Easter is just around the corner and I'm sure a lot of you are looking forward to a long free weekend, to celebrate with family or friends, go egg haunting, have a nice Easter brunch... Hopefully the weather is nice and you can take loads of beautiful pictures!
And then before you know it the weekend is over and there are only the pictures and sweet memories left... Time to sit down and scrapbook! Time to check out the Sizzix website for FREE Easter paper downloads. And if you're a last minute person like I am, and need to get some cards or gift boxes done before the weekend then you go there right now because you will find some free downloadable projects as well. You will find it all here!
Besides the free downloads Sizzix is releasing 2 wonderful new lines in the month of April.
The first one is "Favourite Things" by Brenda Walton
Embrace a whole new dimension of beauty and elegance and celebrate those special moments in life with the latest designs from the talented Brenda Walton™. Featuring all of those Favourite Things, this collection has it all, from stunning floral designs and leaves to a beautiful heart pendant and cute mini cupcake stand. You can even find a gorgeous butterfly card to transform those ordinary birthday cards, invitations and greetings into something extraordinary! What’s more, all of these designs feature our steel-rule technology therefore they are capable of cutting a multitude of materials from thick cardstock to chipboard, leather, denim and even fabric! Widen your crafting horizons with this beautiful and versatile new collection from Sizzix®.
To see all the diffeent "Favorite Things" dies on the Sizzix website and/or to buy click here.
The second line is "Life Made Simple" by Rachael Bright
Life Made Simple™ is most definitely the collection for papercrafters who are looking for something simple and stylish. The collection designed by Rachael Bright is perfect for scrapbook layouts, cards and much more! This contemporary new collection features a selection of wafer-thin Thinlits™ die sets which are ideal for adding the most intricate details to papercrafting projects. The dies can make instant scrapbook pages creating quick shapes to perfectly fit in to pocket pages or they can be used alone for making greetings cards and gift tags! Who says Life can’t be simple!
The first one is my personal favorite! Now, aren't these perfect for Project Life style scrapbooks?!
To view all the "Life Made Simple" dies and/or to buy you click here.
Thank you for stopping by today and have an amazing Easter Weekend! Enjoy!
A few weeks ago I was guest blogging on the Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L blog showing how to create awesome texture using SAby3L Adhesive Sheets and Wow! Embossing Powder as you can see here on these brigth and colorful tags.
If you want to see step-by-step instructions then click here. And when you are there make sure to check out all the beautiful projects made by the awesome SAby3L DT!!
Workshops in mijn studio in Winsum - 17 mei 2014
Ochtend 9.30-13.00 * Techniek Labels * € 30 incl. drinken en snacks
Middag 14.00-17.30 * Envelop Mini Album * € 35 incl. drinken en snacks
Als je je opgeeft voor beide workshops is de lunch inclusief.
Voor meer info en opgave stuur je een mailtje naar firstname.lastname@example.org
Workshops in my studio - May 17, 2014
Morning 9.30-13.00 * Technique Tags * € 30 * drinks and snacks included
Afternoon 14.00-17.30 * Envelope Mini Album * € 35 * drinks and snacks included
If you sign up for both workshops lunch is included.
E-mail me for more information or to sign up: email@example.com
In this mixed media workshop you will create a set of beautiful big tags (9x21,5cm each) using a variety of techniques and lots of colour. Make interesting and textured layers using IZink, gesso, stencils, stamps, Shimmer Sheetz, embossing powders and more. You will learn techniques that you can use over and over again to make your own gorgeous backgrounds for layouts, art journals and cards. Prepare yourself for dirty hands, great fun and lots of colour!
Envelope Mini Album:
In this scrapbooking workshop you will learn a quick and easy way to bind envelopes to a mini album. A technique you will sure use in future projects! You will create a beautiful embossed wood cover and embellish it with a goreous laser cut feather. You get to work with stamps, patterend papers, embossing powders, IZink and more to end up with a colorful little book to hold your most precious pictures.
I would love to welcome you in my studio!
Who ever thought that traveling 18 hours to CHA, having to deal with a 9 hour time difference, walking the floor every day, doing make-and-takes, take workshops and staying up way to late for 5 days makes one tired has never been to Version Scrap!
I returned home from Paris yesterday afternoon and I was sooo tired!
Being picked up at 8-8.30 in the morning, teaching 3 workshops a day from 10 to 18 without ANY break (running to the bathroom once a day, hoping the line would not be too long) for 3 days in a row, teaching with a translator because most of the students don't speak your language or even english and then on Sunday evening pack like crazy to get all your stuff ready to ship back because around you everything is being teared down... that really makes you tired!
