Follow the White Rabbit

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Happy Easter!!!

Welcome to Paperiliitin’s Easter blog hop! Let’s tumble down the rabbit’s hole together and hop after the White Rabbit. The rabbit hops from blog to blog, from country to country all around the cyber scrapbooking world!

Here are the hop stops:

Elena Sevrina START HERE

Ashli Oliver

Riikka Kovasin

Em Stafrace

Eila Sandberg

Jessica Lohof

Georgia Heald

Cuchy

Marsha Valk YOU ARE HERE!

Nathalie Kalbach

Els Brigé

Adrienne Ford

Helena Virpi

Evgenia Petzer

Minna Enqvist

Drycha

Christin Grønnslet

All the designers participating had a free choice on what to create for the hop and all pieces of art have something in common. If you’re familiar with Alice in Wonderland, you might remember that the White Rabbit had a pocket watch. So in this hop the common theme is the time piece. You can find an interpretation or a way to incorporate a clock in every creation! Inspiring, right?

Remember to leave a comment at every stage if you want a chance to win the wonderful give away that Riikka has put together from donations from 7 Dots Studio, BadgesFolie, Garn&Mehr, Stromsvigt and Wycinanka. You’ll have just a week to participate (to April 8th at noon GMT)! The give-away is closed, the winners are announced here!

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Enjoy the hop and find the inspiring Wonderland of scrapbooking!

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When Riikka asked me to participate, I jumped at the opportunity but I didn’t have a clue about what I was going to do. I was thinking along the lines of a lay-out or a card… But then I saw a couple of cheap clocks while running for errands and quickly changed my mind!

Of course the really cheap clocks were not to my taste, but then I found this one with a 20% discount at my favourite department store HEMA:

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Perfect! It was a little beaten up around the edges, but nothing that can’t be fixed!

I started by taking the clock apart in order to get a clear idea of what parts I would be able to alter and how I would be able to do it. It turned out that I could just take all the hands off and easily put in a new clock face. The old one was actually just a piece of paper stuck down with double sided tape!

The idea for the new clock face came from this amazing art piece by Martin O’Neill that I had seen floating by on Pinterest.

I had a couple of things on my mind when I went to look for a suitable photo to use. I wanted it to be an Instagram image, I wanted it to be mostly grey tones and I really wanted it to be one of those ‘random’ photos that I tend to take when out and about.

The one I chose was taken in Enschede, during a walk around the city centre with my mom. The text written on the wall is a poem by Jules Deelder called ‘Blues on Tuesday’.

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And then I went on from there. I adhered confetti to the photo and I gave the clock frame a coat of gesso before I decoupaged it with Tim Holtz Tissue Wrap.

Here’s one more look at the result:

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Simple but effective!

Thank you Riikka for inviting me to participate in this Blog Hop and thank YOU so much for visiting!

And now the White Rabbit is hopping along, so you’d better hurry! Next stop is the überawesome, übersweet and übertalented Nathalie Kalbach!

Inspired by: Riikka’s art

Pages by: Riikka Kovasin

It’s the first of the month… Which means Riikka and I have another challenge to share! This time we thought it would be fun to look at each others work for inspiration.

Riikka’s style is so different than mine. Sure, I can be inky and painty from time to time, but even then I usually manage to keep clear lines. I certainly do not create as many wonderful layers.

I love the look of Riikka’s pages and I really enjoy watching the videos she records of her creative process. She seems to work so quickly. And I can be such a muser, just endlessly pushing pieces of paper around…

I went through Riikka’s Flickr gallery and thought about which lay-out I wanted to scraplift. There are so many fabulous lay-outs there, but in the end I decided on one that I love and that would also challenge me to do something I don’t usually do.

This is the one I chose:

Reason: It has an unusual colour combo for me, no journaling (just a title) and it has a grungy but also romantic feel to it. And there are plenty of layers there too.

I took a neutral background paper, some orangey/brownish inks and I went to work. And… I hated the result. No matter what I did, it just didn’t feel right to me.

I went to look for another neutral background paper so I could start over and when I found one with turquoise dots, I knew I had to let go of the original colours. They’re just not my colours and that’s probably why my first attempts didn’t feel right. I chose to go with pink instead and then more turquoise and… this is what I ended up with:

The colours changed, but the inky layers stayed. I exchanged the flowers for a butterfly and a feather, the black stamped images (or rub-ons?) for washi tape and I tried to fight it, but I guess I’m incapable of leaving the words out… So I used the tag to journal on.

I also decided not to turn my photos into black and white ones, because the story is about ‘Shopping for a new couch’ and I wanted to be able to see the colours of the couches we chose from.

Now… I don’t know about you, but I’m dying to see which of my lay-outs Riikka decided to scraplift! You can take look at what she has created here on her wonderful blog!