Evoke (OLW #85)

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Remember the summer break mini album pages I created for Inspired by?

I’m still in love with Sanna Lippert’s wonderful background technique. I’m not sure I can stop using it… So the page I created for One Little Word this month is again heavily inspired by one of Sanna’s pages, published in the June/July issue of Scrap365.

The word Ronda wants us to work with this month is EVOKE. It made me think of all the ‘things’ that EVOKE ‘things’…

We all know that music can EVOKE memories of certain places or people or stories… and for some people it also EVOKES questions. Questions about the artist(s), about the year it came out or when it was a hit. Or whether it was a hit or not. Yeah… really!

Harold and I love to ask each other these kinds of questions and then check which one of us is right. Back in the day we used to look up the answers in books like the Top 40 Hitdossier… Now of course it’s just a matter of typing a key word into the Google search bar.

These days the questions mostly occur when we’re driving somewhere and there’s a song on the radio that EVOKES the questions. And that’s exactly what this page is about!

If you haven’t seen this month’s OLW post yet, you should check out the OLW blog. If you want to play along and create something using the word  EVOKE, link up there and you can even win a little something!

Will (OLW #83)

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There is a new Word Up over at the One Little Word blog! This time Sharmaine wants us to explore the word WILL.

I certainly could have come up with something more reflective with the word WILL in mind… But of course there was a specific song that became my ear worm as soon as I saw WILL appear on my schedule… So I just went with it!

I’ve been playing with paint, paint and even more paint in my art journal(s) again. It’s been fun! The best thing is that I can let go of expectations when I’m art journaling. There is no need to see a finished page in my head. Whatever WILL be WILL be…

Just slab a bit of paint here, glue something down there, try this new (to me) glazing technique there… It doesn’t have to become anything. If it’s ugly I can turn a page and try again. Que sera, sera!

I’m exited to see what my fellow team members created with WILL in mind. Go here to see what they made!

Adventure (OLW #82)

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The new word up on the One Little Word blog is ADVENTURE.

I didn’t have this assignment prepared before I went to Version Scrap. I was thinking I could make an art journal page, or maybe a scrapbook page about a little everyday adventure. And then the weekend trip to Paris came up and it turned out that the Universe wanted me to document a brand new ADVENTURE instead.

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As if travelling to Paris on my own wasn’t ADVENTUROUS enough, I found out at the airport that my flight was overbooked. This was at 06.15 in the morning and clueless me was still hoping I would make the flight. Instead I was one of the five people to miss it. I was booked on a second flight that would depart 1,5 hours later. It didn’t depart until 10.00 o’clock… And all this time I was telling myself to please stay calm and to not freak out!

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Fortunately because of the flight delay, I was able to text with Riikka (who by this time had just arrived in Paris) before I had to turn off my phone. I was supposed to meet her at the airport in Paris, but now at least she knew I wasn’t going to be there on time.

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When I finally got to Paris, I quickly found the train station. I had to get a train ticket, but found that there were three kinds of machines… I had to go to the info point to find out which one I needed.

The guy at the desk not only pointed me to a green ticket machine, he also took his time to find out which train I should take (which I actually already knew, but he didn’t like it when I tried to interrupt him, so I kept my mouth shut…). When I stood in front of one of the green ticket machines, it turned out that said machine only took credit cards and coins. I on the other hand had a purse full of fresh bills and no credit card…

I found a money changing machine… that didn’t work. I kind of gave up on catching the train and went to the ticket office to stand in a very long line… All was not lost though, because although the line was impressive and the ticket sales persons weren’t exactly friendly, they were fast!

The train rolled in almost immediately after I had set foot on the platform. But… the sign on it didn’t read the destination I needed to go to. There was no other train… And my train was supposed to depart in the next two minutes. All the other tourists occupying the platform were looking as clueless as I was! So we all took the chance. Fortunately it turned out right!

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I paid attention to all the stops, just to be extremely sure I wouldn’t miss the stop I needed to change to the metro. I didn’t and I miraculously found the platform to the connecting metro line without any problems.

