New Year New Things – Project Life

Collage_1 Can I still say Happy New Year? My god, it has been ages since I’ve blogged. To be precise, it’s 8 weeks and 2 days ago. I feel you deserve a reason why it has been so quiet here.

Well, first of all I have been in the usual Christmas gift wrap stress, as everyone I guess. Secondly, I have been on holidays. You might have noticed if you follow me on Instagram. Thirdly, something more unexpected happened over the last couple of weeks. I accepted a new job, which I will be starting in March. And lastly, I have been busy with all kind of new home related to do’s. My oh-so-gloriously announced ‘series‘ has been on hold. Wow, instead of a series, it remains a one-post-only thing. I knew that wouldn’t work out very well. Probably, because the new home is still a year away. So far, we still own an area of gravel and dirt with lovely hassocks, happily growing around it. So, I suppose it is an idea to wait with the series until things get more tangible. I know, to my own disappointment as well. But, don’t you worry. I have other things to update you with.

Phew, now as all my excuses are on the table, let’s move to some more recent discoveries I made together with Cake & Bloom Interior the other weekend in Leiden. And guys, I’m telling you. This is it – the ultimate way to visualise day to day experiences, or also my decorating series.. once we actually have something to decorate. You probably heard about it, so don’t expect a groundbreaking, universe-changing invention. It’s a similar form of scrapbooking, which is not my thing, as things get too messy, and I don’t like messy. No, it’s Project Life. And what better is there, than visualising it in a cute prepared folder with handmade crafts, photos and illustrations. For the organised and perfectionistic among us, yes the folder comes with photo pocket pages, which are see-through foils with little pockets to collect your photos. I heard about Project Life before and that Becky Higgins and Maggie Holmes are the Martha Stewart’s of the paper industry, but I never really considered it something for myself until last weekend where I found myself back in a workshop of a Stampin’ Up demonstrator. Honestly, my vocabulary increased tremendously after being thrown at with words, such as ‘big shot’, ‘stampin scrub’, ‘stampin trimmer’ and ‘minc machine’.

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So, my lovely blogger friend Irene from Cake & Bloom Interior had some positive influence on me and somehow convinced me to try Project Life. She also promised and insured that this will work for perfectionists. Irene, if you read this, I’ll take you up on that 😉 Thus, I’m gonna order my first Project Life package. In fact I’m doing it right now. And hopefully, I will be sharing my first photo album soon. Warning: Don’t expect anything by next weekend. We perfectionists need a bit more time to make it perfect, especially if I want to become a Project Life superstar like Magda.

Now guys, what about you? Have you ever tried Project Life or scrapbooking? Is there even a difference? Sorry, I’m kind of new to this field. Perhaps, someone could explain. Where do you buy your materials? I found out, there are tons of variations and online shops where you can spend your entire monthly salary on. I found this site, which seems to be reasonable, yet only for the Dutch market. I secretly love Heidi Swapp’s collection, which is also available in that shop.

For those, who are as clueless as I am, I tried to put a list together with the basics you need to start your own Project Life album. It’s already a project to collect all this, I can tell you. Here we go:

  • Album – I will buy this one 
  • Photo pocket pages – I will get these (Make sure album and photo pocket pages have the same size)
  • Card Collection – Here is a selection (Cards are not a must, but nice to have). Also have a look here
  • Accessories – I’m overwhelmed and need a bit more time, but have a look here or here

Well, I’d say cheers to the new year, new things and Project Life! Have a lovely evening.

Christmas Wrapping Madness & Etsy Updates

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Happy 4th Advent. It’s almost Christmas. Are you celebrating Christmas in your culture? In Germany, we do – big time. Therefore, a few days before Christmas Night, it’s Christmas wrapping madness at home.

Today, I spent the whole day on wrapping all those great presents for my family and loved ones. I wouldn’t post about it, if I didn’t like gift wrapping. I love it! Christmas music playing in the background, a homemade hot chocolate with lots of cream and ‘ribbon salad’ on the table. Pure chaos, but creative. I spare you the behind the scenes images. I’d rather show you what Santa and I have been doing today.

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Furthermore, I’ve got some updates on Etsy. If you follow me on Instagram, you might have seen that I have been busy developing new designs for my lovely table top accessories. Today, I can share with you the new design. What do you think?

I’m crazy about the sprinkles. Somehow I got inspired by chocolate sprinkles for on the bread. Yes, don’t ask me how one can be inspired by that. Anyways, here we go, Brushstroke Moon Coasters. Perfect for the Christmas table decoration or for your New Year’s Eve celebrations. There is more to come. I’m open for color inspiration. What main colors would you like to see and get for your own table top decor? Share your ideas in the comment box and I will try to consider it for the next product developments.

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Have a lovely Christmas and a good start into the new year.

Rice DK SS16 Collection is live

RICE SS16_144_682 Hello folks. How are you doing? If you have this particular winter blues that makes you want to crawl into a cave and only come out when the first spring bees are buzzing in the air, then this is your lucky day.

Rice DK launched its new SS16 Collection and it screams happiness. Beautiful color combinations, floral patterns and pastel hues make this collection a special one. I have a few kitchen accessories from Rice DK and I love them. Sometimes I get the comment that this brand is rather for children. But don’t we all have ‘the child’ still sleeping in us? Besides, who can resist these stunning wallpapers? Rice DK collaborated with Dutch brand Eijffinger for the adventure wallpaper collection. I’m especially fan of the pastel pink one.

Do you have wallpaper integrated in your interior? I’m thinking about using one wall as a statement wall in my new home and hang a floral or botanical wallpaper in pastel hues.

Check out my favorite products from the newest collection. Continue reading

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