Wednesday, March 05, 2014

Dutch Dare 112 ~ Lotsa White

I have had a huge blogger and scrapbooking hiatus but I'm scrapping again and determined to blog more and give you the peeks into my life whetheryou want it or not ...

The dare for this month is white, and I decided to make a layout about my Personal Malden Filofax.


I used a faux filofax for years and when I purchased a smart phone decided to neglect my organiser and use the phone, it has a calendar, it can give you reminders, it made sense. But after 2 years (and my second samsung) I felt like i was always playing catch up, one step behind in my planning and important events things had to change.

On Pinterest and Instagram I noticed that there was a new trend arising, decorating your filofax with stickers, washi and lovely colored pens.

Now scrapbookers are people who like to decorate so the spark was lit again. I dug up my faux filofax, bought inserts and started playing and planning again! Lord knows I have plenty of things to decorate with {but to be honest you can never have enough washi, stickie notes or stickers}. We have plenty of fun stores in the Netherlands {HEMA, Flying Tiger, Action, Sostrene Grene, Zeeman, Wibra} but they do not have as much cute things the Walmart 1$ stationary section or cheap deals like Michaels so I try to swap on several FB pages or via Instagram. There are also lot's of fun stores online and on Etsy.

Besides all the hoarding, swapping and rak'ing there's also the desire to own the prettiest filofax there is. I have a few in my collection right now, I don't use them all, some are an investment (no longer available) like the medium Mint Kikki.k planner and the personal rose Finchley. I am currently using the personal purple malden you see in the layout as an organiser and a pocket purple pennybridge as a wallet.





Pennybridge          





















kikki k. (bottom) and rose finchley
< photo courtesy of cafe et papier blog>














 I enjoyed it so much I started joining groups on Facebook and started a Dutch FB Group and a European FB Group with likeminded filofax lovers.

To give you an idea of how I decorate my pages:




















Hope I gave you some inspiration, leave me a comment, I'd love to read it !

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

13 and lovin'it

My oldes boy loves being older, thinks he's so wise but has so much still to learn as he's only turned 13 ....


We try to teach him all he needs to know about life, love, school and all things inbetween.
He usually gives us the look of yeah right what would you know about that you are ancient ... but he gets it most of the time.

The first half of middle school has been quite a challenge for him, school sucks in his opinion and although we were helping him through it he had a hard time accepting our help. We've sent him to homework classes and that seems to be working (although they do & tell him exactly the same as we were doing) his grades are improving and with that his happy bubbly personality is reappearing.

Sweet Michael, please show the world what a wonderful, funny and happy boy you are, enjoy and embrace puberty and it will be a rollercoaster ride that you can look back on with a smile !










Wednesday, January 01, 2014

2014

Two things I want to share with you to start this year off are

1. 


2. 



Let's make it a great year people ~ !

Saturday, August 03, 2013

Another teenager in the making / Nog een tiener in de maak

He can never wait until tomorrow as he always believes that what is coming then is the best ever.
I repeatedly tell him to cherish today and tomorrow comes by too quickly...

He's turned 10 today, going to the final grade of our elementary schoolsystem after the summer. He'll be really young when he goes to secondary school but doesn't care. He loves to be around older kids and wants to be treated like a 12 yr old ...

Sweet bubbly boy you want to be grown so fast and me, I want to enjoy the little boy in you for a bit longer than you do ...



Wednesday, June 26, 2013

To blog or not to blog ...

Since I started using Facebook it's anoying the ..... out of me that I've been neglected my blog. Are any off my followers experiencing this too ? And if so how did you solve this. I love having my blogs (Since Pinterest I've kept 2 of the 3) and writing fun tidbits about our lives but I just don't seem to get around to it, i really want to make the effort as i love reading other blogs of  friends irl and on the internet.

Pondering over this dillema for a while and I hope to get some ideas from you or maybe come up with some myself.

Wednesday, March 06, 2013

Celebration ~ There's a party goin' on right here

Wie had gedacht toen we, als design team van het wijlen Memory Lane Scrapbooking,  een dare blog begonnen in 2006 dat we nu zoveel jaar laten nog steeds mensen inspireren met onze dares.



Dus trots ben ik wel op deze 100ste Dutch Dare en op alle design team members die zoveel enthousiasme, energie, tijd en creativiteit in de blog hebben gestoken ! 6 jaar is best een mijlpaal en daarom maken we er een feestje van, bij deze ben je uitgenodigd op het FEESTBLOG van de DUTCH DARES.