When I got to Vincennes, the promised little train that supposedly took visitors from the metro stop to the venue wasn’t there. I didn’t see a stop for it, so I decided to walk. I knew it would take me approximately 25 minutes, but I didn’t know it would involve dragging my suitcase (small one on wheels) over various dirt paths, that had a variety of stones sticking out of them…

I finally made it into the venue just before 01.30… I was so sure I was going to miss my first class, Birgit’s class… I had been sure of it from the moment I had learned that my flight was overbooked at 06.15 that morning. But… I miraculously made it! And if it hadn’t been for a lady at the entrance having an argument with the woman at the desk… I would have been EXACTLY on time. Birgit hadn’t even started her class when I came in. It was unreal!

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And all this was only the story of the first morning! This trip was full of observations and ridiculous situations. I wanted to record it right away!

I thought it would be fun to be ADVENTUROUS with my documenting method too. I wanted to incorporate the supplies and class projects I gathered during the trip. It took some time to figure out how… but I think I’ve got it. I bought a Snap album and I mixed the pocketed pages with the tags from Birgit’s class, the mini book pages from Magda’s class and I’m also going to use the covers I made during Françoise Melzani’s class.

I still think the idea that pocket scrapbooking makes everything quicker and easier is a misconception… I’ve only just about finished the pages for the first day.

It’s not a pretty book either. It’s a mash up of everything. But I like that. It’s just as confusing as the trip was, with loads of writing, artsy stuff and towards the end there are going to be loads of pretty pictures of Paris!

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As you can see, it’s still in progress. I’ve got the pages for day two planned out and I keep all the photos and memorabilia for day 3 behind one of the Snap album tabs that I’m going to take out later on.

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I hope you enjoyed this peek into my process and I’ll be sure to share the finished pages with you in the near future!

Please check out this month’s ADVENTURE projects on the OLW blog too. We would love for you to play along with us!

Calm + Dream (OLW #80/81)

There are not one, but two new words up on the One Little Word blog today. To celebrate we have amazing prize packs for four random winners, who will be selected for playing along with us this word up. You can pick CALM, DREAM, or both. Find out more about the prize packs and how to participate on the OLW blog!

One of the prize packs includes the April/May issue of Scrap365 magazine, kindly provided by Traplet Publications:

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This is a very special issue for me, because one of my lay-outs made the cover! It’s the tiny green one at the top, just above my friend Riikka’s red one!

Back to the word up(s)… Here are my contributions:

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Art journals are the perfect place to talk some sense into yourself!

And although art journals are a good place to DREAM too, once there is a photo involved I usually end up with a scrapbook page…

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Now head on over to the OLW blog, look at the wonderful variety of projects the team has created and show us what the words CALM and DREAM inspire you to create! We would love to see!!! Good luck!

Aspire (OLW #79)

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I know, I know, I’m late to the party… This page has already been published over at One Little Word 10 days ago!

We would love it if you played a long! And you might have missed it, but this time if you link up your project, you have a chance of winning one of Jessica Sporn’s fun Stencil Girl stencils!

In my defence: even though there wasn’t much action visible over here… I’ve been going to to the gym and I’ve been taking long walks. I’ve been eating as clean as possible, cooking and baking (almost) everything from scratch. I’ve been decluttering and cleaning my house. I’ve been making travel plans. Tackling stuff that I’ve been putting off too long. And I’ve tried to limit my online time as much as possible…

Oh, and I’ve been reading. A(nother) book and some (new to me) magazines. That hasn’t happened in a long time!

I’ve also been thinking a lot. Because that’s what I seem to do every January. I think I somehow need it. Some down time. Being quiet and thinking and not taking on any projects. Sometimes feeling blue, but most of the time just not feeling anything in particular. Just being.

So I haven’t been creating much. I haven’t been feeling like creating. I felt like I had just used up every last drop of creativity I had in me. So I’ve been filling my creative well instead…

I did do a little something yesterday. I didn’t really want to do it, but I loved the process and the result anyway. Just a little bit of painty exercise with a Valentine’s theme. I will share it later on this week!