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1  Re: From sweet treats to paper treats in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by Sonja_Amsterdam on: April 10, 2012 10:44:33 AM
Thanks Susannab, it's the British Queen's diamond (60 years) jubilee as a queen.

Here's a before picture of the chocolate box:

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2  From sweet treats to paper treats in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by Sonja_Amsterdam on: April 10, 2012 12:57:52 AM
After indulging in some amazing chocolate bought at the Bristol (UK) Chocolate Festival (yes, it was as good as it sounds:-) I turned the box into a British themed box to keep my paper/chipboard embellishments. Very pleased with how it turned out:

Thanks for looking!
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3  Thank you cards: Warning: lots of girlie colours:-) in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General by Sonja_Amsterdam on: March 31, 2012 02:43:14 PM
While staying with my mother-in-law in the UK for christmas last year I got these free 'Thank you' chipboards and they just happened to be in the same colour scheme as my the mini paper stash I keep at her place so I spent one heavenly evening on her living room floor with all my stuff sprawled out making a bunch of cards:

Here are my favourites:

Thanks for looking!
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4  *2012 feb-mar-apr added* Scrapbooked calendar pages in Scrapbooking: Completed Projects by Sonja_Amsterdam on: March 31, 2012 02:10:11 PM
And here's what I've been making for the 2012 calendar. I'm really starting to get into printing out my 'journalling' and using die cuts and punches:-)

Here's February as seen on our calendar at home:

March 2012:
My favourite colour combo:

And two variations on the same yellow and blue theme:

And I just finished the April installments:

Finally found an excuse to use some of my cute butterfly embellishments on layout for my son;-)

Rock star, the actual layout is more glittery than you can see here and the guitar is "filled" with litle beads so you can 'shake' it:-)

This is my favourite one so far, got to use my nes nestabilities dies 'Splendid Circles' and the paper and colours are just how I like it. But being a mom to just one boy I don't get to use it all that often:-)

Thanks for looking!

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5  Added more Scrapbooked calendar pages 2011 in Scrapbooking: Completed Projects by Sonja_Amsterdam on: March 31, 2012 01:57:02 PM
So, I finally have some time to upload some of the things I have been making over the past 8-9 months, I was just sooo busy (no no, not pregnant Wink). I only had just enough time to make the calendar pages. And even that wasn't always possible so I just printed out one picture in XL format to send out to all the grannies (and one goes on our calendar at home since 2012).

I've been wanting to get into scrapbooking for a while now but the work involved vs time available seems a bit overwhelming so I started doing this instead. I make one page a month, it's small and I try out different techniques, tools and materials. My wonderful husband got me a Sizzix Big Shot Die cutting machine for Christmas so I've also bought some basic dies and tried them out. They're expensive though so I really need to consider versatility of each purchase. At the end of the year I will use the calendar pages from our home calendar to stick into the family album and still get a bit of that scrapbooking feel Cheesy

Anyway, here goes, lots of pictures for you guys to check out, if you want to know about materials or techniques feel free to ask:

July 2011:

Using alphabet stencils for lettering here, a bit tricky to get it straight but not too bad. I like my strawberry best:-)

Here I used gold ink on purple, didn't work too well, any suggestions anyone? Still, the picture is so cool it just steals the show!

Tried out my stamps on some pre-cut frames (from an Ikea card making kit...), not bad but they were a bit small so the pictures don't stand out quite as much as I would have liked.

August 2011:

In this first layout I have used the fingerpaint 'art' my son is making in the picture as background paper. I think this will become a more regular feature as he gets older and will be making more 'art' at school:-)

And one without:

In September I had a bit more time on my hand to do the October page so I tried out some chipboard letters and punched flowers etc.

Love the little tv embellishment I made myself on this one Wink

So that's all I seem to have scanned in or photographed for 2011. Hope you liked it, I certainly enjoyed making them and it's interesting to see them all together here and see my projects changing and developing.
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6  Birthday card Punched Flowers in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General by Sonja_Amsterdam on: June 05, 2011 01:05:10 PM
I found this fower punch at a goodwill shop the day I was going to make a birthday card for the 8-year old daughter of a friend of mine. I ended up punching my heart out for good half hour just punching flowers in pieces of scrap paper, I loved it! I used a clearstamp to stamp 'Gefeliciteerd!' (Congratulations in Dutch) and arranged all the punched shapes around it. The strips at bottom and top weren't planned but after I had punched out all the flowers I was left with these nice bands with flowers, too good to throw out!

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7  Birthday card Peony in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General by Sonja_Amsterdam on: June 05, 2011 12:58:47 PM
A great picture I took of a peony inspired me to make this birthday card for a friend:

The turqoise background is some great K&Company paper from a large scrapbooking paper pad. Letters and flowers are a bit more sparkly/mirrored in real life. I added a sticker on the back as a nice detail:

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8  Quicky birthday spread in Scrapbooking: Completed Projects by Sonja_Amsterdam on: June 05, 2011 12:37:13 PM
Here's a small lay-out I put in my journal to show off all the presents I got for my birthday Wink I used some scraps left over from a card I made that had similar colors to the items on the photo. The bunny and flower stamps were presents I got this year.

This only took me about 15 minutes but I'm quite chuffed about it. I was just a bit to fast with the bunny stamps so there are ink prints of the corners visible.  Butit's really building up my confidence to make a full sized lay-out.

Any suggestions please let me know. Letters/text maybe?
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9  *New pages added* Scrapbooked calendar pages in Scrapbooking: Completed Projects by Sonja_Amsterdam on: June 05, 2011 12:23:09 PM
I hope these are in the right category as they're kind of scrapbooking but not meant to go in a photo-album. These are pages made for a DIY calendar. I gave one empty one each to my grandmother, mother and mother-in-law. In order to keep them up-to-date with their (great)grandson's life I send them a new picture ahead of each month.They then stick it onto the calendar. Until last month these were mainly single pictures or simple collages of pictures. But some free gardening themed scrapbooking papers from a British Magazine (craftsbeautiful) inspired me to scrap the calendar pages and these were the June pages for the different (great)grandmothers:

I've kept the lay-outs pretty simple because I think the pictures speak for themselves but if you have any tips or suggestions to improve them please let me know. I'm building up the courage to start scrapping some album pages and I'd be happy with any help.

Thanks for looking!
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10  A letter to my pen pall: book of me and photo booklet in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General by Sonja_Amsterdam on: May 31, 2011 05:50:41 AM
I have had a Danish pen pall since I was about 10 (I'm now 36) and recently found some of here old letters. She was (and still is) always incredibly creative and her letters were full of booklets and small pictures or stickers she made herself. I loved getting her letters and still do. So inspired by our past I made her a 'book of me' booklet and small photo booklet using some of my scrapbooking stash ( I am still to start on an actual scrapbooking page but I am getting there...):

Book of me: front, some inside pages and back
I've made a grown up version that includes the basics (favourite food, colours etc.) but also some more indepth stuff (where is my heart, place that are dear to me, how to do I recharge my spirit). I like the tree stamp on the front, the papers and the color combinations. And I love the back page where I used up all the scraps. I'm not too
 sure about the hand writing, maybe I should have printed it....

Picture booklet: inside and wrapped up
This was unplanned. I was just going to print a load of pictures from the last few months on photo paper and add it to the letter. But when I saw how boring that turned out I got some more paper and stickers out and put it in a small harmonica layout. I love the orange ribbon around it:-)

Everything ready to be sent off (the wrapped package has some scrapbooking embellishments in it, we love giving each other presents).

My inspiration, my friend Trine's letter from the eighties, top left corner is her 'book':
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