It was CRAZY! Nothing like any event I have ever done before. But it was also LOTS OF FUN!!!
The students were awesome! Very sweet and relaxed despite the time pressure of chained workshops without time in between to clean up and set up the next one. They did not complain, they were friendly and nice, eager to learn, enthusiastic, thankful and happy. The atmosphere was great! I had people from France, Spain, Finland, Greece, Italy, Norway, Germany, Belgium, The Netherlands, The UK and even California in my classes. Isn't it amazing that scrapbooking connects people from all over the world. You can go to a workshop all on your own knowing that you will never be alone. Everyone there will have the same passion, there will always be people that will talk to you, share with you and have fun with you even if you don't speak the same language, have a 40 year age difference, come from totally different backgrounds. Scrapbooking unites, I saw it happening again, this weekend during my classes and I love it!
Here's an impression of the workshops:
My lovely translator Sandrine (on the left) and her sister. Sandrine was such a wonderful help! She is not even a scrapbooker but she picked up my explanations so quick that I could have stayed in bed on Sunday and she could have taught my classes, LOL. Besides that she helped me clean up and set up, got me food and drinks and was really nice! I am very thankful she was there :)
We had to improvise a bit with the electrical extensions and heat tools but it all worked out :)
I think she liked my workshop :)
I met so many lovely people. Of course all the students, some of them I had already met at previous workshops which was really fun, but also people that I have been "talking" with online a lot but never met in real before. Like Marie-Dominique, the editor of Histoires de Pages (the French magazine I'm working for), Alexis, the owner of Carabelle Studio for who I am a DT member, Azoline and Ana, who are also on the Carabelle DT, Isabelle from Aladine and Karine who was also teaching.
I got to meet the other international teachers that I had never met before. Magda from Poland, Stephanie from Switzerland and Debby from the US. It was wonderful getting to know them and spent time with them.
And of course Sharon was there, with her husband Bill. I know them for years and we always have a good time together. I went out for dinner one evening with Sharon, Bill and their daugther Brittany and it was lovely. Delicious food too!
I also met Manuela, one of the French teachers. She was so sweet and gave me the cutest presents.
And my sweet friends Marsha and Riikka where there :) They took one of my classes and on Friday the 3 of us had a fun evening together in a nice French restaurant with a fun waiter. I ordered something he said I would not like but I didn't really understand why so I took it anyway. He was right, it was a sausage from organ meat and it tasted very strong. I only had a few bites. But desert definitely made up for it, mmmmmm fondant au chocolat... :)
On saturday evening Sharon, Debby and I went out and had Fondue Bourguignonne. It was very good and we spend a long evening talking and laughing and enjoying the French food.
In the early morning and at night after the show I got the chance to take a few pictures of Paris, or rather Vincennes, the neighborhood where we were staying. I love the little bit I saw of it! Maybe next time we go to Paris we should stay in this part of the city.
Cherry blossoms at Chateau de Vincennes and in the streets.
Sunset on Avenue de Paris with at the end of the street the Tour Eiffel.
Avenue de Paris, near my hotel.
Chateau de Vincennes, just across the street.
Blue door on Avenue de Paris.
Posters of Version Scrap and Sugar Paris in the window of the tourist office on Avenue de Paris.
Some of the delicious food I ate.
And a panorama picture of my cute little room in Adagio Aparthotel.
Then after 3 fun days it was time to go home.
I love the roof in the Charles de Gaulle airport terminal.
The sky was suny and clear so I was able to take some great shots from the plane.
And an hour later I was "home" in Amsterdam. Where the tulips are and a Starbucks where they actually know how to spell my name :)
Thank you for stopping by today and taking the time to read this long post. If you took my classes and are sharing pictures, blog posts or anything else online, please leave a link here so I can check it out :)
I am very excited that I will be teaching 3 workshops at Scrappies in München on June 20 and 21.
We will start with the first workshop on Friday evening at 18.00 until 21.30h.
You will find all information about prices and signing up here!
The second workshop is on Saturday morning from 9.00 to 13.30h.
To sign up or find more info about this workshop click here!
And last but not least I will teach my "Snap! Gotcha!"- mini album workshop on Saturday afternoon starting at 14.30 until 19.00h.
For info about this workshop and to sign up you can click here!
Come join the fun, I would LOVE to see you there!
Meanwhile... Happy crafting!