Natuurlijk hebben we inspiratie voor je in de vorm van layouts, een uitdaging waar je zelf aan mee kunt doen, een kaart-schets waarvan je de uitwerkingen op de verschillende blogs van de designteam leden kunt bekijken en als je daar rondkijkt kun je meteen meedoen aan onze BLOGHOP. Tijdens deze bloghop ga je op zoek naar letters die een woord vormen. De oplossing mail je naar dutchdares@gmail.com want we geven superleuke CADEAUS weg omdat wij jarig zijn.

Als je niet via Cynthia op mijn blog bent gekomen, ga (hop) dan naar het blog van Dutch Dares om daar met de bloghop te starten. En ben je wel via Cynthia op mijn blog gekomen kun je op het blog van Jolanda de volgende letter vinden.

Bovendien geven alle leden van het DUTCH DARE DESIGNTEAM een RAK weg, gewoon omdat we het leuk vinden om eens een keertje flink uit te pakken. Om in aanmerking te komen voor het PRIJZENCIRCUS van de (10!) RAK's lees je per blog wat je daarvoor moet doen.



Om kans te maken op deze leuke  RAK incl. chipboard mini album moet je het volgende doen; 



1. Maak een foto van je scrapplek/kamer en deel dit op facebook, link het naar onze dutch dares groep op facebook zodat we het kunnen zien(even liken als je nog geen volger was daar om te kunnen linken/taggen) .
 
3. Laat me weten met hoeveel dutch dares jij hebt meegedaan in de afgelopen 6 jaar en welke je favoriet was en waarom.

Mijn jubileumdare is dutch dare #95, een dare waar het zweet me van uitbrak en waaraan ik niet had meegedaan door omstandigheden. Nu alsnog in de herhaling heb ik de volgende uitwerking gemaakt, en heel toevallig heeft ook een ander dt lid voor deze dare gekozen. (Oh en mocht je meedoen met de bloghop, jubileumdare en sketch maak je extra kansen op mijn RAK). 



Niet iedereen heeft een grote scrapkamer, een nette kamer of tafel maar des te leuker om te zien hoe de anderen erbij zitten. Ik durf mijn kamer voor en na de metamorfose met de hulp van 2 lieve scrapvriendinnen te laten zien die afgelopen februari plaatsvond, en hoop dat jij ook je kamer wilt delen !

Uiteraard hoort er bij een metamorfose een voor en na foto, dus met het schaamrood op mijn kaken heb ik hier 2 voor foto's voor jullie



 En na durf ik met een grote brede glimlach te laten zien




  
 Oh en waar jullie natuurlijk op zoek naar waren is de letter voor de bloghop, nou dat is deze weet je wat het is ?


De letter R ....

Tuesday, January 01, 2013

Well hello there 2013

I don't think i have any readers left after my dreadful lack of posting in the last year (only 9).
Catching up just wasn't do-able so i've decided to let go, you can't always be a 10 and that's ok too. This is what I've learned in 2012 ! Since my word for 2012 was Embrace I'd say that I chose pretty well.

I've decided not to make new years resolutions for this year, rather I've chosen to make a bucketlist, much more fun and less pressure to live up to (inspired by the greatest blogger & mom I know). Some of the things I have been thinking up/pondering about whether to add to my list are getting a small tattoo (hey I'm 42 so why not) and trying insanity workout (DH found the program) = to be continued ....

Definately going on my bucketlist are ;

  • Help sea turtles
  • Watch baby sea turtles make their way to the sea
  • a trip to NY without the kids (dudes are not happy with this one)
  • a trip to NY with the kids (LOL)
  • joining Geef jij het door (the whole family is joining btw)
  • completing granny a day for a year (cheating a bit on this one since I tried this last year so I already have a few)
  • joining in and sticking to it FMSphotoaday 
  • take part in a 5 km run possibly 10
  • organizing a small local creative market
  • Visiting all the Dutch Islands (Texel, Vlieland, Terschelling, Ameland, Schiermonnikoog)
  • Mudflat hiking (Wadlopen)
  • cuddle a seal
  • see some of the worldwonders The Aurora Boreali,  Great Pyramid of Giza,  the great barrier reef, Grand Canyon, Stonehege, pyramids, Colloseum.
  •  Book a Romantic trip with my big dude
  • Vacation in Hawaii, Mauritius, the ABC Islands
  • Actually make things I pin
 I like my list so far, what do you think ?