He loves it!

I added the text directly onto the photo before printing. To achieve this, you open a photo in Photoshop and create a text box in the photo using the Type tool. You can choose to either type your text directly into the box or you can copy and paste your text in (like I did). Using a text box makes it really easy to scale and move the typed text in it’s entirety. And then it’s just a case of deciding on a font and font size and hit print!

This is one of those layouts that will be fun to follow up on in a couple of years!

Check out what the other girls created with this theme in mind on the Dutch Dares blog! We would love it if you decided to play a long!

The truth (Dutch Dare #106)

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New month, new Dutch Dare! This time Mandy wants us to tell the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth…

The journaling is in the pocket because I was worried that my writing would turn out to be too personal.

It actually ended up being about how I view ‘the truth’ in general: how I believe in telling the truth and how I despise being lied to. And it’s also about how I don’t share everything with everyone (especially on the internet). Does that mean I’m not being truthful myself? It’s a concept worth pondering about!

It was interesting to see what the others came up with. Some of the entries turned out to be pretty funny! Go and see for yourself on the Dutch Dares blog!

Zomer in je bol (Dutch Dare #105)

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There’s a new Dutch Dare up on the blog and this time it’s all about summer, or about the Dutch phrase “Summer in your head” to be a little more precise.

Technically it wasn’t even spring when the event in the photos took place, but I’m sure no one will hold that against me!

It’s yet another layout for my huge USA album, so… Only a couple more layouts to go and I can call it done!!!

Please check out the Dutch Dares blog for more projects about “summer madness”!

Dutch Dares Sketch #64

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Oh man, time is flying! Yvonne has just revealed a new sketch at the Dutch Dares blog!

When it was time to do this assignment I was (once again) thinking of ways to get my own priorities aligned with my DT-duties.

I was also inspired to create two page spreads and that’s how I found my way back to my monster project: the USA album I promised to finish by the end of last year. I obviously didn’t manage that goal, but I’m happy to say that I’m now a couple (!) of spreads nearer to the finish line!

Back to the sketch… It is a one page, one photo sketch that I adapted into a two page lay-out with more photos because that’s what I wanted and needed for the album.

At that moment I did not have the previous spread ready and I left the journaling for another day. When I get round to it I will add the journaling under the title, very likely using word strips.

It was really fun and productive to dive into this album again! It’s hard to go back to two page spreads after doing 12×12 lay-outs for so long. It’s also hard to use 4×6 photos when you are used to printing your own photo sizes and using photo collages all the time… But it’s always good to do things out of your comfort zone!

As I said: I did several pages in one go and I will share more later this week!

Now go and see what the other girls created with this wonderful sketch!

Quality time (Dutch Dare #104)

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Yes! The new Dutch Dare is up and I can finally show you this lay-out that has been ready f o r e v e r!

When Yvonne revealed this Dare to us a couple of months ago, I wasn’t sure what to think of it, but somehow the monochromatic theme got stuck in my head. I just couldn’t let it go: I had to act on it right away!

It turned out to be much easier than I had imagined. All I needed was a bunch of different green papers from my box of scraps, one of my square punches and a jar of Mod Podge.

OK, OK: I also needed gesso and green spray ink to do that watercolour technique that I’ve learned from Anna-Maria Wolniak and that I’ve used over and over again ever since… I even deliberately tried NOT to use it for a couple of lay-outs, because I found it highly addictive!

This one was obviously created before I made that decision. The verdict: I still like the look a lot! So I’m not completely sure I’m cured now… We’ll just have to wait and see!

Anyway: be sure to check out the Dutch Dares Blog if you like the monochromatic theme. I seriously think it brought out the best in all of us!

Dutch Dares sketch #63

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It’s my turn at the Dutch Dares blog this month and have I got a new, cool, extremely versatile sketch for you!

You should definitely take a look at what my fellow team-members created with this sketch: they did an awesome job at adapting it to whatever they needed it to be. It’s extremely inspiring!

Please don’t feel discouraged by the Dutch text on the Dutch Dares blog: internationals are more than welcome to participate!

In fact: I would love it if you decided play along with us this month. Participants have the chance to win 15 euro credit to be spend at Revlie’s REVolution Webshop!

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As for my own take on my sketch… My worktable was still overflowing with everything I pulled out for the Inspired by: Jean Paul Gaultier challenge. So I jumped at the chance to do another JPG inspired lay-out!

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Looking forward to seeing your creations in the comments at the Dutch Dares blog!