Last week I had a visit from my highschool drawing and art history teacher (Gosh, highschool, that is what.. 30 years ago!). This year the school (Kamerlingh Onnes Groningen) is celebrating it's 150th anniversary and with that in mind my former art teacher, Hans van der Veen is organising an exposition with his former students that graduated in drawing and art history and are now in some way working in the "art" area. Whether it are painters, graphic designers and even me :) (but more about that later).
Anyway, he came by last week to talk about what I do (teaching, art journaling, scrapbooking, mixed-media and magazine work) and when he went through my art journal he asked me if I never feel restricted by the size. I told him that I do sometimes and that I've been wanting to work bigger for a while. That I also would love to do acrylic painting on larger canvasses and I even have been looking for courses acrylic painting lately because I have no artistic schooling of any kind and I feel like my self learned skils are somehow coming to their end.
And then Hans kind of challegned me. He challenged me to just do it and go bigger and I think that was just the trigger I needed. So I went out and bought 2 larg canvasses. One 60x60cm (24"x24") and one 70x90cm (27.5"x35.5"). Huge in my opinion as I usually work on Scrapbook size (30x30cm), A4 or even smaller.
I just started with the materials I had available. I thought I wanted to do a landscape but found out very quickly that this isn't the right thing for me (at least not until I learned more about painting with acrylics).
So I covered up my first poor attempt with a layer of gesso and started over. Playing, experimenting, not to much thinking, my usual bright colors, shapes... I soon realized that I could not do "just" acrylic, I had to throw in some patterned paper, book paper, micro beads, Posca pens, stamping ink...
After 2 days of fun this is the result:
It's far from perfect, the background doesn't have enough layers, I really don't like the big circle and the white acrylic paint was of poor quality... but hey, it's my first try right?! and I love the colors :)
And I learned a lot!
I learend that my heart lies with mixed media and I don't want to use only one medium.
I learned that a background needs many more layers than I used here to get interest, have more depth and tension.
I learned that there is a huge quality difference between different brands of acrylic paint and that it is definitelly worth spending some more money on better paints. Somehow I didn't really notice it that much in my art journals or maybe it wasn't that important as they are really just to play and not to hang on a wall...
I learned that I sometimes need to be more patient (not my strongest point) and that it can acturally work in your advantage if the paint does not dry instantly.
I learned that I need some new brushes.
I learned that I have a LOT to learn.
But best of all I learned that this is what I want to do! I LOVED having more space to work on, I LOVED the process and I want to learn and to learn and to learn!!
Just when I finished this canvas a book I ordered arrived. It's called "Acrylic Solutions - Exploring Mixed Media Layer by Layer" by Chris Cozen and Julie Prichard (Dutch title "Grenzeloze Creativiteit in acryl).
I read the first 50 pages so far and I already understand so much more about creating an interesting background using layers. I also learned that I'm missing a very important medium to be able to create such interesting backgrounds: Acrylic Glazing Liquid. So that one is on my shopping list and I'm not starting with the next canvas until I have that. That there will be a next canvas is for sure :)
Thank you so much for stopping by today! Any comments with tips, good books and interesting websites about mixed media art with acrylic paint are more than welcome!
...and don't forget to be creative today!
The February/March issue of Histoires de Pages one year ago was their 50st issue. Time to celebrate of course!
One of the article in this special issue was a "scrapbooking tour around Europe" and scrappers from 12 different countries were asked to create a layout and tell a bit about the trends and style in their country.
I had the honor to represent The Netherlands. And I was even more honored that after this issue I was asked to join the magazine design team, together with Lory Bucaria from Italy and Ula Kopciewska from Poland.
The 3 of us were the first international desingers ever to join the team. I have to admit, it was a bit scary. I had no idea if the French audience would like my work, but I'm still on the team so I guess I'm doing ok :) :)
That was a year ago, and since we have to wait until a year after publication before we can show our work online I can now finally start to share. So here is the first layout I made for Histoires de Pages.
To create the background paper I added left over letter stickers to cardstock and applied gesso and some acrylic paint on top.
The butterfly was colored with alcohol inks and the wood veneer hearts were sprayed with Glimmer Mist.
The sun was created from strips of felt, rolled and glued to a chipboard circle.
Thank you for stopping by today!
If you want to see how this page came togehter please visit the Carabelle blog for instructions, and while your there also check out all the amazing projects of my fellow DT members! You will be inspired :)
It's weekend, yeahhh!! I hope you will find some time to create! I will be up in my studio today with my sweet friend Revlie. I'm sure we will have fun, not sure if we get anything done :)
Have a good one!